* Dear spammers,
This is definitely not your best work…
I require a partner to transfer $8.6m that belonged to a dead customer of my bank.
Reply for more information on the procedure.
Yeah. I’ll get right on it - just as soon as I finish writing a very large check to Rod Blagojevich’s legal defense fund.
* Dear Gov. Quinn,
You should definitely pay attention to the editorial in today’s Sun-Times taking you to task for not following through with your “fumigation” pledge…
We understand the governor might be facing a tough political reality.
Many of these Blagojevich hires still on the payroll have political sponsors — politicians Quinn may not be eager to offend just before the primary.
So far, the governor has been removing these folks piecemeal, but it may be more effective to get rid of them all at once, as part of a single effort.
Governor, you’re a man who has built his political career on doing the right thing.
Do it again.
That piecemeal approach has been counterproductive. When he tries to fire one staffer, that person’s sponsor(s) raises holy heck. Quinn should dump several at once to dilute the response and prevent it from focusing on a single person or ethnic group or special interest or whatever. And he should do it soon.
* Dear State Board of Elections,
I will support your appropriation request if you promise to hire an entirely new Internet staff and revamp that awful site of yours…
The Illinois board overseeing elections has put a price tag on campaign finance legislation. That legislation would make campaigns file fundraising reports far more often, and put new limits on most donations. […]
In a report dated last week, the agency says it would need an extra $1.5 million next year, a chunk of this for computer programming changes it says are “absolutely essential” to comply with the bill, and for the hiring of six staff members. In future years, the document estimates a cost close to $800,000 a year.
Seriously, dudes, your website is just so horrible on so many levels that it ought to be put out of its misery - and ours. Get a freaking clue already.
* Dear education establishment,
A friend of mine in Kansas City, MO sends her daughters to a French immersion charter school. It’s an excellent school and you won’t find anything like it in Illinois. So, while I always hesitate to agree with the rabidly and reflexively anti-union Chicago Tribune editorial board, I have to say their idea appeals to me…
[Sen. James Meeks] plans to push to remove the cap on the number of charter schools in Illinois. The legislature raised the cap this year. But there should be no cap at all.
We’ve known for decades that the industrial model for schools just doesn’t work. How about something new?
* Dear Eric Zorn,
I agree with you about Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. His buildings may have inspired decades of Soviet building projects, but they are a blight on the landscape here. So, like you, it doesn’t really bother me that one of them is being torn down…
I have to say, in full knowledge it will marks me to some as a rube, that Mies has never done much for me. He may well be the equivalent of Mozart, as Lifson suggests, but I’ve never found his buildings particularly interesting to behold… I’m not saying we should tear them down, but, well, even after reading Lifson’s impassioned post, I find myself unexercised.
* Dear Country Club Hills Mayor Dwight Welch,
I wish there was a way to censure you for your goofy rants and false leaks on Chris Kelly’s suicide…
Country Club Hills Mayor Dwight Welch previously said Kelly took a combination of pain reliever and rat poison, but a toxicology report from the Cook County medical examiner’s office only found pain medications in his system. The office said he overdosed on salicylate, used in such medications as aspirin, and acetaminophen, Tylenol’s main ingredient. A toxicology report also showed diphenhydramine, commonly sold as Benadryl.