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*** UPDATED x1 *** Your must-do assignment for today - Get Well Soon, Carlos Hernandez Gomez

Friday, Nov 6, 2009

My good friend Carlos Hernandez Gomez is back in the hospital. Carlos, a top-notch reporter for CLTV, has cancer.

I talked to Carlos last night and he was in a bad place. He had some sort of reaction to his recent treatment and I’d say it was making him miserable, but that word is used so often that it doesn’t even come close to how he sounded on the phone.

As I’ve told you before, Carlos is an avid reader of this blog, so let’s all chip in today and wish him well. He badly needs to be cheered up, so let’s please do our best.

Get well, buddy. I’ll see you tomorrow. Remember, more people love you than you’ll probably ever know. And we’re gonna prove it to you today.

Get to it, people. Thanks.

*** UPDATE *** From Carlos’ wife, Randi…

Your blog post and the comments amaze us. Thanks so much for your friendship. To see how many people are rooting for him certainly gives him strength in a weak hour.

He doesn’t feel much like talking, but it’s certainly drawn a smile and a thumbs-up!

Keep it coming, folks. You’re doing some good here today.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Tim Dudley - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 8:49 am:

    Hey Carlos, I don’t know you but I know what you are going through. Hang in there! We are all praying for you and a speedy recovery!

  2. - tubbfan - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 8:50 am:

    I’ve heard you on the radio for a long time and always liked your thoroughness. We need to you keep at it! Faith in the Lord and hope that the doctor’s will do the right thing will help you through. Stick with it! We’re all pulling for you.

  3. - wordslinger - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 8:50 am:

    Courage, brother, and God bless you.

  4. - Matt Murphy - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 8:50 am:

    Carlos, Keep fighting. See you soon on the trail. Matt

  5. - Vibes - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 8:50 am:

    Carlos — I had the pleasure of sharing libations with you on a few occasions at the Billy Goat and other fine watering holes with a mutual friend / press flack. You clearly embrace the best of journalism, not just those late night traditions, but the passion for truth and a skepticism borne out of a savvy understanding of politics and human nature.

    I hope you bounce back — we need you to inspire the next generation. You’re in my prayers.

  6. - vise77 - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 8:51 am:

    I can barely imagine what you are going through, but best wishes and get well soon. I hope you know that your reporting is missed.

  7. - OneMan - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 8:54 am:

    Feel better, if you need something to help relax you imagine a Quinn/McKenna debate… Puts me to sleep in seconds.

  8. - Small Town Liberal - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 8:56 am:

    Carlos, hope you get better soon and get back to doing what you do best.

  9. - dupage dan - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 8:56 am:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family - may you find strength to weather this storm. You are an asset to the Chicago community and we are blessed to have you in our midst.

  10. - Stormy - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 8:57 am:

    There’s a spot at the bar saved for you at Billy Goat’s when you’re back in action and all are hoping and praying that it is very soon. Keep punching.

  11. - cassandra - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 8:58 am:

    I am very sorry to hear about this.

    There are so many important issues to cover that we need you back on the job as soon as possible. Good reporters are critical if ciitzens are to make good decisions about their society. We need you to grit your teeth, get through these treatment hassles, and come back on the job.

  12. - WOW - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 8:58 am:

    Keep your head up. Anyone who serves as a legitimate sounding board to help keep Rich grounded is someone this state is in dire need of. You’ll beat this.

  13. - bond geek - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 8:59 am:

    carlos dear, hang in there man….i remember one of last times i saw you, it was at a rezko hearing, and you told me you got married. you were so passionate and happy about it….in reporting and life….am praying for you….yvette

  14. - Rep. Mendoza - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:00 am:

    Carlitos! Please get better soon. You’ve got a lot of people pushing for you and praying for you. Courage Carlos…you’ve already exhibited a world’s worth of it. Keep fighting hermano! -Susana

  15. - Thomas Westgard - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:02 am:

    Good luck, Carlos!

  16. - Anon - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:03 am:

    Carlos, I’m not a fan of your reporting, but nobody can question your dedication to your art. My best to you and your family as you proceed to kick this things butt.

  17. - LakeviewJ - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:03 am:

    Hey Carlos, I always enjoy your reporting. You’ll make it through this, stay strong, man.

  18. - The Doc - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:03 am:

    Best wishes on a full and speedy recovery, CHG!

  19. - Tim Bryers - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:06 am:

    Keep the faith Carlos and please get well. God bless.

  20. - VanillaMan - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:06 am:

    “Courage is being scared to death - and saddling up anyway.” - John Wayne

  21. - Ryan McLaughlin - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:10 am:


    You’ve got a lot of people pulling for you old friend. Hang in there buddy, and the first round is on me at the Goat….or the Red Lion. Ha!

    We’re all thinking of you man.

  22. - Obamarama - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:12 am:

    Hang in there Carlos, you’ll be doing another guest spot on Chicago Tonight before you know it.

  23. - Jim Durkin - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:14 am:

    Carlos- hang in there buddy. We need you.

  24. - GME - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:15 am:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you!

  25. - John McCormick - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:15 am:

    No fair, Carlos. If the rest of us have to endure another Cook County budget cycle, you can’t lollygag around some cushy hospital lounge, sipping sweet tea and doing wicked impressions of Illinois pols. Up and out.

  26. - Speaking at Will - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:16 am:

    Here is a little something that always gives me a chuckle.

    In any case, god bless you Carlos, you have a real friend in Rich Miller, and we are all pulling for ya. Get well soon.

  27. - onfire - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:16 am:

    Hi Carlos, I don’t know you and you don’t know me but I think of this quote: “It helps, I think to consider ourselves on a very long journey, the main thing is to keep to the faith, to endure, to help each other when we stumble or tire,to weep and to press on”. You are not alone we are all with you and praying for you. Stay strong.

  28. - Rambler - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:19 am:

    For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Hang in there

  29. - Linus - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:19 am:

    Hang in there, Carlos, and keep keepin’ your head up! You’re in our thoughts and prayers.

  30. - Get Well - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:22 am:

    All the best to you, Carlos. Sending well-wishes and positive thoughts your way for a speedy recovery!

