The [Friday] Papers
As I ask in Go Cohen! today, is Scott Lee Cohen really more of a disgrace on the Dem ticket than Alexi Giannoulias? At least Cohen earned his millions.
"In 2002, [infamous Chicago madam Rose] Laws was sentenced to 22 months in federal prison," John Kass writes today. "The circuit's Outfit protector, Michael 'Jaws' Giorango, was convicted of promoting a nationwide prostitution ring and sentenced to six months federal time.
"Even before his last prison stay, Giorango had reinvented himself as a real estate investor.
"He'd already been purchasing office buildings and renting space to politicians. His tenants included U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill.; now-retired state Sen. Carol Ronen, D-Chicago, and state Rep. Harry Osterman, D-Chicago. He also received $11 million in loans from the Giannoulias family's Broadway Bank. The loans to Jaws were approved by Alexi Giannoulias."
The Green Line Panhandler
"Cold and bleary-eyed, he said he was afraid of getting caught - a surprising sentiment for a man who has been arrested 178 times, according to police and court records.
"Ervin, 52, has amassed charges ranging from panhandling on trains and disorderly conduct to drug possession and assault and battery, the records show.
"He is a source of widespread fear among riders on the Green Line between the Loop and Oak Park."
I don't want to diminish Ervin's problems or the safety concerns of Green Line passengers, but you have to admire his pluck.
To those who say the unemployed are lazy, consider Ervin. It's hard work doing what he does every day.
Only In Chicago
"Despite their Herculean efforts, my two previously unknown opponents were only able to capture 54% of the vote from the roughly 30% of registered Democrats who actually made it to the polls. I, on the other hand, captured 39% of that slim turnout, which means that nearly 12% of registered Democrats in this state cared enough about me and my message to make me the party's nominee."
Daley's World I
It's a good thing he's just the mayor, because with all his baggage Daley isn't even remotely qualified to run for lieutenant governor.
Daley's World II
"'The people of Chicago are struggling to make ends meet,' Daley said. 'They need to get to work. They don't need service cuts. It's time for the CTA's unions to be a part of the solution.'"
Huh. That's funny, because . . .
"Robert Kelly, president of the Amalgamated Transit Workers Union Local 308, representing motormen, said he's been trying for weeks to schedule a meeting with Daley.
"'I find it awfully odd, 40 hours before the deadline, that he's reaching out to us, when I've been trying to reach out to him,' Kelly said."
And . . .
"'As late as last Wednesday, we made a very viable offer to give the CTA work-rule changes and concessions totaling between $50 million and $80 million,' Kelly said. 'They flat-out rejected it.'"
And . . .
"Last week, CTA unions said they'd offered concessions, only to have agency officials walk away, accusing them of lying. Sources said the deferred pay raises and furlough days the unions offered would have applied only to the 1,100 CTA employees targeted for layoffs, not to the entire unionized workforce, and that that wouldn't have provided enough savings."
I smell a rat. And I think you know who the rat is.
"It's funny, a year after hope and change, I see an electorate with fewer energized members than ever. Except for the crazy right, which is always amped up on meth or something."
Yeah, He Said It!
Teamwork, My Friend
The Beachwood Tip Line: Pwned.
Posted on February 5, 2010
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