The [Tuesday] Papers
I still have one problem file to transfer from my old, dead laptop - it's in a temporary home - and it's the key file I use to keep notes for this column. So . . . you know, all the good stuff is on there. Please, Blago jury, stay out one more day!
In the meantime, let's take a look at today's news.
"Despite being a Republican, Kirk conducted a town hall event with U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, a West Side Democrat. He has co-sponsored legislation with North Side Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley that would reinstate the honest services doctrine, a corruption-fighting provision struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court. He has worked with Southwest Side Democratic U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski on transportation initiatives."
Whether you agree with his politics, Kirk is doing a respectable job. But it's hard to forget what a nut he became during the campaign.
"Four Illinois elected officials have introduced a bill that would strip pension benefits from congressmen or senators convicted of felonies even if it happens after they leave federal office," Abdon Pallasch reports for the Sun-Times.
"'Governor Blagojevich has been convicted of public corruption crimes, yet he is still eligible to receive his taxpayer-funded congressional pension - this is unacceptable,' said Rep. Robert Dold (R-Winnetka), who appeared with Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) Monday.
"Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Chicago) and Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Western Springs) are co-sponsors of the bill.
"They cannot stop Blagojevich's pension. The bill would apply to future members of Congress."
Blue Plate Special
"The idea is to offer special corporate-sponsored plates. Drivers would get a discount on the price, and businesses would put their logos on the plates."
"One Adam-12, see the Subaru southbound on Ashland, Illinois plate 'G' as in the feds, 'R' as in Rosty, 'O' as in Oprah, 'U' as in you dere, 'P' as in patsy, 'O' as in Oprah, 'N' as in an den he sez. That car's been reported stolen."
Bullets themselves already allowed.
I sense an accident coming on at that very location.
"Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, from the 2011 James Beard Best New Restaurant ABC Kitchen in New York, will head a new take on the property's original restaurant, The Pump Room, which hosted the likes of Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and Humphrey Bogart."
People Are Stupid
Plea A Bargain?
The End Is (Still) Near
The Beachwood Tip Line: Rapturous.
Posted on June 14, 2011
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