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Remember - Chicago is Broke

But someone coming home from court to day saw this going up on Roosevelt Road: Those were being placed on light poles up and down Roosevelt, dozens upon dozens. This, in a neighborhood that if we aren't too far off the mark, has accounted...Show More Summary

40 Years Ago

Still remembering: Much of what Carolyn Cali-Brick knows about her father comes from faded memorabilia and the brittle, yellowed pages of newspaper clippings.Once every 10 years, that picture expands when the “brotherhood” gathers, as...Show More Summary

Cop Cleared in Lawsuit

A unanimous jury verdict in a police shooting : A civil trial jury ruled on Tuesday that a Chicago police officer did not use unjustified force in the 2011 fatal shooting of an 18-year-old black man.Plaintiff Wanda Edwards was seeking...Show More Summary

Here's an Idea!

Move RiotFest to the west side: Chicago Park District officials said Tuesday they are asking Riot Fest organizers to look at moving the lively three-day festival to another park, such as Douglas Park on the Near West Side.Last month, Ald. Show More Summary

Completely Expected

Once again, did anyone not see this coming? City crime spike. A dramatic increase in violence in Baltimore. Dozens of shooting and murders in the last few weeks following the riots last month.[CBS Balitomore] reports some are concerned police are hesitant to crack down after six officers were charged in the death of Freddie Gray.[...]Show More Summary

Public Relations for Drone Pilots has Challenges

Los Angeles, CA—The explosion of civilian multi-rotor camera drones is just beginning. People are reacting to seeing them for the first time. My experiences with the public seeing my drones in action has been mixed. Thankfully the vast majority of people are amazed and they enjoy seeing them fly. Show More Summary

RIP Emily

Sad news today: Emily Beazley, the 12-year-old girl who talked to Taylor Swift and got to serve as a Chicago cop during a public battle with cancer died Tuesday morning.Emily’s mother, Nadia Beasley, posted a message about the Mount Greenwood girl’s passing on her Facebook page: “My beautiful Emily got to use her angel wings. Show More Summary

There's No Money! ::bullshit::

This comment appeared earlier today: "'s State Law, backed by the Illinois Constitution..."How does this argument hold up when there simply is no more money left in the coffers? Conjure it up out of thin air?Better wake up... Chicago is a $7.3 BILLION dollar entity. Show More Summary

Meanwhile, in Chicago....

All the national headlines were about the biker shootout in Texas. Nine dead, eighteen wounded, over 150 arrested and it's a giant deal because, "BIKERS!" Not covered by the national networks though... : Two men were killed and at least...Show More Summary

No More "Intimidating" Equipment

Mixed thoughts about this : In a surprise announcement coming nine months after police in riot gear dispelled racially charged protests, President Barack Obama is banning the federal government from providing some military-style equipment...Show More Summary

Rahm Sworn At

So a crowd gather today to curse at....what? Oh, sworn in? Damnit: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will be sworn into his second term in office Monday at the Chicago Theatre. His wife and children attended, as did former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Show More Summary

Rahm's Plan for Chicago - SPEND!!!

This is freaking brilliant! He has big plans for the second term he fought so hard and spent so much to win.Get high-speed rail from downtown to O’Hare Airport started.Bring top chefs’ restaurants to O’Hare’s domestic terminals.Build...Show More Summary

No Shortages! Trust Us!

But if that were true, this wouldn't be an issue: After a series of attacks and anti-Semitic threats, Jewish families in West Rogers Park have lined up their own security force of off-duty Chicago police officers to patrol the neighborhood.But...Show More Summary

Time to Fence Off Englewood

Seriously: A bullet shattered the window of an ambulance as paramedics were working on a patient Sunday evening in the West Englewood neighborhood.The ambulance, operated by the Chicago Fire Department, was shot about 5:40 p.m. in the...Show More Summary

Biker Lives Matter!

Or not: A shootout among rival motorcycle gangs at a popular Central Texas restaurant left nine bikers dead and 18 injured, and it sent panicked patrons and bystanders fleeing for safety, a police spokesman said Sunday.The violence erupted shortly after noon at a busy Waco shopping center along Interstate 35 that draws a large lunchtime crowd. Show More Summary

Venice, CA Like You’ve Never Seen It!

Venice, CA—In this community there are stark contrasts in people and lifestyles. Let me take you on a magic carpet ride to the better side of town along their famous canals! There are over 3500 stories on this blog go to the main page at

Another Reason Illinois is Broke

Along the lines of the below Navy Pier article, they're paying for poor performance : The only thing Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to say about his state’s pension system is that he thinks the required payouts are so burdensome, there...Show More Summary

In Any Other Business...

Under-performance is usually grounds for change, but only in the private sector: Navy Pier’s big makeover is more than a year behind schedule. Attendance has fallen. But top executives still took home big bonuses, newly released records show.Nine Navy Pier Inc. Show More Summary

Mope-Rah at it Again

She is so close to actually breaking through on something. You can see it, but she just can't make the last connection: There is much praise for good Samaritans.These strangers often put their own lives at risk trying to save othersShow More Summary

Highway Shooting Epidemic!

We mentioned this as a semi-regular occurrence a week or so ago and suddenly, Channel 7 has an investigative report on the front burner : An ABC7 I-Team investigation has found that local highway shootings have more than tripled in recent...Show More Summary

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