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Lemon Pledge

Channel surfers may have thought they’d discovered a new paid programming station earlier this month. Not so–that was Channel 11’s latest fund-raising drive, featuring New Age health guru Gary Null and lightweight financial guru Suze Orman. Their modestly titled infomercials–Null’s How to Live Forever and Orman’s The Courage to Be Rich, both designed to sell […]

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The Fox and the Hounds

The Fox and the Hounds Last week’s interrogation of Jerry Springer by the Chicago City Council’s Committee on Police and Fire produced some choice moments–which you probably missed if you weren’t glued to Court TV. For one thing, it was the first time in recent memory that Alderman Dorothy Tillman arrived on time. Normally she […]

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The Rest of the Story

The Story: Chicago Tribune, April 28 Couple in Custody in Connection With Dismembering of Man, 54 River Grove residents Mark Turnes, 27, and Melissa Brooks, 24, were charged with felony concealment of a homicide after police discovered the body of their tenant on the floor of their bedroom. They told police they’d killed Terry Finucane […]

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Just Their Luck

When juries rule the way we would have, they’re wise. When they don’t, they’re crazy. Last week one Chicago jury declared 15th Ward alderman Virgil Jones guilty of accepting $7,000 in bribes from a government mole, finding it unlikely that Jones would accept thousands of dollars in legitimate campaign contributions inside a rolled-up newspaper. Another […]

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Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot?

Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot? On a little more than a year, two top local law enforcement officials have gotten in trouble for associating with felons. Police superintendent Matt Rodriguez resigned last fall after press accounts detailed his friendship with Frank Milito, convicted of mail fraud and questioned recently in a 1987 murder case. This […]

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They’re All Connected

They’re All Connected Politicians love playing games–with the truth, with taxpayers’ money, you name it. So why not play a game with politicians? See if you can put these rascals behind bars–in 1998 they all pleaded guilty or were convicted or sentenced. DIRECTIONS: Take turns drawing a line between two dots. Players who complete an […]

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Sox and Violence

Sox and Violence when the White Sox signed convicted wife beater Wil Cordero last week, manager Jerry Manuel told his players they’d “probably be the most disliked team in baseball.” Why stop there? This may be the one arena in which the Sox can finally win. A few strategic moves before the trading deadline, and […]

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Negative Energy

Last week, three aldermen sponsored resolutions calling for hearings to flay Commonwealth Edison over power outages caused by a snowstorm that included 50-mile-an-hour winds. Let’s face it: the whole mess was what insurance companies refer to as “an act of God.” And as satisfying as it feels to blame Com Ed, it doesn’t make sense […]

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Toxic Treasure Hunt

Johnny brought home a bunch of souvenirs from the beach last summer. From Illinois Beach State Park, to be exact. Can you guess which souvenirs contain asbestos? And should Johnny’s parents be worried? (Hint: Asbestos is a mineral long used in construction materials, now known to be a deadly carcinogen when inhaled! No one’s sure […]

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Democracy’s Shining Lamp

Alderman Ray Frias made his first speech on the floor of the Chicago City Council since being acquitted of accepting a bribe, attempted extortion, and lying to the FBI in the federal Silver Shovel probe. Frias, whose entrapment defense required him to admit taking a $500 bribe, didn’t apologize for bringing still more disrepute on […]