The [Tuesday] Papers
The Papers is away on business today but will return tomorrow.
But please enjoy:
The [Monday] Papers
"The mayor had hoped to bring in $30 million this year. But results from a monthlong test of the automated camera system indicate the city could reap well into the hundreds of millions of dollars in the program's first year."
Well, as I've suggested before, we should all not speed just out of spite.
"City transportation officials argue that estimate is overblown, but the test period statistics the mayor's office released Friday reinvigorated critics who argue that the program is more of a cash grab than the child safety measure Emanuel sold it as."
I'm not sure that logic tracks. If tests reveal that Chicagoans speed - and near parks and schools - far more than was thought, wouldn't that strengthen the argument that safety is paramount?
Or maybe the idea is that City Hall knew all along how much money they could rake in, though a spokesman for the vendor said that "[E]veryone was shocked at the numbers."
Not that I buy safety as Rahm's true motive, but it might be more of a happy coincidence than us critics foresaw.
Now, how about all that money goes to neighborhoods schools?
Which is just what the State of Illinois wants - they want citizens to lose their money. The more the better.
"CPS released the routes a day after the Chicago Tribune reported that the Safe Passage plans were incomplete less than three weeks before school starts Aug. 26."
From that article:
"Training for Safe Passage workers, originally targeted by CPS for this week, is now set to begin next Thursday, and the routes will be made public by then, district spokeswoman Becky Carroll said."
Magically, the day after that story the Sun-Times got an "exclusive look" (see the item Safe Passageway) at the routes.
The one area where CPS excels at transparency is their PR. And shame on the Sun-Times for playing along.
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Posted on August 13, 2013
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