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The [Thursday] Papers

The usual suspects.

1. Dear Patti Blagojevich: Now you know how Children's Memorial felt.


This part of the court transcript is already finished, though, and it's one of my favorites:

Patti: Tell them to hold up that fucking Cubs shit. Fuck them. Fuck them. What kind of bullshit is that.


Patti: Just fire them . . . What would William Randolph Hearst do? Say, 'Oh, I can't interfere with my editorial board?' They're hurting (the paper's) business.

2. "Thomas Flanagan was a widely respected accountant in Chicago who rose to the upper echelons of Deloitte & Touche. He was a business adviser to dozens of Chicago companies, and also was a player in civic and charitable organizations," the Tribune reports.

"Now, the 64-year-old faces a lengthy prison term for betraying clients and Deloitte."

The broken values of rich white guys; my guess is that it starts in the home.

3. Daley To Keynote Turnaround Management Conference.

Shouldn't that slot go to the head of Chicago Parking Meters LLC?


"Former Mayor Daley will kick-off Friday's program during a breakfast keynote during which he will provide his insight about the financial difficulties facing municipalities in the current economic environment."

His advice? Leave it for the next guy.

3. "School board member Penny Pritzker's Hyatt Hotels Corp. is benefiting from a $5.2 million TIF subsidy on 53rd Street - while CPS's proposed 2013 budget cuts seven schools surrounding the hotel project by $3.4 million, which is roughly the portion CPS is losing from the TIF deal," Curtis Black reports for Newstips.

4. It's not just Barack Obama who is into secret prisons: Gov. Pat Quinn is a fan too.


And like Obama, leaks are only acceptable when they are approved by the administration.


Aside: If the best rationale supporters can come up with for re-electing a president is, "Well, he's better than Romney," it's been a pretty shitty presidency.

5. "Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who declines to put political events on his public schedule, which I hope changes as we get closer to the election, flew here [to Washington] to bolster President Barack Obama's fund-raising Tuesday."

Rahm doesn't want anyone to know when he's off working on the campaign; perhaps because it wouldn't look good if something tragic like, oh, say, a bunch of kids were shot one night back home while he was in a Washington, D.C., tea room at a $40,000 per person fundraiser.

6. Good luck getting a franchise in the 1st Ward!

7. " publishes news - not mere 'hype' - and need not identify the source behind leaked photos of a forthcoming Motorola smartphone, a judge ruled," Courthouse News Service reports.

If that's the standard, the Sun-Times hasn't qualified for reporter's privilege in ages.

8. "Twenty-two Tennessee lawmakers are attending a state-paid, national legislator conference in Chicago this week - including six who have either announced plans to retire or were defeated in last week's primaries, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports," the Nashville Business Journal notes.

Those six will be honored in a special ceremony in city council chambers. Ed Burke will read the proclamation. Michael Madigan sent a fruit basket.

9. The Celluloid Ghosts Of The Chicago 8 To Haunt The 2012 Democratic Convention.

10. TrackNotes: Corruption At Calder. Why it matters here.

11. The Maxwell Street Market Vendors Association Wants You To Like Them.


The Beachwood Tip Line: Safe not sorry.


Posted on August 8, 2012

MUSIC - Madonna vs. Moderna.
TV - Sundays With The Military-Industrial Complex.
POLITICS - Private Equity In The ER.
SPORTS - Suspicious Betting Trends In Soccer.

BOOKS - China Holding Swedish Publisher.


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