  31. - disgusted in chi boogie - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:23 am:

    Take care and all the best. Looking forward to seeing/hearing you back on the air real soon.

  32. - Give Me A Break - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:29 am:

    Carlos this good Liberal,Democrat, Baptist is sending prayers your way.

  33. - reformer - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:29 am:

    Hang in there, Carlos. It will get better. You have our prayers.

  34. - downstate hick - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:31 am:


    Hang in there. Hope to see you broadcasting again real soon, and remember miracles happen every day. God Bless.

  35. - Fran Eaton - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:31 am:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We look forward to your return.

  36. - fumigated - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:32 am:

    Hey Carlos, We all are thinking about you and wishing you the best.

  37. - Rich Miller - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:33 am:

    You want solid proof about how beloved Carlos actually is? John McCormick of the [gasp!] Tribune editorial board comes over here and praises CHG.

    McCormick, you’re a class act. Carlos, you’re a miracle worker. :)

  38. - Concerned Observer - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:33 am:

    Carlos, we’ve never met, but my wife works with you. I’ve been listening to your stuff since 2001 or so, and have always had a ton of respect for your work.

    Get better soon, man. I know it’s easier said than done, but if anything helps, just know we’re with ya.

  39. - Gregg Goslin/Goglin - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:37 am:


    The lights in the county board room are not as bright with you not there. You are in my thoughts. Hurry back we miss you.

    Your favorite Commissioner - Gregg Goglin

  40. - Madco - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:38 am:

    I don’t have to know you to pray for you and I promise I will. Best wishes to you and family for a speedy recovery.

  41. - Capitol View - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:39 am:

    Carlos - cancer is no stranger to me, and now to my wife. We’re emphasizing quality of life over quantity, so I am retiring at the end of this year so that we can travel and have a lot of fun in our remaining 12 - 18 months together.

    My advice: live well and laugh often.

  42. - friend - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:39 am:

    More thoughts and prayers coming your way Carlos -

    and Rich, you are the class act - thank you for not being afraid to bring real community to your blog.

  43. - Justice - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:43 am:


    We all wish you the very best and a speedy recovery. We know that you are fighting a tough battle and stand shoulder to shoulder with you in this fight.

    May your pain diminish with each passing hour, may your strength return, and may you be blessed with many more days of the sun shinning upon you.

    God bless you and yours. Don’t let up…..ever!

  44. - Hopeful - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:44 am:

    Carlos, sigue en la lucha que te queremos mucho :-)

  45. - Ryan Hermes - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:47 am:

    Getter better soon, Carlos. My prayers are with you and Randi.

  46. - vito - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:50 am:

    God Bless you and your family and prayers can work miracles

  47. - Kimberly W - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:54 am:

    Hey Carlos~
    It seems weird that it is county budget season and both of us are not there (and wondering when we can run out and get Portillos!)

    Lots of love from Team Quigley.

  48. - Taylor Street Brian - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:56 am:

    Carlos - Don’t give up pal - the stories you need to write and tell will be waiting for you - and we still need to take that walk down Taylor Street and talk about the neighborhood. I think the world of you and so do a lot of people who have followed your career.

  49. - Levois - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:56 am:

    Get well soon!

  50. - bored now - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:58 am:

    get better. cancer sucks, and it’s a long road back but you can do it! there’s a lot of people praying for you…

  51. - Rod sez I'm pork - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:58 am:

    Wishing you easier days ahead. Stay strong, stay focused, be well.

  52. - Andy Raucci - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:58 am:

    Chris and I wish you well-when the Lord made you, he broke the mold!

  53. - Dane Placko - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 10:04 am:


    Can’t wait to see you back at the Goat, doing your impression of you-know-who butchering my name. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard.

    Hang in there and keep fighting. You know we’re all thinking about you.

  54. - Dead Head - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 10:06 am:

    Hey Carlos, I’m not sure but I may have met you. It dosen’t matter if I did or not, any friend of Rich’s is a friend of mine. Anyway, hang in there and get better soon. I’ve done my time in hospitals so I know what it’s like. Get better and I’ll see you at Rich’s.

  55. - Cindy Lou - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 10:07 am:

    Sending my prayers up for you, Carlos.

  56. - Abdon - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 10:09 am:

    Missed ya the GOP Gov debate last night Carlos and, more importantly, at Kitty O’Shea’s afterward where your wit would have raised the caliber of the autopsy on the debate. Plenty of time for you to recoup and jump back into the mix. Looking foreward to seeing you again.

  57. - Eric Schuller - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 10:10 am:

    Calros Remember:


    If you can look at the sunset and smile,
    then you still have hope.

    If you can find beauty in the colors of a small flower,
    then you still have hope.

    If you can find pleasure in the movement of a butterfly,
    then you still have hope.

    If the smile of a child can still warm your heart,
    then you still have hope.

    If you can see the good in other people,
    then you still have hope.

    If the rain breaking on a roof top can still lull you to sleep,
    then you still have hope.

    If the sight of a rainbow still makes you stop and stare in wonder,
    then you still have hope.

    If the soft fur of a favored pet still feels pleasant under your fingertips,
    then you still have hope.

    If you meet new people with a trace of excitement and optimism,
    then you still have hope.

    If you give people the benefit of a doubt,
    then you still have hope.

    If you still offer your hand in friendship to others that have touched your life,
    then you still have hope.

    If receiving an unexpected card or letter still brings a pleasant surprise,
    then you still have hope.

    If the suffering of others still fills your with pain and frustration,
    then you still have hope.

    If you refuse to let a friendship die,
    or accept that it must end,
    then you still have hope.

    If you look forward to a time or place of quiet and reflection,
    then you still have hope.

    If you still buy the ornaments,
    put up the Christmas tree or cook the supper,
    then you still have hope.

    If you can look to the past and smile,
    then you still have hope.

    If, when faced with the bad,
    when told everything is futile,
    you can still look up and end the conversation with the phrase…”yeah…BUT.,”
    then you still have hope.

