CHICAGO - After nearly two weeks of game postponements due to positive COVID cases, the Windy City Bulls came back Sunday January 9, 2022 with a decisive win against the Delaware Blue Coats, 125-83. The Windy City Bull's 38-point margin of victory was tied for the second-largest in team history. The team grabbed an early lead in the first quarter. Rookie guard Ethan Thompson (5) hit 11 points in the first quarter, contributing to Windy CIty's wide lead of 40-28 after the opening 12 minutes. Windy City maintained its momentum in the second quarter, going into halftime with a score of 67-48. Center Oturu (25) was top scorer in the first half with 15 points. Windy City's lead stretched to 49 points with 5:32 left in the fourth quarter. Guard Scottie Lindsey scored 22 points, center Daniel Oturu added 22 points andThompson finished with 21 points.
Pictured here is Windy City Bulls guard Kerwin Roach (12) going up for the dunk against the Delaware Blue Coats. Photo by Marcus Robinson.
The DePaul Blue Demons beat the UIC Flames 86-65 December 14, 2019 at Wintrust Arena in Chicago. Coaches and players spoke to The BIGS, discussing the circumstances that led to a big win for DePaul.
The Chicago Bears ended their season January 2, 2022, with a resounding win against the New York Giants, and Bears Linebacker Robert Quinn (94) broke Hall of Famer Richard Dent’s single-season record of 17 sacks set in 1984 when when he brought down Giants Quarterback Mike Glennon (2), jarring the ball loose in the fourth quarter, his 18th sack of the game. The Bears defense held the Giants to a field goal in the 2nd quarter, and the Bears offense scored two touchdowns in the 1st quarter, and another touchdown in the 2nd quarter. A 2nd quarter two point conversion and a 3rd quarter touchdown led to the final score of Chicago Bears 29 - New York Giants 3. The Bigs Media Deck Check Crew, Herb, Brandon, and John, gather at Chicago’s Soldier Field on the blistery Sunday afternoon to reflect on some of their favorite moments of the Bears’ season.
The bulll "Crime Time" kicks his hind legs high in the air. Photo by John L. Alexander
This two day event features 35 of the world's top Bull Riders, striving to stay atop a bucking bull for at least 8 seconds in order to score points, measured in the fractions of a second that the rider can stay on the bulls back, holding the rope with one hand and not touching the bull with his free hand.
Stetson Lawrence of Williston, North Dakota) went 3-for-3 inside Allstate Arena to win the second premier series event of his career at the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Tractor Supply Co. Invitational, the third elite Unleash The Beast event of the 2022 season. Lawrence, who last won an elite series event in Thackerville, Oklahoma, in 2017 and was sidelined for majority of 2021 due to reconstructive shoulder surgery and a broken neck, has been resurgent in 2022. Fresh off a Top 25 effort in New York City, Lawrence began his Windy City campaign with an eighth-place effort in Round 1, covering Street Fighter (C Check Bucking Bulls) for 86 points. The Native American sensation was then unstoppable as Championship Saturday got underway. Lawrence, whose nickname is “The Firewalker,” first brought the boisterous crowd to its feet when he won Round 2 via an 89.75-point ride aboard Bottom’s Up (TCB Ranch/K-C Bucking Bulls). The score allowed Lawrence to climb to second on the event leaderboard and garner the second pick in the championship round bull draft.Lawrence opted to go head-to-head with Big Black (K-C Bucking Bulls/Joe & Nina Webb), the very bull aboard which Daylon Swearingen (Piffard, New York) won the previous elite tour event in Chicago.Lawrence remained poised as he climbed aboard the back of the renowned animal athlete. Matching Big Black jump-for-jump, Lawrence clinched the second golden finish of his career when he reached the requisite 8 for an event-best 91 points.The 90-point score was the fourth of Lawrence’s career on the premier series and first since February 2018.
A total of 34 of the 35 participants returned for Day 2 of this Bull Riders competition. The highest point getters competed for the Championship.
These bulls showed they meant business, many bucking off their riders before they could barely leave the gate.
Windy City Bulls Daniel Oturu (24) grabs the rebound in Tuesday night's matchup against the Raptors 905 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL. Photo by John L. Alexander.
The Windy City Bulls, The NBA G-League team for the Chicago Bulls, faced an evenly matched foe on Tuesday night, January 18, 2022, as the Raptors 905 remained neck and neck with the Windy City Bulls, each team taking turns taking the lead in the first half of the game. The Windy City Bulls finally pulled ahead in the third quarter and maintained a 10 point lead in the final minutes of the game. Daniel Oturo (24) was the games top scorer with 26 points, followed by Windy City Bulls' Scottie Lindsey (15) with 24 points.
