Former Mayor Richard Daley doing Comcast SportsNet show

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Debuting Sunday, October 14 at 7:30 PM, Comcast SportsNet’s David Kaplan hosts an exclusive one-on-one interview with the former Mayor of the city of Chicago RICHARD M. DALEY.  Daley discusses everything from his belief that Chicago should be awarded a second NFL franchise, losing the 2016 Olympic bid for Chicago, his unending love for the White Sox, to life after running the city for 22 years and much more.

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Former Barack Obama Press Secretary Hired by Chicago Cubs

Who says sports and politics don’t mix? These days, college and professional teams spend a lot of money and effort trying to manipulate their message and the media. So why not bring a former political operative in the front office?

And that’s what the Chicago Cubs did today- announcing the appointment of Julian Green to the newly-created position of vice president, communications and community affairs.

Green served as Illinois press secretary to then-United States Senator Barack Obama from 2005 to 2007 and as campaign press secretary from May to November 2004. So yes, Green is connected to the President of the United States of America.

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Illini A.D. Ron Guenther, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley Step Down Today

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Today, two leaders in the Land of Lincoln’s prominent leadership positions stepped down today. We saw both abdications coming for a long while, and it’s just coincidence that both media stories happen to fall on the same day. Although, both of these men became the longest serving in the history of their respective roles and came to power around the same time.

Today, Rahm Emanuel was sworn in as the 46th mayor of Chicago, he is the hand-picked successor to Richard M. Daley, and assumes his role in an old-fashioned political  “switcheroo” as Daley’s brother, William now has Rahm’s old position- White House Chief of Staff. The post has been deemed “The Second-Most Powerful Person in Washington” due to the nature of the job.

Illinois Director of Athletics Ron Guenther announced today his retirement upon the completion of his contract on June 30. The longest-tenured athletics director in the Big Ten, Guenther leaves the position after 19 years in which Fighting Illini teams captured 34 Big Ten Championships, made a men’s basketball Final Four appearance (2005) and made six football bowl appearances (2010, 2007, 2001, 1999, 1992, 1991).

By Paul M. Banks

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