The [Thursday] Papers
Is Tony Rezko afraid of getting whacked?
I had somewhat similar thoughts as Mark Brown yesterday upon hearing about the weirdest aspect of the Rezko verdict.
"I'm saddened by today's verdict. This isn't the Tony Rezko I knew, but now he has been convicted by a jury on multiple charges that once again shine a spotlight on the need for reform. I encourage the General Assembly to take whatever steps are necessary to prevent these kinds of abuses in the future."
A) I meant I'll leave that up to John Kass and the General Assembly.
"'I have a $2 billion budget deficit on my desk. I've got to get back to work,' he said. And then he returned to his private offices."
A) And turned on a replay of the previous night's Cubs game.
This was the count that the jury almost deadlocked on, sending a note to the judge at one point saying it could not reach a decision.
It was also just one of 24 counts the jury had to consider.
Is that the way "cynics" see it, or is that actually reality? Seems to me the cynics are the ones in the cozy club - and the shoulder-shrugging members of the media who rejoice in their own sense of savvy by knowing the intricacies of how the game is played.
The Road From Ryan
"First, when campaign contributions are mixed with official government business (such as in the sale of truck licenses for contributions) the results can be toxic and tragic. Second, when insiders who are not on the government payroll are granted authority in government decision-making (such as awarding lucrative real estate and consulting contracts), government loses accountability. Decisions are based on the insiders' agenda, not the public's," writes former federal prosecutor Patrick Collins.
"Sadly, it appears these lessons have fallen on deaf ears."
* I live-blogged the Rezko announcement coverage on CLTV.
Off The Rails
"Apparently United States Olympic Committee Chairman Peter Ueberroth was on target this spring when he said the Chicago bid is nowhere near being No. 1 in the race for the Summer Games."
The CTA is clearly one of the biggest problems with the Chicago bid - though the IOC is concerned about holes in the entire transportation grid.
"The city's application said Chicago plans to spend $27 billion on road and transit projects by 2016, the report noted. But it specifically listed only $2.7 billion in actual work planned.
"Chicago also fell flat in describing how it would help Olympic spectators travel from venue to venue.
"'The working group had difficulty in identifying the location of transport projects and therefore assessing the coherence between transport projects and the Olympic Games concept,' the report said.
"It also noted that the sports venues along the lakefront were a long distance from rail stations."
Here's what one his commenters said, and his response:
"Does the Sun Times really need this kind of blog? Have we not reached the point where a major newspaper won't offer a forum for someone who both thinks women are secondary to men (created apparently as an afterthought to comfort men) and places same-sex love, which this dude clearly doesn't get, on a par with bestiality and pederasty?
"Banks' response: Homosexuals are no more evil than adulterers, fornicators, thieves, liars, murderers, haters and any other sinners."
Question for Banks: Does the J. stand for Jesus?
The Beachwood Tip Line: Come all ye sinners.
Posted on June 5, 2008
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