The [Wednesday] Papers
Maybe we should tax the mayor every time he giggles, smirks or otherwise acts like a petulant child. We'd have a surplus in no time.
As heard on the video shown on Chicago Tonight last night of Ald. Ike Carothers' stirring speech about how much hard work it took to defy constituents and vote in favor of the mayor's property tax hike, Mayor Giggles hee-hee'd his way through a 29-21 vote in his favor.
Just before he banged his gavel to make it official, he crowed "The weightlifters win."
At first I thought it was just Olympic fever, but it was really the mayor's cutesy way of endorsing Carothers' cockamamie notion that those voting against the mayor's tax hikes were taking the easy way out because they would still benefit from the additional revenue that would be spent in their wards.
As Cate Plys points out today in her second Open Letter this week to the city council, Carothers (and the mayor) seems to forget that the additional taxes will also be levied in those wards just the same as wards where aldermen voted No. So, you see, everyone will feel the pain.
Of course, the real heavy lifters are the honest citizens paying the freight for City Hall's scandals, police department brutality settlements, and 18 years of massively overdue, overbudget and misguided projects.
And, by the way, the budget that passed (separately from the tax hikes by a 37-13 margin) includes (taxpayer-bankrolled) raises for aldermen (who will now make $104,101) and a $40,000 increase in their office allowances.
Heavy lifting, indeed.
He should know.
"The mayor, who was elected to a sixth term in February, has followed a pattern of proposing tax and fee increases for the budget years immediately following elections in which he and the aldermen have won new four-year terms," the Tribune reports. "Last fall, leading up to the February city election, Daley won unanimous approval of a budget that didn't raise taxes."
And whaddya know?
"Daley and Budget Director Bennett Johnson assured alderman that, now that they've walked the tax plank, they won't have to do it again until after the 2011 election," the Sun-Times reports.
This just in: Audio of the mayor from the council floor.
Our Joyous Future
Shouldn't this be front page news? The mayor is subverting the search process by rendering the committee charged with whittling down the list of candidates moot?
"Among the finalists appears to be Louisville Police Chief Robert White, who told the Louisville mayor that he is on a 'short list' for Chicago's top cop, the Louisville mayor's spokesman confirmed Tuesday."
A) There's a short list?
"When asked if he was interviewing candidates before the three finalists had been submitted, Daley said, 'I've listened - listened to anyone, look at their resumes, all that."
So he's just listening. There's a short list of candidates he's just listening to, should they drop by his office.
You know, maybe the real news of the day is the fact that the city council voted on the budget in the first place. Daley's probably been collecting the additional taxes for months.
Breakfast Club Maxim
Onion or Catholic Church?
"It's very clear that people are taking nicer vacations, said one Google engineer, who asked not to be identified because it is also not Googley to talk about personal fortunes at the company. "
New Google employees are called Nooglers.
"Your Postal Store order has been carefully packaged and shipped Priority Mail to your destination."
Um, yeah. I got it last week.
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Posted on November 14, 2007
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