Jessie Schlacks (left) Kaitlynn Smith (right)

The Chicago Cubs have made it to the World Series and fans across the nation have been gathering for watch parties.

We spoke with college fans at Northern Illinois University as well as more experienced supporters at the Oak Crest Retirement Center in DeKalb.

Ermir Ramadani, Dixon, Ill. (NIU)

How long have you been a Cubs fan?

“Probably as long as I can remember, honestly, I’ve always grown up with my dad and grandpa cheering for the Cubs. It’s really exciting right now.”

What do you wear for each game?

Flickr user / docentjoyce "Bobcat - Lynx rufus" (CC BY 2.0)

Some people who want to reduce the number of bobcats killed in Illinois have applied for hunting permits in Illinois with no intention of using them.


The Chicago Tribune reports 34-year-old Lauren Umek, an ecologist from Chicago, says she is the only person in her group of 30 or so like-minded friends and relatives who obtained a permit.

Umek says hunting plays an important role in conservation but that she didn't see detailed, scientifically based research showing the need for hunting the wild carnivore.


The first question on Illinois ballots in November's election isn't for president or senator, but on a proposed constitutional amendment prohibiting diversion of public money targeted for transportation projects to other state budget needs.

Despite widespread bipartisan support, some opponents have surfaced, including social service groups who argue it's unfair to protect transportation over other issues.

The proposal seeks to prevent money generated through tolls and other transportation-related sources from being spent elsewhere.

Illinois US Senator Mark Kirk says he knows how the Republican Party can be successful after this year’s presidential campaign that’s divided the party.


Kirk has called on his party’s nominee, Donald Trump, to drop out of the race.

Appearing on WBEZ’s Morning Shift, Kirk was asked about the future of the GOP after this election.

Kirk says Republicans should talk about financial issues, and he compared Illinois’ state government to Puerto Rico and Greece, which have also been struggling financially.


Unemployment rates dropped last month in every Wisconsin county and all 32 of the state's largest cities. The state's Department of Workforce Development reported Wednesday on preliminary local unemployment rates for September. It shows unemployment rates fell compared with August in all 72 counties and the largest cities.