Gov. Pat Quinn joined rapper Common and former NBC basketball star Earvin “Magic” Johnson Wednesday at the Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy in Lawndale to announce the launch of Johnson’s new Friends of Magic organization. Associated Press reporter Sophia Tareen tweeted a shot of the trio. Johnson’s organization aims to provide educational resources and assistance to at-risk high school students through a coalition of foundations and companies.
Gov. Pat Quinn has designated Sept. 21 to be “George Harrison Day” in Illinois, in honor of the former Beatles lead guitarist. The commemoration corresponds with downstate Benton’s plans to unveil a historical marker in honor of the late musician. Harrison’s sister lived in Benton, and the placard will serve as a reminder of his two-week visit to the small city in 1963.
Debra Shore, commissioner on the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Board, on Friday tweeted a picture of herself making her “maiden” Divvy bike voyage. Some words of the wise from the commissioner: “DON’T wear a skirt on a windy day like I did.”
Groupon founder and quirky, workplace-themed acoustic rocker Andrew Mason and his wife are having a baby, Crain’s Chicago Business’ Shia Kapos reported. Mason’s wife, Jenny Gillespie (also a songwriter), originally made the announcement in a newsletter to her subscribers. The couple is seven months pregnant.
Streeterville story. Streeterville Organization of Active Residents has teamed up with the Theatre-Hikes theater concept group to stage “Streeterville: The Play” later this month, according to DNAinfo Chicago. The play depicts the life and relationships of Captain George “Cap” Wellington Streeter, whose ship in 1886 ran aground in what is now the Streeterville neighborhood.
Car talk. During a discussion Wednesday at a City Council Zoning Committee meeting on a proposed Ford dealership in the city’s 32nd Ward, Committee Chairman Daniel Solis (25th) took a break from commenting on Ford's lack of minority-owned car dealerships to praise the company's products. "I have a Fusion Hybrid and I think it's probably the best car I've had in a long time, especially as far as gas mileage [goes]," Solis said.
And the winner is ... Grant DePorter, CEO of Harry Caray Restaurant Group, cast the winning bid in an auction for the stitches that Chicago Blackhawks player Andrew Shaw received after being hit in the face by a puck during game six of the Stanley Cup championship series, according to Chicagoist. DePorter paid $6,500 for the stitches, which are framed with an autographed photo of Shaw. Proceeds of the sale benefit the V Foundation for Cancer Research.