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The [Wednesday] Papers

Head to @BeachwoodReport for essential Barr-Mueller commentary.

"Citadel CEO Ken Griffin bought a $238 million penthouse condo in New York City earlier this year and is expanding his Park Avenue offices, but Illinois' richest man says he's staying put in Chicago," the Tribune reports.

Drats. I'd rather not have him around to kick anymore.

Transition Kitchen
"Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot is asking corporate Chicago to dig deep to help bankroll her abbreviated transition and May 20 inauguration," the Sun-Times reports.

"Lightfoot transition spokesperson Anel Ruiz refused to say how many corporations were being solicited or why some companies were being asked for $25,000 while others were being asked to contribute $100,000."

Uh-oh.

"Ruiz also refused to disclose the overall fundraising goal and the precautions being taken, if any, to avoid potential conflicts with companies either regulated or taxed by the city or holding city contracts."

Uh-oh.

[A] solicitation letter obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times requested a $25,000 contribution by Wednesday.

"The purpose of this committee is to celebrate the election of Lori Lightfoot as Chicago's next Mayor and to assist her in the momentous task of transitioning to this office," the letter states.

"It shall be tasked with hiring support staff, collecting information from the public and from institutions throughout Chicago, providing the mayor-elect with recommendations and hosting a citywide celebration of this historic election."

The Sun-Times is not naming the company that provided the letter at the recipient's request.

But, it states that, "Because of your great standing and dedication to the public good, we humbly request your assistance in this matter. The committee's work is great and the time available to meet its needs is short. Therefore we request the donation . . . be made available by May 1. All contributions will be voluntarily disclosed by the committee."

The letter was signed by Laurel Appell Lipkin, president of Better Together Chicago. Questions were referred to Christina Nowinski Wurst, who refused to comment.

Uh-oh.

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How great would it have been for Lightfoot to get her administration off on the right foot by making the inauguration and transition process totally transparent? What harm could come of that?

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If this is what your Resistance looks like, Anel Ruiz, I don't want any part of it.

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If this is how you define Better Together, Laurel Appell Lipkin, I'd rather be alone.

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Christina Nowinski Wurst, late of the Bill Daley campaign, is also the executive director of the Illinois Women's Institute for Leadership Training Academy. I guess I just have a different idea than she does of what constitutes leadership.

You are all Today's Worst People In Illinois.

The Mundanity Of Making Money
"[McDonald's] on Tuesday that promotions such as free bacon, a deal to buy two items for $5 and stick-shaped doughnuts helped woo U.S. customers [in the first quarter]," the Wall Street Journal reports.

At many times in human history - the vast majority of times, in fact - the ability to coax higher receipts out of stick-shaped doughnuts would not have been a skill rewarded by society. But in this day and age, that skill has made a small number of mostly men very rich.

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I've just always been fascinated by the mundanity behind most accumulations of wealth. It's a strange reward system we have.

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New on the Beachwood today . . .

Trump's White Male TV Universe
FCC at it again.

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The NHL's Deadly Denial
Doctors said Blues enforcer Todd Ewen didn't have CTE. He did. Now he's dead.

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ChicagoReddit

Demolition of The Heartland Cafe from r/chicago

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ChicagoGram

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ChicagoTube

1993 Tourism Commercials.

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BeachBook

New Documents Reveal DHS Asserting Broad, Unconstitutional Authority To Search Travelers' Phones And Laptops.

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Surprise, The Los Angeles Olympics Needs To Increase Its Budget.

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TweetWood

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The Beachwood McRibTipLine: Barr none.



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