Filling of Vacancies Lags in County Health System

Published: November 10, 2011

Nearly two years after the Cook County Board of Commissioners voted to make more money available for H.I.V. and AIDS testing for detainees entering the Cook County Jail, most of the men coming into jail are not being tested because of a lengthy delay in hiring a phlebotomist to do the job.

Dr. Shari Schabowski, an emergency room doctor at Stroger Hospital, appeared before the Cook County Board’s Finance Committee in October to argue against proposed budget cuts.

Some 150 to 250 detainees enter the jail each day, on average, 80 percent of them male. The women are routinely tested for H.I.V. and AIDS, but another phlebotomist is needed to collect and process blood specimens from the men.


‘Mr. Cub’ statue from Wrigley Field gets makeover


Posted Nov 11, 2011 @ 06:30 AM

PEORIA — A statue of “Mr. Cub” that normally sits outside the main entrance to Wrigley Field has been hauled to Peoria for an off-season makeover.

The bronzed likeness of Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks had been outside Wrigley Field since March 2008. But artist Lou Cella tells the (Peoria) Journal Star that the statue he created was turning green.

“It was oxidizing a little too fast, and the Cubs didn’t want it to,” he said.

The 400-pound bronze figure was trucked to Bradley University this month — covered up for the ride so it wouldn’t attract attention, said artist Kyle Chipman, who is working with Cella to clean up the statue.


MLB: Francona shows interest in Cubs

And Epstein wouldn’t necessarily need a formal interview to offer him the job.


If the new Cubs hierarchy really wants to hire the most qualified manager available, they already would have introduced Terry Francona or will soon.

But Francona — aside from his interview for the Cardinals’ vacancy — is sitting at home waiting, most likely as unsure as everyone else about whether Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have spent the past week eliminating other candidates to name him or are serious about breaking in a novice manager.

“I’m comfortable letting Theo take care of this; he’s the boss,” Francona said Thursday by phone.

Epstein has admitted he and his former manager with the Red Sox have talked at length and that “I don’t think we’d have to” go through a formal interview if Francona indeed becomes the choice.


Cubs’ conference call tidbits

November, 10, 2011

By Bruce Levine

In a special conference call with Chicago Cubs’ season-ticket holders Wednesday, the team’s newly installed front office – president of baseball operations Theo Epstein, general manager Jed Hoyer and vice president of scouting and player development Jason McLeod — spent an hour answering questions from a select group of fans.

Cubs’ season-ticket holders were alerted Wednesday of a special number to call at 4:00 p.m. CT to pick the brains of the Three Amigos. Cubs’ play-by-play man Len Kasper acted as moderator, bringing callers in and out as top execs took turns answering a variety of questions. The group took 30 questions during the call – the first of its kind conducted by the organization. Almost to a person, the callers expressed their excitement about the team’s future under the new group.

Epstein opened the conference by thanking the fan base for a warm welcome.