A neighborhood of Mrs. Glessners

06/24/2009

I have visited the first floor bedroom of Mrs. John “Frances” Glessner hundreds, if not thousands of times. As a docent at the famous 1887 landmark building at 18th and Prairie, it isn’t the décor of the room that inspires me. It’s Mrs. Glessner’s desk. Read more...

Never a dull moment ...

06/17/2009

So much for the lull in the West Loop I wrote about last month. There was a shooting May 31, this time near the nightclubs at Lake and Sangamon. I watched with a clenched jaw as the evening news reporter told of a violent weekend in which ours was one of six shootings in 24 hours. Read more...

Alderman Bob at two

05/27/2009

An anniversary recently passed in the 2nd Ward: Bob Fioretti has finished his second year as alderman. Bob has been around now for two springs, two summers, two winters and two falls. He’s still campaigning, still smiling and still shaking hands. He’s still going places. But our ward now seems to take him for granted. Read More...

In the West Loop, the private life

05/20/2009

It’s been quiet in the West Loop. I guess the big public issues like building heights wax and wane. We seem to be in a wane phase right now, waiting for projects to get done. Like Adams-Sangamon park, the Skinner Park improvements, the new Skinner School facility. Read more...

Weak controls leave associations vulnerable

05/13/2009

Every year, it seems, we hear about a management company owner who makes off with his client’s accounts or an employee who embezzles a condominium association’s funds. News of these improprieties should put condominium and cooperative owners on alert and prompt them to ask how can they protect their own association funds from a similar fate. Read more...

Who benefits from Felony Franks?

One View

05/06/2009

I support new businesses in our area. We do need more retail activity, that is for sure. But how about opening businesses that will benefit the entire community, especially green businesses that add something new? Personally, I can go without hot dog stands any day! Read more...