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The [Thursday] Papers

"Records indicate that between 2005 and 2015, the board voted about 58 percent of the time to allow an officer to keep his or her job even though the police superintendent was seeking to fire them. The board either found the officer not guilty or reduced the punishment," WBEZ reports.

"In 2016 and 2017, that number plunged to just 20 percent, a phenomenon an expert said might be due to the release of the Laquan McDonald video. But so far this year, the board has returned to trend, voting to retain officers about 64 percent of the time."

The report doesn't mention it, but Lori Lightfoot was the police board president from June 2015 to May 2018. Perhaps that played a role.

Floor Follies
"State Rep. Melissa Conyears-Ervin (D-Chicago) worked the floor at Wednesday's City Council meeting to build support for her candidacy to replace retiring City Treasurer Kurt Summers" the Sun-Times reports.

"Conyears-Ervin, wife of Ald. Jason Ervin (28th), boldly violated the seldom-enforced rule that only former aldermen are allowed on the City Council floor."

If the rule is seldom-enforced, how can violating it be bold?

The Venue Remained The Same
"Special Prosecutor Joseph McMahon has billed Cook County for nearly $50,000 for expenses from his more than two years handling Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke's murder case," the Sun-Times reports.

"All told, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office has received bills or paid out directly more than $18,000. Records from McMahon's office also show a pair of invoices totaling $31,600 that have been submitted, for a report on public attitudes toward Van Dyke's case by the research firm the Halvorsen Group."

Money well spent? From CBS2 Chicago in August:

"[Van Dyke's lawyer Dan] Herbert said a defense expert found 87 percent of people in Cook County have an opinion in the case, and 74 percent of those polled believe Van Dyke is guilty.

"Special prosecutor Joseph McMahon countered that the defense's polling was 'manipulated.'

"According to McMahon, a prosecution expert found as many as 3.4 million people in Cook County could serve as unbiased jurors, because they either have never heard of the case, or because they would be able to reach a verdict based only on the evidence presented at trial and the judge's instructions."

Radical Is As Radical Does
Governor Bruce Rauner is intensifying his attacks on his Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker, with less than three weeks to go before the election. Rauner, who trails Pritzker in most polls by double digit margins, referred to the billionaire Democrat as a 'Mercedes Marxist' in an interview on the The Big John and Ramblin' Ray Show," WLS-AM reports.

"He's proposing eleven billion in new spending, he's a Mercedes Marxist, he's a radical leftist, he's proposing a massive new income tax hike and it's gonna crush the middle class as well as job creators in this state.

If JB Pritzker was a radical leftist, I'd have seen him at the meetings.


Just kidding, I'm not a radical leftist. I'm a radical stoplyingist. But truly, this is right out of the GOP playbook. JB Pritzker is standard corporate liberal, for better and worse. So was Barack Obama, whose record clearly marked him as the exact opposite of a change agent. Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter were conservative Southern governors who presidented that way as well. But radicalizing one's opponent is a tried-and-true strategy that helps explain how we got to where we are.


On the other hand, Rauner's Turnaround Agenda could fairly be described as pretty radical.


P.S.: Still letting the lawsuit filed by some Pritzker campaign workers evolve before commenting. Without taking a position, it's . . . weird. It seems to me there's more to learn before we know what's really going on - either way.


Same with this. What the . . . ?


New on the Beachwood . . .

Chicago vs. Michigan, 1903
"The Chicago Daily Tribune opened its game coverage, 'The premature blizzard which descended on Chicago yesterday made it anything but an ideal football day, but that driving snow storm was gentleness itself compared to what was in store for Chicago's two football elevens.'"


Less Than Year After GOP Tax Cut, Six Biggest Banks Already Raked In $9 Billion In Extra Profits
"These six banks have constantly chosen to use these tax breaks to enrich their shareholders and executives while laying off employees and exploiting consumers."


Storytelling | Dia De Los Muertos
"We will be creating an altar de ofrenda at the show, and our audience is invited to participate by bringing a photo or memento of someone who has passed on."


Holiday Hullabaloo
Twelve queer organizations, three big performances.



Voter Registration online lookup - Wrong Middle Initial from r/chicago





Mykelia Jacobson at the 65th Annual Chicago A.I.C Powwow.



157 Of The World's 200 Richest Entities Are Now Corporations, Not Governments.


This Is Why McDonald's Coke Tastes Better Than All The Others.


(Chicago Blind Rapper) Skully TV / Be Quiet


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The Beachwood Tip Line: Sound stage.


Posted on October 18, 2018

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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