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The [Monday] Papers

1. 3 Failed Gambles Led To Timberwolves Firing Tom Thibodeau.

"As the Thibodeau era unfolded, though, his red flags and hang-ups won out over his bona fides. His arrival didn't transform the Timberwolves' poor defense, which ranked 27th and 26th, respectively, in his first two seasons. His all-gas, no-brakes approach to playing time led Towns and Wiggins to rank among the league's leaders in minutes, even as their play - particularly in fourth quarters - suggested signs of exhaustion. Perhaps most importantly, his role as head of basketball operations did not reveal a kinder, gentler side or a more wide-angle approach. Instead, the gruff coach emerged as a gruff executive, with little interest in making allies within the organization and no interest in overseeing a slow-and-steady construction project."

In other words, Thibodeau hasn't learned a thing. He has shown no growth. He is not NBA head coaching material - much less NBA executive material. He is who he is, full stop.

2. Aldermen, Mayoral Candidates Trip Over Themselves To Propose Ethic Reform.

"First came Ald. Joe Moore (49th), who traded his political independence for a committee chairmanship doled out by Mayor Rahm Emanuel . . . "

Check, please! We've seen all we need to see here today.

3. War And Politics: My Story With Speaker Madigan.

"I share this story because millions of dollars were spent during the last campaign cycle vilifying a man in a manner hitherto unheard of. I worked with and against that man on various legislative issues. I found him to be tough but fair. Our disagreements were never personal. Rather, they were restricted to the merits of the issue. And in my time of need, a time of war, that man, Speaker Michael J. Madigan, extended a hand because it was the right thing to do."


I'm certainly (still) no fan of Michael Madigan, but I thought this story was worth sharing. (h/t: @dmihalopoulos)

4. State Flags North Shore Towns For Shortage Of Affordable Housing.

"Multiple towns along the North Shore are among 46 Illinois communities that have been informed they must submit affordable housing plans to the state by mid 2020 because less than 10 percent of their housing stock is considered affordable . . .

"Less than 5 percent of the housing stock was considered affordable in some towns along the North Shore, including Kenilworth, Glencoe, Winnetka, Northfield and Lake Bluff. The village of Northbrook registered at 5.7 percent and the village of Glenview at 7.3 percent."

5. I'm A Chicago Teacher Who Has Watched Many Javions Fall Through the Cracks. Here's What Would Help.

"As a Chicago Public School teacher and librarian for the past 15 years, I've seen many students fall through the cracks.

"I remember the young man who sat in my class at the beginning of his senior year, eager to learn. By the end he was failing, having missed over 30 days of school for reasons unknown to me. Or the sophomore girl who transferred out after displaying behavior and academic problems. I saw her years later on the Chicago Tribune's mugshot webpage.

"Both of these students came to mind when I read Adeshina Emmanuel's story about Javion Grayer, a 16-year-old Chicago student who reads at the second grade level . . . "


New on the Beachwood today . . .

Parsing Parkey Pique
Just what are these emotions we're feeling?


Late add . . .

SportsMonday: Gut-Punch
"As the ball sailed toward the upright, I started to slide down in my chair . . . "



Learning my manners on the L from r/chicago





Voa até Chicago com o Double Big Mac


A sampling.

Midwest Utilities Made Big Renewable Energy Moves In 2018.


The Strange, Sordid History Of The World's First Nude Female Statue.


Digital Privacy Is A Big Concern In Europe. For This Reporter, Too.


A sampling.

By the time Mueller is done, he's gonna tie all the world's scandals together in a Theory of Everything and we're gonna learn Trump's been at the center of all of 'em. Then, we drive a stake through his heart.







The Beachwood McRibTipLine: Glutton for punishment.


Posted on January 7, 2019

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