The [Friday] Papers
The Chicago Plan Commission approved what appears to be one of the most unpopular civic proposals in city history last night by a 13-2 vote. The dissenters: Doris Holleb and Lyneir Richardson.
I will have a beer in honor of each of them tonight at the Beachwood - and maybe a beer in dishonor to each of the others.
Then I will be up early in the morning to appear on a Society of Professional Journalists panel on citizen journalism, at DePaul. The panel starts at 8:30 a.m. in Room 161 of the Schmitt Academic Center.
If you're up early - or just getting in - come on by.
Today's Best People In Chicago
"Doris Holleb: The University of Chicago trustee and professor of economics and urban planning has served as a consultant to the city's planning department and an education, economics, and cultural adviser to the Carter, Reagan, and Clinton administrations. Her husband, Marshall, is a widely respected preservationist and attorney who has donated thousands of dollars to numerous political campaigns, including those of aldermen Smith and Banks.
"Lyneir Richardson: Richardson is a registered City Hall lobbyist for General Growth Properties, a real estate firm that develops, owns, and manages shopping malls in 45 states. The firm has received hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks around the country, according to a study by SEIU, which has been in a pissing match with it over procedures for unionizing employees."
Today's Worst Person In Chicago
"'I'm here as a Plan Commission member, and I'm only going to comment about what we're doing here as a Plan Commission member,' added Finney, who confirmed his group arranged the buses."
From Michael O'Connor:
Another reader sends this link and says Finney's father was the rib guy.
And The Foie Gras Played On
Everywhere A Sign
"The legislation, which passed 109-1 and now moves to the Senate, stems from the $480,000 purchase and installation of 32 signs bearing Blagojevich's name promoting I-Pass lanes along the Illinois tollway system. The signs were installed in the midst of the governor's 2006 re-election campaign."
I wonder who the poor sap is who stuck with the guv.
"The only no-vote belonged to Rep. Kenneth Dunkin (D-Chicago), a Blagojevich loyalist who said there is value in having an officeholder's name emblazoned on signs promoting state programs."
Kenneth Dunkin, today's second worst person in Chicago!
Dunkin, as you might recall, was last seen sponsoring a bill that would have fined pedestrians talking on their cell phones while crossing the street.
"If you are gasping for breath, the weapon could waver up and down," spokesperson Monique Bond said.
Um . . . okay.
"The plan is to deploy the weapon over the next one to three years, Bond said. The M4s have not been bought yet, she said."
This seems to give credence to the notion advanced here recently that this sounds more like a public relations exercise than an immediate response to the current wave of gang violence.
Or maybe it's just another hammer J-Fed is using to achieve his real goal: a guest spot on Work Out.
Re Joe Moore: "What am I, chopped liver?"
The Beachwood Tip Line: Pass the latkes.
Posted on May 16, 2008
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