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Former Gov. Pat Quinn’s Quest to Get Mayoral Term Limits


Big John and Ramblin’ Ray are joined by Former Governor of Illinois, Pat Quinn, where they talk about mayoral term limits. 60% of Chicagoans have clear support for it and want it on the ballot where the mayor’s people are not allowing it.

If you’re interested in signing the petition head over to takechargechicago.org.



Pigeon-Feeding Woman Curses Out IL State Rep On Facebook Live

IRVING PARK — In a battle to keep the Irving Park Blue Line stop free of pigeon poop, State Rep. Jaime Andrade Jr. recorded himself asking two people to stop feeding the pigeons there.

But one woman, with a bag of rice in her hand, defiantly cursed at him and proceeded to feed the pigeons during the politician’s Facebook Live video.

“She literally threw the rice under the sign that says it’s a $500 fine to feed the pigeons,” Andrade told Block Club Chicago  Tuesday afternoon. “The frustrating part is, if people keep feeding the pigeons I will never be able to solve this situation.”

Since last Thursday, both Ald. John Arena (45th) and Andrade, a Democrat who represents the state’s 40th District, have posted images of city crews power-washing the CTA station.

The two men have been coordinating the cleanup of the station while trying to find a “a long-term solution” to “chronic pigeon issues” at the location, according to Arena’s office.

So running into two people going out in the middle of the night to feed the pigeons, after city crews had powerwashed the area, was very frustrating, he said.

Andrade went live on Facebook around 12:55 a.m. Tuesday to follow up with the crews scheduled to continue power-washing the Blue Line stop overnight.

The video begins with him getting into his car and heading to a Dunkin’ Donuts, before heading to the CTA train station. Once Andrade arrives at the Irving Park Blue Line station he becomes upset with the fresh pigeon droppings on the sidewalk.

“That was power-washed on Thursday. Oh man, I can’t believe it. Someone just fed the pigeons. Just fed them,” he said. Next, the video shows him looking around the area and then walking over to a dark SUV with a man and woman inside of it parked by station’s bus turnabout.

The woman responds by saying that the birds don’t need to be killed and aggressively yells profanities at Andrade as he continues to film her. In the video the SUV appears to have multiple bags of rice in its trunk, and the woman is seen carrying a bag of rice as well.

Confrontation begins at the 35-minute mark:


Check out the full story at blockclubchicago.org

Illinois lawmaker accused of releasing nude photos of ex-girlfriend resigns

CHICAGO — Illinois state Rep. Nick Sauer resigned Wednesday after a former girlfriend filed an official complaint accusing the first-term Republican of creating a fake Instagram account and populating it with nude photos of her to lure men into “graphic” discussions.

“As a result of the allegations by Kate Kelly, a former girlfriend, I have decided to resign,” Sauer wrote in a letter to the Clerk of the House of Representatives. “It is important that the citizens of the 51st District be fully represented. My ability to fulfill my obligations as a State Representative and public servant will be affected by the distraction of addressing these allegations. After speaking with my family, I feel it best to step away from my public responsibilities.”

Sauer submitted his resignation just hours after POLITICO reported about a complaint filed by Kelly, an ex-girlfriend, with the Office of the Legislative Inspector General. In that document, Kelly alleged Sauer used the Instagram account “to catfish other men using my privately shared naked photos. Nick would use this account to direct message men with my photos to engage in graphic conversations of a sexual nature. The men believed they were communicating with me and Nick shared private details of my life.”

In her complaint, Kelly states that she filed a police report with the Chicago Police Department and that there is “an active investigation” into her claims. CPD has not yet complied with POLITICO’s Freedom of Information Act request for the police report.


Read more at politico.com

What did we learn today with Big John & Ramblin’ Ray? (8-1-18)


Big John and Ramblin’ Ray comment on what they learned on today’s show with their ‘What did we learn today?’ segment. Asking Executive Producer Tony Lossano, Technical Producer Michael Garay, and Associate Producer Kimberly Kaczmarek what they’ve learned. Today’s show involved a story on a shark that was stolen but safely returned back, and why we aren’t doing a Facebook Live today.


Tune in tomorrow at 9:15 am after the show to join John and Ray on Facebook Live! 

Acting Milwaukee County Sheriff Denies Telling Domestic Abuse Victims to Submit to Their Spouses

Acting Milwaukee County Sheriff Richard Schmidt, who is also a minister, is denying claims he told domestic violence victims to submit to their abusers in a podcast.

