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The Weekend Desk Report

We here at the Weekend Desk just want the Bulls and Blackhawks to stay alive as deep into the baseball season as possible not just for their own sake, but because even a season of heroics like Jose Abreu's walk-off granny on Friday night cannot contain the miasma oozing from the North Side at record contamination levels.

So yay. And yay.

And before we know it, the Bears will be reporting to training camp.

And I cannot believe I just wrote that, but this is how a Cubs fan thinks these days. Just get me to 2016 or 2017 or 2018 (or 2019, when all CPS schools will supposedly be air-conditioned) when we can find out Theo's Plan was all a bunch of bunk imposed on us by a greedy nutwing patriarch and his incompetent, spoiled kids and we can start all over again.

Which is just what I discuss with our very own Jim "Coach" Coffman on this weekend's episode of The Beachwood Radio Hour. Other topics include: Chicagoland Exposed. Rahm's Receipts. Inside The New Obama High School. Bill Daley Never Cared About You. Transit R Not Us. With music by Strawberry, Neil Young, Bobby Bare Jr., Gemini Club, Billy Bragg and Elvis Costello.


Here's this weekend's edition of Beachwood International with The Angry Aussie, also featuring a takedown of Chicagoland, as well as Beer with bin Laden in Brazil, Fake Cuban Twitter in Costa Rica, CNN "Goes Native" in New Zealand, and the first installment of our new weekly series "Australia Is The Florida of the World."


Baggage Fee
"United Airlines CEO Jeff Smisek saw his total compensation fall 15 percent to $8.1 million last year, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission late Friday," the Tribune reports.

"The filing comes a day after the airline's parent, United Continental Holdings, reported a steep fourth-quarter loss it blamed on bad weather."

I blame it on bad values.

Comptroll This!
"Facing up to 15 years in prison and stripped of his U.S. passport, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's former city comptroller ordered his wife this week "to get him a fake birth certificate from Pakistan for a passport," according to court records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.

"Now, Amer Ahmad is on the lam, and a judge issued a warrant Friday for his arrest."

Too bad Chicagoland isn't still in production; CNN could hunt Ahmad down and sit on him until arranging a scene in which Rahm arrives on a Divvy bike to make the arrest.

Pleading Pat
"A spokeswoman for Gov. Pat Quinn is confirming a published report that says the Chicago Democrat won't seek a third full term if he wins a second one in November," AP reports.

That published report is actually a Sneed column, which means the item was planted by the very people now confirming it. Chicagoland!

Purely by coincidence, Republican challenger Bruce Rauner just, um, challenged Quinn to climb aboard his term-limits train. So Rauner is now setting the agenda.

Meanwhile, the Beachwood I-Team has learned that Quinn is now considering the following campaign slogans:

* Just Four More Years, I Swear.

* Pat Quinn: Now With A Sunset Provision.

* One-Term Mayor, Two-And-A-Half-Term Governor.

* Pat Quinn: The Farewell Tour.

* Pat Quinn: Four More Years Of Not Rauner.


The Weekend Desk Tip Line: Fore and aft.


* Cubs Rebuild Epitomized In This Story Out Of Milwaukee.

* Redford, Kass and us.











The Sound Opinions Weekend Listening Report: "We all have them . . songs that make your eyes well up and produce a lump in your throat. This week, Jim and Greg get out the hankies and play some of their favorite Tearjerkers. Then, they talk about the first new album in 16 years from The Afghan Whigs."


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: Semillas, La Sociedad Mexicana Por Derechos de la Mujer


Executive director Laura Garcia shares the organization's work mobilizing resources locally to support women-led projects in Mexico.

Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on CAN TV21 / En Espanol Sunday at 4 p.m. on CAN TV21.


Perspectivas Latinas: Sankofa Theater Company


Meet the people behind Sankofa Theater Company, where the stories of Chicago's marginalized and displaced communities get their time in the spotlight.

Saturday at 8 p.m. on CAN TV21 / En Espanol Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on CAN TV21.


What Illinois Voters Think About Term Limits


Charles Leonard of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute outlines voters' opinions on term limits in Illinois during this event examining their impact.

Sunday at 9 a.m. on CAN TV21.


About Term Limits Nationwide And In Illinois


Law student extern Paul Hale of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute joins Alex Gilewicz and Alden Loury of the Better Government Association to explain the history of court cases and legislation leading to the current state of term limits in Illinois and beyond.

Sunday at noon on CAN TV21.


Democracy Forum


Journalist Paul Street and other panelists give their take on the state of democracy in the U.S. today.

Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on CAN TV21.


Posted on April 26, 2014

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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