The [Monday] Papers
Has anyone asked Allstate whether their naming rights deal is contingent on the Grant Park location? Just wondering. Maybe State Farm would buy in at an alternate location - like a good neighbor.
First, the paper ought to note that a batch of letters it is receiving or will soon receive are orchestrated by Hill & Knowlton.
Second, what relevance does the Urban League have to the siting of a private children's museum? Is Jackson suggesting opponents who prefer, say, moving the museum to Northerly Island or the old post office or one of 20 other possible sites are racist? Are you saying that, Cheryle? Be clear.
Third, did you have an opinion on this, Cheryle, before the mayor and/or Hill & Knowlton got ahold of you? Have you studied the other possible locations? Was political pressure brought to bear on you to do this - or are you doing it for future political gain?
Fourth, why isn't Jackson lobbying for the museum to move to a neighborhood that could really use it? Why, for example, shouldn't the Children's Museum move to, say, Englewood as part of a city campaign to stop the violence against children, perhaps as an anchor to a new zone that could be dubbed "the most kid-friendly" in Chicago?
Kelly Kelly Kelly
Thank God the headline didn't say the case was in the closet.
Maybe this has something to do with it:
"Prosecutors in the upcoming R. Kelly child pornography trial want to introduce evidence of other crimes allegedly committed by the R&B singer, court records show," the Sun-Times reports.
"It's no secret Mayor Daley is furious with renegade Ald. Brendan Reilly and his battle to quash Daley's dream of placing a new children's museum in Grant Park.
* Behind a previous battle scene: Sneed hears Reilly's earlier, unsuccessful attempt to squelch construction of a rooftop heliport at the new Children's Memorial Hospital in Streeterville drew this admonition from Ald. Reilly to Daley: "The first helicopter that goes down will be blood on my hands."
* Daley's response: "The first child who loses his life [if there's no heliport], you'll have blood on your hands."
Of course, Daley's response is nonsense. A children's hospital has little business being downtown, especially with a heliport (hey, what happened to the mayor's no-fly zone?)
Maybe the children's hospital should have moved to Englewood . . .
And with the deal Sam Zell structured, Tribune Co. joins the ranks of companies not paying corporate income taxes.
Fran Spielman: "The days of running down the stairs when you think you hear the rumble of an approaching CTA subway train are coming to an end."
Doesn't it seem like we've been promised schedules and trackers and alerts for years? Besides, not knowing when the next train is arriving is not really the problem. Trains that don't work is the problem. Delays, slow zones and mechanical failures are problems. Message boards with news and advertising is a good idea, but a better idea would be to focus on preventing tracks from rotting.
"Four years ago, Daley returned from a weeklong trade mission to China and Japan determined to bring to CTA riders the same kind of bend-over-backwards courtesy he had seen in Asia."
Right. Daley was so determined he did . . . nothing, while the Blue Line burned.
Newspaper of Children
He never planned to do it; he made an offhand remark ("We're the city of flowers. We're the city of trees and gardens and all that. I'd like to maybe change that motto to, 'City of Children.' I really believe that.") that the Sun-Times blew up into a story.
The Beachwood Tip Line: Piped in.
Posted on April 14, 2008
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