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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."


Occupy Rahm
Item 5 from today's Weekend in Occupy Chicago:

"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.

"The firms now are treated 'not exactly in a fair way, at least in their view,' he said, and as a result are threatening to move some operations out of town. The big trading firms have made Chicago 'a worldwide leader' in the derivatives and options business, he said. 'It's important to us as a city and a state to maintain that leadership.'

"Mr. Emanuel served on the board of a predecessor firm to CME several years ago."


Emanuel's Biggest Cut: Services For The Poor.

Who's Zoomin' Who?
"Two lobbyists with no prior teaching experience were allowed to count their years as union employees toward a state teacher pension once they served a single day of subbing in 2007, a Tribune/WGN-TV investigation has found."


"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.

Shooting Range
"A 2007 Tribune investigation of a decade's worth of shootings by Chicago police found that the department often cleared officers of wrongdoing after only cursory investigations, even when the officers shot people in the back or from behind. The newspaper's investigation found that officials repeatedly failed to interview key witnesses and consider important forensic evidence in a rush to exonerate officers," the paper notes in light of the Flint Farmer case.

"[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."

Remembering Rutan
"Her name became synonymous with a historic Supreme Court decision that changed state government hiring in Illinois, but Cynthia Bard Rutan largely stayed out of the spotlight in the 21 years afterward," the Springfield State Journal-Register writes.

"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%
Making banks cool.

The Police Are The 99%
"By year's end, nearly 12,000 police officers will have lost their jobs, and 30,000 positions in county and municipal departments will go unfilled, both direct consequences of a faltering economy that has forced deep cuts in local government budgets," USA Today reports.

"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
"I look at Occupy Wall Street, or DC or Chicago - my current home - and hope the conversation about wealth, privilege, and a decent life in America is about to start changing," hometown author Sara Paretsky writes for CNBC.

"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."


By the way . . .

SportsMonday: The Bears Man Up
Special brand of mediocrity puts them in the wild-card chase.

Minnesota Nice Pottery Comes To Chicago!
A strong tradition of functional clay.

The Weekend In Chicago Rock
They played at a venue near you. We have the video.

Occupy The Beachwood!
I'm back behind the bar tonight showing special love to Chicago Occupiers. Come for the free pizza, stay for the jukebox. 5p - 2a.


The Beachwood Tip Line: Park Place.


Posted on October 24, 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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