Rich Milz and Chicago Bears Tank Johnson Bodyguard Murder

Rich Milz and Chicago Bears Tank Johnson Bodyguard Murder

 
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Attorney: Bears’ Johnson not responsible in shooting

Authorities have twice interviewed Bears lineman Terry “Tank” Johnson following the fatal shooting of Johnson’s bodyguard at a North Side nightclub where both men spent early Saturday morning, police said.

Willie Posey, 26, was shot once and found lying inside the Ice Bar, 738 N. Clark St., in the trendy River North neighborhood just after 1:30 a.m., said police spokeswoman Monique Bond.

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Johnson’s attorney held a brief news conference this afternoon after the Bears star was re-interviewed by Chicago police at his Gurnee home. Johnson had been interviewed earlier in Chicago after the shooting. He is not considered a suspect in the shooting, police said.

“Tank Johnson had no direct responsibility for this tragic shooting,” attorney Thomas Briscoe said. “He has cooperated with Chicago police and continues to cooperate this afternoon. At the request of the Chicago Police Department, we’re not going to discuss details so as not to compromise the investigation.”

Chicago Police Supt. Philip Cline said a fight broke out before the shooting took place at 1:30 a.m. Saturday and it appears only one shot was fired. The round struck Posey in the left shoulder and traveled into his chest. The victim was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital a short time later.

Cline said he did not have details on what caused the fight to break out but a team source said police told the team that Johnson was not involved in the incident that sparked the shooting.

“We are right in the middle of this thing. So I am not going to talk about what witnesses have said,” Cline explained. He said the department continues to interview witnesses and that there have been no arrests.

Briscoe said Johnson and Posey had been friends for at least 10 years, since high school in Tempe, Ariz. Posey was staying with Johnson “but was in the process of moving out.”

Johnson, 25, and Posey were charged Thursday after police raided Johnson’s Gurnee home and found six guns, some of which were loaded and laying in plain view. The Bears have benched Johnson for Sunday’s game.

Johnson was charged with six misdemeanor counts of unlawful possession of a weapon without a Firearm Owner’s Identification card. The weapons seized during the raid included a .44 magnum Smith & Wesson revolver, a .50 caliber Desert Eagle handgun, a .45 caliber handgun, a .308 caliber Winchester rifle and two assault-style rifles–a Colt AR-15 and a .223 caliber.

Posey, who listed the same Gurnee address as his home, was charged with felony possession of marijuana. Police said they found more than 2 ounces of marijuana on a table where Posey was sitting.

When asked why Johnson was partying at a nightclub less than 36 hours after his arrest, his attorney answered, “I can’t comment on that.”

Briscoe said Johnson has spoken to Bears General Manager Jerry Angelo and Bobby Howard, the team’s director of player development. He said Johnson is concerned about the shooting’s possible impact on his status with the team.

“Of course he’s worried about that. He’s worried about his two families, his first family being his two daughters and his second family being the Chicago Bears and Chicago Bear fans. He’s very concerned that people are going to get the idea that he has let them down.”

The Bears issued a statement Saturday that they were aware of the shooting, but didn’t mention Johnson by name. “We are currently gathering information to learn more about the situation,” the statement said.

The Bears had a brief “walkthrough” practice Saturday morning, their final preparation for Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Soldier Field. The team’s Halas Hall training facility in Lake Forest was under tight security and no visitors or news media representatives were allowed on the grounds.

Johnson’s attorney said the lineman is heartbroken about the loss of his friend.

“He’s going through a tough grieving process. He’s getting hundreds of phone calls from friends and supporters. And he needs some quiet time. He is confused because everything happened so quickly,” Briscoe said

 
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Richard Milz and where to eat at O’Hare Airport!

Richard Milz and where to eat at O’Hare Airport!

O’Hare’s Eight Standouts

 

tortas%20ord.jpg1) Tortas Frontera: Rick Bayless’ outstanding modern Mexican cuisine will make your flight delay a little more bearable. The featured items are the griddle-baked tortas filled with meats such as chipotle chicken, beer-braised beef short ribs and pork chorizo. Besides tortas, the outpost also serves cazuelas, fresh-made guacamole, hand-shaken premium margaritas and Intelligentsia Coffee. Get some award-winning Mexican food even if you’re flying to Mexico. [Terminals 1, 3 and 5; Gates B10, K3 and M12]

Wicker-Park-Sushi.jpg2) Wicker Park Sushi Bar: Bringing a more refined dining experience to the airport, this 104-seat restaurant with sushi bar gives travelers the option of enjoying nigiri, sashimi, maki and specialty rolls like the Wicker Park tidal wave, the banana roll for dessert and the special veggie roll. Bonus: they serve sake, shochu, have a full bar and also have a quick sushi takeaway counter. [Terminal 2]

