Suburban Political Recount

New Seals ad takes on Kirk for Iraq war vote

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Fri, 10/10/2008 - 10:01

Democrat Dan Seals probably made his greatest strides in his 2006 run against U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk by hammering for supporting the Iraq war.
That was the mid-term election that saw Dems sweep into power largely on the public's dissatisfaction with the war.
This time around, the economy is taking top billing for most voters, but Seals is still hitting Kirk on Iraq.
In a new broadcast ad starting today, an unnamed Iraq war veteran says Kirk was "irresponsible" in voting for the war and then voting to cut veteran health care funding.
"We fought for our country and Mark Kirk turned his back on us," the man says.
Kirk is a Navy Reserve intelligence officer who has served during conflicts in Iraq, Haiti and Bosnia.

All Bull - Chicago Bulls

Analyzing the preseason opener

Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 10/09/2008 - 23:32
In a nutshell, the Bulls were completely out of synch at the start of this game. They were tentative on offense, sloppy on defense and fell behind Dallas 62-44 by halftime. The final score was 110-102, but that was only because the Bulls closed the gap late in the game with all subs on the floor. Here are some thoughts: --I suspect there will be plenty of games like this early in the season. The Bulls seem ready to ride rookie point guard Derrick Rose and he's bound to have some early growing pains.

Between the Circles

Huet or Khabibulin?

Posted by TimS on Thu, 10/09/2008 - 23:24
NEW YORK - I've known Savvy for 20 years and sometimes I can get a read on what he's thinking. I thought I saw a twinkle in his eye the other day when talking about Khabibulin, making me think for a second he would pull off the surprise and start him in goal Friday against the Rangers in the opener. Then I thought, how in the heck do you not start Huet in the first game of the season in a difficult environment after all that has happened with Khabibulin in the last week? The guy hasn't played a game since last spring and every win is going to be vital to making the playoffs. If the Hawks think Huet is their No. 1 goalie, and they do, he has to start. And if Huet plays well, he should start again on Saturday in Washington and Monday's home opener against Nashville.


Getting ready for "Body of Lies"

Posted by Sean Stangland on Thu, 10/09/2008 - 22:21

"Body of Lies" opens this weekend. Russell Crowe + Leonardo DiCaprio + Ridley Scott = Me at the movie theater. Why am I so excited about a new Ridley Scott movie? These clips should tell you:

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.