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The Weekend Desk Report

"The Illinois Tollway is poised to award a hefty construction contract to a New York-based firm that admitted committing fraud in connection with minority hiring for a tunnel project in that city," the Tribune reports.

So they'll fit right in.

Past Performance, Future Behavior
A former head of the Illinois Board of Higher Education racked up $6,500 in extra car rental fees and walked away from his post with $32,000 beyond his contract and a 'misleading' news release on his departure, according to reports released Friday by the state's Executive Inspector General Ricardo Meza," the Sun-Times reports.

"George W. Reid was forced to resign from the board in 2012 for misusing his state-owned vehicle, among other things, but the board sent out a news release indicating he had stepped down for personal reasons . . .

"The board had hired Reid for $193,000 a year, knowing he'd had his contract voided from Kentucky State University after he used university money there to pay for personal items, including a trailer hitch for his boat and a cat scratching post."

I guess patronage really is over 'cause now we're importing bad guys based on their resumes.

Who's Zoning Who?
The chairman of the city's Zoning Board of Appeals thinks it's "within the realm of possibility" that the Cubs go on a 62-game winning streak.

Trump L'oeil
"Trump Says He's Coming To Chicago To See His Sign."

Can't he see it from there?


No, but seriously, the sign is fine. And Chicago is ridiculous. More on that on this week's Beachwood Radio Hour.

The Beachwood Radio Hour: Soul Of A New Chicago Machine
Including: The FAA Lied, Carrot Top Was Here and Donald Trump Played Us.

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour: Samardzija vs. Cutler
Including: What About The Bulls? This Week In The Sky, and U.S. Soccer Has Already Exceeded Expectations.

Beachwood Photo Booth: Citgo Story
And . . . action.

The Week In Chicago Rock
Featuring: King Khan and the Shrines, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Low, Robby Krieger, Black Flag, Lydia Loveless, Red Mass, Angel Olsen, Robbie Fulks, The New Sex and Drugs, The Orwells, Queen with Adam Lambert, Tea Tsunami, The Script, Meshuggah, The Fall of Troy, Empires, Tegan and Sara, Logic, and Needtobreathe.


The Week In Juvenile Justice
Including: Delinquent To Death, 300 Minutes In Kane County, School Restraint Shocker, Truancy Tragedy, Slender Man Q&A, The Florida Files, Reforming West Virginia and India, and Execution in Iran.


The Weekend Desk Tip Line: L'oeil-ish.


* The Tribune Turned Down George Will's Ridiculous Rape Column.

Good for them; I almost made this the lead item today.


The Sound Opinions Weekend Listening Report: "Singer-songwriter Angel Olsen shares her dramatic tunes of heartbreak and humor. Later, Jim and Greg review the new album from singer Lana Del Rey."







Also a fierce obstacle as Obama's chief of staff; see, for just one example, "Democrats Point The Finger At [Rahm] For Immigration Reform's Poor Progress."



Posted on June 21, 2014

MUSIC - Pandemophenia.
TV - NBC's Bicentennial Special.
POLITICS - Defund Private Schools.
SPORTS - Beachwood Sports Radio & A Blackhawks Proposal.

BOOKS - The Slave Who Escaped George And Martha Washington.


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