Tag: Chicago

Violent crime is down in Chicago

Violent crime in Chicago is on the wane.   Hard to believe, but it’s true.  At least it’s true if you believe statistics coming out of the Chicago Police Department, and  I’m inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt.  Click here for details Some critics of the CPD have dismissed the report, and the... Read more »

Chicago: Guns and roses at the OK Corral

Chicago’s history is rich with guns, violence and bloodshed. From post-Civil War cowboys bringing their cattle to our stockyards to the Haymarket Riot of 1886 to gangland shootouts of the Prohibition Era, business disputes in Chicago seem to have always gotten settled with the six-gun, the Tommy Gun and now the Glock. In a 1920... Read more »

More bulls**t coming to Chicago....literally

Chicago has long been home to Bulls, bulls and bullshit and more of the latter two is on the way. This time, though the bullshit will be coming from real bulls. The Bulls (with a capital “B”) have been a part of the Chicago sports scene since 1966. They cemented their spot in sports history... Read more »

Chicago Police versus Chicago Fire Firefighters: Who fares better on TV?

In Chicago, CPD vs. CFD exists on many levels, especially during summer.  The natural, mostly-good-natured rivalry between Chicago’s two groups of first responders is regularly played out on baseball diamonds across the city.  I’ve even had the opportunity to ride my motorcycle onto the warning tracks at both Wrigley and Cellular One Fields as a... Read more »

Art Van Furniture comes to Chicago: A lesson in policy

It’s not often you get to say that the government-federal, state or local-did something smart. Now that I think about it, I don’t remember EVER saying that, at least not with a straight face. The recent announcement that Warren, MI-based furniture retailer Art Van will be opening in Chicago flips on a light, albeit a... Read more »

Chicago violence: A haystack with no last straw in sight

In this morning’s RedEye (a Chicago Tribune publication) Brian Moore asks if there is such a thing as a “last straw” when it comes to the senseless violence plaguing Chicago’s neighborhoods.  Brian says that he doesn’t know the answer.   I don’t either, but I’m not sure we’re asking the right question. We’ve seen our... Read more »

Murder in Chicago: Rahm's Waterloo, urban decay or poster city for gun control?

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s popularity seems inversely correlated to Chicago’s rising murder rate. Riding a wave of positive momentum, Mayor Emanuel held his own in the aftermath of Chicago’s teacher strike. Karen Lewis, president of Chicago’s Teachers Union seemed to take the hit for that and now faces an uphill battle for re-election. High profile shootings... Read more »