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Charlie Gasparino: “There is clearly a liberal bias in the media”

Big John and Ramblin’ Ray are joined with Charlie Gasparino, from FOX Bussiness, where they talk about President Trumps (almost) suspension from Twitter after is Iran Tweet, and the trolls he comes in contact with on Twitter. Plus he talks about President Trump’s rally in Florida and the white house aid who yelled at Jim Acosta.



How Kyle McAleer was saved at Wrigley Field thanks to a Bucket.


Big John and Ramblin’ Ray are joined by Kyle McAleer, who’s known as bucket head for being the Cubs Fan who was hit with debris while wearing a bucket on his head. Kyle talks about what happened that day at the Cubs games and the injuries he got from it.

(Photo Courtesy of Kyle McAller) Kyle McAleer (left), with his friend Dave Jansen (center) and dad Scott McAleer, wear their “rally” buckets in the Wrigley Field bleachers at the July 24 Cubs-Diamondbacks game.

What did we learn today with Big John & Ramblin’ Ray? (7-31-18)


Big John and Ramblin’ Ray comment on what they learned on today’s show with their ‘What did we learn today?’ segment. Asking Executive Producer Tony Lossano, Technical Producer Michael Garay, and Associate Producer Kimberly Kaczmarek what they’ve learned.

Find out who Ray’s hero was as John and Ray talk with Karen Digioia and why she decided to lend a helping hand to Ray.


Stephen Colbert shocked by CBS CEO allegations

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“Late Show” host Stephen Colbert addressed recent allegations against his boss, CBS CEO Les Moonves, during his show Monday night, urging accountability, but stopping short of calling for specific action as the network executive faces allegations of sexual harassment.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I do believe in accountability,” Colbert said. “And not just for politicians you disagree with. Everybody believes in accountability until it’s their guy.”

Colbert discussed his history with Moonves, who brought Colbert to the prestigious late-night gig from Comedy Central following David Letterman’s 2015 retirement.

“He hired me to sit in this chair. He stood behind this show while we were struggling to find our voice. He gave us the time and the resources to succeed and he has stood by us when people were mad at me. And I like working for him.”

Skokie Police Lip Sync Challenge Raises The Bar

The Skokie Police Department Saturday night joined a long list of law enforcement agencies around the country to take part in the #LipSyncChallenge.

The latest social media trend to make the rounds calls on police departments to sing along to their favorite hits. In Skokie’s case, some officers took their talents to the next level.

Skokie police posted their version of the challenge Saturday evening, kicking things off with an elaborate “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” skit that matched the popular 1990s show’s opening credits.

The five-minute video then moves into half a dozen officers singing Queen’s “We Will Rock You” and eventually plays 12 songs, including “Jump on It” by Sugarhill Gang Apache, Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” NSYNC’s “Bye, Bye, Bye,” and “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” by Silentó.

Check out the full video:


Big John and Ramblin Ray are joined by Ann Tennes, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Village of Skokie, where she answers some questions on why the police department decided to do this and how they did it.

What did we learn today with Big John and Ramblin’ Ray? (7-30-18)


Big John and Ramblin’ Ray recap today’s show with ‘What did we learn today?’ a segment where they comment on what they’ve learned from the show. As well as asking Executive Producer Tony Lossano, Technical Producer Michael Garay, and Associate Producer Kimberly Kaczmarek what they’ve learned. Plus they talk about the airplane that landed on Lake Shore Drive.

President Trump and ‘New York Times’ Publisher clash after private meeting


Big John and Ramblin’ Ray are joined by Joe Concha, Media reporter/columnist for The Hill, where they talk about President Trump and ‘New York Times’ Publisher, A.G. Sulzberger, and their clash that was had over their private meeting.

They also talks about Leslie Moonves, the longtime CEO of CBS, who was accused of sexual misconduct.

Read more from his article on thehill.com. 


Study finds that Chicago accents are not sexy


DOWNTOWN — A new survey says da Chicawwgo accent is da least attractive.

The survey, which was conducted and released earlier this month from YouGov, found just 2 percent of all respondents thought Chicagoans have the most attractive accent.

So what’s better? Southern and Texas accents, apparently: 18 percent and 12 percent of the 1,216 respondents, respectively, said those were the most attractive. New York and Boston accents were more attractive, too, with each having 7 percent of respondents rate them as the most attractive.

Read more on the study at blockclubchicago.com.

Support BEDS Plus through Steve Dahl’s Charity Auction


Big John and Ramblin’ Ray are joined with Steve Dahl where he talks about the Steve Dahl Garage sale he had. Speaking mainly about the Charity Auction that is still happening where you can still purchase items from the garage sale on. All proceeds will be donated to BEDS PLUS, helping the homeless with housing and supportive services in west suburban Cook County.

