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Hinky and winky.

Eternal Life
Scientists Glimpse Evidence Of God Particle.

Hostage Negotiation
"A Will County politician sees an opportunity in U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s misfortune," Phil Kadner writes for the SouthtownStar.

"And if there's anything likely to bring Jackson (D-Chicago) out of his medical leave, it's news that a Will County Board member is using his absence to grab control of the third airport project."

Bell Hell
"A class that claimed Taco Bell sent unwanted promotional text messages failed to persuade a federal judge that the company was directly responsible for their annoyance," Courthouse News Service reports.

"Tracie Thomas sued Taco Bell in 2009 on behalf of a class that received promotional texts from the Taco Bell Local Owners Advertising Association in Chicago.

The Association, along with advertising agency ESW Partners, approved a promotional sweepstakes campaign in 2005 that would send 'an outbound text message to 17,000 Chicagoans between the ages of 18 and 34 years of age,' the court's summary says.

"After the promotion was approved, ESW contracted with ipsh!net Inc. to procure a list of cell phone numbers.

"Thomas claimed the texts, which encouraged customers to enter a contest, violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act in her complaint in California's Central District."

The judge denied the claim, but nonetheless the Taco Bell Owners Advertising Association is Today's Worst Association In Chicago.


"Chicago, Rockford, Green Bay, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing & Traverse City Taco Bell Advertising Association ('My Local Taco Bell') respects your privacy," their privacy statement says.

"Any information you give to Chicago, Rockford, Green Bay, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing & Traverse City Taco Bell Advertising Association will be held with the utmost care, and will not be used in ways that you have not consented to."

On the other hand, information like your cell phone number that we buy from third-party vendors will be unabashedly abused.

So apparently the premise was that a Counting Sheep escaped a Chicago-area Serta store with a stolen Perfect Mattress, and somehow the caper ended at Wrigley Field with the grounds crew looking on.

Put me to sleep now - forever.

Home Invasions
"A federal grand jury has indicted four people in the Chicago area on charges they fraudulently secured dozens of residential mortgage loans worth $9 million," AP reports.

"The U.S. attorney's office said in a statement Monday that the indictments are part of an ongoing bid to crack down on mortgage fraud in northern Illinois. It says around 200 defendants have been similarly charged since 2008."

Around 200. And the effort is ongoing.

Headline Of The Day
Chicago Cab Vomit Tax Passed, $50 Per Upchuck.

Cab Vomit Fee: Blowing Chunks Could Cost You Big Bucks.

Coal Hole
"With an eye toward the potential shut down of all its Illinois coal-fired power plants and a possible bankruptcy filing, the February agreement Midwest Generation made with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to close two coal plants on the Southwest Side increasingly looks like a good deal for the company, and not the ideal outcome for residents who live near the facilities," Progress Illinois reports.

For example:

"Under the deal, Midwest Generation does not have to clean up the site, according to Emanuel spokesman Tom Alexander."

Just last February the mayor got a lot of mileage out of his supposed tough-guy stance with headlines like this: Emanuel Gives Coal Plant Operator An Ultimatum To Clean Up.

I guess they forgot the winking emoticon.

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Chicago duo: This trap shit ain't a fad.


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Posted on July 3, 2012

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