DePaul Blue Demons eyeing the United Center?
By MICHAEL SNEED email@example.com September 27, 2012 7:48PM
11-3-04 - Chicago - Aerial view of United Center and Chicago skyline - Photo by John J. Kim/Sun-Times
Updated: October 29, 2012 7:03AM
Play ball! The DePaul Blue Demons may be moving back home.
Sneed is told DePaul and United Center honchos are in serious talks to have the once legendary basketball team move their games from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont to the home of the Chicago Bulls in the near future.
The Blue Demons — a team which once garnered headlines under the leadership of the late, great coach Ray Meyer — moved its operation to the Rosemont in 1980 because they were in need of expansion space. ◆Backshot: Coach Meyer led the basketball team to the peak of its popularity and to the NCAA Final Four during the 1978-1979 season. The team has only made it to the Final Four twice and has never won a championshi p.◆Up shot: DePaul, which has been given the OK to explore a home base closer to its campus to enhance the ability to recruit talent, was rumored to have checked out the A. Finkl & Sons Co. steel factory site — as well as other properties close to the campus this sum mer.◆Top shot? Didn’t Mayor Rahm Emanuel get Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf, who is a co-owner of the United Center, to agree to move the Chicago Bulls practice center (the Berto facility) back to Chicago from its location in Deerfield rec ently?◆The big mystery: Reinsdorf agreed to do it, but he has not said where he would relocate the c enter. ◆The big question: If Reinsdorf housed the Berto facility near the United Center, wouldn’t that enable the Blue Demons to practice and play practically next door?
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Former Aon chief Patrick Ryan was transported via Fire Department ambulance to Northwestern Memorial Hospital early Thursday afternoon for what was described as complications from diabetes.
“It came across the Fire Department as a diabetic issue at 12:52 p.m.,” said a Sneed source.
Sneed is told Ryan was having lunch with another person at the Mid-America Club on the 80th floor of the Aon Center building just before paramedics were called, according to sources.
The insurance powerhouse was described as very pale and minimally responsive when the paramedics arrived, but later began speaking and seemed to be in good spirits.
A spokesman for Ryan claims he “was taken to a local hospital as a matter of protocol following a medical event at the Mid America Club. All tests were normal.”
Ryan retired from Aon and is now founding chairman and CEO of Ryan Specialty Group.
Who’s running the show?
Yipes! Sneed hears Gov. Pat Quinn is on a trade mission to Brazil and Police Supt. Garry McCarthy and four of his top execs just left for an International Association of Police Chiefs meeting in San Diego Thursday. Well, Rahm’s in town. Isn’t that a relief.
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