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Saturday quick hits: Mendoza wants Quincy veterans moved; Biss and Raoul report big bucks; Reader cover fallout intensifies

Saturday, Feb 17, 2018

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* Arguments to keep the Quincy veterans’ home residents at the facility just make less sense with every new revelation…

* Meanwhile, a couple of big hauls were reported Friday after business hours…

* Meanwhile, that Chicago Reader cover could’ve been even worse. From the Reader’s own transportation columnist John Greenfield…

I confirmed the “blackface” idea, by the way. Reader columnist Adeshina Emmanuel claims he has written his second “and last” column for the publication because of the cover and other issues. He explained on Facebook

If I had known my first articles in the Chicago Reader were going into an issue with a black lawn jockey on the front, I would have bailed. Quick, fast, and in a hurry, as my mom says. But I was not consulted about this cover. I would have said I don’t like it. I would have said more than that.

I would have said reducing black people to an inhuman object, a racist trope, propping up a white man could easily be interpreted as racist, aside from being a bit too on the nose. I would have said this isn’t effective satire. I would have said this was a great opportunity to give an artist of color, not a white man, the opportunity to visualize what my articles addressed — the indignities African-Americans suffer in an unequal partnership with the Democratic establishment, and the coded racial language that reflects that racist power dynamic.

And longtime Reader columnist Ben Joravsky called the cover “a disgrace” in his own Facebook post.

* Other stuff…

* Estranged Wife of Ex-Madigan Aide Says She Warned of Alleged Abuse: In it, she wrote that she was contacting Mapes because she believed she was “out of options” when it came to their divorce proceedings that began roughly three months earlier. “I don’t think anyone knows the severity of the current situation within our family,” McKay wrote. “There have been 3 domestic situations at my home since February, the last on July 5, 2017, resulting in Kevin’s arrest.” … “The speaker did not receive letter,” Madigan’s spokesman’s Steve Brown said in an emailed statement late Friday night. “A review of possible locations where letter might be sent did not locate it.”

* Candidate says GOP Rep. Charlie Meier hired private eye to tail his wife; Meier says no way

* By State Rep. John Cabello and State Rep. David McSweeney: We must enact a bipartisan infrastructure plan now: Gov. Bruce Rauner should be quarterbacking our efforts. However, sadly for political reasons, Rauner has refused to meet with President Donald Trump and has shown no leadership on Illinois infrastructure. Unlike Rauner, we both have treated the president with respect.

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