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Former Northwestern golfer, Matt Fitzpatrick, close to the top of the BMW Championship leaderboard in Chicago south suburbs

Rory McIlroy and Brian Harman pushed through a rainy start for the co-lead of the BMW Championship in Chicago after the first day of competition Thursday. Amongst the Top 50 players in the world who get to shine in this second leg of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs, it took a pair of 65s to secure that share of the leaderboard top after rounds of 5-under.

Harman, the 2023 Open Championship winner, along with McIlroy, 6-time Ryder Cup competitor, snatched the lead away from former Northwestern University golfer, Matt Fitzpatrick. The Wildcat golfer is currently sitting one stroke behind the leaders, carding a 4-under round of 66 today. The Sheffield, England native played in Evanston for one quarter in the fall of 2013 before leaving to pursue amateur golf full-time in January 2014.

On what it’s like playing again in the Chicagoland area at Olympia Fields Country Club, “I think it’s a great layout. I think it’s a great design.” Fitzpatrick, the 2022 U.S. Open champion, said.

“It’s a tough golf course,” Fitzpatrick emphasized. “Obviously the rough is up if you miss the fairway, so there’s a premium on that.”

After a two-hour rain delay in the south suburb of Olympia Fields, the course’s rough mated down a number of shots for players. Yet, for current co-leader McIlroy, he used that thick grass density to his advantage to spin in a number of different chips from around the green. Most notably, and audibly from the crowd’s applause, draining a chip on 17 to make birdie. This, after dramatically threading a needle through the trees with McIlroy’s 17th tee-shot into the woods.

Describing what he saw out of those trees, “the window was okay,” McIlroy shared.

“It was more there was a couple of branches above the window I was looking at, and I was like, if it hits those, it’s just going to drop down sort of near that front left bunker and I’ll have a decent angle down the green and mostly have at least a 10-footer or less to save par,” McIlroy emphasized.

He wouldn’t just save par.

McIlroy dunked in a birdie chip on the second to last hole with a huge grin on his face. That major save followed by a par on the 18th locked in his clean scorecard of 65. A spotless and steady showing with 5-birdies and only pars on August 17.

Not a bogey in sight for McIlroy.

Let’s see if that holds true. There are still 72-holes of golf to play for the BMW Championship leaders, Friday-Sunday. Tee times start again tomorrow August 18 at 8:26 a.m. CST, weather permitting.

If you want to come out and watch these PGA players at Olympia Fields before they punch their tickets to the Tour Championship in Atlanta, GA, transportation and ticket information from the Western Golf Association Evans Scholars Foundation is below.

Schedule and Tickets
To purchase tickets, visit bmwchampionship.com/tickets. Youth 15 and under receive free grounds admission when accompanied with an adult. Active duty, retirees, active reserve and veterans of any military branch are offered a complimentary ticket on each day of the BMW Championship. The BMW Championship will use mobile entry, enabling fans to easily manage, view, scan and transfer tickets. More ticket information can be found here.

Parking and Transportation
General fan parking (G-Lot) will be at Lincoln Mall (255 Lincoln Mall Dr., Matteson, Illinois). Passes must be purchased in advance. A complimentary shuttle will take fans to the course; service begins 30 minutes before gates open and runs throughout the day. Shuttle service concludes one hour after play has finished.

The rideshare pick-up and drop-off location is at Gate 1 (3033 203rd St., Olympia Fields, Illinois). Drop-offs and pick-ups are not allowed near the club’s front gate or residential areas. Spectators can also ride the Metra Electric Line (ME) to the Olympia Fields Station, located next to the Gate 1 Entrance, or park their vehicle and utilize Park and Ride Metra stations along the ME route.

John Howell’s Essential Cuts (07/10) – Kirby Presents His Defense & The IMA Speaks Out 

*Ike Ejiochi presents Kirby’s defense of his decision to send cluster munitions to Ukraine. 

*Bret Gogoel, WLS Defacto Sports Director, previews the format, the players, and the dingers coming at the 2023 Home Run Derby. 

*Mark Denzler, President and CEO of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, discusses two bills that are sitting with Governor Pritzker that the IMA believes will do more harm than good. 

*Plus, Jason Nathanson and John Howell ask – why is it en vogue to throw things at singers performing on stage?  

How far can good credit get you when buying a home?

David Hochberg, the fearless leader of Team Hochberg at Homeside Financial, joins Ramblin’ Ray and Jane Clauss to answer questions about how far good credit can take you when buying your first or next home, how to properly report your income for a home loan, and what type of buyers are in the market right now.

For all your home buying advice, visit Team Hochberg at 56David.com or give David a call at 855-563-2843.

