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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 »

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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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 »

Cheer Ald. Sposato (36th) Not Jeer Him Over UNO Charter School

Ald. Nicholas Sposato (36th) should be given an ‘atta boy’ instead of criticism and jeers for asking to delay a vote allowing the United Neighborhood Organization (UNO, a politically connected group) to build a charter school in his ward. I can understand Sposato’s stance and respect his decision to seek more time and information before... Read more »
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Jerry (Angelo) the Sun-Tanned GM : Lyrics (to the tune of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer)

Jerry, the sun-tanned GM has a very shiny tan. And if you ever saw him, you would even say he glows. All of the other GMs laugh at him and trade him bums. They never let poor Jerry draft for any Pro-Bowl gems. Then one dismal Tuesday morn The McCaskeys came to say: “Jerry with the... Read more »

Speed Cameras, Chicago Police, & My Tribune

I may be in the small minority of people that truly wants speed cameras in Chicago. But, I would like to see more cameras put in places other than in areas around schools and parks. And, I would like to see the cameras be operational 24/7 and not just during certain hours and days of... Read more »

a Chicago tax: Don't Shovel and Get a Ticket (Plus, a Q& A with Ald. Tom Tunney)

Ald. Tom Tunney is proposing the revival of an ordinance which allows the city, namely the Dept. of Streets and Sanitation, to give tickets to people that don’t shovel or clear the sidewalks by their property and I agree with him 100%. But, will the enforcement of this ordinance be city-wide or just in neighborhoods... Read more »
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Let Walter Payton Rest in Peace..

The new book on Walter Payton (I refuse to mention the author’s name and title of the book) crosses the line in Beardom and is the one thing sacred to all Bears fans. And, I suggest Bears fans everywhere wear their Payton jerseys, caps, pants, and Kangaroo gear or put together a sign and bring... 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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