Chicago News Roundup: Quinn’s Attempt to Ban Rename Soldier Field, Monkeypox at Cook County Jail, Italian Beef’s Impact on ‘The Bear’ and More


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Quinn launches campaign to stop sale of corporate naming rights to Soldier Field

Arguing that there is “no elegant way” to attach a corporate name to a “sacred” war memorial, former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn takes up the fight he led there over 20 years ago to preserve the Soldier Field name.

A day after Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveiled her $2.2 billion plan to keep the Bears in a domed, renovated soldier field, Quinn launched her campaign to deprive the mayor of the only source of funding. she has revealed so far to finance the ambitious project: to sell the company’s name rights.

Quinn introduced another “citizens’ ordinance” to secure an advisory referendum on the Feb. 28 ballot that would ask voters a loaded question:

“Should the people of Chicago protect the good name of Soldier Field – which is a war memorial dedicated to the memory of the soldiers who fought for our American democracy – by prohibiting the mayor, the city council, the district of Park or any other government entity to attach a corporate name to Soldier Field or sell naming rights to Soldier Field in any way? »

Quinn thinks the answer will and should be a resounding “No”.

He maintained that a “solemn pledge was made” after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 to keep the name Soldier Field and that this promise must be honored forever.

“The overwhelming majority of Chicagoans will say ‘no’ to selling the naming rights to Soldier Field or associating the name Soldier Field with ‘Commonwealth Edison Park at Soldier Field’ or ‘Amazon Stadium at Soldier Field’ It’s sacrilege to do that,” Quinn said.

Fran Spielman says more about Quinn’s quest here.

More news you need

  1. With a single shot, a man injured the mother of his young child and killed his stepfather as he sought revenge on someone else at a party at his home in Back of the Yards, prosecutors announced today. The 28-year-old was charged with murder and aggravated assault in the shooting, which happened around 3:30 a.m. Sunday, authorities said.
  2. A case of monkeypox has been identified at the Cook County Jail, authorities said today. The infected person is believed to have contracted the virus before being taken into the custody of the facility, officials said.
  3. At a press conference today, Democratic leaders touted Chicago’s diversity, its ability to attract union-friendly jobs and its “unified leadership” in their pitch to secure the 2024 Democratic National Convention. The pitch comes despite an intramural squabble over who should lead the state party apparatus, says our Tina Sfondeles.
  4. Former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn resumes the fight he led more than 20 years ago to preserve the Soldier Field name, arguing that there is “no elegant way” to attach a corporate name to a war memorial. It comes a day after Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveiled her $2.2 billion plan to keep the Bears in a domed, renovated Soldier Field, and sell the naming rights to the companies to help fund the project. .
  5. Members of the International Union of Operating Engineers today ratified a three-year contract, ending a seven-week strike that has curtailed highway projects in northeast Illinois. Our David Roeder has more on contract details here.
  6. In early June, the board of directors of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum elected Erin Amico to become the museum’s first black president and CEO in its 165 years of operation. Amico described her first week on the job as surreal in an interview with the Sun-Times, noting how she’s been coming to the museum since she was a child.

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‘The Bear’ delves into the culture of Chicago’s Italian beef joint cooking

Chicago’s signature Italian beef sandwiches continue to put the city on the culinary map — this time via “The Bear,” a half-hour drama series now airing on Hulu.

Jeremy Allen White stars as Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto, a James Beard Award-winning chef who returns home to the Windy City after her older brother’s suicide to run the family sandwich, The Original Beef of Chicagoland.

The kitchen is a chaotic mess on so many levels for Carmy, who also faces a slew of unresolved emotional issues. His first task is to literally clean up the place and restructure the way the kitchen works, which demands a new level of dedication from his team. It’s a powerful lesson in kitchen workflow. Think: dedicated stations.


Jeremy Allen White in a scene from ‘The Bear’. White stars as Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto, a five-star chef who runs a Chicago dive sandwich shop he inherited from his older brother.

Matt Dinerstein/FX via AP

“I don’t think a lot of people understand how a kitchen works, with people just doing one thing [at one station all day]”, White said. “Repetition is something. I have so much respect for cooking, cooks and chefs.

Getting all the intricacies, all the nuances of Chicago’s Italian beef culture, along with the look and feel of a real Chicago Italian beef store was paramount to “The Bear” creator, Christopher Storer. The kitchen interior, for example, will look oddly familiar to fans of The Original Mr. Beef on Orleans.

“Chris Zucchero [the owner of Mr. Beef] has been a dear friend of mine since we were kids, so I’ve spent a lot of time at Mr. Beef’s over the years. … A lot of [the culture] is rooted in tradition and family, which are the same themes the show deals with. Each family or restaurant has its own way of doing it. Their own recipes, their own secrets,” said Storer, who grew up in Chicago and admits that Italian beef really is her favorite sandwich.

Miriam Di Nunzio has more with White and Storer in her cover of “The Bear” here.

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Yesterday we asked you: What do you think of Mayor Lightfoot’s proposal to keep the Bears in Chicago by dome Soldier Field?

Here’s what some of you said…

“They’ve made it clear they’re not staying, she’s running for re-election.” —Dave Pietruszka

“The Bears keep saying no. Why even bother? They won’t stay for many reasons. She’s going to remodel? How much will it cost taxpayers? —Lizz Peralta

“Good idea because it would be a lot warmer inside for everyone too and not everyone will freeze their pimples during the game either.” — Rosemary Tyszka

“It would be cheaper to demolish the stadium and build a new one.” —Ryan Harms

“Everything you need to keep the bears!” —Jay Thrash

“It does not solve the fundamental problems of the facility: too few seats, narrow halls and a very difficult location for fans to access.” —John Müller

“Great idea, I should have had one!” — Kendrick Brooks

“It won’t work. Too little, too late. Arlington Heights is the place to be, parking, public transportation, everything!” —Judy Dziedzic Mascolino

“Let them go. We could have a peewee football team that plays better than the Bears.” — Greg LaVeau

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