The [Monday] Papers
It's hard to see the latest call for the National Guard to quell violence on Chicago's streets as anything but grandstanding.
State Reps. LaShawn Ford and John Fritchey (soon to be a member of the Cook County board unless it turns out he's a pawnbroker with a hinky past) called a press conference on Sunday to maximize their media hit today, but they don't appear to have talked to the governor, the mayor or the police chief about their "plan."
Jody Weis, for one, wants no part of it, and just the thought of militarizing poor neighborhoods comprised disproportionately of people of color makes me shudder.
Beyond that, it's not the stuff that Governor Gumby is made of and King Richard II has ridiculed the idea in the past. (If for nothing else, the mayor couldn't stomach the bad PR of headlines like this one.)
Calling in the National Guard is one of those ill-considered notions that seems to come around every year or two, like
It attacks a problem with a seeming quick-fix solution without ever getting near the cause.
Pension Outrage of the Day
Not Based On A True Story
See if you can spot the missing link in the Trib's chain of logic:
"About 40 states offer tax rebates or credits for film and television projects. Illinois' is not the biggest. Michigan offers a whopping 42 percent credit. New York City offers 35 percent.
"Wisely, Illinois lawmakers have not tried to outdo those competitors. Illinois' incentive is smaller and it's limited to in-state spending."
Um, if tax credits were the key determinant, wouldn't you go where you got a better deal?
True, the Trib argues that Illinois's tax credit is "easy to access" compared to that in some other states, whatever that means (paperwork?), but, um, if tax credits were the key determinant, wouldn't yo go where you got a better deal?
And don't major Hollywood studios employ scads of people whose jobs are to do things like "access" tax credits?
Tax Return Politics
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The Socko Sox
In The Cub Factor
The Beachwood Tip Line: Mythical, nostalgic and grand.
Posted on April 26, 2010
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