What I learned from Volunteer Day with 13th Ward Aldermanic candidate, David Krupa

What I learned from Volunteer Day with 13th Ward Aldermanic candidate, David Krupa
I, like many Illinois residents, have complained about the corruption that is rampant in our State over a beer with friends or on facebook but a couple of days ago I decided to see what was going on for myself. I had never volunteered to help any candidate for any office in my life.  I... Read more »

Old Chicago: A Man, A Monkey, and an Amusement Park

Old Chicago: A Man, A Monkey, and an Amusement Park
Once upon a time, in Bolingbrook, Illinois, stood a very fun place, at least in the eyes of a nine-year-old kid from Cicero. Its founder was Californian Robert Brindle and the 500,000 square-foot building with almost 9,000 parking spaces stood roughly at the southwest corner of where IL Rt. 53 met I-55. The concept was... Read more »

Illinois was First State to Ratify the 13th Amendment Abolishing Slavery 154 years ago today

Illinois was First State to Ratify the 13th Amendment Abolishing Slavery 154 years ago today
It seems fitting that Illinois would be the first state to ratify the 13th Amendment to the Constitution since Illinois’ adopted son, Abraham Lincoln, would become known as the Great Emancipator on January 1, 1863, by the executive order known as the Emancipation Proclamation. The 13th Amendment states: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as... Read more »
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Pradamalia Mania and Jesus Taking the Wheel in the Oval Office. Take a Breath!

Pradamalia Mania and Jesus Taking the Wheel in the Oval Office. Take a Breath!
A former partner of mine in the police force once told me over the radio during a very stressful time to imagine myself in a beautiful forest meadow lying beside a babbling brook.  It didn’t work but it did crack me up which may have been just what I needed. I don’t know if anyone... Read more »

A Former Cop's View of Police Use of Force, Jason Van Dyke, and the law-abiding citizens of Chicago

A Former Cop's View of Police Use of Force, Jason Van Dyke, and the law-abiding citizens of Chicago
This is not one of my usual Chicago history related posts but after the recent verdict of 2nd-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm leveled at Chicago Officer Jason Van Dyke, I felt it necessary and also therapeutic for me to give my opinions regarding the Jason Van Dyke trial and... Read more »

Three 9/11 September 11th Tributes / Memorials in Chicago

Three 9/11 September 11th Tributes / Memorials in Chicago
In honor of the lives lost 17 years ago, I thought it would be interesting to post an article on where you can find tributes or memorials in Chicago.  It is hard to believe that if you are a high school senior you would not have any memory of that day.  I did find three... Read more »
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The Devil in the White City, Dr. H.H. Holmes, linked to Celebration of Flag Day

The Devil in the White City, Dr. H.H. Holmes, linked to Celebration of Flag Day
Much has been written about Dr. Herman Webster Mudgett and his murderous escapades in Chicago while using the alias Dr. H.H. Holmes.  Thanks to Erik Larson’s best-selling book and many other books and shows, the murderous con-man will be forever linked to the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. What many don’t know is that... Read more »

You can't stop Evil and Crazy but you can make it more difficult for them!

You can't stop Evil and Crazy but you can make it more difficult for them!
So here we go again!  Another deranged person shoots up a school and 17 lives are lost in a matter of minutes.  The Facebook profile pics change, both sides of the political aisles throw up their gauntlets, there is debate, grandstanding, outrage, political ads, people scream at Congress and try to place blame on something... Read more »

Otto Funk - The Great Chicago Library Book Thief

Otto Funk - The Great Chicago Library Book Thief
This story was a long time in the making and realistically too long for a blog post so I am including the link to the full story here. As a book lover myself, I was drawn to the story of Otto Funk, the most prolific book thief in Chicago history.  As most great stories, I... Read more »
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59th Anniversary of the Murder of Bonnie Leigh Scott of Addison could lead to closure in the 1956 Grimes Sisters Murder.

59th Anniversary of the Murder of Bonnie Leigh Scott of Addison could lead to closure in the 1956 Grimes Sisters Murder.
On September 22, 1958, a fifteen-year-old sophomore girl from York High School did not return home.  She lived at 112 Normandy Drive in Addison with her aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Schwolow as well as her grandmother, Mrs. Doris Hitchens, who was her guardian. Bonnie had troubles at school and had run... Read more »