January 10, 2017

Did Obama 'use' Chicago? / Radio pioneer dead / Free Hamilton tix

DID OBAMA ‘USE’ CHICAGO? The Chicago Reader‘s Ben Joravsky reviews Obama’s early writing about the city and concludes: Yes, “a little.” But Joravsky says he doesn’t hold that against the president.

Michelle and Barack Obama on Chicago’s lakefront
(White House image by Pete Souza, 2012)
 See Obama’s farewell speech from Chicago here.

WHY OBAMACARE MIGHT SURVIVE. Jonathan Chait explains how the repeal effort may be dying in Washington.
 A critical look at the size of Donald Trump’s … social media following.
 Former White House political strategist David Axelrod: “If our attitude is we’re not going to do anything … it’s actually Democrats who will suffer the most, because they actually believe in government.”

‘GOVERNOR GRIDLOCK.’ That’s what Mayor Emanuel’s communications director is labeling the mayor’s old friend, Bruce Rauner.
 Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown: Could Rauner and Madigan kill one another off (politically)?
 Should the Chicago City Council have to take public comments at its meetings? Emanuel’s legal team will argue against it.

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RADIO PIONEER DEAD. Long before “podcasting” was a word, Marty Zivin saw the future of audio on the internet. Robert Feder’s obituary.

ILLINOIS LAYOFFS TO COME. Notices filed with the state indicate which companies are getting ready to toss employees into the unemployment lines.

FREE HAMILTON TIX. Admission to the Newberry Library’s exhibit, “Hamilton: The History Behind the Musical,” opening this week in Chicago, won’t cost you a Hamilton.
 Man who yelled and cursed at Chicago “Hamilton” show pleads guilty, is banned.

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