    Hope is such a marvelous thing.
    It bends, it twists, it sometimes hides,
    but rarely does it break.
    It sustains us when nothing else can.
    It gives us reason to continue and courage to move ahead,
    when we tell ourselves we’d rather give in.

    Hope puts a smile on our face
    when the heart cannot manage.

    Hope puts our feet on the path
    when our eyes cannot see it.

    Hope moves us to act
    when our souls are confused of the direction.

    Hope is a wonderful thing,
    something to be cherished and nurtured,
    and something that will refresh us in return.
    And it can be found in each of us,
    and it can bring light into the darkest of places.

    ~Author Unknown~

  58. - My Kind of Town - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 10:10 am:

    Be strong, live well Carlos Hernandez Gomez!

  59. - Terri Hickey - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 10:15 am:

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. Stay strong and get better soon!

  60. - Third Generation Chicago Native - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 10:18 am:

    Get well soon Carlos! The pols have had a long respite from you. My prayers are with you, hurry back soon!

  61. - Kelly - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 10:22 am:

    Carlos, I hope you get better soon! When I left Claypool’s office to move home I always thought about the laughs we had, you crack me up! I am thinking of you!

  62. - moron - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 10:24 am:

    Carlos, are you reading the news? The city is going down the tubes, and our aldercreatures are arguing about reserved seating in Millennium Park. You gotta see this! Best community theater in town. We need you in back in the bullpen in Chambers.

  63. - Kevin Fanning - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 10:26 am:

    We’re thinking of you Carlos, and rooting for a quick recovery. We need great reporters like you in the press.

  64. - BGA Dave - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 10:29 am:

    Carlito my friend. Good lord we need you back on the firing line! Look at all the fun you’re going to have this year when you get out. ILGOP taken over by tea baggers, Sarah Palin coming to town, and Joe Berrios vs. Robert Shaw on public service! Cmon baby, we miss you!

    Hang in there. Your friends are pulling for you.

  65. - Anonymous45 - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 10:33 am:

    My Dad had a cancer diagnosis and he beat the odds that were stacked up against him…you can too…one day at a time…

  66. - Hermano Herman - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 10:34 am:

    Carlito — We’re all thinking about you and pulling for you. I can’t wait for you to get back at it; the political scene is not the same. See you at G&G’s soon for a steak and a libation.

  67. - bobmail - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 10:36 am:

    You are in my thoughts!

  68. - Will County Woman - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 10:40 am:

    Get Well.

  69. - erstwhilesteve - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 10:50 am:

    Can’t imagine a time when we needed you more around here - get well soon and back to the fray!

  70. - Joe in the Know - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 10:50 am:

    Carlos, may God hold you in the hallow of his hand! Get well soon!

    Rich, I am not sure what the record number of posts is for a single thread on your website, but if we tell our friends and family to post good tidings to Carlos here today, let’s try to break it! :)

  71. - macbeth - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 10:50 am:

    Get well, Carlos! :)

  72. - Elizabeth Austin - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 10:55 am:

    Dear Carlos,

    When I want to offer an example of a reporter who is smart, principled, hard-working and just plain admirable, yours is always the first name that comes to mind. We need you, we respect you, and we wish you the best. We are sending our best, most positive thoughts to you and your family.

  73. - Louis Howe - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 10:55 am:

    May God bless and strengthen you on your journey and road to recovery.

  74. - Aaron Chambers - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 10:56 am:

    Puerto Ricans make the world’s greatest lovers. At least that’s you always told me, Carlos, and I’ll take your word for it! Get well soon, my man.

  75. - chicagorepub - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 10:57 am:

    I’ve never commented on this blog before, but had to do it to send you tons of good wishes and prayers.

    I randomly turned on NPR this morning (not part of my usual morning routine), and you popped into my head, and I wondered how you were doing. It is such a strange coincidence that Rich gave an update today. I can’t help but feel like that’s some sort of sign that you’ll be back on the radio before you know it.

  76. - PJS - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 10:57 am:

    Carlos, I’ve always appreciated and enjoyed your reporting, get well and get back at it! Please!

  77. - Milagro - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 10:58 am:

    “Faith in small things has repercussions that ripple all the way out. In a huge, dark room a little match can light up the place.”
    Hang in there Carlos!

  78. - Rep. John Fritchey - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 11:02 am:

    Carlos mi amigo,

    I think the last time we saw each other was when you, Randi and I were in the WTTW parking lot. We know each other too well for me to have to be nice to you in front of the readers :), so all I’ll say is get your ass back in the game brother.

    In the meantime, I’ll look forward to the next time we get together.


  79. - Jak Tichenor - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 11:02 am:

    Hi Carlos,
    I don’t think we’ve ever been formally introduced but I know we’ve rubbed elbows several times at the Statehouse staking out the leaders’ meetings over the years. I was always impressed by the quality of your questions and have enjoyed catching your work when I can from afar. You lead by example and challenge the rest of us to keep raising the bar on our own work. Like so many have said today, hang in there and get well soon. We are pulling for you!

  80. - Chicago Girl - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 11:04 am:

    We’ve never met, but wanted to send my well wishes. Stay strong.

  81. - Just a Voter - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 11:13 am:

    If good will and hope for your recovery can make you well, you are on your way. Get better soon.

  82. - Nick Kaleba - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 11:17 am:

    Carlos–You’re in the thoughts and prayers of everyone over here at the CFL. Get well soon and back on the beat.

  83. - Long-time Lurker - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 11:20 am:

    Never underestimate the power of positive thoughts and prayers. May they lift your spirits. All the best to you.

  84. - Amy C - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 11:21 am:

    I look forward to booking you on Chicago Tonight as soon as you’re up to it! Hang in there Carlos.

  85. - rachel - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 11:21 am:

    You are in my thoughts today. Wishing you well.

  86. - Marshall Rosenthal - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 11:22 am:

    Hang in there, pal!

  87. - Amanda Vinicky - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 11:25 am:

    To the hippest, most energetic, hat-wearin’ reporter that ever rocked the public radio air waves,
    Keep fighting. Tackle this like you would the hardest-hitting political investigation imaginable.
    With prayers, love and a whole lot of support from Springfield,

  88. - 10th Indy - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 11:25 am:

    Do you think it would help if you asked Sarah Palin for support? You’re in our prayers - get better soon.

