ChicagoNow's Best Posts of September, 2012

Chicago Libertarian: 10 Things You Didn't Know About The Chicago Teachers Union
Chicago Muckrakers: Behind the story: Child homicide report leads to sleepless nights, heartbreaking interview
Fluffington Post: Presidential Endorsement: Is Obama v. Romney our only choice?
The Jam Room: I Will Gladly Ultimate Fight The Beach Boys' Mike Love
Life: As I See It: 9/11: My Company "Celebrated" With Popsicles
Opinions That Can Get You In Trouble: The Evolution Of A Species
Parenting Without A Parachute: Don't Sleep with the Schwan's Man and Other Things I've Learned Living in the 'Burbs
Pimps, Preachers and Politicians: A little boy died last night: Chicago, violence, and answers.
South Sider's Guide to Happiness: 9/11, The Arab and I: A Reflection
Ups and Downs of a Yoga Mom: How I Ended Up in This Hospital Bed

Third place: The Jam Room: I Will Gladly Ultimate Fight The Beach Boys' Mike Love
Why: This post is as clear an example as I've seen of why you don't have to write about news, politics or other "serious" issues to show howcome out. It starts with Dan's headline and filters through every part of the piece.

Second place: Chicago Muckrakers: Behind the story: Child homicide report leads to sleepless nights, heartbreaking interview
Why: What you will learn from this piece: Journalists aren't merely dispassionate observers who never consider the feelings of, or feel empathy towards, their sources. Would love to see more blog posts from reporters who take readers inside their reporting as Maria did here.

First place: South Sider's Guide to Happiness: 9/11, The Arab and I: A Reflection
Why: Rene's post is extraordinarily powerful because of the story she has to tell, and for the way she tells it. This is simply great storytelling with an important message for anyone who reads it.

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