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"As the head of an Illinois nonprofit that provides care and job training to the disabled and elderly, James Starnes was required to report publicly that his compensation more than doubled over four years, eclipsing $428,000 in pay and benefits," the Tribune reports.

"But because his salary now comes from a private company he formed to run the day-to-day operations of the Galesburg charity, he didn't have to disclose publicly what he earned last year, Starnes said.

"'That's private information,' he said.

"The use of for-profit companies to manage nonprofits has grown increasingly common in Illinois, a practice that has permitted organizations relying heavily on state money to shield pay levels from public scrutiny, critics say."

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James Starnes, you are Today's Worst Person In Chicago.

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"Do I make pretty good money? Yes, I do," Starnes told the Trib. "Do I have a lot on my table? I have a huge amount on my table. I have 10,000 people that I care for every year in all of our entities. And so, you know, if you want to compare my job with the person that has a shelter that serves 23 families a year in a small town, I don't think they're comparable."

I've got news for you, Starnes: We've all got a lot on our table. It must be nice to have the kind of perks, privileges and support that go along with being a chief executive. Much harder to be disabled and elderly.

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"In his free time Jim enjoys motorcycling around the country, spending time and boating at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri and restoring collector cars."

Red Flag
To those aldermen - including Proco Chicken Moreno - suckered into believing the mayor's Infrastructure Trust would abide by the state's open meetings and freedom of information acts, the first worrisome sign:

"The mayor appointed all members of the trust's board, including Chairman James Bell, who recently retired as chief financial officer and executive vice president of Boeing Co. He and the other board members either could not be reached for comment or declined to comment."

Yeah, there's not gonna be a lot of commenting coming out of there.

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"The five-member board overseeing Mayor Rahm Emanuel's $1.7 billion Infrastructure Trust held its first meeting Thursday amid demands from its feistiest member to do what the mayor would not: give the city's inspector general carte blanche to investigate all Trust-funded project," the Sun-Times reports.

"During his four years as Chicago's inspector general, David Hoffman was a constant thorn in former Mayor Richard M. Daley's side. After briefly mulling his own run for mayor, Hoffman joined forces with Emanuel to propose ethics reforms and refused to criticize the mayor, even though Emanuel has not yet fully implemented those changes.

"On Thursday, Hoffman signaled that his days of sitting quietly on the sidelines may be coming to an end.

"He demanded that current Inspector General Joe Ferguson be empowered to investigate the Trust that will decide what projects to fund and what user fees to impose to guarantee five financing giants receive a sufficient return on their investment."

Hoffman is one of two board members not asked to serve as an officer.

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On the other hand, Diane Ferguson will server as secretary-treasurer. This Diane Ferguson.

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"At its first meeting Thursday morning, board Chairman James Bell, a retired Boeing Co. executive, put out a proposed set of rules to guide trust operations that was drafted by David Narefsky, a Chicago lawyer whose practice focuses on government matters," Greg Hinz reports for Crain's.

"A copy was not immediately available. Officials promised to email me one, and I'll put it up when they do."

They didn't bring extra copies to hand out to reporters? If it was on the table at the meeting, it's a public document. Or it would be if this was a public body.

"[Hoffman] described the document as 'fairly long and impressive' and said it appears to require that trust actions will be subject to Illinois' open meetings and Freedom of Information laws."

Well, as long as they're keeping up appearances.

Block That Kick
I didn't know Block 37 still had tenants to lose.

Dweeb Demolition
"The Los Angeles Dodgers will conduct their first Star Trek Night at Friday's game against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium, with William Shatner throwing out a ceremonial first pitch," the City News Service of Los Angeles reports.

"Fans are being encouraged to dress in their favorite Star Trek costumes. The customary Friday night fireworks show will be set to Star Trek-themed music."

Then they'll be gathered at second base and blown up.

Simon Sings
Our Lieutenant Governor Picks A Funny Tune.

Dennis Rodman's Kid Lit
Writes children's book, plans world tour.

Political Ad Data Comes Online
But it's not searchable.

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Posted on August 2, 2012


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