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The [Monday] Papers

1. Cook County Jail chess program vs. CPS chess program.

2. "In many poor countries, psychiatric patients are warehoused, not treated," a New York Times Op-Ed says.

In a rich one, too.

3. Aldermen Have Few Budget-Related Questions At Police Budget Hearing.

"Chicago aldermen used Thursday's police budget hearing to once again talk about all sorts of things other than the police budget," Rob Wildeboer reports for WBEZ.

4. How Fearful Leading From Behind Closed Doors Doomed HealthCare.Gov.

"Based on interviews with more than two dozen current and former administration officials and outsiders who worked alongside them, the project was hampered by the White House's political sensitivity to Republican hatred of the law - sensitivity so intense that the president's aides ordered that some work be slowed down or remain secret for fear of feeding the opposition," the Washington Post reports.

5. Jesse Jackson Jr. vs. Jamie Dimon.

"Jonathan Jackson is the first member of the family to talk about Jesse Jackson Jr. since he reported to prison earlier this week," ABC7 Chicago reports.

"His brother, Jonathan Jackson, says Jackson Jr. is accepting responsibility and moving forward. But Jonathan Jackson, who spoke on a national radio program Thursday, also noted that, at times, there are two systems of justice in this country.

"Yes, my brother has acknowledged doing some wrong for misusing his campaign funds for that he has deep regrets and we accept that.," Jonathan Jackson said.

The former Congressman's brother is friends with Rev. Al Sharpton and talked on his radio show Thursday afternoon, acknowledging that Jackson Jr. must repay every penny.

"He will repay every dime, although no individuals came forward saying they wanted their campaign funds returned, not one taxpayer was hurt, having used one dime," said Jonathan Jackson.

While defending his brother, however, Jackson pointed to this U.S. Politics Today headline. It reads, "Jesse Jackson, Jr. And Jamie Dimon: A tale of Two Systems of Justice. [Link mine.] Dimon is the CEO of JPMorgan Chase, which is negotiating a settlement with the government after the mortgage crisis. No bank individuals face criminal charges.

Jonathan Jackson reiterated that theme quite powerfully while speaking at Rainbow PUSH on Saturday morning. I haven't found any video to share but while neither he nor I is exonerating Junior, it was quite good. If anyone has the video, please send it along.

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At the same time, Junior - and his PR team - still don't seem to get it.

"He has been flanked by some of the nation's foremost practitioners in legal strategy and public-relations spin," Laura Washington writes for the Sun-Times.

"Just ponder the grandiose pronouncements in the press release his handlers dispatched. 'As Jackson begins to serve his term, he is aware that many people have expressed an interest and desire to visit him while he's incarcerated,' read the release, reported the Chicago Sun-Times. [Link mine.]

"Those visitors would include 'Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, Pastors Rick Warren and Anthony Miller from California; the Rev. Otis Moss Jr. from Cleveland, Ohio; U.S. Rep. Marsha Fudge (D-Ohio), chairman of Congressional Black Caucus; U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia, and crisis-management expert Judy Smith, the inspiration for the ABC-TV show Scandal.'

"Only Jackson would use the occasion of reporting to prison to drop famous names, promote his own PR spinner, and advertise a hit TV show."

6. And now about Yusef:

"Yusef Jackson's beer distributorship stocked all of the big spots," the Tribune reports. "Wrigley Field. The United Center. And the River North night-life district.

"But in an interview Friday, he said it wasn't enough. He felt fenced in by the boundaries set by Anheuser-Busch decades ago, which prohibited him from selling Budweiser in the suburbs. And even though he had broadened his portfolio to include craft beers, they weren't enough to sustain the business like he wanted.

"'We attempted to get scale by selling (non-Anheuser-Busch) brands into the suburban areas,' Jackson, 43, said. 'It was not effective long term. We needed to have actual scale, meaning market share in the suburbs . . . The traditional boundaries cut many, many years ago are not as effective in today's marketplace.'

"That's why he said he plans to sell his company, River North Sales & Service, to Byron Trott's BDT Capital Partners and the Hand family, veteran Tennessee beer distributors, in a deal Jackson announced Thursday."

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"In most parts of the country, Budweiser, Bud Light and other Busch brands dominate the market. But in Chicago, MillerCoors is the historic leader, making the region one of the most competitive beer markets in the country."

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From Crain's:

"Chicago investment banker Byron Trott's BDT Capital Partners LLC will join with Hand Family Cos. of Clarksville, Tenn., to buy distributor ownership stakes that allow them to dominate Chicago-area sales of Anheuser-Busch products such as Budweiser and Bud Light."

7. Chicago Lawyer Convicted In 'Largest Tax Fraud In History.'

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"Paul Daugerdas practices an aggressive brand of tax law," Paul Braverman reported for a 2003 American Lawyer cover story called Helter Shelter. "His reward: untold millions in fees, some nasty lawsuits, and the IRS on his case. Meet the poster boy for the tax shelter mess."

8. Google's highest-ranking executive in Chicago.

9. The Weekend In Chicago Rock.

Featuring: Kate Nash, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Skating Polly, Shana Vaughan, My Bloody Valentine, Mannequin Men, Eyehategod, Manilla Road, Harbinger, Steve Vai, Edgar Allan Ectoplasm, The Color Morale, We Came As Romans, Beats Antique, Rusko, Drive-By Truckers, Kansas, and Mayday Parade.

10. Bears-Packers Betting Preview.

Take the Packers and the Under.

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The Beachwood Tip Line: Mayday parade.



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Posted on November 4, 2013


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