1. COLBERT'S BREAKTHROUGH. The Federal Election Commission says Stephen Colbert can form a Super PAC, with power to spend unlimited money in the 2012 elections. The PAC's motto: "Making a better tomorrow ... tomorrow." (The Web site uses a comma, but the ellipsis is clearly funnier.)
2. 'MAYBE THE NEA HAS OUTLIVED ITS USEFULNESS.' Beachwood Reporter proprietor Steve Rhodes says a big chunk of $2.2 million in federal National Endowment for the Arts grants to Illinois benefits "elite institutions patronized mostly by elites." (Fourth item.)
3. BUT WOULDN'T CHICAGO BE A BETTER PLACE IF WE DID? Even though grease from Taste of Chicago will be recycled into fuel for park district vehicles, a spokeswoman says, "You probably won’t be smelling crab Rangoon or French fries out of a park district vehicle."