The [Friday] Papers
"Illinois' prison chief, who became a political liability to Gov. Pat Quinn during an election year because of a secret prisoner release program he oversaw, is stepping down, the governor said Thursday," AP reports.
"Corrections Director Michael Randle is resigning as of Sept. 17. He will return to Ohio, where he had been assistant director of the state prison system, to run a community correctional facility in Cleveland for a not-for-profit agency. He will be taking a huge pay cut."
I'll say. Before becoming Illinois's top corrections official he was a deputy in the Ohio system.
But here's where it gets interesting.
"Randle, 44, will take over as director of a 200-bed community correctional center for Oriana House Inc. which will open in Cleveland in January, Bernie Rochford, Oriana executive vice president, told the AP.
Um, not quite. As the Beachwood reported in February, Randle was under investigation in Ohio when Pat Quinn snatched him away and brought him here. See The Prison Chief's Past.
"The developments are planned for Chicago; Apple Valley, Minn., a suburb of the Twin Cities; Des Moines, Iowa; Milwaukee, Wis.; and Fontana, Palm Springs and Salinas, California."
Can we put Google in charge of our parking meters and Taste of Chicago too? If we're gonna privatize everything, let's at least contract with a competent company. Google schools, anyone? (Google gangs?)
Onion or Reality?
"After a full five days of dulling disappointment in Rachel Alexandra's loss in Saturday's Grade I Personal Ensign at Saratoga, another issue, one that gets little attention in this country, is the manner in which Borel 'urged' Rachel as they came down the stretch at The Spa.
"There are two other names for it. Whipping. Abuse."
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Posted on September 3, 2010
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