Top Bears Players to Watch This Season: Allen Robinson

Top Bears Players to Watch This Season: Allen Robinson

With Super Bowl expectations heavy on their minds, the Chicago Bears will begin preparations in earnest for the 2019 season this week when they report to Bourbonnais for training camp.

As the team arrives in the Chicago suburb, we’re taking a look at 10 of the players that will have the biggest impact on the Bears’ fortunes in the coming year, and today we’re focusing on wide receiver Allen Robinson II. 

How 2018 Went for Robinson: 

A year after suffering a torn ACL and appearing in only one game for Jacksonville, Robinson had a solid season for the Bears, catching 55 passes for 754 yards and four touchdowns. 

The numbers weren’t quite what he had put up in his first three seasons with the Jaguars, but he quickly became one of Mitchell Trubisky’s favorite targets, as he was targeted 94 times in just 13 contests for the Bears.  

The Biggest Question He’ll Face:

Realistically, there are two questions Robinson will face when the new season begins. The first is whether he can stay on the field after missing three games a season ago, but the more important question is whether he can get back to the production level that he was at in his second and third seasons with the Jaguars.

That answer will largely depend on Robinson’s health and on the advances made by Trubisky in his third pro season. He did target Robinson 94 times last season, but he’ll need to improve upon his accuracy if he’s going to help the receiver get back into the 65-75 catch range that he was during his prime years in Jacksonville. 

Our Prediction:

The Bears are going to air the ball out a lot again this season, and if Robinson can stay healthy, he is entirely capable of grabbing 70 or more receptions in the 2019 season. 

To that end, we’ll say he hits that mark, appearing in just about every game and helping Trubisky to bump up his production in the new year. 

For more on our examination of the 10 Bears players to watch this season:

7/27 – Offensive lineman Kyle Long 

7/26 – Safety Eddie Jackson 

7/26 – Running back David Montgomery

7/25 – Wide receiver Anthony Miller 

7/25 – Defensive end Akiem Hicks 

7/24 – Cornerback Kyle Fuller

7/24 – Tight end Trey Burton

Published at Sun, 28 Jul 2019 03:45:05 +0000

10 Things You HAVE to do in Chicago!! (travel guide)

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Chicago aldermen approve reforms proposed by new mayor

Chicago aldermen approve reforms proposed by new mayor

CHICAGO — Chicago’s City Council has approved a package of reforms proposed by its new mayor that includes increasing the power of the city’s inspector general.

There was no debate Wednesday prior to the passing of an ordinance proposed by Mayor Lori Lightfoot. The aldermen voted 50-0 for them despite members being long opposed to giving the inspector general more power to investigate them.

Ending government corruption was a centerpiece of Lightfoot’s campaign for mayor. She won all 50 wards in April and got over 70% of the vote.

In addition to giving Inspector General Joseph Ferguson the ability to audit the council’s committees, the mayor’s ordinance also tightens rules on outside jobs and City Hall lobbying, and increases fines for ethics violations.

The ordinance prohibits aldermen and city employees from doing outside work that could conflict with the city’s interests, such as representing people in property tax appeals.

Published at Wed, 24 Jul 2019 22:35:00 +0000

Bicyclist killed in Aurora hit-and-run

Bicyclist killed in Aurora hit-and-run

A 61-year-old woman was killed early Tuesday morning by a hit-and-run driver in Aurora.

A Kane County sheriff’s deputy noticed a bicycle in a grassy area on the side of the South Edgelawn Drive, just south of Prairie Street at around 1:20 a.m. Tuesday.

Upon seeing the victim, identified as Elizabeth Kakoczki of Aurora, the deputy called for Aurora police officers and the fire department. The officers performed CPR on the woman as they awaited paramedics, and Kakoczki was then taken to an Aurora hospital. She was pronounced dead shorty after arrival.

Officers and investigators determined Kakoczki was struck by a vehicle that quickly fled from the scene.

Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call the Aurora Police Department’s Traffic Unit at (630) 256-5330 or Crime Stoppers at (630) 892-1000 to anonymously report details.

Published at Tue, 23 Jul 2019 23:50:46 +0000

Dillon Francis b2b Diplo – Hard Summer Festival 2018 (Full Set)

Dillon Francis b2b Diplo – Hard Summer Festival 2018 (Full Set)

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Lil Uzi Vert vs. TNGHT & RL grime – Money Longer (Benzi Edit)
Drake – I’m Upset
Huey vs. 3ELOUD! – Pop, Lock And Drop It (FAED Pop That Woo Edit)
Ape Drums ft. Denzel Curry & Frizzo – Shellz
Rihanna – Pour It Up (RL Grime Remix)
Skrillex – Crown Vic
Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools
Flosstradamus & Dillon Francis vs. Yung Pinch – Tern It Up vs. Hello There (Dillon Francis Edit)
GTA & Dillon Francis & Wax Motif ft. Anna Lunoe – I Can’t Hold On (GTA Psy Edit)
Darude vs. Dillon Francis & Eptic – Sandstorm vs. Say Less (4B Edit)
OutKast vs. Rae Sremmurd & Gucci Mane – Hey Ya! vs. Black Beatles (Boombox Cartel Flip)
Big Sean ft. Nicki Minaj – Dance A$$ (Remix)
Command Q – D1LL1GAF
Diplo & French Montana & Lil Pump ft. Zhavia Ward – Welcome To The Party
Rihanna ft. Chris Brown – Birthday Cake (Acappella)
Ludacris vs. Diplo – Move Bitch (BeatBreaker Welcome To The Party Bootleg)
TroyBoi & Grandtheft – Sneaky
Jack Ü ft. Bunji Garlin vs. Alvaro & MERCER ft. Lil Jon vs. Douster – Jungle Bae vs. Welcome To The Jungle vs. King Of Africa (Brian Dawe & Deville Bootleg)
Rune RK vs. Jack Ü ft. Bunji Garlin – Jungle Calabria (Cristian Marchi & Luis Rodriguez Private Bootleg)
Martin Garrix & Loopers – Game Over
Diplo & AutoErotique vs. Valentino Khan – Waist Time vs. Deep Down Low (Deville 2017 VIP Edit)
Dillon Francis ft. G-Eazy – Say Less (Dillon Francis & Moksi Rebirth)
Dua Lipa vs. Diplo & Sleepy Tom – IDGAF (BeatBreaker Be Right There Bootleg)
Eurythmics vs. Halfway House – Sweet Peak Dreams (MAKJ Edit)
Eptic – The End (Carnage & Breaux Festival Trap Remix / Crankdat VIP)
Felguk – Sometimes [BRAZILIAN VIBE]
Fisher – Stop It
Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – Bad And Boujee (Acappella)
Pete Rodriguez – I Like It Like That
Cardi B ft. Bad Bunny & J Balvin – I Like It (Dillon Francis Remix)
A$AP Ferg vs. Jack Ü – Work vs. Febreze (Jack Ü Mashup)
GTA – Saria’s Turn Up
DJ Sammy & Yanou ft. Do – Heaven
Jack Ü – Boi To Get Low w/ Anti. – Stutter (ShadowVariable Edit)
Daddy Yankee & Tuner S. vs. Rathero – Gasolina vs. Mi Gente (Fanatic Edit)
Major Lazer ft. Busy Signal & The Flexican & FS Green – Watch Out For This (Bumaye)
J Balvin & Willy William – Mi Gente (Dillon Francis Remix)
Dillon Francis & Major Lazer – I Can’t Take It vs. Bootleg Fireworks vs. Light It Up (Dillon Francis Edit)
Major Lazer ft. Nyla – Light It Up (Quintino Remix)
Quintino – Brasil Connect
Major Lazer ft. Busy Signal & The Flexican & FS Green – Watch Out For This (Bumaye)(Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Tomorrowland Remix)
Bingo Players vs. Garmiani vs. Lil Jon – Rattle Devotion (FAED Suprise Bootleg)
Shapov vs. MEG NERAK – Everybody
Dillon Francis & DJ Snake vs. Backstreet Boys – Get Low vs. I Want It That Way (Dillon Francis Edit)
Timmy Trumpet & Lady Bee – Trumpets (Instrumental Mix)
Skrillex & Dillon Francis – Bun Up The Dance
Dillon Francis & NGHTMRE – Need You
Dillon Francis ft. Arcángel & Quimico Ultra Mega – Ven
Dillon Francis ft. Jarina De Marco – Look At That Butt
Missy Elliott – Work It
Usher ft. Ludacris & Lil Jon – Yeah!
Diplo ft. Nicky Da B – Express Yourself
DJ Snake ft. Lil Jon – Turn Down For What?! (Acappella)
Nas – Made You Look (Aazar Remix)
REZZ – Edge (GOMMI Remix)
Zombie Nation vs. Ricky Remedy & Diplo vs. A$AP Ferg – Kernkraft 404 vs. Chosen vs. New Level (RL Grime & Diplo Edit)
Wuki & Benzi – We Like To Fuck That Shit
Virtual Self – Ghost Voices (GTA Psy Edit)
Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You
Drake vs. Lil Jon – God’s Plan Snap Yo Fingas (Diplo Flip)
Post Malone & 21 Savage vs. KRANE & graves – Rockstar (Saber Bootleg)
Jack Ü & Noizekid vs. Leka El Poeta – Ella Quiere Hmm..Haa..Hmm vs. Take Ü There (Cesar Mannix Mashup)
Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna – This Is What You Came For (Gammer Edit)
A$AP Ferg vs. Nonsens – Plain Jane vs. Ballistic (RL Grime & Diplo Edit)
Tascione & TYNVN – Deeper Love
Kanye West vs. Flux Pavilion vs. Diplo ft. Faustix & ImanoS & Kai – Power vs. Revolution vs. Can’t Stop (Jack Ü Live Edit)
Desiigner vs. MERCER & DJ Snake vs. Skrillex ft. Rick Ross – Panda vs. Lunatic vs. Purple Lamborghini (Kovalenco Gennadi Edit)
4B & Aazar – Pop Dat

