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George Sheldon now taken to task by hometown paper

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George Sheldon‘s hometown newspaper now has weighed in on the former Florida politico, putting in newsprint the latest ethics woes of the now-director of Illinois’ Department of Children and Family Services. The Tallahassee Democrat’s Monday edition (online version here), with help from the Chicago Tribune’s estimable reporting of the last few weeks, documented Sheldon’s travails as head of Illinois’ DCFS. The lede, by the nearly 20-year Democrat veteran Jeff Burlew: “George Sheldon, a well-known figure in Florida politics who took over Illinois’ troubled…

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Newspaper deal falls apart as Gannett gives up on Tronc

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USA Today publisher Gannett walked away Tuesday from its attempted takeover of Tronc, the owner of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and other major dailies. Gannett’s target was elusive from the beginning, with a publicly contentious back-and-forth between the two companies. Tronc, formerly known as Tribune Publishing, rejected at least two bids from Gannett since April because it said it preferred to go it alone and focus on tech-driven initiatives involving artificial intelligence and global expansion in entertainment news…

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Tribune adopts shareholder rights plan to fend off Gannett

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Fending off an unsolicited takeover by the owner of USA Today, Chicago’s Tribune Publishing has adopted shareholder rights plan, a so-called “poison pill.” Gannett offered to buy Tribune Publishing last month for $815 million. Tribune rejected the offer last week, saying the price was too low. The company owns the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and a number of other newspapers. The plan announced Monday allows existing shareholders to buy preferred stock if a person or group acquires at least…

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USA Today owner Gannett bids for Tribune Publishing

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Newspaper publisher Gannett said Monday that it wants to buy rival Tribune Publishing for more than $388 million, in a deal that would give the owner of USA Today control of the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and several other newspapers. But Gannett said Monday that Tribune has refused to begin “constructive discussions” about a deal since it first offered to buy the company earlier this month. Tribune confirmed Monday that it received the unsolicited offer and said it…

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In op-ed, Jeb Bush says raising education standards is the key to improving Baltimore

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Jeb Bush says the key to lifting Baltimore from its decades-long torpor is the type of education reform that he practiced here in Florida when he was governor from 1998-2006. In an op-ed in today’s Chicago Tribune, he starts out by using the same language other conservatives have said over the past two weeks, and longer — that the War on Poverty has been a failure, representing a “broken promise.” In terms of solutions, the ex-governor says that the best anti-poverty…

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Chicago Tribune editorial on SB 6: Florida’s bold move

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The debate over SB 6 continues to attract national attention. Today, the Chicago Tribune weighs in with an editorial in favor of the reforms created by SB 6. An excerpt: Florida finished fourth in the first round of Race to the Top, the Obama administration’s challenge grant intended to spur reform. That’s one spot ahead of Illinois. In its Race to the Top application, Florida said participating school systems would base layoffs more on teacher effectiveness than on seniority. Now…

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Daniel Ruth steps into the Tigers’ Den

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Daniel Ruth has worked as a reporter, radio show host, film & television critic and opinion columnist for 36 years, including stints with the Chicago Tribune and Tampa Tribune. Once given a “vigilance in media” award by the Pinellas ACLU, his columns were either loved or hated, but rarely uncontroversial. Yet last November, the Tribune decided it could not afford its “old lion” and fired Ruth after 17 years. Perhaps sensing an opportunity to again point out its relative strength…

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