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The [Thursday] Papers

"Art Jones, the snookering, Holocaust-denying, Jew-hating, self-avowed Nazi is making another bid for the Republican nomination in Illinois' 3rd Congressional District," Patch reports.

I wonder what it is about the Republican Party that makes a Nazi feel comfortable in it.

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"The former president of the American Nazi Party and part-time Lyons insurance broker has called the Holocaust of World War II - in which 6 million Jews were exterminated - the 'blackest lie in history' and 'a fairy tale.'"

Part-time insurance broker, eh? I wonder who his clients are. (I should note that many reports say he is retired.)

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From his (supremely weird) website, which also dispenses relationship advice:

"I am an experienced professional in the field of Health Insurance. Since 1983, that has been my profession - an independant [sic] insurance agent, specializing in health insurance for small businesses. I left the profession when Obamacare appeared and intended to take over the insurance profession."

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Back to Patch:

"Jones says he supports President Donald Trump but doesn't care for Trump's 'punk' Jewish son-in-law and senior White House adviser, Jared Kushner."

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"Known to organize family friendly birthday parties for Adolph Hitler, this is perennial candidate Jones' fifth bid for Congress. In the past, he has run as both a Republican and Democrat for mayor of Milwaukee and Chicago, as well as the Illinois General Assembly."

So to be fair, he's been a bipartisan Nazi. Still, folks who organize birthday parties for Hitler seem to overwhelmingly favor Trump over, say, the Obamas, Clintons and Bidens of the world. Who knows why, it's a mystery!

- h/t Capitol Fax

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Navistar Struck
"Navistar International Inc. and its defense unit are accused of bilking almost $1.3 billion from the U.S. government in connection with a contract for military vehicles used by American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan," Bloomberg reports.

"Filed in 2013, the whistleblower suit was made public Tuesday by the U.S. District Court in Washington. The federal government elected to join part of the suit in September, according to an earlier court filing that also was just made available."

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From Wikipedia:

"Headquartered in Lisle, Illinois, Navistar has 16,500 employees and a 2013 annual revenue of $10.775 billion. The company's products, parts, and services are sold through a network of nearly 1,000 dealer outlets in the United States."

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Bloomberg:

"According to the complaint, the whistleblower was Washington resident Duquoin Burgess, who worked in the Navistar Defense contract management department first in Warrenville and later in Lisle, Illinois."

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Wikipedia:

"In September 2010, despite uncertainty over EGR and a sluggish economy, Navistar leadership revived an effort to relocate the company headquarters from Warrenville, IL, to nearby Lisle, IL. The new headquarters was expected to retain or create 3,000 permanent jobs and about 400 construction jobs. Navistar President Dan Ustian said roughly 500 engineers would be hired immediately. Navistar aimed to invest $110 million in the 1.2 million-square-foot Lisle campus, which would include product development. The state gave Navistar incentives of nearly $65 million, including tax credits.

"In December 2011, the nonpartisan organization Public Campaign criticized Navistar International for spending $6.31 million on lobbying and not paying any taxes during 2008-2010, instead getting $18 million in tax rebates, despite making a profit of $896 million and increasing executive pay by 81%."

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Dollar Generally Racist
"Dollar General will pay $6 million to settle a class action, racial discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)," the Crusader reports.

"According to the EEOC's lawsuit, Dollar General, the largest, small-box discount retailer in the United States, violated federal law by denying employment to Blacks at a significantly higher rate than white applicants who failed the company's broad criminal background check.

The lawsuit cites the termination of a Waukegan stock clerk and cashier who told Dollar General about her six-year-old felony drug possession conviction when she applied for the job in 2004. A few days after the woman started working, she was fired after a background check revealed the felony conviction and a misdemeanor conviction for possession of drug paraphernalia - a conviction Dollar General used as a disqualification factor for 10 years.

"The EEOC filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago, after first attempting to reach a voluntary settlement through its conciliation process."

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Dumping Dealer
"Local luxury car dealer Joe Perillo Sr. has been hit with a federal lawsuit that alleges he violated the Clean Water Act by dumping pollutants into the Chicago River without a permit," Crain's reports.

"A complaint filed by the United States alleges that Perillo, who manages a BMW dealership and body shop on the Near North Side, illegally discarded 'dirt, spoil, rock and sand' into the North Branch of the Chicago River from October 2018 until the present."

So for a year.

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"Perillo, head of Perillo Auto Group, owns multiple luxury car dealerships throughout the Chicago area, including Gold Coast Motors and a Bentley and Lamborghini dealership in Downers Grove. Perillo also owns Hotel Chicago, which opened in 2016 near the University of Illinois at Chicago."

That hotel gets three stars out of five on Yelp, btw. Ashley F. complains she had a filthy blanket, dirty walls and a lumpy bed

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New on the Beachwood today . . .

SIU Press Holiday Sale: Give The Gift Of Chicago, Illinois History, Rhetorics & Feminisms, Theater In The Americas, And Some Crab Orchard Poetry
I love the SIU Press.

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McDonald's Merch Now On The Reg
Whether you're treating yourself or gifting the McDonald's enthusiast in your life, there's something for everyone, like a Big Mac Sandwich Bag, a McFlurry Dessert Journal and Golden Arches-themed apparel that is sure to spice up any wardrobe.

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ChicagoReddit

Hey, that's my intersection! (You have to click through to see it.)

Then (1967) and Now, California-Milwaukee; Chicago History Today from r/chicago

I miss (old) Wicker Park, tho.

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ChicagoGram

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ChicagoTube

Dope at House of Blues on Monday night.

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BeachBook

We Need To Hold The Kremlin Responsible For Its Cyberattack On The 2018 Olympics.

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How Two Undocumented Workers Took On The President - And Revealed His Company Employed Illegal Immigrants.

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FCC Tries To Bury Finding That Verizon And T-Mobile Exaggerated 4G Coverage.

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'The Best Thing You Can Do Is Not Buy More Stuff,' Says Secondhand Expert.

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These Guys Just Drove Across America In A Record 27 Hours, 25 Minutes.

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You Can Now Get A Godzilla Christmas Tree That Breathes Smoke.

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TweetWood
A sampling of the delight and disgust you can find @BeachwoodReport.

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The Beachwood Tip O' The Cap Line: Good game, everyone.



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