What was the betting line on Mike North emerging from his sports-radio retirement for a regular Chicago broadcasting gig?,North left The Score in 2008 but continued in other media ventures across several platforms, including the scandalized internet radio outlet Webio and a morning news and talk show for CBS-2.,One of North’s ongoing activities has been handicapping sports.,“I started handicapping at age 14 and lost for 40 years but haven’t had a losing year in the last five,” North said in ESPN 1000’s announcement.,Phil Rosenthal: Controversial radio host Mike North says he's done with sports »

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In his first budget address Wednesday, the new Democratic governor acknowledged the issue’s history, calling on lawmakers to set aside the squabbles over new casinos and expanded betting options at horse tracks that have derailed previous gambling expansion measures, and pass a stand-alone bill to legalize wagering on sporting events.,If lawmakers act quickly, Illinois could be the first Midwestern state to do so after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year overturned a prohibition on state-sanctioned sports betting.,Pritzker’s proposal has yet to be put into bill form, but the governor’s budget plan calls for creating 20 licenses for in-person or online sports betting that the state would sell for $10 million apiece.,Since gambling terminals went live in bars and restaurants in late 2012, machines have been installed at nearly 7,000 locations, and increased revenues from video gambling have helped offset stagnant state revenues from casinos and horse racing.,Ivan Fernandez, executive director of the Illinois Gaming Machine Operators Association, said his organization’s members — which own and operate the gambling terminals in bars, restaurants and betting parlors — should be allowed to offer sports betting.

A second public policy organization is calling for Illinois to tax retirement income and expand the sales tax to some consumer services as part of a sweeping plan to fix the state’s fiscal woes.,In its annual “budget roadmap,” the Civic Federation’s Institute for Illinois’ Fiscal Sustainability says new taxes should only be considered as part of a multiyear plan that also limits state spending.,The watchdog group’s report notes that Illinois is one of only three states that have an income tax but don’t tax any retirement income.,All of Illinois’ neighbor states tax retirement income in some form.,By taxing all retirement income that is subject to the federal income tax, Illinois could bring in $2.5 billion during the budget year that begins July 1, according to the report.

Foskey, a four-star defensive end from De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif., became the final member of Notre Dame’s 2019 recruiting class, joining 21 players who signed during the early period in December.,The Illini added a pair of linebackers to the 11 players they signed in December, getting the day started by announcing the signing of four-star prospect Shammond Cooper from St. Louis’ Trinity Catholic High School.,Three-star linebacker Tarique Barnes of Memphis, Tenn., brought the class to 13 players.,In terms of average player rating, Illinois’ class ranks seventh in the conference, and its three four-star signees — including cornerback Marquez Beason and quarterback Isaiah Williams — trail only five Big Ten teams.,Illinois was considered a likely landing spot for Cooper thanks to his strong ties with Cory Patterson, his former high school coach who is now an Illini assistant coach, and Williams, his high school teammate who signed with the Illini in December.

Fans were excited to see DeJong, whose Illinois roots also include a successful stint at Illinois State.,He isn't afraid to say how he celebrates each home run that DeJong hits.,On Monday at the Decatur Hotel and Conference Center, Williamson wore a red shirt with white block letters on the front reading "Illinois State baseball" to the annual Decatur Cardinals Caravan stop.,DeJong signed a six-year contract extension in March 2018 and played in 115 games last season with 19 home runs and 68 RBIs after missing time with an injury.,Illinois State was an important step in DeJong's journey to a middle-of-the order bat on the Cardinals.

The National Sports Media Association (NSMA) today announced that the legendary “Voice of the Clippers” Ralph Lawler has been voted by his peers as the 2018 California Sportscaster of the Year.,Lawler will be honored alongside all of this year’s NSMA award winners during the 60th annual NSMA Awards Weekend, June 22-24, 2019 in Winston-Salem, N.C.

“I’m thankful to the NSMA for recognizing me with this award, to the Clippers and FOX Sports, and most importantly, to all of Clipper Nation for tuning in to see and hear me call 40 years of Clippers games,” said Lawler.,One of the NBA’s longest-tenured broadcasters, Lawler, 80, joined the then San Diego Clippers in the team’s first year in California, 1978, where he spent six years before moving with the Clippers to Los Angeles.,In addition to the California Sportscaster of the Year honor, Lawler’s commitment to his craft has been recognized with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, three Emmys, a Telly Award and inductions into the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the California Sports Hall of Fame.,Familiar faces from the Clippers’ past and present are paying tribute to Lawler in his final season by joining him to provide game commentary throughout the season. read more

Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker takes control of Illinois state government Monday with a Capitol packed full of Democratic lawmakers who could help usher his agenda through Springfield if they stick together.,Pritzker’s upcoming inauguration has given hope to Democrats that they can push forward their priorities after four years under Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner marked by a historic budget impasse and fights with organized labor that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.,“Here’s the good news for J.B. Pritzker: After a 22-month campaign, he was elected governor of Illinois in November,” Democratic political consultant David Axelrod said when introducing Pritzker on his podcast last week.,Instead, that bill to give the state more oversight of gun dealers could be among the first bills that Pritzker gets to sign, letting the governor take an early victory lap.,Last week, the House and Senate voted to allow Pritzker to pay his agency heads 15 percent more than Rauner was allowed to, a request by the Democrat in hopes of attracting people to the jobs.

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The hunting party's banter filled the opening weekend of Iowa's first shotgun deer hunting season, held last month.,About 223,000 people in Iowa held hunting licenses in 2018, a 14 percent decrease from 1988, the Dubuque Telegraph Herald reported.,"There is a demand for it, but I don't know how accessible it is for some people," said Jason Diedrich, owner of River Valley Pheasant Hunting Club in Scales Mound, Illinois.,Bob Wooden, president of Jo Daviess County Pheasants Forever, said that when he moved to Scales Mound more than 30 years ago, much of the ground was designated for Farm Service Agency's Conservation Reserve Program and was ripe with birds.,Peter Sullivan's father, Jim Sullivan, a Dubuque chiropractor, joined the group, along with Kevin Tischhauser, a supervisor at Flexsteel Industries Inc., and Dennis Hefel, a Dubuque County farmer.

Luka Garza scored 16 points, Tyler Cook had 15 points with eight rebounds, and Iowa rolled past No. 16 Ohio State 72-62 on Saturday in Iowa City, handing the Buckeyes their third straight loss.,Ohio State's C.J. Jackson, the team's second-leading scorer at 13.1 points, didn't start for the first time this season.,Andre Wesson had 13 points for Ohio State, which committed a season-high 21 turnovers.,Valparaiso 65, Southern Illinois 61: Derrik Smits scored 16 points with eight rebounds, and Deion Lavender’s basket with 13 seconds led the Crusaders to a Missouri Valley win in Carbondale, Ill.,Northern Illinois 73, Akron 56: Eugene German had 27 points, seven rebounds and five 3-pointers, and the Huskies outscored the Zips 48-22 in the second half of a Mid-American win in DeKalb.