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?

Getting Prepped

Latest round of AP votes

Posted by coachbu on Tue, 10/07/2008 - 22:28
8A 1. Maine South 2. Lincoln-Way East 3. Bartlett 4. Naperville North 5. Loyola 6. St. Rita 7. Mt. Carmel 8. Fremd 9. Brother Rice 10. Hinsdale Central 7A 1. WW South 2. East St. Louis 3. Geneva 4. Glenbard West 5. Carmel 6. Rockford Boylan 7. Machesney Park Harlem 8. Fenwick 9. Crystal Lake South 10. St. Charles East 6A 1. Rock Island 2. Cary-Grove 3. Springfield Griffin 4. Bloomington 5. Normal 6. Lemont 7. Joliet Catholic 8. Oak Forest 9. Peoria Richwoods 10. Danville 5A 1. Metamora 2. Montini 3. Nazareth 4. St. Francis 5. Marian Central Catholic 6. Decatur MacArthur 7. Washington 8. Cahokia 9. Sterling 10. Geneseo 4A 1. Bloomington Central Catholic 2. Driscoll 3. Aurora Christian 4. Breese Mater Dei 5. Quincy ND

Getting Prepped

Another bad break for Blake

Posted by coachbu on Tue, 10/07/2008 - 22:19
Won't be long before basketball is upon us. Unfortunately for Schaumburg senior Blake Mueller, his wait will be longer for the second straight season. A torn ACL suffered a few weeks ago that required surgery will likely keep him out until some time in January. The 6-foot-5 Mueller, who was a key varsity contributor as a sophomore, missed a big chunk of time last season with a torn ACL but returned and had a huge game in a sectional semifinal win over Highland Park.

Getting Prepped

Congrats to "Bogie"

Posted by coachbu on Tue, 10/07/2008 - 22:10
My disappointment of the Sox getting KO'd in 4 games by the Rays (maybe they still are the Devil Rays, 6-6-6 runs in all their wins) was tempered by the fact they lost to a better team and also seem to have a lot of quality people in the organization. One of them is former Buffalo Grove star Tim Bogar, who had a nine-year big-league career and is in his first year with the Rays after a successful stint as a minor league manager.

Click here - Tech

Free Wii Game @ Legoland in Schaumburg /Another Drunken Email / AIG execs went on $500K retreat within days of taxpayer bailout

Posted by Cj on Tue, 10/07/2008 - 17:21

This started at 10am today(10/8) and they had 3 left! Good Luck! It's worth the trip, even if you don't win a game. There are other prizes being offered and LegoLand is pretty cool!

Join Melissa and the 9FM Street Team this Wednesday from 10am-1pm at the Legoland Discovery Center in Schaumburg. We'll be rocking and blocking all morning! If you haven't been to Legoland Discovery Center yet, let Melissa be your guide through one of the coolest places in Chicagoland. Your kids will go crazy for the Four-D Movie, Interactive Building Area and even an enourmous Chicago Skyline made entirely of Legos. To win a Family Four Pack of tickets

http://www.weplayanything.com/calendar/events.shtml

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New in Labs: Stop sending mail you later regret
Monday, October 06, 2008 6:25 PM
Posted by Jon Perlow, Gmail engineer

Sometimes I send messages I shouldn't send. Like the time I told that girl I had a crush on her over text message. Or the time I sent that late night email to my ex-girlfriend that we should get back together. Gmail can't always prevent you from sending messages you might later regret, but today we're launching a new Labs feature I wrote called Mail Goggles which may help.

When you enable Mail Goggles, it will check that you're really sure you want to send that late night Friday email. And what better way to check than by making you solve a few simple math problems after you click send to verify you're in the right state of mind?

http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2008/10/new-in-labs-stop-sending-mail-you-...

