Blog Profile / Mechanics


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Filed Under:Local Interest / United States
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Archived Since:June 16, 2009

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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,...

Riot Fest and the Problem With Public-Private Partnerships

Riot Fest, the increasingly popular punk-themed festival, recently made the decision to move from Humboldt Park to Douglas Park in North Lawndale. The move comes after Ald. Roberto Maldonado vowed to keep Riot Fest from returning, which spurred neighborhood residents...

Memorial Day Awakening - 2015

By Arnold Stieber An awakening... to summer festivities and the anticipation of warm weather and fun, picnics, a holiday — that's what Memorial Day is for most. Some will march in parades or stand on the sidelines waving flags and.....

Chicago Mothers March to Remember Children Killed by Police

Panzy Edwards, the mother of 15-year-old Dakota Bright who was killed by Chicago police in 2012, addressed demonstrators Saturday evening before leading a march to the Third District Police Station. (Photo/ Emily Gray Brosious) A group of mothers protested...

Join Your Neighbors for On the Table 2015

On May 12, the Chicago Community Trust, the region's largest charitable foundation, turns 100 years old. To begin a yearlong celebration of its centennial, the Trust is once again hosting On the Table, an day events at which thousands of...

Chicago Public School Officials Tread Water In Smelly Unethical Swamp

While taxpayers wait to learn the outcome of the federal corruption investigation into the Chicago Public Schools' questionable $20 million no-bid contract with SUPES Academy, it's not too soon to conclude that the School Board and CPS officials continue to...

Adderall On the Brain

By By James Wendt, Damilola Ajasa, Victor J. Andrew and Sarah Zhang Tucked inside dresser drawers, sold in school bathrooms and popped before exams, "study drugs" like Adderall are prescription medications that many teens are familiar with. The pills are...

PARCC Exam Raises Concerns

By Julia Huebner and Alex Rothschild Last month, thousands of students across Illinois took or opted out of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC exam. The test is a state assessment aligned with the...

Will Donor's Lawsuit Send Schock Waves?

The novel federal lawsuit filed April 15 against former Congressman Aaron Schock and up to 100 "John Does," seeking return of political contributions, is one of the strongest signals yet of Americans' disgust with the perversion and conversion of our...

"Up In Here" Fails to Live It Up to Its Potential

While attending Moody Bible Institute, Mark Dostert would go with his fellow students to do the school's Practical Christian Ministry at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, more commonly known as Audy Home, on the West Side. Dostert felt he was...

Black Trans Lives Matter

By H. Melt On March 30 at DePaul University — one day after the Trans 100 event and one day before the Transgender Day of Visibility — CeCe McDonald and Monica James, two black trans women from Chicago, gathered to...

Stump Connolly Reporting In: Rahm Love

Ben Kolak of the Scrappers Film Group contributed to this report. It was Rahm's night, and he spent it surrounded by friends and family. Riding a hefty 56-44 margin (in a runoff where less than 40 percent of registered voters...

Aaron Schock and Endless, Evolving Corruption

Aaron Schock's sudden yet not-so-sudden fall from grace has provided a lot of fodder for columnists and editorial boards - and for good reason. There's the Downton Abbey office. There's the rippling abs cover of Men's Health. There's the endless...

Chicago Teens Face Homelessness, Remain Hopeful

By Kasey Carlson The Chicago Public Schools reported serving 22,144 homeless students last year. More than 2,000 of those students were unaccompanied youth living without a parent or guardian. It's not just a local problem. According to the National Alliance...

Respect, Reform Key to Chicago Mayoral

Spring is supposed to be time for decluttering your closets. Me, I'm de-cluttering my politics. Mainly by boiling it down to asking candidates, "Whose side are you on?" Yes, there are other questions. Are you a force for real reform...

Rahm and the Madness Gene

By Michael Zapata In Elizabeth Kolbert's great and tragic book The Sixth Extinction, Svante Pääbo, a Swedish biologist and one of the founders of paleogenetics, muses on what drove modern humans as opposed to archaic humans like Homo Erectus and...

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