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The Weekend Desk Report

For completists, there was no column on Friday.

"The Field Museum is a place of learning, but [Thursday], the museum learned a lesson of its own about offering deals to election voters," RedEye reports.

"Deals and discounts for people who can flash 'I voted' stickers or wristbands are common, but they're technically not legal. So while you might see smaller, scattered deals on food or drink throughout Chicago, the Field Museum's offer for free admission to anyone who votes caught some unwanted attention from a local official. The museum had to revoke the offer.

"The intention is golden. But under the law, you can't offer anything of value in connection with registering to vote or voting," Jim Allen, spokesman for the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, told the Chicago Sun-Times.

"Later Thursday afternoon, the Field Museum decided to go gratis for Tuesday, Nov. 6, anyway, offering free admission for all Illinois residents, regardless of whether or not they vote."


Beachwood Field Trip?

Hood Winked
"In a newly published interview, Donald Trump's former personal lawyer says Trump once remarked 'only the blacks could live like this' while driving through a 'rougher' neighborhood in Chicago," the Sun-Times reports.

I read this interview, in which Michael Cohen alleges Trump used racist language four times in his presence, and I was going to tweet out the part about Chicago but I couldn't get past the unlikelihood that it's true - the part about Chicago, not that Trump has said racist shit out loud. Why? Well, the allegation is that Trump made those remarks going from the airport to his hotel. So what "rough" neighborhood - or any neighborhood - would he have been going through? He would've taken the Kennedy to downtown, right? There's no rough neighborhood to see along that route. It just doesn't make sense.

32 Trillion Pinocchios
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, wants re-election to a federal office, but has taken a campaign cue from Republicans at the state level like Gov. Bruce Rauner by pairing Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, with his adversary," Bernie Schoenburg reports for the Springfield State Journal-Register.

"An ad approved by Davis and being run by his campaign uses a 10-year-old proposal in the Illinois House that never became law to claim that Madigan and 2018 Democratic Davis challenger Betsy Dirksen Londrigan of Springfield have a joint health care plan.

"Oh, and it's said to cost $32 trillion - the same amount that Republicans, including Davis, say a nationwide universal health plan would cost over 10 years. The ad doesn't say the expense is over 10 years, the state proposal was for Illinois only, and that Londrigan says she does not support such a plan."

Also, Londrigan was never in the General Assembly.

I fucking hate politics.

Atrios, via Tim Willette:

"If you spent your entire adult life supporting the Republican party and then wake up under Trump and decide that maybe you made a few mistakes along the way, your book and book tour should not be navel gazing. It should be 'here are people you should have listened to instead of me, a really stupid guy who caused a lot of problems.' That would be valuable!"

Me: "I can't read this right now, I'm watching Bill Kristol on TV."

Ass Action
"In a lively and freewheeling argument on Wednesday, the Supreme Court considered whether it should place limits on class-action settlements in which the plaintiffs' lawyers receive millions and their clients get nothing. In the process, several justices mused about the nature of privacy in the digital age," the New York Times reports.

"The case arose from an $8.5 million settlement between Google and class-action lawyers who said the company had violated its users' privacy rights. Under the settlement, the lawyers were paid more than $2 million, but members of the class received no money.

"Instead, the company agreed to make contributions to institutions concerned with privacy on the Internet, including centers at Harvard, Stanford and Chicago-Kent College of Law, and AARP, the group once known as the American Association of Retired Persons."

Maybe the Chicago-Kent College of Law center is this one?


New on the Beachwood . . .

TrackNotes: Oprah, Olczyk & The Soul Of Racing
A lot at stake this weekend.


The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #224: Bears Turner Overdrive
Is merely taking care of business enough? Plus: Taking Care Of Bulls Shit; Blackhawks Turner Underdrive; Boston Turner Overserved; Cubs Bringing Back Camels; NIU vs. NU; and Crushing Oprah, Eddie Olczyk, The Breeders' Cup & The Soul Of Racing.


Brush With Nature
The artworks that are displayed in this exhibition were created by local plein air artists who while outdoors at the Emily Oaks Nature Center in Skokie.


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Phreaking (phone hacking) Scene Members from r/chicago


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Weekend ChicagoTube

Chicago Public Art Installation Basics #30 at Calumet Park


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The Weekend Desk Tip Line: Just deja do it.


Posted on November 3, 2018

MUSIC - Chief Keef Changed The Industry.
TV - Vizio's Best Product Is You.
POLITICS - UIC: Soda Taxes Work.
SPORTS - More McCaskey Malpractice.

BOOKS - All About Poop.


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