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The SNL bail out skit video keeps on getting pulled off of youtube because of it's content.
I found it on this site, but I'm not sure how long they will be able to host it:
http://centristnetblog.com/2008election/banned-snl-video/

Here is more on information on why it was banned:
http://wwwwakeupamericans-spree.blogspot.com/2008/10/wachovia-debacle-an...

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The AIG execs really really needed that retreat. Right?

Posted by Mike Carney:
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., described what investigators found during a hearing this morning on Capitol Hill:

AIG execs went on $500K retreat within days of taxpayer bailout
After the bailout of AIG last month, the United States government effectively bought an 80% share in the company. That should have caused a fundamental change, you would think, in how the company was spending funds on compensation, bonuses and benefits.

But it doesn't look like that's what happened. The committee learned that shortly after the bailout went through, executives from AIG's major U.S. life insurance subsidiary, AIG American General, held a week-long conference at an exclusive resort in California.

The resort is called the St. Regis Monarch Beach. ... It's very impressive. This is an exclusive resort. The rooms start, gentlemen, at $425 a night. Some are more than $1,200 a night.

... We contacted the resort where AIG held this week-long event, and we requested copies of AIG's bills. We learned that AIG spent nearly $500,000 in a single week at the -- at this hotel. Now, this was right after the bailout.

... Let me describe some of the -- the charges that -- that the shareholders who are now U.S. taxpayers had to pay. Check this out.

AIG spent $200,000 for hotel rooms, and almost $150,000 for catered banquets. AIG spent -- listen to this one -- $23,000 at the hotel spa and another $1,400 at the salon. They were getting their manicures, their facials, their pedicures and their massages while the American people were -- were footing the bill.

And they spent another $10,000 for -- I don't know what this is -- leisure dining.

Between the Circles

Barker to Rockford

Posted by TimS on Tue, 10/07/2008 - 14:31
I hate to be a told you so, but defenseman Cam Barker didn't make the Hawks' 22-man roster for Friday's opener. Barker was assigned to Rockford on Tuesday along with goalie Antti Niemi and defenseman Aaron Johnson. Barker had his $2.8 million cap hit working against him, which is a huge number for a fifth or sixth defenseman. Dale said it was mostly a hockey decision to send out Barker and keep Niklas Hjalmarsson, who will be paired with Brent Seabrook. "It was more defense vs. offense and we felt Hjalmarsson had a better camp defensively," Tallon said. Savvy said Barker needed to go to Rockford and improve his feet. We've heard that for three years.

Suburban Political Recount

Romney is coming to town for Roskam

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Tue, 10/07/2008 - 14:27
Former Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney is set to swing through the suburbs and raise cash for U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam. The fundraiser is set for Oct. 21. The entrance fee is $150 or $250 with a date. It will run $1,000 per person and $1,500 per couple to get into the dinner and for a photo with the former Massachusetts CEO. "Romney coming to campaign for the congressman is a reflection of the congressman's accomplishments," boasted spokesman Matt Vriesema when asked about the recently announced fundraiser. Roskam was actually an early and staunch supporter in the primaries of Sen. John McCain, who easily took DuPage County and the state. The fundraiser will be held in Oak Brook.

Joe Sports

PURPLE OUT and "Rock the House"

Posted by Lindsey on Tue, 10/07/2008 - 14:16
Received a nice e-mail from Lori Wootton, the mother of stud Northwestern defensive end Corey Wootton. She, along with others, are organizing a "Purple Out" for Saturday's home game against Michigan State that features two teams in the Top 20 of the unofficial BCS standings. "We're trying to do this the old-fashioned way -- by word of mouth," she said. Consider it done. Incidentally, if you're familiar with the concept of genetics and DNA and were wondering how Corey Wootton grew to be 6-foot-7, the start of Lori Wootton's e-mail address gives it away: thequeen6ft4. Not to be outdone, Illinois has issued a news release designed to whip up even more enthusiasm for Saturday's homecoming game with Minnesota. Entitled "Rock the House," Illinois' intentions are simple: