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Airbus is planning to test out flying cars; Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune talks about the visit to the White House – 1/17/17 (Hour 1)

Bob and Marianne discover there’s a gym in the building. Airbus is going to test out flying cars. Paul Sullivan from the Chicago Tribune joins the show to talk about the World Champion Chicago Cubs visit to the White House.

The Chicago Cubs Win the World Series

Jen DeSalvo, WLS-AM 890 News

(CHICAGO) The Chicago Cubs won their first World Series championship in more than 100 years when they beat the Cleveland Indians in Game 7 of the World Series on November 3, 2016. The game began on Wednesday, November 2, though the weather took a turn for the worse when rain moved in during the ninth inning. The tied game was halted for around 20 minutes before teams returned to the field which resulted in a Chicago Cubs ‘W’.


Chicago Cubs Prices on the Rise

It’s going to cost a bit more to attend Cubs games at Wrigley Field. The reigning World Series champs say the average season ticket price at Wrigley Field will climb 19.5 percent next season. The price hike includes a 31-percent bump for club box infield seats and a 22-percent increase for bleacher tickets. -Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

The North Siders are cashing in on their historic championship run by hiking the price of admission and likely making Cubs tickets the most expensive in baseball.

Source: Chicago Cubs raise 2017 ticket prices – Blogs On Sports – Crain’s Chicago Business

FBI warns shoppers to be aware of counterfeit Cubs gear

CHICAGO (AP) — The FBI has a suggestion for anyone looking to buy the perfect holiday gift for their favorite Cubs’ fan: Be careful.

The FBI says in a news release that counterfeiters just might be getting ready to take advantage of the skyrocketing demand for Cubs jerseys, hats, baseballs, T-shirts and autographs since the team won the World Series.

The FBI says people should research carefully what they are looking to buy by comparing those items with similar items they know are authentic. That means comparing the players’ autographs they are thinking about buying with photographs of those players’ autographs.

Prospective buyers should do the same kind of thing for items such as with game-used jerseys and pay special attention to stitching patterns on authentic jerseys with those that are for sale.
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Cubs World Series celebration ranks as 7th largest gathering in human history

1. Kumbh Mela pilgrimage, India, 2013 – 30 million

2. Arbaeen festival, Iraq, 2014 – 17 million

3. Funeral of CN Annadurai, India, 1969 – 15 million

4. Funeral of Ayatollah Khomeini, Iran, 1989 – 10 million

5. Papal gathering in the Philippines, 2015 – 6 million

6. World Youth Day, 1995 – 5 million

7. Chicago Cubs World Series celebration – 5 million

8. Funeral of Gamal Abdel Nasser, 1970 – 5 million

9. Rod Stewart concert, Brazil, 1994 – 3.5 million

10. Hajj pilgrimage, Mecca, Saudi Arabia, 2012 – 3 million

11. Anti-war march, Rome, 2003 – 3 million

Source: Cubs World Series celebration ranks as 7th largest gathering in human history – Story | WFLD

WEATHER – Few cloud with Sunshine. Cooler. High around 60F.

Meteorologist Ray Stagich
WLS-AM Forecast

Pleasant Cubs celebration weather Friday with light jackets and sweaters needed. Warming up again through the weekend with very balmy, mild weather expected. Much above average for November. Dry conditions expected into next week.


Today | Few cloud with Sunshine….cooler… High around 60F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight | A clear sky. Low 47F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow | Partly cloudy. Milder..High 67F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow night | A mostly clear sky. Low 46F. Winds light and variable.

Sunday | Sunshine. Highs in the upper 60s and lows in the mid 40s.

Monday | A few clouds. Highs in the mid 60s and lows in the upper 40s.

Tuesday | Considerable cloudiness. Highs in the mid 60s and lows in the low 50s.

For Cubs fans, it’s the win of the century

CLEVELAND (AP)  Cubs fans can now forget about billy goats and Bartman. The Curse has been laid to rest by Ben Zobrist.

The Cubs are World Series champions for the first time in 108 years after Zobrist delivered a tiebreaking double off losing pitcher Brian Shaw in the 10th inning to lead an 8-7 victory over the Indians in Cleveland. Zobrist is now the toast of Chicago and the World Series MVP, less than 11 months after signing a free-agent contract and one year after helping the Royals win the Fall Classic.

