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Ernie Banks memorial: 'I needed to come say goodbye'

chicagotribune.com — Ernie Banks, the sweet-fielding, homer-belting ballplayer whose eternal optimism made him a beloved ambassador for the Chicago Cubs, will be remembered Saturday morning at a downtown memorial service. Those scheduled to speak include Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts; Banks' former teammates Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins and Lou Brock; Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov.
Jan 31, 2015

RT @jwinnecke: Ernie Banks’ funeral had much more laughter and smiles than tears — just like Ernie. trib.in/1EwJI7H

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Ernie Banks’ funeral had much more laughter and smiles than tears — just like Ernie. trib.in/1EwJI7H

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Ernie Banks memorial: 'I needed to come say goodbye' trib.in/1uMxbnM

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Tom Ricketts, Mayor Emanuel, Joe Torre, Billy Williams among speakers at Ernie Banks memorial: trib.in/1zIhFRy pic.twitter.com/F8HaQu7BlR

7 ideas to help McDonald's new CEO turn it around

chicagotribune.com — McDonald's has a new chief executive. Steve Easterbrook has replaced Don Thompson, who was in the post for fewer than three subpar years. Here's a value menu of seven things British-born Easterbrook and the Oak Brook-based fast-food giant need to consider: 1.
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RT @phil_rosenthal: 7 things the new CEO of McDonald's needs to know, including: No matter who's in charge, expect an uptick soon. chicagotribune.com/business/colum…

Jan 31, 2015

7 things the new CEO of McDonald's needs to know, including: No matter who's in charge, expect an uptick soon. chicagotribune.com/business/colum…

Illini guards Rayvonte Rice, Aaron Cosby suspended indefinitely

chicagotribune.com — Illinois guards Rayvonte Rice and Aaron Cosby are suspended indefinitely from the team, coach John Groce said in a statement Saturday. The two players were both expected to possibly return from injuries in Saturday's noon game against Penn State. Groce said the players violated team rules but did not elaborate in the statement.

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Black teens who commit a few crimes go to jail as often as white teens who commit dozens

chicagotribune.com — Boys are less likely to commit crimes, but they are more likely to be placed in a correctional facility than they were three decades ago, according to a new study that shows the justice system for juvenile offenders has become much more punitive.
Jan 31, 2015

RT @chicagotribune: Study shows black teens who commit a few crimes go to jail as often as white teens who commit dozens trib.in/1D05xe6

Rahm Emanuel counts on big donors, with many getting City Hall benefits

chicagotribune.com — Mayor Rahm Emanuel is building the most potent political cash machine in Chicago history by focusing on an elite circle of donors who frequently receive City Hall benefits, ranging from contracts and permits to appointments and personal endorsements from the mayor, a Tribune investigation has found.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @chasejohn: Mayor Rahm Emanuel counts on big donors, many get help from City Hall. Our story with @JeffCoen and @BillRuthhart: chicagotribune.com/news/local/pol…

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Inside Emanuel's formidable campaign fund: @JeffCoen @chasejohn @BillRuthhart have intriguing look at how he does it: trib.in/1LqNv8d

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RT @ameetsachdev: Great investigation by @chasejohn @JeffCoen @BillRuthhart of intersection between Rahm's fundraising and pubilc duty. chicagotribune.com/news/local/pol…

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Rahm Emanuel counts on big donors, with many getting City Hall benefits trib.in/165et5A

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NASA launches Earth-observing satellite

chicagotribune.com — A NASA satellite lifted off early Saturday with the hope it will transmit data that will help the world do a better job of preparing for floods and droughts. The satellite is on a three-year mission to track the amount of water locked in soil, which may help residents in low-lying regions brace for floods or farmers get ready for drought conditions.
Jan 31, 2015

RT @chicagotribune: NASA launches satellite meant to help the world better prepare for floods and droughts trib.in/1ykA3tA pic.twitter.com/9iytCJhj2R

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RT @chicagotribune: NASA launches satellite meant to help the world better prepare for floods and droughts trib.in/1ykA3tA pic.twitter.com/9iytCJhj2R

Bulls emotional leader Joakim Noah feeling better, and it shows

chicagotribune.com — Ice bags on his knees secured, the morning shootaround concluded, Joakim Noah sat back in a chair on the edge of the University of San Francisco court and stared straight ahead. "This is the best I've felt physically all season," Noah said early last week.
Jan 31, 2015

Joakim Noah said (again) this is best he has felt all season. This time, it looks like he's right. chicagotribune.com/sports/basketb…

Cubs legend Ernie Banks remembered as a man who loved life, people

chicagotribune.com — Of all the talents Ernie Banks exhibited over his Hall of Fame career, perhaps the most impressive skill was his ability to relate to everyday people from all walks of life. "He could make you feel like you were the most important person in the universe," longtime friend John Rogers said during Saturday's memorial service at Fourth Presbyterian Church.

