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The [Wednesday] Papers

"Will Quinn advocate keeping the income tax hike? Aide won't say," Sun-Times reporter Dave McKinney tweeted Tuesday.

Well, your paper's political reporter just had an "exclusive" interview with the governor, maybe she should have asked!

Instead, we got questions such as this: "People say don't underestimate Pat Quinn. What do you say to that?"

See also the item Exclusive 101 in Monday's column. Look at my first two suggested questions. You had him right there.

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"Gov. Pat Quinn has prepared an election-year spending proposal that would make permanent the 67 percent income tax increase set to expire in 2015 and couple it with property tax relief for homeowners, sources familiar with the plan said Tuesday," the Tribune reports this morning.

A "source" no doubt authorized to leak the bad news in order to put a favorable spin on a plan no one else has otherwise seen and is able to comment on - in advance of officially unveiling the proposal as a way of framing the issue as part of a PR campaign that has so far successfully enlisted Chicago reporters as tools.

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If a "source" comes to you with a "story" like this, there's nothing wrong with saying "That's interesting. We'll write about it once he says it publicly and we see the details."

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The Sun-Times also has the story this morning, based on "sources briefed on the plan."

Sources briefed to get it out there without attaching their names to it.

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Alternate:

"In advance of a campaign-year budget address on Wednesday, aides inside Gov. Pat Quinn's office tried selling reporters in off-the-record 'leaks' on a plan to make permanent a 2011 tax hike that at the time was termed temporary.

"None of the aides would provide details of the plan nor allow their names to be used as sources, though their approach to reporters clearly had been approved by Quinn. Quinn refused to say himself that he had made any such decision, let alone talk about it to reporters.

"The public relations strategy illustrates the care with which Quinn is trying to gain early control of the tax plan's narrative, which is likely to become a main theme in his campaign against Republican private equity manager Bruce Rauner. Rauner has already gotten a jump on Quinn by pushing out to the media the meme that Quinn will be breaking a promise Wednesday by calling for making the temporary tax hike permanent.

"Quinn, in refusing to talk to reporters himself, also refused to rebut that charge or explain in any way how his plan was, indeed, anything but a broken promise."

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You know those "Don't drive into a pizzeria" et. al. DirecTV commercials? There's gotta be one for journalists that ends with "Don't be a tool."

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Feds Slap Down Rahm's Police Chief
"The U.S. Department of Justice has decided a federal monitor must run the Newark force, according to the Newark Star-Ledger," Dan Mihapolous writes for the Sun-Times.

Why is that important to us here in Chicago?

"A Newark city government spokeswoman said Tuesday that the monitor's appointment was not yet finalized but was the 'likely' outcome of a federal probe of the department that focused on [Garry] McCarthy's tenure there."

Oops!

"The U.S. attorney's office in New Jersey announced it was opening the investigation into the Newark police on May 9, 2011, days before Emanuel was sworn in as Chicago mayor. Emanuel had just introduced McCarthy as his first top cop."

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"The decision follows a federal review of the way the state's largest police force swept aside accusations of misconduct against hundreds of officers and its almost-total failure to address complaints of brutality and abuse lodged by Newark residents over the years," the Star-Ledger reported last month."

Rahm has to seriously review his vetting operation.

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"Questioned about the sheer number of complaints dismissed by his internal affairs unit, McCarthy shrugged at the data.

"So the cop always has to be wrong?" McCarthy told The Star-Ledger in 2010. "Drug dealers make allegations against police officers every day to stop them from doing their job."

But wait, isn't McCarthy the data chief?

Because the data is pretty devastating.

"The ACLU cited a culture of brutality fostered in Newark's ranks over decades. A subsequent Star-Ledger examination found significant flaws in Newark's internal affairs procedures under the watch of Police Director Garry McCarthy, who held the position from 2006 to 2011.

"From 2006 to 2009, the department received more than 500 complaints accusing officers of excessive force, illegal searches, false arrests or differential treatment, according to records obtained by The Star-Ledger. Disciplinary charges were brought in just six of those cases, according to the records.

"A 2010 Star-Ledger analysis of internal affairs records also showed the department failed to report the outcome of one out of every 10 complaints against its officers to the state Attorney General's Office from 2000 to 2008. All told, the results of 1,315 investigations were not reported properly."

So, perfect for Chicago.

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"McCarthy, who now runs the Chicago Police Department, could not be reached for comment."

He was busy filming with CNN.

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McCarthy is a media whore so it's always telling when he's "unavailable" for comment.

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In fact, on Chicagoland he said managing the media was one of his top three agenda items - behind, you know, crime and stuff.

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This seems like an apt time to pull this from the archives:

"For Garry F. McCarthy, the nominee for Newark police director, the trouble began last year with a parking infraction at a rest stop on the Palisades Interstate Parkway," the New York Times reported in 2006.

"It spiraled into a wrangle - part wrestling match and part shouting match - that led to his arrest and handcuffing.

"On Tuesday, a Superior Court judge here added another chapter in this tale of officer versus officer when he rejected Mr. McCarthy's attempt to dismiss his conviction on the parking matter. He instead scolded Mr. McCarthy - a deputy police commissioner in New York City - with 'extraordinarily poor judgment.'

"In a stinging rebuke, the judge, Patrick J. Roma, in Superior Court in Bergen County, also wrote that Mr. McCarthy's objective in confronting the officers was to 'throw his weight around' and to try to win 'special consideration' for his 18-year-old daughter, who had been given a ticket at the rest stop."

It gets better; clicking through is highly recommended.

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The House That Chicago Built
A secret story about to be told.

MSNBC Is Worse Than RT
Abby Martin still has her job; Cenk Uygur doesn't.

Slouching Toward Opening Day
Javy Baez vs. Luis Valbuena.

Fingerprints Of A Daydream
Boot prints become Evidence.

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BeachBook
Nature's Struggle Shows What Human Greed Has Done To Chicago.

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Posted on March 26, 2014


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