Paul M. Banks

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Paul M. Banks is a RedEye special contributor.

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  • If New York can have a bowl game, why not Chicago?

    If New York can have a bowl game, why not Chicago?

    On Monday, the latest bowl season will come to an end when Clemson or Alabama wins the national championship. Much like the Super Bowl, don't expect college football's signature event to be played in Chicago anytime soon. However, the idea of bringing a postseason game to the Windy City is gaining...

  • Everything you wanted to know about the Cubs' shiny new trophy

    Everything you wanted to know about the Cubs' shiny new trophy

    Those familiar with youth sports know that everyone who participates gets a trophy these days, but in the big leagues you must earn it.  The Cubs finally have their own Commissioner's Trophy after winning the 2016 World Series. (Although the Cubs were the 1907 and 1908 Series champs, before 1967...

  • Northwestern receiver's talents soar on every kind of stage

    Northwestern receiver's talents soar on every kind of stage

    If any college football player deserves to have a song written about him, it’s Austin Carr. At Northwestern’s Meet the Team event before the 2016 season kicked off, the wide receiver from Benicia, Calif., expressed his desire to sometimes "just belt out the classics, like 'New York, New York.'"...

  • Meet RedEye's all-Chicago team, NBA Legends edition

    Meet RedEye's all-Chicago team, NBA Legends edition

    The inaugural State Farm Chicago Legends event tips off Saturday at the United Center with games featuring Northwestern and Illinois. It will double as a tribute to "Legends of Chicago basketball," during which former DePaul coach Ray Meyer and Mark Aguirre, who starred at Westinghouse and DePaul...

  • Will our generation show up at the polls more than it did in 2012?

    Will our generation show up at the polls more than it did in 2012?

    There are now more Millennials in America than Baby Boomers. Thus the youngest demographic of the electorate could tremendously influence the electoral result, should they decide to truly turn out. Margaret Wheeler Johnson is the managing editor for Romper.com, a website for Millennial moms owned...

  • Who exactly are the people running your polling place?

    Who exactly are the people running your polling place?

    Election judges are the unsung heroes of Election Day. They will work a 14-hour shift that begins well before dawn. Before serving in this capacity, they must complete a four-hour training course that covers how to manage the polling station, operate the machinery and identify and sort all the...

  • Sox legend Frank Thomas wants Cubs to win the World Series as much as anyone

    Sox legend Frank Thomas wants Cubs to win the World Series as much as anyone

    For White Sox fans feeling conflicted as the 112th World Series gets under way, perhaps the opinion of a team legend can provide perspective. The most iconic Sox player of this generation, "The Big Hurt" enthusiastically hopes for a Cubs World Series title. "I would love to see them win it, I'll...

  • Why can't Illinois have what Wisconsin football fans have?

    Why can't Illinois have what Wisconsin football fans have?

    The proverbial grass seems perpertually greener on the northern side of the Illinois-Wisconsin border on autumn weekends these days. "America's Dairyland" has a consistent winner on fall Saturdays with the Wisconsin Badgers, and on Sundays with the Green Bay Packers. The Badgers have three Big...

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