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The [Monday] Papers

I'm still working on Rahm's Rules Part 3, which is about the media coverage of the challenge to his residency. Hope to have it up later today.

In the meantime, we're chock full of goodness:

* My Chicago Hedge Fund Manager Was A Fraud.

* Awful Buddy Holly Book By Local Author Gets Inexplicable Sun-Times Rave Even As Holly Himself Rolls Over In Grave.

* The Revenge of Patrick Sharp.

* SportsMonday: All-Star Agitation.

* The Congressman and the Olive Pit.

* Obama's Comcast.

* The Weekend in Chicago Rock.

And now, the news . . .

Blizzard Beer
"The National Weather Service has issued an unusually dire blizzard watch, calling a storm expected to arrive Tuesday afternoon over much of northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana 'dangerous, multifaceted and potentially life-threatening,'" the Tribune reports.

I can't think of a better time to spend your evening at the Beachwood Inn - your winter storm headquarters. I'll be behind the bar from 5 p.m. to 2 p.m. slinging Old Styles and serving up Blizzardtinis. Stop in, the jukebox is already warming up.

Voting Early and Ignorantly
Early voting has started in Chicago's mayoral contest, so be sure to make your selection before all the facts are in.

For example, maybe the White House will be forced to release those minutes from Rahm Emanuel's Freddie Mac board meetings and we'll learn what they're trying to hide.

Or maybe we'll find out that the candidate being lauded as leaving nothing to chance does know who sent Donald Tomczak's illegal patronage troops into the 5th congressional district to get Rahm elected.

("Before joining the White House, Emanuel was elected to Congress with the help of former city water boss Donald Tomczak and former Water Management official Gerald Wesolowski, who were convicted in a probe of illegal patronage hiring at City Hall," the Tribune reported in October. "Tomczak testified and Wesolowski said in a plea agreement that water workers were deployed for Emanuel's congressional campaign and the campaigns of others, including Daley, in exchange for better pay.

"Emanuel maintained he didn't know Tomczak and declined to say what role city workers loyal to Daley played in his first election victory.")

Or maybe we'll come across some new evidence that Rahm didn't "intend" to return to Chicago after all - at least not until Mayor Richard M. Daley announced he wasn't running for re-election - and thus is now in violation of the Election Code's residency requirement.

Who knows what we may yet learn? Drugs, hookers, payoffs, deal-breaking gaffes . . . it's been known to happen.

Or you can just make your choice now and dispense with any pretense of seeing the issues fully aired and the candidates fully vetted. The Sun-Times just did.

A Federal Case
The FBI is looking for Patrick Kane's Stanley Cup-winning puck.

Carol Moseley-Braun Possibly On Crack Herself
FBI urged to investigate once they find Kane's puck.


Meanwhile, when asked about the $18 million he made in just two-and-a-half years as an investment banker and the $320,000 he made in just 13 months on the board of Freddie Mac, Rahm Emanuel said he kept taking the money because it was like crack.

Midway Awakens
"An ambitious group of ex-Midway Chicago developers have emerged from the rubble of their former collapsed company to start anew with a fresh independent outfit," Develop reports.

"For at least a year, Chicago-based Phosphor Games has kept quiet about its existence, having taken on contract work for projects such as Bulletstorm, Gears of War 3 and Kinect Adventures.

"Now it is stepping into the spotlight with its own triple-A project - one that is said to be a spiritual successor to a final Midway project that never went Gold.

"Phosphor Games co-founder Chip Sineni told Gamasutra that its first major project, entitled Awakened, is being pitched to publishers."

Boy Scout Pat Quinn Always Does The Right Thing
Except when he doesn't.

Boeing Boeing
"The World Trade Organization handed a report to U.S. and EU officials on Monday, which industry sources said found that plane manufacturer Boeing Co. received billions of dollars in unfair subsidies from the U.S. government," Reuters reports.

* Chicago Head Quarters Cited In Boeing WTO Loss

See also:
* Boeing Director William M. Daley Resigns Board Seat

Squat Thrust
"Just days before Naperville officials are set to discuss how to deal with Scott Huber camping outside businesses, the city's infamous squatter has moved to a new spot on the city's Northeast Side," the Daily Herald reports.

"Managers setting up the Show-Me's restaurant and bar at 1126 E. Ogden Ave. said Huber has been spending time outside their establishment for about three weeks.

"On Friday, Huber said he's there to stay and is prepared to boycott and protest the restaurant, which is expected to open next month. He said he believes the restaurant, with its 'scantily clad servers is destroying the city's moral fiber.'"


The Beachwood Tip Line: Fibrous.


Posted on January 31, 2011

MUSIC - Millions Of New Guitar Players.
TV - "One America News" is AT&T.
POLITICS - When Wall Street Came To My Mobile Home Park.
SPORTS - Tonyball, Bears On The Run, Eyes On The Sky & More!

BOOKS - China Holding Swedish Publisher.


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