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* Zell rejects state-Wrigley deal; Thompson still trying

“I got Sam’s letter. I’m not telling you what it said. … We are still in negotiations with the Cubs-despite the letter, despite all of the stories,” Thompson said.

* Cubs sale could face new delay

Former Illinois Gov. James Thompson, who heads the state agency, said Tuesday on Tribune Co.-owned WGN-AM 720 that the deal “still has life as far as I’m concerned” and that he planned “to act properly by going back to Sam Zell and negotiating further.”

* State honors Tutu with portrait in Lincoln library

* No joke: It’s Jacksons vs. Secret Service

“My family is deeply concerned and distressed by reports that federal law enforcement officials were disseminating information and anecdotes about a possible assassination of our father and mother,” Jackson Jr. said in a prepared statement.

* Illinois House panel OKs bill to require label for lead toys

* Con Con Considerations: Transparency

This page is less interested in what a Convention might accomplish as in how it might work.

* Harper College’s long, strange, (so far failed) trip

* Authorities urge state to help curb child abuse

* Study Says Foreigners In U.S. Adapt Quickly

The report found, however, that the speed with which new arrivals take on native-born traits has increased since the 1990s

* McKenna Misses the Point … Again

* Birkett’s son arrested for pot

* Hospital board grows to 11 for balance

* Stroger wins some, loses others on health board picks

* Stroger pays a visit to Hoffman Estates

* Antoin ‘Tony’ Rezko’s fate now lies with the jury

* Prosecutor: Crime of greed involved ‘highest levels of power’

* A guilty Rezko could lead up the food chain

* Democrats Complete Special Election Trifecta

posted by Kevin Fanning
Wednesday, May 14, 08 @ 8:51 am


  1. Kevin,

    Your Birkett drug bust link doesn’t work. Try this link to the Sun-Times:

    From the Sun-Times: ‘Joe Birkett, a tireless prosecutor of drug-related crimes, said his son was “a guest in someone’s home” and did not own or possess any of the alleged contraband in the apartment.’

    So it seems that “I don’t live here and that stuff ain’t mine” is now a meritorious defense against narcotics charges in DuPage County.

    – SCAM
    so-called “Austin Mayor”

    Comment by so-called "Austin Mayor" Wednesday, May 14, 08 @ 9:02 am

  2. Fixed. Thanks for the heads up SCAM.

    Comment by Kevin Fanning Wednesday, May 14, 08 @ 9:06 am

  3. That Childres win should have the GOP and McCain rethinking their strategy. time for another contract with America

    Comment by Ghost Wednesday, May 14, 08 @ 9:08 am

  4. Sigh. Why are we arresting anybody for pot possession. Sure, some tell us it’s a gateway drug, but eating too much is a gateway to diabetes. Is the role of law enforcement to save people from themselves? It does sound like Birkett is a little creduous re the excuse but he’s right, it IS a family problem.

    Of course it’s a lot easier for our, well, thinking-challenged police to do pot busts than to
    go after drug dealers. That takes brains and planning. It’s easier to just bust kids for pot.

    Comment by Cassandra Wednesday, May 14, 08 @ 9:15 am

  5. People say it’s a gateway drug, but my own experience says it’s not. I know dozens of people who smoked pot when they were younger (I don’t think many of them do now, but it’s none of my business). I would be shocked if one of them ever tried heroin.

    Comment by wordslinger Wednesday, May 14, 08 @ 9:28 am

  6. The state buying Wrigley is a horrible idea. I wish Big Jim would just give up and do something else with his time.

    I have a question for the young U of I grad. I am planning on attending the White Sox Caucus this evening, but am confused as to which Cubs shirt to wear. Should I go with Theriot or Lee?

    I would ask Mr. Miller, but I’m afraid of his answer. :)

    Comment by jwscott72 Wednesday, May 14, 08 @ 9:31 am

  7. ===Should I go with Theriot or Lee?===

    Perhaps we should hire a bouncer.

    Comment by Rich Miller Wednesday, May 14, 08 @ 9:45 am

  8. The pot of today, is nothing like that of a few years ago. It is closer to cocaine. It is highly addictive and one of the harder drugs to kick.

    Comment by Shelbyville Wednesday, May 14, 08 @ 9:50 am

  9. ===It is highly addictive and one of the harder drugs to kick.===

    That is just ridiculous. Where did you read such propaganda?

    Comment by Rich Miller Wednesday, May 14, 08 @ 9:54 am

  10. There was an article floating around that the pot of today has been genetically enhanced to increase the THC content to roughly 4-5 times what it used to be. BUT this is a bit misleading, because it also appears the amount being used by individual is less.

    i.e. its more concentrated (like say laundry detergent), so people use less of it (like laundry dtergent). Thus the amount actually being consumed is the same, yah just need less :)

    Now the stuff laced with other drugs is a different story.

    Comment by Ghost Wednesday, May 14, 08 @ 10:09 am

  11. guess I better start smoking pot again.

    Comment by Michelle Flaherty Wednesday, May 14, 08 @ 10:10 am

  12. Big Jim wants the state to buy Wrigley so Blogo can privitize it to fund his legal bills.

    Comment by Garp Wednesday, May 14, 08 @ 10:19 am

  13. I think Big Jim is very trying lately…Why in the name of God is Winston and Strawn so intent on defending the Gov? What’s in it for them? Somebody please offer a reason why a money grubbing, high falutin’ politically connected, Republican leaning law firm would do this…Thank you…sorry to be clueless but I am what I am…

    Comment by Anonymous45 Wednesday, May 14, 08 @ 12:36 pm

  14. Did Channel Two ever release the list of Cook County exempt position holders???

    Comment by Just Askin' Wednesday, May 14, 08 @ 1:14 pm

  15. Cassandra wrote, “Sigh. Why are we arresting anybody for pot possession. Sure, some tell us it’s a gateway drug, but eating too much is a gateway to diabetes.”

    Whoo boy, Cassandra, I couldn’t agree with you more. This is another one of those important issues on which the Green Party has a significantly different position from that of the Democratic and Republican parties. To quote the national platform, “…Law enforcement is placing too much emphasis on drug-related and petty street crimes, and not enough on prosecution of corporate, white collar, and environmental crimes…Prisons should be the sentence of last resort, reserved for violent criminals. Those convicted of non-violent offenses should be handled by other programs including halfway houses, electronic monitoring, work-furlough, community service and restitution programs. Substance abuse should be addressed as a medical problem requiring treatment, not imprisonment, and a failed drug test should not result in revocation of parole. Incarcerated prisoners of the drug war should be released to the above programs…We call for decriminalization of victimless crimes. For example, the possession of small amounts of marijuana…We call for an end to the ‘war on drugs.’ We support expanded drug counseling and treatment.”

    Comment by Squideshi Wednesday, May 14, 08 @ 1:33 pm

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