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Trending: A Man Walks into a Bar With a Tiger ...

A man faces criminal charges after bringing a tiger into a bar on a leash.

By Joseph Hosey

JOLIET, IL — A man and a tiger walked into a bar, police said, which is apparently against the law in Illinois.

The owner of the Big Run Wolf Ranch in Lockport, John Basile, was charged with reckless conduct and possession of a dangerous animal in connection with the Feb. 16 incident at Uncle Richie's bar on Ninth Street.

Basile, 56, "brought a tiger restrained only by a leash and unmuzzled into a bar open to the public with patrons inside," according to a criminal complaint filed Monday in Will County court.

The tiger "endangered the safety" of a woman in the bar, according to the complaint.

Basile could not be immediately reached for comment.

The Big Run Wolf website lists the ranch's "newest addition" as a Siberian tiger named Shere Khan.

The site says the ranch is a "federally licensed non-profit educational facility specializing in North American wildlife," and that it is home to eight wolves, a black bear, a cougar, a skunk, a woodchuck, three coyotes, two porcupines and a horse.

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william savick February 25, 2014 at 03:21 PM
Arthur Vecchiotti, you, are an isolationist .
"The Black Panther of Poetry" February 25, 2014 at 03:29 PM
A Grasshopper walks into a bar and the Bartender yells out, with much excitement. "Hey, we have a drink named after you"!!! The Grasshopper retorted with much excitement too. "Yeah, you got a drink named Phil"!!!.........................(I'll be here all my life folks)lol
"The Black Panther of Poetry" February 25, 2014 at 03:32 PM
A Candy walks into a bar............And the rest is History!!!
"The Black Panther of Poetry" February 25, 2014 at 03:34 PM
"Some days you eat the Bar...........and some days, the Bar eats you"!!!...................................I can do this all day!
Bryan Harz February 25, 2014 at 04:09 PM
A neutron walks into a bar and asks the bar keep "How much for a beer?" the bartender replies "for you, no charge!" Nyuk-nyuk-nyuk
Bryan Harz February 25, 2014 at 04:15 PM
Lucida Bright walks into a bar and the bartender says "Hey, we don't serve your type here!"
B. Dub February 25, 2014 at 04:27 PM
Bryan, I was just going to make the same joke about Comic Sans.
Bryan Harz February 25, 2014 at 04:29 PM
I tried to change it up. Sorry to derail your joke :-)
steve forte February 25, 2014 at 04:30 PM
A douchebag walks into a bar and the bartender says " let me guess , you want a vinegar and water."
Bryan Harz February 25, 2014 at 04:30 PM
^^ Hahahaha!! ^^
"The Black Panther of Poetry" February 25, 2014 at 04:35 PM
Yogi Berra twin walks into a bar!.....It was Deja Vu all over again!!!
Grumpy Old Man February 25, 2014 at 04:44 PM
"The tiger "endangered the safety" of a woman in the bar..." Her name was O'Henry.
Doris February 25, 2014 at 08:36 PM
The patch is no longer my go too for LOCAL news. Your loosing your audience and will fail if you don't hire back the 100s of local reporters nationwide.
Bryan Harz February 25, 2014 at 08:51 PM
Doris, if the story is in the category "Trending Now on Patch" (written above the story title) it is not local news. Patch now puts the most popular stories in everyone's local feed. Just bypass the Trending stories.
Bryan Harz February 25, 2014 at 08:55 PM
Now back to the jokes....A conservative, a moderate, and a liberal walks into a bar. The bartender says, "Hi, Mitt!" Ba-doom-crash!
"The Black Panther of Poetry" February 25, 2014 at 09:33 PM
A black guy and a white guy went to the latrine that happen to be located at the bottom of a bridge (just go with it!), to take a leak after having a few beers at their local bar. The white guy while taking a leak, said "This water sure is cold". The black guy replied while taking a leak, "and deep too"..................................
andipandi February 26, 2014 at 09:55 AM
I wish there was a way to filter out all these stupid "trending" stories from the local feed. Then again, the jokes in the comments are almost better than the "story". :)
Stumpgrinder February 26, 2014 at 11:21 AM
The real joke, here, is that Brian Slupski was being serious! He had, what the clowns at Patch consider ............ NEWS! You jokers have made a complete mockery of his effort........... not unlike what AOL has done with Patch.
Brian Slupski (Editor) February 26, 2014 at 12:29 PM
@Stumpgrinder – Boy are you right. When I posted this I expected a serious discussion of tiger rights and government overreach...All I got was a bunch of wise cracks! I really wish I had not accidentally structured the headline to mimic the most common opening in the history of jokes. Darn it all!
Bryan Harz February 26, 2014 at 12:55 PM
Sorry Brian, but you left the bar door wide open. Tiger rights? Now who's the comedian?! :-)
Pete moss February 26, 2014 at 01:10 PM
When did a "Siberian tiger" become part of the North American wildlife ?
