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The [Friday] Papers

Nathan Stacken pretty much sums it up:

Most people had the Chicago Bulls forcing a Game Seven. Some of those people must now be wondering how they ever thought the Bulls would win this series in the first place. The Cleveland Cavaliers routed the Bulls 94-73 last night in route to a 4-2 series win. It was a very high scoring first quarter, but the game's most pivotal and game-changing moments occurred in the second quarter. Cavs guard Kyrie Irving went down with a knee injury and had to leave the game. At that point the score was 35-35. The rest of the game the Cavs would outscore the Bulls by 21. Not saying that Irving isn't important to Cleveland's success, but everyone else certainly stepped up their game without him in the lineup. Then came Nikola Mirotic's flagrant foul that really woke up the Cavs. It was a completely unnecessary move from Mirotic. From then on, it was all about the Cavs. They took it to the Bulls who didn't look like they had the energy or any answer and reserve guard Matthew Dellavedova scored eight points in a row in the fourth quarter to put this one away for good. He finished with 19 points. LeBron James struggled and still managed to almost come away with a triple double (15 points, 9 rebounds and eleven assists). The Cavs are back in the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2009. The Bulls are now left searching for answers.

Our very own Jim "Coach" Coffman provides his insight on where the Bulls go from here in this week's Beachwood Radio Sports Hour, which is in post-production and should be posted by early evening.

Chicago Doesn't Care
"Chicago health inspectors failed to visit hundreds of day cares that prepare and serve food to young children last year, an oversight city officials attributed to 'human error,'" the Tribune reports.

"State health rules say day cares must be inspected twice a year if they handle potentially hazardous ingredients, which under city rules can mean something as simple as storing and serving milk. But about 300 day cares - more than 40 percent of the city's total - did not get a single inspection in 2014, a Tribune analysis of city records found."

The city is not taking responsibility.

"City officials said the problem was caused by a glitch involving license code numbers and was limited to the 2014 calendar year."

But . . .

"Chicago's food safety program - a core city function - has not met state requirements once over the past seven years."

Why?

"We still do not have the necessary resources," said health department spokeswoman Cristina Villarreal.

In other words, Mayors Daley and Emanuel - and their city councils - have other budget priorities. After all, it's not their kids at risk.

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"Since 2012, state regulators have checked up on Chicago's food safety program annually and required Mayor Rahm Emanuel's health department to submit written plans for ramping up inspections to the required frequency. Chicago has improved somewhat under state oversight, hiring more inspectors and making at least one visit to almost all of the city's restaurants in 2014.

"Illinois health officials hoped Chicago finally would meet the twice-a-year standard this year - but that wish will likely go unfulfilled."

Well, maybe that's an unrealistic standard that no municipality meets.

"Chicago's food safety program is one of only three - out of 97 - in the state to fall short in the past few years, state officials said. The other two are in central Illinois."

Oh.

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"Though the state has the authority to withhold grant money from noncompliant agencies, it has never done so."

Accountability is for the rest of us.

"Illinois health department spokeswoman Melaney Arnold said state officials prefer to work with departments toward a shared goal - 'to bring local health departments into compliance with state laws that protect the health and safety of the public.'"

And how has that worked out so far?

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"City health officials said in a statement that the department 'is committed to protecting the food consumed by Chicago residents and visitors.'"

Depending on how you define the word "committed."

Click through and read the rest.

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The Week In Chicago Rock
Featuring: Vic Mensa, Kanye West, Joey Rubbish, Babymetal, Deathstars, Daniel Knox, Liam Hayes, Werewheels, The Yolks, The Who, Skip Church, Saul Hernandez, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Simon Townshend & Eddie Vedder, Robbie Fulks, Passion Pit, Candlebox, Withering Soul, Septicflesh, Joan Jett, Moonspell, Geographer, Hiatus Kaiyote, Young Fathers, and David Byrd-Marrow.

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