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The [Wednesday] Papers

By Steve Rhodes

I found the best coverage of the Cook County sales tax vote yesterday in the Tribune's editorial this morning.

See also: Great Moments In Cook County Board History.


But why isn't there more heat on Michael Madigan?

War Zone
"Belleville Soldier Killed In Baghdad Blast."

Nun Trial
I wasn't there to hear the evidence first-hand, but . . . I'm not so sure about this. Plus, the judge wouldn't allow testimony about one passenger's death because he thought it could prejudice the trial, but he did allow the nun to wear her habit during the proceedings. You might as well have let her wear a highway patrol uniform.

Scheme Theme
"In the scheme of things - city kids getting shot, folks losing their jobs - an alderman's controversial order to paint over a mural on private property isn't a big deal, Mayor Daley said Tuesday," the Sun-Times reports.

Which begs the question: with city kids getting shot and folks losing their jobs, why is the city spending time and money painting over murals on private property?

The Daley Show
The mayor sees a tsunami coming - but no rain.

That's Sneed!
"A poll May 7 on the 2010 Illinois Senate race, taken by a Republican interest, shows Rep. Jan Schakowsky ahead and Merchandise Mart mogul Chris Kennedy, the son of Sen. Robert Kennedy, and the nephew of President Kennedy, surprisingly lacking in name ID."
- Lynn Sweet, May 12

"Top Dem party sources tell Sneed a Kennedy candidacy would come with instantaneous name recognition."
- Sneed, today

See also: The Chris Kennedy Factor. He's the big domino now.

Search Me
"If newspaper execs don't want their content crawled, they can easily tag their content with a robot that blocks Google's spiders from crawling and indexing their pages, says Google spokesman Gabriel Stricker."


Instead, newspaper execs are hiring SEO specialists. And extra PR people so they can more easily speak out of both sides of their mouths.


Remember how Bill Wirtz went to his grave a laughingstock because he wouldn't put Blackhawks games on "free" TV?


"Google News generally runs a headline, maybe a first line of a story from The Times and a link," New York Times editor Bill Keller says. "On balance, they're driving a lot of traffic to us. I don't think most of what Google does in that regard could be described as parasitism or piracy."


"It's the people entering the profession now who are going to create the publishing models, the business models, that are going to shape journalism in the 21st century," Josh Marshall says at Columbia University.

But hey, why let them have all the fun?

Hawk Tawk
"The first period saw the Blackhawks throw more at the Red Wings than they've seen in an awfully long time," Darren Eliot writes at View From The Ice. "They outshot the Red Wings 19-13 in the opening period and by those numbers alone you can tell that the first 20 minutes was more to the liking of the Blackhawks, style-wise. They even broke through and scored the first goal of the game. But the Red Wings hung in due to the goaltending of Chris Osgood, who was outstanding in stopping 18 shots and tied the game on the strength of a power-play goal.

"Despite the 'Hawks' first-period flurry, however, they could not pile up a lead. Then in the second, they were checked into submission."

Ding Dong
It's Graffiti Busters. They're here to paint over my Harold Washington poster.

I Shot the Band
At Chicago City Limits in Schaumburg.

Chicago's Condo Crash
A downtown depression. Maybe even a tsunami!

When We Leave Illinois
Where do we go? Hint: where it's warmer. In Who We Are.

The Salad Bar Series
No. 2: Chuck E. Cheese's in Batavia. An adult-sized sneeze guard for pint-sized sneezes.

Cook Hook
"In a notable change for the Cook County Board, but one taken for granted in other governments, the president can no longer also be a member of the body," the Daily Herald reports.

It was a 9-8 vote.

Suit Up
"The US Air Force (USAF) plans to fly the Boeing Phantom Works X-51A Waverider hypersonic engine research vehicle at up to Mach 6 later this year," Jane's reports.

Chicago Video Channel

1. The Carbon Police Cruiser demoed in Chicago.


2. Luke's in Mundelein. A hot dog review.


The Beachwood Tip Line: Alpha Beta Tango.

Posted on May 20, 2009

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