Don't celebrate G8 leaving yet

03/14/2012

The G8 is gone. Itís not coming to Chicago. The entire city breathed a giant sigh of relief when the news broke. Itís a win. But the NATO summit is still sticking around.
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Endorsement: Derrick Smith for state rep

03/07/2012

When Annazette Collins decamped her 10th District State Rep seat for the senate, it was filled last year by Derrick Smith, an acolyte of Jesse White and 27th Ward Ald. Walter Burnett who used to run the wardís streets and sanitation department.
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Plant shutdown a powerful statement

02/29/2012

Itís about time Pilsenís Fisk power plant, a source of shame and a blight on the entire city, got shut down. Weíre thrilled that the city and environmental activists have finally reached a deal to shut down the plant, and most impressively, that itís allegedly being done so soon.

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Come out for the ballgames

02/15/2012

Weíre big fans of the Near South sports leagues. For the past five years, Near South Little League has been a rollicking success in the South Loop; as well as Near South Soccer, for the past seven.
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Look closer

02/15/2012

This week, we took a close look at Crane High Schoolís achievement academy, a program that takes kids in need of extra help from around the city.
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For Pete's sake

02/01/2012

We donít even know what to say about Peteís Fresh Market any more. This project has dragged on for so long with such little activity, and it seems sometimes like nothing will ever happen.
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Crane boosters miss chance

01/11/2012

The Chicago Public Schools hearing on Crane High School's closure was designed to be a rote affair. A dry, drab presentation, read directly from PowerPoint slides set it up, and we were expecting to see people rant predictably for two minutes at a time before being pulled away from the microphone with a hook.
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Malcolm X's remake a great fit

01/04/2012

We're on board with the new plan for Malcolm X College. For too long, Chicago's city colleges have been a place of last resort, where too few emerge from the system with a degree or any sort of useful experience.
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Question Collins

01/04/2012

We're very, very uneasy about Annazette Collins. There's a lot of evidence pointing towards the fact that she doesn't live in the state senate district she represents.
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What we're watching for in 2012

12/28/2011

In this issue, we summed up what we thought were some of the biggest local stories that affected Chicago Journal readers. It was a busy year, particularly at the top of the city, where Mayor Rahm Emanuel took over. But a lot of what happened this year simply set the stage for what will happen in 2012. So with that in mind, here are a few things we hope to see next year.
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