The [Tuesday] Papers
Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) is today's Worst Person in Chicago.
"Tunney got cell phone ticket, handed over driver's license - but police gave it back after he made a call," the Sun-Times reports.
Maybe that's just one of the perks of the job - like Cubs playoff tickets.
But here's the best part: Tunney told the Tribune that police priorities might be in the wrong place. "We have time in the middle of the day to pull over a person for use of a cell," Tunney said.
Why is that the best part?
Because Tunney voted in favor of the cell phone ban when it was enacted in 2005 - over critics who said that maybe the police ought to spend their time on more important things than pulling people over in the middle of the day for using a cell phone.
What's next, Joe Moore getting caught serving foie gras for Thanksgiving?
And certainly Tunney's accomplice, Town Hall District Cmdr. Gary Yamashiroya, has bought himself a suspension.
Tax and Pony Show
It's hard to believe he misjudged what the reaction to his proposed tax-laden budget would be so badly. Was he too distracted by the Olympics and his foreign travels? Usually he calls the aldermen into his office while the budget is being crafted to keep any debate private so he can present a budget that will be passed unanimously. What went wrong this time?
Anderson Gansner of Lakeview offers the mayor a few alternatives.
The Tribune puts the story atop page one.
Maybe we should put control of the entire county in the hands of an independent panel.
Welcome aboard! But the fairy tale conceit is property of John Kass.
Now it's gut check time? After 18 years of this guy? Maybe gut check time should have been after the 1995 heat wave, or the Duffs scandal, or the Millennium Park fiasco, or at some point during the Jon Burge mess. This is nothing.
And believe me, if we have to depend on the guts of our aldermen, we'll end up with taxes on opening our mail and turning on our TVs.
Okay, I live just outside the city. But, I don't pay enough sales tax and parking fees? My landlady didn't pay enough property tax when I did live in Chicago? My company doesn't pay a head tax for the privilege of having me work downtown?
Brother. This is proof that the city will, in fact, nickel and dime you right to death.
"'The time had come for us to leave. Most of our subscribers had already left the neighborhood for the suburbs, and we couldn't serve them as well if we stayed in the city,' said Sean Kwon, a managing editor at the Korean language newspaper, the oldest in the city. 'Chicago has become a very expensive city for many of them to live in over the last few years.'
'Gary Medina, a spokesman for Ald. Richard Mell (33rd), sees the neighborhood's redevelopment in a more positive light.
"'When Korean immigrants started moving here in the 1980s, they basically brought Albany Park back to life. Before, there had been a lot of empty storefronts. Now that's not the case,' Medina said."
So good riddance to those who did the hard work. This is New Chicago.
Methinks the mayor's travel plans to China and Korea - canceled to deal with the budget - could be back on just about then.
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Posted on October 16, 2007
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