Growing minorities demand political attention in Chicago

08/17/2011

Seismic political changes are occurring unnoticed. Racial minorities have always been important in Chicago elections, but population changes now have profound effects on national politics as well. Minorities helped Barack Obama win the White House and Democrats control Congress until their setback in 2010 midterm elections.
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The West Loop is not a food desert

08/10/2011

There has already been a lot of discussion about the new Mariano's grocery store proposed for the corner of Halsted and Monroe streets - most of which centers around $7 million the city is giving the project from our real estate taxes.
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South Loop muggings were latest crime wave

07/27/2011

I’ve lived through a number of crime waves since moving to the South Loop 17 years ago. The first one, early on, was a raft of Weber Grills that were stolen out of our neighborhood backyards.
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Get over it - bring a casino to the South Loop

One view

07/27/2011

I cannot help but get impatient with the chronic naysayers on a casino in downtown Chicago. I understand the opposition of the churches, with bingo and casino night fundraisers fearing revenue loss. Most churches draw from their members to attend these events. One new Chicago casino could have only a marginal effect on them. There already are many choices.
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Flash mobs and flash points

07/20/2011

As this column goes to press, the country is focused upon our national financial debt crisis. Failure to cut federal spending, close tax loopholes, and raise the debt ceiling will cause us to slide into a double-dip recession. Or, as the president has called it, economic Armageddon.
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West Loop road construction brought to you by new taxes - and sin

07/13/2011

Road construction season is in full effect in the West Loop. The bright orange "NO PARKING" signs announcing road resurfacing projects are popping up across our neighborhood’s east side. Most of the roads have already been torn up, and sit awaiting asphalt.
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Gambling against the South Loop

06/29/2011

So, Dearborn Park, is this what you want the world to be saying? "What happens in Dearborn Park stays in Dearborn Park?" If the Chicago Sun-Times gets its way, it could happen.
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Keeping the faith

06/15/2011

Last Friday evening, I sat down with 13 longtime reform leaders including Dawn Clark Netsch, Don Rose, and June Rosner for our informal annual reunion dinner at Yoshi’s Café. Over the past 40 years, we worked together on dozens of political campaigns and government reform project. We still play leadership roles in a number of organizations, although some of us are now only “senior statesmen” and have grown less active with age.
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Dressing up for Taste of Randolph

06/08/2011

Each summer, Chicago welcomes visitors from across the U.S. to neighborhood street fairs and festivals. They peruse the wares, get a feel for the architecture, a taste of the local restaurants, and hopefully the urge to visit again. One of the keys to a successful festival is showcasing the neighborhood’s assets to the public.
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Cannes 2011 a winner for Film Fest founder

One view

06/01/2011

What a spectacular year for the Cannes Film Festival. Everything just seemed to fall into place: the wonderful weather, the screenings, the talented guests and the audiences. I found myself falling in love with film after film. That’s unusual, especially when you screen around four films a day and throw in a few late-night galas!
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