Businesses keep coming back

02/23/2011

We’re weeks away from spring and Easter and thoughts of resurrection. But after making a few observations in the South Loop recently, all I can think about is the resurrection — of our retail landscape.
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Pilsen residents need change

One View

02/16/2011

The residents of Pilsen face many challenges. Many residents are undocumented immigrants. The majority of residents are working class and many are low-wage workers who have been hit hard by the current economic crisis. Their health has been adversely effected by pollution from the Fisk coal fired power plant on Cermak.
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Fifteen questions for Chicago's new mayor

02/16/2011

Dear Mayoral Candidate: Congratulations on your campaign. This is an important election as we choose a new mayor to lead us into the post-Daley era in Chicago. Chicago city government faces its first real opportunity in more than 50 years to shed its notorious reputation for having a culture of corruption.
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Supercali-fragilisticexpiali-SNOW-cious in Chicago

02/09/2011

A lot of people suffered during and after last week’s thunder snow. Businesses lost money, people lost their lives, and for a hot second the mayor lost some credibility.
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Let Chicago firehouses be firehouses

02/03/2011

Several old firehouses surrounding the Loop currently contain everything from an upscale restaurant, a quirky boutique and a Potbelly sandwich shop to chic residences, various business offices, a church and — coming soon — an art gallery.
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A very West Loop inauguration

01/26/2011

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Sylvestre and I went down to Springfield to take in Illinois’ inaugural festivities against the backdrop of the last days of the legislative session.
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Taking the politics out of education

One View

01/19/2011

On Jan. 26, the Board of Education for the City of Chicago will vote on a proposal to open a new magnet school on the Near West Side at the site of the former Jefferson Elementary School.
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More big changes than mayor coming in Chicago elections

01/19/2011

This is the first election of the post-Daley era. Yet, Chicago political change doesn’t usually happen in one step. Rather the transition is a Texas two-step or a three-step waltz.
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Let's hear it for Columbia College

If the South Loop gave out a key to the city, Columbia should hold the master lock

12/29/2010

You hear it all the time: Columbia College Chicago owns more real estate in our neck of the woods than anyone else. And without a doubt, they are good builders, developers, landlords, renovators, restorers and savers of landmarks of all kinds.
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Mayoral battles in Chicago

12/15/2010

The 2011 mayoral campaign is more substantive than in the last 20 years. While petition battles have already cut the field from 20 to 15, arguments continue on whether Rahm Emmanuel legally lives in Chicago. When the theatrics end in court in January, the number of candidates will probably be 10 or fewer.
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