Blog Profile / Mechanics


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Archived Since:June 16, 2009

Blog Post Archive

Explaining a Hunger Strike to My 3-Year-Old

By Dave Stieber A few days ago my son and I took juice to the 12 parents and community members who are performing a hunger strike. They are protesting Chicago Public Schools' decision to close one of the last public...

Why Wishing for a Hurricane Katrina in Chicago is Racist

By Dave Stieber Last night I read an article in the Chicago Tribune in which the columnist and editorial board member Kirsten McQueary "metaphorically" wished a Hurricane Katrina would wipe out Chicago. I wish I were making this up, please...

I am a Dictator: A Chicago Public Schools Teacher Responds to Rauner & Claypool

By Dave Stieber Recently Governor Rauner said, "...the Chicago Teachers Union shouldn't have dictatorial powers, in effect and causing the financial duress that Chicago Public Schools are facing right now." This statement from Rauner comes just a few days after...

Intrinsic Withdraws Proposal For Third Charter School

Intrinsic Schools has sent a letter to the North Side Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC) informing that they are withdrawing their proposal for their third charter high school in Chicago. The letter was addressed from Intrinsic CEO Melissa Zaikos and came...

The Reason I Can't Have White Friends: Race Talk in America

By Jeremey Johnson In the last year we in America have seen a slew of race related crime. The subsequent deaths of Rekia Boyd, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Mike Brown, Freddie Gray and others have been the focal point of...

Proposed STOP Act Would Document "Stop & Frisk" in Chicago

There's never a dull day in the Loop. And there's certainly never a dull day at a City Council meeting. Wednesday morning's meeting got off to a running start as protestors of all sorts packed the second floor of the...

Federal Decision in PA Could Help Trigger Major Illinois Election Changes

Originally reported by Ballot Access News, on July 24, a US District Court judge in Pennsylvania issued a 41-page opinion [PDF] ruling that state's system of imposing costs on unsuccessful minor party petitions is unconstitutional. While Illinois does not impose...

North Side NAC Members Call on Intrinsic to Withdraw Charter Proposal

The only new charter school proposed for anywhere on the North Side this year is facing strong opposition -- from the advisory group convened by CPS to review their proposal. An outright majority of members of the North Side Neighborhood...

Staying Safe in Chiraq

News video startup TouchVision today released a short documentary titled Brave in Chiraq: Countdown to Summer, focusing at how youth leaders with the ARK of St. Sabina are attempting to keep young people safe this summer....

Financial Transaction Tax Could Save the State -- and Clean Up the Exchanges

By Curtis Black A lot of taxes are being proposed — sales taxes, property taxes, income taxes — as the state's budget stalemate grinds on and the city's financial crisis metastasizes. But the powers that be have taken one tax...

What to Do With All Those Leftover Fireworks

Photo: Silvester on Flickr The further away we get from the Fourth of July, the less socially acceptable — and still totally illegal — it is to shoot flaming balls into the air of a crowded urban environment. I know,...

Rehabilitating Wooded Island and Installing Yoko Ono's Sky Landing

The temporary heavy equipment bridge through the west lagoon. Jackson Park's Wooded Island is currently closed to the public during while it is being reworked by a consortium of groups led by the Army Corps of Engineers, but last Saturday...

Chiraq vs. the Good in Englewood?

"Look up #goodinenglewood and you will see the variety of really good things and stories that are happening in our community."

"I Streaked Mayor Emanuel for $250,000"

We spoke with Jackie S., who took up billionaire Alki David's $250,000 offer to anyone who streaked Mayor Emanuel. Below is her story in her own words. I read an article in TimeOut that said this billionaire Alki David,...

Tackling Violence with a Softer Side of Policing

Chicago Police Officer Diana Varga answers questions from children and youth at the Foglia Family and Youth Center in Chicago's East Garfield Park neighborhood. (Photo / Emily Gray Brosious) When police officers couldn't make it to a scheduled basketball match...

The Battle Over the Flag

Image: Confederate flag supporter Karen Cooper shares her story in the documentary "Battle Flag" As the nation mourned the victims of the terrorist attack in Charleston, South Carolina, images of suspected gunman Dylan Roof featuring the Confederate flag sparked...

Touring the Deep Tunnel and Thornton Quarry

Construction equipment on the bed of the future Thornton Reservoir. Trucks on I-80 can be seen above the quarry. On Saturday, I joined the Southeast Environmental Task Force (SETF) on one of its tours of Chicago's goliath infrastructure. The...

Hastert's Troubles Mount

Dennis Hastert, a former Republican Congressman from Illinois and former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, appeared in federal court on Tuesday to enter pleas of not guilty to charges that he violated banking laws and lied to the...

Hastert's troubles mount:

Wiretaps of Turkish Consulate in Chicago raise questions of bribery and calls for a thorough investigation by Thomas J. Gradel Dennis Hastert, a former Republican Congressman from Illinois and former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, is expected to...

The Progressive Path: Bernie Sanders and How to Operate Off the Two-Party Trail

Did Bernie Sanders make the right decision? My question last year was not so much whether Vermont's junior Senator would run for President, but rather, if he were to do so, how he would: as a Democrat, as a Green,...

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