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The [Friday] Papers

"Some candidates for Chicago mayor are touting ethics plans to clean up a City Hall infamous for its shenanigans," AP reported on Thursday, citing Rahm Emanuel and Gery Chico.

"Chicago mayoral candidates Rahm Emanuel and Gery Chico . . . declined to swear off campaign contributions from those who do business with the city," the Tribune reports on Friday.


To be fair, Emanuel and Chico say "they'll be happy to forgo" such contributions once they become mayor.

They didn't say they'd be happy to forget such contributions once they become mayor.


"Chico said he can't afford to cut off potential campaign donors while trying to keep pace with Emanuel's fundraising apparatus."

I have to be just as dirty as my dirtiest opponent! Then I'll change! Until re-election!


"Emanuel said he will refuse donations from registered city lobbyists. When asked if he would go a step further and also turn down contributions from city contractors while campaigning, his initial response was 'that's not a problem.'"

Um, can we add a 32nd objection to Rahm's campaign petitions based on residency? Because he clearly doesn't live here.

"After a few minutes of thought, Emanuel backpedaled. 'Taking it further than what I'm saying is not what I want to do,' he said."

I don't know if that's a backpedal or a pirouette.


I know, ballet jokes are cheap when it comes to Rahm. It's been a long, screwed-up week.

Former Mayor Tom Dart Sparks Nostalgia For His Brief Reign
"Decades of packing the rolls of employees at Cook County Jail and the sheriff's police with clout-wielding hacks and cronies is effectively over, a federal judge said Thursday as he found the office of Sheriff Tom Dart in 'substantial compliance' with the requirements of a landmark consent decree barring most political hiring," the Tribune reports.

"The finding by U.S. Presiding Magistrate Judge Sidney Schenkier clears the way for the end by Jan. 31 of the sheriff's office's involvement in the decades-old Shakman litigation and the monitoring of its hiring and promotions by the court. Cook County government and Mayor Richard Daley's City Hall remain under the decree."

Wiki Olympics 2016 Leak
"Here is how the U.S. Embassy in Brasillia, Brazil analyzed the 2016 Rio de Janeiro bid committee's win in Copenhagen, where the International Olympic Committee rejected bids by Madrid, Tokyo and Chicago."

Renegade Journalism
I'll be helping out in the Flying Saucer booth this Saturday and Sunday at the Renegade Craft Fair. Stop by for awesome scrumptiousness.


From the fair:

"Join us for the 5th Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Sale in Chicago on December 4 + 5, 2010, from 11am - 7pm at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse (1419 W. Blackhawk)! With over 150 of today's finest indie-craft talents setting up shop, holiday shoppers are sure to find something for everyone at this FREE TO ATTEND craft, art, design + DIY spectacular!"

Does Maggie Know?
"Chicago Mayor Richard Daley Looking Forward To Gay Marriage."

Mighty Santo At The Bat
From the Chicagoetry vault.

The Week in Chicago Rock
They played at a venue near you.

Next On CAN TV
Struggles at home and abroad.

Premature Ejaculation
"Their jobs now are to make money in the breeding shed, more than they made on the track if all goes well," our man on the rail writes.

The Week in Comic Books
Jordan From Jersey and The Legion of Dudes.

The Week in WTF
Cynical plots, arrogance and incompetence once again meet.

The College Football Report
Will return next week.


The Beachwood Tip Line: DIY and crafty.


Posted on December 3, 2010

MUSIC - #MuteRKelly.
TV - NBC Reporter's Kiss-Off.
POLITICS - IL Could Recover $1.3B In Corporate Tax Loopholes.
SPORTS - The Ex-Cub Factor.

BOOKS - Myopic 2000.

PEOPLE PLACES & THINGS - Mailbox Fishing.

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