From the archives...

Posted by Mike Riopell on Wed, 10/09/2013 - 16:30

As part of the House Republican leadership team, U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam of Wheaton is on the front lines of the ongoing government shutdown debate.

Roskam was in the minority party of the Illinois Senate in 2004 when state lawmakers blew a budget deadline by weeks, nearly jeopardizing top Democrats' attendance the party's nominating convention that year.

I went hunting for transcripts from those long summer sessions to see if Roskam said anything noteworthy on the Senate floor at the time. I found this speech from July 20, a few days before the impasse was settled.

Going again

Posted by Mike Riopell on Tue, 10/08/2013 - 13:42

Two suburban Republican incumbents announced their re-election campaigns for Illinois House today.

State Rep. Mike Tryon of Crystal Lake represents a district in southern McHenry County and Northern Kane. And state Rep. Ed Sullivan of Mundelein represents a central Lake County district.

Both have been in the news lately. Tryon is the ranking Republican on the House Mass Transit committee, and he's asked for more meetings about the summer's Metra scandal.

Sullivan has told me before he expects to have a primary opponent following his saying he'll vote for same-sex marriage.

Rose talks Thibs before heading to Rio

Posted by mikemcgraw on Tue, 10/08/2013 - 13:41

Following Monday's preseason game in St. Louis, Derrick Rose talked about coach Tom Thibodeau's practice demeanor, compared to his sideline demeanor, which is often angry.

“I think in games, he knows that there’s TV and people around," Rose said, according to "In practice, it’s just us, no cameras, no nothing, so it gets very, very crazy in practice."

The Bulls beat Memphis 106-87 on Monday to improve to 2-0 in preseason. Next up is a four-day trip to Rio de Janeiro. The team was scheduled to depart late Tuesday night and will face Washington on Saturday for the NBA's first South American game.

The Illinois Capitol remains open.

Posted by Mike Riopell on Mon, 10/07/2013 - 11:51

On Saturday Night Live this weekend, the Weekend Update anchors made a series of jokes about the federal government shutdown, one illustrated by this graphic showing the Illinois Capitol instead of the big, white one in Washington, D.C.

Derrick Rose first game recap (final)

Posted by mikemcgraw on Sat, 10/05/2013 - 18:44

INDIANAPOLIS -- For anyone who missed it, or wants to relive it, here’s a detailed account of Derrick Rose’s return to NBA action on Saturday against Indiana.

--Bulls fans were plentiful at Bankers Life Arena, but not a majority. The atmosphere was nothing like Game 4 of the 2011 playoffs, when Bulls fans made up at least 67 percent of the crowd. Also, plenty of empty seats or the

--Rose was introduced second, after Jimmy Butler, which seemed to catch the Bulls fans by surprise. The cheer was delayed slightly.

--Bulls fans explode the first time Rose touches the ball on offense. Maybe there are more Bulls fans here than I thought.

Quenneville looking to get everyone in early

Posted by TimS on Fri, 10/04/2013 - 12:46

Ben Smith will get his chance at right wing on the third line on Saturday when the Blackhawks face the Tampa Bay Lightning at the United Center.

It figures to be a back-and-forth platoon situation most of the season between Smith and Jimmy Hayes.

"It's part of the sport, part of the job," Smith said. "You're always competing against a lot of guys. It's not going to be just training camp. As I said during camp it's going to continue well on during the year and you just have to play your best everyday and hope the opportunities keep coming."

Hawks coach Joel Quenneville would like to get all 23 of his players into a game sooner than later.

Capitol shooting: Local lawmakers OK

Posted by Mike Riopell on Thu, 10/03/2013 - 14:23

We've heard through various channels from everyone in the local delegation that everyone at the Capitol is OK.

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth tweeted she was on the House floor at the time of the shooting, for example, and U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk's spokesman says he was at the World War II memorial.

Roskam's take on shutdown

Posted by Mike Riopell on Tue, 10/01/2013 - 14:45

U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam put out a video late Monday with his take on the late-night shutdown fight.

Hawks looking to avoid a letdown

Posted by TimS on Tue, 10/01/2013 - 11:53

Last season, the Blackhawks went into the Staples Center on opening day and spoiled the Kings' banner-raising ceremony by beating the then Stanley Cup champs.

The Hawks are hoping to avoid a similar letdown tonight at the United Center when they raise their banner of winning the Cup in 2013.

"Enjoy it because it's a special moment in your life, very memorable," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "At the same time, when that's over and they drop the puck it's time to play for keeps. Our guys have always responded in the right way to big challenges and big games and big moments."

So what will Quenneville be thinking watching the banner being raised to the rafters?

Kostka, Nordstrom best fits for Hawks

Posted by TimS on Mon, 09/30/2013 - 20:13

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Mike Kostka was a better fit on defense than Ryan Stanton because "offensively he really compliments our style of play."

Kostka won the eighth job on defense over Stanton, who was waived and claimed by the Vancouver Canucks on Monday.

"He's one of those defensemen who is useful as far as both sides of the puck," Quenneville said of Kostka. "He can give us some nice offense from the back end and is versatile and can defend well. He's very handy with the puck.

"Last year for the majority of the season (in Toronto), he was playing against the other team's top lines and handled it very well."