The rally began following a brief rain delay between the ninth and 10th innings. Kyle Schwarber got things started with a leadoff single before pinch-runner Albert Almora Jr. took second on a fly ball. Anthony Rizzo was walked intentionally to set up a potential inning-ending double play, but Zobrist ripped a base hit down the left-field line. Miguel Montero followed with a RBI single two batters later, a hit that would become crucial.

Fittingly, the Cubs won it the hard way. Carl Edwards Jr. was one out from earning the save until Rajai (RAH’-zhay) Davis poked a RBI single following a walk by Brandon Guyer (GY’-ur). Davis also tied the game with an eighth-inning homer.

The Cubs also enjoyed leads of 5-1 and 6-3 before the Indians got to Aroldis (ah-ROHL’-dihs) Chapman in a three-run eighth. The game-tying rally began with an infield single by Jose Ramirez that skipped off of shortstop Javier Baez with two out. Guyer followed with a RBI double and scored on the home run by Davis.

Chapman managed to get credit for the victory by working a scoreless ninth in the Cubs’ third consecutive win. Mike Montgomery got Michael Martinez to ground out to third, touching off celebrations throughout the Windy City.

Dexter Fowler, Javier Baez and David Ross supplied solo homers for Chicago, which trailed three games to one in the series. Fowler led off the game with a blast, Baez made it 4-1 in the fifth and Ross added an insurance blast the next inning.

It was 5-1 for the Cubs in the fifth until Jon Lester uncorked a wild pitch that allowed two runs to score. Lester entered the game with two runners on base and worked three innings after Kyle Hendricks pitched the first 4 2/3s.

Indians starter Corey Kluber struggled over four-plus innings after getting the victory in the opener and Game 4. Kluber was charged with four runs on six hits without striking out a batter.

It’s the second time the Indians have lost Game 7 of a World Series in extra innings. They also did it in their last Fall Classic, losing to the Marlins in 1997. The latest setback continues a champion drought that began with their 1948 World Series win over the Boston Braves.

The Indians are the seventh team to lose a World Series after taking a three-games-to-one lead, and the first since the 1985 Cardinals against the Royals.


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Chicago area native Clinton buoyed by Cubs Series victory

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Hillary Clinton cheered her hometown Chicago Cubs on to victory in the World Series.

With the game going to extra innings, Clinton was able to catch the final moments after finishing a presidential campaign rally in Arizona. She watched on an aide’s iPad as she stood by her idling motorcade.

Reporters in vans further back in the motorcade could hear cheers from the direction of Clinton’s vehicle after the final out. An aide said Clinton staffer and Cubs fan Connolly Keigher pulled one of the Cubs’ signature “W” flags from her purse and she and Clinton held it up in celebration.

Clinton grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. The Cubs beat the Cleveland 8-7 in 10 innings to win their first World Championship since 1908.

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Believe it! Chicago Cubs win 2016 World Series

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By Jill Martin, CNN
The billy goat curse is dead.
The Chicago Cubs are World Series champions at long last, winning their first Fall Classic in 108 years, defeating the Cleveland Indians in 10 innings 8-7 in Game 7 at Progressive Field in Cleveland.
The Indians were down 6-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning, but they got to closer Aroldis Chapman, tying things up with an RBI double from Brandon Guyer and a two-run home run from Rajai Davis.
Chapman blew the save, Cleveland had the momentum, but then play was halted by rain before the start of the 10th inning. The delay lasted 17 minutes.
When play resumed, Chicago got to work.
Kyle Schwarber singled off Bryan Shaw. Albert Almora, Jr., came in to pinch run and advanced to second on a fly out from Kris Bryant. Ben Zobrist’s RBI double off Bryan Shaw drove in pinch runner Albert Almora, Jr., and Miguel Montero’s single with the bases loaded brought home Anthony Rizzo for what proved the winning run.
Zobrist was named World Series MVP.
The Cubs hadn’t won a World Series since 1908, which was the longest drought in baseball. They also broke the curse set the last time they got this far 71 years ago.
On October 6, 1945, a month after the end of World War II, a Chicago tavern owner named William “Billy” Sianis went to Wrigley Field, intending to attend Game 4 of the World Series with his pet goat, Murphy. But, according to the Billy Goat Tavern website, while both had tickets, the goat was denied entry. No animals were allowed in the ballpark, plus Murphy smelled bad.
Sianis, according to legend, threw up his arms and proclaimed, “The Cubs ain’t gonna win no more. The Cubs will never win a World Series so long as the goat is not allowed in Wrigley Field.”
They had not won since. Until now.
The Cubs are the first team to come behind from a 3-1 deficit to win the World Series since the Kansas City Royals did it in 1985.
Chicago also accomplished that feat by winning the final two games on the road. The last team to do that was the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates.
With the Cubs’ win Thursday, the Indians now have the current longest dry spell between championships, last winning in 1948.


