The [Tuesday] Papers
The Tribune discovers that "Obama" is just a brand cooked up by his political consultants; that his policy choices are fixed around that brand, not the other way around (and not always very well); and that his deepest political ties in Chicago reveal anything but a new kind of politician.
Making of a Candidate
Reform Tha' Police
"Under one 'very pernicious provision,' the officer must receive the name of the complainant and advance copies of all witness statements, [lawyer Locke] Bowman said, and all previous unsustained complaints cannot be used against an officer in an investigation, even if there are several."
Another provision allows accused officers to beat the shit out of their accusers for not keeping their mouths shut about their first beating.
Nonetheless, Nance reports that one proposed compromise would establish a Public Art Commission and wrest control of public art selection from the mayor's cultural affairs department, in exchange for reducing some of the bureaucratic and burdensome community participation requirements of the current system.
And, of course, the Cubs had a second basemen in left field in Alfonso Soriano.
Now, to be fair, Theriot apparently came up as a shortstop. So he's playing out of position once removed. Kind of like Jacque Jones when he plays center. Which Soriano used to play too - briefly. As Marty says, just like Jim Hendry drew it up.
Illinois is not one of them.
"Over a six-week period this spring, someone filed reports, sometimes several in one day, describing felled trees, hail and tornadoes that never occurred."
The iGates is next.
"Years of grossly underfunding its employee pension plan, misdirecting capital funds, operating unreliable service with dirty vehicles, hiring City Hall rejects for middle-management jobs and extending its middle finger to the outside world have caught up with the agency," Hinz says. "Its credibility is gone, and though new CTA boss Ron Huberman is off to a promising start, he can only do so much in a month.
"Ironically, the CTA is in trouble now because then-President Frank Kruesi uncharacteristically chose to play nice last fall. Instead of justly declaring a budget crisis then -- a card he played prematurely in prior years -- the CTA and Regional Transit Authority assented to pleas to keep quiet until after Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Mayor Richard M. Daley and state and city lawmakers had been safely re-elected. The unstated promise from the pols: Help us now and we'll help you in the spring.
"That was then.
"Oddly, it's been suburban Republicans, the chairs of the collar county boards, who've been willing to talk about new taxes for transit and roads.
"And Mr. Daley?
"While waiting to hear him address a business group last week, I suggested to his spokeswoman that transit is a lesser priority for him. She disputed that. "They are aware of what his priorities are in Springfield," she said.
"But when Mr. Daley spoke, he talked for a half-hour about the 2016 Olympics and how Chicago school kids are learning Chinese and other education issues. Transit came up, briefly, only when an audience member asked about it."
The Beachwood Tip Line: A regional solution.
Posted on June 12, 2007
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