rubberband February 26, 2014 at 01:33 PM
Schrodinger's cat walks into a bar --and doesn't. THIS was that time...and it wasn't.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" February 26, 2014 at 02:04 PM
Here's a few news stories for you: A Black man walks into a Bar with a Black Panther down South in the 1960's...................................................... A Black Panther walks in to a KKK bar......................................................... A man walks into a Bar with a Black Panther............................................... You people at Patch get where I am going with this? I read a lot of the complaints on this site from people about the content of Patch news. And they are all spot on!!! But people hear me and hear me loud and clear. It does not behoove Patch to delve into stories of content and substance and of any political importance, because that would leave the subject matter open for a wave of scrutiny of which an entity such as a local Government or Business or Politician or Police Department could not handle and would rather not deal with. This tactic or this type of news reporting practice is a covert attempt by the powers that be to quail any type of "Whistle Blowing" scenarios or to put it more bluntly, "to prevent another Edward Snowden........................................................................................................ A lot of political people, especially people on the left, have forgotten the importance of humor as an incredible weapon, and a vehicle through which to affect change:................ Michael Moore, 2004
rubberband February 26, 2014 at 02:18 PM
Humor works. And it's universal. We should all listen to this cat; he's earned his stripes. (AND I saw what you did there....and over there.)
Fortified- AKA Carlos Danger February 26, 2014 at 05:04 PM
OH LOOK! watch IN REAL TIME AS THESE TWO GUYS ARGUMENT DEGRADES INTO MURDER THREATS!! Steve Newman February 26, 2014 at 12:23 PM Thresher- I live closer to you- but we know you won't be able to bang my head- don't we tough guy. Brave behind the keyboard- a coward in life. Most filipinas are 5' 4"- how so do you get on that harley- with a step ladder- and do you need a booster chair to ride. Jeff lives in Elsinore--he is more your type- short and wheel chair bound. Recommend Flag as Inappropriate Thresher 200 February 26, 2014 at 12:49 PM Steve - I don't need to behind any keyboard. If you want to man up, you give me the time and place for me to thump your sorry ass and I'll be there. Here's my email address, thresher146@gmail.com. Like I say, YOU give the time and place...if not, I will. Don't cower out on me either, punk. Recommend Flag as Inappropriate Marty R McVeigh February 26, 2014 at 01:34 PM please give us heads up so we can watch this, o mighty gladiators! lol Recommend Flag as Inappropriate Mike February 26, 2014 at 03:48 PM Jeff, really? Your head that far in the ground or is that just a normal left wing post? Recommend Flag as Inappropriate Steve Newman February 26, 2014 at 04:36 PM Thresher200- a bit sensitive are we. We could go to spellys, they are use to gun fire there. Punk- how mature of you- and I said hiding behind the keyboard- you replied" I don't need to behind any keyboard." And I will make sure your favorite people are there. I have no desire to prove my superiority over you and I was not calling you out. Ride off cowboy, ride off.
Fortified- AKA Carlos Danger February 26, 2014 at 05:07 PM
OH....IT'S OVER HERE. ( http://murrieta.patch.com/groups/business-news/p/murrieta-recognized-for-globalization-efforts-business-retention ) Simon and Garfunkel..."Something tells me its all happening at the zoo...I do believe it...I do believe its true...na, na,. ny..na..ny.ne...ny......na..na..na.....
Grumpy Old Man February 27, 2014 at 08:26 AM
To the extent we can prevent the type of change desired by Michael Moore, the better off we are. No-one reads Patch for issues of great political substance except those involving such issues at the local level as this is a local site and while Patch now thinks it will increase its advertising by installing trending news, issues of national importance are unlikely to attract national readership unless Patch expands its column upon an article. If a person wants such issues there are major outlets such as NYT, WP, WSJ, Huff Post for those who can stomach it, Drudge (and you lefties can't stomach that). Patch doesn't have anything to fear from presenting such issues except perhaps under the Obama administration which has increased legal action against whistleblowers and attacked press freedom greater than any administration. Period. But this digresses far from the issue of this article.
rubberband February 27, 2014 at 05:42 PM
Tigers rule.
Grumpy Old Man February 27, 2014 at 05:47 PM
Not if they're from Detroit!
rubberband February 27, 2014 at 06:29 PM
Agreed. The fuzzy real kind rule. I want one. I'd train it to bite lame people.

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