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World Series win has relieved Cubs fans heading to Cleveland

(CHICAGO) One thing that isn’t dead on Halloween is Chicago Cubs’ fans hope that the team can still win it all.

Some are planning trips to Cleveland for World Series Game 6 Tuesday after the Cubs survived elimination Sunday night against the Indians.

A StubHub spokesman said Monday about 27 percent of the tickets being sold on the site for Tuesday’s game went to credit cards associated with Illinois Zip codes.

Barry Rosenthal was at Sunday night’s 3-2 win over Cleveland. He says he’s going Tuesday and was always confident the Cubs would win in seven games.

Longtime Cubs fan Ed Koenig says he can’t go. But he suspects people are working on their coughs so it won’t be a total surprise to their bosses when they call in sick.

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How Will Wrigleyville look during a World Series? A Transportation Guide to this Weekend’s Games

Jen DeSalvo, WLS-AM 890 Traffic

(CHICAGO) The bustle of Clark and Addison can be invigorating during the months of Cubs play (or on any given Saturday night with out of town imbibers). Though traffic and public transportation typically function in a “business-as-usual” manner during these times.

Not this time. It’s the World Series, and the city of Chicago is preparing diligently for the upcoming home games. Unlike regular season games, strict street closures will be in place with limited access by vehicle to locations within a half of a mile around Wrigley Field.

According to a press release from the Office of Emergency Management Communications, CPD officers will be conducting security checks within a two-block perimeter of the field, and any alcohol found on the public way will be confiscated.

A secondary perimeter will be put into effect at the start of home games to restrict incoming traffic to local residential traffic only. Motorists will have to provide a photo ID with proof of address to enter. Residents who park their cars on ten streets within four blocks around Wrigley Field will have to find somewhere else to park.

Due to these multiple street closures and heavy parking restrictions listed below, public transportation is highly recommended. Metra offers an $8-unlimited ride pass on weekends. Plus, the camaraderie on the Red Line after a win is incomparable!

* ADA PARA-TRANSIT DROP-OFF/PICK-UP: Located at the corner of Sheffield and Addison.
* BIKE VALET: Free bike check service to bicyclists at Addison and Sheffield two hours before games until one hour after the game.
The Cubs offer free remote parking at 3900 N. Rockwell St., just east of the Chicago River and accessed from Irving Park Road. The lot includes free shuttle service to and from Wrigley Field, beginning three and a half hours before the first pitch until one hour after the end of the game.


Red Line
The ballpark is just a half block west of the Addison stop on the CTA Red Line.

To get to the Addison stop from the south (including downtown), take a Red Line train toward Howard. From the north, take a Red Line train toward 95th.

The ballpark is also just a couple of blocks south of the Sheridan stop on the CTA Red Line.

Extra service will be extended into overnight hours to accommodate the extra foot traffic from Cubs fans.

World Series Special: Ride historic 2400-series cars

Some fans heading to the Cubs World Series games at Wrigley Field will end up boarding a piece of Chicago history on their way to the historic games. For Games 3, 4 and 5 of the World Series, the CTA will be operating will the “World Series Special” 2400-series train (built 1976-1978) on the Red Line leading up to first pitch.

Check out this neat video showcasing the “World Series Special” train.

Skokie Yellow Line

Yellow Line trains between Howard and Skokie will run until 2 a.m.


You can also use CTA bus routes #8 Halsted, #22 Clark #80 Irving Park or #152 Addison (connects to the Brown and Blue lines) will be available three hours before the game time through an hour after it ends.


