Suburban Political Recount

Inside McPartlin's departure from the tollway

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Thu, 09/25/2008 - 20:03
Tollway board member Ronald Materick of Oak Brook left the tollway without much public fanfare more than a year ago. Materick was an outspoken board member, which is of course an oxymoron. Sure some tollway board members will criticize off the record or make measured statements against something blatantly questionable, like those massive Gov. Rod Blagojevich signs across the tollway. But Materick would actually go through the tollway's laundry list of contracts every month and when he saw something that didn't smell right to him, he would say it - right there in the board meeting in front of the press.

Chicago's Inside Pitch

Dempster and DeRo

Posted by Bruce on Thu, 09/25/2008 - 18:16
Carlos Zambrano was right: Lou is no Dusty. Instead of enabling and rewarding bad behavior and poor performance, Lou did the right thing today by announcing Ryan Dempster as his Game 1 starter for the NLDS, which starts next Wednesday at Wrigley, where Dempster is 14-3 with a 2.86 ERA. Lou says the rest of the rotation hasn't been finalized. Mark DeRosa may not play again for the remainder of the regular season because of his strained left calf. He was wearing a boot today and limping noticeably. The Cubs say he'll be ready for the playoffs.

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Bonus 2 videos today! IT GUY(lmao, omg this is GREAT! I literally laughed so hard I cried!) / Don't Blow off David Letterman

Posted by Cj on Thu, 09/25/2008 - 08:58

This is too funny!!!

From YouTube Member: Smidde

Please watch this video from the beginning to the end! It's worth it!

This video is from YouTube member: 1970oaktree

On the "Late Show," David Letterman talks about John McCain suspending his campaign in order to solve the economic problems.

Suburban Political Recount

Yesterday's 'monumental' ethics reform today's chopped liver

Posted by JP on Thu, 09/25/2008 - 07:16

Apparently the governor's no longer impressed with that "monumental" and "revolutionary" reform package he signed during his first year in office.

In fact, he no longer seems to acknowledge it. Consider these two news releases. (I highlighted some of the good parts)

First up …

December 9, 2003
Blagojevich signs monumental ethics reforms into law
Comprehensive package meets goals laid-out in Governor’s spring veto; Gives Illinois real, meaningful ethics reform for the first time

Bear Essentials

Forte working overtime

Posted by Bob LeGere on Wed, 09/24/2008 - 23:59
Sure, rookie running back Matt Forte is off to an excellent start. His 409 yards from scrimmage are second in the NFL only to Frank Gore's 412. But it might be time to start thinking about cutting back a bit on the 22-year-old Forte's workload and using veteran Kevin Jones a little more. Jones got 13 carries in the season opener but has touched the ball just four times since. Forte leads the NFL in rushing attempts with 73, which, over the course of an entire season, works out to 389 carries (and 1,621 yards). But no one in the NFL last season carried the ball more times than the Redskins' Clinton Portis, who had 325. Only six players in the league carried more than 300 times.

Chicago's Inside Pitch

'Outsiders' anger Ozzie

Posted by scotgreg on Wed, 09/24/2008 - 23:13
Ozzie doesn't mind being criticized by reporters he actually sees at the ballpark, but he's quick to blow his stack when outsiders start taking shots. ESPN and Fox got under his skin for questioning Guillen’s motivational strategy with starter Javier Vazquez, who was shelled by the Twins on Tuesday. “I was trying to motivate him,” Guillen said. “If people think it was the wrong way, (bleep) them. They don't know me; I don't know them. They can say whatever they want about me. I've know Javy since he was a baby. I know Javy’s family, I know Javy’s kids, mother-in-law, father-in-law, everybody. That’s between Javy and me.” It was widely reported Ozzie said Vazquez was not a “big-game pitcher.” The Sox’ manager said that was taken out of context.

Joe Sports

Local Focus: Jeff Sayre

Posted by Lindsey on Wed, 09/24/2008 - 22:35
After graduating from Barrington High School in 2007, Jeff Sayre spurned interest from a handful of non-BCS schools in order to become a preferred walk-on at Nebraska. But after spending a year on the Huskers' scout team as a linebacker, Sayre decided to move back closer to home. One reason? Defensive coordinator Kevin Cosgrove, who recruited Sayre to Nebraska, was fired. Another? The Carpentersville resident wanted to be closer to his tight-knit family as they worked through some issues. In any case, after successfully lobbying the NCAA for a waiver that would allow him to be eligible instantly (rather than sitting out another season as a transfer), Sayre has walked on at Northern Illinois.

Chicago's Inside Pitch

Lou and Big Z

Posted by Bruce on Wed, 09/24/2008 - 18:03
Lou had to shoot down one story during today's pregame. No, not that he and Big Z are still feuding. No, he had to dance around speculation that he might quit as Cubs manager if the Cubs win it all this year. Sounds a little like the Ozzie story of a few years ago. Lou created this one himself, telling the New York Daily News' Bill Madden the other day that the job can take a toll and that he wasn't sure how much longer he wanted to do it. When pressed, Lou said he would honor his contract, which runs through next year with a club option for 2010. Cubs chairman Crane Kenney already has talked of giving Lou an extension.

Suburban Political Recount

Republican refund, aka, making the media happy

Posted by JP on Wed, 09/24/2008 - 15:42

A few weeks back you may recall me whining about Daily Herald reporters getting turned away from a GOP convention event even though the Republican Party had charged the paper a delegate activity fee of $600 per person.
The reception was in honor of Republican legislative leaders Tom Cross and Frank Watson and was hosted by AT&T, which explains why there might have been some miscommunication about letting the media in.
Anyway, in all fairness, there needs to be an update.
After hearing of the incident, an Illinois Republican Party spokesman called to find out what happened, agreed we should have been let in and then agreed to refund the Daily Herald a portion of the activity fee.

Suburban Political Recount

No disrespect Mr. President, but timing is everything ...

Posted by JP on Wed, 09/24/2008 - 14:46
President Bush is scheduled to address the nation tonight in a primetime TV speech likely to hit screens around 8 p.m. And my qustions for this and all similar event is: why then? Oh, I know the answer. Millions of households tuned into their TVs. But I'd much rather hear the economic bad news in the middle of the day. Primetime means rounding up the kids, baths, reading, bed time. No offense, but after that routine I've had enough reality for the day and could use a little escape.