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The [Friday] Papers

"House Speaker Michael Madigan swatted down a Republican effort Thursday to uncork stalled ethics legislation that would weaken his grip on power and curtail campaign donations from political parties and other legislative leaders," the Sun-Times reports.

Huh, that's funny. Just a few days ago Madigan was calling Republicans "non-participating do-nothings."


Not that the ethics legislation was a partisan Republican package.

"That proposal, favored by government watchdogs and a reform commission appointed by Gov. Quinn, was left out of an ethics package passed last year."

The Daley Show
Trib headline: "Daley Hopes To Shift More Cops To Beats."

Or look good "trying."


"Mayor Daley on Thursday ordered a 'comprehensive management review' of the Chicago Police Department to make certain 'every dollar possible' of its $1.2 billion a year budget is spent fighting crime," the Sun-Times reports.

"Twenty years ago, Daley spent more than $1 million on a police consulting study, only to ignore Booz Allen & Hamilton's most dramatic recommendations."


Maybe that $1 million should have just been spent on jobs.


Apparently the Civic Consulting Alliance of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago will perform the study pro bono.

How very civic of the Commercial Club.


"On Thursday, the mayor made it clear that station closings would not be on the table in the new study - not after the city has spent tens of millions of dollars in recent years replacing many district stations.'

Crazy Idea: Maybe the study should have come before spending tens of millions of dollars on new stations.


"New police facilities become community anchors," Daley said.


Maybe so in neighborhoods I am not familiar with, but I always thought community anchors were parks, fieldhouses, schools, diners, bars, and art spaces. Not cop shops.


I can't help but wonder if this move - along with the mayor's belated attempt to do something about his crappy compliance office - is at attempt to shore up Daley's sinking approval ratings and/or even the result of some polling ahead of a re-election campaign.


You know what would get Daley re-elected by a landslide? Ripping up the parking meter deal.

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(h/t: Steve Bartin, Newsalert)


The Beachwood Tip Line: Save Ferris.


Posted on February 12, 2010

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