  89. - Denise Showers - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 11:25 am:

    Well Carlos, I don’t know you either, but if Rich is a pal of yours, then I can only wish you the very, very best. Rich started me on my road to activism. Though I haven’t seen him for blr blr blr years (!), I know where the man’s heart is, and his friends’ hearts as well. Please smile today.

  90. - Aviva Gibbs - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 11:25 am:

    Carlito — best wishes and all, but with all the reporters on this thread, I really feel like I should post a release? [”Hernandez-Gomez Kicks Cancer’s Ass, Surprises No One”] :)

    I’ll flak for you any day, friend. We’ll be by to see you again soon. Text/email anything you need.

  91. - JerryMorrison - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 11:26 am:

    Hey Carlos, get better Brother. Everyone at SEIU sends their best. Keep fighting and we will see you out there soon.

  92. - P. - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 11:29 am:

    I hope you can get back in the game soon. There’s too many guys trying to sneak one past us and not enough good reporters out there!

  93. - Anon14 - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 11:29 am:

    Get well Carlos!

  94. - David Kolata - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 11:31 am:

    Get well soon man! All of our thoughts and prayers are with you. Stay strong.

  95. - Way South of the Border - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 11:31 am:

    I hope you can feel all the good wishes, care and love that are coming your way and I hope most of all that you are feeling better soon.

  96. - thom - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 11:35 am:

    Ann and I are sending you a river of love and prayers your way my friend. You are the Man!
    In fact as I was telling the creaters of the ‘Dos Equis’ ads, “I know the real ‘Dos Equis’ man - and his name… is Carlos Hernandez Gomez!
    “Most songs about love are written for him, about him, or by him,” I said adding, “You can see Carlos’ charisma from space.” I even know you once taught a German Shepard to bark in Spanish.
    You are the MAN I love you buddy! And please stay well my friend.

  97. - Hollis - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 11:37 am:

    Carlos, know that many of us at 118 N. Clark and beyond are thinking of you and cheering you on! Dig deep, you’re going to win.

  98. - Anonymous - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 11:37 am:


    Just stay focused on all the warmth, love, and promise in Randi’s smile–and all the prayers, positive thoughts, and love we’re sending you.

    You’ll know what to do to get back on your feet again.

  99. - Loakleaf - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 11:38 am:

    Hey Carlos,
    I was going to make reference to a portillo’s run, but I see that Kim already beat me too it. I’ve been thinking of you as you’ve been dealing with all of this. Best wishes to you.

    Laura Nelson Oakleaf

  100. - Doug Kucia - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 11:38 am:

    Carlos my man, my thoughts and prayers go out to you. I want you to know how much I appreciate your friendship and support over the years. You are truly a good human being and I am lucky to call you my friend.

  101. - El Conquistador - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 11:38 am:

    Wow. Almost 100 comments already. Nobody has been able to pull in those kind of numbers since Blago. Ooops…I was supposed to say something to make you feel BETTER. Sorry. Hang in there. The whole state is pulling for your quick return. I’m saying a prayer for you now.

  102. - Laura - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 11:40 am:

    Get well Carlos! Here’s to a strong recovery! You’re in our thoughts and prayers! We need you back stronger than ever!

  103. - Anon2 - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 11:43 am:

    Hang in there Carlos. Just keep thinking positive and don’t look back. From someone that has been through it all - several times - and has managed to keep going at almost full speed.

  104. - Matt McGrath - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 11:46 am:

    Hang in there, Carlos. The campaign season won’t start for real until you’re out covering it.

  105. - Little Egypt - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 11:48 am:

    Peace and grace are the medicine for you today from a Southern Illinois Yellow Dog Democrat.

  106. - Chris Dudley - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 11:49 am:

    As the 100 + comments indicate you are my friend a true over achiever…so we all expect to continue to achieve a great recovery and join us all back on the campaign trail soon. Keep the faith

  107. - Shannon - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 11:49 am:

    Carlos, May God watch over you and heal your body. May He bless you and your family.

  108. - Stallion - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 11:50 am:

    Carlos, I have never met you, but I am inspired by your courage and strength, keep hope and faith, I will keep you in my prayers..

  109. - Steve Scott - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 11:55 am:

    God bless, Carlos. Be strong, and gain strength from those who are thinking of you now.

  110. - quicknote - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 12:00 pm:

    Keep fighting. Be strong.

  111. - Responsa - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 12:03 pm:

    Carlos and Randi,

    This current setback is a total bummer. But later on it will make your recovery and ultimate conquest of this beast feel all the sweeter. Stay strong.

  112. - wndycty - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 12:04 pm:

    Keep up the fight!

  113. - Dave Dahl - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 12:06 pm:

    Very best - see you down here in Springfield

  114. - Joe Moore - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 12:06 pm:

    Carlos, I’ve been missing your humor and your insights. You’re one of the few reporters who truly gets it. Know that hundreds, nay, thousands of folks are pulling for your speedy and full recovery. We need you back on the beat!

  115. - Pete Giangreco - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 12:12 pm:

    Get your hat on and come back strong!

  116. - Dan Vock - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 12:16 pm:

    Carlos, we need your tenacious reporting and trademark choice of hats back on the beat! More importantly, all your friends — and, wow, it looks like you have a LOT — are pulling for you to beat this thing. God bless and get well soon.

  117. - Lairdude - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 12:16 pm:

    Best wishes, you can do it.

  118. - Bob Furem - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 12:17 pm:

    Hey, Carlos!

    It’s Bob the audio guy at WTTW. There is no better guest on Chicago Tonight and you are a true gentleman, as well. See you back here soon!

  119. - Zachary Cook - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 12:33 pm:

    Faithful viewer and radio listener out in Chicagoland, wishing you a swift recovery!

  120. - Montrose - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 12:35 pm:

    Good luck, Carlos. Your voice is needed.

