The [Monday] Papers
"As thousands of Illinois social service agencies, hospitals, schools and vendors were waiting months for overdue payments from the state, Gov. Pat Quinn's office pushed out a $285,000 payment to a prominent Chicago Democrat last month, just two weeks after a settlement was reached in a lawsuit, state records show," AP reports.
"Former Chicago alderman Martin Oberman and four other lawyers were the winners in a lawsuit that forced a special election last fall to fill the last 60 days of President Barack Obama's term in the U.S. Senate. As governor, Quinn was named as a defendant, and therefore the state was required to pay legal fees after a federal appeals court ordered the special vote."
"Mr. Emanuel - asked what his top priority is for the Illinois Legislature's fall veto session - answered that it's helping CME Group and CBOE Holdings Inc. cut their state income-tax load. The session begins next week.
Who's Zoomin' Who?
"Mayoral Chief of Staff Theresa Mintle helped enact a special early-retirement plan at her former employer - the Chicago Transit Authority - that entitled her to a $65,000 annual pension she wouldn't have qualified for otherwise.
But by all means, let's get those protesters out of the park.
"[Police Chief Garry] McCarthy told the Tribune the previous administration failed to recognize a pattern in police shootings and had no mechanism to track if officers were repeatedly involved in shootings. He also said the department did not have a system in place to monitor the emotional and psychological state of officers involved in shootings, suggesting they could be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and should be kept off the streets until they are better."
"Her death this month at age 62 generated virtually no media coverage outside her hometown.
"But even though Rutan didn't seek credit or adulation, thousands of state employees owe her a debt of gratitude for making state employment a more fair process. Those who have benefited from the June 1990 Supreme Court decision that bears Rutan's name - which is to say, state employees who have been hired or promoted without a quiz on their politics - shouldn't forget the long road Rutan traveled en route to her Supreme Court victory."
Jimmy Fallon (& Friends) For The 1%
The Police Are The 99%
"The sweeping reductions, outlined in a Justice Department review to be delivered today to the nation's police chiefs meeting in Chicago, put law enforcement on pace for its first job decline in 25 years."
Big Tier, Little Tier
"In the 1980's, when I worked in the insurance industry, I read an op-ed piece by a health insurance executive. He said that just as Americans had learned to accept two different tiers of education - good for the wealthy and miserable for the rest - so we would learn to accept two tiers of health care. I thought this was so outrageous I wrote a book about it (Bitter Medicine), but the executive was correct: we swallowed two-tier medical care right alongside shockingly awful schools as if both were manna from heaven.
"In that same decade, as American business owners began shutting down factories here to send work to the cheapest places possible - even to slave labor camps in Burma - the Chicago Tribune chided Danville, Illinois workers who wouldn't agree to cut their pay to ten dollars an hour. The plant was moved forthwith to Mexico. Try living on twenty thousand a year, I wrote in one of my endless unpublished letters to the editor. Now support a family on that income."
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Posted on October 24, 2011
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