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The [Monday] Papers

"The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked enforcement of an Illinois law that prohibited people from recording police officers on the job," the Tribune reports.

ACLU beats Alvarez.


The court did not rule on whether Rahm Emanuel's administration is allowed to commit multiple felonies by doing his own recording.

Alvarez has not said whether anyone at City Hall will be prosecuted even though guilt has been admitted, nor whether Emanuel will be investigated for allegedly instructing staff to commit such felony.

Sometimes justice is blind.

Translate This
State Sen. Martin Sandoval has a $68,400 side job translating Cicero and Melrose Park press releases into Spanish, the Sun-Times reports.

Given that his job as a state legislator pays $74,569.20, though, it's hard to tell which one is actually the side job and which is his main gig.


"I have never wanted to be a double-dipper," Sandoval tells the paper, which apparently explains why he's triple-dipping.

"[Sandoval] does translation services for the town's various departments, including mine, when I request translations mainly for media releases that are distributed to the Hispanic media," says Cicero spokesman Ray Hanania.

For $4,200 a month.

Meanwhile, this is free.


"[Sandoval] also has billed Cicero for other public relations work, including 'advertisement placement in Latino print media' and 'reassessment of media distribution list.'"

Or, and I'm just throwing this out there, you could go this route.

A Love-Hate Affair . . .
. . . With Jay Cutler. In SportsMonday.

Debbie Downer
I'm surprised Halvorson's in. Will it help her sell her tell-all? Or will her tell-all name enough enemies to sink her campaign?


Why surprised despite the speculation that she'd join the field? She got spanked pretty hard in the primary against Junior earlier this year after losing her seat to Adam Kinzinger two years prior. In that election, Kinzinger got 58% of the vote - which is what Halvorson got two years before that. Also, I'm not certain party leadership is all that fond of her, and she'll be seen as "the white candidate" (smartly, the first one in) trying to benefit from a presumed split black vote (which ought not be presumed, even with multiple black candidates).

She can - and will - position herself as an independent woman running against party men, but I'm not sure how far that will take her.



Retweeted by . . . Rhymefest.


Lawrence Avenue
Because it has nothing better to do, the Sun-Times asks: What Would You Do If You Won $425 Million Powerball Jackpot?

Buy the Sun-Times and still have well over $400 million left?


Or call up Lawrence.

I believe a dude with $425 million could hook that up.

McClurg's Court
Remembering the Alexander McClurg, his theaters and his bookstore.

End Days
QT: Can You Feel It In The Air?

The Weekend In Chicago Rock
Leonard Cohen, Welkin Dusk, Kids These Days and Falldown.

Chicagoetry: Bird of Prey
I am nobody's fool but my own.


The Beachwood Tip Line: Translatable.


Posted on November 26, 2012

MUSIC - December In Chicago Drill.
TV - Don't Weaken Media Ownership Limits.
POLITICS - Another SRO Crisis.
SPORTS - TrackNotes: Mom.

BOOKS - How Stereo Was Sold To A Skeptical Public.

PEOPLE PLACES & THINGS - Chicago Footwork King's Bail Battle.

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