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"More than two dozen gay and lesbian couples in Illinois plan to file lawsuits Wednesday arguing that it's unconstitutional for the state to deny them the right to marry, a move advocates hope will lead to legalized same-sex marriage in Illinois," AP reports.

That puts them in opposition to President Barack Obama, who announced recently that he thought states did have the right to ban gay marriage. The stagecraft made it seem otherwise, but that's what he said.

And yet, AP (like many news organizations) simply includes in its report that "President Barack Obama said earlier this month that he endorsed gay marriage."

This is how it worked in 2008 and this is how it's (largely) working now.

It might have been different had the Obamas not been allowed to pick their own reporter to do the "groundbreaking" interview, Robin Roberts of ABC. Roberts is a family friend.


The Tribune's report likewise noted that "President Barack Obama formally endorsed same-sex marriage earlier this month," and in a place in the story that made it seem like Obama supported the legal challenge - which is the opposite of his position.


The Sun-Times story doesn't mention Obama.

Eerie HQ
"GE Transportation,a manufacturer of equipment for the rail, mining and marine industries, will relocate its global headquarters to Chicago from Erie, Pa.," the Tribune reports.

"There were no financial incentives provided by the city or state, according to the mayor's office."

But company representatives were required to appear at a press conference with Rahm Emanuel or the move was off.


How will Rahm feel if the job loss in Erie is the tipping point that puts Pennsylvania in Mitt Romney's column and gives him the presidency?


"About 50 employees will relocate from Erie later this year after the company selects an office location here. The employees primarily work in support and service functions."

How do 50 people in support and service functions make a global headquarters?

Very carefully!


Most of the paperwork will be based here.


"The company, Erie County's top employer with about 5,500 employees, said the impact on the local workforce will be minor, with about 50 people being relocated to Chicago by 2014."

That's what they said in Erie, anyway. Minor.


"In an interview this morning, [CEO Lorenzo] Simonelli stressed that the company remains fully committed to Erie.

"'I understand that there is a lot of emotion and a lot of history with regard to GE being in Erie,' he said.

"But the move, which the company hopes will improve access to its customers, will affect less than 1 percent of the company's Erie-based employees, Simonelli said."


"Hewlett Packard Co. outlined a plan [last month] to lay off roughly 27,000 employees or about 8 percent of its workforce to jumpstart growth," Reuters reports.

"An HP spokesperson reached Wednesday afternoon said that while the company has 'not yet announced specific plans with regards to specific locations, (it does) expect the workforce reduction to impact just about every business and region.' It has offices in has offices in Bloomington, Downers Grove and Chicago."

City Hall will not be holding a press conference.

Rock Lobster
"The owner of the Hard Rock Hotel on Michigan Avenue is in danger of 'imminent default' on a $69.5 million loan that comes due in two months, facing few appealing refinancing options in today's more conservative lending market," Crain's reports.

Maybe go with a debtors prison theme to turn things around.

Treaty Treatise
Crain's: "Illinois Sets Trade Records With NAFTA Partners."

First, it's not just Illinois.

Second: "Changes in income distribution would suggest that if there were any benefits accrued from increased exports in recent years, they were enjoyed by the wealthiest individuals in the State of Illinois," the Center for Urban Economic Development at UIC has found.

"The present study demonstrates that increased exports do not lead to employment growth in the exporting industries. Thus, NAFTA (and by implication, GATT) cannot be justified in terms of employment or income benefits to the average citizen."

Off- And On-Message
"After a violent Memorial Day weekend in Chicago that left 10 dead amid 42 shootings, police Superintendent Garry McCarthy was asked Tuesday if the NATO summit a week earlier might have left fewer officers on the street," the Tribune reports.

"McCarthy said he was looking into that, while acknowledging that holidays have created manpower issues in the past, most recently on St. Patrick's Day.

"'Police officers, just like everybody else, they want to go to barbecues and spend time with their families,' McCarthy said at a morning news conference with Mayor Rahm Emanuel to discuss crime-fighting initiatives. 'So we have to ensure that we're managing our resources properly. And quite frankly, in the past, we haven't done that sometimes, and ultimately I'm accountable for making that happen.'

"With that, Emanuel ended the news conference. Moments later, McCarthy told reporters there was no shortage of officers over the Memorial Day weekend, and a police spokeswoman later said staffing was 'consistent' with other holiday weekends."

When sometimes resources haven't been managed properly, according to the police chief. So the spokeswoman actually didn't lie even though it seemed like she did and that was probably her intent.

Mad As Hell At Madigan
But still taking it.

Reduction Ad Absurdum
Red tape in reverse.

Steve Jobs vs. Jack Kennedy
Getting the biographers they deserve.

You Might Be The Cubs If . . .
You can be so easily subjected to a Jeff Foxworthy comedic device.

Zoro At Vic's Drum Shop
Time and technique.


The Beachwood Tip Line: Unsweetened.


Posted on May 30, 2012

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