Republican's diabetes effort tests 2,000

Posted by Mike Riopell on Wed, 08/21/2013 - 16:36

Since 2011, the Illinois legislature's Diabetes Caucus formed by state Rep. Mike Tryon, a Crystal Lake Republican, has tested 2,000 people for free.

“It is very important to get tested for diabetes because the sooner you can get treatment the less chance an individual has to develop the harmful side effects of uncontrolled Diabetes such as stroke, heart attack, blindness and amputation,” Tryon said in a statement.

Tryon found out he had Type 2 diabetes in 2006. House Republican Leader Tom Cross has a daughter with Type 1 diabetes, as does state Rep. Jim Durkin of Western Springs.

The testing is done throughout the state at health events and hospitals, and people can learn more at

Castro moves to leadoff spot; Rizzo second

Posted by Bruce on Wed, 08/21/2013 - 15:18

The headline on Tuesday's blog was, "Castro moves to eighth spot." Manager Dale Sveum batted the beleaguered shortstop eighth last night, saying it was the right fit in a lineup that included Brian Bogusevic in left field, Nate Schierholtz in right, Donnie Murphy at third and Welington Castilo behind the plate. At the time, Sveum said the others were hitting too well to move down. So it was Castro who batted eighth.

Less than 24 hours, it's a double-dose of surprise, as Sveum has moved Castro up to the leadoff spot and first baseman Anthony Rizzo into the second spot. It will be Castro's fourth time in the leadoff spot this year and Rizzo's career debut batting second. Both players were out this afternoon for extensive sessions of early batting practice.

A dose of youth could help

Posted by Bob LeGere on Tue, 08/20/2013 - 21:53

Anyone concerned that the Bears will automatically be doomed to mediocrity because they could start three rookies opening day – middle linebacker Jonathan Bostic, right tackle Jordan Mills and right guard Kyle Long – needn’t worry.

An infusion of youth doesn’t necessarily mean a team will struggle through growing pains. It’s possible to be very young and very competitive.

Castro moves to the eighth spot

Posted by Bruce on Tue, 08/20/2013 - 17:56

The Cubs and Chris Rusin take on Dan Haren and the Nationals tonight at Wrigley Field, where the ball has been carrying in batting practice on a warm evening. The news of the day is that Cubs manager Dale Sveum has Starlin Castro batting eighth for the first time this year, with Darwin Barney batting second and Nate Schierholtz batting cleanup.

Castro is 1-for-23 (.043) on the homestand, and for the year, his line is .242/.278/.343. Brian Bogusevic, a left-handed batter, is in the lineup batting sixth and playing left field. Donnie Murphy, who hit 2 homers last night, as did Schierholtz, bats fifth and plays third base.

Suburban Democrats for Quinn?

Posted by Mike Riopell on Tue, 08/20/2013 - 15:15

Gov. Pat Quinn's campaign sent us a list of 70 Democratic Party county chairmen who support his re-election bid over former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley.

The suburban names are largely all there:

DuPage - Bob Peickert
Kane - Mark Guethle
McHenry - Mike Bissett
Will - Scott Pyles

And last week the Cook County Democratic Party slated Quinn as their favored nominee.

So missing from the suburban list is just state Sen. Terry Link, a Waukegan Democrat and head of the Lake County party. Is he backing Daley?

He isn't. He's not backing Quinn, either.

"I'm staying neutral," Link said. "I've got plenty of time."

DeJesus shops for Green Juice, gets traded

Posted by Bruce on Mon, 08/19/2013 - 18:52

Another big and busy day around the ballpark. Even though it’s past the July 31 nonwaiver trading deadline, the Cubs were able to make a deal today, sending outfielder David DeJesus to the Washington Nationals for a player to be named later. The Nats are in town, so DeJesus simply moved from one clubhouse to the other. The Cubs will net a savings of about $2.5 million on the deal. They’ve also activated outfielder Brian Bogusevic off the disabled list.

DeJesus was one of the most popular players in the clubhouse, both for his example-setting and work ethic.

Former suburban lawmakers to lead good government group

Posted by Mike Riopell on Mon, 08/19/2013 - 16:55

Former north suburban lawmakers Susan Garrett and Beth Coulson will serve as president and vice president of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform Board.

The group is a top good-government advocacy organization.

Garrett, a Lake Forest Democrat, joined the board earlier this year and was put in charge this month. Coulson is a Northfield Republican.

“I have long appreciated ICPR’s truly bi-partisan agenda for making government more responsive,” Coulson said in a statement.

Coulson was a former member of the Illinois House until losing a 2010 primary bid for Congress to Republican Bob Dold, who went on to win that race.

Garrett is a former member of the Illinois Senate who declined to seek re-election in 2012.

Sunday brunch blog: Castro back in there

Posted by Bruce on Sun, 08/18/2013 - 13:10

The big question of the day was answered earlier when manager Dale Sveum put Starlin Castro into today’s starting lineup against the Cardinals. Sveum pulled Castro from Saturday’s 4-0 loss to the Cardinals because of inattentive play. Castro allowed a run to score on a pop fly to left field. He put his head down after making the catch, and baserunner Jon Jay scored from third base.

Will Baez make Cubs force the issue?

Posted by Bruce on Sat, 08/17/2013 - 14:44

It’s been a lot of fun looking at the minor-league reports lately. Last night for Class AA Tennessee, Javier Baez hit a 2-run walk-off homer as the Smokies beat Chattanooga 8-6. Baez has 14 home runs for Tennessee, and in August, he is 25-for-62 (.293) with 3 home runs and 16 RBI (15 games). At Class A Daytona this year, Baez hit 17 home runs. He has a .985 OPS at Tennessee.

During our pregame session with manager Dale Sveum, I asked if Baez could force the issue with a good spring and at least make the Cubs consider taking him north out of Mesa.

On Ryno, replay and the Cubs rotation

Posted by Bruce on Fri, 08/16/2013 - 14:27

First off, congrats to Cubs Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg for being named interim manager of the Phillies, who today fired Charlie Manuel after a 4-19 stretch. When the Cubs named Mike Quade manager late in the 2010 season, I had a chance to go out to Des Moines and visit with Sandberg for a couple of days when he was managing the Cubs’ Class AAA Iowa team, and he could not have been more gracious.

Perhaps we’ll get a chance to visit with Darwin Barney of Jeff Samardzija about Ryno after today’s game against the Cardinals. Both played for Sandberg at Iowa. The Phillies visit Wrigley Field Aug. 30-Sept. 1. There shouldn’t be too much of a media crowd for that one.