Blog Profile / Mechanics


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Posts on Regator:696
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Archived Since:June 16, 2009

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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,...

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...

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