  121. - Larry Suffredin - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 12:37 pm:

    Carlos and Randi - You are in Gloria and my prayers. The Cross Rhodes awaits your return. Larry

  122. - Pat Collins - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 12:42 pm:

    Hope you can feel better soon, and recover. I have two friends who survived cancer and are doing nicely, you can join them :)

  123. - Wasan miller - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 12:46 pm:

    Carlos I hope you get better soon

  124. - irv & ashland - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 1:03 pm:

    I hope you beat this quickly.

  125. - Joanie Lum - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 1:03 pm:

    This road is much longer and more challenging than expected. But you do not carry this burden alone. All these friends, and God are with you. Thinking about you always.

  126. - JonShibleyFan - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 1:06 pm:

    Be strong. You’ve clearly got loving family and friends behind you. And I’m proud to be one of the nameless fans whom you don’t know pulling for you as well. Sending thoughts and prayers your way. We’re with you.

  127. - Gilbert from HACIA - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 1:09 pm:

    Carlos keep up the fight and God bless you and your family.

  128. - Vote Quimby! - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 1:10 pm:

    Carlos, all your friends and many strangers are pulling for you! All the best to you and your family!!

  129. - mel - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 1:11 pm:


    The first time we met I told you I watched you each morning on CLTV, and you told you me that even your mother doesn’t watch you that often. You’ve always had great charm, lots of talent, and a warm smile. Stay strong. You’re in our thoughts!

  130. - Funboy1126 - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 1:19 pm:

    With a cute grin like that, who wouldn’t want to see you back on the air??? Get well soon.

  131. - Ramsn - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 1:26 pm:

    Carlos- Been listening to your coverage for years. Your work has always helped make the world clearer and more discernible for so many people. Rich is right that there’s a lotta love out here for you and a lot of people pulling for you. Be well.

  132. - Ann - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 1:28 pm:

    There are too few good reporters in the world–we can’t afford to lose one. Hang in there, for all of us.

  133. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 1:30 pm:


    If you’ve got time to read Capitolfax, I was hoping you have time to help me out…I’m trying to get a grip on the American political psyche, and I just can’t decide where folks’ minds are these days:

    “Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away” — Paul McCartney

    “There’s no time like the present.” — Anonymous

    “Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you tomorrow.” — Little Orphan Annie



    P.S. Ben Franklin said “Look before you leap” and “He who hesitates is lost.” ? Help me reconcile THAT and I’ll owe you bigtime!

  134. - Wasan Miller - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 1:32 pm:

    Carlos, I hope you get better soon

  135. - Jim Soreng - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 1:36 pm:

    Stay strong and keep fighting! You are in our my thoughts and prayers.

  136. - Rich Miller - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 1:37 pm:

    Wow. That’s the first time my wife has posted on this blog. At least, as far as I know.

    The power of Carlos love. Beautiful.

  137. - Alex Silets - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 1:43 pm:

    Hey buddy! To quote one of my favorite movies, Moonstruck. Imagine me as Cher–that’s a picture, ain’t it?? And me shouting at you after a good crack across the cheek: “SNAP OUT OF IT!!!” LOL! Just kidding, my man. I love you tons and hope that I brought a tiny, tiney, itsy, bitsy smile to your face. (Hope springs eternal…I am a Cubs fan!!! LOL!) **Big hug** Feel better.

  138. - Tom B. - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 1:51 pm:

    We love you Carlos, hang in there.

  139. - Don Rose - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 1:53 pm:

    Hey man–get the hell out of bed and get back to work–we need you out there. Love from Judy—Don Rose

  140. - Jim Graham - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 1:55 pm:

    Carlos, my evenings with Chicago Tonight just aren’t what they were. Your return is needed ASAP.

  141. - 312 - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 1:55 pm:

    Without you Carlos, the Goat is a lot quieter and airwaves aren’t as interesting — you’ve made it through so much already, and I know you can beat this setback — can’t wait to have you resume your wit and wisdom to this crazy thing we call Chicago politics!

  142. - Dave Comerford - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 1:59 pm:

    Keep fighting the good fight Carlos. Just look at the crazy number of comments you have here. You will probably set the record for most comments about someone who is not going to jail! The power of the Fax is behind you. You’re in our thoughts and prayers.

  143. - Nancy - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 2:02 pm:

    I know it’s tough and your fighting through some really hard times. But it will be worth it when your back at the goat making us all laugh with your blago, mob and other assorted hilarious stories. You really are an inspiration. Take care, my friend!!

  144. - Mary Field - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 2:02 pm:

    Carlos– Remember the first story we ever talked about? The one you told me about involving a really powerful Chicago figure? Well, that story still needs doing. And many more are calling you. Get well. We’re sending you lots of strength and love.

  145. - Amalia - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 2:03 pm:

    hey carlos (and Randi): sorry to hear you had a very bad reaction to your treatment. usually on this blog we’re
    posting about having bad reactions to the goofy words
    from pols! get better cause we need you on the front

  146. - Dan Shomon - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 2:08 pm:

    Carlos, you got to get better because no one wants to interview me anymore!!!! Love ya brother we are thinking about you.

  147. - Mrs. Flaquito - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 2:25 pm:

    Carlos, my friend, Liam and I are sending you all our love and best wishes. (Although I’m beginning to wonder, are you hiding out in the hospital all the time to avoid making good on our lunch date with Lester? Knock it off. Heal your bod and I’ll buy the steaks.) ~Ann

  148. - Charles Thomas, ABC-7 - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 2:29 pm:

    The game misses you, hermano! I know you WILL be back because no one is as tough and smart as you. Get well soon!!!

  149. - Michael Weir - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 2:30 pm:

    Carlos, I want you to know what a top flight reporter and, more importantly, person, I think you are. I always look forward to running into you. You are a class guy and one of the keenest observers of Illinois politics that I know. With your irrepresible spirit, hope you are soon on the mend.

  150. - woody - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 2:32 pm:

    dear Carlos I always dig your appearances on Chicago Tonight. Please get well soon so you can enjoy this fine weather…

  151. - Ghost - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 2:37 pm:

    Carlos I can not wait for you to feel better so we can get back to enjoing your reports. We need you, can’t wait for to start feeling better and our prayers are with you.

