The [Monday] Papers
"During his 12 years in politics, Sen. Barack Obama has received nearly three times more campaign cash from indicted businessman Tony Rezko and his associates than he has publicly acknowledged," the Sun-Times reports.
In particular, Obama relied on a cocktail party at Rezko's mansion in June 2003 to show he could compete in the U.S. Senate primary with fellow candidates Blair Hull and Dan Hynes.
"At the time of the party, the state was in the process of foreclosing on a low-income apartment building Rezko's company rehabbed in Obama's state Senate district - a rehab project on which Obama's law firm worked on," the Sun-Times reports. "Rezko had also abandoned many other low-income apartments, leaving numerous vacant units in need of major repairs."
It's all coming together.
"The city's lack of progress highlights how the mayor's environmentally friendly speeches failed to translate into aggressive action at City Hall."
You mean all that PR was just . . . PR? And reporters just . . . bought it?
"For instance, as Daley traveled around the country giving speeches that touted the city's involvement [with the Chicago Climate Exchange], staff members at the Department of Environment struggled to gather electricity and fuel bills to verify the city's emissions baseline and annual report," the Trib reports.
"Records show that officials fell well short of targets for curbing electricity usage by city buildings despite the construction of energy-efficient buildings and the installation of green roofs across the city."
Like the green roof on City Hall that makes so many reporters gush.
Ironically, some of the city's rising electricity demand came from the very buildings it was touting as energy-efficient.
Now, "taxpayers could be required to make up the difference" in greenhouse allowances from the Exchange.
City officials would only comment to the Trib via e-mail. I wonder if that takes more electricity than picking up the phone?
"And it's likely that evidence in Iraq will support either conclusion."
If you're a relativist or ideologue.
"That's because success and failure hinge on definitions and expectations - how much better or worse is Baghdad? - not to mention rough statistics and anecdotes that tell at best only a sliver of the story."
Like the one we're trying to tell.
As the Trib editorial says, the Bush administration is already looking at a "post-surge" strategy that would cut the U.S. presence there - in other words, to unsurge.
But I suppose that's a matter of how you define it.
Even the most hardened among us never learn.
The Trib says that with sarcasm. But it's true.
Lance Lewis, Tool of the Week.
"Later, when the mayor was asked if the 11 'no' votes bothered him, he engaged in a classic Daley deflection. 'No, I think public art is really important in Chicago,' he said. 'I think we need more of it.'
"'Right, but they don't like the way you're going to choose the artists,' said Fran Spielman of the Sun-Times.
"'I'm not choosing the artists. I'm not choosing the artists. [Cultural Affairs commissioner] Lois Weisberg is,' Daley said. 'We have more public art in Chicago than in most cities in the country. If you look at our public art, it's all over. I mean, it's really fantastic . . . '
"After several more minutes, the question was pressed again, this time at a much higher volume: Were you concerned with the 11 no votes?
"'No,' Daley said. 'No, no.' He hurried out of the room."
"The Trib Metro section last week ran an article on Taste of Chicago, with an accompanying photo that shows a handful of empty chairs surrounding a food-laden table. The caption: 'Taste of Chicago presented a sampling of its offerings to members of the media at a preview of the event on Tuesday.'
"There are no members of the media in the photo; there are no people in the photo, period. Do you supposed this is supposed to symbolize Tribune employees who've taken buy-outs?"
Joey the Clown
The Beachwood Tip Line: See the light.
Posted on June 18, 2007
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