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The [Tuesday] Papers

"Kennedy raised just $700K in second quarter, spent almost all of it," Rich Miller notes at CapFax.

What caught my eye even more than that, though, was this - Bill Daley joining the campaign as finance chair.

Just the latest example of the dissonance of a campaign weirdly selling itself as anti-Machine and anti-money.

To which I echo this sentiment:


And repeat this observation:


Oh, in case you forgot: Bill Daley was Barack Obama's second chief of staff. His first was Rahm Emanuel.


Btw, don't sleep on Dan Biss.


Meanwhile, in Raunerville . . .

"Gov. Bruce Rauner's trusted policy chief kicked off another week of tumult in the administration on Monday, becoming the latest high-level staffer to leave the governor's staff under protest," the Sun-Times reports.

"And signaling that the turmoil is far from over, another five senior staff members quickly followed Mike Mahoney out the door before the day was over.

"A new hire - a hand-picked assistant whose first day on the job was Monday - was also fired based on homophobic and racially insensitive tweets.

"That brings the total administration exits since last week to at least 20."

Make no mistake, this is unprecedented. Rauner is blowing up his staff and taking a hard turn to the right.

"The resignations on the administration's policy, digital and communications team, were a way to protest the new ideology, sources said."


Here's what really caught my eye:

While many are still scratching their heads over the takeover, a source with close knowledge of the governor's administration said the uproar was sparked by the Rauners' "unhealthy obsession with media and messaging" and by discussions Rauner and his wife had at "North Shore cocktail parties."

An unhealthy obsession with media and messaging is very Blagojevich, except that Rauner is very, very good at it. Unfortunately, he hasn't learned that messaging doesn't translate into governing. In other words, Rauner has a terrific brand manager but a terrible CEO.


"And of the First Lady: 'I think her footprint on decision-making, on his decision-making, is larger than most believe,' the source said."

You mean she's not the Democratic moderating force we were (disingenuously) sold on?


"Asked about the shakeup on Friday, Rauner said it was 'baloney' to link the staff shakeup to the budget showdown.

"I don't know where all this baloney comes from," the governor said when a reporter raised the question. "We should focus on what's right for the people of Illinois. We are always trying to recruit and retain the best people in America to serve the people of Illinois. "That's all that matters."

He doesn't know where the baloney comes from. Which is baloney.


P.S.: Has Diana ever been asked about how their daughter got into Payton? She's fair game, you know.


The (Non-Pitchfork) Weekend In Chicago Rock
Featuring: Deeper, Cherry Glazerr, Tenement, Primitive Teeth, Liquids, Your Pest Band, Princess Nokia, Palaye Royale, Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie, Megadeth, Slayer, Circles Around the Sun, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Blair Crimmins and the Hookers, Meshuggah, Matthew Sweet, The Aquabats, Seether, Caravan Palace, KISS, Stone Sour, Korn, Phish, OneRepublic, Woods, Ethers, Dianetics, and Chicago.

Pitchfork coverage is in pre-production.


Made In Chicago: Roller Derby Inspires World Celebration
Athletes from across the Midwest will launch World Roller Derby Week on August 13th on the 82nd anniversary of Chicagoan Leo Seltzer presenting his creation, Roller Derby, at the Chicago Coliseum in 1935.


The Land After Frac Sand
In Wisconsin, reclaimed mine sites have become farmland, pasture or forested wildlife habitat.



Buena Park To Haymarket Books: We Don't Want You Here.


Statue Of Liberty Made From Bombed Rubble Of Aleppo, By Syrian Artist Tammam Azzam.


Vegan Queen Karyn Calabrese Shutters Last Restaurant.


A sampling.


And yet, her boss stands by her story. Assignment Desk, activate!


Who is the chump they targeted, I wonder . . .


The Beachwood Tronc Line: Shop 'til you drop.


Posted on July 18, 2017

MUSIC - Chief Keef Changed The Industry.
TV - Vizio's Best Product Is You.
POLITICS - UIC: Soda Taxes Work.
SPORTS - More McCaskey Malpractice.

BOOKS - All About Poop.


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