The [Monday] Papers
"Before he was paid more than $146,000 for work on Gov. Pat Quinn's scandal-plagued anti-violence initiative, Benton Cook III says he spent four years as a 'media production director' for political candidates," the Sun-Times reports.
"His biggest client, as it turns out, was his wife, Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown, records show."
Not that there's anything wrong with that - except for the sneaking suspicion that Brown found a way to increase her household income by transferring fundraising dollars to a shady job for her husband, much in the same way that Jesse Jackson Jr. paid his wife monthly consulting fees.
Beyond that, Cook comes off essentially as a scammer in this article. Go read it and come back; I'll be waiting.
Beat Up Brucey
"Praying will not get my relative out of jail. Praying will not get my student debt relieved. Praying will not get me a job," Jackson said, leading the congregation at the New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church, 754 E. 77th St., in a testimonial. "We are free, but not equal."
"But while Jackson called on African-Americans to continually strive for equal treatment, he directed special ire at members of the Republican Party who he said want to do away with government-sponsored social welfare programs.
"And he did so while Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner - who also spoke to the congregation Sunday - was in the church looking on."
Okay, but the best part is at the very end of the story:
"Jackson, a Democrat who twice ran for president in 1984 and 1988, said Rauner was a guest of the church's pastor. Jackson said he and Rauner had a 'courtesy' conversation earlier in the morning.
"He's working diligently to try to impress to people that he can identify with them," Jackson said of Rauner. "I respect what he's doing."
"On his way out of the church, Rauner was asked about his appearance at the event. 'We are visiting with church leaders around Chicago, talking about opportunities in education and, uh . . . ' he said, trailing off as a campaign staffer intervened.
"As he climbed into a car, Rauner did not respond when asked what he thought of Jackson's remarks from the pulpit."
Bruce Rauner began his remarks at the church by repeating his mantra that he wasn't a politician. He ended his visit dodging reporters with the help of a campaign staffer and a waiting car. That's your lead, folks!
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Posted on June 30, 2014
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