Super Bowl snacks have Arizona theme

chicagotribune.com — Whether you're down with the New England Patriots or upholding the Seattle Seahawks , you and your friends and family can chow down on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 1) with harmonious gusto. Because no matter which team you root for, everyone will get behind a spread of Southwestern noshes.

Most Chicagoans want to eliminate or cut back Emanuel red light program

chicagotribune.com — Nearly three in four Chicago voters believe Mayor Rahm Emanuel should eliminate or reduce the city's troubled and scandal-plagued red light camera ticketing program, a new Chicago Tribune poll has found.
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“Most Chicagoans want to eliminate or cut back how much they obey traffic laws.” chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/…

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RT @Timbannon: Most Chicagoans want to eliminate or cut back Emanuel red light program trib.in/15TApzV

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Most Chicagoans want to eliminate or cut back Emanuel red light program trib.in/15TApzV

Name of the game is Super Bowl, but only for sponsors

articles.chicagotribune.com — NFL closely watches for unauthorized advertising, threatens legal action against offenders With Super Bowl XLVI just days away, advertisers are in an all-out blitz, pitching everything from pizzas to TVs in conjunction with the biggest sporting event of the year.
Jan 31, 2015

Name of the game is Super Bowl, but only for sponsors...wrote this 3 years ago, still the same: articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-02-01/bus… via @ArchiveDigger

Suspicious package at NYC bus station filled with 1,000 condoms

chicagotribune.com — Police say a suspicious package left behind a concrete barrier of a New York City bus station didn't contain any explosives but did have some unexpected contents - 1,000 individually packaged condoms for both men and women.
Jan 31, 2015

RT @chicagotribune: Suspicious package found at NYC bus station contains no explosives ... just 1,000 condoms trib.in/1EWHBqX pic.twitter.com/Y6xc2P6HH9

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Video purports to show Islamic State killing Japanese journalist

chicagotribune.com — An online video purports to show Islamic State group militants beheading Japanese journalist Kenji Goto. The video, released late Saturday, shows a militant with a British accent beheading Goto. The video, released via militant websites, bore the symbols of previous Islamic State group videos. It could not be immediately independently confirmed by The Associated Press.
Jan 31, 2015

RT @chicagotribune: Video posted online purports to show Islamic State killing Japanese hostage Kenji Goto trib.in/1tLNypI pic.twitter.com/AiOBa7JQEQ

Sadly, year starts with too many worthy of Moutza of the Month

chicagotribune.com — With so many certified morons begging for the Moutza of the Month - from "American Sniper"-hating Michael Moore to anyone who'd spend $35,000 for a unique baby name - some of you are melting down. But that's to be expected, given the unprecedented tsunami of idiots rushing at us, wave after wave of them.

Islamic State fighters admit defeat in Syrian town of Kobani

chicagotribune.com — The Islamic State group has acknowledged for the first time that its fighters have been defeated in the Syrian town of Kobani and vowed to attack the town again. In a video released by the pro-IS Aamaq News Agency late Friday, two fighters said the airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition were the main reason why IS fighters were forced to withdraw from Kobani.
Jan 31, 2015

RT @chicagotribune: Islamic State fighters admit defeat in Syrian town of Kobani, vow to attack town again trib.in/1HzkxUh pic.twitter.com/bLyZfaA5U0

Illini lead Penn State 30-26 at halftime

chicagotribune.com — CHAMPAIGN -- Illinois expected to return formerly injured starters Rayvonte Rice and Aaron Cosby to the court on Saturday against Penn State. Instead the two were still on the sidelines. This time because both are suspended indefinitely due to a violation of team rules, the university announced on Saturday morning shortly before tipoff.

Updates from Notre Dame-Pittsburgh

chicagotribune.com — PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Notre Dame had staked an early seven-point lead on Pittsburgh, but the Panthers rode a couple waves of streaky shooting to keep the game close. Notre Dame leads it 38-37 at the half. Both teams are getting shots seemingly at will around the rim.