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The [Monday] Papers

"David Vitale, the president of the Chicago Board of Education, runs a bank that stands to benefit from a proposal for a new charter school that's set to come before the school board for approval later this month," the Sun-Times reported Friday.

Well, okay, but who's to say Vitale has anything to do with it?

"Vitale would not comment. Reached on his cellphone, he said he would call back but didn't. He didn't reply to subsequent messages. Nor did he respond to questions e-mailed to him about how the charter school group found a building that his bank has foreclosed on and the propriety of CPS approving a deal that would benefit the bank."

Benefit of the doubt revoked.

Cal City Chase Tragedy
A Tribune investigation of [a fatal] March 14 chase found that the officer who initiated it had been fired from or forced out of five of the seven most recent departments for which he worked," the paper reported Saturday.

"The chase not only violated department policy, but it started with an error in checking the license plate, making it appear that the van might be stolen. And along the way, a supervisor showed what one expert called lackadaisical oversight as the chase ended in tragedy."

Great work, sad story; go read it.

Wanna Save Lives? Build Peotone
A little thing I wrote over at Crain's.

Council Wars
City council inspector general says more than 60 investigations are underway.

Even I find that hard to believe, though I get that many of those investigations may not amount to much at all. But that averages out to more than one per alderman! Of course, being an average, we can surmise that some aldermen are the subject of multiple inquiries while perhaps a half dozen at best are in the clear.

At the same time, Faisal Khan is no Joe Ferguson.

Sigh, Man
Did Sheila Simon really add anything of value with her personal account of the Bud Billiken Parade shooting?

Geez, Judy Baar Topinka should demand equal time - not that she needs it.


Reminder: see the item here "The Answer Is Yes."

Obama World
"President Obama spent much of the 2012 campaign railing against private equity and its poster boy, Mitt Romney. Now his close pal Marty Nesbitt is running a Chicago-based private equity firm that includes at least one former member of his Administration, and also has raised money from a public pension fund in Illinois," the Fortune reports.

"Nesbitt is best-known for founding airport parking company The Parking Spot with current U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker (the company has since been sold), and for his decades-old friendship with Obama. Fortune first reported on his firm, called Vistria Group, back in January. Now we have some additional information."

You'll have to click through to learn more, but really, haven't you learned enough?

The Beachwood Radio Hour
Harold's Chicken Shacks Are Wack And So Is The News.

Also in this episode: LaShawn Ford WTF. State Troopers Deployed By Quinn, Emanuel Campaigns. The Real Reasons Walgreens Didn't Invert. The Week In Juvenile Justice. Race Theorist Abe Lincoln. Cubs Cupboard Wasn't Bare After All. This Weekend's Worst Person In Illinois.

SportsMonday: Being Martellus Bennett
Lesson learned?

The White Sox Report: Dunn Saga Dunn
The future Adam is Eaton - if he can stay healthy.

The Cub Factor
Will appear on Tuesday.

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour
Bears Play Pretend Game.

Also in this episode: Javy Time. The White Sox Report. Offseason Kaner.

The Weekend In Chicago Rock
Featuring: Phox, Miami Doritos, Flesh Lights, Basement Family, Chaka Khan, Nothing More, Patrick Sweany, Mimicking Birds, Novembers Doom, REO Speedwagon with Chicago, Alice Cooper, Motley Crue, The Baseball Project, The Cult, Abandon Jalopy w/Nico Hoon, Griffin House, Machine Gun Kelly, Chain and the Gang, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Capital Cities, Cosmic Gate w/Kristina Antuna, and Katy Perry.

* Glencoe Police Blotter: Missing Bearded Dragon Lizard Named Lizzy.

* Illinois State Fair Lowers Prices For Robin Thicke.

* Does Hosting The Olympics Actually Pay Off?

Hint: No.

* Rahm's Infrastructure Trust Fiasco.




The Beachwood Tip Line: Garbage in, garbage out.


Posted on August 11, 2014

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BOOKS - All About Poop.


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