Tag Archives: Chicago Tribune

CN Feb. 27, 2014

Were you a little confused by the mega-announcements this week that Chicago was about to became a major tech innovation-hub, whatever that means? Well, Tribune business columnist Melissa Harris explains some of it. The biggest chunk of cash-on-the-barrelhead is $70 … Continue reading

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CN Jan 30, 2014

  Is the Internet a public asset? Is it something like Lake Michigan, that we long go decided should be “forever open, clear and free”?  If it is, how do we deal with the private companies that bring us that … Continue reading

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CN November 14, 2013

Has Mayor Emanuel quietly hit on the pension reform formula that might work for him? Although the headlines said that pension reform failed yet again in Springfield last week, two things  point toward some quick movement in early December. First, … Continue reading

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CN Oct. 24, 2013

Take a look at this screen grab from Google Earth.. See those two big black blotches (the one on the top and the one at the bottom) right beside the Calumet River? That’s petcoke, or petroleum coke. It’s a nasty … Continue reading

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CN August 15, 2013

Driven along South Kedzie or West Foster lately? How fast were you going? Mayor Emanuel’s speed cameras already know, and they could be mailing you $100 speeding tickets very soon.  And if it was a school you sped by, between … Continue reading

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CN July 18, 2013

Mike Madigan was never all that excited about Lisa’s political career. When she first wanted to run for State Rep, he didn’t like that idea. And she had to fight him and push through to get him to take her … Continue reading

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CN July 11, 2013

What if Springfield had passed comprehensive pension reform? How would that have affected the Chicago Public Schools this year? Would it have restored toilet paper to Von Steuben’s operating budget? That’s actually a serious question, because in the past few … Continue reading

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CN June 20, 2013

If you’re a Metra rider and you think service quality has been declining , you’re not wrong. That’s the view of the Tribune’s transportation writer Jon Hilkevitch, who sat down with us for a one-on-one interview this week – and … Continue reading

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CN May 23, 2013

Well, It’s essentially over. CPS voted yesterday to close 49 elementary schools, to co-locate 11 others, and perform “turnarounds” at five additional schools. Three of Chicago’s most distinguished education reporters, who were present at the marathon meeting, filed their stories … Continue reading

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CN May 2, 2013

Why is Cook County Jail suddenly reaching the bursting point? It’s at capacity, when its population had been declining in recent years.  Well, it’s partly because we seem to be locking more people up, but it’s also because Cook County … Continue reading

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