But unlike HBO and “Game of Thrones,” WGN and the Cubs aren’t hyping their final season together after 72 years.,In my first year as Cubs beat writer in 1997, WGN televised 144 games.,The following January, the Cubs owners — Tribune Co. — decided to reduce the WGN schedule to 92 games, placing 62 games on CLTV, the company’s local cable news channel.,Fans gradually grew accustomed to watching more games on cable, and in 2003 the Cubs, White Sox, Bulls and Blackhawks began their own sports channel, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, which is now NBC Sports Chicago.,WGN will televise the Cubs' season opener — likely for the last time »

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The old signs have started coming down at Toyota Park in Bridgeview as the stadium begins its switchover to Seatgeek Stadium.,A longtime sports bar in Countryside served its final drinks Sunday before ending its 22-year run at the end of the year.,Items collected at the company’s Bedford Park location were donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.,Carousel Checks has opened in its new offices at 11152 Southwest Highway in Palos Hills after moving from its longtime home in Bridgeview.,The company was founded in 2003 as Parker Machines by former Palos Hills resident Andrew Crim.

James Neil Goodrich of Westport, Conn. and Wellfleet died on Nov. 1, 2018 at Yale-New Haven Hospital where he was being treated for acute myeloid leukemia.,He had received a stem-cell transplant from his daughter in a valiant effort to, as he put it, “extend a happy life.”,His time in Panama opened Jim’s eyes to different ways of life.,After retiring from a career in business, he started a new career in the Westport Public Schools, serving as a middle school disciplinarian and later as a substitute teacher, mentor, coach and sports superfan at Staples High School.,Donations in Jim’s memory may be made to Hudson River Community Sailing, P.O. Box 20677, New York, NY 10011; the Freedom of the Press Foundation, 601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102; or Staples Tuition Grants, P.O. Box 5159, Westport, CT 06881.

James Neil Goodrich of Westport, Conn. and Wellfleet died on Nov. 1, 2018 at Yale-New Haven Hospital where he was being treated for acute myeloid leukemia.,He had received a stem-cell transplant from his daughter in a valiant effort to, as he put it, “extend a happy life.”,His time in Panama opened Jim’s eyes to different ways of life.,After retiring from a career in business, he started a new career in the Westport Public Schools, serving as a middle school disciplinarian and later as a substitute teacher, mentor, coach and sports superfan at Staples High School.,Donations in Jim’s memory may be made to Hudson River Community Sailing, P.O. Box 20677, New York, NY 10011; the Freedom of the Press Foundation, 601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102; or Staples Tuition Grants, P.O. Box 5159, Westport, CT 06881.