Gambling bill veto sets stage for a Quinn vs. Rahm

August 29, 2012

Lead story: Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed a much-hyped gambling bill yesterday, citing a lack of oversight and “loopholes for mobsters,” thereby shutting down (for now) the movement to bring a casino to Chicago. But there’s more fight left to come and it’s shaping up to be the battle of Quinn vs. Rahm. After the veto was announced, Mayor Emanuel expressed frustration about Quinn’s decision and vowed to keep fighting for a Chicago casino. And Rahm’s not alone; other officials are upset with Quinn’s decision, citing the revenue the bill would have generated for the state. Still, the main event here is the pair of Democratic leaders going head-to-head. It could set the stage for a gubernatorial run by Rahm in 2014, something that has in no way been hinted at yet, but isn’t out of the question. Gambling monster Gamblor was not available for comment.

Also: Hurricane Isaac made landfall as a Category One storm along the Louisiana coast Tuesday night just shy of 7 p.m. It stayed put over night, slowly churned through the southeast portion of the state, dumping rain and bringing in a surge of water. Hundreds of thousands of people are without power this morning and flooding is spreading across Louisiana and southern Mississippi. Much has been made of Isaac coming ashore on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, something not lost on me; I was a living in New Orleans at the time. But Isaac should do more than just remind us of past storms: It should remind us that there’s more to the coast than just New Orleans. There’s an entire region with a unique way of life in the path of these storms. That whole region is still in danger, be it the wetlands or New Orleans; the city's rebuilt levees got a near-failing grade just one year ago.

And then: As everyone in the GOP — except Ron Paul supporters — hoped, Mitt Romney was officially nominated as the party’s candidate for president Tuesday at the Republican convention in Tampa. There were a few small kerfuffles, like the three states that cast a majority of delegate votes for Paul. But it was otherwise largely a coronation for Romney, who first ran for president in 2008. Paul Ryan was also officially nominated as Romney’s vice presidential candidate. It will all culminate in Romney’s acceptance speech Thursday, right about the time I take Drew Brees in the first round of my Fantasy Football draft.

RIP: Beloved local fisherman William “Willie” Greene at the age of 84. A veteran of the Pacific theater during World War II and a mainstay at Montrose Harbor, Greene was the long-time owner of popular lakefront bait shop, Park Bait. The Reader had a fantastic feature on Greene and his bait shop back in 2006 that’s worth another read today.     

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Sports

  • A 31-year-old man has filed a lawsuit against White Sox pitcher John Danks for not calling 911 when the man fell and suffered a spinal cord injury at Danks’ home.
  • Bears coach Lovie Smith is still promising that Brian Urlacher will be ready to play by the team’s opening game on September 9 against the Indianapolis Colts.
  • A judge has ordered former Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd to remain in custody after Hurd failed a drug test and accused him of trying to arrange a drug deal. Problem for Hurd is that he was already out on bond for other drug charges.
  • The Cubs and young shortstop Starlin Castro have agreed on a new deal for seven years worth $60 million.
  • If several men under the age of 40 look really, really tired, it’s because they’ve been playing Madden 2013, which hit streets yesterday.


Finally
Take a trip down a rabbit hole as Cosby watches Cosby.