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Tuesday, Dec 1, 2020

* Polite Illinois-centric conversations only, please. Thanks.

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  1. - Swampy Corn - Tuesday, Dec 1, 20 @ 9:01 am:

    Illini finally playing like their rank. Only took a few years…decades…

  2. - Amalia - Tuesday, Dec 1, 20 @ 9:04 am:

    Are the Bears really ready to launch Nagy? Is he ready to launch himself? the GM is the one who should be gone with some very bad draft and trade choices.

  3. - Rick - Tuesday, Dec 1, 20 @ 9:13 am:

    the Illini barely beat the university of Ohio. that game was an embarrassment. they were outplayed by one guy who ran up and down the floor playing some great ball. imagine what will happen when they run into a team with 3 ballers on the floor. I’m not convinced the Illini will be able to maintain this spot in the rankings.

  4. - TheInvisibleMan - Tuesday, Dec 1, 20 @ 9:16 am:

    I’m getting curious why the focus has been on ComEd when the legislation gave an even larger bailout to Ameren in southern IL. Ameren was allowed to charge their customers 13% more than ComEd was allowed to charge their customers.

    Are all the state reps in southern IL happy about this deal allowing their constituents to bailout Ameren more than ComEd? Because they seem rather silent on this aspect.

  5. - Grandson of Man - Tuesday, Dec 1, 20 @ 9:16 am:

    Since we’ve begun the holiday season, here’s a video for Sox fans.

  6. - Frank talks - Tuesday, Dec 1, 20 @ 9:29 am:

    Any thoughts on Giannoulias going for Secretary of State?
    The ink isn’t even dry on 2020 but probably puts him back on track to follow in Baracks footsteps.

  7. - Candy Dogood - Tuesday, Dec 1, 20 @ 9:32 am:


    When forwarding your resume to the Speaker’s office us a PDF format. Using a dynamic format while begging for political graft to get you employed at a private company adds another layer of unprofessional appearance.

  8. - WC Fields - Tuesday, Dec 1, 20 @ 9:33 am:

    With the Sox’s debacle-insistent front office, I still maintain my respect for their fan base based on this video alone

  9. - Give Me A Break - Tuesday, Dec 1, 20 @ 9:38 am:

    According to some “chatter” on sports radio, Jim Harbaugh was and remains close to the McCaskey family.

    A plot to solve two coaching problems seems to be Michigan gets rid of favorite son without having a messy departure and the Bears find a proven Pro Coach who is close to the owners.

    There ya go, problems solved.

  10. - Google Is Your Friend - Tuesday, Dec 1, 20 @ 9:39 am:

    Unclear on the concept, the Tribune has an editorial demanding Mike Madigan call the state senate into session with the state house lol. Not how that works.

  11. - Northsider - Tuesday, Dec 1, 20 @ 9:39 am:

    Amalia @ 9:04:

    I think this is more on Pace than Nagy, who can work only with the players he’s given by the GM.

    Pace should be launched for the Trubisky decision alone; to me, that outweighs every positive move he’s made.

  12. - Stones - Tuesday, Dec 1, 20 @ 9:43 am:

    The Pace / Nagy partnership has been a complete disappointment. I thought Nagy was very creative with his play calling his first year - not so much after that. The drafting has been poor with the premature jump to select Trubisky and now it looks like Kmet isn’t going to pan out either. I don’t think it’s an understatement to say we should be much more competitive with this defense. Time to clean house.

  13. - Friendly Bob Adams - Tuesday, Dec 1, 20 @ 9:48 am:

    The Bears march from 5-1 to 5-11 continues. Why these people have jobs is beyond my understanding. The management of Detroit sacked the coach and GM this week, so maybe that can be an example.

  14. - fs - Tuesday, Dec 1, 20 @ 9:50 am:

    == I think this is more on Pace than Nagy, who can work only with the players he’s given by the GM.==

    Some of the “busts” Pace drafted have thrived once they went to other teams. That says a lot about Nagy.

  15. - Candy Dogood - Tuesday, Dec 1, 20 @ 9:53 am:

    ===Any thoughts on Giannoulias going for Secretary of State?===

    I think this is the first time I’ve read Alexi’s name on this blog in years. Surely the Democratic bench for that office would have better contenders for the position that have been more transparently involved in politics or at the very least issue advocacy for the last several years.

    No need to try to serve a statewide office up on a platter for a rich guy that doesn’t seem to have worked for it.

  16. - DuPage Saint - Tuesday, Dec 1, 20 @ 9:54 am:

    I see Carol Moseley Braun wants to be Secretary of Interior in Biden’s cabinet. I thought Roland Burris had that tied up.