CHICAGO - Fans at Soldier Field watched an outstanding performance by Bears Quarterback Justin Fields, who ran for 178 yards, the most by any NFL quarterback in a regular-season game. He scrambled for the longest touchdown run of any Bears quarterback - 61 yards. He threw three scoring passes. But despite this stellar performance, Miami manage to snatch victory from the Bears, thanks to three touchdown passes by Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who completed 21 of 30 passes for 302 yards without an interception.
Fields completed 17 of 28 passes for 123 yards, with two touchdowns to Cole Kmet and one to Darnell Mooney. His performance kept the Bears in the game, trailing just three points behind the Dolphins in the fourth quarter. But with just under three minutes remaining in the game, on fourth and 10 at the 42 yard line, Field's threw an incomplete pass to Equanimeous St. Brown, sealing Chicago's fate Sunday November 6, 2022 for a fifth loss in six games.
In photo: Bears Quarterback Justin Fields strides into the end zone, once again outrunning the Miami defense and keeping the Bears within striking distance of a win. Photo by John L. Alexander
Bears tight end Cole Kmet (85) strives to stay in bounds as he evades the Dolphins defense. Kmet caught five passes for 41 yards during the game, including two touchdown passes. Photo by John L. Alexander
Bears wide receiver Chase Claypool (10) is airborne before being brought down by the Dolphins defense. Chase caught two passes for 13 yards in Sunday's game against the Dolphins. Photo by John L. Alexander.
Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) clutches the ball as he seeks to outrun Bears defensive back Jaylon Johnson (33). Hill was first drafted to the NFL in 2016 by the Kansas City Chiefs. Photo by John L. Alexander.
Dr. Willie Wilson received the endorsement of more than 100 pastors from the Latino community in Chicago at a press conference held October 13, 2022 at the New Vision Community Church at 2552 West 21st Street. Faith leaders cited philanthropist and businessman Dr. Willie Wilson's consistent support for the less fortunate as an indication that he is the best candidate for Mayor of the City of Chicago. The election for Mayor and for Alderman will be held February 28, 2023. Dr. Wilson has also received an endorsement from the Polish American Congress, Illinois Division.
Dr. Willie Wilson delivered a letter to the U.S. Attorney General's office in downtown Chicago, asking for an investigation into the closing of a number of precinct polling places by the Chicago Board of Elections. Dr. Wilson stated that this appears to be a form of voter suppression, and could cause confusion for voters searching for polling places on election day. Citizens expressed support for Dr. Wilson's outreach to those in need of help.
Vice President Kamala Harris, flanked by Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton and GovernorJ. B. Pritzker sought to galvanize voters for a Democratic Party victory on election. She paid a visit to the XS Tennis and Education Foundation on the South Side of Chicago Sunday November 6, 2022 for a "Get Out the Vote" rally, which was also attended by 1st Congressional District Candidate Jonathan Jackson, Illinois Treasurer Michael Freichs and Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul. Photo by Parthenia Luke
Congressman Bobby Rush, whose strong representation of Chicago's 1st Congressional District for 30 years was noted by his colleagues, discusses desired election outcomes with The Shot News publisher Gary Hunter, who provided photojournalistic coverage of the White House under President Barack Obama. Victories for Democrats in key races across the country could change the balance of power in Congress, which was often stymied by partisanship that held up votes on key issues. Photo by Parthenia Luke
Arriving in Chicago on the heels of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Vice President Kamala Harris reminded voters that health care rights are at stake in upcoming election. She spoke at a Get Out The Vote Rally which was held following her roundtable discussion with Health Care advocates at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul were among the elected officials who made a special appeal to voters to come out and support Democrats on Election Day.
Popular performing artist Common joined Vice President Kamala Harris at a Get out the Vote rally at UIC on Friday afternoon, September 16th. Invoking memories of the 1983 election of Mayor Harold Washington as Mayor of Chicago, and the 2008 election of Barack Obama as U.S. President, he offered some original lyrics urging residents to go to the polls Election Day and vote for candidates in the Democratic Party.
Mayoral Candidate Ja'Mal Green Says Police Are Not The Answer to Public Safety
A total of 5 out of the 9 Chicago Mayoral candidates came to the forum at New Mt. Pilgrim M.B. Church on Friday January 27, 2023. Pledging to focus on skills training and job creation for youth if elected, the 27 year old community activist stated that the way to eliminate crime is to eliminate its causes - hopelessness and lack of economic opportunities.
Eight candidates, including incumbent Mayor Lori Lightfoot, participated in the CWTA forum on January 14, 2023 at the Chicago Temple, to explain their positions on Safeguarding the Right to Vote, Equal Rights, Affordable Health Care, Quality Education, Environmental Justice, Economic Justice, Immigration Reform, Criminal Justice Reform, Ending Gun Violence, and Protecting Public Institutions. Absent from the forum was candidate Kam Buckner. Photo by Parthenia Luke.
