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The [Wednesday] Papers

Today's Teachers Strike Notebook: Nickelback and Numerology.

Now, the rest of the news . . .

1. "A longtime top political consultant to Cook County Democratic Chairman and Assessor Joseph Berrios faces $30,400 in fines after state election authorities found he failed to file campaign-finance disclosure reports until long after they were due," the Sun-Times reports.

"Jesse Ruben Juarez didn't turn in seven reports that were due as long ago as June 2010 and as recently as March for his 1st Ward Democratic Committeeman Fund, according to Andy Nauman, deputy director for the Illinois Board of Elections' campaign disclosure division. The political committee didn't appeal and is on the hook for the penalties, Nauman says."


"[First Ward Alderman Joe] Moreno and Juarez were once allies - before the alderman unseated Juarez as the First Ward's Democratic committeeman in the March 20 primary.

"Moreno says he blew the whistle on the late campaign reports because strict reporting of campaign fund-raising and spending are important."


"Juarez has been a top campaign adviser to Illinois politicians for over a decade. In all, various political committees registered with the state have paid him and his JRJ Consulting firm nearly $764,000, according to election board records.

"About $325,000 of that has come from committees controlled by Berrios, the Cook County Democratic Party and state Rep. Maria Antonia 'Toni' Berrios (D-Chicago), the party boss' daughter.

"Juarez also was a key adviser to former First Ward Ald. Manny Flores, whose campaign committees paid Juarez and JRJ more than $154,000."


In other words, Juarez has been a political cog for years.


I accidentally just typed JRJ Consluting but you know what? I think I just coined a term.

2. "Dark Days" is up, my new Chicago magazine story about Jesse Jackson Jr.

See also: On Reporting The Jesse Jackson Jr. Story.

3. I did not know of Robin Ventura's role in the famous Bobby Valentine disguise incident until I read this story.

4. If the Cubs were decent, Alfonso Soriano wouldn't be playing for them.

5. "It's official: As of a week ago Friday, Erineo 'Eddie' Carranza, owner and operator of the embattled Congress Theater in Logan Square, now also owns the Portage Theater, that 1,325-seat gem of a 1920s movie palace at Six Corners on the city's Northwest Side," Jim DeRogatis writes on his WBEZ blog.

"But what does he want to do with it? And, given the many complaints from the community and city officials about the way he's running the Congress, what can his new neighbors and fans of the Portage expect?

"Carranza was typically uncommunicative when I traded e-mails with him yesterday. Though this blogger has done five stories totaling more than 10,000 words about the Congress since March, he started by asking what media organization I worked for."

6. "Taylor Townsend, a 16-year-old tennis prodigy from Chicago, is the numero uno junior girls' tennis player in the world, the reigning Australian Open singles champion and the junior Wimbledon doubles champion, and on Thursday she won two matches at the U.S. Open's junior tournament," Jezebel writes.

"She's awesome, is what we're getting at here, but Townsend, who is part of the USTA's player development program, had to find her own way to pay for a trip to New York because her coaches had declined to finance any tournament appearances until she lost weight."

7. Also from Jezebel: Some Idiot Asks Illinois Attn. Gen. Lisa Madigan Three Times If She Can Be a Mom and Be Governor at the Same Time.

8. Public Safety Committee Meeting Avoids Discussion Of Public Safety.


These last two headlines correspond to something I had reason to write on Facebook yesterday:

I see two lessons of the digital age when it comes to headlines, and they are basically from opposite ends of the spectrum. First, Gawker Media has really taught us how to write at least some of our headlines, even if the tone will be a bit much for many news orgs. No puns; more wit that cuts to the heart of it. OTOH, reading news digitally often calls for simple headlines that just say what the story is about; I wrote "Springsteen at Wrigley" this morning. Digital readers are often scanning and punny or pseudo-clever headlines are often meaningless outside of the context of a printed page.

9. Song of the Moment: Chicago Teacher.

10. The Whole World Is Watching The Chicago Teachers Strike.

11. Stalking The Elgin Dog Snatcher.

12. Fantasy Fix: Don't Believe The Hate.


The Beachwood Tip Line: Haters and snatchers.


Posted on September 12, 2012

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