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The [Tuesday] Papers

"If you were worried that Illinois didn't have enough lawyers, fear not. More are on the way," AP reports.

I'm imagining most of those are for the criminal defense bar.

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I wonder if the reports claiming the deep financial costs of corruption in this state include the economic activity corruption generates for the criminal defense bar and all its ancillaries - the paperwork, the paralegals, the expense-account lunches and dinners. Plus, more clicks for the media. PR people hired for crisis communications. Spending on campaigns to fill the positions of those sent to the pokey. Assignment Desk, activate!

But I digress.

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"Illinois Supreme Court justices are scheduled to administer the attorney's oath to 1,459 people on Thursday. A statement from the high court says that'll bring the total number of licensed attorneys in Illinois to around 96,500."

I asked Google how many elected officials were in Illinois so I could determine a baseline lawyer-to-potential client ratio, but Google's reply was just vague spin.

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"Ceremonies will take place in five locations statewide. The largest groups will be at two Thursday ceremonies at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago, where 1,172 candidates will take the oath."

Along with a certificate and photos, the newly minted lawyers will be given a sample subpoena, a ceremonial wire, and an organizational chart of the City of Chicago.

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Losers Bracket
If at first your political campaigns don't succeed, try, try again to become a judge instead.

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P.S.: Anne Shaw, from the link, also ran for 1st ward alderman against Joe Moreno, who was finally deposed last spring by Daniel LaSpata.

P.P.S.: John Garrido, the other person from the link, is Trumpy.

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Machine Malfunctions
"Cook County Democratic Party leaders voted unanimously Monday to ask former state Rep. Luis Arroyo to step down from their ranks - and plan to send a letter to indicted Ald. Ed Burke requesting he relinquish the party post he's held for more than half a century," the Sun-Times reports.

"[T]he Cook County Democratic Party's 10-member Executive Committee voted to formally request the resignations of Burke and Arroyo because they had been charged with crimes."

Best part:

"The vote was unanimous, although Ald. Carrie Austin, the 34th Ward committeeman, did not attend the meeting or vote. Austin herself was named in a federal grand jury subpoena earlier this year, prompting FBI agents to remove files and equipment from her Far South Side ward office."

The Cook County Democratic Party: Unable to find 10 corruption-free pols to serve on its executive committee and vote out corrupted pols.

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Machine Chair: Toni Preckwinkle, the wet dream of CTU's socialist radicals.

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"In the middle of her failed mayoral run at the time, Preckwinkle sought to distance herself from Burke by returning the $116,000 she raised at Burke's house in January 2018."

Was it finally confirmed she went through with this? Also: Unbothered to be a pal with and take money from The Machine's hoariest figure until the optics harmed her mayoral campaign.

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It would've been one thing if Preckwinkle gained control of the county party and reformed it. But then, that's not why she was put into the job. (I don't know why anyone would believe her approach would be different if she won the mayoralty; oh wait, only the CTU believed that. Austin, for example, would have been her budget committee chair - just like she was for Daley and Rahm. Waguespack would not have been finance committee chair, succeeding Burke. Aldermanic privilege would remain. And so on.)

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"[Preckwinkle] also stripped Burke of his power to help get judges elected to the bench, removing him as chair of the Cook County Democratic Party's judicial slating committee."

Just a reminder of who has been the single most influential figure filling judicial vacancies in Cook County for years - with Preckwinkle's assent.

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New on the Beachwood . . .

CTU Strike Notebook 4
Is (still) in production!

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Re-Upping: A Union Of Women's Hockey Players Looking For A League Of Its Own
'Labor, in the form of the PWHPA, is trying to direct the professional women's hockey industry rather than respond to it.'

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ChicagoReddit

Dog boarding for a month? from r/chicago

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ChicagoGram

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ChicagoTube

John 5 at Reggies on Saturday night.

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BeachBook

Serving The Pets Of 60621.

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North Dakota Brewery Is Putting Shelter Dogs On Its Beer Cans.

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A Teenager May Have Solved The Problem Of Car Blind Spots.

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A Woman Had A Tiny Pinworm Laying Eggs In Her Butt For 2 Months, And It's More Common Than You Might Think.

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