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Ex-city alderman uses clever logic in effort to avoid prison

Former Chicago Ald. Willie Cochran will be sentenced next week.

After admitting helping himself to the proceeds of a donors’ fund earmarked for ward activities, Cochran asked the court for the proverbial wrist slap (six months’ home confinement), rather than the 12 to 18 months in prison indicated under federal sentencing guidelines.

Holiday parties are fraught with peril; inviting HR doesn't help

For reasons I don’t understand, this year’s holiday party has been entrusted to me.

Wait, on second thought, I do understand. I’m in charge of the holiday party by default. No one else wanted to do it. And the party’s decision-making has been rife with conflict.