The [Monday] Papers
"A group representing city and suburban homeowners seeking relief from increasing airplane noise called today for Chicago Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino to resign or for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to fire her," the Tribune reports.
I doubt that's gonna happen, but Rahm needs to give her a swift kick in the butt.
Leaders of the Fair Allocation in Runways Coalition said they issued the demand because of "mounting frustration over the lack of response from Mayor Emanuel'' to meet with them to discuss possible remedies concerning "the ceaseless airplane noise'' since air-traffic patterns were changed last fall at O'Hare International Airport.
This is the sort of thing that gets mayors unelected. I mean, besides all the other things.
Alternate: Mayor Emanuel: Alienating Chicago one constituency at a time.
"But taking money from employees of those contractors? A different story by Emanuel's standards."
Emanuel banked $18,100 last December from attorneys at Sidley Austin LLP - six months after the Chicago law firm started working for the city on a heater case involving the Chicago Police Department.
I'm not sure if there's a connection but that's a pretty big loophole - one that Rahm doesn't want to discuss.
The BGA asked whether Emanuel would consider broadening the order to include employees of city vendors, too - plugging what's a pretty sizable loophole.
And so much - again - for the new transparency.
David Hoffman, the city's former inspector general, also is a partner at the firm (as well as a BGA board member). Hoffman endorsed Emanuel for mayor in February 2011, shortly before Hoffman joined Sidley Austin.
If Sidley is doing anything wrong, why is everyone there so afraid to talk?
A) They're doing something wrong.
B) They're afraid Rahm will get mad if they talk.
C) All of the above.
Sidley Austin had no comment.
Doesn't Sidley Austin sound like the nerdy superhero of an animated show on Adult Swim?
Anyway, clearly looting the joint:
IHSA executive director Marty Hickman received a $204,840 salary plus $16,528 in health insurance benefits, bringing his compensation to $221,368. The association also reported $77,198 in deferred compensation for Hickman, which he describes as "the present value of the pension benefit payable over my lifetime earned during that year."
IHSA officials are peddling the familiar refrain that salaries need to be high enough to attract and retain top talent. Does it seem like they are composed of top talent? Me and my buddies will do the job twice as well for half the pay.
Also, if every state high school association pays exorbitant salaries, they can all say they need to do it to compete against each other. It's a racket.
On Friday, for example, the Sun-Times reported:
Between 2006 and last year, profits from the tournament fell by 29 percent, government records filed by the IHSA show. Revenues - mostly from ticket sales - decreased by 17 percent between 2009 and last year.
That's not cool.
"Since it's not a government body, the IHSA isn't subject to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, which would require it to make public individual royalty and sponsorship agreements. Such deals netted the organization $647,633 last year."
Why isn't it a government body? It's governing agency of state high school athletics!
Finally, that revenue drop seems to indicate they're doing a lousy job:
"Even as pack-the-house players like Derrick Rose, Jabari Parker and Marcus Jordan led their teams to state titles in recent years, the Illinois High School Association has seen revenues and profits from its marquee state boys basketball tournament plummet."
High school basketball in Chicago is super hot. The IHSA is not.
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Posted on May 19, 2014
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