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June 22, 2005

Smile, you're on the web

Well, now we know. What happens in Chicago doesn't stay in Chicago -- at least not if you solicit a prostitute.

Mayor Richard Daley, whose city otherwise is caught in one of those recurring waves of corruption convictions,
announced Tuesday the names, addresses and photos of every would-be john caught will be on the web, for the hometown folk and everyone else to see. Hot to get there? OK, OK -- here it is.

You noted, no doubt, that the unfortunates pictured there are only charged. Guess these days we can't even wait to prove 'em guilty before we start heaping on the humiliation. I'm glad the cops are getting info on arrests online, and would be impressed if they were putting up the full log, instead of picking one relatively small slice. Has the smell of a publicity stunt about it. Or maybe handling the street-walkers is all the mayor's law-enforcement minions have to do.

The feds are taking care of the heavy lifting, in the city's water department and its hired truck program, and wherever. The convictions and resignations are flying, so yeah, great time to put the heat on the johns.

If you want corruption details, check out Clout on Wheels a special report from the Chicago Sun-Times. Or hit Google and search on "hired truck program" Chicago.

Posted by jcb at June 22, 2005 08:59 PM


"These individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law." That's on the Chicago website, just like they intone on "Cops." But does anyone ever doubt guilt in either place?

Thanks for pointing this out to me. Nothing beats a scarlet A on somebody for deflectinbg attention from the real Hester Prynne.

Posted by: Vita at June 23, 2005 10:35 PM