The [Wednesday] Papers
Tom Tunney wasn't talking on Tuesday.
Nonetheless, the North Side alderman only dug his hole deeper in his little cell phone scandal.
In a prepared statement - apparently afraid to face live reporters - Tunney "said":
"When I arrived at my office, I did call the 23rd district commander to question why, in an understaffed police district where we have serious crimes unsolved, officers are assigned to pull people over solely for cell phone violations," according to the Sun-Times.
1. If a police officer sees it happen right in front of him or her, isn't the officer duty-bound to make the traffic stop?
2. Would Tunney have made a similar call had a constituent come to his office to register the same complaint?
"Although I did not ask him to, following our conversation, the commander had my driver's license returned to me at my office. I must emphasize that, at no time did I ask for any special treatment. I have sent my payment in and will use my hands-free device while driving in the future."
Tunney may not have asked for a favor, but he accepted one. Same thing.
"Tunney refused to elaborate on his statement one day after the special treatment he received landed him on Page One of the Chicago Sun-Times under the headline, 'Special delivery for Alderman Tunney.'"
He's learned that the media will forget about the whole thing in a few days and move on. Who hired Angelo Torres?
"The alderman would only say that his call to [Cmdr. Gary] Yamashiroya was not an implied request for a favor.
"'We talk every day actually. That's nothing unusual,' he said."
Yes. They always talk about the alderman's traffic tickets.
"Yamashiroya was on furlough and could not be reached for comment."
I received a couple of e-mails yesterday from residents of the area showering praise on Yamashiroya's work. But it appears he made a bonehead play on this one. I wonder what made him think he should do a favor for an alderman.
The Daley Tax
Not only does Jackson calculate the cost of corruption, he suggests several interesting revenue-raising proposals. It's almost like an actual real public policy debate! Like the kind you might see in a campaign!
But Chicagoans have only themselves to blame.
"When I was exploring a possible run for mayor," Jackson writes,"many people defended Mayor Daley. Almost universally, residents expressed to me how beautiful the flowers were downtown.
"At the same time, local newspapers reported more corruption and scandal.
"The flower boxes are nice. But now the mayor wants you to ante up for all the dirt."
Who knew a city could be bought for some measly flowers? But it's true. I sometimes wonder if those flowers are like the spores in that Star Trek episode that sedated the residents on that planet. Planting those flowers was the best thing this mayor did, it seems, to ensure his reign.
And the film sounds like a winner. Catch up with the entire festival and Ferdy's world of off-road films at Ferdy on Films.
Um, the sick people kind of are, though.
Stroger heard experts from a panel convened at the behest of Sen. Dick Durbin (maybe he's the Illinois senator who should be running for president) on Tuesday to turn over the county's health system to an independent medical board.
"The panel concluded that there's too much bureaucracy [in the county's health system] and that politics often drives spending decisions instead of what's best for hospital patients," the Sun-Times reports.
In other words, Cook County politics is a killer.
Yup. A world-class city, alright. Maybe they used a world-class screwdriver.
"[The victim's] attorney, Jon Loevy, said he is not optimistic the department will ever hold its own accountable," the Sun-Times says.
"Loevy . . . noted that in all six-million dollar-plus verdicts he has won against the department in recent years, [the Office of Professional Standards] had exonerated the officers in every case."
(As if most of them aren't.)
Plus, Mrs. Carlson died.
But we have an exceptional piece today by our latest newest writer, Courey Gruszauskas. Her Leaving Champaign mixtape is worth a read - and a listen.
The Beachwood Tip Line: Anger beats the spores, people!
Posted on October 17, 2007
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