The [Thursday] Papers
"A federal judge on Wednesday blasted neighborhood residents who harassed a Bridgeport man and vandalized his home after he cooperated with the government and testified for prosecutors in this year's City Hall hiring fraud trial," the Tribune reports.
The details are pretty amazing.
"There were harassing phone calls and slashed car tires, [lawyer Jeffrey] Steinback said. There was also graffiti on [former deputy Streets and San commissioner Daniel] Katalinic's house. And finally, last Easter morning, there was a large bottle tossed through the glass front door of the home he shares with his wife and three young children, Steinback said."
Katalinic, of course, was a key witness in the trial that sent Robert Sorich - the former patronage chief of Mayor Richard M. Daley - to jail. Three other high-ranking aides were also convicted.
"Following their sentencing, Daley defended Sorich and the others, saying they were all men of good character," the Tribune notes.
I wonder what Daley thinks of Sorich's other friends and defenders - the ones harassing Katalinic.
Daley has spent a fair amount of time and energy over the years imploring residents of the city's less privileged precincts to cooperate with police - to squeal on their friends and neighbors - because it is the right thing to do to combat crime.
Surely the mayor was aware of what was going on in Bridgeport and the home of Katalinic. I didn't hear him speak out, did you?
"I know what I did was wrong," Katalinic told a federal judge yesterday, when he was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for his own role in the massive hiring fraud the city has engaged in under Daley.
Does the mayor think what Katalinic did was wrong?
"The citizens of Chicago have to demand that this stop. They have to stop shrugging their shoulders and saying, 'That's just Chicago,'"U.S. District Court Judge David Coar said.
It would be nice to hear that from Mayor Richard M. Daley. Then again, if it came from the mayor it would be a lie.
"During Sorich's trial, prosecutors tracked the hiring scheme to 1989, the year Daley became mayor," the Tribune noted recently.
And to think all this time Daley simply didn't know how people came to get jobs in his administration - or what would happen to those who told the truth about it to federal prosecutors.
Words to Live By
Except when it comes to crime in his own administration.
"Mr. Reid defended attending the matches, saying it helped him understand boxing regulations."
Reid is expected to return to Las Vegas next month when the Senate considers new strip club regulations.
At least the paper also announced that editorial board member Jennifer Hunter, the former editor of North Shore magazine whom the paper hired shortly after her husband, John Cruickshank, became publisher, would be stepping down.
Oh, it didn't? Consider myself corrected.
Is there no such thing as a confidential source anymore?
"Cubans who manage to tune in to Radio or TV Marti hear or see programming that is sprinkled with vulgarity, presents one-sided programming as news and omits stories critical of the Bush administration and Miami's Cuban exile community, all in apparent violation of federal broadcast standards, according to recent U.S. government quality-control reviews of OCB offerings."
Bill Beavers: "What they did is hired homeless people to circulate petitions and they are paying a dollar a signature."
Sandi Jackson: "This insulting comment is yet another put-down of the hard-working men and women of the 7th Ward. The real story is our phones are singing off the hook with calls from people who want to support our campaign and are outraged that their leaders are being selected and not elected."
The Beachwood Tip Line: Redefining neutrality.
Posted on December 14, 2006
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