The [Wednesday] Papers
The provision in the gambling expansion bill now before the General Assembly that would reimburse a star-studded cast of political insiders for their lost investment in the failed Emerald Casino has been removed, and the excessive cash the legislation would deliver to Chicago State University has been trimmed back. But this is a bill that keeps on giving. Call it an Emil Jones Special.
Carol Marin writes this morning that "The proposed legislation provides for four new casino licenses, one of which would be for the south suburbs, specifically designated to be within 'eight miles from the Indiana border.'"
You don't need to consult Mapquest to figure it out. As Marin notes, the town of Dolton, ruled over by the notorious Shaw brothers, fits the bill.
"And the Shaws still have powerful friends in high places, not the least of whom is Senate President Emil Jones, an ardent fan of gaming, a 30-year friend of the twins, and a ferocious supporter of a south suburban casino location," Marin writes.
"There is plenty of concern down in Springfield that the Brothers Shaw might be holding a fistful of aces on this deal."
State Sen. James Meeks (D-Chicago) confronted Jones, Marin reports.
"Jones told him, 'This would not be a Dolton boat.' Was that assurance enough for Meeks that a riverboat is not going to Dolton? 'I am not convinced it's not,' was the senator's grim response."
Ebert's Bad Review
"Another investor is Chaz Ebert," Kass writes, "wife of the renowned Sun-Times movie critic Roger Ebert. I wanted to feel sorry for her too. Then one day, after one of my columns ran on another bailout attempt, she called to complain about my tone, while she was en route to the French Riviera."
Kucinich-Paul is looking better all the time.
Corporate Ruling Party
"Too bad Costello was running unopposed."
"The presidential candidate and Illinois Democrat placed himself in the center of his party's mainstream with a plan that relies heavily on the promise of cost savings through a big investment in technology," the Tribune reports.
Um, technology to come up with a better plan?
"He's talking about something that takes the existing system and makes it work," a Harvard professor of health policy told the Tribune.
On what planet?
"Like Edwards, Obama would preserve the current employer-based health insurance system and so reduce the risk of stirring opposition from those who are satisfied with their health coverage," the Tribune says.
Like senators and their major benefactors.
"The financing of Obama's plan depends heavily on often-elusive cost savings, which he said would result in the average family saving $2,500 a year in insurance premiums," the Tribune reports.
Be a Patriot
"The outspoken Tennessee born chief executive said moving goods from the south side of Chicago to the north side sometimes takes as long as it would to move them to Winnipeg, while speaking to a group of analysts in Toronto yesterday."
Product Placement of the Day
25 Strikes and You're Out
Michael Barrett, Alfonso Soriano, Aramis Ramirez, Jacques Jones, Matt Murton, Cesar Izturis, Mark DeRosa . . . these guys and those before them didn't come out of the Cubs crappy farm system - a problem in its own right - but were brought in by Hendry.
And after an off-season spending spree, what does it say when manager Lou Piniella says of using a set lineup every day, "I don't think we have that type of situation"?
It says Hendry spent $300 million and still didn't give his manager a starting lineup.
The Beachwood Tip Line: Scouts?
Posted on May 30, 2007
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