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The [Friday] Papers

Well, if you want to know what I think about the Patrick Kane press conference fiasco, it's up on The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #69: Worst Press Conference In Chicago Sports History. I can't say I said anything different there than what everyone else is saying; the unanimity of thought regarding how embarrassing, offensive and tone-deaf it was is remarkable. Of course, Jim "Coach" Coffman weighs in, too.

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"A top Chicago Public Schools executive is leaving his post as new district CEO Forrest Claypool shapes his leadership team," the Tribune reports.

"Out is Tim Cawley, CPS' chief administrative officer and a former technology executive who was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2011 and became a major figure at district headquarters who embodied a corporate-oriented approach to managing school operations.

"Cawley's authority often put him at the center of school-related flaps. He helped represent the city in contract talks that eventually resulted in the first Chicago teachers' strike in a quarter century and was a central advocate for a costly contract to privatize school custodians that spurred a flood of complaints about unclean buildings."

But Rahm Emanuel told us Cawley was indispensable; that's why he was granted a waiver to continue living in Winnetka while working at CPS despite the district's residency requirements. How will we get along without him?


"CPS representatives, who have regularly denied Cawley would leave his job amid questions about his status, did not respond to a request for comment Friday."

I wonder if they'll sit for the new film, Cawley High.


Not everyone will get that reference, but I don't care. I just had way too much coffee and reference restraint is the first thing to go.


"Before coming to CPS, Cawley was managing director of finance and administration at the Academy for Urban School Leadership. CPS pays the group millions to serve as a network of so-called turnaround schools that emerged under Mayor Richard Daley as a way to shape up struggling buildings. David Vitale, the school board's last president, once also was AUSL's board president."

I just tried really hard to come up with an acronym using C, P, S, A, U, S and L but the closest I got was Cashing In On The Public School Revolving Door, which failed to meet PARCC expectations.


"In the face of a requirement that most CPS employees live in Chicago, Emanuel endorsed a waiver to allow Cawley to temporarily remain at his Winnetka home after his appointment.

"[Claypool aide Ron] DeNard, who took over Cawley's fiscal responsibilities, won a similar arrangement."

At least the rules will continue to be applied differently on a consistent basis - totally waivable to the district's highly paid executives and unyielding to everyone else.


"Cawley said he has since moved into Chicago."

Yes, into Bruce Rauner's old place.


"Cawley, who was paid $215,000 a year, said he'd be around for a few weeks to help with the transition," the Sun-Times reports.

Like helping DeNard set up his direct deposit account.


"[Cawley's] Aramark contract has had mixed results. Principals and parents roared in the months after the private custodial management company took over, saying that schools were filthy and that school leaders were picking up the slack. Nor were the cost savings as large as estimated after about 3 million square feet of school space, including 22 entire school buildings, were forgotten in the original count. The Philadelphia-based company, however, has stood by its work and CPS has kept the $260 million three-year deal."

Where's the mixed part?


"In June, when he went before the pension board, Cawley warned that without [a $500 million] loan, class sizes would jump to 35 students in a room, 3,000 teachers would have to be laid off and furlough days would be triggered systemwide.

"Those cuts have not yet materialized. After CPS's request was rejected, the district turned its attention back to Springfield for help filling a $480 million budget hole."

Pension board 1, Cawley 0.


In an e-mail Friday to "colleagues, friends and family," Cawley wrote:

I've already begun talking to people about new opportunities and adventures, and I welcome any thoughts you might have.

Dude's looking for job leads!

Here are some suggestions:

1. Aramark.

2. The Academy for Urban School Leadership.




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You break it, we fix it.

Trolling The GOP Debate
With special appearances by David Axelrod.

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"Amazingly enough, world-class athletes are merely the fine layer of frost atop the iceberg's tip when it comes to the steroid economy."

The Verdict Is In: The MSM Was Wrong About Occupy
The Occupy movement was dismissed by the mainstream media, but it's message - and nomenclature - is now front and center in American politics.

Committee Insider: Obama Nobel Prize Fell Short Of Hopes
Aspirational award didn't work.

The Week In Chicago Rock
Featuring: Signal-to-Noise, The Agonist, The Cribs, Chance the Rapper, Mahmoud Ahmed, Aziz Sahmaoui, Eluveitie, and Ace Frehley.



GM was represented by Anton Valukas, Reid Schar and Anthony Barkow of Jenner & Block.

Posted by The Beachwood Reporter on Thursday, September 17, 2015



A sampling.


WLS apparently thinks this is in question.







The Beachwood Tip Line: Appreciative.


Posted on September 18, 2015

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