Chicago News Roundup: Quinn’s bid to block Soldier Field renaming, monkeypox at Cook County Jail, Italian beef’s effect on ‘The Bear’ and more

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Quinn launched a campaign to block the sale of corporate naming rights to Soldier Field.

Arguing that there is “no tasteful way” to associate a corporate name with a “sacred” war memorial, former Illinois governor Pete Quinn is reenacting the battle he named Soldier Field 20 years ago. Fought to keep it safe.

A day after Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveiled her $2.2 billion plan to house the bears in a dome and renovated Soldier Field, Quinn accused the mayor of depriving her of her only source of funding. launched the campaign that has so far appeared to bankroll the most ambitious project: selling rights to the corporate name;

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

“Will the people of Chicago protect the good name of Soldier Field — a war memorial dedicated to the soldiers who fought for our American democracy — by engaging the mayor, city council, park district or any other government agency with it?” Prohibited from selling the rights to the Soldier Field corporate name or naming Soldier Field in any way?

Quinn believes the answer will and should be “no.”

He argued that after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, a “firm commitment” was made to preserve the Soldier Field name and that commitment should be honored in perpetuity.

Chicagoans will say ‘no’ to selling the naming rights to Soldier Field or attaching the Soldier Field name to ‘Commonwealth Edison Park at Soldier Field’ or ‘Amazon Stadium at Soldier Field’. “It’s insulting to do that,” Quinn said.

More on Fran Spielmanhas Quinn’s quest here.

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  1. With a single bullet, a man wounded the mother of his young child and killed his stepfather when he tried to get revenge on someone else during a backyard party, prosecutors said today. of The 28-year-old was charged with murder and aggravated battery 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, officials announced today. The victim is believed to have contracted the virus before being sent into custody at the facility, officials said.
  3. At a news conference today, Democratic leaders touted Chicago’s diversity, ability to attract union-friendly jobs and “unified leadership” to secure the 2024 Democratic National Convention. Our Tina Sfondels reports that the pitch comes despite internal squabbling over who should lead the state’s own party apparatus.
  4. Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is reprising the battle he waged 20 years ago to preserve the Soldier Field name, arguing that linking a corporate name to a war memorial would make “no sense.” “The tasteful way” is not. It came a day after Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveiled her $2.2 billion plan to house the Bears in a dome and renovated Soldier Field, and named corporates to help bankroll the project. The rights to be sold.
  5. Members of the International Union of Operating Engineers today ratified a three-year contract, ending a seven-week strike that has stalled road projects throughout northeastern Illinois. Our David Roeder has more details on the deal here.
  6. In early June, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum’s board of trustees selected 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 has been coming to the museum since she was a child.

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A bright one

‘The Bear’ delves into the kitchen culture of Chicago’s Italian beef joints.

Chicago’s famous Italian beef sandwich continues to put the city on the culinary map — this time through “The Bear,” the half-hour drama series now streaming on Hulu.

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

The kitchen is a chaotic environment on many levels for Carmi, who is also dealing with a pile of unresolved emotional issues. His first order of business is literally cleaning up the space and reorganizing the way the kitchen works, which demands a new level of dedication from his staff. It’s a powerful lesson in kitchen workflow. Think: dedicated stations.


Jeremy Allen White in a scene from “The Bear”. White stars as Carmen “Carmi” Barzato, a five-star chef who runs a Chicago dive sandwich shop that she inherited from her older brother.

Matt Dinerstein/FX via AP

“I don’t think a lot of people realize how a kitchen works, people do one thing. [at one station all day]” White said. “Repetition is something. I have a lot of respect for kitchens, cooks and chefs.

Capturing all the nuances, all the nuances of Chicago’s Italian beef culture, as well as the look and feel of a true Chicago Italian beef shop was important to “The Bear” creator Christopher Storer. For example, the interior of the kitchen will look very familiar to fans of The Original Mr. Beef on Orleans.

“Chris Zochero [the owner of Mr. Beef] It’s been a dear friend of mine since we were kids, so I’ve spent a lot of time at Mr. Beef over the years. … so many [the culture] Rooted in tradition and family, which are the themes the show deals with. Every family, or restaurant, has their own unique way of doing it. Their own recipes, their own secrets,” said Storer, who grew up in Chicago and admits Italian beef is indeed his favorite sandwich.

Miriam Di Nunziohas more with White and Storer in her coverage of “The Bear” here.

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Yesterday, we asked you: What do you think about Mayor Lightfoot’s proposal to put the Bears in a dome over Soldier Field in Chicago?

Here’s what some of you said…

“He’s made it clear he’s not going to stay, he’s up for re-election.” –Dave Peterzka

“The bears keep saying no. Why even bother? They won’t for a number of reasons. She’s going to rebuild? How much is that going to cost the taxpayers?” –Liz Peralta

“Good idea because it will be a lot warmer inside everyone too and everyone won’t freeze their buttons during the game either.” – Rosemary Tezka

“It would be cheaper to tear down the stadium and build a new one.” –Ryan was hurt

“Whatever it takes to keep the bears!” –Jay Thresh

“It doesn’t solve the fundamental problems of the facility: too few seats, thin space, and a space that is too difficult for fans to access.” –John Mueller

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

“It won’t work. Too little, too late. Arlington Heights is the best location, parking, public transportation, everything!Judy Dziedzic Masculino

“Let them go. We can get a peewee football team that plays better than the Bears. – Bring on Greg

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