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The [Monday] Papers

"Mayor Rahm Emanuel has used personal e-mail accounts to communicate with top government and political figures, including through his own custom e-mail domain that's similar to the one Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton used on a private e-mail server as secretary of state," the Tribune reports.

Lock him up!

"Emanuel registered his personal e-mail domain, rahmemail.com, on May 16, 2011 - the same day he was sworn into office as Chicago's mayor, records show."

A personal e-mail domain, huh? Paging Russia, we have an assignment for you!

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"That personal account surfaced among thousands of hacked e-mails from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta posted by WikiLeaks late last month. A subsequent search for the mayor's e-mail domain in 30,000 e-mails released by the State Department earlier this year found that Emanuel used the same account to communicate with Clinton when she was secretary of state."

New project idea: RahmLeaks. Who's with me?

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Now here's the crux of the matter:

"In Illinois, government business conducted via e-mail by a public official is subject to the state's open records law. Several Chicago Tribune Freedom of Information Act requests since Emanuel took office have turned up little to no e-mail communications from the mayor on his government e-mail accounts.

"The Tribune sued Emanuel in September 2015, alleging that the mayor violated state open records laws by refusing to release communications about city business conducted through personal e-mails and text messages.

"In late May, a Cook County judge denied Emanuel's motion to dismiss the lawsuit, declaring that the mayor's e-mails, texts and other communications are not exempt from disclosure simply because they are transmitted over personal devices. The case is still pending."

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Now let's do something the Trib didn't for this article: Go back to Rahm's 2012 interview with the paper's inestimable David Kidwell in which Rahm argued, among other things, that e-mails were like private phone calls and thus none of the public's business. The relevant excerpts:

DK: So, as you know, I've been the person in charge of following your transparency pledge and we've been writing stories about it and I'm now sort of getting to the end of this e-mail thing, this correspondence. And I am curious whether or not you personally have ever received or read anything with the words "speed camera" in it? Have you ever sent an e-mail or ever received an e-mail with the words . . .

RE: Can't tell you.

DK: How do you communicate with your staff?

RE: Here's the thing. We have two different things so this is going to be an awkward conversation. You're into transparency. I have a list of everything I have ever made in this government in nine months transparent, which I am sure will see not the single light of day in your story.

What I understood, you wanted e-mails, which I happen to think are phone conversations on paper, electronic, that's really what e-mail is. I thought you were interested, or at least that was the point and the spirit of the conversation, how I govern, how I manage and how I make a decision. Now if that's the case, I have a lot I want to talk about. That's transparency, that's nine months worth of work. In only nine months taking on 40 years of history, and I'm not done. I've got another 3 1/2 years. You'll make a judgment along the way at the end did we move the ball forward in making city government more transparent. I think that record, that is voluminous, speaks about the nine months worth of work.

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DK: The question is whether or not you have conducted city business through e-mail or on your phone or on your . . . ?

RE (interrupting): I have a cellphone. I call my staff on my cellphone. That's the answer.

DK: And you e-mail them?

RE: I have a government e-mail, I deal with it. I assume it's a government e-mail.

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DK: Do you avoid e-mail? Do you tell people, don't e-mail me? Do you have a . . .

RE: Again, you want to know how I set goals and hold people accountable. I have cards I write every other day what I've got to get done. I showed you what the president wrote.

DK: Is there a policy on e-mailing you or you e-mailing other people?

RE: No.

DK: I mean, is there . . . You have to understand why it's confusing to us that you, in our log of e-mails, you are completely absent.

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DK: Well I am just curious whether there's a . . . According to Jenny Hoyle and Sarah, you don't have an e-mail account either, on any of these issue we've asked about.

RE: Well look, I have given you what I have in public. Look, you already know what you are going to do and so here's what we got. You are going to decide to narrow the definition of transparent.

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RE: Look I'll tell you. I have a wide circle of people I continue to talk to, OK, and seek advice. I don't ignore it.

DK: Is most of that by the phone?

RE: Yeah, a lot. Anybody will tell you. It's been written about so it's not like - you've done enough profile stories. I am an aggressive worker of the phone.

DK: But you do have an e-mail. Some of it gets done by e-mail?

