Voters need a reliable scorecard to grade the performance of city government and a way to track the mayor and the aldermen.
Less than a year from now, Chicagoans will decide whether or not to re-elect Mayor Richard M. Daley - assuming he throws his hat back in the ring one more time - and the incumbent aldermen who take another shot at city council.
There is plenty of material for new Threadless T-shirt designs to be found in the West Loop
Although some West Loopers were sad to see the condo development proposed for 1260 W. Madison go defunct, I don’t think we need more empty condos in our economically challenged midst. And so I was terribly excited hear that the T-shirt company Threadless wants take over the 1260 parcel.
Apparently, dirt bikes ride on the dirt faster and faster until they levitate.
I was proud to be a South Looper last week. There was a little of everything in the area – civics, passion and community spirit. Here’s the run-down on some of the wonderful things that happened recently south of Congress, north of Cermak and between the lake and the river.
Participatory government works well, but it only lasts when it is enshrined in law.
Democracy is like a weed - when it's wiped out in one place, it pops up years later somewhere else. The latest experiment in local democracy is under way in the 49th Ward.
Envisioning this area as a park, open to the neighborhood, completes the circle.
As Americans fall further and further behind in reading, the public library becomes of greater importance
While on North Michigan Avenue recently, I looked up to see "Chicago Public Library" posted outside of the Water Tower Water Works building. As my bibliophile heart quivered - and with my public library card in my pocket beside my CTA card - I entered.
I wish I had a nickel for every South Looper who asks me every week to recommend a handyman. "My handyman retired," they lament. "I need someone now!"
We want the State of Illinois to pay the $500 million that it owes us. And make higher education a higher priority.
Last week, two hundred of us from the University of Illinois-Chicago - faculty, staff, and students - went downtown to save our school.
When I am asked where I live, the answer varies because our area goes by so many different names.
When my mom tells people where I live, she says Greektown. “Anybody who has been to Chicago knows where Greektown is,” she says. The area’s rich history and the fond memory of her post-prom at one of Halsted Street’s Greek restaurants probably have her imagining my lazy Sundays including trips to the Athenian Bakery for a box of melomakarona. It is also easier than telling her friends I live in the neighborhood formerly known as Chicago’s Skid Row.
The 3rd Ward was hit disproportionately hard this year with actions that would have impacted five schools, with a combined attendance of more than 1800 students.