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The [Monday] Papers

"A man who worked for Illinois Congressman John Shimkus was arrested on an assault charge after a scuffle with actress Lindsay Lohan in a New York hotel room, but he was released and charges were eventually dropped," the Tribune reports.

Whatever. I prefer Michael K's account at dlisted:

"The moral of the story is, when you want to do a line of the bad shit with some dude you met at club, just do it in the safety of a stall in the club bathroom. That's why they have toilet seats!"

Ed Burke's Juicy Fruit
"Ten years ago, Chicago's most powerful alderman, Edward M. Burke, and the rest of the City Council signed off on a deal that promised $16 million in taxpayer subsidies to the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. to help it build a new corporate campus on Goose Island rather than move to the suburbs," the Sun-Times reports.

"Three years later, Burke's law firm, retained by Wrigley, persuaded Cook County officials to lower the property assessments for two buildings the chewing gum giant had bought down the street from the new campus. Burke's legal work helped Wrigley cut its property taxes by more than $412,000 between 2006 and 2008, records show.

"For that, the company says, it paid the alderman about $90,000 in legal fees."

So Wrigley still came out more than $15 million ahead.

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"As a result of his ties to Wrigley, Burke subsequently abstained from voting when the company came back to the City Council Committee on Finance, which Burke chairs, for permission to delay the completion of its taxpayer-subsidized campus - one of many times during his three decades in office that Burke has declined to vote because of a conflict of interest."

Not voting to resolve a conflict of interest vs. not taking the money. Discuss.

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"Burke's committee gave Wrigley what it wanted. And based on its recommendation, the full City Council did, too, voting in April 2008 to give Wrigley an extra two years to complete the final phase of its headquarters - with Burke again abstaining."

It might have made more sense to force Burke to vote; any time Burke abstains everyone knows he has a financial interest in the outcome.

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'Wrigley has never finished the project . . . But the tax subsidy . . . continues until 2019."

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"Asked about his relationship with Wrigley, Burke declined to answer any questions."

Maybe he had a mouth full of gum.

Jackson Extraction
"Twice last year, Chicago businessman Yusef Jackson - a son of the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson and brother-in-law of Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th) - went to City Hall seeking taxpayer money for a new home for his Budweiser beer distributorship west of downtown, records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times and interviews show," the Sun-Times reports.

"At first, Jackson asked for a $4.2 million city subsidy in the form of tax-increment financing. That's according to the application he submitted to City Hall in March 2011, shortly before Mayor Richard M. Daley left office.

"On his second application, filed in August 2011, three months after Mayor Rahm Emanuel was sworn in, Jackson slashed the amount of taxpayer money he wanted. This time, he said he needed only $1 million from City Hall to help pay for the $5.1 million renovation of a vacant, two-story building he owns at 401 N. Ogden."

Only if taxpayers can stop by for a free cold one whenever they want.

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"Jackson won't comment, first asking that questions be submitted in writing, then declining to answer them."

Maybe he had a mouth full of beer.

Clout Courts
"On the eighth floor of the Daley Center, behind a locked metal door, is a narrow room known as the vault," the Tribune reports.

Within its walls reside files that Cook County Circuit Court judges have ordered hidden from the public, something they have done hundreds of times since 2000.

Although state law requires that certain types of lawsuits must be sealed, a Tribune investigation has found that judges improperly removed others from public view, including cases involving a famous chef, millionaire businessmen and even other judges.

The Tribune's review of cases found that judges regularly fail to give a reason in their written orders for sealing files; hide entire case files when they needed only to remove sensitive information such as Social Security numbers or home addresses; and that the sealing orders often remain secret despite state case law finding orders are public documents and "should not be kept under seal."

Neither Ed Burke nor Yusef Jackson would comment.

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"There is no way to know what is contained in Cook County's sealed files since they remain in locked rooms. But a review of dozens of previously sealed court files in the Law Division offers a glimpse, with instances of the well-connected and the well-known having their cases hidden from the public."

In one case, judge Wayne Rhine sealed a file about a rent dispute involving two judges because "I didn't want two sitting judges hanging out their dirty laundry. If they run for retention or for another office, this could come back to haunt them. I did it as an accommodation for fellow judges."

The rest of us who could be hurt by a legal imbroglio don't get the same consideration - not that we should. And in fact, the rent dispute could have offered some insight into the character of judges up for retention or election.

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"The cases where the files are sealed but the names are public include powerful institutions, corporations, government agencies and influential individuals - the Archdiocese of Chicago; the Mormon church; Sears, Roebuck & Co.; Illinois Department of Children and Family Services; the Chicago Park District; Cook County Hospital; and TV news anchorman Walter Jacobson. Jacobson, who at the time worked for Fox News, said Friday he did not recall the 2001 libel/slander case."

But this part is my favorite:

"Tribune Co. and the Chicago Tribune also were defendants in a court matter sealed in August 2008. Other defendants included the Chicago Cubs, which Tribune Co. owned at the time, and the Chicago White Sox. The plaintiff used a pseudonym, 'Jane Doe.'

"Gary Weitman, a Tribune Co. spokesman, declined to discuss the matter."

Maybe he had a mouth full of hypocrisy.

White Sox Post-Mortem
Blame the bench.

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SportsMonday will appear on Tuesday this week.

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The Cub Factor will appear on Wednesday.

A Mouth Full Of Rock
The Weekend in Chicago Rock: Grizzly Bear, Avett Brothers, Peter Gabriel, The Moses Gun, Eruptors, Catalano, Gaslamp Killer, Chance the Rapper and more.

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The Beachwood Tip Line: For mouths full of foul.



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Posted on October 1, 2012


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