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The [Wednesday] Papers

1. Here Are the Most Metal Items From Black Sabbath Frontman Ronnie James Dio's Estate Sale, Ranked.

Including a "Sign of the Horn" jewelry set. (Want.)

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Also includes the least metal items - including a postcard to his parents ("Everything's going great") and a Back to the Future box set.

2. Rockford Tire Mire.

"Officials say the removal of more than 4,600 tons of used tires this summer from a former used tire processing business in northern Illinois was the largest and most expensive such project ever in the state."

3. The Great Joliet Prison Break-In.

"Even though the prison closed 16 years ago and has been plagued by vandals and arsonists, there is now an enthusiastic effort underway to mend it and give it a repurposed life, befitting its heritage, its connection to the Blues Brothers and Route 66 . . .

"When it closed, the Department of Corrections had no funds to secure and maintain the site. The state had no plan for it, and it was abandoned, said state Sen. Pat McGuire, D-Crest Hill.

"Everyone just left, leaving behind file cabinets full of records, office furniture, and slices of prison life. In the machine shop, a cap still hangs on a hook, and a dirty, striped apron is still draped from the corner of a metal rack.

"As volunteers clean, they are saving some of what they find - old file cabinets, chairs, desks, metal frames from the cell bunk beds, a bulletin board, a drum set, a basketball - so they can piece together life behind bars."

4. Dear Abby: We're Pious At The Church But Freaks In The Bed.

5. Urban Farming vs. Amazon.

"Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday vetoed a bill to facilitate urban agriculture zones in Chicago and other Illinois cities, delivering a blow to advocates who said the legislation could have helped to break up food deserts and revitalize underserved communities," Chicago Tonight reports.

The bill would have allowed local governments to provide incentives such as reduced water rates and utility fees and property tax abatements for farmers in urban agriculture zones established at the municipal or county level.

Introduced last year by state Rep. Sonya Harper, D-Chicago, the bill received support from both environmental advocates and groups focused on increasing access to healthy foods in urban areas.

This spring, the legislation passed the Illinois House by a vote of 86-22 and the state Senate by a unanimous 55-0 vote.

But Rauner issued an amendatory veto Monday, proposing to strip the bill of property tax abatements and other incentives that would have benefitted urban farmers.

Using property tax abatements to incentivize growing "would continue a problematic pattern of shifting property taxes to other taxpayers who may or may not directly benefit from the creation of these Urban Agriculture Zones," Rauner said in his veto message. "Abatements like this simply redistribute property taxes, when homeowners are already struggling under the immense weight of their own tax burdens."

Rauner's veto came as a surprise to advocates who supported the bill, said Jen Walling, executive director of the Illinois Environmental Council.

"We didn't see any real organized opposition in either chamber," Walling said. "We had worked with the Department of Agriculture and the [Illinois] Farm Bureau and felt like we had a great bill."

So the governor will veto any bill giving tax abatements to Amazon should they wish to locate their second headquarters here?

6. The Overdose Reverser.

"Dan Bigg, a Chicago activist whose 'harm reduction' approach to the heroin crisis is credited with saving many lives, died at his home Tuesday. He was 59," the Tribune reports.

Bigg was a co-founder of the Chicago Recovery Alliance, which formed in the early 1990s to combat the spread of HIV by supplying clean syringes to drug users. A decade later, as heroin became more widespread, the organization became one of the first to distribute naloxone, an overdose-stopping medication.

"I think he was really a creative revolutionary who was always looking out for people who were disenfranchised," said his wife, Karen Stanczykiewicz-Bigg. "He was very passionate about the health - not just physical health but emotional health - of people who were often overlooked and stigmatized, like active drug users."

Mark Parts, who helped found the group with Bigg, recalled that in the early days, its outreach program relied on people hauling syringes, condoms and sterile disposal buckets to the South Side in the trunks of their cars.

Later, a silver van carried supplies to various spots around the city and near suburbs, allowing drug users to get clean gear, health services and - if they were willing - referrals to treatment.

Last year Chicago magazine named Bigg one of its Chicagoans of the Year, calling him The Overdose Reverser.

7. Trumpago.

"A jury on Tuesday convicted [Paul] Manafort of eights counts involving financial crimes but deadlocked on 10 other counts, including four counts that dealt with two loans totaling $16 million from The Federal Savings Bank at 300 N. Elizabeth in Chicago," the Sun-Times reports.

"The mistrial on the Federal Savings-related charges included two counts of bank fraud and two counts of bank-fraud conspiracy."

Meanwhile, the Sun-Times notes in the same piece . . .

"[Michael] Cohen's guilty plea included failure to disclose to the Internal Revenue Service more than $2.4 million he earned from 22 taxi medallions he operated in Chicago between 2012 and 2016."

Also . . .

"[George] Papadopoulos' wife, Simona, has suggested in interviews that her husband was framed and should withdraw his guilty plea.

"He admitted to one count of lying to the FBI about his contacts with a Russian-related operative. Raised in Lincolnwood and now a North Side resident, Papadopoulous will be sentenced in September to no more than six months in prison."

8. Because Of The Village Of Manteno, Bonnie Rogge Can See Her Husband Again.

9. Poop Nearly Kills Man.

10. Gather 'Round, Everyone. A Man Wants to Tell Us How to Fix Hooters.

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Journey To The Chicago Lakes.

"Take a tour of the Chicago Lakes fishery in Colorado with Fishwest Ambassador Lance Kittel."

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Posted on August 22, 2018


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