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The [Monday] Papers

"Aldermen can no longer take advantage of the Chicago Cubs' offer to buy playoff tickets at face value, city ethics officials ruled Friday," DNAinfo Chicago reports.

"The offer constitutes a 'prohibited gift' under the city's ethics rules because the tickets are available to the public at a much higher price, according to the revised policy issued Friday by William Conlon, chairman of the Chicago Board of Ethics."

It's not just the reduced cost that is the issue - it's the availability of a ticket without going through normal channels in the first place.

But the ever keen-eyed Tim Willette spotted something in this article even more interesting to our eyes:

The new policy would only allow aldermen to buy the tickets at face value if they performed a "ceremonial duty" such as throwing out the first pitch, marching onto the field with other officials or making a speech.

Asks Tim:

Do first-pitch throwers ordinarily have to buy a ticket if they want to watch the game? What about the national anthem singer? I kind of assumed they got to stick around gratis.

Really! You get invited to throw out the first pitch but you gotta buy your own ticket?! C'mon, Cubs!

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The Cubs this morning withdrew their offer to public officials, by the way.

So far, though, team spokesman Julian Green has declined to comment, saying that the team is focused on winning the series.

Right - you wouldn't want to distract Jon Lester as he prepares to pitch in Game 1 on Tuesday night. Do the Cubs make the players work in the ticket office too?

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Judging by the quotes in this morning's article, I know one alderman who was planning to accept the Cubs' generous offer and now won't be attending the World Series.

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"Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) accused the Board of Ethics of forcing the issue with a pair of rulings, one more stringent than the next after rookie Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th) publicly condemned the offer as a conflict of interest," the Sun-Times reports.

"I went to every home game when the White Sox went to the World Series. Paid face value for the tickets and there was not a problem.

Well, it wasn't a problem for you! But some unlucky fan out there was, um, out of luck because you got to jump the line - and at face value. That's a rather expensive gift, given how much tickets are going for.

"'And now, we let one aldermen make a comment that this isn't fair who's not even a sports fan,' Beale said angrily."

Well, Mr. Beale, you're the chairman of the transportation committee and you don't know anything about transportation, so consider it even.

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FYI:

"Beale on August 24, 2009 became the second alderman to concede his daughter was admitted (in 2004) to an elite free public college prep high school, Whitney Young High School, after he called principal Joyce Kenner."

Well, he's a fan, so it's okay.

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Special Edition Beachwood Photo Booth
By Helene Smith.

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The Cub Factor: All-Star Curse
A Kansas City Royal hit a home run in a pretend game three months ago to spoil the Cubs' storybook ending.

Coffman's Curse
"I'm one of the guys who the camera lingered on the next night when we all knew the team was going down again."

Cubsageddon TV
Cultures collide.

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The Weekend In Chicago Rock
Featuring: ONO, Telecult Powers, Chook Race, Green Day, Phantogram, The Interrupters, Brother StarRace, BrandX, Skeletonwitch, Oathbreaker, Earthmover, Organsm, Post Malone, Malaa X Rezz, VNV Nation, Tegan and Sara, Soft Speaker, Los Temerarios, Mason Jennings, Davy Knowles, Sum 41, As It Is, Mana, The Split Squad, Beans on Toast, Will Varley, Oceano, Supernatural Beings, and Boss' Daughter.

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Chicagoetry: Down The South Branch Of My Mind
Where things open up a little.

TrackNotes: Woof
Dog days, a cat and the Breeders' Cup.

Garbage Wars
The Chicago politics of waste management.

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BeachBook

Artist Re-Creates Civil Rights Icon In Minnesota Field.

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TweetWood
A sampling.

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Dear Chicago newspapers: Respect 90.

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The Beachwood Tronc Line: Tronc woo line woo.



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Posted on October 24, 2016


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