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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 »

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 »

If Your Religion is OK with the Bombing in Manchester, It is Time to Re-think Your Beliefs!

If Your Religion is OK with the Bombing in Manchester, It is Time to Re-think Your Beliefs!
People will more than likely think this is a post looking to demonize the Islamic faith, it is not.  It is simply a call for those who hold beliefs that would cause them to justify the murder of at least 22 (mostly children) innocent people at an Ariana Grande concert to possibly re-think their political... Read more »
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Today The White City Opened 124 Years Ago in Jackson Park – Free Events Planned Saturday May 6th

Today The White City Opened 124 Years Ago in Jackson Park – Free Events Planned Saturday May 6th
On May 1, 1893, the eyes of the world were on Chicago and more specifically Jackson Park and the Midway Plaisance. The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition opened for visitors and before it ended six months later at least 27.5 million visitors had come from all over the world to see the magnificent splendor that became... Read more »

Second Chances - The French Commando School

Second Chances - The French Commando School
After serving four years on active duty in the United States Army from 1986 to 1990, I volunteered to serve in the Illinois National Guard as a Staff Sergeant in Company C of the 131st Illinois Infantry.  We were lucky enough to be able to travel to the French Martinique and actively compete in the... Read more »

Historic Chicago Landmark Second Presbyterian Church to Host Free Event June 22nd

Historic Chicago Landmark Second Presbyterian Church to Host Free Event June 22nd
On Wednesday, June 22nd at 5:30pm, Friends of Historic Second Church is holding a free event at the National Historic Landmark Second Presbyterian Church at 1936 S. Michigan Avenue.  The theme of the event is “Making History at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition” The event will feature refreshments including Chicago original food stuffs that were introduced at... Read more »
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Update #2 Mystery of August Boness ( Bonas ) SOLVED!

Update #2 Mystery of August Boness ( Bonas ) SOLVED!
Link to Original Article:  “What will be the Fate of the 101 year-old Grave of August Boness?” Link to Update#1:  “Update on the 101 year-old Grave of August Boness (Bonas): Is Bethania Hiding Something? Since I published my last two articles I have been hard at work to discover a little more history on the... Read more »

Cook County Medical Examiner's Office is a Joke especially on Valentines Day!

Cook County Medical Examiner's Office is a Joke especially on Valentines Day!
O.K.  I have prided myself on writing a blog that centers on history and historical research and doesn’t just rant and complain about things but I can no longer do that. A member of my facebook group, Chicago History the Stranger Side, posted an article yesterday about how the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office is... Read more »

The Chicago legend of Peabody ’s Tomb and the Masochistic Monks turns 93 Today

The Chicago legend of Peabody ’s Tomb and the Masochistic Monks turns 93 Today
On August 27, 1922 the legend of Peabody’s Tomb began.  Many people may not know the legend by name but if you grew up on the west side of Chicago or in the near west suburbs you might have heard about the old mansion and estate that high school kids would sneak into late at... Read more »
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A photo of the S.S. Eastland from Happier Times on the 100th Anniversary of the Disaster

A photo of the S.S. Eastland from Happier Times on the 100th Anniversary of the Disaster
I grew up in Cicero, Illinois and spent many days at the open houses at the Hawthorne Works location of the Western Electric Company.  I remember how huge the place was but didn’t realize how big it really was.  Turns out that if you lived in or around Cicero in the early part of the... Read more »