A Chicago-Style Deep Dish Cheese Pizza from Lou Malnati’s needs something, but a Malnati Chicago Classic has too much sausage. As a result, I was intrigued to discover that this metro Chicago pizzeria chain now offers an option to go easy on the sausage, at least with online orders, which, after trying it, seems just about right. The next time, I asked if customers were charged the same for this option. A cashier said that they were, so I thought I should clarify. You put less on the pizza, I said, but we still pay the same? She assured me that I hadn’t misunderstood, as if paying the same for less didn’t somehow violate an unwritten consumer code of conduct. Maybe I should resume removing some of the sausage and throwing it in the trash rather than let this restaurant keep some of what I’ve purchased for other orders.
Illinois politicians have a few days before beginning a second year without a state budget, which means that its public universities are in the same, or worse, situation. While these politicians seem aware of and committed to these universities, they have effectively reduced their state appropriation by seventy percent last year, which has had a negative impact upon these universities. Prospective students and their parents were less likely to consider Illinois public universities, for example, and my university reportedly lost 20 faculty while I lost more than $2,500 of my salary. Such collateral damage will remain long after the budget battles between the Governor and the Legislature are won and lost.