Gabatron Morning Briefing – 4-14-16: The Long And Winding (Taxable) Road

John Cullerton is floating a plan to tax Illinois drivers based on the miles they drive. The gas tax is supposed to pay for roads, but because people are driving cars that are more fuel efficient and even electric cars the amount of money the state is taking in has been dropping. In typical Illinois fashion, they aren’t talking about getting rid of the gas tax, that would be crazy talk. This would be on top of the gas tax. Drivers would have a transponder on their car, and you’d be charged for every mile you drive outside of the tollway system — since you’re already paying for that, they’re nice enough to not double charge you. On the one hand, you’d only be charged for what you use, on the other hand Big Brother would be watching you drive.

The Chicago Police Accountability Task Force released their report on the aftermath of the Laquan McDonald shooting. They say many residents “felt like the police do not respect their humanity.” Also, the CPD has no effective management tool for dealing with problem officers because its disciplinary systems are ineffective.

The Cubs and the city of Chicago have come to a compromise on the security issue at Wrigley Field. Rather than closing down Clark and Addison, the sidewalk on the Addison street side will be widened and they’ll be adding concrete barriers for a little added oomph.

Adam LaRoche is giving his first interview since he retired from the White Sox. Basically the gist is he realizes he was pretty fortunate that he was allowed to spend so much time with his son during the season, but that’s how he wanted to play and if he couldn’t do that he didn’t want to play anymore. Simple as that.

Fox News Channel says Megyn Kelly has met with Donald Trump. Trump’s people are not confirming, presumably since it’s nice to have a media boogeyman when there are bad stories about you.

The irony in this story is several layers deep: Ohio University’s upcoming Greek Week were suspended indefinitely after pro-Donald Trump messages appeared on campus. If you’re thinking “It’s stupid for them to cancel an event because someone put up pro-Donald Trump messages,” just wait, it gets worse. The messages, like “Build the Wall” and “Trump 2016” appeared on the school’s special graffiti wall, which is supposed to be dedicated to free speech.

A woman was caught on camera screaming at an airport employee after her flight was delayed for 12 hours. She was just a little upset because she and her family were trying to catch a Disney cruise in Miami. LaGuardia was shut down by strong winds, so it wasn’t exactly the airlines fault. Her anger level is truly amazing. Even after 12 hours of waiting there’s really no excuse for acting like that, especially in front of your kids.

Ringo Starr has canceled an upcoming concert in North Carolina in response to the “bathroom bill,” which critics say places restrictions on members of the LGBT community.  He’s joining Bruce Springsteen and Canadian albatross Bryan Adams. So basically, if you happen to live in a state where a law has been passed that someone disagrees with, you can expect to be punished. That’s the world we live in now.

Get busy livin’, or get busy dyin’: An octopus at the National Aquarium in New Zealand escaped from its tank, crawled across the floor, down a pipe and into the ocean and freedom. He’s headed to Zihuatanejo to sand a boat with Andy and Red.

Keith Conrad got his first job in radio in Huntsville, Alabama the day after the 2000 Presidential election when he was a freshman in college. He’s produced radio shows in Huntsville, Milwaukee, WI, Atlanta, GA and finally back in his hometown of Chicago. Currently he lives in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood steps away from the Red Line. The train goes by so often you don’t even notice it. Keith has been dabbling in the Internet arts for a while now, in various roles both professional and just for fun.

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