Thursday, December 13, 2012
Hundreds still enamored of Da Coach wait hours in line at Binny's in Niles to buy his line of wines and present helmets, footballs and posters to be autographed.
People came from as far away as McHenry County, and waited as long as four and a half hours in line, to meet former Bears Coach and Hall of Famer Mike Ditka Wednesday evening. Iron Mike, as some in the crowd fondly called him, sat at a long table at Binny's Beverage Depot in Niles autographing bottles from his new line of wines from 6 to 8 p.m. Fans patiently waited in a long line that snaked through the gigantic store. "People started arriving at 1:30, and that's when the line began forming," said Chuck Campagna, general manager of the Binny's Beverage Depot Niles location. Like Patch on Facebook for news, conversation Rick Parenti, operations manager for Binny's Beverage Depot's stores, had the unenviable task of standing outside to …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Chicagoland news to talk about: Illinois legislators among best paid in the country.
The Illinois state Senate voted on Tuesday to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain temporary drivers licenses, and sent to the House the measure that would make Illinois the most populous U.S. state to allow such licenses. Only Washington state and New Mexico allow drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants, while Utah allows driving permits. Republican leaders in the Illinois state legislature earlier on Tuesday announced their support for the proposal, after Hispanics voted overwhelmingly for Democrats in the November election. Illinois has some 2 million Hispanics, according to the 2010 Census, and lawmakers said there are an estimated 250,000 undocumented immigrants in the state. Illinois’ legislators are among the highest paid …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
"Da Coach" is stopping by; wine enthusiasts can pick up an autographed bottle of his wines.
Former Chicago Bears Coach Mike Ditka is visiting Binny's Beverage Depot in Niles Weds., Dec. 12 to promote his wines. Ditka will greet football fans, as well as wine fans, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the store, 8935 N. Milwaukee Ave., Niles. Ditka has paired with Terlato Wines International of Lake Bluff to create wines which reference different phases of his career, from player to Hall of Famer, according to Huffington Post. There are eight wines in the line, including chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, cabernet saugivnon and pinor noir. He also produced a commercial for Binny's which pokes fun at his tough guy-turned-wine conoisseur reputation. Prices range from $14.99 to $49.99 a bottle, according to chicagobusiness.com.
Friday, July 8, 2011
Prosecutors claim Michael Ditka broke court ordered curfew.
In court Friday, Michael Ditka pleaded not guilty to DUI charges during an arraignment hearing. The 49-year-old son of former Bears coach Mike Ditka was originally arrested on April 20. Police say they spotted his Hummer leaving the Deerfield Village Center around 11:45 p.m. and drive into the rear parking lot of the West Deerfield Township Building. When officers approached the parked car, officers claim Ditka had “red blood shot eyes and slurred words.” But according to Ditka’s lawyer Robert Ritacca, Ditka wasn’t actually driving but instead sitting in a parked car. Court records show this is Ditka’s third time being charged with drunk driving. On Friday, a judge notified the Deerfield resident that the charge is a class 2 felony. If …
Friday, April 29, 2011
Each Friday Patch will highlight the area's biggest news headlines in the Weekly PatchCast. Tune in to watch at noon.
Here's what happened in Patch sites around you this week: UPDATE: Man Killed by Metra Train in Des Plaines. Mike Ditka’s Son Charged with DUI. Video, Pictures of Armed Robbery Suspect Released. Empire Carpet Man, Evanston Resident, Dead at 89. Niles Man Makes Finalist For TV Gig, Asks For Votes. Glencoe's Drinking Water Named Tastiest In Illinois.