Trump disavows ‘Send her back!’ chant as Omar stands defiant

Trump disavows ‘Send her back!’ chant as Omar stands defiant

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has chided his supporters who chanted “send her back” when he questioned the loyalty of a Somali-born congresswoman, joining widespread criticism of the campaign crowd’s cry after Republicans warned about political blowback from the angry scene.

In a week that has been full of hostile exchanges over race and love of country on both sides, Trump also claimed he had tried to stop the chant at a reelection event Wednesday night in North Carolina – though video shows otherwise. The crowd’s “send her back” shouts resounded for 13 seconds as Trump made no attempt to interrupt them. He paused in his speech and surveyed the scene, taking in the uproar.

“I started speaking really quickly,” he told reporters Thursday. “I was not happy with it. I disagree with it” and “would certainly try” to stop any similar chant at a future rally.

The taunt’s target- Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota – responded defiantly Thursday. She told reporters at the Capitol that she believes the president is a “fascist” and cast the confrontation as a fight over “what this country truly should be.”

“We are going to continue to be a nightmare to this president because his policies are a nightmare to us. We are not deterred. We are not frightened,” she told a cheering crowd that greeted her like a local hero at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport as she returned from Washington.

The back-and-forth captured the potential impacts of Trump’s willingness to inject racist rhetoric into his reelection fight. Trump’s allies distanced themselves from the chant, fretting over the voters it might turn off in next year’s election and beyond. Democrats, meanwhile, pointed to the episode as a rallying cry to energy and mobilize their supporters to vote Trump out of office.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

“We are ready,” Omar said to cheers, before heading to a town hall on Medicare for All.

