Suburban Political Recount

How campaigns can end before they begin

Posted by Mike Riopell on Wed, 12/11/2013 - 17:07

Next week, the State Board of Elections meets to get the process started to determine whether candidates who filed to be on the March 2014 primary ballot can stay there.

Candidates have to file petition signatures to get on, but more than 120 challenges were filed to those petitions. In those cases, the Board of Elections will eventually decide whether a candidate has followed the rules, gathered enough signatures and can stay on the ballot.

Many cases end without anyone getting booted and nothing changes. But in some cases, a candidate could get tossed, eliminating a challenger and making life easier for the other hopeful(s) in a race.

Final decisions should be made by Jan. 9.

All Bull - Chicago Bulls

Noah joins Bulls' injury list

Posted by mikemcgraw on Tue, 12/10/2013 - 19:25

The Bulls had yet another injury surprise waiting before Tuesday's game against Milwaukee at the United Center.

Center Joakim Noah will not play because of a knee contusion. He was out on the floor shooting baskets after Monday's practice, so it's unclear when this injury happened.

Luol Deng (sore left Achilles) and Jimmy Butler (turf toe) won't play tonight. If veteran point guard Mike James is available -- he's supposed to be recovered from a knee sprain -- the Bulls will have nine healthy players against the Bucks. Carlos Boozer is the only starter from the regular season opener who will be in the lineup tonight.

Suburban Political Recount

Duckworth fasting for immigration legislation

Posted by Mike Riopell on Tue, 12/10/2013 - 16:36

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth said she'd fast today in support of immigration legislation in Washington.

Activists have been fasting the last two months in support of an immigration approved by the U.S. Senate earlier this year, but the House hasn't voted on it and seems unlikely to this year.

Still, Democrats in the suburbs have tried to put the issue front and center. U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky similarly fasted for a day last month and was arrested at an immigration rally in October.

Chicago's Inside Pitch

White Sox sign RHP Felipe Paulino

Posted by scotgreg on Mon, 12/09/2013 - 16:48

Already deep in pitching - and still short on hitting - the White Sox added another arm Monday during the first day of baseball's winter meetings in Orlando.
The Sox signed right-hander Felipe Paulino to a one-year, $1.75-million contract, which includes a $4 million club option for 2015. Under terms of the agreement, Paulino gets $1.5 million nest season. On the option, the White Sox also hold a $250,000 buyout.
The 30-year-old Paulino was impressive in 2012 before having right elbow surgery. In 7 starts with Kansas City, Paulino was 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 37.2 innings. On July 3 of '12, he had ulnar collateral ligament replacement surgery.

Suburban Political Recount

Blagojevich arrest, five years later

Posted by Mike Riopell on Mon, 12/09/2013 - 10:20

Today is the five year anniversary of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich being arrested in dawn hours at his home.

Everyone knows what happened after that, of course. This video - of his speech before the Illinois Senate just before he was voted out of office (I call it Blagojevich's Last Stand) - sums the whole thing up. For me, it was the most memorable part of the whole thing because it sums him up so well: Bombastic, confrontational and ultimately unsuccessful.

Between the Circles

Crawford exits with an injury

Posted by TimS on Sun, 12/08/2013 - 19:57

The Blackhawks lost goaltender Corey Crawford in the first period Sunday with an apparent right leg injury.

Crawford went down at 13:45 of the first period kicking away a shot by Florida's Marcel Goc from in the slot. Antti Raanta came on in relief.

Crawford couldn't get up and had to be helped to the dressing room.

Crawford was making his 27th appearence in the Hawks' 32nd game.

Between the Circles

Shaw ready to get back at it

Posted by TimS on Sun, 12/08/2013 - 12:59

Andrew Shaw was itching to get back in the Blackhawks' lineup after missing two games with an upper body injury.

Shaw will play Sunday night when the Hawks host Florida at the United Center.

"I'm pretty excited and have tons of energy," Shaw said following Sunday’s morning skate. "I felt great on the ice."

Shaw was hurt late in the Dallas game last Tuesday when he was crunched into the end boards behind the net by defenseman Brenden Dillon.

"It was just aggravating pain throughout my body," Shaw said.

The Hawks had lost three games in a row and could use Shaw's energy.

"I think we need to get out there and create our own energy and just feed off one another," Shaw said. "Go out there and compete and work for each other."

All Bull - Chicago Bulls

Deng out against Detroit

Posted by mikemcgraw on Sat, 12/07/2013 - 14:05

UPDATE: Luol Deng will not play vs. the Pistons. Taj Gibson is expected to start.

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters at shootaround that forward Luol Deng is a game-time decision with a calf injury. The Bulls host Detroit on Saturday at the United Center.

Thibodeau initially did not mention Deng's injury, then Joakim Noah told reporters Deng might not play because of an Achilles injury.

Deng has been rolling lately. In the last five games, he averaging 27.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, 6.0 assists and shooting 53.2 percent from the field.

If Deng can't play, the Bulls would presumably start Mike Dunleavy and Tony Snell at the wing spots. Jimmy Butler is still not ready to return from a turf toe injury.

Between the Circles

Beach era over before it even started

Posted by TimS on Fri, 12/06/2013 - 18:58

As it turned out, there wasn't much to the Kyle Beach era with the Blackhawks.

Beach, the 11th pick in the 2008 draft, was traded to the New York Rangers on Friday without ever having played a game in Chicago.

Beach was sent to the Rangers for forward Brandon Mashinter.

Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said Beach was passed up on the organizational depth chart by other young forwards.

"We had a lot of young kids that got opportunities," Quenneville said. "When I look back over the course of time six years ago, it looked like he was almost on the team. I think organizationally there have been a lot of guys that have made that next step and got a chance here, but I guess you've got to earn it. Some guys got the opportunity based on how they were playing."

Between the Circles

Beach era over before it even started

Posted by TimS on Fri, 12/06/2013 - 18:58

As it turned out, there wasn't much to the Kyle Beach era with the Blackhawks.

Beach, the 11th pick in the 2008 draft, was traded to the New York Rangers on Friday without ever having played a game in Chicago.

Beach was sent to the Rangers for forward Brandon Mashinter.

Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said Beach was passed up on the organizational depth chart by other young forwards.

"We had a lot of young kids that got opportunities," Quenneville said. "When I look back over the course of time six years ago, it looked like he was almost on the team. I think organizationally there have been a lot of guys that have made that next step and got a chance here, but I guess you've got to earn it. Some guys got the opportunity based on how they were playing."