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  • Mayor Daley Spies Trouble


    Well, folks, we did receive the mayor's schedule today — thing is, there wasn't one for the public. Of course, that didn't stop the city's hard-working media from finding something to write. After all, there's nothing like the threat of layoffs to spur productivity.

    In a story that seems straight out of the Cold War, the Chicago Sun-Times' Fran Spielman reported on how a federal judge dissolved a pair of 1982 decrees that reined in the Chicago Police Department's Red Squad, accused of spying on political dissidents.

    They were a resolution to class-action lawsuits filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Alliance to End Repression.

    In the '90s, though, Mayor Daley argued that the decrees made it impossible for police to monitor hate groups unless they actually did harm to people:

    If Mayor Daley's spying any trouble lately, it's probably from city workers who fear they'll lose their jobs — especially as Chicago officials sit on about $1 billion in tax-increment financing.


    Don't believe everything you read, but according to at least one Web site, Chicago's in the lead for the Olympic games.

    Around the Rings, which tracks the business of the games, ranked the city first, ahead of Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo. Chicago beat them in the Web site's previous ranking in September, but by a slimmer margin.

    The pressure's on for Mayor Daley, who's gambled a lot of political capital on his quest for the games. Representatives from Chicago and the competing cities head to Switzerland next week to make their final presentation to the International Olympic Committee.

    The word from the IOC comes down in October. If Chicago wins, prepare for Sun-Times sports columnist Rick Telander to be apoplectic.