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The Weekend Desk Report

Weekend Desk Editor Natasha Julius is on a mission of national import. She will return next week.

The Public Safety Report
"The clock runs out on Chicago's Police Department and Fire Department union contracts Saturday night, but don't expect any difference in how cops and firefighters respond to emergencies around the city if the deal remains unresolved," the Tribune reports.

But the ticket-writing and rig-washing will become particularly angry.

The Suburban Areas Report
"Chicago-style corruption has afflicted more than 60 suburbs in Cook County . . . and has snared more than 100 public officials and police officers, including 17 mayors and village presidents," according to a report released this week.

Awww, cute! Mall cops go bad too.

The Fourth of July Report
Just a reminder: Like guns, fireworks are illegal in the City of Chicago.


Yes, guns are now legal under certain conditions in Chicago homes, though not on Chicago's streets. If you don't like the joke, go on the Internet and complain.

The City Sticker Report
"City stickers expire today," WGN-TV reports, "however, there is a two-week grace period before ticketing begins."

In other words, city stickers expire on July 14.

The Drug Market Report
If this is where you shop, adjust your weekend plans accordingly.

The Friday News Dump Report
"The Emanuel administration released the [NATO bill] information on Friday, typically a day when City Hall puts out news it wants buried, in response to a Freedom of Information request filed last month by the Chicago Sun-Times," the paper reports.

"City Hall did not release the information the newspaper requested for the number of city employees who worked during the summit and the individual overtime payments to those workers . . . "


"The White House released its annual report to Congress on staff salaries," Politico reports. "At 4:39 p.m. on Friday.

"A quick review found the White House payroll appears to have grown since last year, going from $37.1 million in 2011 to $37.8 million in 2012. The number of employees listed also grew - from 454 last year to 468 in 2012.

"White House officials did not immediately respond to a message seeking explanation of the growth. Overall, the payroll has shrunk since 2009, when it totaled $39.1 million."

Don't Worry, Be Happy
Pat Quinn and his fellow Democratic governors channel George H. W. Bush. (h/t: Cap Fax, with photo.)


The Weekend Desk Tip Line: Rah.


The Flying Saucer Weekend Brunch Report: Summer Cobb, Red Velvet.

The Sound Opinions Weekend Listening Report: "Van Hunt and his band stop by the studio to perform songs from his latest independent release What Were You Hoping For? And later, Jim and Greg butt heads over pop chanteuse Fiona Apple's new album, The Idler Wheel . . . "

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.

Perspectivas Latinas: Central States SER


Central States SER Executive Director Guadalupe Preston highlights the organization's work promoting economic self-sufficiency and upward mobility for low-income community residents through education and employment.

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


The Future of Risk


University of Chicago professionals from insurance, law, and risk-management fields discuss whether governments will focus on predicting and minimizing risk or if they will shift towards supporting riskier behaviors in the modern economy.

Sunday, July 1 at 9 a.m. on CAN TV21
2 hr 30 min


Logan Square Neighborhood Association's 50th Anniversary Congress


This celebration of the community development organization highlights its accomplishments in promoting the growth and vitality of the Logan Square area.

Sunday, July 1 at 11:30 a.m. on CAN TV21
2 hr


Protecting Fair Courts in a Citizens United World


Judges and judicial experts discuss ways to minimize the impact of campaign contributions on the selection of judges and their rulings.

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


Working Together to Prevent Wrongful Convictions


Former Cook County State's Attorney Richard Devine joins a panel addressing the problem of wrongful convictions in Illinois, current reforms and what additional preventative steps can be taken.

Sunday, July 1 at 3:30 p.m. on CAN TV21
1 hr 30 min


Chicago Afro-Puerto Rican Ensemble Concert


Chicago's "first Bomba & Plena Orchestra" performs their fusion of Puerto Rican ancestral rhythms, jazz, blues, rock, and more.

Sunday, July 1 at 5 p.m. on CAN TV19
1 hr 30 min


Posted on June 30, 2012

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TV - "One America News" is AT&T.
POLITICS - When Wall Street Came To My Mobile Home Park.
SPORTS - Tonyball, Bears On The Run, Eyes On The Sky & More!

BOOKS - China Holding Swedish Publisher.


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