The [Monday] Papers
By Steve Rhodes
Our very own George Ofman is right: You watched the Bears yesterday just to see if they would actually lose to the Rams.
More Meter Madness
Does Kabul have parking meters? See where I'm going with this?
Or Cleveland. Stick close to home.
"Minutes from a recent Chicago Parking Meters LLC board meeting show that one Abu Dhabi Investment Authority executive and two Allianz officials were among the board members present when officials discussed revenue figures from the meters and expressed a desire to increase enforcement against parking scofflaws," the Chicago News Cooperative reports."
Abu Dhabis and Germans are now ticketing your car.
They aren't the only ones.
"The city's hunt to fill its cash-starved coffers has come to this: Some traffic-control aides - those city employees in the fluorescent coats who help cars and pedestrians move through busy intersections - are now writing parking tickets full time," the Sun-Times reports.
I think Dog the Bounty Hunter is writing tickets in Chicago now too.
It's a free-for-all.
"Moreover, most of the increases far outpaced the rate of inflation over the same period: 14.4 percent."
"Mr. Tunney said this week that only the 'naive' could believe Mr. Daley's assertion that the 2010 budget would not raise taxes or fees. 'Ask anybody who parks in the city if we have raised taxes,' the North Side alderman said, referring to the sharp increase in parking-meter rates after the city leased on-street parking management to a private company."
Sees No Evil
Dec. 5: "More Chicago hiring abuses alleged: Monitor criticizes Mayor Richard Daley's team"
My NBCChicago.com post: "Monitor: City Hall Hiring Still Needs Oversight."
It's Still Blago's World
The Desiree Rogers Show
Oh my God, the president of People's Gas actually slapped on a hard hat and mingled with the field workers!
"Rogers has been criticized for not following the customary practice of stationing social office employees at entry points to provide information to the Secret Service. It would be interesting to know what light she can shed on the whole matter, and Obama is wrong to refuse to let her answer questions," the Tribune editorial page notes.
"White House staffers in past administrations have given testimony on Capitol Hill on numerous occasions. True, many presidents have barred advisers from testifying on sensitive matters - citing executive privilege, which is supposed to protect the confidentiality of discussions between the president and his aides.
"But it's hard to make the case that it applies to Rogers.
"Gibbs might want to check with Harvard constitutional scholar Cass Sunstein, who has explained, 'Direct decisionmaking by the president is required. If the president himself is not directly involved, there is no privilege.' That wouldn't be hard for Gibbs to do, since Sunstein is now head of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs."
Or, for that matter, just check in with the president. He's a constitutional scholar, remember?
Name names, please.
Cubs vs. Bears
"Headlines that declare 'Area Bedroom Has That Weird Jeff Smell, Housemates Report' or 'Spelling-Bee Runner-Up Bursts Into Tears Whenever Anyone Says Proprietor' reflect American lives more closely - and more affectionately - than much of what passes for real news."
"Count Sen. Dick Durbin among those doubtful about the new deployment of troops in Afghanistan that President Barack Obama has ordered," the Tribune reports.
"'I'm skeptical as to whether 30,000 more troops will make a difference,'' Durbin, the senior senator from Illinois, No. 2 Democratic leader in the Senate and mentor and friend to Obama, said on FOX News Sunday. 'We have over 200,000 now when you count NATO forces, American forces and Afghan military forces'."
The Beachwood Tip Line: Perhaps.
Posted on December 7, 2009
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