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Questions for an investigative reporter:

1. Why do rental car companies, Midway Valet Service, long-term parkers, and airline employees all get priority for close-in parking over short-term parkers at Midway Airport? Did somebody get paid off?

2. Why is it that whenever a fancy new high rise goes up downtown, the parking meters that were in front of the old building disappear, replaced by "No Parking--Tow Zone" signs? (See the Mercantile Exchange and 123 N. Wacker as a pair of examples.) Do the architects think they look slicker without cars parked in front of them? Does the city care about the lost income? Did somebody get paid off?

Questions for the culturally inclined:

3. Does Lyric Opera general director Ardis Krainik care about art or just about publicity?

4. Does Chicago Symphony general manager Henry Fogel care about art or just about power?

5. Does the Art Institute of Chicago's board of directors care about art or just about getting along with the people in power?

6. How did a bore like Studs Terkel become a cultural icon?

Questions for the politically inclined:

7. What does Patrick Quinn really want?

8. Does Eugene Sawyer know what he really wants?

9. Whither Fast Eddie?

10. Whither Jane Byrne?

11. Is Dorothy Tillman bald or what?

Questions for a fortune teller:

12. How many daily papers will Chicago have by this time next year?

13. How much higher will taxes be by this time next year?

14. How many jobs will Chicago have by this time next year?

15. Who will be mayor of Chicago at this time next year?

16. Does it matter?

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