The [Wednesday] Papers
"It's Rio déjà vu all over again," Robert Channick writes for the Tribune.
"Chicago has lost its bid to host the summer X Games, ESPN's made-for-TV extreme sports competition. ESPN announced Wednesday that Austin, Texas will host the summer X Games for four years beginning in 2014. The four finalists were Chicago, Charlotte, N.C., Austin, Texas, and Detroit."
Yeah, Austin seems like the natural choice there - especially given this:
"The games, held over four days, were set to take place in the United Center and on its adjacent parking lots."
"This was certainly an unethical and a moral character flaw," Clifford said today.
Good for Clifford. We need more whistleblowers like him.
Er, wait . . .
Clifford made the comment this morning at a Regional Transportation Authority meeting, where he discussed Madigan's alleged meddling.
Yes, $718,000 worth of time - or about 14 years per Illinois's average annual household income.
McStock With Fries
"The payments, which county commissioners will consider Wednesday, represents the latest and costliest battle in Berrios' disagreement with county ethics watchdogs over nepotism and patronage hiring.
"Berrios, who doubles as county Democratic chairman, took over as assessor in December 2010. The unabashedly old-school politician fired a slew of employees and brought in his own team, which included his son, his sister and a trusted lawyer from his previous job at the Board of Review."
In a saner world (or a saner city or state), Berrios would be removed as county Democratic chairman for this - in fact, he'd be removed as Assessor.
We don't live in that world, though.
"Asked Tuesday about the case, Berrios said he thought the workers he dismissed held policy positions for which it is permissible to hire, promote and fire for political reasons. 'I thought they were all at-will employees,' he said."
And I didn't pay my property tax bill because I thought it was at-will.
I don't have a property tax bill; I don't own property. But it was the best line I could come up with.
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Posted on July 17, 2013
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