The [Monday] Papers
Anita Alvarez is unraveling faster than the Bears.
If you watched 60 Minutes last night, you know what I mean.
I hope to have more on this later - I got sidetracked this morning - but here's the video and transcript from Rich Miller and Eric Zorn.
Astonishingly, she told Mark Konkol of DNAinfo Chicago that she's still considering.
That possibility seemed to have fallen off the table in the last month or so, so what's up?
1. We'd know more if Konkol told readers how his "exclusive" interview came about. Did Sandi's PR people call him? Or did he catch her unawares?
2. We'd also know more if Konkol described her tenor - did she seem cagey? And how does she square having talks with Steny Hoyer even as she says she has "more pressing priorities" right now?
3. Is the possibility of her running leverage in her husband's plea bargain negotiations? Or any she herself might be having?
4. Is she trying to leverage influence among the current candidates?
In other words, the real story is the story behind the story. And we don't know what that story is yet.
The Beachwood Bookmaking Bureau has the chances of Sandi replacing Junior at just 1 percent. That's sure to change when the Political Odds are updated later today.
That's what happens when the Democratic Party of Cook County Central Committee shapes the bench - you can use a randomizer machine all you want but the arrow's still gonna stop at Daley.
"Associate Cook County Judge Arthur F. Hill Jr. also was a top deputy to Daley's successor as state's attorney, Richard Devine, whose handling of the Koschman case remains under investigation by a special prosecutor."
I have to admit that Michael Toomin, the judge who ordered the special prosecutor in this case, had some ties of conflict too, and look what he did. But still.
"Hill - who was randomly chosen to hear the case - is a former juvenile court judge who was a high-ranking prosecutor when Daley was state's attorney. He held positions under Daley including chief of the juvenile section, and later Daley appointed him to the CTA board.
"Before being appointed as a judge in 2003, Hill also was first assistant state's attorney under Devine."
The assailant must not be related to Daley.
"In the past four years, Eychaner visited the White House seven times, and the president named him a trustee for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, a reflection of his interest in and philanthropy for the arts, especially ballet.
"It's a lot of attention for a man who backed then-Senator Hillary Clinton over Obama in the 2008 primary campaign, and it paid off this year when the reclusive Chicago printer, radio station owner and investor became the top individual Democratic campaign donor - including $4.5 million given to a pro-Obama super political action committee. There's also potential for future dividends if he continues to write large checks to Democratic super-PACs in the 2014 midterm elections and beyond."
It's okay when Democrats do it.
"Rarely interviewed or photographed, Eychaner lives an apparently frugal life, with the notable exception of his multimillion-dollar home. In the mid-2000s, he was driving a Ford Escort and has since upgraded to a Ford Escape."
From Forbes in 2002:
Low-profile? Not Chicago media mogul Fred Eychaner. He has given away millions of dollars to the Democratic Party and to the Joffrey Ballet. But just try to snap his picture. In 1997, when his alma mater, Northwestern University, honored him along with 75 other graduates, Eychaner was the only one of the group who didn't contribute a photograph. "We put out an all-points bulletin for a picture," says Associate Dean Richard Roth. "There wasn't one. We assume he exists."
Wild Bill's Hiccup
"He told me he had been contacted by the SEC," Hefner said later in testimony before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which didn't accuse her of any wrongdoing.
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Posted on December 10, 2012
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