Wolfgang-Puck-cafe.jpg3) Wolfgang Puck Cafe: This restaurant location from the eponymous celebrity chef has full service, sit-down amenities. The full menu includes courses like pastas, rotisserie chicken, ribeye steak and pan-seared salmon as well as Puck’s signature four-cheese pizza and Chinois chicken salad. (Terminal 1, Gate B7; Terminal 3, Gates K1)

berghoff%20ord.jpg4) Berghoff Café: This dining spot has its own seating area and a selection of sandwiches ranging from breakfast creations to corned beef and a Rueben. Flatbread pizzas are also available alongside Berghoff beer drafts. [Terminal 1, Gate C26]

la-tapenade%20ord.jpg5) La Tapenade: A Mediterranean-themed café that offers flatbread pizzas, salads, wraps and grilled panini sandwiches. There’s also a full bar and an assortment of dessert pastries. [Terminals 1, 2 and 3; Gates B4, E9, F10 and H14]

bboh.jpg6) Big Bowl: One of the latest Terminal 5 additions to open is another location of the popular Chinese-Thai spot Big Bowl. They’re cooking up satays, Sichuan and stir fry dishes in a similar vein to their other Chicagoland locations. Gluten free options are also available.

Beaudevin-ORD-150.jpg7) Beaudevin: This European-feeling wine bar features a granite-topped bar, chandeliers comprising wine glasses and more than 20 wines available by the glass, bottle of flights. Pair that with olives or figs, or various tartines like the roasted herb chicken, turkey berry with goat cheese or a Scottish smoked salmon. [Terminal 1, Gate C17]

garrett%20ord.jpg8) Garrett Popcorn: Chicago’s cult-favorite popcorn shop. Try one of the signature flavors from butter and CheeseCorn to CaramelCrisp and watch in amazement as the bag quickly depletes. [Terminals 1 and 3, Gates B8 and H2]

Terminal 1/Concourse B and C

Fast Casual/Bars

 

· Beaudevin: Wine bar (C17) · Berghoff Café;: Sandwiches, breakfast sandwiches, pizzas and beers on tap (C26) · Chili’s: Sandwiches, salads, burgers, bar food (B14) · Galileo’s: Bar (B18) · Goose Island Bar: Sandwiches, bar (C10) · Jazz Bar: Bar (C19) · La Tapenade: Pizzas, salads, wraps, sandwiches (B4) · Wolfgang Puck: Pizzas, salads, pastas, entrees (B7)

A Quick Meal

· America’s Dog: Hot dogs, soups, salads (C17) · Auntie Anne’s: Pretzels (C16) · Billy Goat Tavern: Burgers, breakfast, beer (C19) · Brioche Doree: Sandwiches, salads, croissants (C20) · Café Zoot: Sandwiches, croissants, pastries (C19) · Chili’s To Go:  Sandwiches, salads, bar food (B2) · Ciao Market: Sandwiches, salads (C15) · Eli’s Cheesecake: Cheesecakes, desserts (B9) · Fresh Attraction: Sandwiches (B1) · Fresh Market on the Go: Salads, sandwiches, chocolates, quick bites (C25) · Garrett Popcorn: Popcorn (B8) · Great American Bagel: Bagels, sandwiches (B14) · ICE Dishes and Drinks : Sandwiches, salads, cocktails · Jamba Juice: Smoothies (B7) · Manchu Wok: Chinese (C19) · McDonald’s: Fast food (B11, C10) · Nuts on Clark: Popcorn (C19) · Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory: Chocolate, candy (B14) · Salad Works: Salads (C19) · Smoothie King: Smoothies (B6) · Starbucks: Coffee, teas, pastries (B14, B6, B9, C4, C32) · The Grove: Ice cream, frozen yogurt (B6) · Tortas Frontera: Sandwiches, soups, salads (B10) · Uno Chicago Style Hot Dogs: Hot dogs (C8) · Vosges Haut-Chocolat · Wolfgang Puck Express: Sandwiches, salads (B2)

A Leisurely Meal

· Tuscany Café: A traditional sit-down Italian restaurant with full service. Options include pastas, pizzas and classic entrees, as well as beer and wine. (B18)

Terminal 2/Concourse E and F

Fast Casual/Bars

 

· Chili’s: Sandwiches, salads, burgers, bar food (F3) · Goose Island: Sandwiches, bar · Johnny Rockets: Burgers, shakes (Main terminal building) · La Tapenade: Pizzas, salads, wraps, sandwiches (E9, F10) · Stanley’s Blackhawks Kitchen and Tap: Sandwiches, breakfast, bar food, sports bar (E3)

