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Rahm Emanuel Looking To Increase Chicago Property Taxes 11.3%

Rahm Emanuel Looking To Increase Chicago Property Taxes 11.3%
You probably heard today that Rahm Emanuel is looking to increase Chicago property taxes by $500 MM. As the Chicago Tribune reported this is the largest property tax increase in modern history. I’m not sure the city has any other choice right now, given the consequences of past profligate city spending. What has not been... Read more »

Chicago's Most Dangerous Neighborhoods: Assault And Battery

Chicago's Most Dangerous Neighborhoods: Assault And Battery
Last week I looked at Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods for murder but of course a lot of bad things can happen to you in Chicago just short of getting killed. In addition to getting killed, it’s those other bad things that people worry about when they are trying to decide if a neighborhood is safe... Read more »

Chicago Murders: The Most Dangerous Neighborhoods

Chicago Murders: The Most Dangerous Neighborhoods
I first looked at Chicago murders a couple of years ago and have been meaning to update it since. That first blog post is actually good reading for all the necessary caveats and nuances that go with any sort of data like this: Murder In Chicago: Which Neighborhoods Are Dangerous. As I explained in that... Read more »
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Chicago Crime Rate: There Really Has Been A Dramatic Decline

Chicago Crime Rate: There Really Has Been A Dramatic Decline
Every so often I like to take a look at crime statistics since home buyers often are very concerned about the Chicago crime rate in deciding where to live – Chicago vs. the suburbs and one neighborhood vs. another. There is a Chicago crime data portal that anyone can use to take a look at... Read more »

Chicago Weather: Average Temperatures Show 2 More Weeks Of This Misery

Chicago Weather: Average Temperatures Show 2 More Weeks Of This Misery
God I hate Chicago weather! Yeah, I grew up in Dallas. So every year at this time I pull up a handy dandy chart that I created that shows the average high, low, and average temperatures in Chicago by day. And as you can see from the graph below (it’s clickable so you can see... Read more »

What Makes Chicago A Great City - Or Not

What Makes Chicago A Great City - Or Not
Last week Charles Schwab released the results of a survey conducted by Koski Research: The View From Chicago, in which 1000 Chicago area residents shared their views on life in the area, the local economy, and personal finances. The results paint a pretty interesting picture of what the people who live here believe makes this... Read more »
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Defining Chicago's Neighborhoods

Defining Chicago's Neighborhoods
I’m working on a post about Chicago’s hottest neighborhoods but before I do that I realized that I better provide some background information on what exactly are the Chicago neighborhoods since this concept is very confusing and ripe with misinformation and really bad terminology. The whole thing is such a mess that it took me... Read more »

Have Chicago's Problems Made It Unlivable?

Have Chicago's Problems Made It Unlivable?
A few days ago Mancow, the radio shock jock and reality TV star whose real name is Erich Muller, made headlines when he told the Chicago Tribune why he recently sold his Lincoln Park condo and moved to Wilmette. Citing some of Chicago’s better known problems: I think they’ve done a good job of making... Read more »

Cook County Property Taxes Double At 340 On The Park

Cook County Property Taxes Double At 340 On The Park
For some time it’s been quite apparent that the Cook County property taxes at 340 On The Park were going to double but not everyone was on the same page. The first clue was that the estimated property values of the units for 2011 were about half of the true market value. As I always... Read more »
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Assault And Battery In Chicago - The Rest Of The Story

Assault And Battery In Chicago - The Rest Of The Story
About a week ago I posted on the most dangerous Chicago neighborhoods for assault and battery as a means of providing some useful data for people trying to determine which neighborhoods were safe. But the data I pulled is chock full of a lot of other interesting information about the nature of aggravated assault and... Read more »
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