The [Tuesday] Papers
"The Denver attorney hired by Mayor Daley to oversee city hiring only to be stripped of that responsibility resigned Monday, joining the long list of outsiders chewed up by Chicago's unique brand of politics," the Sun-Times reports.
It's not that Anthony Boswell didn't adjust quickly to the Chicago Way, though.
"Boswell's name also turned up on a list of clout-heavy Chicagoans seeking to get their kids into elite Chicago Public Schools. His son and daughter went from the waiting list to being admitted to Mark Sheridan Elementary Math and Science Academy in time for the 2008-09 school year."
And, of course:
"Last month, Daley suspended Boswell for 30 days for allegedly mishandling an intern's sexual harassment complaint against a 911 center deputy."
Boswell's sin wasn't unethical behavior; that's never a problem around here. It was the inartful way in which he carried it out.
"Anthony Boswell told his staff at the city's shrinking Office of Compliance that he was leaving his $161,856-a-year job, effective May 30, 'unless they march him out of there earlier.'
"'He said he needed to resign in order to fight dirty like the people who were fighting him,' said an employee in attendance."
Is that a promise or a threat?
It's probably asking for too much to hope that Mayor Daley will admit that the critics were right and he made a $4 million mistake creating the compliance office in the first place.
After all, the city already has a Department of Human Resources that describes its mission as "establishing and maintaining fair, equitable and transparent employment practices free of political influence"; a Board of Ethics whose task is to "administer . . . laws adopted to help ensure that City officials and employees avoid conflicts of interests"; an Office of the Inspector General that is "dedicated to ensuring honesty and integrity in City government by rooting out corruption, fraud, other misconduct, and waste"; and an exacting mayor whose troops always follow orders.
One more question, Mr. Mayor: If you're such a great manager, why do you need an Office of Compliance?
"And the dearth of good schools has left parents scratching and clawing their way into the few good ones."
Like those who would love to use public transportation more if only it was reliable enough, there is a huge constituency out there who would love to fill up Chicago's public schools. Private schools and the suburbs are often last resorts for desperate and disappointed city-dwellers.
"Parents in Chicago say they've tried just about everything - from donating large sums of money to volunteering to run the PTA - simply to earn a spot in one of the city's top-notch public schools. They've even gone so far as to lie on their applications, claiming they live within the school boundaries or have other children at the school - which increase odds of getting in.
"So few were surprised when the Tribune revealed last week that former schools chief Arne Duncan's office kept lists of people - many politically connected - who dialed up the main office seeking help in landing a seat at a top school."
The UnChicago Way
"Under the circumstances with a sold-out game, that would be a gift prohibited to public officials under Minnesota law, the state Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board ruled Thursday.
"The ruling leaves only County Board Chair Mike Opat able to sit in the stands and watch the game. That's because Opat will be using his season tickets purchased before the season through the ordinary sales process available to the public."
Gotta Wear Shades
"The Online Ad Market Is Back To Setting Records In The U.S.
"Here's some good news for publishers reeling from a horrific 2009: Ad units on the iPad are attracting big-name advertisers. The NYT reports that a high-end credit card company has purchased its iPad ad inventory for the device's first two months on the market, while brands, like FedEx and Buick, are buying ads on the apps of other publications, including the WSJ, Newsweek, Time (NYSE: TWX) and Reuters (NYSE: TRI). The NYT says the going rate is $75,000 to $300,000 'for a few months of exclusivity' on one of these apps."
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Posted on March 30, 2010
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