Trump started the week’s tumult by tweeting Sunday that Omar and three other freshmen congresswomen could “go back” to their native countries if they were unhappy here. His other targets – all Trump detractors – were Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.

All are American citizens, and all but Omar was born in the U.S. She fled to America as a child with her family from violence-wracked Somalia.

The president did not back down from that criticism on Thursday.

They have “a big obligation and the obligation is to love your country,” he said. “There’s such hatred. They have such hatred.”

The chants at the Trump rally brought scathing criticism from GOP lawmakers as well as from Democrats, though the Republicans did not fault Trump himself.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California declared that the chant has “no place in our party and no place in this country.”

Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois tweeted that it was “ugly, wrong, & would send chills down the spines of our Founding Fathers. This ugliness must end, or we risk our great union.”

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

Citing Trump’s rhetoric, House Democrats said they were discussing arranging security for Omar and the three other congresswomen.

Even by Trump’s standards, the campaign rally offered an extraordinary tableau for American politics: a president drinking in a crowd’s cries to expel a congresswoman from the country who’s his critic and a woman of color.

It was also the latest demonstration of how Trump’s verbal cannonades are capable of dominating the news. Democrats had hoped the spotlight on Thursday would be on House passage of legislation to boost the minimum wage for the first time in a decade.

To many GOP ears, this time the attention wasn’t all positive.

Rep. Mark Walker of North Carolina, a conservative who attended Trump’s rally, told reporters at the Capitol that the chant “does not need to be our campaign call like we did ‘Lock her up’ last time.”

That was a reference to a 2016 campaign mantra that Trump continues to encourage aimed at that year’s Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

Walker, who called the chant “offensive,” was among about 10 House GOP leaders who had breakfast Thursday with Vice President Mike Pence at Pence’s residence in Washington. Walker said he cautioned Pence that attention to the chant could distract voters next year from the economy and other themes Republicans want to emphasize.

“We don’t need to take it that far where we change the narrative of the story,” he said he told Pence.

The lawmakers attending agreed that the chant was inappropriate and could prove a harmful distraction, and Pence concurred and said he’d discuss it with Trump, said another participant who described the conversation on condition of anonymity.

In North Carolina, Trump berated each of the four congresswomen and said: “They never have anything good to say. That’s why I say, ‘Hey if you don’t like it, let ’em leave, let ’em leave.'” He added, “I think in some cases they hate our country.”

His criticism of Omar included a false accusation that she has voiced pride in al-Qaida.

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Associated Press writers Padmananda Rama, Kathleen Hennessey, Zeke Miller, Deb Riechmann and Matthew Daly contributed to this report.

Published at Fri, 19 Jul 2019 09:23:00 +0000

Steven Spielberg vs Alfred Hitchcock. Epic Rap Battles of History

Steven Spielberg vs Alfred Hitchcock. Epic Rap Battles of History

Movie directors Steven Spielberg and Alfred Hitchcock face off in this episode of Epic Rap Battles of History. Who won? You decide! [Season 6 of ERB is coming in Spring 2019]
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Consulting firm to evaluate Chicago casino feasibility

Consulting firm to evaluate Chicago casino feasibility

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Gaming Board has selected a consulting firm to conduct a feasibility study for a casino in Chicago.

The Gaming Board announced last week that it had selected Union Gaming Analytics of Las Vegas.

The study is required by the gambling expansion law Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law last month . It’s to generate revenue for a $45 billion capital improvement plan.

A Gaming Board spokesman said the contract will not exceed $100,000.

Union Gaming will present its study regarding the feasibility and ability to finance a casino in Chicago to Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot in August. Chicago will pay for the study.

Union Gaming’s bid was one of three the Gaming Board received. But two were disqualified because they were submitted after the deadline.

