Hailing Columbus

Pols on holiday

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    Celebrate like Chicago politicians.

    We don't know for sure how our esteemed politicians are celebrating Columbus Day today, but we'll take our best guesses.

    RICHARD M. DALEY: Sending extra parking ticket writers out to exploit drivers who mistakenly think they don't have to feed the meters today. Boot crews will follow.

    TODD STROGER: Making special Columbus Day hires. Interested applicants should gather around his locker at the East Bank Club.

    BARACK OBAMA: Accepting award for being the real founder of America, though acknowledging he really doesn't deserve it.

    PAT QUINN: Not sure if he'll give a Columbus Day speech or not; will decide next week. Or set up a task force.

    DAN HYNES: Calculating lost man-hours due to the holiday for every governmental unit in Illinois and entering it onto a a new Lotus spreadsheet that really rules.

    ROLAND BURRIS: Pretending he is a U.S. senator.

    ROD BLAGOJEVICH: Giving Columbus Day speech in his backyard. Fox News will carry live.

    PATTI BLAGOJEVICH: Selling tickets to husband's speech.

    MICHAEL MADIGAN: Working as if it's just another day, because the devil's minions don't get days off.

    ED BURKE: See Michael Madigan.

    Steve Rhodes is the proprietor of The Beachwood Reporter, a Chicago-centric news and culture review.