Check out what’s left and what part of Steve Dahl history you could own!

PAWS pet of the week: Myrtle!



Myrtle is passionate about exercise and being constantly on the move! This three-year-old Beagle mix hopes to find someone who shares her active lifestyle and enthusiasm for living life to the fullest. There’s no question about it, Myrtle is one of the peppiest dogs at PAWS Chicago. Myrtle is very food motivated and always willing to work for her treats in training class.

Myrtle is searching for a home with an experienced owner and without young children. A home with a backyard would be a bonus for Myrtle so she can have her own space to run around and enjoy the outdoors. Some of Myrtle’s favorite fun activities include playing tug of war and eating tons of creamy peanut butter!  She is so deserving of a loving forever home and is always eager to please!

Myrtle will be one of the many dogs and cats who will have a WAIVED adoption fee this weekend during our Summer Lovin’ event, where we are waiving fees for some of our longest term residents. The event will take place at the Lincoln Park Adoption Center on Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29 from 11am-6pm.  To see the eligible dogs and cats, visit www.pawschicago.org/adopt. By rallying the community and generating more adoptions, PAWS is able to take in and save more dogs and cats from high-risk shelters.


Bill Cameron: ‘I don’t think Willie Wilson is a crook’


Big John and Ramblin’ Ray talk to Bill Cameron about this weeks guest on Connected to Chicago. Also talking about Willie Wilson, and Gov. Rahm Emanuel’s thoughts about this weekends protest on lake shore drive.

Listen to Bill Cameron on Connected to Chicago, Sunday nights at 7 pm.

Fan hit by metal debris from Wrigley scoreboard


WGN —A Cubs fan avoided a potentially serious injury at Tuesday’s game thanks to a silly but fortunate choice of headwear.

On a beautiful summer night, Wrigley Field had a nearly full house under a nearly full moon.

“The skies cleared up and it was almost like a perfect night for a ballgame,” said Nancy Hopf, a fan who was sitting in the bleachers at the time. “It was packed; I mean, only the Cubs can pack the place on a Tuesday night.”

As Hopf and her husband settled into some seats, they didn’t realize how bizarre things would get that night.

“He was like, ‘How about we sit underneath the scoreboard?’ I’m like, ‘That’d be great, yeah,’ and we happened to find seats pretty close underneath the scoreboard,” Hopf said.

About two hours into the game there was a commotion in the crowd.

“All of a sudden, everybody starts turning behind me and looking at the scoreboard, and I’m like, ‘Something must be going on with the scoreboard,’ so I turn around and I’m like, ‘No. It’s the kid,'” Hopf said.

A 19-year-old man sitting in the centerfield bleachers just a row or two from the Hopfs had been hit in the head with a foot-long metal pin. The team says it was either dropped or fell from the manually-operated scoreboard.

“People started talking, ‘What happened? What happened? A tile fell on him?’ I was like, ‘Has this ever happened? Does this happen all the time or what? What’s going on?’” Hopf said.

Paramedics came into the bleachers to help the fan. Hopf says he could have been seriously hurt, except for the fact that he was wearing a plastic bucket on his head.

“So, I can imagine what would have happened if that bucket wasn’t there. I think we might have been dealing with something totally different,” Hopf said.

The fan hasn’t been publicly identified, but he was treated at Illinois Masonic  Hospital, and still needed five staples to close a cut on his head, according to the Cubs.

“It happened in probably the best circumstances it could happen. For some reason you had a kid with a bucket on his head, and he’s going to be ok,” Hopf said.

Hopf says some fans left, but most went on to watch the game when it was clear the injured fan was going to be fine. She says she hopes the Cubs review safety around the scoreboard in the bleachers.

Vandals Set Betsy DeVos’ $40 Million Yacht Adrift in Ohio


(NEWSER– Betsy DeVos has another problem on her hands besides the education of US children. A $40 million yacht owned by the education secretary’s family crashed into a dock after it was set adrift from an Ohio marina over the weekend, reports the Toledo Blade. Huron police, who are reviewing surveillance footage in an effort to learn who untied the 163-foot Seaquest before 6am Sunday, cite $5,000 to $10,000 in damage from scrapes. It shouldn’t affect any travel plans, though. Per the Wall Street Journal, the boat is one of at least 10 owned by DeVos’ family, which also keeps at least four planes and two helicopters.


By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff