The [Wednesday] Papers
We're still having issues with QT, none of which are the fault of legendary Chicago journalist Zay N. Smith.
Nonetheless, he soldiers on in service of the people.
And take your cameras with you!
"The city also raised serious doubts about the future of Redflex Traffic Systems Inc.'s role as the longtime operator of Chicago's red-light camera program that since 2003 has generated some $300 million in fines for the city and $97 million in revenue for the publicly traded company, according to city records."
While the underlying ethics violation - a $910 hotel tab - doesn't sound like much, the city noted that Reflex's failure to report the violation prevented it from taking its own look at the official in question as well as determining whether he should remain in a management position.
"The inspector general's office is looking at much broader allegations of wrongdoing involving the company's relationship with the former city manager in charge of the red-light program, said Sarah Hamilton, Emanuel's chief spokeswoman.
That official, John Bills, the former managing deputy commissioner in the Transportation Department, eventually retired from the city and went to work as a consultant to the Traffic Safety Coalition - run by a political ally of Rahm Emanuel and funded by . . . wait for it . . . Redflex.
As the Tribune notes, the move could imperil Reflex's contracts elsewhere. For example, the Sky Valley Chronicle out of Washington State picked up the story this morning and reported this:
In September 2011 SkyValleyChronicle.com reported that a campaign to convince Albuquerque, New Mexico voters to support those controversial red light ticketing cameras on the October 3rd ballot had been bankrolled by Redflex - the same company that profits millions from the fines and the same Redflex company that Monroe's city leaders signed a contract with for the cameras to be deployed on Monroe streets.
Redflex is also a finalist for contracts in Baltimore and Youngstown, Ohio and is sponsoring its own study for the poor village of Monroeville, also in Ohio. (Gee, I wonder how that will come out.) Canton said no. I'm sure there are more markets in play, but that's what sources close to Google told me this morning.
"The lawsuit gives new hope to more than 100 people who filed claims of torture with a commission of inquiry before its work was halted this summer due to state budget cuts. Only six of those cases have been referred to a judge for further action."
The work of that commission has been partially restored, but it remains woefully underfunded.
Also, friends and family of Burge victims on the South Side will soon get the news faster that their loved ones are screwed!
As I reported back in June in the item Master Morgue Mopes, the place was never the same after they hired Bill Blazejowski.
Now here's some new exclusive surveillance footage captured just before the latest raid:
After All, It's Illinois
A) Which matches their chances of having a winning season
B) To be offset by 2% more foam in everyone's $8 Old Style
C) Now affordable to the 2%, not just the 1%
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Frankly, it sounded to me like he was whining incoherently all night. On the other hand, Romney's positions are incoherent so it's a wash.
Rookie On The Run
The Beachwood Tip Line: Seeing red.
Posted on October 17, 2012
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