Fourth Ward Alderman Sophia King stressed her commitment to improving the educational system. Photo by Parthenia Luke
Alderman Sawyer expounded on legislation he passed benefiting the sixth ward and all of Chicago. Photo by Parthenia Luke
Paul Vallas reminded voters of his education and public finance background and experience. Photo by Parthenia Luke.
Commissioner Brandon Johnson revealed a personal experience with gunshots coming into his widows at home. Photo by Parthenia Luke.
Congressman Jesus Chuy Garcia said he is in full support of the consent decree and calls for its implementation. Photo by Parthenia Luke.
Dr. Willie Wilson stated his intention to improve economic opportunities with trade schools to combat crime. Photo by Parthenia Luke
CHICAGO- Nikola Vucevic (9) matched a career high with 43 points and the Chicago Bulls ended an 11-game losing streak against Golden State, beating the Warriors 132-118 on Sunday January 15 at the United Center.
Chicago beat Golden State for the first time since March 2, 2017.
Zach LaVine added 27 points and the Bulls managed to end a three game losing streak and win without leading scorer DeMar DeRozan, who was out for his third consecutive game due to a right quad strain. Vucevic shot 18 for 31 overall, including five 3-pointers. Photo by John L. Alexander .
Chicago Bulls point guard Ayo Dosunmu played a significant role in the Sunday January 15th victory of the Bulls over the Golden State Warriors, ending the game with 12 points, 6 assists, 2 steals, and 1 rebound, and proving himself to be a top tier point guard for the NBA. Here, the 23 year old native of Illinois sinks one of his 12 baskets for the winning game. For the Golden State Warriors, Klay Thompson scored 26 points and Stephen Curry added 20 for the San Francisco team. The Warriors committed 23 turnovers that led to 31 points. Photo by John L. Alexander
CHICAGO - Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) is congratulated by Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rogers (12) after another stellar performance by Fields, even though his efforts failed to secure a Bears win in the game against the Packers Sunday December 4, 2022. Fields ran for 71 yards and scored a touchdown. He also passed for 254 yards. However, Bears fans at Soldier Field watched in dismay as Green Bay overpowered Chicago with.a fourth quarter rally that dashed the Bears' hopes of ending a five game losing streak. With Bears leading 19-10, Packers AJ Dillon ran for a 21 yard touchdown in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter. Packers' Mason Crosby kicked a 32 yard field goal to give Green Bay a 20-19 lead with just under five minutes left in the fourth quarter. Packers quarterback Roders led three fourth quarter scoring drives. Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander intercepted a pass by Justin Fields, setting it up for Packers wide receiver Christian Watson to run 46 yards for a touchdown in the closing minutes of the game. Photo by John L . Alexander
The Bulls performed. to a full house at the United Center on Saturday, December 10, 2022, winning a decisive victory against the Dallas Mavericks, 144-115. Chicago pulled ahead early in the game with a 10 point lead, ending the first quarter with a score of 40-30 and maintained the fast paced momentum for the next three quarters. Bulls' DeMar DeRozan scored 28 points, had nine rebounds, and five assists, while Bulls' Nikola Vucevic added 20 points, eight rebounds, and four assists in the Bull's winning effort. Mavericks' top scorer Spencer Dinwiddie recorded 27 points, four rebounds and nine assists. Photo by John L. Alexander
FreeCovidCare is providing free COVID testing across Illinois in order to help in the early detection of the virus so that those who test positive may take the necessary precautions to prevent its spread.
"People could have COVID but could be asymptomatic. They could be unknowingly spreading it to their loved ones,"stated FreeCovidCare Community Outreach Director John L. Alexander. "Even if you have been vaccinated, you could still be carrying the COVID virus. The vaccine will just help the symptoms be less severe. Being tested is a way to know for sure."
Testing is quick, easy and painless, he noted. The Rapid Test, done with a swab in each nostril, is administered by oneself. The results are available within about 15 minutes. The PCR Test requires the same procedure of swabbing ones nostrils. But for more accurate results, the samples are taken to the lab for more extensive tests. Results are e-mailed back to individuals within 48 to 72 hours.
"When I learned what testing was all about, that's what made me decide to get involved. I recommend regular testing, at least once a week for those who work outside of the home and are in contact with other people," Mr. Alexander said.
CHICAGO - FreeCovidCare is providing Mobile Testing Units to help residents get quick results and determine if they test negative for the virus. Preventing the spread of COVID19 is the key to ending the crisis, by making testing widely available and accessible to all. A two week quarantine is advised for those who test positive in order to keep family members, particularly elderly,