So you might have noticed that The Daybook took one of it's patented, unexplained absences the last few days.‚ That's because the News Desk has been in the midst of a major retooling.‚ ‚ Also, I had some comp days to burn. On the retooling front,‚ News Desk Editor (and producer/reporter) Sam Hudzik is leaving us behind, to fill Ben Calhoun's considerable shoes as the new Political Reporter.‚ ‚ This is great news for Sam, and for WBEZ listeners, but it's a bit of a bittersweet moment for the News Desk, and a downright frightening one for politicians and their PR folks. No word on if there'll be a Sam Hudzik wikipedia page. In the meantime, I've been appointed Interim News Desk editor. This development has several (interim) pros and cons.
- Interim Pro: No more waking up at 5 AM.‚ My first call of the morning is at 8:30.
- Interim Con: Work day number one wrapped up at about 9:30 PM.
- Interim Pro: Hanging out with Melba Lara in the afternoon.
- Interim Con: Minimal face time with Lisa Labuz.
- Governor Pat Quinn is in Chicago.‚ He's sure to face questions about the General Assembly failing to pass his pet income tax-hike, and the watered down ethics bill on his desk.‚ With the Governor hold to his promise of not signing anything until all his priorities are approved?‚ Mekea will head over there.
- The Cook County Board is having another round of sales tax veto fun.‚ After Stroger vetoed an earlier proposal to cut the tax, which‚ commissioners failed to override, they passed a new one.‚ Stroger vetoed that as well, and now they're threatening another override attempt.‚ ‚ Tony is in attendance.
- Mayor Daley faced questioning about the latest Chicago official to get indicted by the feds, Isaac Carothers.‚ Susie An has the stories.