The [Monday] Papers
"The jury deciding the fate of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich has reached a verdict on 18 of 20 counts, Judge James Zagel just announced in court," the Tribune (and others) reports.
"'The jury has come to a unanimous decision on 18 of 20 counts . . . We are confident that we will not able to come to agreement on the two counts even with further deliberation,' the note from the jury read.
"The judge said he expects the verdict to be announced in his courtroom between 1 and 2 p.m."
As always, the best way to follow the verdict is through the #blagojevich hashtag on Twitter. Mindless commentary will follow on TV.
"[Richard M.] Daley, who left office six weeks ago, has begun collecting his pension, which, for now, comes to $183,779 a year," the Sun-Times reports. "Next year, he'll start getting automatic cost-of-living raises that will boost his pension by 3 percent every year."
Maybe The Buyer Is Named Daley
"Emanuel says he'll hold a telephone town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Monday and a live online chat via Facebook at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday."
Here's the best part:
"Emanuel says the town halls fulfill a campaign promise to talk directly to residents."
More Mayoral Follies
"The council's move to revoke Welch's card comes after the SouthtownStar reported the mayor and former city manager Henrietta Turner charged more than $75,000 at restaurants and at least $2,000 worth of movie tickets in 2010.
"Among other expenses, the mayor spent thousands on evening wear, tickets to musicals and a trip to a water park in Gurnee, according to a SouthtownStar analysis of Welch's and Turner's credit card statements."
"But there's plenty to see in Canada, and it's not all covered in gold.
"In Ontario, the nation's largest province, publicly owned casinos have pumped billions of dollars into government coffers over the years. But increased competition and a poor economy have left the four biggest casinos with flat or falling revenue and operating losses in recent years that total tens of millions of dollars."
Neil Bluhm, chairman of the Rivers Casino soon to open in Des Plaines, is one of the developers behind the Niagra Fallsview Casino in Ontario.
When Bluhm won the license to build a casino in Des Plaines, it was the last one allowed by state law. The prospect of a massive expansion, including a casino in Chicago, has him just a little steamed.
Waiting for Blago verdict.
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The Beachwood Tip Line: Blankety-blank.
Posted on June 27, 2011
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