The [Thursday] Papers
"Politicians were dancing and singing all along the Chicago Way on Wednesday, after U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald announced he would step down," John Kass writes for the Tribune.
"'I can hear the champagne corks popping all the way over here, and I'm in Virginia," said banker and Illinois' former U.S. Sen. Peter Fitzgerald (no relation), the Republican who sacrificed his political career by recommending Pat Fitzgerald."
Among those leading the roundup to chase Peter Fitzgerald out of the U.S. Senate because non-partisan approach to corruption: Ray LaHood. Who is now Barack Obama's Transportation Secretary.
Fitzgerald was the reform U.S. senator from Illinois that Obama never even came close to being. In fact, Fitzgerald was the reform state senator that Obama never was.
If you loved Patrick Fitzgerald, please understand how he got there - and how he would never have been appointed had it been up to Barack Obama instead of Peter Fitzgerald.
Some of Patrick Fitzgerald's targets - most famously governors Ryan and Blagojevich - complained that he criminalized politics by not differentiating between political fraud and fraud. That's backwards. The truth is that criminal justice has long been politicized in this town.
"When I ran for the Senate, Chicago politicians only cared about one thing: Who would I recommend to the president for the post of U.S. attorney?" Peter Fitzgerald told Kass. "Prominent attorneys, people I'd never talked to, called asking to be on the selection committee."
Combine Republicans from Springfield and Democrats at Richard Daley's City Hall and all their lickspittles insisted that Fitzgerald must choose a local lawyer.
I also profiled Peter Fitzgerald in 2001 - it was called Party Pooper - but that piece doesn't appear to be online.
Patrick Fitzgerald: I Won't Ever Run For Elective Office.
"Fitzgerald said complaints that elected officials can't know what's legal and what's not are off-base.
"As much as we hear how there's no notice of what an offense is, it seems like lots of people are shredding stuff, deep-sixing computers, burning zip drives in barbecue grills, that somehow they've figured out that what they were doing was wrong," Fitzgerald said.
Ah yes, the Barbecue of the Documents.
"[Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick] Collins would not comment Wednesday on his interest in the position," the Sun-Times reports. "However, when he left the U.S. attorney's office in 2006, Collins' going-away gift was a jacket embroidered with the words 'Assistant U.S. Attorney.] Even then, Collins put his finger over the word 'Assistant,' then smiled wide."
It's almost a no-brainer.
As opposed to appointing Anita Alvarez, which would just indicate no brains.
Memo to Robert Blagojevich: STFU.
And he lives outside the district. Perfect.
"All three candidates were asked how much of their own resources they were willing to commit to the effort. Tyson pledged $20,000 while the other two pledged $10,000 each."
And that's how you get to the statehouse.
"Byrd-Bennett will act as 'chief education advisor' to Chicago Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard to temporarily fill the gap left by the April 27 resignation of Chief Education Officer Noemi Donoso.
"She'll be paid $21,500 a month. If she works the entire 13 months allowed under a School Board report, Byrd-Bennett would earn $281,000 as an 'advisor.' That's more than the $195,000 annual salary Donoso received as chief education officer - and more than Brizard's $250,000 annual salary."
Life Lesson From The M&A Front
But for now I'll just stick with this comment from Van Lingle Mungo:
"Sun-Times owner buys Chicago Reader"
America Is Drowning
"The paper losses total almost $58 billion in lost equity in Cook, Kane, Lake, Will, DuPage, Kendall and McHenry counties, according to real estate site Zillow's negative equity report scheduled to be released Thursday.
"The number of underwater homeowners varies by county, as do the paper losses. In Cook County, 44.5 percent of homes with a mortgage are underwater, accounting for $37 billion in lost equity, according to Zillow's data."
In Cook County, 44.5 percent of homes with a mortgage are underwater.
Just let that sink in. No pun intended.
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