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Dibs Chicago: The Outdoor Garage

In Chicago, snow means a number of things. But to most it means longer traffic times and shoveling out your street parking spot. And, with the shoveling of your parking spot comes the unwritten rule of saving your spot: Dibs. Why should someone too lazy to brave the weather and do the shoveling profit from... Read more »

Springtime in Chicago = Wackiness from Ald. Cardenas

It must be springtime in Chicago as Ald. George Cardenas is sounding off about another one of his wacky proposals. Now, Cardenas is proposing banning selling cigarettes to anyone under the age of 21. This is the same Cardenas who suggested a 15-30 cent tax on sugary drinks and charging Chicagoans a ‘$5 safety and... Read more »

Has the CTU's Karen Lewis Jumped the Shark, Again?

Is CTU President Karen Lewis really trying to find Rahm Emanuel’s mayoral replacement? Personally, I believe she knows she lost the battle with Rahm and is grasping for straws. I worked at Lane Tech as a substitute teacher/assistant football coach when Karen Lewis was there as a Chemistry teacher and she was active on the... Read more »
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Abbate vs. Honey Boo Boo

If I have a bad day, I go to the gym to get the stress out of me or go home watch TV and veg out. But, when former Chicago Police officer Anthony Abbate has a ‘bad day’ he goes to his local bar, mixes drinking high octane alcoholic drinks, and then beats up a... Read more »

A Voice Lost and She'll Be Missed...

Why do people write to newspapers and voice their opinions, allowing perfect strangers to read about their personal experiences and beliefs? Is there a secret letter-writers society with a secret handshake and a decoder ring given to all its members? A lot of people have asked me similar questions to these throughout the years, and... Read more »

Bears Mike Tice and Jay Cutler Need to Call Dr. Phil

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler doesn’t deserve to get all the blame for his latest sideline incident with Offensive Coordinator Mike Tice during the Bears 34-18 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football. I believe Tice is half to blame for being as slow my uncle getting out his Lazy Boy in making a... Read more »
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The Wacky World of Ald. George Cardenas

Part-Time, Ald. George Cardenas’ proposal to charge Chicagoans a ‘$5 safety and security’ fee to help pay for another 700 Chicago cops can be written off as just another one of his ‘wacky’ proposals and ideals. Is Cardenas the same alderman which suggested a 15-30 cent tax on sugary drinks? Is he the same one... Read more »

Whatever Happened to Bernie the Clown, Preacher Man, and Buddy?

Whatever happened to Mike the butcher, Bernie the clown, Wally the telephone guy, or Barb the hairdresser? And, whatever happened to the tradition of naming your eldest boy after his father, who was named after his father? Hey, I didn’t like being called ’the turd’, but, it was worth it to me to be named after... Read more »

Forget Speed Cameras...Give Us Alder-Creature Feature.....

Chicago will soon be blanketed with speed cameras and many Chicagoans are complaining about ‘Big Brother’ invading their rights of privacy and how the cameras are really being put up to generate revenue and not to protect the children of Chicago. Well, let me be honest as I have no problems with speed cameras, especially... Read more »
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CPS: "Blame the Computers, not the 185 Retiree Substitute Teachers"

Why does CPS always blame a computer when some things go wrong with payroll mistakes? Remember the PeopleSoft fiasco, especially with the problems CPS had with retired teacher pensions? Why didn’t anyone at CPS see the overpayments to 185 ‘retiree’ substitute teachers before it went over the $1M mark? What’s going at CPS headquarters? Why... 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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