Joakim Noah left the United Center before tip-off of Monday's game against Minnesota due to an illness. Noah has built a career-long streak with 16 straight double-figure rebound games.
This would have been a good matchup with Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, who ranks second in the league in rebounding at 13.0 per game. Also, Minnesota center Nikola Vucevic has averaged 22.5 points and 12 rebounds in his last four games.
Instead, the Bulls will start a front line of Mike Dunleavy, Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson. After this game, they'll leave town for the six-game, ice-show road trip.
The Bulls' record for most consecutive double-figure rebound games is 43 by Dennis Rodman.
The Washington, D.C., publication Roll Call featured a lengthy interview with U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, a Highland Park Republican, on his prospects for re-election in 2016, among other things.
The 54-year-old Republican knows he isn’t the spry Naval reservist he was when he won President Barack Obama’s seat in 2010. So his team has divided the Land of Lincoln into 10 major media markets, aiming to hit each area as often as possible, shuttling the senator around the state on American Eagle regional jets.
After being voted into the Hall of Fame last week on the first ballot, Frank Thomas again voiced his displeasure with players either caught or suspected of using performance enhancing drugs.
"A lot of people portrayed me as having a huge stance on the whole situation," Thomas said. "I was just pretty much honest about the situation. For me, I know I was 100 percent clean. I didn't worry about any of the other guys because I knew I was going to average in a healthy season 40 (home runs) and 120 RBI anyway. And I did that when I was healthy, pretty much my whole career.
U.S. Senate hopeful Doug Truax, a Downers Grove Republican, will get some fundraising help from former U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert, a Hinsdale Republican who lost in 2012.
Biggert will host the event at her home Jan. 22.
Truax is running in a one-on-one primary race against state Sen. Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove for the seat now held by Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin.
Last week, Truax stopped by the Springfield press room on a meeting swing through town. Asked about the differences between he and Oberweis, Truax said, first, "we're both pretty conservative."
He said he's trying to emphasize his military background and experience consulting with businesses about their health care costs at a time when that issue is at the forefront of the political debate.
Republican Keith Matune is facing criticism from his primary election opponent for the Illinois House, state Rep. Ron Sandack, over an arrest of Matune in 1991.
Matune, a Downers Grove Republican, sent out a news release Monday to try to explain the situation. Here's what he said:
Keith unintentionally wrote a $150 check that was returned for insufficient funds while attending college out of state. While home for the summer, Keith was stopped by local police for a broken headlight and was notified during the stop that there was an out of state warrant issued for an insufficient check.
Wheeling Township Republican Committeeman Ruth O'Connell sent over the endorsements the group decided on Saturday. And one the biggest local party groups in Illinois disagreed with the Cook County GOP in a couple big races.
For one, Wheeling picked state Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale for governor and Cook County picked businessman Bruce Rauner of Winnetka.
Wheeling picked state Sen. Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove for U.S. Senate and the county picked Doug Truax of Downers Grove. And for Illinois Treasurer Wheeling picked DuPage County Auditor Bob Grogan over Cook County's choice, state Rep. Tom Cross of Oswego.
Elizabeth Roskam, wife of U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, painted depictions of the U.S. Capitol dome for a calendar sent out by the Wheaton Republican's campaign this year.
The Roskams Roll Call inspiration for the pictures came from photos taken by family. We'll have more photos of the calendar in Friday's column.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, a Springfield Democrat, references a man from Antioch on the Senate floor while supporting the extension of unemployment benefits.
"A 35-year-old man from Antioch, Ill., Ryan, writes to me, with two children, about how difficult it is for him to keep his family together while he continues, day after weary day, looking for a job."
The state Board of Elections is set to meet Thursday and could make final decisions then about whether some local candidates can stay on the March primary ballot.
Among the highest-profile suburban questions: Will Republican Manju Goel of Aurora be allowed to stay in the 8th District Congressional race?
Republican Larry Kaifesh of Carpentersville is her opponent, and the winner will take on Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth in the fall.
Thursday is, by law, the last day to certify the March ballot, so we should get some answers by then. Stay tuned.
Another day, another injury for the Bulls.
Carlos Boozer will sit out Saturday's game against Atlanta at the United Center because of a sore right knee. Coach Tom Thibodeau said the injury occurred sometime during Thursday's win over Boston and an MRI exam was negative. Boozer did not practice on Friday.
The Bulls are down to two players who have played in all 32 games this season -- Taj Gibson and Mike Dunleavy.
Another storyline for this game is ex-Bull Kyle Korver trying to extend his NBA record streak of 102 straight games with a made 3-pointer.