A Quick Meal

· Argo Tea: Tea, coffee (E3) · Auntie Anne’s: Pretzels (E2) · Brioche Doree: Sandwiches, salads, croissants (F7) · Carry-Out Carry-On: Quick bites (E2) · Chili’s to Go: Sandwiches, salads, burgers, bar food (E9) · CIBO Express Gourmet Market: Sandwiches, wraps, salads, fruits, vegetarian (Main terminal building) · McDonald’s: Fast food (F3) · Nuts on Clark: Popcorn (E2) · Uno Chicago Style Pizza: Pizza (E3) · Starbucks: Coffee, teas, pastries (E1, E11) · Vienna Hot Dogs: Hot dogs (E3)

A Leisurely Meal

· Wicker Park Sushi Bar: A sushi bar with sit-down tables and counter seating. Try a selection of maki or indulge in some sake. (Main terminal building)

Terminal 3/Concourse G, H, K and L

Fast Casual/Bars

 

· Chili’s: Sandwiches, salads, burgers, bar food (G9, H2) · Cubs Bar & Grill: Paninis, burgers, chicken, salads, bar · Facade’s Bar: Bar (K15) · Goose Island Brewery: Sandwiches, bar food, bar (L8) · La Tapenade: Pizzas, salads, wraps, sandwiches (H14) · O’Briens Restaurant and Bar: Burgers, Hot dogs, sandwiches, bar (H5) · Prairie Tap: Burgers, sandwiches, bar food, bar (K4) · Rush Street: Sandwiches, bar food, bar (H14) · Skyscrapers: Bar (K9)

A Quick Meal

· Auntie Anne’s: Pretzels (G5) · Argo Tea: Teas, coffee (H1, L2A) · B.J.’s Market: Southern soul food (K15) · Brioche Doree: Sandwiches, salads, croissants ( K15) · Burrito Beach/B Smooth: Mexican, burritos, tacos, smoothies (K4) · Chicago Waterworks · Chili’s Too: Sandwiches, salads, burgers, bar food (G10) · CIBO Gourmet Market: Sandwiches, wraps, salads, fruits, vegetarian (H1) · Dunkin’ Donuts: Coffee, donuts, bagels (H5) · Farmers Market · Fresh Attractions (H6) · Fresh Market on the Go: Salads, sandwiches, chocolates, quick bites · Garrett Popcorn: Popcorn (H2) · Gold Coast Dogs: Hot dogs (L4) · Great American Bagel: Bagels, sandwiches (H10, K1) · ICE Dishes and Drinks (L2B) · Manchu Wok: Chinese (H5) · McDonald’s: Fast food (H5, H9, K9, L4) · Nuts on Clark: Popcorn (H8) · Pizzeria Uno: Pizza (Rotunda) · Reggio’s Pizza: Pizza (K4) · Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory: Chocolate, candy (H5) · Starbucks: Coffee, teas, pastries (G11, L2B. K4. K15. H6. H1. H14) · Subway: Sandwiches (Rotunda) · TCBY/Juiceworks: Frozen yogurt (Rotunda) · Tortas Frontera: Sandwiches, soups, salads (K3) · Uno Chicago Style Pizza · Vosges Haut-Chocolat: Chocolates · Windy City Carvers: Carved deli sandwiches (L3) · Wolfgang Puck Express: Sandwiches, salads (K13)

A Leisurely Meal

· Macaroni Grill: A full-service Macaroni Grill sits inside the terminal and offers a selection of pastas, pizzas, antipastas and other Italian classics. (K2)

· Wolfgang Puck: This restaurant location from the eponymous celebrity chef has full service, sit-down amenities. The full menu includes courses like pastas, rotisserie chicken, ribeye steak and pan-seared salmon as well as Puck’s signature four-cheese pizza and Chinois chicken salad. (K1)

Terminal 5/Concourse M

Fast Casual/Bars

 

· The Bar: Bar (Ticketing level) · Tocco: Pastas, Italian (M7)

A Quick Meal

· Gourmet to Go · Kofe Powered By Intelligentsia: Coffee (M8) · McDonald’s: Fast food (Baggage) · Metropolis Coffee: Coffee (M10) · Tortas Frontera: Sandwiches, soups, salads (M12) · Vosges Haut-Chocolat: Chocolates

A Leisurely Meal

· Big Bowl: Another outpost of the Lettuce Entertain You chain, expect Chinese and Thai favorites like potstickers, orange chicken and Pad Thai.

