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The [Thursday] Papers

By Steve Rhodes

First things first: I think everyone taking the Which Chicago Neighborhood Should You Live in quiz on Facebook should know that the app seems programmed to return "Edison Park" to everybody regardless of your answers.

Now on to the news.

Zell's Hell
I don't have much to say about Sam Zell's admission that buying Tribune Co. was a mistake, except to say that understanding your business is a key requisite to managing it. And frankly, Zell still doesn't understand his business. And we're all paying the price.


On the other hand, how many media executives these days do understand their business?

Blago The Bookie?
The former governor threatens to sue mob turncoat and FBI informant Robert Cooley over the allegation.

Big Men In Lyons
Trustee Richard Schuppe and Mayor David Visk take time out from making racial jokes to plot against voters who turned Visk out.

Olympic Whopper
Jay Levine reported on CBS2 last night that a new study shows that losing Olympic bid cities still increase their trade dramatically (I think he said by 30 percent) just by competing. So, you know, we may win by losing.

That's funny. I have a study that shows cities that bid for the Olympics end up with increases in crime, property taxes, losing baseball teams, bouts of the flu, right turns on red, broken thumbs, deaths from rare spider bites, tornadoes and uncurbed dogs. Oh, and a dramatic lowering of media IQ.

Is Blago A Flight Risk?
A judge will have to decide because the ex-governor's proposed reality show is in Costa Rica. Beachwood legal correspondent Sam Singer takes a look.

No CPS Killings Here
In fact, students are safest within school walls.

The New Todd Stroger
Not selling any better than the old one.

Pimp King Daddy
I'm far from a prude, but I think those Burger King square-butt ads are just too creepy for kids too.

United Cuts Fat
Who's next? A few suggestions.

Joe Cari Is Blogging
And you won't believe what he has to say.

One More Time
The mayor as Nelson Muntz.

I just really like the image.

I wrote this week that to my knowledge no other media outlet had picked up on our investigation into city council committees meeting without quorums or keeping minutes or even attendance records. It was brought to my attention that WLS-AM interviewed reporters Erica Christoffer and Becky Schlikerman. I seem to recall that one or both may have also appeared on WBEZ. But no media - as far as I know - actually followed up on the reporting of the story.

Scotland Yard Gospel Choir
An orchestrated punk sound of relationships ending and there's nothing but black humor and rock and roll to save you. In Bloodshot Briefing.

Cab #5364
Enjoy him while you can, because he's moving back to Bosnia. What he's going to miss here, can you tell him? Working 80, 90 hours a week? Pay this, pay that? No thank you. He have crazy ride sometimes, you know?

Chicago's Anti-CNN Tea Party


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Posted on April 16, 2009

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