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Changes coming to White Sox' batting order?

Posted by scotgreg on Thu, 05/01/2008 - 17:06
When Jim Thome was struggling at the start of the season, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen considered dropping the veteran designated hitter down in the batting order. But after giving it some thought, Guillen decided to leave Thome in the No. 3 spot. If the Sox'offense continues to struggle, expect Guillen to shake things up. And don't be surprised if Jerry Owens comes up from Class AAA Charlotte to add some spark (and speed) to the leadoff spot. Thome (.216) isn't the only White Sox hitter that is slumping. Paul Konerko, Jermaine Dye, Orlando Cabrera, Nick Swisher and Juan Uribe are also cold, so it's been a collective slide.

Suburban Political Recount

***Recall rejected***Recall debate beginning, House plans, Raoul takes on the media over recall

Posted by JP on Thu, 05/01/2008 - 12:18

***UPDATE***
The Illinois Senate just voted down a constitutional amendment allowing recall of elected officials.
The vote was 33-19 with two voting "present" and five not voting or absent.
Because it's a constitutional amendment, the plan needed 36 votes in the 59 member chamber.
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UPDATE 2: Here’s how local Daily Herald lawmakers voted

Local senators voting for recall
Pamela J. Althoff, McHenry Republican
Dan Cronin, Elmhurst Republican
Kirk W. Dillard, Hinsdale Republican
Susan Garrett, Lake Forest Democrat
Linda Holmes, Aurora Democrat
Randall M. Hultgren, Winfield Republican
Dan Kotowski, Park Ridge Democrat
John J. Millner, Carol Stream Republican
Matt Murphy, Palatine Republican
Carole Pankau, Roselle Republican

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Governor to State Fair: "Eat it"

Posted by JP on Thu, 05/01/2008 - 10:37

GOVERNOR BLAGOJEVICH ANNOUNCES ILLINOIS STATE FAIR GRANDSTAND LINEUP

Entertainers include Blues-Rock Trio ZZ Top with county music stars Brooks and Dunn, Trace Adkins and Trent Tomlinson, Huey Lewis and the News, Weird Al Yankovic and “High School Musical” Star Vanessa Hudgens

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Around the farm ...

Posted by JP on Thu, 05/01/2008 - 08:12

Cock-a-doodle-doo

Cook County Board President Todd Stroger talked to the Daily Herald’s Joseph Ryan yesterday about growing discontent in the suburbs that’s led some to suggest a new, breakaway county be formed.

"If you want to take your ball and go home, then take your ball and go home," Stroger said Wednesday. "I'm not going to try and stop you. If you want to go, that is your right as a citizen."

Read the whole story here: http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=182987

Recall showdown
The big showdown of the day will be in the Illinois Senate where a vote is expected on a new, expanded constitutional amendment that would let voters recall public officials rather than wait for the next election.

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Ethics overhaul on the horizon?

Posted by JP on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 19:04
SPRINGFIELD -- A group of lawmakers said Wednesday they’ve struck a deal on sweeping ethics legislation that will prohibit companies from donating to the politicians able to award them state contracts. “There’s a good chance it might be snowing in hell right now,” said state Rep. John Fritchey, a Chicago Democrat involved with negotiations. The proposal is an attempt to wipe away the lingering perception that Illinois and its politicians are for sale, a stigma repeatedly reinforced by scandal and investigations. Former Gov. George Ryan is currently residing in a federal prison after being convicted of using his state offices to enrich friends and family.

Chicago's Inside Pitch

Splittsville for Fukudome

Posted by Bruce on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 16:56
No, no, no, Kosuke Fukudome isn't going anywhere. Maybe that's a good thing because his numbers at Wrigley Field are far better than what they are on the road. At Wrigley, Kosuke is 20-for-50 (.400) with 1 homer and 8 RBI. His all-important on-base percentage is .516 at Wrigley, and his slugging percentage is .600. On the road, it's been quite a different story for the popular right fielder. He's 10-for-44 (.227) with no homers and 1 RBI. His road OBP is .333, and his slugging away from the Friendly Confines is .318. I asked him about it Tuesday. "I do have an ally in the outfield, or I should say the fans, who support each play that I do on the field," he said through his translator. "Maybe that's giving me a little comfort playing at Wrigley Field."

Widescreen

Miley, Jamie Lynn, and Gandalf

Posted by Sean Stangland on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 16:34

The destruction of the American child apparently continued this week with Miley Cyrus's Vanity Fair photo shoot, an admittedly strange portfolio from Photographer to the Stars Annie Leibowitz that shows the erstwhile "Hannah Montana" with a bare back, covered only in a bed sheet. Oh, the outrage. You mean to say an underage starlet from the Disney stable has been made to look sexy? My word, this has never happened before! (Oh, wait; let us not forget 17-year-old Britney Spears in the "Baby One More Time" video, and its ensuing Rolling Stone spread. You know, the one that had everyone saying little Britney already had breast implants.)

Suburban Political Recount

Deal delayed, Senate done, whoops!, today's favorite

Posted by JP on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 13:04

A "deal" on what supporters call major ethics legislation was supposed to be announced at 1 p.m. at the Capitol. But that announcement has now been pushed back to 4:30 p.m.
Some Republican supporters weren't informed of the delay by the Democrats -- who run the show in Springfield.

The GOP's initial reaction was not a positive one.

Now the question is whether the delay is procedural or fatal.

Senate gone
The Illinois Senate just announced (at 1:25 p.m.) it has finished it's business for the day and adjourned until tomorrow morning. It's not quite happy hour yet. Senate committee hearings are scheduled throughout the afternoon.

No, the place he lives ...

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Day Trippers

Posted by scotgreg on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 12:30
The White Sox have 13 players that are 30 years or older on their 25-man roster. Most of them are married, and the days of going out and howling at the moon are pretty much long gone. The Sox are a veteran team, and they obviously realize the importance of getting a good night's sleep. That's the main reason the White Sox are 9-2 in day games heading into Wednesday's noon matinee against the Twins at the Metrodome. If anyone has a theory on why the White Sox are 5-9 at night, float it by me. Jim Thome, the 37-year-old designated hitter, put the Sox in front 1-0 with a first-inning double Wednesday, but it looked like he had too much energy while being easily thrown out trying to stretch the extra-base hit into a triple.

Suburban Political Recount

Around the farm ...

Posted by JP on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 10:46

HBO and Comcast will be premiering the movie channel's latest film "Recount" on May 15 at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago.

The political flick retells the story of the 2000 presidential election in which "the future of the nation was hanging by a ... chad."

The cast features:
Kevin Spacey as Ron Klain
Bob Balaban as Ben Ginsberg
Ed Begley Jr. as David Boies
Laura Dern as Katherine Harris
John Hurt as Warren Christopher
Denis Leary as Michael Whouley
Tom Wilkinson as James Baker III

Medium rare:
Yesterday, a spokeswoman for the governor made what's been called a "rare" appearance -- a description she doesn't care for -- at the Capitol pressroom. She said the governor will be in Springfield this week and has been repeatedly in recent weeks.