John Howell: Essential Cuts (02/24) – A “Cocaine Bear” and Predictions for the Election

  • Rex Huppke, humor columnist from USA Today, discusses MTG’s idea for a “national divorce” and why he’d be for it. 
  • Jason Nathanson, ABC News Entertainment correspondent, has the low down on “Cocaine Bear.”
  • Bill Cameron, Host of Take 1 on WLS, previews his interview with Mayor Lightfoot and gives his predictions for Tuesday’s election. 
  • Plus, Steve Cochran and John look ahead at their Election Night special.

Why Hasn’t the CPD Done More About Officers Involved in Hate Groups? 

The Chicago City Council had a contentious meeting with CPD officials this week, questioning why they haven’t moved more aggressively against officers who were involved in hate groups and connected to the capitol riot. John Howell speaks with Alderman Matt Martin from Chicago’s 47th Ward to discuss.

Will Lou Dobbs Cost Fox News Cash with Election Fraud Lies?

With Lou Dobbs’ 2020 election fraud lies coming to light, he may cost Fox News a lot of cash. It seems like this could help Dominion Voting’s lawsuit against the company. John Howell is joined by Jacob Sullum, Senior editor at Reason Magazine, to discuss.

John Howell: Essential Cuts (02/15) – FAA Close Calls and A Proposal to Prevent Overdoses

*Jeff Greenfield, five-time Emmy winning network television analyst and author, says that Biden missed a huge opportunity by passing on a Super Bowl interview. 

*ABC’s Andy Field has the details on the FAA taking action on close calls. 

*Representative La Shawn Ford explains why lawmakers have proposed a drug-injection site to prevent overdoses and provide resources. 

*Plus, Bret Gogoel, WLS Defacto Sports Director, gives his thoughts on the Cubs and Sox at the start of Spring training.

Mongo Bowl will Benefit Former Bears Player & Celebrate the ‘85 Team

Both the Des Plaines and Aracada Theaters are hosting MONGO BOWL events on Super Sunday. The events will benefit former Bears player, Steve “Mongo” McMichael, with medical bills related to ALS. John Howell is joined by Ron Onesti, President & Founder of Onesti Entertainment, to discuss Mongo, the inspiration for the fundraisers, and all the details. For information, tickets, or a donation link, visit www.oshows.com

John Howell: Essential Cuts (02/03) – The GOP Says Goodbye to an Ally & a Surveillance Balloon Flies Across the US

*Kelli Pelc, Founder of The Refilleri in Humboldt Park, joins the show to discuss the zero-waste shop and how to live more sustainably. 

*Marissa Lynn Ford, League of Chicago Theaters Executive Director, has the details on Chicago theatres celebrating Black History Month & the upcoming Chicago Theatre Week. 

*Axios reporter Victoria Knight explains why the GOP has parted ways with a historical ally: Doctors.

*Plus, ABC’s Alex Stone has the latest details on the surveillance balloon floating above the US.

John Howell: Essential Cuts (02/02) – Illinois Legislative Oversight and the History of Groundhog Day

*Sophia Van Pelt, Reporter for the Better Government Association, compares Illinois Legislative oversight to that of other states…and we don’t look good.

*POLITICO’s Caitlin Oprysko has the details on where the Uihleins sent their cash after January 6th.

*Sheriff Tom Dart shares his thoughts on how we can get to a place where mass shootings aren’t considered commonplace.

*Plus, John gives a lesson in Groundhog Day history, and Mike Lindell visits Jimmy Kimmel in quite the unique fashion.

John Howell: Essential Cuts (02/01) – Should the City Shovel our Sidewalks? And a Forum-Turned-Debate

*Alderman Gil Villegas shares his thoughts on a pilot program for the city shoveling sidewalks.

*Anne Flaherty, Senior National Policy Reporter ABC News Washington, has the details on a GOP-led panel targeting COVID relief dollars for review.

*Mike Emanuel, Fox News Chief Washington Correspondent, has the latest on this week’s biggest national political stories.

*Andy Field discusses the FBI search of Biden’s Rehoboth Beach Home.

*Plus, John reviews last night’s contentious mayoral forum, and we talk to Tom Brady’s number one fan about his retirement

The John Howell Christmas Song Playlist

The following is a partial list of the Holiday Songs from my private stash that you might have heard this season on WLS-AM 890.  I recommend all of them. Enjoy, and Happy Holidays! -John Howell

*Christmas In Killarney/Al Jarreau (Super talent)

*Let It Be Christmas/Alan Jackson (Nice original tune)

*Yule Swing/Anna Wilson (Great swinging chart)

*The Christmas Song/Arthur Blythe Quartet (Spirited)

*Jingle Bells/Arturo Sandoval (Best import from Cuba since cigars)

*Xmas In Jail/Asleep At The Wheel  (Very funny; somewhat sad)

