The [Monday] Papers
"We know you think it's weak to allow anyone to see any emotion, especially emotion as embarrassing as well, embarrassment," our very own Jim Coffman advises Lovie Smith. "But if you aren't ashamed of your defense's fundamental flaw, then pretty soon you'll have to stop pretending you're the right man for this job."
"Sources said Burke played a behind-the-scenes role in engineering the City Council delay [on an elephant-cruelty ordinance]."
Well, Ed Burke does need the money. I'm sure Nicolay & Dart are just being generous and don't expect anything in return for their gift.
Yes, if the voting took place after the playoffs, you'd probably have to go with the Phillies' Charlie Manuel. But Piniella guided a not-so-perfectly constructed team without a lead-off hitter or, really, an outfield, as well as a No. 1 pitcher who is such a No. 1 head case that he couldn't open the playoffs to 97 wins. Who else?
Six Degrees of Bill Cellini
Those in-the-know, though, know.
"The ultimate Chicago insider, Jarrett has family roots that run generations deep. She has avoided the scandals that have ensnared other Chicago power brokers, but her time in civic life has not been without some controversy," Politico reports.
"Habitat, which manages subsidized housing throughout the city, has been criticized for mismanaging some of its properties. One of the public-private projects, Grove Parc Plaza, deteriorated so badly that federal inspectors rated conditions there an 11 on a 100-point scale and moved to seize the property.
"Jarrett has supported a transformation of public housing that has demolished whole public housing projects and replaced them with mixed housing that includes both affordable and market-rate units, said Ethan Michaeli, publisher of Residents' Journal, a nonprofit publication that covers Chicago's low-income communities, who has written about Jarrett since the early 90s.
"The approach 'hasn't done much for public housing tenants or poor people in general,' he said, largely because the mixed-use developments have less affordable housing.
"The policy has poured billions of taxpayer dollars into private development and management companies and reduced the number of public housing units, Michaeli said. And when he talks to former residents of the demolished Robert Taylor Homes, more than 4,400 apartments in 28 high-rise buildings named after Jarrett's grandfather, Michaeli said he has never met a resident who benefited from the mixed-use approach.
"'If their lives were better, it was despite the best efforts of the housing agency, not because of them,' he said."
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Posted on November 17, 2008
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