Friday, June 18, 2010

Good teachers

Your June 12 editorial on “The best teachers” had many good points about flexibility, union issues, etc.

But it implied something that is simply not true.

That is the idea that a person of strong math background in education, industry, even editing a math text makesContinue...


Three woman were robbed at gunpoint of their passports and other items this morning outside one of their residences on the border of Wicker Park and Bucktown, according to Chicago police.

The 23-year-old women–all from Ireland–were robbed about 5:30 a.m. near North Avenue and Wood Streets.Continue...


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Lincoln Park studio of architectural photographer Richard Nickel, a pioneer in Chicago’s preservation movement, was designated as an official landmark today by the City Council.

While working from 1969 to 1972 to convert the two-story structure at 1810 W. Cortland St. into his home andContinue...


At a time when Chicago is trying to shed its image as a high-cost travel destination, the state and city are layering additional fees on visitors.

Airport taxi ride fees are doubling, from $2 to $4; O’Hare International Airport car rentals will be slapped with aContinue...


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Chicago’s icy attitude toward reality cop shows may be thawing.

Mayor Richard Daley today asked City Council permission to enter an agreement with British-based Anglia Television to produce a program focused on Chicago police officers investigating car thefts.

The documentary-style program would showcase local cops using “baitContinue...


Amid comparisons to the laws in Nazi Germany that preceded the Holocaust, the Chicago City Council agreed Wednesday to stop doing business with Arizona-based companies to protest that state’s tough new immigration law.

The spirited City Council debate mirrors what’s going in the nation on anContinue...


Monday, June 7, 2010

Privatization is a term that is being heard more and more throughout the United States as governments have problems creating balanced budgets.  Many have found that “selling off” public assets save political face, covering today’s costs and leaving revenue problems to be solved in theContinue...


Sunday, June 6, 2010

Everyone concerned about education is encouraged to join hundreds of parents, students and community members representing schools from across Chicago Thurs., June 17 at the Thompson Center from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. The school funding fight must continue to be fought.

With less than oneContinue...


Thursday, June 3, 2010

At the end of last year, I wrote a three-item wish list of things I’d like to see in 2010. My first wish: to see food trucks operating on the streets of Chicago.

Not to get your and my hopes too high, but we’re starting toContinue...



Friday, May 21, 2010

They form an odd sight on the once-mean, now-trendy streets of Bucktown and Wicker Park: The bespectacled alderman of a young, affluent ward and his blue-collar aide, popping sewer grates and wielding shovels.

Almost five years after the Daley administration fired Frank Coconate from the WaterContinue...