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The [Monday] Papers

1. Wendy's Watching.

"A class-action lawsuit has been filed in Illinois against fast food restaurant chain Wendy's accusing the company of breaking state laws in regards to the way it stores and handles employee fingerprints," ZDNet reports.

The lawsuit was filed on September 11, in a Cook County court, according to a copy of the complaint obtained by ZDNet.

The complaint is centered around Wendy's practice of using biometric clocks that scan employees' fingerprints when they arrive at work, when they leave, and when they use the Point-Of-Sale and cash register systems.

Plaintiffs, represented by former Wendy's employees Martinique Owens and Amelia Garcia, claim that Wendy's breaks state law - the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) - because the company does not make employees aware of how the company handles their data.

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Interlude:

Illinois has the toughest biometric law in the country, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, but it is seemingly under constant attack from the business lobby.

"If Congress passes the industry's wish list, it won't just kill the California privacy law," EFF says. "It will also preempt Illinois' biometric privacy law, which landed Facebook in a class action lawsuit for allegedly collecting facial data without permission."

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Back to Wendy's:

"[T]he lawsuit claims that Wendy's does not inform employees in writing of the specific purpose and length of time for which their fingerprints were being collected, stored, and used, as required by the BIPA, and nor does it obtain a written release from employees with explicit consent to obtain and handle the fingerprints in the first place."

2. Truckers Trumped.

"Cedar Electronics has been selling CB radios to American truckers since the 1960s, helping connect the workers who keep the U.S. economy rolling. But these days Cedar's business isn't exactly trucking along," the Washington Post reports.

"The Chicago-headquartered company is racing around Asia looking for other countries to host its manufacturing, after the radios Cedar makes in China and brings to the United States were hit with one of the Trump administration's 25 percent tariffs this summer, making them more expensive to import."

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Cedar is located at 6500 West Cortland Street. Their brands include Cobra, Escort and Snooper.

3. Latest CPS Bungle: Nurses.

"Background checks that sidelined a number of nurses caring for Chicago Public Schools students at the start of the year have made an already tenuous nursing situation worse, a number of parents say," the Sun-Times reports.

"And recent instructions managers gave to some CPS nurses encouraging them to cut back on care for some kids with diabetes 'due to the significant number of newly diagnosed students who require daily nursing services' adds new worry to families of schoolchildren with chronic conditions."

I mean, really? What is there to say, except, do humans work at CPS?

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"Parents say problems keeping nurses who are trained in students' specific needs date back to when CPS shifted many of its nursing needs to private agencies. That led to a revolving door of agency nurses in many schools without a permanent school nurse, turnover which has posed dangers to kids, they say."

Emphasis mine to be clear about what appears to be the root of the problem.

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"There were days I pulled them out of school because there was no nurse, or the nurse who showed up knew so little about Type 1 diabetes, I thought there could be danger," said Catherine Diedrich, whose two daughters have the disease that can be fatal without careful and regular blood sugar monitoring.

"Her younger daughter was once severely overdosed by an agency nurse, who overrode the child's pump to give her several times more insulin than her body could stand, said Diedrich, who had to rush to the rescue."

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"CPS's press office didn't respond to any questions about its nursing situation, except to update the number of nurses cleared for work after a new round of districtwide background checks.

"Questions included how many students didn't receive services during the first week of school when 37 CPS and agency nurses were benched pending further investigation into their backgrounds. That's when spokeswoman Emily Bolton said district officials began 'adjusting staffing assignments to help ensure students receive necessary services.'

"The number had dropped from 37 to 21 as of Friday."

LOL, Emily Bolton, Democratic Party hack, you are Today's Worst Person In Chicago.

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"RCM Health Care Services, whom CPS has paid $13.6 million since 2015, couldn't be reached for comment."

You need to buy the $14 million package for access to spokespeople.

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More from Lauren FitzPatrick:

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The Political Odds
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"[S]o many local sports commentators spent the entire preseason telling us how smart Nagy is and how much potential Trubisky has that it isn't surprising expectations are way out of whack."

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A Classic Day At The Crosstown Classic With A Great, Great, Great Comiskey
"Previously I had not been aware of the inebriating effects of Bud Light. Obviously volume begins to play a role."

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The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #218: Maybe Joe Maddon Will Get Fired After All
The truth comes out about Brandon Morrow, the latest reliever the Cubs manager has ruined. Plus: Addison Russell Placed On Administrative Leave; Confounding Cubs; Mitch Trubinsky; NU & The Zips; and Post-Thibodeau Stress Disorder.

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ChicagoReddit

My dad driving off the Marina Towers parking garage in 1980. from r/chicago

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ChicagoGram

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ChicagoTube

John Singer Sargent at the Art Institute.

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BeachBook

Pastor John Kilpatrick Is Saving President Trump From Witchcraft.

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The Game Is Rigged: Congress Invites No Consumer Privacy Advocates To Consumer Privacy Hearing.

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TweetWood
A sampling.

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The Beachwood Tronc Line: Quantum.



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Posted on September 24, 2018


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