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The [Thursday] Papers

"Despite constant complaints from the press corps and promises from White House officials, access to the president continues to be limited in ways not seen in previous administrations," Politico reports.

"The constantly repeated line that they're running the 'most transparent administration in history' tends to prompt snickers. Halfway through Obama's West Coast swing, it's tipping toward outrage."

Shaking Up The Truth
"New Rauner Attack Ad Relies On Made-Up Headlines."

Which is nice, because an old Rauner ad made up the facts.

Daley Skates Again
"Richard M. Daley won't have to take the witness stand in the case over the city's controversial contract with a clout-heavy group of investors to run a Millennium Park restaurant after attorneys for the Park Grill agreed it would be a 'medical hardship' for the former mayor to testify," the Tribune reports.

"The attorneys dropped their subpoena of Daley after seeing a medical affidavit. Cook County Circuit Court Judge Moshe Jacobius allowed Daley's lawyers to submit the affidavit in his chambers rather than in open court, and ordered all parties not to reveal specifics of Daley's condition.

"We saw the medical information, which I cannot disclose, and it was such that it was the right thing to do to withdraw the subpoena," Park Grill lawyer Stephen Novack said outside the courtroom in the Richard J. Daley Center. "I can't say anything at all about what was in there."

I'm a bit baffled by this. If he was suffering from some sort of dementia, that would be one thing - though I still wouldn't understand why the public couldn't be told, outside of his family's public relations considerations.

But the Trib reports that "A source said Wednesday that the 72-year-old former mayor 'is not incapacitated.'

"Although he's improving, he has a ways to go," the source said, without specifying what Daley was improving from.

If he was "improving," one might think he could testify in the future. But that doesn't seem like a possibility either.

Red Light Rahm
On Tuesday, Rahm Emanuel said it was "not for me to decide" if drivers caught in red light camera spikes should get some relief.

Well, the polling must have come back because on Wednesday Rahm decided after all: The city is setting up a review process that will involve refunds.

But that doesn't exactly mean the city is coming clean on the matter.

"There are always spikes in any automated enforcement program due to fluctuations in traffic volume and driver behavior," Transportation Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld told aldermen during an unscheduled appearance at a City Council committee hearing. "When traffic is impacted by normal construction, special events, or even weather, we cannot always predict where traffic will be pushed, but it is normal for drivers to find their own alternative routes that could include red light cameras."

One Northwestern University traffic expert who reviewed the Tribune's findings called her assertion "nonsense."

"Come on. That would explain spikes of that level? Nonsense," said Joseph Schofer, an engineering professor who sits on city transportation advisory panels. "It's just fundamental, you can't look at something that is red and call it green.

"It seems obvious to me what they are doing now," he said. "They don't have any explanation. They are under this intense pressure, and now they are grasping."

Scheinfeld didn't respond to a Trib interview request, presumably because she didn't want to be called on her bullshit.


"Emanuel is also promising to post daily violations for each of the 352 red-light cameras installed at 174 Chicago intersections," the Sun-Times reports.

"The daily postings will more quickly identify suspicious and unexplained spikes like those uncovered in a nearly year-long Tribune investigation of more than four million red-light tickets."

Wait, isn't that the same data the city just spent six months - at taxpayer expense - trying to withhold?

Whose Chicago? Their Chicago
Hedge funders maintain their grip on the city.

The James Cappleman Show
"On one hand, he is willing to forge ahead with the SRO decimation that many experts agree has helped push more of the city's most vulnerable residents into homelessness, and on the other, he continues to harass the homeless people this creates."


* Blacklisted: The Secret Government Rule Book For Labeling You A Terrorist.

"The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither 'concrete facts' nor 'irrefutable evidence' to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist."

* Parking Lot Upgrade Sparks Worst Fears Of South Suburban Conspiracy Theorists.

The real conspiracies are staring us in the face, like, say, Obama's terrorist watchlist.

* The Explosive Inside Story Of How John Kerry Built An Israel-Palestine Peace Plan - And Watched It Crumble.

An amazing piece of must-read reporting.

* Butter Surges To 16-Year High.

Beware the butter bubble!

* If I Could Be With You - Art Kassel And His Orchestra.

"Recorded in 1946. Saxophonist Art Kassel and his 'Kassels in the Air' were a staple on the Chicago music scene for more than thirty years. Debuting in 1924 at the Midway Gardens the group later spent a 15-year engagement at the Bismark Hotel and frequented both the Aragon and Trianon ballrooms, where it received national radio exposure."

* Aurora-Based Meat Supplier Screws Up Big-Time In China.





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Posted on July 23, 2014

MUSIC - Britney's IUD.
TV - Vizio's Best Product Is You.
POLITICS - UIC: Soda Taxes Work.
SPORTS - Locked Out And Loaded.

BOOKS - Foxconned.


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