Published at Mon, 15 Jul 2019 09:26:00 +0000

Florida expert flies to Chicago to help catch alligator

Florida expert flies to Chicago to help catch alligator

An expert from Florida has been summoned to Chicago to help authorities catch an elusive alligator in a public lagoon.

Sections of Humboldt Park are closed Monday while the search continues for the gator, which is at least 4 feet long. Investigators confirmed the sighting last week but don’t know what’s it doing in Chicago.

Frank Robb of St. Augustine, Florida, arrived on Sunday and immediately began assessing the park and lagoon.

Chicago Animal Care and Control says Robb recommended that certain areas be closed to the public so the alligator isn’t spooked. Photos of the gator started showing up on social media about a week ago.

Published at Mon, 15 Jul 2019 19:26:52 +0000

Hoffman Estates aims to jump-start stalled development

Hoffman Estates aims to jump-start stalled development

Intent on making vacant land west of The Arboretum of South Barrington shopping center viable for development, Hoffman Estates officials may create a tax increment financing district to pay for sewer and water utilities on the site.

The land in question is a 24-acre parcel and a 16-acre parcel at the northeast and northwest corners of Higgins and Old Sutton roads. Along with adjacent right of way, a total of 64 acres would be included.

Among the possible developments would be a gas station and convenience store along Old Sutton, 100,000 square feet of self storage along the CN Railroad tracks and a 150,000-square-foot retail center.

Under those assumptions, a TIF district would generate an estimated $20.7 million over 23 years.

The property is just part of the 185-acre Plum Farms commercial and residential development, which has been stalled for the past two years. The new plan for a village-initiated TIF district would focus exclusively on commercial development.

“This is absolutely the village’s TIF,” Village Manager Jim Norris said. “It’s not at the request of any developer.”

The development partnership behind Plum Farms dropped its request for a TIF district amid controversy over its plans for dense residential development, a proposal that drew objections from school officials and others.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

A TIF district works by freezing the amount of property taxes local governments receive at the level of the district’s first year. As taxes gradually rise, the increases go to a special fund to pay for public improvements within the district.

With Hoffman Estates Mayor Bill McLeod and Trustee Anna Newell adamantly opposed to a TIF district including the residential portion of Plum Farms, the request for one was dropped.

Nevertheless, the density alone of Plum Farms sparked a lawsuit by residents of the Regency at the Woods of South Barrington subdivision, an age-restricted community across Sutton Road.

The original lawsuit has been settled, according to the residents’ attorney, but the concerns of Barrington Unit District 220 — which intervened on the side of the residents — have not. Superintendent Brian Harris said the district’s fears are centered on the expected impact on schools of proposed new homes in the development.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

Dense residential development can cause concern for local governments — especially school districts — if they believe cost of providing services to people moving in will exceed the additional tax revenue. This is even more pronounced in the rare instance of a TIF district for residential development, when the increased tax money doesn’t arrive for up to 23 years.

The Plum Farms annexation agreement allowed for 1,250 homes of various types across the site, though the most recent version of the developer’s plan calls for only 1,035 units.

The two corners at which Hoffman Estates is studying the eligibility for a TIF district are in Community Unit District 300 and don’t involve District 220.

In the case of the newly proposed TIF district, Director of Development Services Mark Koplin told village board members they can choose to exclude residential development.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

Consultants from SB Friedman Development Advisors in Chicago already have found the site eligible for a TIF district due to its being blighted, vacant land prone to flooding. Last week, the village board approved a contract with SB Friedman for $13,820 to take the eligibility study to the next step, including scheduling a joint review board meeting that would include representation by all the affected local governments.

A joint review board can’t prohibit a TIF district, but its negative vote would require a supermajority vote by the village board to approve one.

Owners of the land did not return phone calls seeking comment.

Published at Mon, 15 Jul 2019 03:22:02 +0000