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The [Wednesday] Papers

I've been working on a Bill Cellini piece for a couple of weeks but I've been sidetracked by Occupy coverage and other things, so I'll reserve any Cellini commentary today for that post, which I expect to get up Thursday or Friday.

Meanwhile . . .

"A majority of the Chicago City Council fired off a letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday, expressing concerns about the administration's proposed cuts to libraries, public health centers, graffiti removal teams and the city's 911 center," the Tribune reports.

Too bad the Tribune neither posted the letter on its website, leaving us instead with 23 excerpted words, nor bothered to tell readers which aldermen signed the letter.

The first offense is an offense to digital journalism; the second offense is an offense to Journalism 101.

It's also something that ingrained in the bizarre behavior of our local prints; I've written before about reports of newsworthy votes that don't bother to list who voted how.

It just boggles the mind.


The Sun-Times also didn't bother to tell readers which aldermen signed the letter. Hey, if the letter is newsworthy, isn't it also newsworthy to know just who signed it?

Even worse, the Sun-Times doesn't see fit to quote a single sentence for the letter, though it sees fit to quote an alderman and the city's budget director talking at length about the letter. Nice.


WBEZ, same thing.

Compare and Contrast
Stories about how underpaid Matt Forte is vs. stories about how underpaid American workers are.

Hyperbole of the Year
"It's almost like the Beatles being reunited."

- David Schuster of The Score prefacing a question at the Cubs press conference yesterday

And from his insightful (not) report:

"Each one of these guys is more polished and sharp then the other. Combined, they look like a New York law firm in how they dress and how they act, but most importantly, they know their stuff."

Where The 1% Live
In Chicago (duh), Lincoln Park. Also: Barrington.

"Join Allie as she makes her way from Chicago to San Francisco & back again while sipping 60 wines in 6 days."

Police State
"We were at Lawrence's when the cops arrest and beat up guy and then threaten to beat us cuz we were recording."

School Cops
"This summer, CPS officials announced a cost-cutting move that they hoped would save $13 million: Offer high schools $25,000 in exchange for each police officer they agreed to give up," Sarah Karp reports for Catalyst.

The Emanuel administration sure is into offering cash incentives to schools. Bust out a longer instructional day, too, and schools can make a killing!

"Having officers assigned to schools for 8-hour shifts cost about $75,000 a year per officer, according to CPS. But while CPS eventually upped its offer, most high school principals' concerns over safety have led them to hold on to the two uniformed police officers that have traditionally been assigned to their schools."

Yeah, I don't really get the tradeoff - unless a school spent the cash on . . . security measures.

"Chief Administrative Officer Tim Cawley says that only four high school principals let go of both their officers and 12 gave up one. CPS officials declined to identify those principals that took CPS up on the cash offer, but emphasized the schools have safety plans in place to avoid any problems the loss of the police might bring."

This just strikes me as a downright weird way to go about budgeting and policy. I'm sure the Emanuel administration wouldn't like to have to answer questions about a tragic incident taking place at a school that had been bought out of its police officers.

And isn't it up to the administration anyway to decide? No cops or extra money!

I'm instinctually not a fan of cops in schools, but file this under fail.

Charter Police
Sticking with the theme . . .

"Mayor Rahm Emanuel's announcement Thursday that most charter schools eligible for the financial incentives to lengthen the day by 90 minutes was held in a charter school that already has a longer day - and one of the district's lowest performance levels."

Rahm has (predictably) gotten kudos from an adoring media for his frenetic, go-go style, but maybe he should slow down and give everyone a chance to think clearly before diving into the deep end of the pool.

Simon Sez
"According to Nacogdoches cops, 25-year-old Jeremy Myhres walked into an area Chevron Monday night, picked up an unspecified quantity of bottled beer, and attempted to leave without paying," the Houston Press reports.

"When the clerk gave chase to the gold-grilled brew-heister, Myhres turned and hurled one of the bottles at the clerk, striking him in the arm and causing him an injury that required an emergency room trip. Myhres thus made good his escape, but not for long, as police soon found him at a nearby apartment complex, no doubt a couple of brews into what he had hoped would be a free drunk."

And here's why you're reading about it here:

"He also apparently claims affiliation to the Simon City Royals, a 40-year-old Chicago-born street gang with a predominantly white membership and a stronghold on the Mississippi Gulf Coast."

From Wikipedia:

"The Simon City Royals, formally the Almighty Simon City Royal Nation, are a Chicago street gang which began in the late 1950s as Simon City, a greaser gang. They named themselves for Simons Park, which is located on the corner of Drake and Wabansia, in the Humboldt Park neighborhood where they originally formed."

Meat Man
"Omaha Steaks today proudly announced that Company Chairman and Fourth Generation Family Owner, Alan Simon, was inducted into the Meat Industry Hall of Fame at an Induction Ceremony held in Chicago on November 1."

When KISS (And Rush) Played Fremd High School
Blood on the gym floor in Palatine!

The Redistricting Song
Cracking, packing, hijacking and kidnapping.

Wage Theft in America
Employers breaking laws more serious than curfew.

Better than Rodgers, Brees and Brady.


The Beachwood Tip Line: Skull-cracking.


Posted on November 2, 2011

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