The [Wednesday] Papers
"Federal prosecutors have subpoenaed records from Gov. Rod Blagojevich's campaign fund as part of a sweeping corruption investigation into whether top aides and advisers exchanged state business and jobs for political support," the Tribune reports today atop its front page.
Here's the part I like.
"On Tuesday, Blagojevich offered a rare opportunity for news media interviews. The administration refused an interview request from a Tribune reporter who rejected the condition that the questions remain solely about the governor's budget proposal."
Damn straight. That's newspaperin'!
And it gets better.
"In March, following a meeting with the Tribune editorial board, Blagojevich sidestepped a question about whether he had been interviewed by federal authorities since 2005, saying he wasn't at the meeting to discuss those matters but would set up a time to do so later.
"'I'm happy to make an appointment to talk to you guys about that,' said. 'But I feel real good about all the different things that we do because we follow the rules and we do things right and at the end of the day, as they say in the Bible, the truth shall set you free. The truth is what it is. And the truth is we do things right.'"
"But in the weeks and months that followed, as the Tribune pressed for the sit-down interview, the administration declined."
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* "Cook County Board President Todd Stroger has another high-level advisor: Sean Howard, who just months ago resigned in embarrassment from the Stroger campaign because he'd been arrested for allegedly stalking a girlfriend," the Sun-Times reports. "Howard, 39, is the new director of public affairs for the county hospital system."
The job pays $85,000 a year.
"Stroger insisted last year that Howard would have no role with his campaign after his arrest."
Well, at least by waiting until after the election to bring Howard back in the fold, Stroger didn't break a campaign promise.
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"The New Communities Program seeks to revitalize beleagured neighborhoods and preserve the diversity of others in the path of gentrification, officials said."
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Black, the paper reports, also "brushed aside their complaints as 'nonsense,' 'foolish', and a 'scandalous slanderfest.'"
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Posted on May 23, 2007
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