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Blog posts August 2019

Kris Dunn - Starting Point Guard, Finishing Point Guard, Or Both?

Before the All-Star break, the Bulls experienced the changing of the forward with Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker traded to the Washington Wizards for Otto Porter Jr.

As the Bulls Monday prepare to play the Milwaukee Bucks, there’s a question of whether it’s becoming a changing of the guard.


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CAGC names DuPage County Administrator Tom Cuculich as new executive director

The Chicagoland Associated General Contractors (CAGC) says Tom Cuculich has been appointed as its new executive director effective July 15.

Cuculich has three decades of experience and will lead implementation of all board-approved programs and services, CAGC said in a statement.


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Yadier Molina OUT for This Weekend’s Cubs Series

Just ahead of the opener in this weekend’s Cubs-Cardinals series, the Cardinals made a very significant roster move:

Molina, who will strain to find something to do this weekend instead of playing baseball, has been solidly below-average at the plate this year, and although he doesn’t necessarily r…

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Joe Maddon Speaks: Physical vs. Mental Mistakes, Coaching Involvement, Javy’s Leadership, More

The Chicago Cubs have begun their season of urgency in a 1-3 deficit against a bad Rangers team and quality Braves team, who had otherwise just been swept by the Phillies.

Yesterday’s game was particularly ugly – which is saying a lot after dropping two straight games in Texas, despite averaging a li…

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Cubs exercise club option on Quintana for '19

CHICAGO -- The Cubs secured one more member of their starting rotation on Wednesday by exercising the $10.5 million club option on Jose Quintana. They have until the end of the week to decide whether to pick up Cole Hamels' $20 million team option.

Quintana jo…

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Market Conditions: Will 5% 30-Year Average Mortgage Rates Impact the Chicago Market?

We’ve been chattering about the possibility of 5% average mortgage rates for years here on Crib Chatter.

Every time the rates have gotten close, they have retreated…until now.

For the first time since 2011, 30-year average mortgage rates have hit 5%.

Just a reminder, but in August, …

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Township consolidation referendum to appear on Alton ballots

Alton voters will face two referendums that could eliminate government layers at both the township and county levels.

The fate of Alton Township will be placed in voters’ hands Nov. 6.

Included on Alton general election ballots will be a referendum asking residents whether to eliminate th…

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What Does a $13.5 Million Penthouse Look Like? 840 N. Lake Shore Drive in the Gold Coast

This 6-bedroom penthouse in 840 N. Lake Shore Drive in the Gold Coast came on the market in April 2019. (Did we decide that this area was Gold Coast and not Streeterville?)

Built in 2007, the building has 72 units on just 26 floors and a parking garage.

This is a true penthouse on the …

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Cubs roster moves: Addison Russell recalled, Mike Montgomery activated, Pedro Strop to the IL

Addison Russell was suspended last September for 40 games under terms of the Joint MLB/MLBPA Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy, a policy negotiated between players and management in 2015.

As per the terms of that agreement and his suspension, he had a seven-game rehab assignme…

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Cubs Prospecting at the Back Fields: Amaya, Davis, Morel, Albertos, Thompson, Estrada, More

It was a fun first week at the back fields, if a bit disorienting. I’m still getting used to dealing with sensory overload, as you’ll have at least two games happening simultaneously, perhaps with live BP on a third field. Or all four teams working out in the morning. Where to look? What did I just …

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