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Percentage of Bush and Clinton supporters who showed a "strong" level of commitment to their candidate in a June survey by the Chicago firm Market Facts: 25-30. Percentage of people who showed a "strong" level of commitment to their preferred brand of deodorant: 62 (Harper's, September).

Next: Therapy for Children of Adult Abductees? A California publisher has issued a book entitled U.F.O. Contact/Abduction: A Healer's Perspective: A Handbook for the Contactee, Abductee and His/Her Family. According to the publisher's blurb, the author "blends the ancient healing methods of Hands On, Clairvoyant, Quabbalistic and Reiki Energy work with the modern tools of Alchemical and Clinical Hypnotherapy." Aww, take two Valiums and call me in the morning.

Who drops out of Chicago Public Schools? According to data published in the Chicago Reporter (July), between 40 and 45 percent of Latino, black, and white students drop out, compared to just 20 percent of Asian students.

The Illinois Pork, Sleaze, and Clout Authority. Retired Illinois state auditor Robert Cronson, in Illinois Tax Facts (June): "The Illinois Development Finance Authority (IDFA) was created by the legislature to foster economic development. About three years ago a routine audit of this agency revealed [that]...the agency had: written off more than $200,000 in amounts receivable without the attorney general's approval; paid unauthorized travel expenses; granted unauthorized employment benefits; paid unauthorized bonuses; provided a salary ($88,000) for the executive director, in excess of the salary then provided for Illinois' governor.

"In response to the audit, the authority eliminated the executive director's $27,000 bonus and increased his salary by $27,000. It asserted that it was not a state agency, and even if it were a state agency, the legislature intended to exempt it from requirements applicable to other state agencies." Yet Cronson notes that one of IDFA's main reasons for being is to issue tax-exempt securities, a privilege limited to government agencies.

The Legislative Audit Commission has done nothing about these dubious practices, according to Cronson, who adds that "the executive director of the authority is a Republican who ran for Cook County Assessor in 1990; the cochairman of the Audit Commission was his running mate as a candidate for president of the Cook County Board; the authority's public relations counsel is the former chief of staff for the Republican minority leader of the House and the wife of the present chief of staff for the Democratic speaker of the House; and the chairman of the legislative subcommittee of the Audit Commission is a member of the Democratic leadership of the House of Representatives and a former staff aide to the Cook County Assessor, the IDFA executive director's opponent in that election."

Two tips for dealing with a "public relations crisis," from Ragan Communications, Inc., on West Superior: "Don't always trust the lawyers," and "Don't wait till you know all the facts."

"Could it be that sexual repression is far more dangerous than sexual expression? Who knows for sure? But if so, Indiana is a dangerous place," writes Ron Tierney in the Indianapolis New Times (August). "There may not be a place more tolerant of sexual expression than New York City....On the other hand, there are few places less tolerant of sexual expression than Indianapolis....All but a few adult bookstores have been closed. Massage parlors, what few open, have very short lives. A few strip clubs exist, but they are monitored carefully, the law making sure a pasty hasn't fallen off....A man recently arrested on prostitution charges faces a 19-year prison term. For many, Indy is the ultimate destination for those who hold so-called family values sacred....But in 1990, the Indianapolis per capita forcible rape rate was more than double that of New York City."

Adam Smith for the 21st Century. From the 1991 annual report of Shorebank Corporation: "In prosperous communities with level upon level of buying power, knowledge, political connections, and corporate influence, the invisible hand of the market produces good businesses, good jobs, good public institutions. Poor communities lack most of these advantages, which is why the invisible hand needs help."

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): illustration/Carl Kock.


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