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The [Monday] Papers

"A witness in the David Koschman case was visited last month by a private investigator he says claimed to be working for Koschman's mother," the Sun-Times reports.

"The man actually was working on behalf of Richard J. 'R.J.' Vanecko, the nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley who's under renewed investigation in Koschman's 2004 death."

Stay classy, Daley family!

That's Bobby!
"Responding to one woman who asked whether he thought Mr. Obama had campaigned in 2008 with a strategy 'to make America fail,' [Illinois congressman Bobby Schilling] said of the slow economic recovery, 'A lot of people think this is being done on purpose,'" the New York Times reports.

A) And I will do nothing to dissuade that notion because I want those people voting for me!

B) Because tanking the economy on purpose is the surest way to get re-elected and seal a legacy!

C) I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin'!


"[Mrs. Schilling] has had several coffee meetings with local women to deconstruct the fight over access to contraception. 'Calling it a woman's issue turns women into sex objects,' she said."

That's one way to look at it.

Tax Man
Pat Quinn did his own taxes!

But a couple questions:

1. Why is the space for a spouse's name blacked out? Did he secretly get married?

2. Why is his home address blacked out? We all know where the governor's mansion is!

Gaming The System
"New Casino Helps Halt Dip In Ill. Gambling Profits."


More Gambling Losers Good News For State, Private Investors.

Beale Squeal
"Secretary of State Jesse White has asked Attorney General Lisa Madigan to collect more than $16,000 from a Chicago alderman's wife who allegedly faked time sheets and misused a state car while employed by White," the Sun-Times reports.

"An investigation by White's inspector general cited Dana Beale, wife of Ald. Anthony Beale (9th), for 'official misconduct' and for falsifying time sheets and mileage on a state vehicle she kept at home.

"The alderman's wife, who until last week doubled as a legislative aide to state Rep. Robert Rita, had worked for White as a $76,897-a-year securities auditor from 2000 until last May when she tendered her resignation.

"Dana Beale could not be reached for comment and, in an interview, her husband would not make her available to answer questions from the Chicago Sun-Times. But he vouched for his wife's work."


"After getting tipped by Dana Beale's supervisor, Burns surveyed 69 firms that she purported to have visited between January 2010 and February 2011 and found that 'on 11 occasions, Beale reported that she was at an audit for two full days when, in fact, she was only there one day for three to six hours,' according to an investigative report obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.

"'Beale also logged that she worked a full day for many audits when, in fact, each firm reported that she was at their location for only half a day,' the report said.

"All told, Beale's unaccounted working hours in 2010 totaled more than 44 days or close to nine weeks, which represented $13,181 in overpayments to her, the probe found.

"She also allegedly could not account for 6,118 miles she put on secretary of state pool cars during 2010, representing a loss to the state of $3,120."

Well, it's hard dodging work. You have to drive around a lot.

"In an interview with the Sun-Times, Burns said his office took the 'ghost-payrolling' allegations and unaccounted mileage to the FBI in early 2011, but federal investigators took a pass on the case."

Why? Small potatoes?

"In January, the Sun-Times and Better Government Association reported that Rita awarded the daughter of the alderman and Dana Beale a legislative tuition waiver worth $37,000 to attend the University of Illinois."

Here's to you, Beales! Working the system one lever at a time.

Daley's Grift
The parking meter deal is even worse than the last time we thought it was even worse than we thought.

It's A Bear Market
Season arrives early.

What's The Deal With Chris Sale?
A mystery wrapped inside a tender arm.

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The Free Comic Book Day That Was
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The Weekend in Chicago Rock
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The Beachwood Tip Line: Cock-a-doodle-doo.


Posted on May 7, 2012

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