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The [Thursday] Papers

Now that was a debate!

An actual exchange of policy and theory - you hardly ever knew a moderator was there.

And the split-screen ruled!

We've got what you want over on Division Street today - our new installment of Mystery Debate Theater. It's pretty good.

Crocodile Tears
Robert Vanecko - the nephew's mayor - has a lot of nerve. He refuses to answer the entreaties of Sun-Times reporter Tim Novak for more than a month, then writes a letter to the editor after a story involving him appears in the paper complaining that Novak got it all wrong.


Vanecko's excuse for not getting back to Novak is that "it's been a crazy 10 days," as he said in a story published yesterday.

But the truth is, Vanecko has a history of not answering the media's inquiries.

What Vanecko doesn't seem to understand is that he's not subject to scrutiny merely because his uncle is Richard M. Daley; it's because he's landing millions of dollars in city contracts including the investment of pension funds in risky deals. He would be worthy of scrutiny if his best-known relative was Joe the Plumber - and with public funds comes the responsibility to answer the public's questions.

Ace Rothstein Is Dead

Budget Games
Among the budget cuts proposed by Mayor Daley: No more free jumping jacks for neighborhood festivals. I kid you not. I don't know what it means either.

FROM GARRY JAFFE 2:05 P.M.: They're those inflated little playhouse like things that kids climb into & jump up & down in. The city must rent them & then brings them & sticks them in the middle of the street. I wonder which of Daley's relatives has the contract.


Fines on ovedue library books would also double - form 10 cents a day to 20 cents.


Best Seinfeld one-off character ever.


Luna Retro


Programming Note
That's all for today, this week has been insane. Tomorrow I'll be back with a full column and new stuff all around the site.


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Posted on October 16, 2008

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