  152. - Peter Coffey - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 3:06 pm:

    Carlos, you never go through things like this alone. Lots of us are in your corner. Some of us you know well, others not as well. But all of us and more are with you in this fight. Peace.

  153. - John Borovicka - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 3:08 pm:

    Carlos, you’re a credit to your profession and one of the truly nice guys in this game. We need you back here in the mix, so God bless, and get well soon.

  154. - First post ever - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 3:14 pm:

    Our prayers continue to be with you and your family. Please know that you are held in the highest of regards both personally and professionally by many of us in this state. God bless you on a speddy recovery. Your friend,
    Kevin Joyce

  155. - Anonymous - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 3:15 pm:

    The power of Carlos love. Beautiful.

    Which reminds me, Carlos, always listen to Randi’s voice. Whenever you hear her voice cooing in your ear, follow.

  156. - Fred Crespo - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 3:16 pm:

    Cuidate hermano, prayers are with you.

  157. - Rep. Greg Harris - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 3:20 pm:

    I really miss the Facebook chats and gossiping…so feel better and get that typing finger back in shape soon!

  158. - Kara-oke - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 3:25 pm:

    Carlos, you serenaded me on my 30th birthday with these lyrics from Sisqo. Today, I send them to you in the hopes that, if nothing else, they will make you laugh. See you at the mic soon, Mr. Goldfinger.

    I like it when the beat goes da na da na
    Baby make your booty go da na da na
    Girl I know you wanna show da na da na
    That thong th thong thong thong

  159. - Tom Suffredin - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 3:26 pm:

    Everything has already been said. Hang in there, man!!!

  160. - Dave Druker - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 3:31 pm:

    Carlos, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  161. - girllawyer - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 3:35 pm:

    2008 was our year of cancer. We’ll say a prayer that your outcome is as good as ours was and that by this time next year you’ll be the one offering encouragement to others.

  162. - David Ormsby - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 3:38 pm:

    Godspeed, Carlos.

  163. - Mike Garvey - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 3:49 pm:

    From one survvor to another, hang in there. I never met you but this type of support does not come unless it is deserved. You obviously treat others right.

  164. - first time poster - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 3:52 pm:

    Carlos, I, too have never posted before, but feel complelled to tell you that I’m a cancer survivor and you will be too! The power of prayer will see you through so you can support others someday. Be strong and keep hope alive. God bless!

  165. - Whizbang - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 4:00 pm:

    Carlos. I don’t know you but I have walked where you are walking. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Stay the course and fight. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  166. - Quinn T. Sential - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 4:07 pm:

    Miller: Over? Did you say “over”? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!

    Bill: Germans?

    VanillaMan: Forget it, he’s rolling.

    Miller: And it ain’t over now. ‘Cause when the goin’ gets tough…

    Miller: the tough get goin’! Who’s with me? Let’s go!
    [runs out, alone; then returns]

    Miller: What the fudge happened to the CAPFAX Readers I used to know? Where’s the spirit? Where’s the guts, huh? This could be the greatest night of our lives, but you’re gonna let it be the worst. “Ooh, we’re afraid to go with you Miler, we might get in trouble.” Well just kiss my ass from now on! Not me! I’m not gonna take this.

    Wordslinger: Miller’s right. Psychotic, but absolutely right. We gotta help him beat this thing. Now we could do it with conventional medicine, but then we would fight over whether it should come through a big government universal healthcare plan, or a private plan that could take time to geta approved through the insurance company and eventually cost millions of lives. No, I think we have to go all out. I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part.

    Quinn T. Sential: Since laughter is always the best medicine, I think the CAPFAX Chorus should assemble outside the hospital window tonight about to sing Feliz Navidad to Carlos; in 8 part dis-harmony; at 10:05 p.m., in time to make the evening news.

    Carlos biggest challenge after that would be needing plastic surgery to get the simile off of his face!

    Miller: We’re just the guys to do it.

    D-Day: Let’s do it.

    Miller: *Let’s do it*!

    The ball is in your court now Rich, all you have to do is post the hospital name and address, and the CAPFAX Choir could assemble somewhere nearby at; about 6:30 for HAPPY HOUR, to lubricate their vocal chords.

  167. - Mark McCombs - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 4:10 pm:

    I don’t know you, but as the husband of a cancer survivor, I know what you and your family are going through. I pray for your continued strength to win this battle just as my wife did. I pray that in the end, that like our family, your family comes out is stronger because of the ordeal.

  168. - Diana Pando - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 4:11 pm:

    Carlos sending you and your family good vibes. You’re going to get through it.

  169. - Anon - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 4:12 pm:

    Hope to see you and that cool fedora in action again soon!

  170. - downhereforyears - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 4:33 pm:

    Carlos, my prayers are with you, be positive my friend.

  171. - prairiestatedem - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 4:36 pm:


    You and your family are in my continued thoughts and prayers….you are gonna beat this thing!

    Many good thoughts your way for a speedy and full recovery

  172. - Rich Means - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 4:42 pm:

    What is this crap about you lying around in a hospital bed instead of raising Hell while comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable. Get better so you can get back in the fight. We miss you.

  173. - A Citizen - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 4:45 pm:

    Carlos, keep up the good fight, best wishes and prayers.

  174. - Polackquita - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 5:17 pm:

    Carlitos — We’ll be back drinking in the Goat and at Pat Haran’s (reincarnated) all night long before you know it. Love ya Rican. Get well soon!

  175. - Becky C - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 5:25 pm:

    Hey Carlos! It was great to run into you a few months ago at the Trib. I miss working with you on a regular basis - I’ll have to get you on the sports beat next year so you can come out and see me at TOYOTA PARK!! xo BC

  176. - AmySue Mertens - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 5:29 pm:

    boy have I missed your hard hitting reporting - I love it when you tell it like it is. Sending positive thoughts your way…

  177. - Jeff Smith - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 5:39 pm:

    The airwaves are emptier without you…get better with a little help from all your friends.

  178. - Bill - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 6:14 pm:

    We need you, buddy.

  179. - chacon - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 6:28 pm:

    Carlitos querido: your incisive questioning and fine reporting are much missed…I can only hope you’ll be back among the inkstained wretches sometime soon. Best to you and Randi.

