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Archived Since:June 16, 2009

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Chicago Organizers Protest Lead-Contaminated Schools

Chicago Light Brigade demonstrators protesting lead-contamination in schools outside Chicago Public Schools headquarters in the Loop. Photo by Emily Brosious Organizers with Chicago Light Brigade (CLB) demonstrated outside a board of education meeting Wednesday morning to call for immediate...

Openlands Builds Green Space for Chicago Public Schools

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at McPherson Elementary School. Photo courtesy of Openlands Openlands, one of the oldest metropolitan conservation organizations in the nation, celebrated its continued effort to green Chicago Public Schools with the opening of its latest school garden in...

How Aldermanic Candidates Might Adjust With Karen Lewis Out of the Mayoral Race

As widely reported, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis will not be running for mayor. Previously, I wrote about how a Karen Lewis run for mayor could also have a major impact on several aldermanic races. Now that she's not...

What a Karen Lewis Campaign for Mayor Meant to Chicago

By Tim Meegan For the past several months, Chicago has been electrified by the prospect of a clash between two of the strongest personalities in city politics: the brash, business-first mayor Rahm Emanuel, and the outspoken, social justice-oriented union president...

Chicago Community Trust Releases On The Table Report

The Chicago Community Trust organized numerous dialogues, occurring in every neighborhood of Chicago, on May 12, called On the Table. The dialogues centered on "how to collaboratively build and maintain strong, safe and dynamic communities." A report was released last...

Rauner Firm Selected Randy Michaels to Lead Media Company

GTCR, the private equity firm started in part by Republican Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, brought on disgraced former Tribune Company executive Randy Michaels in 2011 to run Merlin Media. At the time Emmis Communications sold a controlling interest in Merlin...

Uptown Welcomes $600,000 Solar Panel Project

Solar Panels on top of ICA GreenRise BuildingPhoto credit: Seva Gandhi The Institute of Cultural Affairs' GreenRise building in Uptown made headlines last year when it was deemed with landmark status by the City of Chicago. Now it's drawn the...

Lessons Learned in Englewood: 8 Years of Reflections from a CPS Teacher

By Dave Stieber A little over eight years ago, when I took my first job in CPS at a high school in Englewood, people of all races would look at me like I was crazy when I told them where...

10 Recent Takes on Chicago's Economy

From fur trading to tech startups, this city's history has always been linked to its economic output and job opportunities. So how are those looking today? Depends on what you look at....

Fight for $15 Continues American Legacy of Social Movements

Photo by Brian Jackson / Sun-Times Last week, fast food workers in the Fight for $15 walked off their jobs in 150 cities throughout the country. Here in Chicago, workers at McDonald's, Taco Bell and more left work and engaged...

Proposed SRO Ordinance to Offer Incentives and Assistance to Building Owners, Preserve 700 Units by 2018

Press conference to announce The Single-Room Occupancy and Residential Hotel Preservation OrdinancePhoto credit: Becky Schultz "I know that we like to fight. But there are sometimes where we have to sit down and get something done...and we got something big...

The Fight for a Trauma Center on the South Side

Activists sat outside of a construction site on University of Chicago's campus on May 19 to protest the continued calls for Chicago to get the presidential library for Barack Obama when the South Side was lacking something that seemed very...

Us People, Them People: Howard Street and the $15 Sandwich

By Sarah Adams "It's just such a relief that people of quality are coming to the neighborhood," a woman sighed to me at my coffee shop. "I never thought I'd see a BMW parking on Howard. My property value must...

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...

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