Cubs’ Quade trying to maintain even keel

By PAUL SULLIVAN – Chicago Tribune

MIAMI Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade is an eternal optimist, which is one reason why the players backed him last September for the permanent gig and why general manager Jim Hendry subsequently hired him.

But Quade’s rosy outlook, usually saying things will improve, has been put to the test the last week. He reacted like any manager would after his team’s poor play in two losses at Cincinnati.



History, rivalry rule Cubs’ Interleague slate

Fenway Park the first stop in compelling schedule for Chicago

By Carrie Muskat / | 05/19/11 12:50 AM ET

An historic return to Fenway Park, a chance for Matt Garza and Carlos Pena to see some familiar faces and Chicago bragging rights are part of the Cubs’ Interleague matchups this year.

The Cubs have the tough task of facing American League East powers, the Red Sox and Yankees, as well as the Royals, and have a home-and-road series against their intracity rivals, the White Sox. Chicago has posted winning records against AL teams five seasons since Interleague Play began in 1997.


As Cubs slump, Quade looks for answers

May, 18, 2011

By Bruce Levine

Lost opportunities over the past two ballgames have kept Mike Quade up at night trying to come up with solutions.

“I’m constantly paging through numbers, trying to figure out what else we can do,” Quade said. “The guys are hitting .270, .280. But all have numbers below that

[with runners in scoring position.]”

Quade was asked if players are pressing too much in pressure situations. One example cited was Kerry Wood’s error while trying to start a double play in the eighth inning of Tuesday’s loss. The mistake led to four unearned runs.


Chicago Cubs: Looking Ahead to 2012


Bob Warja

 (Cubs Featured Columnist) on May 18, 2011


Hey, maybe the Mayans will be right and the world will end after the Cubs finally win the World Series next season. At least I could die a happy man.

In reality, that’s about as likely as my getting a date with Brooklyn Decker.

I was blasted my several of you for writing recently that the Cubs may go after Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran if they decide to make the free-agent-to-be available.

Why would the Cubs do that when they aren’t contenders and with such a fine base of youth to build upon?

The curse of 1918

May 18, 2011

Say it ain’t so. The Chicago White Sox players who tanked the 1919 World Series for money got the idea from the Chicago Cubs, who threw the Series a year earlier and got away with it. Maybe.


“The ball players were talking about somebody trying to fix the National League ball players or something like that in the World Series of 1918,” said pitcher Eddie Cicotte, the first of the infamous Black Sox to confess, in a 1920 deposition recently posted on the Chicago History Museum’s website. “There was talk that somebody offered this player $10,000 or anyway the bunch of players were offered $10,000 to throw this series.”




Public hearing set on county redistricting

From submitted Reports May 18, 2011 4:24PM

The DuPage County Board will hold a public hearing on redistricting at 6 p.m. May 23 in Wheaton.

The meeting will take place in the DuPage County Board Room in the Jack T. Knuepfer Administration Building, 421 N. County Farm Road.

The public is invited to attend the redistricting public hearing to view and give input on the proposed maps for County Board districts.




Des Plaines casino school: Hundreds in school to vie for jobs at Des Plaines casino

Yesterday at 7:51 a.m.

Denise Just, of Deerfield, has never played blackjack or craps, but she’s hoping a little luck and training lands her a job as a dealer on the game floor of the Rivers Casino.

Just is one of 700 job hopefuls participating in a dealer school, which teaches the basics of table games like roulette and blackjack. Only 400 people will be selected as dealers by the time the casino in Des Plaines opens in mid-July.




We’re broke, but we’re paying firms to stay put in Illinois

Posted May 18, 2011 @ 07:16 PM

Chicago, Ill. —


Illinois has pledged more than $230 million to 27 companies so far this year in an effort to keep those businesses in the state.

That’s according to a report Wednesday in the Chicago Tribune.

The Tribune says only six of the 27 companies were identified on a list the newspaper got from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Department spokeswoman Marcelyn Love says the other companies weren’t named because of nondisclosure agreements or because the incentive deals haven’t been finalized or announced yet.





Willow Road Debate Continues: ‘Northfield Contradicts Itself’

A Glenview resident questions the ‘800-pound gorilla in the room.’

May 18, 2011


Dear Editor,

While I found yesterday’s open house on the future of Willow Road informative, I also observed a few interesting things that seemed to contradictNorthfield’s desire for a two or three lane solution. 

First of all, I found it somewhat ironic that I had to cross four lanes from the parking lot to get to the meeting on the New Trier campus, something that I did quite easily and safely and something I’m certain that over a thousand students, faculty, and staff do each and every school day.  So it appears that Northfield residents are completely capable of navigated four lanes safely, just like students in Glenview do all along Lake Street when attending our schools and/or Northbrook students do when crossing Waukegan Road or Shermer Road to get to their schools.