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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
"Fifty years after the Civil Rights Act became law, the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. on Sunday called on African-Americans to dwell less on prayer and instead focus on taking matters into their own hands in the continuing fight for equality," the Sun-Times reports.

"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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Stand Against Spying
Congressional grades and airship activism.

The Cub Factor: Warped Tour Continues
The Cubs had a rare Sunday off due to worries that congestion from the Pride parade would be too much for the city to bear, as well as the fact that the Cubs don't deserve to play on a day devoted to pride.

The Internet's Own Boy
The story of Highland Park's Aaron Swartz.

Duke Sucks
Find out why in The Chambers Report's return to the Beachwood.

The White Sox Report: Against Clubhouse Chemistry
For on-field performance.

Elephant And Worm vs. Comcast
Saving Chicago public access TV.

SportsMonday: MLB Asleep At The Switch
Don't look back 'cause soccer is gaining on you.

The Weekend In Chicago Rock
Featuring: Twin Peaks, Regular Fucked Up People, The Boxers, Gravity Waves, The Wet, Son of a Gun, Karen Clark-Sheared, Anthony Brown & Group Therapy, Moses Tyson Jr., Mississippi Mass Choir, Will Phalen, Dreezy, The Lucks, Mary Allen and the Percolators, Side/Action, The Opposition Party, Ringo Starr, Naked Raygun, the Dead Kennedys, Al Scorch, Ziggy Marley, Max Schneider, The Stone Foxes, Gareth Emery, Dark Star Orchestra, The Unswept, Empire of the Sun, A Great Big World, and Johnnyswim.

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BeachBook
* Members Of Chicago-To-Cleveland Heroin Pipeline Case Start Appearing In Court.

* Obama: Wrong On Cell Phone Searches And More.

* Obama's TPP Trade Officials Received Hefty Bonuses From Big Banks.

* Chicago Developer Takes On $1 Billion Union Square Redevelopment.

In Boston.

* Illinois Legislative Watchdog Steps Down.

A far more interesting interview than that headline suggests; go read it.

* Debunking The Conventional Wisdom About Conventions.

* The Making Of Teddy Goalsevelt.

He's Chicago ad man Mike D'Amico.

* Logan Square Artist Censored By Local Landlord.

At Milwaukee Avenue Arts Fest.

* Oz-Some Flying House Starts Tales Spinning.

Thanks to a Chicago storm-chaser.

* Heart 'O' Chicago Tote Bag.

* Black Science Blog.

South Side proprietor.

* Despite Food Network Win, Taco Stand Struggles.

Traffic slow at West Dundee food court.

* The Deafening Silence of Chicago's Beethoven Festival Musicians.

Afraid to ask for pay.

* Airline Crash Lawyer Defends Here Ways.

Chicago's Monica Kelly.

* Derrick Rose Is A Douche.

And after all those grades we changed for him.

* The NSA Revelations All In One Chart.

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Posted on June 30, 2014


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