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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 »

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 »
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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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