* I think I told you this already, but years ago I turned down one of Pat Quinn’s White Sox tickets. Some of his lieutenant governor staffers were going to a game and they offered one of his tix to me.
Call me a snob, but I hate the upper deck and that’s where Quinn’s season tickets are. Dan Proft and I went to a game years ago and we sat in the upper deck and I vowed I wouldn’t ever do that again.
* Anyway, Steve Bogira at the Reader was surprised that Quinn would sit there…
I leaned down to him. “Governor—what are you doing in the upper deck?”
He turned and said, “I’ve got season tickets here. Had ‘em ten, 11 years.”
“But why in the upper deck?”
He shrugged. “You can see the game.”
Quinn doesn’t ordinarily look down on Chicagoans, but he does at Sox games.
I know what he means: the height offers a nice perspective. But this benefit is mostly canceled out by the yawning span between you and the field. Even Adam Dunn looks small. And the sound delay is disconcerting—the crack of the bat you hear in the second inning was the double in the first.
Bogira writes later in the story that Quinn was going over fundraising schedules. I asked Quinn about that when the story came out and he said he wasn’t doing fundraising stuff. He told me what he was actually doing, but it was a couple of months ago and I’ve since forgotten. I think it was bill lists.
* Anyway, that brings us to this Kurt Erickson column…
Quinn’s campaign manager Lou Bertuca sent out a fundraising appeal in which a lucky donor could win an afternoon at a Chicago White Sox game sitting in the stands with Illinois’ chief executive.
“This isn’t just a handshake and a photo op – this is a real opportunity to hang out with the governor of Illinois,” Bertuca wrote.
The letter noted that anyone who chips in $5 or more is automatically entered in the contest.
Because reporters don’t give money to politicians, I was about to close out the email.
Then I read the small print. It said, “No purchase, payment or contribution necessary to enter or win. Contributing will not improve chances of winning.”
Excellent, right? I clicked the link to enter and got this message: “Page not found.”
Then again, I clicked the same link last week and it worked for me.
* And that brings us to the new Quinn campaign video…
Simon’s back on his game.
* And that brings us to this from Rep. Jeanne Ives…
Representative Ives is organizing a Health and Fitness Boot Camp for children in her district, ages 8-12.
Last year, the event was a great success! This year Ives has expanded the program to promote fitness throughout the summer.
I’m really excited about this event,” Ives told reporters last year. “It’s something I started doing just as a mom. Having been in the military, I knew my kids loved fitness and they loved to do it in a fun and exciting way. So we came out to Cantigny to build this bigger event about kid’s nutrition and kid’s health and fitness, which we hope to grow every year.”
This year, recruits will be able to pick up a fitness pass book at their local library, community center or Ives’ District Office. Recruits will use the pass book to track their fitness level over the summer by completing four fitness activities each week, which parents will sign off on in the passbook. Each completed week will be a raffle entry for prizes from local businesses. Parents are also encouraged to administer an initial fitness test at the beginning of the summer (optional). On August 15, those who have taken the initial assessment will re-test and if a recruit shows a 20% improvement in their fitness level they will be entered into a “Grand Raffle.”
Children can join the contest and fun at any time over the summer or just show up to participate in the Boot Camp on August 15.
At Ives’ Fitness and Health Boot Camp, recruits will participate in a variety of health and fitness events, including:
Complete an Obstacle Course by FTX Crossfit
Scale a Climbing Wall
Participate in a Fitness Test
Earn personalized, commemorative dog tags
Receive BMI testing and learn safe stretching from Advanced Healthcare Associates
Take part in basic First Aid Instruction from Cadence Health and Edward Hospital
Participate in activities from FORWARD of DuPage County
Receive samples of healthy snacks
First Aide provided by Superior Ambulance
Raffle Sponsors include:
Eagle Martial Arts
MOVES Dance Studio
Sox tickets from Dan Proft, WLS-AM
I hope those Proft tickets are better than the ones we had back in the day.