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The [Tuesday] Papers

"Paul Vallas, who returned to Illinois last month as Gov. Pat Quinn's running mate, has been hired to a six-figure job as a municipal finance consultant by a longtime friend and political supporter of the Democratic governor," the Tribune reports.

This is astonishingly bad judgement. It's hard to even fathom.

"Vallas began his position with DSI Civic, an affiliate of Chicago-based Development Specialists Inc., on April 1, said DSI CEO and President Bill Brandt, who serves as the chair of the Illinois Finance Authority - an unpaid post he was appointed to by Quinn. Brandt donated $100,000 in December to Quinn's re-election effort."

Vallas is already bored, and he's not even lieutenant governor yet.

"Mr. Brandt and Paul Vallas are both people who have made a difference in life, and if they want to work together that's up to them," Quinn said. "I had nothing to do with that."

Vallas can do whatever he wants - he's my running mate, not my spouse!


"Quinn's campaign said the position would be part-time, though Brandt said Vallas was hired full-time."

Maybe they were confused because that's not Vallas's only job.

"[Vallas] also operates a private education consulting firm and has said he would continue that work while campaigning."

Look, we all know lieutenant governor is a do-nothing job, but this is ridiculous.


"This is a pure business decision designed to make me money," Brandt said.

Not helping.


"[I]t's probably no big deal," Rich Miller of the Capitol Fax Blog writes.

Oh. Nevermind.


Worst President Ever
"With the Obama administration deporting illegal immigrants at a record pace, the president has said the government is going after 'criminals, gang bangers, people who are hurting the community, not after students, not after folks who are here just because they're trying to figure out how to feed their families.'

"But a New York Times analysis of internal government records shows that since President Obama took office, two-thirds of the nearly two million deportation cases involve people who had committed minor infractions, including traffic violations, or had no criminal record at all."


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* Film Sheds Light On Jesus People's Dark Stories.

* The Tortured History Of The U.S. Senate's Secret Torture Report.






The Beachwood Tip Line: Historic.


Posted on April 8, 2014

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