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Archived Since:June 16, 2009

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State Street Resurfacing to Be Completed in Time for the Marathon

Looking North on State Street from Randolph. Photo credit: Becky Schultz On Wednesday morning, the Chicago Loop Alliance and the Office of 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly held a community meeting to provide Loop stakeholders, business owners, and residents with...

Chicago Students Want a Democratic School System

In 1995, Richard M. Daley convinced the Illinois General Assembly to do away with elected school councils and place the Chicago Public Schools directly under the mayor's control. Since then, CPS has operated under a model in which the...

Board of Education President to Benefit from Proposed South Side Charter School

Chicago Board of Education President David Vitale. Photo Credit: Chandler West, Sun-Times Last week, news broke that David Vitale, the president of the Chicago Board of Education, could profit pending the Board's approval of a new South Side charter...

Six Months in Chicago

(image via NBC5-WMAQ) For six months in Chicago, there may be a rare, once-a-decade opportunity to get some answers. If that sentence seems magniloquent, that's because I had to start big since the subsequent sentence is, "That opportunity is...

Confessions of a Feminist Asshole

By Michael Fornello I hadn't given my philosophy towards women much thought recently; my immediate aim was to finish my graduate classes, grab my Master's, and find a job. My wife and I were also busy filling out reams of...

Ferguson Saw Rioting; When Will Chicago?

Scott Olson/Getty Images In Chicago, we have not seen riots since the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968. During those riots, one event -- Dr. King's death -- sent black Chicagoans over the edge. Yet it was not...

18 Groups to Participate in Placemaking Challenge

The Metropolitan Planning Council will hold it's annual Placemaking challenge this weekend from August 15 to the 17. The event, entitled Old Place, New Tricks, will be held in neighborhoods throughout the city as well as the city of Blue...

What's Next for Chicago's Remaining SROs?

The Aragon Arms Hotel at 4917 Kenmore in Uptown. Eligible tenants must prove an $800/month minimum income. Photo credit: Becky Schultz At the peak of urbanization in 1915, new migrants to Chicago weren't renting apartments or buying houses. Instead,...

How Karen Lewis Might Also Help Change Chicago City Council

First, the news you already know: Karen Lewis is likely running for mayor. Toni Preckwinkle isn't. Since the news broke on July 15 that Preckwinkle is out of the race, some dominant themes seem to have emerged. The first, probably.....

Chicago's Attempts at Fighting Graffiti

Photo by Duncan C./Flickr Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced a bill in city council on Wednesday that would double the fines for those who graffiti in the city, going from $500 to $1000. This is a measure intended to fight...

Racial Inequality is the Root of Violent Crime in Chicago

Christian Science Monitor/Paul Beaty Over this Fourth of July weekend in Chicago, 84 people were shot and 16 killed. Over 1,000 people have been shot in the city since the beginning of the year, and almost all of them were...

Racial Inequality Root of Violent Crime in Chicago

Over this Fourth of July weekend in Chicago, 84 people were shot and 16 killed. Over 1,000 people have been shot in the city since the beginning of the year, and almost all of them were black and Latino...

Illinois AG Takes Aim at ComEd Rate-Hike Request

Photo by Arvell Dorsey Jr. via Flickr Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan wants to block part of Commonwealth Edison's latest rate-hike request, saying it violates state law. Madigan accused ComEd of asking customers to pay for $87.9 million in...

Socialism Coming Back To Chicago

The Chicago Socialist Campaign You have probably of read some where that there is a Chicago Socialist Campaign in the works for the 2015 race in Chicago. There are many questions to this. Why does this campaign exist? Who is...

Community Organizer Amara Enyia is Taking on Rahm Emanuel to Make a Point

I took the Green Line out to Garfield Park to meet Amara Enyia at one of her favorite spots, Inspiration Kitchens. The restaurant, located right by the Garfield Park Conservatory, provides jobs and training to homeless individuals. Enyia explained...

Rauner Donor's Hedge Fund Group Received $200 Million in Bailout Funds

The Sun-Times reported on Friday that Citadel, a hedge fund founded by Kenneth Griffin, received $200 million in bailout funds in 2009 from AIG. Griffin recently gave Bruce Rauner's gubernatorial campaign $2.5 million in campaign contributions. Griffin has also given...

New Report Looks at Affordable Housing and Neighborhood Market Conditions

(Map / Institute for Housing Studies at DePaul University) Cook County's housing market has been making a slow comeback in recent years. Still, it's been a fairly uneven recovery. Some neighborhood housing markets have stabilized. Others, not so much....

Bernie Sanders: 2016's Most Interesting Man

Bernie Sanders is a busy man these days. He's currently Chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, which has been in the news a lot more than usual. He's also preparing to introduce a constitutional amendment before the Senate which...

"Fixing Illinois" Offers Few Feasible Immediate Solutions

To say Illinois is in a broken state and needs fixing is to state the obvious. The state has a $47.2 billion debt and is often the butt of jokes when it comes to corruption. In James D. Nowlan and...

Where is Chicago's Progressive Mayor?

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plunging popularity was reflected in a recent Sun-Times poll, in which just 29 percent of respondents reported that they would support Emanuel if the election were held today. The results confirmed what was already obvious to...

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