The [Wednesday] Papers
Rahm Emanuel is too busy focusing on Chicago's most serious issues to concern himself with staffers secretly recording conversations with reporters, but he's got time to worry about Ding Dongs in the city's vending machines.
Yup, that sounds about right.
Mmmm, Ding Dongs . . .
Ding Dongs: The King of Cakes.
Hostess is on strike, btw.
In other words, the union argues - persuasively - that the media took the bait.
Also: Twilight for Twinkies?
I feel a bit of a connection to this story because I've been inside a couple Hostess plants and I've written several stories about the Twinkie including:
I also went inside the Wonder Bread factory in Waterloo, Iowa, for a story (not online) when I worked at the (crappy ass) newspaper there. Let me tell you, making this stuff isn't as fun as it sounds.
See also: Pie-Eyed And Blue.
But the Jacksons show up in today's new installment of The Political Odds. Click through to find out what our oddsmakers think is in store for the rapidly losing power couple.
Food Truck Muck
"The Circuit Court suit takes aim at the requirement that food trucks stay 200 feet away from stationary restaurants and that food trucks install GPS devices on board so City Hall can track their movements."
Well, that certainly seems . . . unconstitutional.
And there's no question that the food truck ordinance was written on behalf of bricks-and-mortar restaurants; it might as well have been called the Anti-Food Truck Ordinance.
Now comes law department spokesman Roderick Drew, who is distinguishing himself of late as another in a long line of despicable mayoral spinners.
"Drew was tight-lipped about the lawsuit. He would only say that, after 'decades of debate,' the City Council 'has finally passed a commonsense ordinance that will allow this new industry to flourish and expand Chicago's great culinary offerings.'"
Maybe we need a bullshit ordinance that prevents the uttering of bullshit within 200 feet of any reporter. We could attach GPS devices to all spokespeople to ensure proper enforcement.
Next Food Network Star
McDunn Is Done
"On Friday, McDunn notified Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride and others in writing that she was leaving the bench immediately."
Good for her. She needs to work on her case full-time.
The judge told the Sun-Times in a phone interview late Tuesday afternoon that the "cruel and unwarranted persecution I've been dealing with for years" on the bench convinced her to pull the plug on her career - a job that pays $182,000 a year.
But did she sound crazy?
"She said the 'persecution' began when she ran for a hotly contested judicial race - and ousted the slated Democrat."
Well, that certainly seems plausible.
"McDunn has fielded questions from the Sun-Times in recent weeks after asking federal judges twice in October to intervene in cases she believed had been secretly filed in her name.
Uh-huh. Go on.
"I'm almost certain there is a case or more pending in this court under seal involving claims that I have - that I have against people," a tense McDunn told St. Eve.
But no, McDunn is McNuts.
Which today is another way of saying the Chicago Board of Elections just exposed voter information to the public, Peoples Gas wants to hike its rates, and nobody knows where Jesse Jackson Jr. is.
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Posted on November 14, 2012
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