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The [Thursday] Papers

By Steve Rhodes / Posted on August 28, 2014

"A federal judge is hearing arguments Thursday to dismiss the civil rights lawsuit Nanci Koschman has filed accusing police, prosecutors, City Hall of engaging in a longrunning 'official coverup' to keep former Mayor Richard M. Daley's nephew Richard J. 'R.J.' Vanecko from being charged in the 2004 death of her son David Koschman," the Sun-Times reports.

"Nanci Koschman's lawsuit accuses Vanecko of wrongful death. She also is suing the city of Chicago, former police Supt. Phil Cline and 20 other current and former cops, saying they violated her son's civil rights by botching two investigations into his death. Other defendants include Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez, former State's Attorney Richard Devine and three unnamed Daley 'family members or associates.'

"All of the defendants have said in written court filings they should be dropped from the suit, arguing in part that Koschman waited to long to sue."

Isn't that an admission that the cover-up worked? I mean, that's why Koschman is suing. If the case was handled properly in the first place, there wouldn't be a need to sue now. But it wasn't, and due to the continuing efforts of those parties to stymie any investigation, the facts have only trickled out recently. Plus, she lost her son. Show some damn respect and end her nightmare.

"The barrier to a fair disposition of Mrs. Koschman's wrongful-death claim was not removed until Vanecko's conviction on Jan. 21, 2014," Koschman's lawyers wrote in asking Pallmeyer to reject four separate motions to dismiss Koschman's lawsuit. "Until that occurred, the false official version - in which Vanecko was the victim of David's aggression - posed a formidable impediment to the fair disposition of any claim Mrs. Koschman might have made against Vanecko."

Damn straight.

Anita Alvarez and Dick Devine have waited too long to do their job. Phil Cline and his fellow police officers have - once again - stained the integrity of the badge. The Daley family and their friends are perhaps the most repugnant of them all. Forget naming something after Jane Byrne, let's name something after Nanci Koschman and make all of those who have stood in the way of her getting justice walk past it every day.

Chicago Begetting
"'What do you mean? They pass the job from one family member to another?' asked Kari Finseth, born and raised in Minnesota."

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Here's an idea: Let's move Nanci Koschman to Bridgeport and elect her to the council.

Political Freak Show
Bruce Rauner Talks Out Of His Ass Again.

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That's a lot of wear and tear on those Wranglers, Bruce. But you've probably got a closet full of 'em - a pair for every day of the week and two on Sunday.

Discover Discover
"For the first time, Riverwoods-based Discover Financial Services achieved the highest customer satisfaction rating in the credit card industry, according to the annual consumer survey by J.D. Power," Crain's reports.

That's because nobody owes them any money. I mean, who even has a Discover card?

"Honey, I signed us up for a Discover card today."

"Great. Hey, did you forget to buy Tab at the grocery store?"

"No, it's in there, next to the Anacin."

"Great. I was thinking we'd grab dinner at Ponderosa tonight."

"Okay. Just don't forget to tape The Greatest American Hero."

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Yay, Discover. I'd say you have a branding problem.

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My solution: Be the good-guy credit card. A credit card for the rest of us. Well, you're already kind of that, but be the anti-VISA, the anti-MasterCard; say you're sick of it and you're going to do right by America and help everyone fix their credit, pay their bills and get back on their feet with a sensible financial tool that isn't designed to soak everyone into oblivion. That's my dream.

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The College Football Report Is Back!
Season Premiere: It's A Buckeyes World And We Just Live In It.

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report Is Back!
Season Premiere: Back Toub The Future.

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BeachBook
* United Airlines Ending Saskatoon-Chicago Direct Flights.

Hosers.

* Gino's East Partnering With Texas Breastauranteur.

Deep dish, deeper decolletage. Also, disgusting.

* Zombie Civil Rights Group Sell-Outs.

Hosers.

* Van Jones And Charles Blow Absolve White America.

Job 1 is always making white people comfortable. See Obama, Barack.

* Expect Delays, Closures For Marion Popcorn Festival.

Big parade through the Hub of the Universe.

* Blotter: Abadoned Bicycle In Buffalo Grove.

And the Tribune is on it.

* Why Ben Wu Left His Job At A Chicago Trading Firm To Play Video Games.

Hint: More fun.

* Glen Ellyn Homeowner Wins TV For Ugly Garage.

Firm gets PR like this.

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The Beachwood Tip Line: Come for the tax inversion, stay for the donuts.

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