The [Tuesday] Papers
"The bankruptcy filing of Lehman Bros. Inc. and the pending sale of Merrill Lynch & Co. to Bank of America Corp. threaten to hit Chicago's battered financial sector hard," Steven Strahler writes in Crain's.
"Ultimately, it's going to have a very devastating impact on the region," a Lehman vice-president in Chicago says.
That would be state Attorney General Lisa Madigan.
"The (proposed) law is in jeopardy and we know why," Madigan said at a press conference.
That would be because of state Senate President Emil Jones.
State Rep. Kirk Dillard - a Republican who appeared in an ad for Barack Obama earlier this year - "suggested that what would really move Mr. Jones to fast action would be a call from his favorite protege: Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. Mr. Obama's campaign had no response."
Well, that's not entirely true. As Dennis Byrne notes in the Tribune today, Obama's website states that "Throughout his political career, Barack Obama has fought for open and honest government,"
Which is something that Obama's critics just don't get. For example, consider the talking points dispensed by this Obama Action Wire, including this gem:
LIE: "When Veteran Cook County Boss John Stroger faced a strong and credible challenge in the 2006 primary election from a reform-minded liberal Democrat, Obama said nothing . . . Obama's silence had probably saved Cook County's political kingpin." [pp. 8, 14]
So, you see, Obama is probably just sending another silent signal. Isn't that enough?
"If John McCain would just insert one sentence into a speech about this topic, it would be front-page headlines all over Illinois," Rich Miller writes.
And maybe beyond.
Wrigley Field North
"Obama also plans to designate a Great Lakes czar to coordinate existing federal programs with authority over Great Lakes management issues."
Bridging the Gap
"The 35W Remembrance Garden will be built at a cost of $1 million in the northeast part of Gold Medal Park, which became an unofficial gathering spot after the collapse," the Star Tribune reports.
Now would be a good time to revisit the Beachwood's coverage:
Thank You, Richard Wright
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Posted on September 16, 2008
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