From Richard Milz via Eater Chicago

 

2014 Chicago Michelin Guide Picks

2014 Chicago Michelin Guide Picks

The Michelin Man was very good to Chicago on Tuesday, bestowing stars on 25 restaurants, the largest number in the four-year history of the Chicago Michelin guide.

“It was a great year in Chicago,” said Michael Ellis, Michelin’s international director in charge of the guides. “There are a lot of really interesting things going on; there are great chefs out there, and the audience is out there; they really like innovation in Chicago.”

Twenty Chicago restaurants earned a coveted Michelin star, including five first-time recipients: EL Ideas, the highly creative restaurant in Pilsen; Elizabeth, the Lincoln Square restaurant owned by master forager Iliana Regan; The Lobby, the fine-dining room inside the Peninsula Chicago hotel; North Pond, the Lincoln Park restaurant whose absence from previous Michelin lists has been particularly conspicuous; and Senza, the gluten-free fine-dining restaurant in Lakeview.

All the one-star restaurants from the 2013 list retained their standing, with one exception — Sixteen, in the Trump International Hotel Tower, was promoted to the two-level.

In all, four restaurants received two stars, double the number of 2013 winners. In addition to Sixteen and repeat two-star winners L2O and Graham Elliot (which announced that it will close after its New Year’s Eve dinner), two stars went to Grace, Curtis Duffy’s fine-dining restaurant, in its first year of consideration.

And once again, Alinea, considered one of the best restaurants in the world, received Michelin’s maximum three-star designation.

“Look at who’s behind these restaurants; look at Curtis Duffy,” Ellis said. “He’s worked with Grant (Achatz), Charlie (Trotter), Thomas Keller; he has great technique. I got to eat at Grace in September, and it was a beautiful meal. He does amazing things. The same with Thomas Lents (of Sixteen), who worked with Jean Joho and Joel Robuchon. His technical skills are well known. I don’t think (their high rating) will be a surprise to anybody.”

Ellis expressed admiration for several one-star recipients, including North Pond (“Bruce Sherman is a really interesting guy, who has really interesting takes on food”) and Senza (“Our first gluten-free starred restaurant”).

On the downside, a few restaurants with arguably realistic Michelin-star aspirations were passed over. New restaurants Brindille and Masaki went unrecognized, and Michelin continued to snub mk, Les Nomades and Perennial Virant.

As was the case in 2013, no suburban restaurants received stars. Courtright’s (Willow Springs) and Vie (Western Springs) were one-star recipients in the 2012 Chicago Michelin Guide, but lost them in 2013.

The 2014 Chicago Michelin Guide, which lists more than 400 city and suburban restaurants, is available in bookstores today.

Three Stars

Alinea

Two Stars

Grace *
Graham Elliot
L2O
Sixteen **

One Star

Acadia
Blackbird
Boka
EL Ideas *
Elizabeth *
Everest
Goosefoot
The Lobby *
Longman & Eagle
Mexique
Moto
Naha
North Pond *
Schwa
Senza *
Sepia
Spiaggia
Takashi
Topolobampo
Tru

* New to 2014 Michelin guide
** Elevated from last year’s one-star rating

From Richard Milz via Chicago Tribune

Rich Milz with Chicago’s 2014 Michelin Bib Gourmands!

Rich Milz with Chicago’s 2014 Michelin Bib Gourmands!

While the Michelin Guide is unleashing the 2014 star ratings on November 12 (a day prior to the on sale date), today marks the reveal of the Bib Gourmands. The restaurants included in the Bib Gourmands are meant for those looking to dine on a tighter budget, which the guide defines as two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less. Michelin also says that the inspectors personally frequent these restaurants.

This year’s Bib Gourmand list sees a total increase from 2013, from 64 to 69. 21 newcomers are on it, including Lula Cafe, which fell off the list and have returned. A few newer openings made the cut, including Juno, Fat Rice, Found, and Mott Street. Other additions include Arami and Mercat a la Planxa.

16 restaurants fell off the list this year, with The Bristol, Untitled, Storefront Company, Bistronomic, Savoy, Ann Sather, and City Tavern among them. It’s possible that some of them made the jump to full Michelin stars. Closed restaurants that fell off by default include Maison, Urban Union, and West Town Tavern.

Read through the full Bib Gourmand list below.

