The [Tuesday] Papers
By Steve Rhodes
Just like the story about the sleeper agent in Peoria, this feels underplayed to me.
"A Bolingbrook man who worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Iraq and Afghanistan is accused of sending contractors text messages to demand tens of thousands of bribes," the Sun-Times reports.
Let's see those texts!
"Pay 2 play my friend!"
Save the Kid Cop!
Um, that sounds pretty weak, but Giannoulias made this story 10 times bigger than it had to be by not talking to the Trib in the first place.
From the Alexi archives: "Giannoulias Is Elusive."
Nicely played, professor!
Top to Bottom
Cook County East
Please, no. Chicago Fatigue is setting in.
"In particular, Durbin mentions federal appeals court judges Ann Williams and Diane Wood, and district court judge Ruben Castillo.
Um, are you nuts?
"Let me also add Bob the bartender and that kid cop - he seems like a sharp fellow."
"But now as Secretary of Education, Duncan told reporters at the Education Writers Association conference Thursday that school officials who highlight state standards knowing there is a disparity between those results and performance on national assessments are lying to parents and children."
Fast Eddie Burke
The Great Chicago Squirrel Census
If only newspapers on Facebook would stop stealing their services. Oh, and newsrooms should pay every time their reporters do a Google search, too.
"I would think [Facebook] would prefer that media companies place content there in exchange for a right to sell ads against it in order to keep people on Facebook," the president of Social Vibe told the magazine.
Ready for Reform
For example, from today's installment:
"Becker and Demczak testified about specific instances where the state's procurement process improperly favored politically-connected companies. Becker and Demczak described situations where state employees narrowed contract specifications to favor certain vendors, gave contracts to vendors who provided expensive meals and gifts to state employees, and allowed politically-connected vendors to 're-do' their bids.
"Shaw described former Governor Blagojevich's extensive fundraising from state vendors, and testified that Blagojevich and his allies bent the procurement rules to ensure that those vendors received state contracts.
"All three testified that these abuses cost the taxpayers money in increased prices and inferior products and services."
Too bad - the Fire are the last unbeaten team in Major League Soccer and a favorite to win their division.
The Beachwood Tip Line: Soup to nuts.
Posted on May 5, 2009
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