Wednesday, June 1, 2011

In Chicago it's called a "win-win"

Big losers are social services and schools

That's right. This week, former mayor Daley landed his pay-back job with the very firm that negotiated his notorious sell-off of the city's parking meters.
Daley will be "of counsel" to Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, the law firm announced Wednesday morning. The former mayor "will draw on his vast knowledge, experience and relationships globally to contribute to the continued growth of the firm." -- Ward Room

New Mayor Rahm Emanuel , who came over in a three-way deal, giving up his White House post to Daley's brother (V.P. at J.P. Morgan), got his casinos.
Our elected governor, Pat Quinn, opposed a major expansion of gambling in Illinois. But Emanuel had a hand full of aces, and Quinn was left holding the joker. Thus, Chicago is on track to get a big, new casino of its own, along with four more casinos around the state. Add to all that slot machines at racetracks and at Midway and O’Hare airports. -- Carol Marin
As for the schools? Bupkis.
 "The major cuts are in areas which before we've never cut, social services and the education funds," said Democratic Rep. Frank Mautino, a budget point man from Spring Valley. -- Tribune
Yes, a win-win indeed.

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