Parking downtown and taking the Red Line north toward Howard is another option. Oftentimes, garages in the Loop and River North neighborhoods have lower rates on the weekends.




Local Street Closures

The following street closures are expected to be in effect significantly earlier than previous playoff series games:
* Clark: Irving Park to Belmont
* Addison: Halsted to Racine

Sheffield (Addison to Waveland): Full Street Closure (Except Fire Lane)- Pedestrian access will remain open on Sheffield.

Waveland (Sheffield to Clark): Full Street Closure (Except Fire Lane) – Pedestrian access will remain open on Waveland.
Fans and residents around the ballpark should be aware that additional street closures may occur, as needed, for public safety.

Info from the OEMC


Although the first two games of the World Series are being played in Cleveland, residents and fans are reminded about the parking restrictions in effect around the ballpark for all games – home and away.

These restrictions are implemented to assist with traffic flow, with the goal of causing minimal impact to residents.

No parking is allowed on the following streets, beginning Tuesday, October 25 at noon until Thursday, October 27, at 4 a.m., as well as Friday, October 28 at noon through Monday, October 31 at 4.a.m:
Clark – School/ Aldine to Irving Park (Both Sides)
Sheffield – Roscoe to Irving Park (Both Sides)
Addison – Halsted to Southport (Both Sides)
Addison – Southport to Ashland (North Side)
Racine – Roscoe to Grace/ Clark (Both Sides)**
Patterson, Waveland, Eddy, Cornelia & Newport – Racine to Clark (Both Sides)
Waveland – Fremont to Halsted (South Side ONLY Friday, October 28th)
Clifton, Seminary and Kenmore – Waveland to Grace (Both Sides)
Irving Park – Clark to Seminary (Both Sides)
Inner Lake Shore – Belmont to Addison (East Side)
Grace and Waveland – Clark to Wilton (Both Sides)

Info from the OEMC


Public Transit from the Suburbs

Metra’s unlimited ride $8 weekend pass can get you to the ballpark and back both Saturday and Sunday. Here are the details on how to get to Wrigley Field from each of the train lines from metrarail.com.
Directions to Wrigley Field from Chicago Union Station:

  • Walk six blocks east to the CTA Red Line (State Street Subway). Take Red Line trains going north to the Addison stop, just steps from the ballpark, or
  • Board a CTA bus to the CTA Red Line (State Street Subway): No. 1 Bronzeville/Union Station or No. 151 Sheridan at the Union Station Transit Center, located along Jackson Blvd. between Canal Street and Clinton Street just south of Union Station. Take Red Line train going north to the Addison stop.

Directions to Wrigley Field from Ogilvie Transportation Center:

  • Walk six blocks east to the CTA Red Line (State Street Subway). Take the Red Line north to Addison, or
  • Board a CTA bus to the CTA Red Line (State Street Subway): No. 20 Madison, No. 56 Milwaukee or No. J14 Jeffery Jump to connect to the State Street Subway. Take the Red Line north to Addison.

Directions to Wrigley Field from Millennium and Van Buren Street Stations:

  • Walk two blocks west to State Street to take the Red Line to Addison.

Directions to Wrigley Field from Metra’s UP Northwest Irving Park Station:

  • Board CTA bus No. 80 Irving Park to Clark Street.

Directions to Wrigley Field from Metra’s Milwaukee North Grayland Station:

  • Walk south on Kilbourn Avenue to Addison Street. Take CTA bus No. 152 Addison east to the ballpark.

Directions to Wrigley Field from Metra’s UP North Line Davis Street Station:

  • Walk one block east to the CTA Davis Station. Board a Howard-bound Purple Line train to Howard and then transfer to a 95th-bound Red Line train to Addison.

Directions to Wrigley Field from Metra’s Rock Island Line:

  • Get off at the 35th Street/”Lou” Jones Station. Walk to the CTA Red Line and take the train going north to the Addison stop.

