The [Monday] Papers
"Maybe yesterday was the day," our very own Jim "Coach" Coffman writes.
"Maybe on a cold blustery day in Cleveland Jay Cutler had a breakthrough. Or maybe it happened while he was out with groin and ankle injuries or when he returned to practicing full steam this past week. The main thing was this: The breakthrough had nothing to do with his performance on the field."
You'll have to click through to see what he's talking about.
60 Minutes We Can't Get Back
Investigative giant has become a hideous joke.
The [Bobby Rush] Papers
Today's CPS WTF
"Lake View High School must hire two new physical education teachers next year to meet a state requirement that was previously waived for 16 years - but without more funding, that means two other teachers must go," Serena Dai reports for DNAinfo Chicago.
Friday night dump.
"It's O'Hare International Airport's biggest contract ever, worth an estimated $300 million a year in food and beverage sales," Crain's reports.
"Would-be concessionaires have been waiting 18 months for a chance to land the business. They'll be waiting a lot longer.
"No bids will be awarded at O'Hare until after Chicago's next mayoral election, in February 2015, sources familiar with the city's bidding plans say."
Well, that would seem to indicate a political reason for the delay. Not so, some officials say.
"The chairman of the City Council's Aviation Committee, Ald. Michael Zalewski, says it might be costlier for the city to proceed any faster. The O'Hare deal, for example, could stretch for 20 years. 'I think what's important is to get it right," says Mr. Zalewski, whose 23rd Ward includes Midway. 'And if that means taking a little more time, getting everyone on the same page, then that . . . is the most important thing that we can do for the taxpayers.'"
Because the Emanuel administration is known for showing the patience necessary to get it right.
"The Alliance for Chicago Transformation has called on the Chicago City Council to vet Daniel Widawsky, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's choice for the post of City Comptroller," the Alliance says in a press release picked up by the Windy City Times.
Widawsky has contributed nearly $10,000 to Emanuel's election fund while his employer, billionaire Ken Griffin of Citadel Finance, gave another $105,300 to the mayor's campaign.
Griffin has donated large sums to conservative Republican candidates and causes, but said in a March 2013 interview with the Chicago Tribune's Melissa Harris regarding his support for Emanuel, "Rahm has done a fantastic job of engaging the business community in Chicago. ... [He] has been very solicitous for advice."
Byron Sigcho of ACT wonders what kind of advice Emanuel is getting.
"Widawsky is Citadel's in-house expert on the use of tax credits, especially the use of New Market Tax Credits, which enable developers and their investors to remediate heavily polluted sites known as brownfields, essentially without cost to them, and to use the cleaned up sites for profit.
"Chicago environmental organizations, especially The Environmental Law and Policy Center and The Pilsen Alliance, have struggled long and hard to close hazardous chemical-spewing plants, most notably coal-fired energy plants in Pilsen and Little Village. Are those efforts to be converted by the city from community-based victories to financial windfalls for companies with ties to the administration, and to the Office of Comptroller?"
Sigcho is especially concerned about relationships between Griffin's Citadel Limited Partnership LLC, and Dynegy Incorporated, a Texas energy corporation which has been involved in use of tax shelters in other contaminated sites throughout Illinois and the country. They are looking to acquire the Pilsen and Little Village sites.
"With at least $115,300 going to the Emanuel campaign fund from Citadel employees, followed by the Mayor's dissolution of the department responsible for oversight of environmental projects, now followed by the appointment of a Citadel employee to handle the city's money, we are calling on the Council and in particular aldermen Solis and Munoz of Pilsen and Little Village to make certain that there is no taint to this appointment," Sigcho said. "And we will be following up on this appointment as well as the fate of the sites in these Latino wards, as well as brownfield sites throughout the city."
"Widawsky joined Citadel in 2007. Previously, he was the tax director for GE Consumer Finance, which had operations in 54 countries. Prior to joining GE Consumer Finance in 2001, Mr. Widawsky was the tax director for NBC, a subsidiary of GE.
"Mr. Widawsky was tax counsel for CBS Corporation (previously known as Westinghouse Electric Corporation) from 1996 to 1998, and, began his career at Skadden Arps in Los Angeles and then New York from 1993 to 1996."
Checking Out Gone Girl
Ben Affleck aboard Ukrainian Village author's thriller.
Beachwood Holiday Party
Drinks on us.
The Weekend In Chicago Rock
Arbor Creek, Spacehog, Origin, Claw Toe, Distract, Halestorm, Redlight King, Epic Eric, the Breeders, Saves The Day, Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat, and the Rebirth Brass Band.
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Posted on December 16, 2013