Illinois History Minutes

January 18 Illinois History Minute


January 18th is the 60th birthday of basketball player Bob Hansen, whose best-remembered NBA season may have been his last one. The shooting guard from Iowa who played mostly for the Utah Jazz was traded to the Chicago Bulls in 1992. And in a memorable playoff game against Portland, coach Phil Jackson pulled Michael Jordan from the game temporarily, in favor of Hansen, who helped the Bulls rally from a 15 point deficit, going on to win the second of their six NBA titles.  

And Jim O’Rourke was born in Chicago on this day in 1969. He was active in the Windy City’s experimental and improv scene, and has performed in and produced for several bands, including Sonic Youth, who you’re hearing now.