  180. - chitownhv - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 6:28 pm:

    Esos huevos son fuertes! Siguele con ganas Carlitos.

  181. - Rich Sr - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 6:54 pm:

    Carlos, the whole Miller family is rooting for you.

  182. - Steve Edwards - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 7:00 pm:

    Carlitos! So another election season is upon us, complete with dozens of candidates, hundreds of stories and more than a few scandals to uncover. The only thing missing is you. Chicago needs you back in the game, my man. May the Force be with you and Randi. Much love, Steve & Andrea

  183. - Josh Potts - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 7:23 pm:

    Carlos, Nadine and I wish you a speedy recovery. Get well soon, my friend.

  184. - Suzanne - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 8:00 pm:

    Ok, would this be a good time to admit to being a member of a impressively large contingency of infatuated northsiders? Your talents are missed. Please heed Aviva’s press release and get back to work. Soon.

  185. - Garcia - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 8:11 pm:

    Carlitos — I continue to pray for you — to my Mexican Virgin — ’cause she works miracles…
    I love you and cannot wait for you to come back to work — the latino contingent is sorely lacking w/o you!

  186. - Samantha Anderson - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 8:25 pm:

    Keep your chin up. We’re all wishing you the best.

  187. - Angela - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 8:32 pm:

    Dear Carlos, If this doesn’t put a smile on your face, I don’t know what will. All the love and prayers coming your way. God Bless xoxo

  188. - Stu - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 8:33 pm:

    Even if you have never had a dog, you will find this enjoyable.

  189. - Kyra Kyles - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 8:48 pm:

    Hi Carlos:
    It’s your cube neighbor, Kyra Kyles. My thoughts are with you and I’m wishing you well as hard as I can. Feel anything yet? You are the best and cannot wait to see you (and hear you sing ODB again) very soon.

  190. - dupage progressive - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 8:49 pm:

    Carlos, we’ve never met, but I’m a huge fan of your hard-hitting reporting. You didn’t let up on some of the goofballs who appeared on your show, so please don’t let up now. There is a whole new administration to go to work on — we need you!!
    Many prayers & get well vibes going your way right now.

  191. - cindi canary - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:02 pm:

    As a rule I never post on the blog, but for Carlos I will make an exception. Carlos you are the best, the smartest and the funniest and you will win this battle. I respect and love you and Illinois needs you doing news coverage, so know that thousands and thousands of us who might not agree on anything else agree on how important you are and are hlding you in our hearts.

  192. - Ellen Minderman - Memphis, TN - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:26 pm:

    Carlos, get well soon! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Randi. Take care of yourself!

    Ellen Minderman

  193. - Pot calling kettle - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 9:41 pm:


    I need ALL of my NPR reporters well and reporting.

    As long time member-listener-fan, I wish you well and hope to hear more of your quality reportage soon.

  194. - The Dubliner - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 10:16 pm:

    Sending prayers and positive energy to you and Randi. Get well soon. Chicago media missees you!

  195. - Barry - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 10:33 pm:

    Please come back to work soon, Carlos, and G-d be with you.

  196. - Rod McCulloch - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 10:42 pm:

    You are loved like a brother, my friend. Heal soon. You are the best.

  197. - Charlie Serrano - Friday, Nov 6, 09 @ 11:08 pm:

    Carlos Mi Hermanazo, eres un verdadero revolucionario - nos impacta a todos a mi me inspiras estoy contigo, en espiritud y amor. Dios te bendiga a ti y tu esposa.. Un abrazo.

  198. - Chuck Sweeny - Saturday, Nov 7, 09 @ 12:09 am:

    Carlos, I am praying for your recovery. Please keep your spirits up and fight, fight, fight.

  199. - Brian - Saturday, Nov 7, 09 @ 6:05 am:


    Lucie and I miss your reporting, your insight, your grace, and your good humor! Beat this thing and get back on the air already!!!

    All our best and all our prayers.

  200. - Liam Ford - Saturday, Nov 7, 09 @ 8:16 am:

    You’re in our prayers, Carlos. Be well.

  201. - Dan Rutherford - Saturday, Nov 7, 09 @ 9:09 am:

    Carlos, prayers are with you. Looking forward to seeing you on the trail soon, my friend.

  202. - Christine Tatum, 2006-07 National President, Society of Professional Journalists - Saturday, Nov 7, 09 @ 9:11 am:

    Carlos - I’m a praying woman, and I’m praying for you. My prayer is that this cancer goes the hell away - and that, if it doesn’t, you and Randi have a profound sense of the love and peace only God can provide. I’m also praying that you both continue to be surrounded by friends with bottomless “servant hearts.” Sure, I’m in Denver, but if the two of you need ANYTHING, don’t hesitate to let me know.

    I also want to thank you, Carlos, for all of the time you have devoted to journalism advocacy. You have been a such a stalwart - one of those special journalists who does more to support the profession than what it takes to collect a paycheck. Your generous contributions to the Chicago Headline Club, to the National Association of Hispanic Journalists - bravo!

    I soooo want to see you - and your funky fedora - back out there, fighting the good fight with your trademark good humor and wit. Am sending you much love and my respect in the meantime.

  203. - Kim Brown - Saturday, Nov 7, 09 @ 9:37 am:

    You just better get well soon because I have no one to recite lines from I’m Gonna Git You Sucka with. But in all seriousness, you know I adore you and know you will prevail!

  204. - AlaskanmMalamutes - Saturday, Nov 7, 09 @ 10:38 am:

    ~Get well soon Carlos, we’ll keep you in our thoughts and prayers~

  205. - Kwame Raoul - Saturday, Nov 7, 09 @ 10:46 am:


    I will say a special prayer for you from the holy land. May the Spirit of God and the prayers of all of your friends provide you the strength to overcome. God Bless You!!!

  206. - Kevin Lampe - Saturday, Nov 7, 09 @ 11:25 am:


    Give ‘em hell Man!

    You are journalistic treasure here. We need you! Stay strong.
    If you attack this challenge as you have tackles so many tough stories before, then you will clearly beat it.

