The [Monday] Papers
"Of the 1,426 billionaires in the world, there are 17 in Illinois, according to the latest Forbes list," Crain's notes.
I have nothing funny or insightful to say about this.
"By its sheer size, the alleged plot would rank among the largest in the annals of Chicago corruption."
In a follow-up story today, the Tribune reports on a company news release outlining the findings of an internal investigation conducted by former city inspector general David Hoffman.
Hoffman's findings outline 17 company-paid trips for [city program overseer John] Bills between 2003 and 2010, including airfare, hotels, golf outings, rental cars and meals. The report also says the executive vice president or the consultant - previously identified as Rosenberg and O'Malley, respectively - "purchased a computer, Chicago-area golf games and meals for the city program manager and was reimbursed by Redflex. These improper expenses totaled approximately $20,000."
Improper expenses or just commissions?
Yeah, thought long and hard and couldn't really come up with something that popped a little better than that. Having a rough morning.
Better? I haven't had time to really dig into each of those for the singular items they each deserve. Maybe tomorrow.
Bring In The Stunt Kids
You can report the stagecraft as if it's real or you can report what's real.
"Horne is a home health nurse, and her patients live in some of the roughest areas in Chicago. On this day she is working in Auburn Gresham, a neighborhood on the South Side. Horne's workplace is far from water coolers and cubicles; instead, she says, it involves drugs, prostitution and the occasional clap of gunfire."
Actually, I try to resist analogizing urban violence with war like I did with that little headline. It's lazy and wrong. But I'm having a lazy and wrong morning.
"But the Better Government Association and CBS2 found a troubling trend: mayors across the Chicago region routinely take campaign contributions from restaurants, taverns and liquor stores they're regulating."
I stole that headline straight from the story. So, credit given.
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Posted on March 4, 2013
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