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The [Friday] Papers

Trying to keep up with the madness.

1. Chicago Has A New Tourism Anthem, And it's Beyond Awful.

2. Vikings To Give Tryout To Son Of Linebackers Coach Mike Singletary.

3. "A new wrinkle in Illinois' budget crisis unfolded Wednesday when Gov. Pat Quinn's administration said it has begun to delay payments to more than 40,000 child-care providers," the Springfield State Journal-Register reports.

"The move could threaten the fragile budgets of many providers and the family finances of more than 85,000 low-income parents who receive state-subsidized child-care services."

Once again, the wrong people are getting screwed.


Here's an idea: Instead of this, let's survey 650 leading social service providers about the state's child-rearing environment.

4. "The private investors who run Chicago's parking meters are doing better than expected, and now they're demanding an additional $14 million they say they're owed under obscure provisions of the wildly unpopular 2008 deal that privatized metered parking and caused rates to soar, records show," the Sun-Times reports.

Maybe they should take it out of Daley's pension.

5. ABC7 Chicago stands by stenographically reporting a lie.

Rich Miller also says ABC7 reported was "a big lie" and "not true."

6. The War on Women continues right here in Bridgeport.

7. "For more than four decades, Illinois' Firearm Owners Identification card has been viewed as a first line of defense for protecting the public by trying to keep guns out of the hands of the most dangerous in society," the Tribune reports.

"But a first-ever state audit of the program has found the safety net weakened by bureaucratic loopholes and erroneous and incomplete data that could allow the seriously mental ill and others to keep or get a FOID card to buy firearms and ammunition.

"'How are people going to explain away the fact that a horrific event occurred, and it turns out this person had diagnosed mental health issues and their card was not (taken away or) the information was never forwarded to the state police, so they never had the ability to take the card away?' asked Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart."

Blame Sarah Palin?

8. Change your passwords.

9. "The Heartland Institute, a conservative think tank that disputes mainstream climate science, is adopting an aggressive PR strategy by launching Chicago-area billboards that associate belief in global warming with the Unabomber and Charles Manson," The Hill reports.

"Other billboards feature Charles Manson and Fidel Castro, the group said on its website, adding that 'other global warming alarmists' who may appear in the future include Osama bin Laden and James J. Lee, who took hostages at the Discovery Channel headquarters in 2010 and was slain by police."

Doesn't that just make the Heartland even crazier than our most deranged murderers? Even Manson and bin Laden couldn't dismiss the science!

10. The Week in Chicago Rock.


The Beachwood Tip Line: Both helter and skelter.


Posted on May 4, 2012

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