Emanuel moves on to the next union negotiations

September 21, 2012

Lead Story: As the teacher strike grows smaller in the rearview mirror, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s attention now turns to negotiations with unions representing the city’s fire, police and transit departments. Of course, none of those three unions are allowed to strike as they provide public services. But after the recent teachers strike, those groups sense blood in the water around Emanuel. And the mayor isn’t standing pat, launching a media blitz that touts the mayor’s reform agenda and the gains to be had from the negotiations with the teachers union. Seeing as how smoothly the negotiations with the teachers union went, I can’t wait to see how Scott Walker Mayor Emanuel handles this round.

Also: Adel Daoud, the 18-year-old charged with trying to blow-up a downtown bar, was indicted Thursday, charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to damage or destroy a building by means of an explosive. Government officials insist Daoud wasn’t entrapped, saying he was “pushing the operation forward.” Daoud’s attorney, meanwhile, insists his client is “immature.” Speaking of immature, Illinois’ crazy uncle Joe Walsh has weighed in, using the incident to justify his recent incendiary remarks in regards to an ongoing threat to Americans from “radical Islam.”                                     

And then: Christopher Vaughn, the man accused of killing his wife and three children on a road trip in 2007, was found guilty of all four murders Thursday. The jury deliberated for less than an hour. After the verdict, Will County States Attorney James Glasgow told reporters, “This case is not just a murder, it's an atrocity. To annihilate your family, I can't think of a more unspeakable crime.” As I pointed out yesterday, this is indeed another reason why the case hasn't drawn the kind of media coverage other cases have. There was no breathless breaking news report on television to announce the verdict or tall headlines to grab attention. But maybe that's for the best; justice has now been served and the family can now grieve in peace.

RIP: Cecil Gordon, NASCAR driver and owner, at the age of 71. While Gordon had a modest amount of success in his career as a driver, including 111 top 10 finishes, he never won a single race out of 449 total races in his 17-year driving career from 1968 to 1985.
                   

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It’s Friday so here’s an full choir and orchestra playing “Call Me Maybe.”