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The [Thursday] Papers

"After four months of public hearings and review, the commission charged with studying school closings in Chicago has determined the school district has enough staff and available space to pull off 80 school shake-ups, including closings and total staff overhauls known as turnarounds," Linda Lutton reports for WBEZ.

Just yesterday, the Beachwood Bookmaking Bureau set the Over/Under for number of schools that will actually be closed at 35. That still sounds about right.


"On a conference call with reporters late Wednesday, Commission chairman Frank Clark said the district has added staff just to deal with school closings. 'They have an increased capability. They brought in a person very versed in logistics, a person very versed in security and safety. I've seen organization charts that augment this process with literally scores of people either trained or being trained.'

"The Commission's report says the district has already set up a 'central command office' to handle the planning and implementation of school closings. It says the district has experience moving large numbers of students, and cites the 25,000 eighth graders who move each year from grammar schools into high school."

A lot of energy and resources going into managing the bureaucracy. Every new administration likes to play with organizational charts. Then they move on and the kids - and teachers - are still here.

Rahm's Class Size Wars
Repudiates his own history, chooses Romney's approach instead of Obama's.

Dear Budget
"For the 117th time, Quinn told legislators that they have to do something about pension reform," Phil Kadner writes for the SouthtownStar.

"It's really, really, really important, guys. This time I mean it, the governor said."


"Quinn said in his budget speech that he had met last week with the four legislative leaders to discuss pension issues, although Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno said later that she thought 'the purpose of the meeting was to say we had a meeting,'" the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette reports (via Rich Miller's Capitol Fax budget speech roundup).

"House Minority Leader Tom Cross said the sit-down 'lasted about 5 to 8 minutes, maybe.'

"Quinn and three of the leaders waited more than an hour for Speaker of the House Michael Madigan to show, Cross said.

"'It was a lot of waiting and then a lot of nothing after that,' Cross said. 'The speaker had another meeting going on so we kept waiting.'"

Hipster Dipsters
"A local grocer has been offered a liquor license with a twist: no mass market beers like Bud or Old Style and no cheap wines, either," DNAinfo Chicago reports.

"The owner of Garden Gourmet Market, 1130 N. Ashland, said he's considering the deal that would allow him to sell only craft beers and higher-end wines."

Even liquor licenses are gentrifying.


Is the owner allowed to oppose gay marriage?


Is there an exception for PBR?


"The agreement specifically prohibits hard liquor, 'fortified wines' such as Wild Irish Rose and Night Train, malt liquors such as Colt 45 and Cobra and 'other products that are intended to provide high alcohol content at a low price.'"

Even liquor licenses racially profile these days.


Hipsters: Celebrating The Diversity Of Only Our Kind Of People.

Counting Room
"Chicago Public Schools officials are looking at moving out of their downtown headquarters as another way to ease a projected $1 billion budget deficit," the Tribune reports.

Why not just move it into the basement of the new casino?

Not About Bombs
"Marking the 10th-year anniversary of the War in Iraq and in honor of International Women's Day, the National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) is proud to open an exciting new exhibition of art by five female Iraqi artists."

You may not have known this, but the National Veterans Art Museum is in Chicago. Click through for more information.

March Madness Math
The (Near) Impossibility Of The Perfect Bracket, in which a DePaul professor crunches the numbers.


So you're saying I still have a chance?

Alert: A Mint 1969 Les Paul In The Hizzy
Only played twice in church by a lil' ol' lady.


The Beachwood Tip Line: Write us sometime when you've got no class.


Posted on March 7, 2013

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