John Kass says Steve Bartman should throw out first pitch at Wrigley

So, Who should throw out the ritualized first pitch at the World Series at Wrigley? According to the Chicago Tribune’s John Kass it should be Steve Bartman. Read all about it here: Steve Bartman should throw out first pitch at Wrigley – Chicago Tribune

Whatever happened to Cubs fan, Steve Bartman?
By Ray Sanchez, CNN
Chicago Cubs diehard Steve Bartman, who came to symbolize the team’s crushing defeat in the 2003 National League Championship Series, was probably glued to the TV on Saturday night.
“No doubt that he will be watching,” Frank Murtha, a longtime friend and spokesman for Bartman, told CNN before the game.
The Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 Saturday to win the National League Championship Series and advance to the World Series against the Cleveland Indians in their quest for their first Major League Baseball championship in 108 years.
Thirteen years ago, Bartman sat in Wrigley Field’s stands in a green turtleneck and headphones over his Cubs cap during Game 6 of the NLCS. The Cubs led that series against the Florida Marlins three games to two.
The Cubs were a mere five outs from the World Series.
Then Bartman, seated down the left field line, reached for a foul ball and tipped it away from the outstretched glove of leaping Cubs outfielder Moises Alou.
His interference was the catalyst for a Marlins rally and eventual series win. TV cameras focused on Bartman, frozen in his seat. He was showered with abuse and had to be escorted from the stands for his own safety.
Few people mention that a critical error on a sure out by Cubs shortstop Alex Gonzalez would have ended the inning.
“What went on that night at the stadium was pretty scary,” said Murtha, who speaks occasionally with Bartman.
“It was something like a biblical ‘Give us Barabbas and crucify the other guy,’ you know. It was mob action fueled by a lot of alcohol, a perfect storm of dysfunctional behavior.”
Bartman, who still lives in the Chicago area and works for a financial firm, all but vanished. He still receives threats, according to Murtha.
“Steve just wishes the Cubs well and has no interest in being any distraction from whatever happens to them,” Murtha said.
“He is such a grounded, well-centered person that he doesn’t need the affirmation. He doesn’t seek forgiveness. None is probably needed.”
So don’t expect to see a man some consider the most infamous fan in the history of baseball at the World Series.
“The likelihood that he would return to throw out a first ball or anything like that is probably slim, none and no chance,” Murtha said.
“Steve’s goal in all this has been to return to a normal life and the fact that we’re still talking about it 13 years after the fact is nothing short of bizarre.”
Bartman has turned down financial opportunities, according to Murtha. There were book proposals and a six-figure offer for a commercial.
A hotel company offered a six-week Florida vacation. Instead, Murtha said Bartman asked the company for gift certificates, which he donated to charity.
“Somebody had some idea about a Broadway play, which I thought at first was a joke,” said Murtha, a sports agent and former prosecutor.
“Is this ‘Springtime for Hitler’ or what?”
Murtha said Bartman is single. He won’t say whether Bartman has been back to Wrigley in the past 13 years.
“He is classy and has risen above this,” Murtha said. “The character that he has and the kind of person that he is reflects well on him.”

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Woman faces fine for ‘Flying the W’ at Chicago condo building

Are we in 1980 Communist Russia? Condo and townhome associations have rules to keep order and make the area pleasant for all who live and contribute to fees. But is a Cubs “W” flag an eyesore? We think not.

CHICAGO — As everyone knows, the Cubs “Fly the W” every time they win. Well, WGN found someone who has to pay fines if she does the same at her condo, and she’s willing to do it even if the Cubs go all the way.Lisa Ward, who lives in a West Loop condo building, received an email Monday. It said her “Flying of the W” off her balcony violates two rules of the Condo owner’s association:

Source: Woman faces fine for ‘Flying the W’ at Chicago condo building | WGN-TV

Nearly 400 Cook County Jail Workers Call Off Sick, Possibly For Cubs (from CBS Chicago)

Do you have Cubbie Fever? Symptoms include a mixture of red and Cubby blue blood running through the veins of anybody who resides in or comes from the Chicagoland area. Increased excitement and anxiety can develop during and after wins. Feelings of sadness and a loss of control over a major league team one cannot control presents itself after a loss. Cubbie Fever can be compared to the Manny Pacquiao Disorder or the Super Bowl Sickness.

None of these statements have been examined by a doctor, but it appears that hundreds of correctional workers suffered from this over the weekend.

These unusually large amounts of call-offs are taking place during major sporting or weather events, and it’s becoming an ongoing problem.

Source: Nearly 400 Cook County Jail Workers Call Off Sick, Possibly For Cubs « CBS Chicago