Archive for July 2017

To the suburban teens complaining about school dress codes: You're not being oppressed

Over 2,000 people have signed a petition to change the dress code at Maine South High School.  The petition circulated after a Park Ridge girl was notified by the photography studio that shot her class photo that it wouldn’t be appropriate for the school yearbook. The studio took its stance because she wore an off-the-shoulder... Read more »

Blogapalooza Hour: Traveling without parameters or time constraints

Our impromptu writing topic for tonight is the following:  “What fictional character (or characters) would you most like to spend time with and what would you do together?” I had to think about this one for awhile, because (1) I am woefully ignorant of pop culture and had a hard time thinking of fictional characters... Read more »

Should we encourage more residential development in Chicago when our population is declining?

As I read about the city’s plans to develop a large stretch of land along the North Branch of the Chicago River, I found myself wondering whether the plan will pan out as expected, since it has its flaws. The “North Branch Framework” includes a series of fees developers will have to pay for rights... Read more »

CPS shouldn't rush to close National Teachers Academy

Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd) is under fire amid plans to close a predominantly African-American elementary school in the South Loop.   Parents of students who may be affected by the closure are saying it’s another example of the city responding to the demands of white constituents at the expense of minorities. Under the plan, a... Read more »

Why you really need to watch your kids when you're boating on Lake Michigan...and it's not the reason you think

Boaters need to keep a close eye on their kids this summer.  Not just for obvious reasons, like making sure they don’t go overboard, but also to keep them away from any marine band radios on board.  Failure to do so could have costly consequences. According to an article in the Tribune this morning, there’s... Read more »

Ever ask yourself, "Where did all the time go?" In Chicago, it probably went toward trying to park.

-Photo credit:  Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune This morning I was reading about the high cost of parking in Chicago.  I always knew we shelled out a lot for parking spots, but I didn’t realize we pay more at the meter ($13 for two hours) than any other major city in the country.  When it comes to... Read more »

For Chicago man serving time for murder, is there a case for clemency?

While clicking through the Tribune yesterday morning I came across this article, about a Chicago man, now 43, who is making his second plea for clemency since his 1994 murder conviction. Andrew Suh was only 19 when he fatally shot his sister’s boyfriend, Robert O’Dubaine.  He claims that his sister, Catherine, put him up to it,... Read more »

Was the recent Greenpeace stunt at Trump Tower really a protest or just a ploy to see what they could get away with?

Photo credit:  Jose M. Osorio/ Chicago Tribune If you were in River North late last week, you may have been around just in time to see the Greenpeace banner hanging from the 16th floor of Trump Tower before the city took it down. Four people were charged on Sunday for posting the sign, which measured... Read more »

Abortion notice law clashes with free speech and right-of-conscience laws at suburban pregnancy centers

After the Supreme Court legalized abortion in Roe v. Wade in 1973, federal legislation was passed to represent the interests of doctors and other healthcare workers who have religious or moral objections to the controversial procedure.  These “right-of-conscience” laws  provide a measure of protection for medical personnel who do not want to perform abortions or... Read more »

A long road to US citizenship

The date was July 4, 1968.  A middle-aged woman and her three young daughters gathered their luggage as the train rolled to a stop at Chicago’s Union Station.  Recent arrivals from Toronto, they were traveling to the Windy City to start a new chapter of their lives here in the US, or “the States” as... Read more »