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The [Thursday] Papers

FRIDAY PAPERS PROGRAMMING NOTE: They will be late due to final push of Beachwood HQ move. Weekend podcasts also now in production.


1. In honor of Derrick Rose . . .

2. "The budget also included language that authorizes $35 million in school construction in Chicago, funds that will be used to pay for a 1,200-student school in Madigan's political home turf in the 13th Ward near Midway Airport," the Sun-Times reported last week.

It will be called Michael Madigan's Magic Money Magnet.


"'I haven't read the language of the amendment,' Madigan [said] in response to a question about a bill he sponsored making the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum its own state agency."

So only two of the three "Rs" taught at the new school.


Actually, writing won't be taught either; it'll just be arithmetic and map-making.

3. "When Chicago Public Schools officials unveiled school budgets for next year, they promised more money for schools that suffered through this year's budget cuts," the Tribune reported last week.

"But a month after the budgets were released, school officials and parents say the increased per-pupil funding for the 2014-15 school year mostly cover teacher raises and rising costs, and that cuts to programs and staff this year will not be restored."

Michael Madigan was not available for comment.


"As neighborhood schools continue to experience a budget crunch, parents complain that Mayor Rahm Emanuel has allocated money for a new Obama College Prep selective-enrollment high school."

Barack Obama was not available for comment.


"Like other grammar schools, [Belding Elementary] is also grappling with how to provide staff to fulfill two policy changes: a mandatory 90 minutes of physical education per week per student and two hours of arts programs each week for every student. The physical education requirement will increase over the next two years."

It doesn't take the Advanced Math Club at Belding to understand that doesn't add up.


Hiram H. Belding was not available for comment.


"[I]f no action is taken to extend the state income tax increase, the CPS budget faces further tightening. The Governor's Office of Management and Budget predicted this month that if state lawmakers fail to maintain the current tax rate, CPS stands to lose $224 million."

Michael Madigan's Magic Money Magnet was not available for comment.

4. "Police are preparing use a tactic first developed to handle roaming protests during the NATO Summit two years ago to deal with a growing number of groups of teenagers attempting to wreak havoc on downtown streets and along the lakefront as summer sets in," CBS 2 reports.

They're gonna try to entrap them?


"McCarthy said police responded to a handful of incidents already this past weekend.

"'Over the weekend, we had at least five or six examples of large groups of kids coming off the CTA, that we escorted around basically like NATO protesters, which is the tactic that we used last year that was so effective,' McCarthy said.

"Police formed cordon lines around the groups of teens and followed them around to prevent them from causing trouble."


* Americans Starting To Doubt President Obama Is A Good Boss.

* Relatives Of Americans Killed By Drone Strikes: No Justice In U.S. Courts.

* Inside The Mark Buehrle/Dioner Navarro Partnership.

* Showdown Over Secret-Court Documents In Chicago.

* The Single Most Insufferable Response To Gawker's Vice Media Story.










The Beachwood Tip Line: Designated.


Posted on June 5, 2014

MUSIC - Pandemophenia.
TV - NBC's Bicentennial Special.
POLITICS - We Tortured Some Folks.
SPORTS - Gold Stars For The Red Stars.

BOOKS - The Slave Who Escaped George And Martha Washington.


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