Bear Essentials

On being Michael Turner

Posted by Bob LeGere on Thu, 10/09/2008 - 18:51
It really isn't a big deal, since the Bears don't tackle in practice anyway, but they really don't have anyone who can provide a similar look in practice for what the defense will see from the Falcons' Michael Turner. The stumpy but explosive Turner packs about 255 pounds on a solid 5-foot-10 frame, although the Falcons list him at 244. The Bears' backup running backs – 5-foot-7, 186-pound Garrett Wolfe and 5-10, 212-pound Adrian Peterson – just aren't the same type of players. So it was suggested to defensive coordinator Bob Babich that maybe stout nose tackle Anthony Adams could play the role of Turner. Adams weighs 307 pounds and is listed at an even 6 feet tall, but he looks more like 5-10.

Suburban Political Recount

Three suburban Republicans make list for financial sector backing

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Thu, 10/09/2008 - 15:47
Republican candidates Steve Greenberg and Steve Sauerberg along with GOP U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert landed on the Center for Responsive Politics list of "Wall Street's Favorite Candidates" Thursday. The list calculates the congressional candidates who have the most Wall Street "investments" in their campaigns. Greenberg, who is challenging incumbent Democrat Melissa Bean in the northwest suburban 8th District, was listed as the tenth highest candidate for congress in terms of Wall Street backing. He has taken in more than $125,850 from the finance sector, nearly 20 percent of his total haul as of mid-year.

Suburban Political Recount

Roskam's ad blitz aims to shred opponent's credibility

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Thu, 10/09/2008 - 11:32

U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam launched an ad blitz today aimed at destroying his opponents credibility.

Democratic challenger Jill Morgenthaler has yet to get on the air and the one-two punch of a 1 minute radio spot and 30 second TV ad threatens to define her as early voting starts next week.

The ads paint Morgenthaler as a "crony" of Gov. Rod Blagojevich who helped "convicted felon" Tony Rezko land Iraqi leases.

"That's shady," the ad says of Morgenthaler.

And to push it just an extra bit further, the ad blasts Morgenthaler for not living in the 6th Congressional District.

Morgenthaler served as Blagojevich's homeland security chief. She is a retired Army colonel who served in Iraq.

Here is the TV spot and the radio spot, which started runningon on 780AM this morning:

Suburban Political Recount

Durbin-Sauerberg, Round II tonight

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Thu, 10/09/2008 - 10:45
You can listen to U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Republican Steve Sauerberg debate tonight. The radio debate starts at 8 p.m. on 780AM in the Chicago area. Here is a loot at what happened in the last debate on Monday in case you missed it... Republican Senate candidate Steve Sauerberg accused incumbent Dick Durbin of turning a blind eye to Democratic dysfunction in Springfield and also called for keeping American troops in Iraq as the two candidates met Monday in their first debate. Durbin, seeking a third term in the U.S. Senate, countered that Sauerberg would end the Medicare and Medicaid health programs if he could. He also reminded voters of his clout in Washington as the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate.

All Bull - Chicago Bulls

First games should spice up a quiet camp

Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 10/08/2008 - 22:48
Between the baseball playoffs and the disappointment from last season's 33-49 finish, the first 10 days of Bulls training camp have been unusually quiet. The media turnout has been light. Most of the time, the three big papers, plus a Comcast cameraman and producer have been the only ones waiting in the Berto press room. Also, this year's camp has been short on storylines. We can't write about what's happening in practice, since we're not allowed to watch. Then of the 13 Bulls with guaranteed contracts, the only newcomer is Derrick Rose. But with the opening preseason game against Dallas coming Thursday, Rose has the ability to turn up the buzz real quick. The notoriously shy point guard even flashed some humor the past two days in interviews.

Joe Sports

Local focus: Mark Woodsum

Posted by Lindsey on Wed, 10/08/2008 - 22:07
When it came time to choose a college, Mark Woodsum tried to let his parents, Greg and Melody, off the hook. On one hand, the 2005 Buffalo Grove graduate had a chance to attend Northwestern. As a walk-on. At the family's expense. With a slight chance at earning a scholarship somewhere down the line. On the other hand, Woodsum could attend any number of Div. I-AA schools that weren't nearly as expensive -- plus he'd have at least as good of a chance to see the field.

Click here - Tech

'Coupon Mom' has the tips to save you big bucks/ AIG gets more cash / Sad guys on the trading floor

Posted by Cj on Wed, 10/08/2008 - 17:38

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Some guys on the net are "Turning the economic crisis into one of those clever internet memes."

Yes AIG is receiving more cash.

AIG Gets More Government Bailout Cash
Only one day after it was revealed that AIG had sprung for a $440,000 spa vacation shortly after getting an $84 billion government-loan bailout comes this report: The government is loaning AIG another $38 billion.

So much for the lawmakers being upset about AIG 440,000 party at tax pauor expense. The Lawmakers are so upset tht a day, ONE DAY, after the hearings our beloved goverment gives them another 36 BILLION. That will show AIG that the tax payor has had enough. You Betcha. Why don't the just empty the treasury and put us out of our misery

Posted by: Robert | October 8, 2008 6:43 PM

Suburban Political Recount

Fitzgerald testifies for McCain against Obama

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Wed, 10/08/2008 - 16:07
Former U.S. Sen. Peter Fitzgerald of Inverness came out today for the John McCain campaign to say Barack Obama is no reformer. "It is not something he actually does when he gets in office," Fitzgerald said in a conference call with reporters. "I don't ever recall him working across party lines. He is a very partisan and ideological Democrat." Fitzgerald said Obama "rode the Chicago machine" to power and never once questioned Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. Fitzgerald worked for two years with Obama in the state Senate between 1996 and 1998. At the time, Obama was in the early part of his first term and Fitzgerald was running for U.S. Senate. Obama served as the ranking Democratic member on one of Fitzgerald's committees.

Between the Circles

Khabibulin speaks

Posted by TimS on Wed, 10/08/2008 - 15:19
There was no ducking out a back door on Wednesday. Nik spoke to the media after practice but said very little. He wouldn't talk about the negotiations that apparently broke down over the weekend between his agent and a team in Russia. "I'm still here and when I play I'm going to do the best I can to help the team win and make the playoffs," Khabibulin said. He claimed he wasn't frustrated. "Why would I be?" Nik said. "I'll play when I get the chance. I'm still part of the team. I'm happy to be here." Khabibulin avoided the question when asked if he felt he wasn't wanted. "Dale never expressed that," Nik said. Savvy said he still won't announce his starting goalie for Friday's opener in New York until that morning...

Chicago's Inside Pitch

Help with Hendry's to-do list

Posted by Bruce on Wed, 10/08/2008 - 12:48
First, a couple of things before we commence to helping Jim Hendry plan his off-season. (He didn't ask me for the help, by the way.) I fully expect the Cubs to pick up the $7 million option on pitcher Rich Harden today. Expect something this afternoon. The Cubs knew of Harden's health problems when they traded for him last July, and that's why he came relatively cheap in terms of what the Cubs had to give up. Second, can it get any sillier than raising a fuss over somebody busting up a water pipe at Dodger Stadium? From what I hear, this is the fourth time this year something like that has happened at Dodger Stadium. No big deal. The Cubs pay the bill, and everybody moves on. And who cares who did it, just like who busted up Sammy's boom box?