Ida B. Wells deserves official Chicago recognition! Name a major street after her and build an impressive monument in her memory, too! But first read this!

Ida B. Wells deserves official Chicago recognition! Name a major street after her and build an impressive monument in her memory, too! But first read this!
All sorts of talk is taking place in the Chicago City Council lately of renaming little Balbo Drive downtown for Ida Bell Wells, the great Chicago civil rights activist and investigative reporter.  The short street, at 700 South, culminates in Grant Park and is named after Italian Italo Balbo, who was a Mussolini consigliere. Kind of... Read more »

Eternal Chicago (and its history) through the photographs of Larry Broutman

Eternal Chicago (and its history) through the photographs of Larry Broutman
Below is a photograph I found on the internet even though I wasn’t looking for it.  I didn’t even know it existed.  I was googling my dad–and the gravestone of my great-grandfather, who had the same name, came up. My dad died on my 65th birthday, December 26, 2015.  The day I officially became a... Read more »

A portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a nine song cycle--and Me.

A portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a nine song cycle--and Me.
A very interesting album is going to be released by Chicago’s Cedille Records in June. Notorious RBG in Song includes nine original songs composed and sung by Chicago soprano Patrice Michaels about her mother-in-law, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The songs are based on things associated with RBG that wind up telling a compelling... Read more »
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Ok, so in my old age I'm a big crab and here are six things I'm crabby about right now (and yes, one has to do with Rahm)

Ok, so in my old age I'm a big crab and here are six things I'm crabby about right now (and yes, one has to do with Rahm)
1) Only a bully kicks someone when he’s down.  And Rahm, as we know, is a bully. Ok, so Joe Berrios was corrupt, ungracious  and an idiot (he once signed my nominating petition for judge “Donald Duck” because he thought that was hilarious).  But let’s face it, he’s a goner.  Not only will he not... Read more »

I lost my faith in the bar association ratings of Cook County judicial candidates a long time ago and you should, too

I lost my faith in the bar association ratings of Cook County judicial candidates a long time ago and you should, too
Twenty years ago, I ran for judge the first time and went before the bar association evaluation committees. I was four years out of law school. Despite the fact that they had a tradition of not finding anyone “qualified” to be a judge who had less than 10 years of experience, I thought I’d be... Read more »

Monitoring the air quality on my corner sure taught me a few things about the EPA, particulates and Wifi

Monitoring the air quality on my corner sure taught me a few things about the EPA, particulates and Wifi
When I was asked a few months ago to participate in a short study that required monitoring the air quality on the street where I live, I was eager to please.  Not only did I want to please the person who asked me to do it–Gail Merritt, who started Alliance for a Greener South Loop, always... Read more »
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Two things that really drive me crazy about the new tax bill: bums and elitists

Two things that really drive me crazy about the new tax bill:  bums and elitists
No one seems to know the effects of the new tax bill, not even those who passed it. But there are two things about it that I know and can’t stand already:  a bunch of bums who are getting bonuses.  And a bunch of ungrateful elitists who can’t see the obvious. What bums am I... Read more »

Three good spots that would make good carbon sinks in the South Loop

Three good spots that would make good carbon sinks in the South Loop
My friend Charlotte, who has written several books on the topic of native plants is on a roll lately, suggesting to everyone from Wilmette officials to the University of Chicago powers that be that if nothing else, some of their owned and ill-used land be turned into carbon sinks. She suggests that they return their... Read more »

Al, you used to be good enough, and smart enough, and doggone it, I liked you a lot

Al, you used to be good enough, and smart enough, and doggone it, I liked you a lot
Nothing could have pleased me more than when Air America started in 2004 and Al Franken got his own radio show.  He was funny, irreverent (just like he was as Stuart Smalley on Saturday Night Live), understood serious issues better than anyone–and he had his heart and mind in the right place. He seemed to be... Read more »
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A new book says there are 111 places not to miss in chicago--and my neighborhood has 6 of them

A new book says there are 111 places not to miss in chicago--and my neighborhood has 6 of them
An interesting new book is out called 111 Places in Chicago That You Must Not Miss.  Six of the places are pretty much out my door in the South Loop. Like any list, I think there are certain places in my neighborhood that the author, Amy Bizzari, left off her list that she shouldn’t have:  like... Read more »