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The Weekend Desk Report

Weekend Desk editor Natasha Julius is on a mission of national import. She will return in May.

Wolf Bait
"A wide assortment of cleaning supplies were stolen from a shed in the 200 block of South Chicago Avenue on Thursday, Kankakee police reported," the Daily Journal there reports. "Locks were cut to gain access. Stolen were 192 rolls of paper towels, 16 bottles of bleach, 8 bottles of lime buster, 5 cartons of lotion, 200 face towels, 20 cans of air freshener, 25 bottles of antibacterial soap and 16 boxes of laundry detergent."

Thankfully, police have a suspect in custody.

No Wonder . . .
. . . Chicago felt dumber yesterday.

Day Care Math
"The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has reduced its day care licensing staff by 18.5 percent in three years, even though those workers are now responsible for twice as many facilities as called for by some national standards," the Tribune reports.

"Though acknowledging DCFS needs more workers to inspect day care operators and additional staff to handle abuse and neglect cases, agency leaders are not asking for more money. New DCFS Director Richard Calica has insisted the agency can do more with less."

Richard Calica, you are Today's Worst Person In Chicago.


"The caseloads of state child-welfare investigators have 'gotten out of hand,' climbing so high in many cases that they no longer comply with federal requirements, an official said Wednesday," the Tribune reported last month.

"Richard Calica, the director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, said the agency needs more investigators and caseworkers and that he plans to hire additional staff."

Record Store Day
In Chicago.


The Weekend Desk Tip Line: Gear up.


The Flying Saucer Weekend Brunch Report: Hawaiian Punch.


The Sound Opinions Weekend Rock Report: "Go ahead . . . call it a comeback! Jim and Greg highlight some of rock's best Second Acts. They also remember Dick Clark and review the latest from space rock outfit Spiritualized."


The CAN TV Weekend Viewing Report: CAN TV brings you local, relevant issues from Chicago's neighborhoods and communities. See what's happening around the city in education, the arts, government, cultural events, social services and community activities.

Featured Artist: Jazz Odyssey Sextet


This episode of Featured Artist features a performance by smooth Chicago-style jazz group Jazz Odyssey Sextet.

Saturday, April 21 at 1:05 p.m. on CAN TV21
35 min


Perspectivas Latinas: PERRO


Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization (PERRO) member Jerry Mead Lucero discusses how closing the Crawford and Fisk coal plants will impact the health of Pilsen and Little Village residents.

Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. on CAN TV21
30 min


Surviving the American Dream: A Conversation on Latino Literature


This Story Week Festival of Writers discussion with Before the End, After the Beginning author Dagoberto Gilb discusses issues facing Latino literature.

Sunday, April 22 at 9 a.m. on CAN TV21
1 hr 30 min


Keeping it Real: Chicago Police Community Forum


Correctional facilities inmates share stories of their crimes and their incarceration in order to help the community be better prepared for crime and inform youth of potential pitfalls.

Sunday, April 22 at 10:30 a.m. on CAN TV21
2 hr


Beyond These Times: Lessons from the Future


Prominent authors and visionaries join early career educators for a close look at the future of education, including the impact of technology and the changing role of teachers.

Sunday, April 22 at 12:30 p.m. on CAN TV21
1 hr 30 min


Chicago's Cultural Plan


Joy Bailey and other cultural planning experts discuss how citizens and artists can be involved in developing Chicago's first new Cultural Plan since 1986.

Sunday, April 22 at 2 p.m. on CAN TV21
30 min


From Hyperlocal to Virtual: Connecting Art and Community


Local arts industry professionals provide advice on how artists can build a stronger practice and career by using digital tools to better engage with public and professional networks.

Sunday, April 22 at 2:30 p.m. on CAN TV21
1 hr


The "99% Citizen Tax Enforcers"


Protestors mark the U.S. tax filing deadline by presenting tax "bills" to corporations and corporate executives that they say are not paying their fair share of taxes, while also expressing support of the "Buffet Rule" and closing of tax loopholes.

Sunday, April 22 at 6 p.m. on CAN TV19
30 min


May Day Rally Press Conference


Members of community organizations representing labor, immigrants, faith groups and Occupy Chicago call for a joint labor-immigrant march and rally on May 1st, also known as International Workers Day.

Sunday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m. on CAN TV19
30 min


Posted on April 21, 2012

MUSIC - Madonna vs. Moderna.
TV - Sundays With The Military-Industrial Complex.
POLITICS - Private Equity In The ER.
SPORTS - Suspicious Betting Trends In Soccer.

BOOKS - China Holding Swedish Publisher.


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