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The [Tuesday] Papers

1. RAHM IS OUT.

Rumors that Rahm would bow out had been circulating for weeks, and intensified over the weekend. Still, wow.

Quick thought (I have to do my taxes today): Rahm was a divisive force who failed to effectively manage both CPS and CPD - while successfully delivering for the business community and those in his socioeconomic strata. While that's a record not unlike his predecessor(s), he was also particularly unlikable and ungenuine. Still, he had a shot at a third term despite polls that showed he was vulnerable. It just would've been one helluva fight and maybe he finally ran out of energy for it. We'll see in the days ahead, as I'm sure he'll manage his post-mayoral PR.

2. Cab Crash.

"Nearly half of the city's 6,999 licensed cabs are in foreclosure or idled, leading to an increasingly desperate call for regulatory intervention - including a newly floated idea to cap the number of ride-sharing licenses in Chicago - to keep taxi fleets on the streets," the Tribune reports.

"New York City approved a measure last month that places a one-year moratorium on new ride-share licenses. Support is growing among Chicago cabbies for a similar move here . . . Ald. Anthony Beale, 9th, and Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, have said they are considering such a proposal."

Nearly half of the city's 6,999 licensed cabs are in foreclosure or idled.

3. Hawk Harrelson Wants LeBron James To Just Dribble.

Hawk Harrelson apologists are the worst. He should've been fired a long time ago, but I guess that's Jerry Reinsdorf's infamous (and misguided) loyalty.

4. Sad Statues Saga.

"An Illinois county has approved a memorial honoring three former governors from Kankakee, including convicted ex-Gov. George Ryan," AP reports. (h/t: Rich Miller)

"The Daily Journal reports the Kankakee County board endorsed it in a 10-to-2 vote last week. It'll be on the Kankakee courthouse lawn. It'll also be dedicated to Len Small, governor from 1921 to 1929; and Samuel Shapiro, governor in the late 1960s."

For more, see our very own Ed Hammer's coverage of the sad statues saga:

* The Statues Of Kankakee.

* Now Even Statues Of Dirty Illinois Governors Want Your Money.

* Ex-Con George Ryan To Personally Appeal For Statue.

* Kankakee Statues Saga Takes Mayberryesque Turn.

5. Like I said, I have to do my taxes today. Why today? Because I have a business that's an S. Corp. and blah blah blah . . . More on Rahm tomorrow.

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New on the Beachwood . . .

The Weekend In Chicago Rock
Featuring: Monolord, Venom Inc., Cory Wong, Moon Taxi, Vulfpeck, Canvus, Zebra, O.A.R., Culture Club, the B-52s, Jimmy Degenerate and the NotSeez, Giorgio Moroder, Jamiroquai, Knower, and RL Grime.

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Bears: Playoffs Or Bust
A trade like this - one so huge it's type isn't allowed in the NBA - hasn't been made in the NFL since the Bears last made a trade like this.

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Don't Just Impeach Trump: Annul His Presidency
"Annulment would repeal all of it - recognizing that such appointments, orders, rules, and records were made without constitutional authority."

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The White Sox Report: He Hits Dingers
Daniel Palka is not exactly a five-tool player. More like one tool.

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The Allure Of Destination Breweries As Rural Economic Engines
The beercation comes into its own.

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Last Week In Chicago Rock
Featuring: Gringo Star, L.A. Witch, Moonwalks, Pussy Foot, Guided by Voices, Tom Walker, Deathrun, Milk Money, Lyle Lovett, Justin Hayward, Five Finger Death Punch, Mega Ran, Fire-Toolz, Tiger Village, and Lord Mute.

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The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #215: Maddon Madness & Magic
He's not going anywhere but the playoffs. Plus: Hot White Sox Screwing Eloy; Fake Bears Finish Fake Pre-Season With Fake Hopes; and NU's Ridiculous Football Palace On The Lake.

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ChicagoReddit

Is there a way to tune the alerts you get from the Weather Channel on your TV? from r/chicago

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ChicagoGram

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ChicagoTube

Crayfish In Botany Pond, University Of Chicago.

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BeachBook
A sampling.

The University Of Illinois Scientist Who Scrambled Darwin's Tree Of Life.

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I Worked With Avital Ronell. I Believe Her Accuser.


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TweetWood
A sampling.

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The Beachwood Tronc Line: Bullseye.



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Posted on September 4, 2018


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