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Blog Profile / Mechanics


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Filed Under:Local Interest / United States
Posts on Regator:1358
Posts / Week:5.4
Archived Since:June 16, 2009

Blog Post Archive

The Parking Hits Just Keep On Coming

Just last month, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel bragged in a statement that, "By delivering on free Sunday parking in the neighborhoods...we're able to make a bad deal better." Apparently, making a "bad deal better," and keeping his word to his...

How Lawsuits, Lobbyists and Parking Meter Deals Led to Ventra

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Guzzardi Victory Gives Chicago Progressives Hope

In what was perhaps Chicago's most-watched primary this year, young idealist Will Guzzardi beat machine candidate Toni Berrios in the race for State Representative of the 39th District. Guzzardi's victory went against dominant political assumptions--the previous incumbent's father is...

Why the Dialogue Around the Sex Industry is Difficult

The term sex worker is a very broad one as it refers to anyone who works in some sort of industry related to sex. This includes prostitutes, escorts, professional dominatrixes, porn performers, burlesque performers, phone sex operators, strippers and go-go...

Labor Board: Northwestern Football Players Are University Employees, Can Unionize

Photo/ Terry Johnston via Flickr In a precedent-setting decision, the National Labor Relations Board in Chicago ruled Wednesday that college athletes who receive scholarships to play for private universities qualify as employees under the National Labor Relations Act and...

The Threats to Lake Michigan

Since the emergence of Asian carp in the Chicago River and other major bodies of water connected to Lake Michigan, there has been the worry over Asian carp getting in the lake. Asian carp are native to China and almost...

The 99 Percent in Illinois Cannot Afford Bruce Rauner as Governor

The Illinois gubernatorial race is now officially between incumbent Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner. Rauner's political strategy seems to be a focus on the economy and budget, with the hope that social issues will not come to the...

Winter Delays, Complaints On Transit Piled Up This Winter. Is There End In Sight?

There's been a lot of talk this winter about the performance of our public transit system. As the snow piled, so did Metra service delays and trash on 'L' trains. Buses didn't fare much better either. There's a chance you...

Pensions Should Not Be Sacrificed in Chicago's Budget Crisis

For some who have worked for the city their entire lives, the news that the city's credit rating has been lowered yet again hits close to home. They know that in the discourse around balancing the budget, slashing pensions...

Sun-Times Political Website Hosts Youth in Politics Forum

The Chicago Sun-Times is serving up politics, deep dish style. Early & Often is the paper's brand new website for all things Chicago, Springfield and Washington politics. It includes traditional news stories but also video stories, a data-portal, aggregated...

What It Means to Love Your Students

By David Stieber We teachers teach, because we love the kids we work with. Yes, we may complain about the kids at times, but they are the reason we stay late, bring work home and get up early. Thousands of...

Big City Mayors, Including Emanuel, Talk Challenges, Success at UChicago Panel

Photo courtesy of University of Chicago Institute of Politics' Facebook Page The University of Chicago's Institute of Politics hosted a discussion last night on leading America's largest cities. The discussion featured Mayors Bill de Blasio, Rahm Emanuel, Eric Garcetti and...

Chicago Teachers, Parents Say No to Over-Testing

Standardized achievement tests are underway in Illinois. Hundreds of thousands of students across the state began taking the exams in math and science on Tuesday. But in Chicago, some students, parents and teachers are boycotting the final year of the...

CPS Teachers and Parents Boycott the ISATs

In a brave move last week teachers at Saucedo Scholastic Academy, a neighborhood school in Little Village, decided that they would protest administering the Illinois Standard Achievement Tests (ISAT). These teachers took a step in what may be a...

Put Down That Latte - You're Running For Governor!

There's a good chance that, right this very minute, you've clicked on a link from Facebook or Twitter, and gotten to this article, while enjoying some sort of hot caffeinated beverage at a local establishment. Maybe you're seated at some...

Luxury Housing and Gentrification in Uptown

For two years I would go by the abandoned Frank Cuneo Memorial Hospital at Montrose and Clarendon on my way to my apartment. It didn't matter if it was the middle of the day or late at night, I always...

"Strike for America" Honest, Detailed Chronicle of CTU Strike

On Sept. 10 2012 the Chicago Teachers Union went on strike after negotiations on a new contract fell through. For more than a week teachers and those marching in solidarity could be seen marching outside of Chicago Public Schools an...

CPS Schools Move Away From Zero-Tolerance Discipline Policies

Last Tuesday, Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett showed off changes in discipline policy in Chicago schools, claiming CPS schools have been successfully moving away from zero-tolerance discipline, toward a more holistic approach where, according to Byrd-Bennett...

Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards Honors Projects, Recognizes Challenges

Chicago is a city with not only a bustling downtown core, but strong, diverse neighborhoods. That's what over 1,500 civic leaders celebrated yesterday at the Palmer House Hilton. The Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards (CNDA), now in its twentieth year, has...

The Saga of Edgewater Medical Center

Edgewater Medical Center; photo by Kevin Zolkiewicz/Flickr Sitting between Hollywood and Edgewater on Ashland is a vacant decaying building. The building is that of Edgewater Medical Center, which has been closed since 2001. The hospital has three claims to fame:...

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