Archive for August 2011

Hey Bears! Retire Ditka's #89

Why haven’t the Chicago Bears retired #89 for Mike Ditka yet? Is it over grudges and hurt feelings because of things said after Ditka was fired as head coach of the Bears? The Bears should let bygones be bygones and honor Mike Ditka by retiring the number he wore as a player: 89. Whether Bears... Read more »

CPS Residency Policy is Really "Much Ado About Nothing"

Now that the CPS School Board has passed the $150 million property tax increase, which will raise the bill of the owner of an average $250000 home by $84 or 2.4 percent, I wonder how long it’ll be before Chicagoans start questioning where each board member calls home? Are all the board members residing in... Read more »

Fergie, Ronnie, Ernie, Billy, Harry, & Sir Paul

The editors of the Chicago Sun-Times are suggesting the Chicago Cubs honor Fergie Jenkins and put up a statute of him by Wrigley Field and I agree. Jenkins should get one to go along with the ones of Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Ron Santo, and Harry Caray. But, I doubt it will happen, especially since... Read more »

Solve Two Problems, Can Burke as Chicago's Finance Committee Chairman

PROBLEM: The City of Chicago is facing a $635.7M budget deficit and Mayor Emanuel’s budget team has looked back 10 years to 2001 and found a deficit for every year. Can you guess who’s been Chicago’s Finance Committee Chairman since 2001? If you guessed Ald. Ed Burke, You are correct! I believe it’s time for... Read more »

The Trib, Burke, & Me

I would like to thank the Chicago Tribune for keeping me informed and letting me know what’s going on in our great city, especially reporting on Ald. Ed Burke’s costly ‘$600K a year’ security detail. But, I’m asking for more information. See, I’m a ‘regular’ citizen and I’m not an ‘entitled’ alderman. I have to... Read more »

2011 has been a good year

Who says you can’t call 2011 a good year until it’s over? So far, only eight months are in the books and I can call it a good year for me. I had hoped the new year would bring the end to Richard Daley’s reign as mayor of Chicago. And, BOOM! He gone! I had... Read more »
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    Life story in 50 words or so: Born in Bucktown to a middle-class family and has lived in Chicago his entire life, now residing on the far Northwest Side. Attended St. Hedwig, Lane Tech, Triton College and Eastern Illinois University. Has worked myriad jobs in the city, including many years as a bartender; is now a substitute teacher. Currently, is working on finishing his Masters in Education along with studying for his National Strength and Conditoning Association (NCSA) certification test ..................................................................................... Self-description: An avid sports fan, he describes himself as an average, "300-level guy." "I've never been a rich man, I've never been a poor man; I've been in-between." He is as much of a through-and-through Chicagoan as one will meet. He is proud of his Chicago accent and works to give back to the community. A humble man, he values a strong work ethic, which his dad instilled in him............ Writing experiences: Describes himself as the "most opinionated person in Chicago." He tries to get the average guy's voice out there, modeling his writing after the conversations he had with patrons when he was a Wrigleyville bartender. "I'm trying to let people know what is going on. Most of the things I write about, people are thinking about." He considers himself the voice for the working Chicagoan who doesn't think his opinion can be heard. His favorite topics to write about are sports and observations about what's happening in Chicago, and the two often mesh................................................................................... Unique traits: He attended EIU on a football scholarship as an offensive lineman and has been an athlete and sports fan all his life. A favorite childhood memory is racing home from school to catch Cubs games. His house is decorated with Chicago sports memorabilia; his favorite item is a letter written to him by former Bear Dan Hampton. He hopes to one day open an upscale sports bar (in Chicago, of course) and put his collection on display. — By Dan Waters, Tribune reporter

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