The [Friday] Papers
"In 646 days, a lot of people can forget how things work in this town."
"Don't forget: The Children's Museum wouldn't just get a long-term, low-cost berth in Grant Park. This private museum also would be eligible for a subsidy from the Chicago Park District under a program that pays millions of dollars to other museums. Maybe you like the idea of taxpayers subsidizing the Children's Museum. Or maybe you think you suddenly understand why the museum has so assiduously pursued a location in Grant Park: It's following the money."
Name of the Game
Whoa! So Daley Bicentennial Plaza will become Allstate Place? Or will Allstate Place just be the part of Bicentennial Plaza (let's drop the Daley, folks, huh?) where the Children's Museum . . . well, whatever. Why don't we start calling it Wrigley Field, that name may be available soon.
"'A commitment was made,' said Jim Law, the museum's vice president of planning and external affairs. 'This is what the Chicago Children's Museum wanted to do to honor their gift.'"
And how would the museum honor the citizens' gift of public parkland - aside from naming rights to taxpayer subsidies?
"Parks Supt. Tim Mitchell said he saw no problem with a corporate donor getting naming rights to a museum on Park District land.
"'It's the way we have to do things,' Mitchell said. 'Most people would rather we do that than raise the taxes.'"
What? We'll have to raise taxes if we don't allow the Children's Museum into Grant Park and let them sell naming rights?
And shouldn't the Park District, i.e., you and me, get to sell the naming rights? (Beachwood Park!)
This deal stinks more with every passing day.
Money spent on Children's Museum naming rights instead.
"Andrew McKenna Sr., co-chairman of Chicago 2016's fundraising efforts, said the city's goal is to raise $42 million in a second phase of fundraising, which will include a major event planned for July 14 at Millennium Park. 'We want to connect it closely to the Olympics, which open in Beijing on Aug. 8,' he said."
Tanks will roll over the Gehry bridge to the new site of the Children's Museum in a ceremony that honors both Tiananmen Square and Meigs Field. Later, the Cook County Democratic Party's Central Committee will dine with the Beijing Municipality Central Committee and evaluate their politician exchange program.
Wait. The IOC will narrow the field to seven in June and Chicago 2016 is planning an event for July?
"We want to connect it closely to the Olympics, which open in Beijing on Aug. 8."
A) All media reports will have to go through City Hall censors.
I don't even know what to say about that.
"The experimental card, embedded with a computer chip that records trip histories, is designed primarily to ease commuting for students and reduce fraud, CTA and Chicago Public Schools officials said Thursday. A pilot project will run through June and later could be expanded to all Chicago high schools.
"But the new 'smart' card's capability to track students' movements by rail and bus is certain to spark controversy if school officials follow through on plans to use the technology to crack down on truancy.
"At a CTA board meeting on Thursday, president Ron Huberman disclosed that the card will be used to 'improve the tracking of truants.'"
A) I think they already do this in Beijing.
The Beachwood Tip Line: Chipping away.
Posted on April 11, 2008
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