"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." - President Ronald Reagan
The latest chapter in the ongoing violence in Chicago comes from a CEO who can't find people to work in his restaurants. Check this out:
McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski has big concerns about surging crime in Chicago, where the fast food giant is based, saying it is impacting the company’s restaurants and making it harder to recruit corporate talent.
Crime is “seeping into every corner of our city,” Kempczinski said during an event at the Economic Club of Chicago Wednesday.
"Everywhere I go, I’m confronted by the same question these days -- what’s going on in Chicago? While it may wound our civic pride to hear it, there is a general sense out there that our city is in crisis.”
Kempczinski said that McDonald’s (MCD) restaurants in the city are suffering, noting that there are about 400 of the chain’s locations across Chicago. "We have violent crime that’s happening in our restaurants… we’re seeing homelessness issues in our restaurants. We’re having drug overdoses that are happening in our restaurants,” he said. “So we see in our restaurants, every single day, what’s happening in society at large.”
The Chicago Mayor’s Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Kempczinski’s remarks.
Concern, Mr. Kempczinski? More like scared to death that they may go to work and get killed in the many skirmishes in Chicago.
So what is the invisible governor of Illinois doing about this? He is declaring an emergency and calling on the National Guard because migrants are showing up from Texas. Chicago is a killing field every weekend, people are getting killed, children as well, but Governor Pritzker wants to show he is tough because a busload of basically harmless people show up in his primary city.
In the meantime, if you are traveling through the Windy City and you see those legendary arches don't stop to get a burger. It may be closed or no one will be on duty. It's living in Chicago 2022, a city that has turned over control of its streets to criminal elements. Just ask the CEO who can't find people to flip those burgers!
On this day in 1955, Brooks Robinson went 2 for 4 in his major league debut against Washington. He was 18 and would go on to play the next 22 seasons in Baltimore. Robinson won the 1964 AL MVP, the 1970 World Series MVP and Hall of Fame 1983.
Anna Maria Louisa Italiano was born in the Bronx, New York. Her parents were Italian immigrants.
We know her as Anne Bancroft, the great movie actress. She had major roles in "The Pumpkin Eater" (1964), "The Slender Thread" (1965), "Young Winston" (1972), "The Prisoner of Second Avenue" (1975), "The Elephant Man" (1980), "To Be or Not to Be" (1983), "84 Charing Cross Road" (1987). Her most famous role as "Mrs. Robinson" in "The Graduate" (1967). It’s hard to pick a favorite but she was fantastic as Lady Churchill in “Young Winston”.
We say birthday to Orlando Cepeda, one of the greatest players from Puerto Rico, who was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, on this day in 1937.
Cepeda broke with the Giants in 1958 and was NL Rookie of the Year: .312 average, 25 HR & 96 RBI. He followed that with some great seasons, including leading the NL with 46 HR & 142 RBI in 1961. Cepeda played with St Louis and was selected as the 1967 NL MVP. Later, Orlando was traded to Atlanta and finished with Boston in 1974. Overall, he hit .297 with 379 HR, 1,365 RBI over 2,124 games. Cepeda was inducted to The Hall of Fame in 1999.
Another September 17th and we begin today with a “happy birthday” to the US Constitution. The document, and the governing system it created, was finally put to the test when George Washington was inaugurated in March 1789. We remember today the document and its history.