The [Wednesday] Papers
Totally not in order of importance.
1. Beer Brawl.
"There's a battle brewing at 5 Rabbit Cerveceria Inc. as co-founder Andres Araya has sued co-founder Isaac Showaki, alleging defamation," Crain's reports.
"The two started the Chicago microbrewery in 2011 and quickly gained a following among craft beer lovers. Seems that a power struggle came to a head as production and recognition grew."
2. Springfield Follies.
3. The Chicago Casino.
That's about right.
But please, don't ever, ever, ever do this again:
It's no grand illusion, the Exchange Club of Naperville is aiming to give Styx fans the best of times at Ribfest this summer.
5. Robin Kelly On A Roll.
6. Deja Daley.
7. Too Big To Epically Fail.
"Two of Chicago Public Schools' largest vendors investigated by the inspector general for significant ethical lapses may be too large to ban from district business - and still CPS fails to even monitor them adequately, the schools' watchdog said in an annual report released Monday," the Sun-Times reports.
"Removing the giant vendors for wining and dining employees and providing other perks for preferential treatment 'would critically affect the ability of CPS to provide necessary services at market prices,' according to the report written by Inspector General James M. Sullivan."
Well, CPS will just have to crack down on them, then.
"Despite his recommendations that CPS appoint a monitor over such large vendors, 'that recommendation has fallen on deaf ears.'"
Oh. I suppose that's because they're the ones being wined and dined.
"Fraud also continues to plague the lunch program intended for poor children. More than 50 CPS employees have been caught enrolling their own children for free or reduced-price lunches over the last four years."
Well, times are tough. I don't know if I see that as a huge fraud so much.
"The cases reported this year are especially important because the results show that fraud is being committed by high-level and highly-paid CPS administrators, and that the lucrative state and federal benefits tied to the forms drives the fraud," Sullivan wrote. "Cumulatively, the issues the [inspector general] has reported on suggest wide-spread, systematic fraud."
"Several students attending CPS' competitive selective-enrollment schools were found to live in suburbs, including children of CPS staffers."
A sign our schools are getting better?
"Most of the staff residency cases involved CPS employees found to be living in the south suburbs."
So not as good as North Shore schools, but still . . .
"Sullivan said his office was able to investigate just 27.5 percent of the 1,651 complaints it received in fiscal year 2012, according to the report, creating 'a substantial risk that waste fraud, financial mismanagement and employee misconduct go undetected.'"
He needs more staff; I smell a jobs program. In fact, all our local inspector generals need more staff. And plenty of people need jobs. It's a labor market mismatch! Rahm?
P.S.: The Tribune reports:
"Last spring, CPS food chief Louise Esaian resigned after being accused of accepting thousands of dollars in improper gifts from CPS' two largest food vendors. Monday's report also cites an earlier case in which the chief of one of the district's networks, who resigned in August 2011, was found to have received a $10,000 scholarship from an educational materials company that she then helped land $287,692 in contracts."
10. Hobby Lobby Hobby Horse.
* What the fuck is Hobby Lobby? Oh.
The Beachwood Tip Line: Too small to fail.
Posted on January 9, 2013
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