Twelve things to know about the Great Chicago Fire

Twelve things to know about the Great Chicago Fire
The anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire is Monday. On the evening of October 8, 1871, the fire started and spread fast due to a long drought and high shifting winds. The fire destroyed over 3 square miles of the city during the two-day conflagration. Here are twelve things about the Great Chicago Fire: 1.)... Read more »

Rahm is out "Cry havoc and let loose the dogs of war."

Rahm is out "Cry havoc and let loose the dogs of war."
Chicago mayor, Rahm Emanuel, announced he is not running for reelection. Some in the local news media saw this coming. Many were in shock. Emanuel must have known deep in his soul that the next election would be bruising and his chances of winning it were not worth the punishment. He did not take this... Read more »

Politicians point fingers while criminals point guns

Politicians point fingers while criminals point guns
Let the finger pointing begin. After a bloody weekend that saw 62 people shot with 12 fatalities, mayoral challengers to Rham Emanuel and the mayor himself pointed fingers. The challengers blamed the mayor for the murder, mayhem, and bloodshed. The mayor blamed lack of community attention and morals. The aldermen, especially in wards affected by the... Read more »
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Arte Diseño Xicago at the National Museum of Mexican Art

Arte Diseño Xicago at the National Museum of Mexican Art
“Thousands of desperate people die en route, before they can complete the crossing to the promised land, where even the poor are rich and everyone lives in Hollywood. The illusions of many who manage to arrive do not last long.” (Hunter of Stories/Eduardo Galeano) The Gilded Age was a time when vast wealth was accumulated... Read more »

The Better Government Association shoots itself in the foot

The Better Government Association shoots itself in the foot
The Better Government Association, in conjunction with activists groups, issued a 14 point manifesto that demands improvements to Chicago Police Department labor agreements. Labor contracts are not drawn up by union leaders and city officials. They are written and drawn up by attorneys. While both sides may not agree on contract specifics, they do agree... Read more »

The silence of consent prevails in CPS sexual abuse scandal

The silence of consent prevails in CPS sexual abuse scandal
There is national outrage over this President and his administration ripping children away from their migrant parents. My alderman, Ameya Pawar, has been on a social media roll about it. Must be nice to have a six-figure part time job so you can play on social media. Make no mistake. Ripping children from their parents is morally... Read more »
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Giving dad his due on Father's Day

Giving dad his due on Father's Day
Father’s Day. The Day of the Dad. The dude. Da man. Dads will be opening gifts of ties, scents, shirts, sports-themed items, bottles of adult beverages, or other things. Maybe the grill will be fired up and burgers, hot dogs, steaks or chicken will be charred. Maybe going out for breakfast, lunch, or dinner out... Read more »

Where is the outrage over the Chicago Public Schools sexual abuse scandal

Where is the outrage over the Chicago Public Schools sexual abuse scandal
One week has passed since the Chicago Tribune published, “Betrayed Chicago schools fail to protect students from sexual assault and abuse leaving lasting damage.” During the course of the week, the Tribune published pieces of the long reportage outlining sexual abuse in scandal-plagued Chicago Public Schools and their failure to notify the proper authorities: CPS allowed... Read more »

CPS deserves outrage over its handling of student sexual assault, abuse, and harassment complaints

CPS deserves outrage over its handling of student sexual assault, abuse, and harassment complaints
“Whether the sexual attacks were brutal rapes, frightening verbal come-ons or “creepy,” groping touches, the students often felt betrayed by school officials and wounded for years.” (Chicago Tribune) The Chicago Tribune exposed how the scandal-plagued Chicago Public Schools not only fail to protect students from sexual assault, abuse, and harassment, but as mandated reporters, fail... Read more »
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Heaven received another star Juan Bucio CFD

Heaven received another star Juan Bucio CFD
They run where no one wants to go. They run into the dark, knowing there might be a person or persons with guns. They run into burning buildings. They dive into murky waters. They run to catch criminals, save lives, and witness the horror. They race through our streets, blaring sirens, a heartbeat away from... Read more »