Chicago 2014 Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand Restaurants:

Ada St. Antique Taco *Arami *ATK Au Cheval *Autre Monde Avec Balena Belly Shack *bellyQ Browntrout Ceres’ Table Chilam Balam *County Cumin Deca DeCOLORES *Fat Rice *Found Frontera Grill *Gather Gemini Bistro Gilt Bar Girl & The Goat Green Zebra GT Fish & Oyster Han 202 *Homestyle Taste *Hopleaf Jaipur Jam Jin Thai *Juno Kabul House Kai Zan *Kama Indian Bistro *Kurah Lao Hunan Lao Sze Chuan *Libertad *Lula Café *Mana Food Bar Marion Street Cheese Market Maude’s Liquor Bar *Mercat a la Planxa Mixteco Grill *Mott St. *Nabuki Nana Nightwood Opart Thai House Owen & Engine Paramount Room The Publican Pump Room The Purple Pig Q BBQ Riccardo Trattoria Sen Slurping Turtle Smak-Tak Smoque BBQ Sol de Mexico Spacca Napoli *Sushi Dokku *TAC Quick Urban Belly Wood Yolo

From Rich Milz via Eater Chicago!

 

Ok I have to hand it to Aaron Rogers on this one…

Ok I have to hand it to Aaron Rogers on this one…

Packer QB Aaron Rogers Gives Girl Surprise of a Lifetime

By  Good News NetworkWednesday, November 06, 2013

 

Recreation Celebrities

Aaron Rogers-ItsAaron.comQuarterback superstar Aaron Rogers surprised a young lady, who is a big Packers fan, bringing her onstage at The Pabst Theater in Milwaukee to produce some music. He also wanted to raise awareness for Independence First, an organization she works with  that is run by and for the benefit of people who have disabilities.

Aaron and David Gruber host an online series of videos where they surprise guests and invest time into helping them achieve their goals and ambitions. You can find more of them at www.ItsAaron.com.

(WATCH the fun video below or READ the story from Wisconsin Free)

Thanks to Fritz Schantz who shared the link on our Facebook page!

DA Coach as President! Ditka regrets not challenging Obama

DA Coach as President! Ditka regrets not challenging Obama

President Mike Ditka? That would be an interesting alternate timeline to visit.

Ditka, the former Chicago Bears coach, was speaking at an oil company event last week in Watford City, N.D., when he recalled his decision not to run against Barack Obama in the 2004 Illinois Senate race.

“Biggest mistake I’ve ever made,” Ditka said, according to the Dickinson Press newspaper. “Not that I would have won, but I probably would have and he wouldn’t be in the White House.”

Ditka’s name came up in 2004 as a potential candidate for the U.S. Senate after the Republican nominee, Jack Ryan, stepped down amid allegations by his ex-wife involving sex clubs.

Various Republican politicians as well as Ditka were offered the unappealing opportunity to run against the popular Obama. Ditka and the others said no, and the nod went to a candidate who wasn’t even from Illinois — Maryland political activist Alan Keyes, who lost to Obama with only 27 percent of the vote.

Four years later, Ditka backed Republican John McCain for president against Obama.

When Obama won and Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested on charges of trying to sell Obama’s Senate seat, Ditka was again urged to seek major office. A Burr Ridge man started a website calling for Blagojevich to be impeached and replaced with Da Coach. Blagojevich was indeed bounced, but second-stringer Pat Quinn got the governor’s job, not Ditka.

From the Chicago Tribine via Richard Milz

Honoring the First Responders of Edison Park

Honoring the First Responders of Edison Park

Honoring the First Responders of Edison Park

The Edison Park Chamber of Commerce has purchased a five foot fire hydrant which will be on display at the Edison Park Metra Station.  This hydrant will be designed and  painted by a local artist.  The Great Chicago Fire Hydrant program is benefiting the 100 Club. 
The 100 Club of Chicago is the civilian organization that provides for the families of police officers, firefighters and paramedics who have lost their lives in the line-of-duty. The Club helps families ease the financial burden associated with the tragic event, including immediate financial assistance and the ongoing cost of higher education.  Click HERE to learn more about this organization!

If you are an active or retired Chicago Police Officer, Chicago Firefighter, or Chicago Paramedic, you can purchase name space for $50.00.  You must be an Edison Park resident.  Edison Park boundaries: Harlem to Canfield/Ozanam and Howard to Higgins.  Space can also be purchased in memory of a Chicago Police Officer, Chicago Firefighter, or Chicago Paramedic who was an Edison Park resident.

The fire hydrant will be on display in Edison Park for approximately six weeks and then will be auctioned off.  ALL PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT THE 100 CLUB.

The deadline to purchase name space in October 21st.  Click HERE to reserve space.  

Below is a photo of another fire hydrant on display in Chicago!  Click HERE to learn more about the Great Chicago Fire Hydrant Program!

For more information: 
email info@edisonpark.com 
773.631.0063