RE: That's a phone conversation in my view.

DK: Do you think under the law, under the public records law, they are the same thing?

RE: I believe, and I am not talking about the law, I believe that a large part of what is done by e-mail, yes, no, OK, is all like a phone call. It's not like what you guys think is a written memo.

DK: And therefore it should be privileged?

RE: No, you are not putting words in my mouth. Don't do that.

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See also: The item Redaction Rahm in The [Wednesday] Papers.

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Beachwood Photo Booth: Endorsement
You say you want a revolution.

Jonathan Pie's Idiot's Guide To The Election
Wealthy, corrupt businessman vs. wealthy, corrupt politician.

U.S. Manufacturing Fails Employers And Workers
"Factories in the countryside are distant from pools of unemployed workers in cities. Drug tests are disqualifying more applicants. Low wages discourage others from taking jobs that are available, and employers say tougher immigration enforcement makes it difficult to fill many low-wage jobs."

It doesn't look good, folks.

The Midwest's 'Go-Go' Farmers Have A Hangover
"A Reuters analysis of federal data on agricultural lending in the grain-producing 'I-states' - Illinois, Indiana and Iowa - shows that delinquency rates on farmland and production loans are rising sharply."

It doesn't look good, folks.

Why Birds, Chimps & Urban Waste Grounds Matter
Ecosystems and ethics.

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From the Beachwood sports desk . . .

Post-Cubs Chicago
"No movie, concert, symphony, opera, play or museum can top this," our very own Roger Wallenstein writes. "But the Cubs' success doesn't make Rahm more likable."

TrackNotes: Streaks
The Breeders' Cup brought together enough stars to force you to pull out the GPS to find a value wager.

Beachwood Sports Radio: Cubs 'Mystique' Was Real
And now, thank god, it's over. Including: Thank God It Didn't Get Away; Rally Caps; Kris Bryant's Greatest (And Most Telling) Moment; Baseball's Most Famous Rain Delay; and Most Memorable Game Ever.

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From the Beachwood music desk . . .

The Weekend In Chicago Rock
Featuring: The Gories, Saul Hernandez, Letters To Cleo, Spafford, John and Billy Prine, The Avett Brothers, Simple Simon, Kansas, ARW, Lulu Be., Yelawolf, Sick/Tired, Halo Circus, Dokken, and Attila.

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Catching up with . . .

The Week In Chicago Rock
Featuring: LANY, Grün Wasser, Rik Emmett, Skinny Lister, Lincoln Durham, Asking Alexandria, Upon A Burning Body, Bad Omens, Born of Osiris, Culture Club, State Champs, Jim Strong, Lord Mute, Liam Hayes, and Destroyer.

The Weekend In Chicago Rock
Featuring: Lupe Fiasco, Low, Samantha Fish, Meshuggah, Todd Poole, Anthony Corder, Babylon A.D., Pretty Boy Floyd, Stephen Pearcy, Tango Down, Danger Danger, King Of The Hill, Tuff, Phil Lewis's L.A. Guns, Jetboy, Jack Russell's Great White, Amy Rigby, AM Taxi, Bow Wow Now, Local H, Damaged Goods, Coin, Reel Big Fish, and mewithoutYou,

The Week In Chicago Rock
Featuring: Neon Indian, Classixx, Johnny Gioeli, Enuff Z'Nuff, Satan's Hollow, Consider The Source, Joyner Lucas, Counter Intuits, Flasher, NRBQ, Peter Groch, Lucas Gillan, Adrienne Schroeder, Cam, Rented Rooms, Kero Kero Bonito, Gabe Janky & Friends, Plum Creek, Hinds, The Susan Voelz Experience, Bad Cop Bad Cop, Necromonkey, The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra, Failure, Chris Bolint, Cooled Out Babies, Gnash, Loverboy, Rorey Carroll, Billy Bragg, Purge Giraffe, No Men, Slushy, Teenage Fanclub, and Nots.

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BeachBook

Molly Ivins in 1996: 'U.S. Elections Make Me Want To Vomit.'

Right then, right now.

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Ricketts Fortune Backing Trump.

Go Cubs Go!

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TweetWood
A sampling.

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The Beachwood Tronc Line: Lock him up.



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