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The [Wednesday] Papers

How it began:

"Bill Cellini, a high school physics teacher by training, was elected to the Springfield City Council as streets commissioner in 1963 at age 28."

His real genius, though: Seein' his opportunities and takin' 'em.


"State contacts helped the Springfield Republican earn tens of millions from real estate, casino and even asphalt businesses, and he's held on to much of his wealth," AP reports. "The son of a policeman, he has a reputation as savvy and meticulous and a man not to be crossed.

"'He was so well connected, if he was upset with you, there was a perception he could make a few calls - and you may not get that state job or state contract you wanted,' said David Morrison, deputy director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform.

"The trial will offer another peek at the underbelly of Illinois' scandal-plagued politics."


And add "The Puppet Master" to the list of Cellini nicknames.

Maggie Matters
Deals developers couldn't refuse.


Meanwhile, Ald. Scott Waguespack plans to introduce an ordinance today "that would return half of Chicago's unused tax-increment financing funds back to the city and 55 percent of that money to the schools," Catalyst reports.

"[Waguespack] estimates that $500 million is left over in TIF accounts; if half of that was returned to the city, as the ordinance specifies, schools would get $137.5 million. That money could help cover the school district's current deficit without further cuts. Last week, CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard said he was still looking for $44 million in savings in order to cover the current year's budget."

Not GR8
"Mayor Rahm Emanuel has enlisted a troika of A-list fundraisers for an extrordinarily difficult mission: coming up with $50 million or more in corporate cash to help the city stage next year's NATO/G8 meetings," Greg Hinz reports for Crain's.

Can't NATO and the G8 pay for their own damn meetings? Or just use Skype?


"Raising that kind of money will be very difficult in this economy, and insiders say Mr. Bryan, who has been involved in numerous big fundraising drives through the years, already has run into resistance.

"'We're all dreading getting the phone call,' one well-placed corporate official told me."

Because you're afraid to say no? Grow a spine!


"I don't think it's meeting a lot of success so far," said another. "Business people are pushing back."


"But on the line are the city's reputation and, for business, its relationship with the city's new chief executive," Hinz writes.

The city's reputation with global elites, that is.


"Though far more was raised for Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Olympics, the 1996 Democratic convention probably is more analogous to the NATO/G8," Hinz writes.

"The host committee that year raised about $36 million but had a good message, since the convention was sort of Chicago's rebirth on the national stage after the disastrous 1968 Democratic National Convention riots."

That's one expensive "message."

Treason Shares Up
Chicago Mercantile Exchange chairman Terry Duffy "said he is working with Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, state legislators and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to find a solution that would keep CME in the city, but said he has a 'fiduciary duty' to do what is best for shareholders."

And apparently he thinks Emanuel and Quinn do too.

About That Marilyn Monroe Photo
In yesterday's column I linked to this photo/article sourced to the London Daily Mail.

It turns out the Mail heisted a Tribune photo taken by Andrew Wang without giving Wang or the Trib credit.

For my money, it's one of the photos of the year. So kudos, Andrew, and my apology for having missed it the first time around.


Of course, that's how the Daily Mail operates.

Chess Board
"Cheap Trick is the latest entity to link into the resurrection of the historic South Michigan Avenue strip that is the home of the Chess Records studio, Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) said Tuesday," the Sun-Times reports.

"The Rockford-based band is looking to open a museum and concert venue in a vacant Buick dealership at 2245 S. Michigan, he said. Chess is at 2120 S. Michigan."

Principal For A Day Off
"Chicago Public Schools is canceling its Principal for a Day program, which for years has been held in October," Shia Kapos reports for Crain's.

High School Musical Chairs
"The seven world leaders who will join President Barack Obama for the NATO/G8 summit in Chicago May 15-22 are waiting for the U.S. leader to figure out where he'll be staying before they start booking their own rooms," Kapos also reports.

My first thought was: It's just like high school!

But it turns out there's a good reason for world leaders to wait.

"For safety reasons, only two world leaders can stay in any one hotel."

I did not know that. But of course, it makes sense.

"That has the heads of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and England cooling their heels until Mr. Obama makes his choice . . . Mr. Obama has apparently narrowed it to two hotels: the Park Hyatt (owned by his loyal supporter Penny Pritzker) and the Four Seasons. He's apparently ruled out staying in his Hyde Park home."

Playboy Club Cancelled Before We Had Chance To Mock It
Ratings equaled Kent Dorfman's GPA.

Nirvana In Chicago
From Club Dreamerz in 1989 to shows at the Metro and the Aragon.

Tevatron Turned Off
Search for God Particle in suburban Chicago ends fruitlessly.


Maybe they could restart it to search for who hired Angelo Torres.

Fantasy Fix
Five reasons to love bye weeks. (1. Tony Romo can't hurt you.)

Fire Doused
"Facing steadily increased pressure throughout the second half, the Fire finally saw its defense crack," Terry Wood reports for the Tribune.

"Seattle forward Fredy Montero punched home the winning goal from point-blank range in the 77th minute and Osvaldo Alonso added another deep in stoppage time to lift the Sounders FC a 2-0 win over the Fire in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championship match Tuesday night.

"The match was played in front 35,615 at CenturyLink Field, a record crowd for an Open Cup final.

"The Fire, playing in its first Open Cup title match since 2006, was foiled in its bid to become just the third team to win five Cup crowns. Seattle, meanwhile, becomes the first team to win three straight Open Cup titles since the 1969."


The Beachwood Tip Line: Flaming.


Posted on October 5, 2011

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