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The [Tuesday] Papers

"When national budget cuts kicked in this year, the federal defender's office in Chicago reduced its staff, froze salaries and tried some creative belt-tightening by renegotiating utilities for its Loop offices and making staff lawyers pay for their own gas while visiting clients in far-flung jails," the Tribune reports.

"Now, unless Congress acts quickly, further cuts because of sequestration in Washington threaten to gut an already lean operation that represents hundreds of indigent clients charged in Chicago's federal court each year, from alleged bank robbers to terrorism suspects.

"I have never seen anything like this," said Carol Brook, executive director of the Federal Defender Program in Chicago. "Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought this could happen."

The implications go to the heart of our criminal justice system because the very notion of a fair trial is endangered when the playing field between prosecution and defense is so skewed.

"With federal defender's offices across the country facing similar threats, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., raised concern Monday that the widening gap in resources between federal prosecutors and public defenders could lead to a constitutional confrontation."

Add it to the list.

Chicago Bullshit
I'm sure I've already missed all the best jokes on Twitter so I'm just gonna let this one be.

For now.

Ziggy Lives
"The U.S. military has been investigating the use of sophisticated data mining tools to probe social media and other open sources in order to support military operations against money laundering, drug trafficking, terrorism and other threats," Secrecy News reports. " But the window for doing so may be closing as the social media landscape changes, according to an internal assessment.

"U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) National Capital Region (NCR) conducted a series of experiments over the past year under the rubric "QUANTUM LEAP" that was intended to test "non-traditional" tools and techniques to advance the SOCOM mission."

Too easy.

Stitch Pitch
Geez, what's next, scabs?

Fantasy Inside Baseball
More believable: Ty Fahner or A-Rod?

Plus, it took him (Fahner) an awful long time to come up with an explanation.


Hey Ty, have you signed up for the bull run yet?

Being Brad
"Add this to newly resigned Metra board Chairman Brad O'Halloran's tarnished legacy at the commuter rail agency: Last month, O'Halloran announced in a Metra news release that he'd enlisted Tim McCarthy - the Orland Park police chief best known for being shot while protecting President Ronald Reagan as a member of the Secret Service in 1981 - to help overhaul the rail agency's troubled police department," the Sun-Times reports.

"But McCarthy says that when O'Halloran approached him "several weeks ago" about helping Metra, he told him no and referred him to the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police."

Hey Brad, have you signed up for the bull run yet?

That's Pat!
"Thanks to an apparent loophole in state law, a south suburban Democratic bigwig will be paid both as a new member of the Chicago Transit Authority board and as a township supervisor - even though others in a similar position have been forced to give up one paycheck or the other," Greg Hinz reports for Crain's.

"At issue is Gov. Pat Quinn's appointment earlier this summer of Frank Zuccarelli, the Thornton Township supervisor and the township's Democratic committeeman, to a slot on the CTA board. The CTA position will pay him $25,000 a year and entitles him to health insurance and a retirement pension.

"Mr. Zuccarelli already is believed to make $128,520 in the township supervisor's job. His office won't say, and he didn't return calls."

"Brad O'Halloran recently resigned as chairman of the Metra board, at least in part because of reports that he'd violated state law by accepting compensation both as a Metra board member and as an Orland Park village trustee.

"But Mr. Zuccarelli is different. At least, so says Mr. Quinn's office."

Why? Because a loophole in one part of the law - contradicted by other parts of the law - states that a township is not a municipality. Thus, Quinn thinks he's good to go.

Hey Pat, have you signed up for the . . . oh, you get the joke by now.

Another Amazing Weekend In Chicago Rock (Cont'd)

Including: Reignwolf, Cat Power, The Vaccines, Dickey Betts, Tree No Leaves, Frightened Rabbit, Beach House, Phil Anselmo, Steve Angello, Wild Cub, Another Black Hour, and New Order.

Screwing Up In Reverse
How bad was the spanking the Dodgers administered to the Cubs over the weekend? So bad the Cubs couldn't score on Carlos Marmol. In The Cub Factor.

Hangover Helper Not Much Help
Plus: Salads of Sadness & Piggly Wrigley. In The Random Food Report.

A Chicago MasterChef's Mental Illness
And A TV Reporter Helping Us Contemplate Life And Death. In Local TV Notes.


The Beachwood Tip Line: Cautionary tales.


Posted on August 6, 2013

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POLITICS - When Wall Street Came To My Mobile Home Park.
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BOOKS - China Holding Swedish Publisher.


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