The [Monday] Papers
We're still tweaking but we've gone live with the launch of our new Cubs site Agony & Ivy just in time for today's home opener. We'll be adding features throughout the week as we ramp things up over there; thanks to everyone who helped us fast-track this.
And a big shout-out to Joel Boehm, the founder of the original A&I. Joel went off to a career in law and bequeathed the site to us; we hope to do him proud.
Also in today's Beachwood Baseball package:
- The Cub Factor: Sure, there are some lousy new faces where the old lousy faces were before, but it sure feels like the same team.
- The White Sox Report: Giving Cleveland and Kansas City hope.
My favorite part:
"Under the state grants, the Chicago Board of Education was required to audit Arce's contracts - but it never did. Now, after the Sun-Times inquired, all three years will be audited, schools spokeswoman Monique Bond says."
"Frankly, we are insulted by your insinuation,'' Arce says in an e-mail in response to questions from the Sun-Times.
So insulted we will only respond via e-mail instead of answering your questions in full to clear up any misconceptions you may have.
"'I can find no record of Tropical being a client of Altheimer & Gray in 1999-2000, city records notwithstanding,' says Chico, responding to questions via e-mail."
The Sun-Times: Pioneering the art of the e-mail interview. Or How To Report A Story Without Actually Talking To Anyone. Now available as a telecourse or through an Internet college near you.
Really? She's not even close to being the most controversial, intriguing and enigmatic figure on the city council, much less the city.
Only when voting.
"Joe Berrios is two-legged evidence that the greatest outrages in politics tend to involve what's absolutely legal," Warren writes.
"It's partly why Mr. Berrios and Mr. Madigan are worthy of a Discovery Channel special: the first pair of Hispanic-Irish conjoined twins attached at the checkbook. Mr. Berrios lobbies Mr. Madigan on legislation, while Mr. Madigan appeals to Mr. Berrios for tax relief for clients - saving them many millions of dollars.
"The two men can make political donations to each other, just like litigants before the board can contribute to Mr. Berrios's campaigns and Springfield lobbyists can enrich Mr. Madigan. And the duo can plot in political tandem since Mr. Madigan runs the state Democratic Party while Mr. Berrios runs the county party apparatus."
The chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party is a lobbyist. What more do you need to know?
And he lobbies the chairman of the state Democratic Party!
Who appears before the chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party representing private clients seeking tax breaks!
Unbelievable. Except in Illinois.
"The campaign is also giving serious consideration to a speech Mr. Giannoulias could deliver about the bank, taking the cue from Barack Obama's Philadelphia speech two years ago in which Mr. Obama, then a presidential candidate, addressed the incendiary remarks on race by his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr."
Alexi is practicing choking up at just the right moments as we speak.
"My father's bank operated in a different era - a time when loans to mobsters weren't seen as politically liabilities . . . "
What (Some) People Earn
The Beachwood Tip Line: Earnest.
Posted on April 12, 2010
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