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The [Friday] Papers

"In coming to a constitutionally valid plan to appoint a new state comptroller to replace Judy Baar Topinka, who died Tuesday, what matters most is to respect the likely preferences of the state's voters - back in November and in a future election," the Sun-Times editorializes.

Do voters care who the comptroller is? Should they?

Better: Do voters know what the comptroller does? Should they?

I'm not even sure most reporters inside the Sun-Times newsroom know. Let's start acting like humans and talk straight. The position of state comptroller is an administrative job that is only filled by election to give political parties a prize - and a test of electoral viability. Let's hire a head-hunting firm to find the best comptroller in the state - private sector or public - and give the job to that person and be done with it. Can we vote on that?


"As state officials contemplate replacing late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, the clock is running down for those dependent on the checks the office issues," AP reports.

"There are a limited number of checks she approved before her death, raising the specter of a possible funding gap for schools and social service agencies should a successor not be chosen quickly."

And those checks all have 2014 on it, so we better hurry.

Sweet Home
"A Chicago police officer has been disciplined after he admitted playing a song some consider racially offensive during a protest against police violence last weekend, the department announced in a statement Thursday," the Tribune reports.

"The action was taken after a video surfaced apparently showing a Chicago police car blasting the song 'Sweet Home Alabama' by the band Lynyrd Skynyrd during the Saturday protest."

There's no "apparently" about it - the Trib provides the video!

Also, it's a racially offensive song. Why hedge?


"In the statement, the officer said he was playing the music as a 'fan of the University of Alabama,' which was playing the University of Missouri for the SEC championship and a shot at the NCAA playoffs."

We ran that one by our chief correspondent:

See also:
* Sweet Home Alabama vs. Sweet Home Chicago.

* Existential Rock No. 15.

* Southern Crock & Top Of The Pops.

* Item: Drive-By Trucker.


I've been to Alabama, people, ain't a whole lot to see;
Skynyrd says it's a real sweet home, but it ain't nothing to me.


That cop knew exactly what he was doing - and so did Skynyrd.


Beachwood Photo Booth: Holiday Art Sale!
Buy your favorites this weekend at the Holstein Park fieldhouse.

The White Sox Report: South Side Hope
Had the White Sox bullpen performed at David Robertson's statistical level last year, they would have finished 87-75 instead of a disappointing 73-89. Our very own Roger Wallenstein takes a look.

Fear Of Occupy Wall Street Undermined The Red Cross's Sandy Relief Effort
Too bad; Occupy did a much better job than the Red Cross.

The Week In Chicago Rock
Featuring Cat Stevens.

Oh, and Hang Union, Rich Robinson, Bob Seger, Snot, Skinny Puppy, Sandra Antongiorgi, and Atilla.


* Joliet Residents Seething Over Plan To Replace Classic Theater's Marquee.

* Behold The Glamorous Shitboxes Of The 1987 Chicago Auto Show.

* U Of C Poaches Two Top Brain Scientists From Oregon.





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Posted on December 12, 2014

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TV - Vizio's Best Product Is You.
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SPORTS - More McCaskey Malpractice.

BOOKS - All About Poop.


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