  207. - Kevin Lampe - Saturday, Nov 7, 09 @ 11:32 am:

    Kitty sends her love.

  208. - James - Saturday, Nov 7, 09 @ 12:35 pm:

    I can only echo everyone else’s thoughts and prayers. I haven’t met you, but from the above comments you sound like a tremendous person — in addition to being an excellent reporter. It was work like yours that inspired me to study journalism. Hang in there.

  209. - Maueen O'Donnell - Saturday, Nov 7, 09 @ 1:17 pm:

    Carlos, I had some bad times when I had chemo for breast cancer so I have an idea of what you are going through. Keep fighting, brother.–Maureen

  210. - DGMom - Saturday, Nov 7, 09 @ 2:24 pm:

    Keep up the fight Carlos! We need you back reporting.

  211. - Boyd of the lakes - Saturday, Nov 7, 09 @ 2:43 pm:


    I am saying a prayer for you and Randi today.

    I can’t wait to see you back on the air again - you do a great job.

    Unfortunately I will have to wait over a year until I can dump U-Verse and get my CLTV back!

    All best wishes for a speedy recovery!

  212. - Scott Mesick - Saturday, Nov 7, 09 @ 8:57 pm:

    Carlos -

    You are one of God’s treasures. Keep strong. Draw inspiration from all around you, those you know and those you don’t. There is a world of us pulling for you. I look forward to seeing your work again, I WILL see your work again. Prayers to you.

  213. - Jim Newcomb - Sunday, Nov 8, 09 @ 12:08 am:

    Carlos, best wishes for a speedy recovery. I hope to see you at a BGA event or Lundy Lunch soon back in form with this disease whipped.

  214. - RWP - Sunday, Nov 8, 09 @ 8:04 am:

    Hey Carlos - I was off the ‘puter for a couple of days - we have never met, but like I said last time you are one of the “real” reporters in town and we need you

  215. - DeLonde - Sunday, Nov 8, 09 @ 1:06 pm:

    ‘Los, beat this thing like Ali beat Foreman!

  216. - CatT - Sunday, Nov 8, 09 @ 4:48 pm:

    Hey it’s Diana’s niece Cat. Get better Carlos! Hang in there. Can’t wait to see you around the goat!

  217. - Southern Illinois Voter - Sunday, Nov 8, 09 @ 9:06 pm:

    My prayers are with you & your family. Keep fighting!

  218. - Brooke - Monday, Nov 9, 09 @ 10:00 am:

    Carlos, we are thinking of you and praying for your strength and fast recovery. God Bless You!!

  219. - Eric Zorn - Monday, Nov 9, 09 @ 10:38 am:

    Johanna and I are both rooting for you hard. Looking forward to seeing you at Blago’s trial. We can pass notes.

  220. - Alex Armour - Monday, Nov 9, 09 @ 11:09 am:


    We need you back here to keep the rest of these jokers honest! Get well!

  221. - Colleen - Monday, Nov 9, 09 @ 11:09 am:

    Carlos: I don’t know you, and I’m not familiar with your writing. But any friend of Eric Zorn’s is a friend of mine. I’m sending you every good thought for your complete recovery.

  222. - Mike Lewis - Monday, Nov 9, 09 @ 11:56 am:


    All the best. You are in my prayers! Eric Zorn has praised your work; thus, I’m sure you are a rare talent.

  223. - Kate - Monday, Nov 9, 09 @ 12:35 pm:

    Carlos, my thoughts are with you for a quick and complete recovery.

  224. - Chris Robling - Monday, Nov 9, 09 @ 1:39 pm:

    Carlos — Time to get better. Dempsey owes us lunch.
    Love, Robling

  225. - BMc - Monday, Nov 9, 09 @ 5:15 pm:

    Carlos - looks like I’m a bit late to the game, and hope these 224 other messages from friends & strangers alike have helped you see how great your impact has been on all of us, and how much more work there is to do!

    I’ve no doubt you’ve been to hell & back, and have faced things no one should ever be confronted with. I barely know you, but know that you’re a fighter. So fight with all you’ve got. And come back stronger.

    We’re with you.

  226. - Marc Glick - Monday, Nov 9, 09 @ 5:46 pm:

    Carlos, you’re in our thoughts and prayers, stay strong.

  227. - Elizabeth Brackett - Monday, Nov 9, 09 @ 6:10 pm:

    Carlos - there’s been a hole in the Chicago Tonight guest list lately. We need you back! There are many many people sending you warm thoughts and stay strong vibes.

    We’re with you,

  228. - Elise & Joe from Evanston - Monday, Nov 9, 09 @ 6:34 pm:

    God bless you Carlos. You are in our prayers.

  229. - MrJM - Monday, Nov 9, 09 @ 9:39 pm:


    Keep battlin’ you classy, classy son-of-a-gun.

    – MrJM

  230. - Devoted CPR Listener - Tuesday, Nov 10, 09 @ 9:42 am:

    Carlos, you are one of our favorite BEZ reporters of all time…we challenge each other, in our family, to say your name the way you say it each time we hear your broadcasts…your reporting has been incredibly important in our lives and in the life of this community, and we want you back, healthy and curious, as soon as possible. You and your family are in our thoughts and we wish you well as you fight this battle.

  231. - Natasha Korecki - Tuesday, Nov 10, 09 @ 10:18 am:

    Carlos, you’re hitting a bad spot but you’re going to get out of this. There’s an open mic waiting for you at the Hidden Cove.

  232. - Amy - Tuesday, Nov 10, 09 @ 3:24 pm:

    Good luck Carlos…get well soon!

  233. - R.A. Stewart - Tuesday, Nov 10, 09 @ 5:15 pm:

    I’m a frequent WBEZ listener, plus if Eric Zorn and Rich Miller are pulling for you, you are clearly one of the good guys. Sending good thoughts your way. We need reporters like you in Chicago, and I know your family and friends need you even more.

  234. - Ivanna - Friday, Nov 13, 09 @ 4:36 pm:

    Carlos, get well soon. We need you to ask those tough questions and tell those funny stories.

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