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Daley Wed Nov 12 2008

Day By Daley, Wednesday 12 November

Oh, hello. No, I wouldn't mind if you sat next to me. What's that? You wonder what our irascible mayor is up to? Why, funny you should ask!

For like sands through the hour glass, this is the Daley of our lives:

Please, You'll Infect Everybody Else. This "leaked" organizational chart -- highly speculative, we assume -- lists CPS CEO and Daley BFF Arne Duncan as a front-runner to head up the Department of Education. A national Renaissance 2010? Now that's change we can believe in, if by "believe in" we meant "be terrified by."

Those Charmed Solis'...s.s. Not sure how to pluralize Solis, but 25th Ward Alderman and President Pro Tempore Danny Solis' sister, Patty Solis-Doyle, is being drafted into an Obama Administration, which with the Duncan and Emanuel connection means the Mayor must be salivating at his unprecedented access to the White House. It's funny -- President-Elect Obama cuts his teeth on the Harold Washington campaigns in the 1980s, builds his base among the city's progressive advocacy community -- Citizen Action, ACORN, etc., etc. -- and when he sweeps into the White House, the big winner is--Mayor Daley? That's either luck, or, much more likely, some kind of 4th dimensional political skill. Well played, Mr. Mayor.

My Job Blocks Hulu -- What Now? Well, John and Jane Q. Public, maybe you should really get your head in the game and watch our little emperors in action, as the City Council will be convening at 10a.m. You can watch the live feed here. Bad news: Alderman Brendan Reilly is not nearly as hilarious as the man he defeated, Czar of the Nuisance Ordinance Burt Natarus.

Screw Digital. I Keep Things Analog. No problem. Mayor Daley has introduced a large, streamlining -- well, at first glance, anyway -- of the executive branch, including the consolidation of the Planning and Zoning departments into -- wait for it -- a Department of Planning and Zoning. Enjoy.

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