* Ross Douthat: Give the people what they want
Alex Massie has provocative thoughts on how being able to track reader interest on a story-by-story basis will change the newspaper business
* Press Release: Lauzen releases federalism policy position
* Race to replace LaHood is wide open
* Proviso Probe: Chicago Reader profile on GOP candidate in IL-03, Art Jones
* Press Release: Kirk turns his back on homeowners in trouble
* Mark Brown: City’s taxing trick siphoning away millions
* Lawyer says ethics exam is unethical
“Certain state job applications, which appeared to be sponsored by individuals on the basis of the applicants’ political affiliation, received special treatment,” begins a passage on the computerized ethics exam, which was taken by a reporter last week with the consent of the state office that administers the program.
The passage is presented as an example of real-life unethical behavior. It doesn’t name names, but it gives extensive details that match previous allegations against Dawn DeFraties and Michael Casey, the Springfield-based state employees whose highly publicized firings later boomeranged on the Blagojevich administration.
* Malpractice caps ruling may send state back to 2005
* Many disabled Illinoisans jobless
* States hopping on the hybrid school bus; IL hasn’t yet decided
* Ameren works on customer incentives
* BP under gun to expand production, limit pollution
* Steve Huntley: When did dignity lose the election
It’s not that the individual elements of the CNN extravaganza were inherently wrong. For example, debates should take place before a live audience, but one that mostly listens rather than cheers or hoots. I sometimes wondered Thursday night whether there was an applause light cuing the crowd like the audience for a Jay Leno “Tonight Show.” A candidate who commits an egregious faux pas perhaps deserves to be jeered, but surely neither Barack Obama nor John Edwards crossed any red lines in their attacks on Hillary Clinton to warrant the boos they got from what seemed to be a Clinton-admiring audience.
* Opinion: Debates in need of rescue
That is revealing of the weakness of these debates as tools for helping voters decide which candidate to support. The TV impresarios are so eager for headlines they rarely pause to ask the candidates for evidence to support their opinions or assertions. It is bang-bang, but rarely because-and-here’s-proof.
* Rush’s son indicted on sex charges
Rush, who started working as an assistant supervisor in May 2003, was placed on paid administrative leave June 22 while authorities conducted an internal investigation, according to IDOC spokesman Derek Schnapp.
“He was put on leave promptly when the department got information about potential problems,” Schnapp said. “The findings were referred to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.” […]
Bobby Rush, a Democratic congressman representing Chicago’s South Side and southwest suburbs, recommended state officials hire his son in 2003, Abby Ottenhoff, a spokeswoman for Gov. Rod Blagojevich, has said.
* Chicago Public Radio: Rush’s son indicted
* Ex-Macomb mayor named to Amtrak Board of Directors
* Dawn Turner Trice: Silent moment is best left out of classroom
* Genuine prayer needs no law to inspire it
* McQueary: Can’t make house payments? March with Jackson
“There is a lot of misinformation about the bill, and it’s always about the interests of the mortgage brokers. No one raises the issue of people going into bankruptcy,” Collins said. “I got a lot of push-back.”
Through four months of arduous negotiations, she heard nothing from Jackson.
“Not once has he mentioned the legislation,” she said. “He’s had these programs at PUSH, and not once has he given me credit or mentioned Senate Bill 1167. I wasn’t even invited to the big rally on Wall Street.”
And yet Collins has been the chief negotiator on legislation Jackson took a significant interest in revamping. She could have used his muscle when faced with the slick mortgage industry’s lobbying tactics in Springfield. Instead, he is organizing a march in New York. That’s good for the cameras, but what about actual policy?
* Tavern incident reports lacking
* Visitors to Quincy business district wonder if glass is half empty or half full
* The Blog readability test; what level of education is required to read your blog? [Capitol Fax: College, Post Grad]