The [Thursday] Papers
The Tribune calls it "A $100 Million Mystery" atop its front page today: A graduate of the University of Chicago has donated $100 million to the school "to eliminate student loans for hundreds of undergraduates," the paper reports.
The donor has asked to remain anonymous. Various news reports call the gift the largest ever to a university in Illinois.
"The cash gift . . . will provide full scholarships each year for about 800 students whose family incomes are less than $60,000," the Tribune account says. "Another 400 of the college's 4,400 undergraduates, whose family incomes are less than $75,000, will have roughly half their loans replaced with grants."
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Betting Your Life
"I wish you, taxpayers and constituents, would give elected officials the cover to approve a moderate tax increase without running to the ballot box.
"Because if you think expanded gambling isn't going to impact your life or raise your taxes through more crime, more addiction, more foreclosures and higher interest rates, you're wrong.
"If you think the education of kids in Harvey or Dixmoor doesn't impact you, you're wrong.
"If you think you can just keep moving west to new subdivisions with rising property tax bills to escape faltering public schools, you're wrong.
"Illinois doesn't need more gambling. It needs elected officials who will listen to their conscience and voters who will keep them around."
Character Test I
Character Test II
"However, as is often the case in Illinois government, there's a catch.
"The school construction money is part of a plan that also includes bigger paychecks for state lawmakers, among other goodies."
If the suspicion that he's going to allow the demolition of the Lake Shore Athletic Club, whose first floor has been boarded up and is rimmed with scaffolding, couldn't be "further from the truth," (third item) he might want to let us know.
The Reader's Ben Joravsky is the latest to be rebuffed by Reilly. Perhaps if Joravsky would have pretended that he was Rich Miller, who is a friend of Reilly's, he would have had his phone calls returned.
As Joravsky notes, Preservation Chicago has scheduled a rally for 1 p.m. this Sunday at 850 N. Lake Shore Drive.
The Beachwood Tip Line: Looking for leaders.
Posted on May 31, 2007
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