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The [Thursday] Papers

Rahm Emanuel finally admits a mistake and he apologizes for the wrong part of it.


"Emanuel said that he will likely try to name a library after the president," DNAinfo Chicago reports, "saying: 'My goal is to have a library named after him in the city of Chicago.'"

Isn't Obama already naming a library after himself here?


I'm stunned this statement isn't the lead of these stories and getting more attention:

"We're gonna continue to meet the needs of the city, all the students, and probably in that area, because that's where the resources are."

When I first saw that quote on Twitter, I thought, "Did he really say that?"

First, what does he mean by "that's where the resources are?" Aren't CPS resources supposed to spread equitably throughout the city?

Or does he mean that's where the rich parents are?

Second, does that mean poor and even middle-class neighborhoods will get nothing going forward?

Third, does that mean the city will just pile school upon school - and development upon development - only where "the resources" are?

Oh, wait. I just realized he merely reiterated the status quo.

Raunocchio Strikes Again
"A secret program allowing the early release of Illinois prison inmates nearly sunk Democrat Pat Quinn's first run for governor four years ago. Now it has resurfaced in his bid for re-election," AP reports.

"With each candidate attacking the other on their management records, Republican Bruce Rauner has aired a 30-second television spot about the 2009 policy that Quinn terminated after it was reported by The Associated Press."

You should read the whole thing - it's a fact-check - but here's all you really need to know.

"For example, [Rauner's ad] refers to a sexual assault charge that was never formalized, and wrongly suggests that inmates serving time for murder were released early."

That's a big meatball.

"The AP found no one released early was serving a sentence for murder."


Rauner's ad is obviously timed to distract from this.

Vice Squad
"Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday ridiculed Chicago Teacher's Union President Karen Lewis for suggesting that marijuana be legalized and taxed because it's a 'great revenue source,'" the Sun-Times reports.

"I do not think you should balance the budget by promoting recreational smoking of pot," the mayor said.

But he's dying to balance the budget by promoting rigged gambling.


I say "rigged" because the play is set far enough in the house's favor to ensure billions of dollars in profits. So, yeah, let's promote that as a better way to cadge revenue out of taxpayers.


The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report
"Unfortunately, I don't think leaving the ball in Aaron Rodgers' hands during the last possession leads to an overthrow in the end zone like it does with Geno Smith," our very own Carl Mohrbacher writes in this must-read!

The Cub Factor
My favorite moments from this season's celebration of Wrigley Field's 100th birthday.




That's John Barker, Chief Accountability Officer at CPS.




At Wednesday's school board meeting.








The Beachwood Tip Line: Same bullshit, different year.


Posted on September 25, 2014

MUSIC - Chief Keef Changed The Industry.
TV - Vizio's Best Product Is You.
POLITICS - UIC: Soda Taxes Work.
SPORTS - More McCaskey Malpractice.

BOOKS - All About Poop.


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