  17. - thisjustinagain - Tuesday, Dec 1, 20 @ 9:59 am:

    The McCaskeys continue to rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic, while sinking their own ship with odd QB’s who never pan out (in Chicago, anyway), and Pro-Bowl players who suddenly can’t play to save themselves from massive embarrassment. Nagy crashed and burned, but he’s had lots of help from players, coaches, and management doing the same.

  18. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Dec 1, 20 @ 10:17 am:

    The Bears have an ownership problem, first and foremost. After Ted Phillips, practically everybody who works for the team (except coaches and players) is a McCaskey family member. The Bears are, literally, the family business. That’s the problem. It isn’t about wins and losses, it’s about how many cousins and nieces and nephews and in-laws can draw a good salary from the only asset they family has. Period. Their priorities are completely backward.

    Until the family sells the team, expect nothing better than mediocrity and higher season ticket prices.

  19. - DuPage Guy - Tuesday, Dec 1, 20 @ 10:29 am:

    For the Bears, I think that it’s both a Pace and Nagy problem. Pace has made some good draft choices, but missed on the big ones. His trades have been bad as well, selling the future to try and win now when they did not have a proven win now QB. Mack and Quinn contracts should have never been done and been invested in the offense as well. Foles was even worse.

    Nagy was supposed to be an offensive guru, but it seems he’s only good with good players. His schemes work with smart and talented players, and turns into dumpster fires with average (or below) players. The fact the offense does better when it is simpler is proof of that.

    In the end, story of the Bears. They spend too much money on defense and the offense is bad.

  20. - Amalia - Tuesday, Dec 1, 20 @ 10:47 am:

    @Northsider, yep, Pace is the worst. @ Give Me a Break, omg, Harbaugh the pouting/whining coach. I would not like him here one bit.

  21. - ChicagoVinny - Tuesday, Dec 1, 20 @ 10:47 am:

    Fire Pace, let new GM decide whether or not to keep Nagy.

    Personally, I’d let Nagy go. He might be a good coach someday but he isn’t one right now.

  22. - Skeptic - Tuesday, Dec 1, 20 @ 10:58 am:

    “and the Bears find a proven Pro Coach who is close to the owners.” The question is, of course, what has he proven?

  23. - Amalia - Tuesday, Dec 1, 20 @ 11:16 am:

    who is the new State Senator for the 20th District?

  24. - Last Bull Moose - Tuesday, Dec 1, 20 @ 11:21 am:

    Nagy reminds me of a basketball coach I had in high school. He tried to have his players fit his offense. Would not tailor his offense to match his talent. He lasted one season.

  25. - Chatham Resident - Tuesday, Dec 1, 20 @ 11:23 am:

    Tony LaRussa is requesting a change-of-plea hearing for his Arizona DUI case:

  26. - Chatham Resident - Tuesday, Dec 1, 20 @ 11:30 am:

    ==Harbaugh the pouting/whining coach.==

    No wonder Ditka flew off the handle at him after the “audible” in the 1992 Vikings game.

  27. - Mr. B.A. - Tuesday, Dec 1, 20 @ 12:00 pm:

    Just got a UI Finding letter in the mail yesterday. The problem is I did not file for unemployment. When I contacted my employer (retired school teacher now bus driver), they stated that this problem is running rampant throughout the state and that many believe it is an “inside job.” Is this true? And if it is, has there been any publicity on it? Oh, I was also told to not to expect a call back from IDES as they are too overburdened with the issue. The school district said they will take care of it when IDES talks calls them…

  28. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Dec 1, 20 @ 12:02 pm:

    ===and that many believe it is an “inside job.”===

    People need to get off Facebook. Like now.

  29. - Joe Bidenopolous - Tuesday, Dec 1, 20 @ 12:09 pm:

    ===Fire Pace, let new GM decide whether or not to keep Nagy.===

    Don’t forget the old GM scam - keep the old coach for a year or two then fire him and bring in your own guy. That way the GM gets two bites at the apple (I’m not saying this is a good thing).

    For the record though, I think 47th is correct about ownership being the real problem. So correct, in fact, that I’ve recently been contemplating either switching allegiance to another team or giving up on the NFL altogether, which is probably what we all should do.

  30. - Anon E Moose - Tuesday, Dec 1, 20 @ 2:09 pm:

    No more Dorothy Brown.

  31. - Veil of Ignorance - Tuesday, Dec 1, 20 @ 3:05 pm:

    I was honestly debating with friends this weekend whether it was better to be a Bears fans watching poor QB play this weekend or a Broncos fan who watched their team play with no QBs this weekend…that’s how bad things are folks.

  32. - thisjustinagain - Tuesday, Dec 1, 20 @ 5:53 pm:

    To Anon E Moose - Tuesday, Dec 1, 20 @ 2:09 pm:
    No more Dorothy Brown.
    Is Martinez reaching out to her opponent for what the Clerk’s Office is really like for attorneys and the public? Martinez should, since her opponent knew first hand how bad it was even before Covid.

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