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The [Tuesday] Papers

"Hundreds of abused and neglected Cook County children go without much-needed adult support each year because of lack of funding for the county's volunteer advocate program," Melissa Sanchez reports for the Chicago Reporter.

"About 1 percent of some 5,800 current abuse and neglect cases in the county's child welfare system have adult volunteers assigned through the nonprofit Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, of Cook County."

I hate to resort to a cliche, but lack of funding for those most in need is a cliche in itself: A society's budgets are moral documents.

The need for more support for youth in foster care was illustrated by a recent report from the Office of the Inspector General for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. The report detailed the tough, traumatic lives led by 11 foster youth who died in shootings during the two years prior to June 30, 2015. One of them was 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was shot dead by a Chicago police officer in 2014. All 11 youth were African American or Latino, as are the majority of foster youth in Cook County. (See the response from DCFS.)

"In my ideal world, I'd like to serve all 5,800 [cases]" said Mark Dinglasan, CASA's executive director. Instead, with a current budget of just $500,000 and not enough staff to train and oversee volunteers, the organization can handle only 75 cases (about 140 children). Meanwhile, Juvenile Court judges send three to four requests for advocates to CASA each week. Overall, the number of abuse and neglect cases has held steady in recent years at about 6,000 annually.

Please click through and read the whole thing.

Deplorable Peter
"U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Wheaton, walked away from reporters on Monday who asked about the effect of Donald Trump on the Republican Party," WBEZ reports.

"Oh heaven help me," Roskam said as he turned and left the College of DuPage in west suburban Glen Ellyn.

Roskam and Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner were at the college for a town hall meeting. The majority of the questions from the audience focused on the state's budget problems.

But after the event, reporters swarmed Roskam, who has given conflicting answers about whether he supports Trump.

Roskam first told editorial boards he supported Trump, then said Trump still had to earn his vote. Roskam eventually went back to supporting Trump.

Look, if we wanted a congressman who couldn't make up his mind about Donald Trump, we'd have elected Ken Bone. Search your heart, Peter - if you can find it.

Rahm's Raises Ruse
"Hefty pay raises granted to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's personal staff are not what they appear, a top mayoral aide said Monday," the Sun-Times reports.

Oooh oooh oooh, me, me me!

A) If you take the raises as a percentage of the budget . . .

B) Given the skills of these folks, we'll actually save money in the end . . .

C) It's a lot less than they'd make in the private sector . . .

D) If you squint hard enough, they're actually cuts.

"' just want to caution that the appearance of large increases may very well not be due to an actual increase in somebody's salary. It simply might be the way this budget book lines up,' [budget director Alexandra] Holt said, acknowledging that a 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment for nonunion employees took effect July 1."

Crap, E) Gobbledygook.

"Because we have a very old budgeting system, you can't actually look at the budget book and determine who's gotten what kind of increase."

Where can we look, then?

The salaries are lined up in salary order from the largest down within a particular title class. So, what you'll see is a 2016 position where somebody might actually be making just as much in 2017 as they were in '16, but because of the way the salaries are ordered within the book, it appears that they weren't."

I know these are words that seem to be arranged into sentences, but I still can't figure out what they mean.

"The other thing that's possible is that $112,000 you're seeing there in '16 is still $112,000 in 2017. It's just the way the positions line up along that same title. It's appearing lower down on the list and somebody else has jumped up over them and it looks like the $112,000 has gone to $150,000. It's a problem with a very old system, and one that we need to fix because it's one that actually confuses me every year."

Am I having a stroke?

Ald. John Arena (45th) was not totally satisfied with the budget director's explanation. He asked for a side-by-side comparison of salaries and positions in the mayor's office this year and next.

"If we have positions that were $150,000 last year, even if we're hiring a new person in the same position for $183,000, what changed in that position? What are the roles and responsibilities that have changed to justify a $30,000 increase in that position?" Arena said.

"Clearly, we have two other people in that position that are doing it for $150,000. What's the difference?

Is this gonna be on the test?

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Tortured Gitmo Diary Author Finally Free
Held for 14 years without charge; case led Guardian reporter to Homan Square.

Another Obama Leak Investigation
Retired general pleads guilty in case involving a New York Times reporter's book.

Tape, Ranked
From surveillance to hockey.

Hawt In Chicago
Some fires can't be contained (wink, wink, groan).

Step Up Ladder Safety
The "Fatal Four:" Falls, electrocutions, struck by object, and caught-in/between.

The Weekend In Chicago Rock
Featuring: Deap Vally, Okkervil River, Electric Six, Nam Land, Toxic Holocaust, Kaleo, Discharge, Lindsey Stirling, Lewis Del Mar, Ayokay, Moon Taxi, Death From Above 1979, Sia, Vanilla Ice, Coolio, Salt N Pepa, Color Me Badd, OneRepublic, Declan McKenna, Soul Assassins, Moon Hooch, Tom Odell, 7 Minutes In Heaven, Simple Plan, Brett Naucke, Banal Anml, Dweezil Zappa, and Parkway Drive.

From the Beachwood sports desk . . .

Wild About Harry & The 1988 Cubs
Holy freakin' cow, they put this on TV?

The Cub Factor: Joe Blows!
Is the magic man with the Midas touch managing tight?

No, We Don't Want To See 'W' Flag Cupcakes
Dear media: Stop. We're begging you.

Bears Not So Foxy
When you go from savior to irritant to punch line, you're generally on your way out the door.

Breakfast In America: Chill, People
For once, English football is calmer than the U.S. populous. Some advice.

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BeachBook

The New York Times' Exceedingly Well-Crafted Account of Game 2 Against The Dodgers.

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NYT: Javier Baez Is Leaving His Mark On The Playoffs.

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Miguel Montero Attends Mass At Wrigley Field.

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Revolution Brewing Recalls Six Of Its Best-Selling Beers.

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Why Is The U.S. Green Party So Irrelevant?

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Two Trillion Galaxies, At The Very Least.

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Striking New Research On Inequality: 'Whatever You Thought, It's Worse.'

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Wikileaks E-Mails Show Clinton Aides Cowering In Fear Of Seeming To Care About The Poor.

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The Pathogens Of Wells Fargo Fester In Every Large Corporation.

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TweetWood
A sampling.

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No big whoop.

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The Beachwood Tronc Line: A big whoop.



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