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If so , you have negative had negative hit and then a positive one. And so there’s no rhyme or reason to wear the stuff is showing up . It’s like a whack-a-mole kind of thing .
So we’ve talked about reaction from the 2 US senators Tony just very quickly , what about reaction and potential action , saying the state legislature.
Since this story was published yesterday morning , there’s been a lot of reaction from state lawmakers , who are particularly , you know , we talk to state Senator Tom Cullerton is a dip page Democrat in , he said. He’s the chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee in the Senate and he’s calling for a legislative hearings into what happened here . He’s also calling for an audit of this the process from the initial outbreak to why it keeps happening some House members are also doing the same thing . There’s a downstate Republican also on this Veterans Affairs Committee . Paul who also says this should not be a partisan issue . But we should figure out what’s going on there . So this is that , you know , that is , this is I think there’s gonna be some hearings coming up in the , in the coming months , along with an audit , which will take some time to go through and this I think is gonna be they’re gonna be examining this for the months to come .
So what , what do they do in the meantime I mean gave you mentioned you know that you culturally , there’s a sort of , throwaway mentality if if if people have we talked about the number 13 people have died. 60 people have gotten sick are they and is gonna wait for the order to be done to to get some accountability in the meantime , keep those all those veterans there .
Well , I suspect this is gonna become it’s , as you know her governor’s race. This is gonna become , I think a hotter and hotter issue for the Governor to have to confront and if there are people between now and March should who gets second again this is gonna create a really difficult problem for him beyond what is already and how the state is gonna react . Here is an open question . We know that they as Tony points out there could be hearings here , but it’s , it’s hard to tell right now . The state is holding firm that they’ve believe they’re doing the best friend possible thing they can’t one thing else Tony is you know , quotes is 5 hours from Chicago , and I think there’s a natural assumption people make that you know who around here is affected by it . Well we have you know one instances I pointed out the DU page County man who who was the last fatality there Dolores French is a native Chicagoans you grew up in Wrigleyville this is the , the state’s largest Veterans Home and it draws people really from all over the state .
Again , you can read and listened to the investigation at WB easy down or we’ve been talking about. Legionnaires’ disease at the biggest veterans home in the state that is in Quincy , Illinois . An investigation by state politics reporters here at WBC Tony Arnold and Dave McKinney has . Thanks so much for up a month . Thanks . Thanks , Tony .
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Now for others. It was the reason why the supposed curse continued for as long as it did but on August 8th 1988 the lights went out at Wrigley Field . For the first night game well a new ESPN documentary podcast called the lights of Wrigleyville takes a deep dive into the history of Chicago baseball in the sunshine home night games eventually came to Wrigley Field and the epic battle that pitted a neighborhood , against a huge corporation . Joining me now to share some of those stories . Included in the episode is Jody African he is the executive producer of ESPN films 34 30 podcast . Welcome to the show . Hi , nice to see you know a lot of us remember that battle that took place in the in the ’80s . I was actually standing in front of Wrigley Field when the helicopter was luring one of those huge laden contraptions that that huge .
You know they had to hide the lights for the weeks leading up to because they were worried that people were gonna go and you know vandalize them or steal them or something that’s not so I must now were you holding a sign that said no.
I was just I happened to be there and I didn’t know what was that it was gonna happen on that day and was like , oh my God. This is now . This is happening , but what I didn’t know , and this is something that’s that’s talked about in the in the story is that this is something that goes back to the mid 1930s with Bill vac , who was that 2 time owner of the Chicago White Sox , of course , worked for the Cubs responsible for bringing the IVF and and the scoreboard to Wrigley Field here is , from a 1985 interview that’s included in the podcast shortly before his death .
Starting in 1934 each year. I would submit a plan for mites .
Back then , no major league team played I caves. The Cubs could have been the first .
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And in May of 1935 the Reds beat the Cubs to it this time , both with and without any red and play the first major league night game at Crosby field in Cincinnati and know we grateful one by one , the other major league teams install lights and their ballparks.
And each year I’ve heard proposal ever plan has worked out so hydraulic leak the lights would come out right it and would go up and then lock in place of that to the game of what backed out everybody wanna come to see the lights going up and down.
That is such a bill vac idea you gotta remember Bill that is the guy who brought that shower to committed part I think he was the one who force the White Sox to were those softball uniforms as ugly things at the hydraulic late yeah and and so I I had no idea that this was being talked about that far back in baseball.
Well , this is I think one of the things I love about this piece which is produced by this fantastic radio production company long haul productions , but it’s full of all these little tidbits rallies twists and turns that even , I would like to think if you’re a diehard Cubs fan , you know you at least maybe never knew or at least your head long forgotten and it kind of reminds you. But the fact that not only the Cubs were the the out from this long , but they could have been the very first warrants to have lights and then you know as you heard in that clip PK Wrigley kept saying no no no . And then kind of doubled down on this notion of day baseball once the kind of like moment to be the first fell away and I think one of the larger themes of this story is really that you know something about day baseball was eventually you know either be unique to the Cubs , but often sort of symbolize the sort of bygone era the Cubs for decades and decades . We’re trying to hold onto in the community was trying to hold on .
And in , why , why was he so PK Wrigley , why was he so opposed to tonight baseball.
Well you know. As the piece the scribes he really .