*Merry Christmas Baby/B.B. King (Smoking)

*Linus & Lucy/Béla Fleck & The Flecktones (So good)

*Feliz Navidad/Billy Joe Shaver  (Billy Joe was an American treasure)

*Rudolf The Red-Nosed Reindeer Mambo/Billy May (Billy was a genius LA arranger, very funny)

*The Christmas Waltz/Brecker Brothers w/Steve Kahn (Very hip, of course)

*You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch/Brian Setzer Orchestra  (Very strong)

*Bach’s Bell/Canadian Brass  (Classy)

*Christmas Time Is Here/Canadian Brass (Makes me want to drink)

*It`s Bad To Have The Blues (At Christmas Time)/Charlie Daniels  (Charlie was a political nutjob, but one of my favorites musically)

*White Christmas/Charlie Parker (Pure genius)

*Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow/Dave McKenna (Used to watch Dave play in Boston dive bars)

*The Christmas Song/Dexter Gordon (My favorite tenor player)

*March of the Toys/Doc Severinsen (This is why I watched Carson)

*Jingle Bells/Duke Ellington  (Duke: The greatest, period.)

*Santa Claus Is Back In Town/Dwight Yoakam (Tex-Mex Elvis)

*Santa Baby/Eartha Kitt (Madonna wishes she had this talent)

*The Secret of Christmas/Ella Fitzgerald (So great)

*Christmas Time Is Here/Eric Marienthal (I played with Eric at Berklee, he doesn’t remember me)

*For Christ’s Sake, It’s Christmas/George Strait (Great title)

*The Happy Elf/Harry Connick Jr. (Goofy, but cool)

*Happy Hanukkah My Friend/Grady Tate & Houston Person (Nice ballad)

*Brazilian Sleigh Bells/Harry James (I must have been drinking…not great)

*Deck The Halls/Herbie Hancock  (Chicago’s own)​​

*Winter Wonderland/Huey Lewis (Very strong)

*We Wish You A Merry Christmas/Jerry Jeff Walker (Gonzo)

*Greensleeves/John Coltrane (Don’t be scared…just enjoy)

*Winter Wonderland/John Anderson (Such a voice, gifted)

*I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus/John Mellencamp (Stupid song, smart singer)

*Christmas In Prison/John Prine  (Real pick me upper)

*Cool Yule/Kurt Elling (Chicago’s own)

*God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/Lou Rawls (So cool)

*Zat You Santa Claus?/Louis Armstrong (Pops!!)

*Even Santa Claus Gets The Blues/Marty Stuart (Guy’s totally underrated)

*Christmas Medley/Maynard Ferguson (The Boss!!)

*I’ll Be Home For Christmas/McCoy Tyner (Creative…and then some)

*If We Make It Through December/Merle Haggard (Spoiler alert: The marriage didn’t survive)

*Santa Claus Is Comin to Town/Ray Charles (Brother Ray. Enough said)

*Winter Wonderland/Ray Charles  (Great chart)

*Sleigh Ride/Richie Cole & Art Pepper Quintet (Self indulgent, but who cares?)

*O Come All Ye Faithful/Ricky Skaggs (Just beautiful)

*Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow/Ricochet (Nice, concise)

*My Favorite Things/Rob McConnell & The Boss Brass (Tribute to Coltrane)

*Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas/Roomful Of Blues (The entire album swings)

*Deck the Halls/Singers Unlimited (Chicago studio legends)

*Jazz Musician’s Christmas/Jack Sheldon w/The Tom Kubis Big Band (Very funny)

*The Twelve Days of Christmas (My Agent Gave to Me)/Jack Sheldon w/The Tom Kubis Big Band 

*I’ll Be Home for Christmas/Tony Bennett  (With Basie Band)

*Run Rudolph Run/Tractors (Earthy)

*Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy/Travis Tritt (Loads of talent)

*Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!/Wynton Marsalis (He’s better than me)

Merry Christmas, listen to something new, aim higher. 

Volunteer shot while canvassing for 15th Ward candidate Joseph Williams

A campaign worker was recovering Monday after being shot in the leg while campaigning for 15th Ward aldermanic candidate Joseph Williams on Sunday.

Maxwell Little was going door to door to garner support for Williams when the shooting occurred at about 1:45 p.m. in the 6600 block of South Marshfield Avenue in the city’s West Englewood neighbourhood.

Little was on the sidewalk and streaming on Facebook Live when a man wearing a red mask shot him. The video shuts off just as he was shot in the leg.

In a statement Sunday afternoon, 15th Ward Alderman Raymond Lopez called the shooting “the same type of mindless gun violence we have seen in other neighbourhoods,” and said gun violence in the area “must be confronted and addressed directly and without excuses.”