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John Conroy to blog the Burge trial exclusively for WBEZ/Vocalo

Top story: The Jon Burge trial begins on Monday. This is going to be explosive. Essentially, we are going to be hearing first-hand reports of alleged torture by Chicago police. I'm super excited to report that we will have extensive coverage from our Criminal Justice Reporter Rob Wildeboer aannnnnnnnd fresh off the presses, former Chicago Reader Reporter John Conroy will be exclusively blogging the trial. Conroy is the authority on police brutality coverage in Chicago and his work at the Chicago Reader is quite possibly why we are seeing this trial come to fruition. John will start tomorrow with a preview and work with us until the trial (and story) is complete. This is must-read. If you are entering this story late or want more insight into what we will be dealing with when it comes to Jon Burge, this is your blog. Welcome John! B story:‚  Color me confused - but didn't Cook County Board President candidate Toni Preckwinkle run on a "roll-back the sales tax" platform in the primary? The same primary that continued to make that issue a priority and stick it to now Prez Todd Stroger? I guess I didn't read the fine print. Which is that Preckwinkle never said she would do it right away, but gradually. But that word never shows up in her campaign rhetoric. There should be a law against campaign rhetoric. Forget laws, we should have a campaign rhetoric Batman.‚  I'm accepting applications. You know who didn't believe in gradual? Or fine print? Ben Franklin: Weather: This weekend is supposed to hot. Good, I have some spandex that needs to breathe!!!! Sports: We've closed the comments on our new Ammad Marriotti column about how Chicago Hawks fans don't deserve a Stanley Cup. There are over 100 comments that rip Ammad a new one and about 30 that I couldn't publish. What's next Ammad? Should we talk racism at Wrigley? Kicker: Amy's quote-book mission was on Eight Forty-Eight today. One more day to add your quotes!!!! We have over 150 quotes and I would like to double it by tomorrow. Why? To satisfy my ego? Never. To complete a book that we made together over one week to give to recent grads. It's the best graduation present since the invention of the PC printer.

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