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Here & Elsewhere

Over the weekend, here and elsewhere:

Trutanich keeps leaving them guessing

Drill down into Rick Orlov's piece on Carmen Trutanich news and you see everyone missed something last week: a report embarrassing to Trutanich, issued by the newly-created Independent Assessor to the Board of Fire Commissioners.

Wanted: A Conservator for DONE

It turns out that Paul Hatfield, who can really wag a finger, likes DONE even less than I. His complaints are valid if his remedy is extreme. To me, the system simply needs more checks and balances to become truly democratic, as it is presently gamed too easily by factions. Councilman Paul Krekorian has four reform motions pending, but Hatfield sees them as tepid. Looking at them, one may indeed blanch out the one most often use as a check on the system--the grievance process--a little further.

New Lieweke meme: "Cavemen"


Why is AEG developer Tim Lieweke bashing people who don't want a football stadium as "cavemen"? Might they know the city a little better than an out-of-town developer?

In wake of Stow arrests, Beck urges more media restraint


Mega chutzpah regarding how media should behave, from the Chief of Police, obligingly mimeographed by the former fishwrap of record.

Judge blocks Arts District BID vote

Complexity in central city east as a business improvement district is set to sunset: the people who run the BID want it extended, which means a city tax on condos and businesses there. A Downtown News report.

Stone washed and downtown

GAP has been downtown doing denim for two years; a success story in the making that so far hasn't been co-opted by Antonio Villaraigosa, Jan Perry or Austin Beutner.

Union busting as school reform

Big city mayors elsewhere play along too.

And this morning, my FB pal Clay Grossman kicked off his weekly jazz radio show on WNUR Evanston with an unexpurgated Lenny Bruce tape from 1962--the way you knew he would. Listen to WNUR Evanston, Chicago's Sound Experiment--we have nothing like it here.