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Thursday, Apr 30, 2020

* Illinois-centric and polite, please…


- Posted by Rich Miller        

26 Comments
  1. - Frumpy white guy - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 9:08 am:

    With more than a Trillion dollars of stimulus money flying everywhere will the FBI and US Attorney’s Office be looking for the corruption that’s sure to be in full force?


  2. - Stones - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 9:12 am:

    I found the NFL Draft to be really entertaining this year. They did a great job given the format. Hopefully the Bears didn’t blow their picks again.


  3. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 9:13 am:

    Excellent sentiment by Hawk. I enjoy some of his great calls, like the Wise catch and final out of the Buehrle perfect game.


  4. - Chatham Resident - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 9:15 am:

    “With more than a Trillion dollars of stimulus money flying everywhere will the FBI and US Attorney’s Office be looking for the corruption that’s sure to be in full force?”
    ————————–

    Not “quite” a trillion dollars involved, but also in the corruption department.

    But Candace Wanzo is back in the news today, Bruce Rushton was finally able to obtain her SOS personnel file. His Illinois Times article today, which he also talked about on Sam Madonia’s show this morning:

    https://www.illinoistimes.com/springfield/six-figures-of-trouble/Content?oid=12108601

    “After Candace Wanzo was walked out of the secretary of state’s office, where she was a supervisor in the vehicle licensing division, investigators with the inspector general’s office searched her office, plus storage areas, and found more than $155,410 in uncashed checks and money orders made out to the state.

    That was three years ago, and it wasn’t all.. .”


  5. - Shaun TD - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 9:16 am:

    Thanks Rich, for “Putting it on the Board…YES!”


  6. - BC - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 9:18 am:

    Love that early 80’s Hawk pic. Only thing missing is Don Drysdale next to him in a Members Only jacket.


  7. - Jose Abreu's Next Homer - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 9:26 am:

    The Hawkaroo! He’s ready to start golfing (he lives in Indiana though). Big concession by the NCAA yesterday, good news for athletes. The sand is shifting for the crumbling NCAA.


  8. - Give Me A Break - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 9:28 am:

    For the Love of Pete, I didn’t need to see the headline, Yadi is willing to test free agancy.

    Mo better do whatever it takes to keep Yadi in STL. The blow back from the fans won’t be pleasant for Mo if Molina ends his career anywhere but in STL.


  9. - Telly - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 9:36 am:

    == Not “quite” a trillion dollars involved ==

    Actually, there’s a lot more than that. Seems we’ve forgotten that in the earlier round of coronavirus stimulus, Congress authorized the Fed to dole $4 trillion in low and zero interest loans to big business. While publicly traded companies, banks, and investment funds aren’t supposed to get PPP grants, the Fed loans are specifically for them. Should help the hedge fund millionaires recover from their stock market losses. But heaven forbid public pension funds see any of those loans to make up for the carnage done to their investments.


  10. - Amalia - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 9:46 am:

    Love the Hawk. Great tv fundraising event last night on NBC sports Chicago. Music, lots of chicago sports figures dialing it in via Zoom, 2005 Sox members including Ozzie, surprising fans who are health care workers with their fav sports figure, really good 4 hours of nothing but love.


  11. - Left Leaner - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 9:46 am:

    Ladies and gentlemen, that’s what you call grace.


  12. - Jose Abreu's Next Homer - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 9:50 am:

    Front page of the Tribune, “Man apologizes for throwing Chicago house party caught on viral video, says he was honoring 2 slain friends, didn’t realize health risks of packed crowd”
    He just didn’t know????


  13. - Anyone Remember - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 9:51 am:

    Anyone seen the Phyllis Schafly movie? Impressions?


  14. - Practical Politics - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 9:53 am:

    Re: Hawk Harrelson:

    I visited Cooperstown years ago and was somewhat taken aback by the Ford C. Frick Award. All of the media talk about radio and television broadcasters being admitted to the Baseball Hall of Fame once the awardees are named. While it is technically true that the broadcasters are feted and allowed an opportunity to make a speech, the reality is that their names are merely inscribed on an award plaque opposite the names of previous recipients.
    Unlike players, the broadcasters were not given individual plaques with their images cast in bronze.

    I am feeling old. I recall the year that Playboy ranked Hawk as the “worst” baseball broadcaster in a team by team critique of the voices of the game.
    This was about twenty-five years ago.


  15. - Cubs - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 9:54 am:

    It’s the last day of April and the Cubs have not lost a game yet!


  16. - Anyone Remember - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 9:57 am:

    Did Mr. Rushton find out if a criminal background check was run on Candace Wanzo? His silence suggests yes, and it didn’t pick up her previous conviction in federal court. Something OEIG has noted in other hiring decisions.


  17. - JoanP - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 9:58 am:

    The Art Institute lions and the Daley Center Picasso are wearing face masks: https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-ent-picasso-art-institute-lions-masks-coronavirus-0501-20200430-2deny3agqzeehlltube7gie6na-story.html


  18. - Launch alert - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 9:59 am:

    = will the FBI and US Attorney’s Office be looking for the corruption that’s sure to be in full force?= Trillions in stimulus is a corruption tidal wave coming. Not sure Trump is going to allow William Barr or the FBI director to investigate any of scams until after November 3rd. After all we gotta protect the President.


  19. - Monadnock Pigeon - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 10:05 am:

    Gracious and classy, I’m not even a Sox fan but I’m impressed (banned punctuation)


  20. - TinyDancer(FKASue) - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 10:09 am:

    =The Art Institute lions and the Daley Center Picasso are wearing face masks=

    Love it.
    Next up:
    Sue the T. rex dinosaur and the Shedd’s penguins.


  21. - SAP - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 10:10 am:

    Very classy statement by the Hawk, especially when you consider how long he had been anxiously waiting for the call from HOF.


  22. - RNUG - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 11:04 am:

    == Not sure Trump is going to allow William Barr or the FBI director to investigate any of scams until after November 3rd. ==

    At this rate, they may still be shoveling money out in November.

    Regardless, I agree there won’t be any investigations until next year some time. They are having trouble just getting the money out, so you know they don’t have all the books in order; I’m sure bookkeeping entries are low priority / non-essential right now.


  23. - A Jack - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 11:18 am:

    The recent release of the videos of Chicago police shooting an unarmed man in a subway seems to have been overlooked with all the concentration on the virus.


  24. - TinyDancer(FKASue) - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 11:32 am:

    More masks needed:

    The De Lesalle and Lincoln statues on La Salle Drive need masks, also.


  25. - Original Rambler - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 12:41 pm:

    Shaun TD with the early lead for post of the day.

    Great post by Hawk who I would’ve guessed would be more, um, conservative (in the Rep. Bailey sense) in his views.


  26. - Mercy! - Thursday, Apr 30, 20 @ 2:14 pm:

    Hot Sauce!
    Sorry, wrong idle Chicago team.


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