Archive for August 2017

My First Job

Tonight’s blogapalooza topic that I chose, from among several options: “Write about the first time you felt like you were a grown-up.” I’d have to say the first w time I really felt grown-up was when I was fifteen years old, and I had my first job.  I worked part-time during the summer after my... Read more »

Burge police torture course will cause students to ask hard questions, but how will we answer them?

A new element is being added to the curriculum for some CPS students.  Chicago’s eighth-graders and high school sophomores will learn about former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge, who, along with his “midnight crew,” tortured more than 100 African-American men, beating, strangling, and electrocuting them, to try to get confessions out of them.  Many of... Read more »

Lincoln Park agency should be up-front about homeless shelter plans, and the community needs to keep an open mind

The community meeting held in the gymnasium of a local school in Old Town earlier this month drew a sparse crowd.  The focal point of the agenda was a “transit-oriented development” across the street from the Sedgwick “L” stop.  Residents weren’t especially concerned.  After all, it makes sense that some one might undertake a “transit-oriented”... Read more »

How does our justice system give some one who tortured and murdered his victims the possibility of being released from prison after serving half his sentence?

Last week I read in the Chicago Tribune about the “Ripper Crew” a satanic cult that wreaked havoc in the Chicago area in the early 1980s, committing unspeakable crimes that usually involved murder and other heinous offenses.  The group may have killed as many as 20 women and one man. One of the cult’s members,... Read more »

When it comes to helping low-income kids at back-to-school time, we need to keep that mindset all year long

This morning I was reading through one of my favorite sections of the Chicago Tribune, the “Health and Family” feature.  In it, I discovered a report highlighting the challenges faced by economically-disadvantaged students and how we can help them get ready for back-to-school. The article appears at a most opportune time.  With just a few... Read more »

Is East Aurora's new busing plan really making the best use of school funding?

This morning as I was reading about East Aurora’s new busing plan, a few things didn’t quite seem to add up. The district has already been providing transportation to a limited number of students, such as those enrolled in special education, preschool, and kindergarten.  Third- through eighth-graders attending a school affiliated with Aurora University are also... Read more »

The tumult over the beverage tax continues

And it continues.  The fallout from the dreaded sweetened-beverage tax. Last week, fans of LaCroix flavored water were posting on social media that Walgreens was applying the penny-per-ounce tax to the beverage, even though it isn’t sweetened.  Most of their comments were tongue-in-cheek, but one consumer has taken the matter more seriously. The latest development;... Read more »

Blogapalooza Hour: When I sent the principal to the principal's office, and I thought it was a matter of principle!

When I saw tonight’s surprise blogapalooza topic: “Write about something you’ve done in your life that still really makes you cringe” the first incident that came immediately to mind is the time I sent an elementary school principal running to his office for cover.  That encounter has served as a firm reminder to me of... Read more »

Preckwinkle should pursue original spending cuts even if the soda tax prevails

While the penny-per-ounce sweetened beverage tax was still up in the air, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle decided to cut spending by ten percent.  After a judge dismissed the lawsuit brought by the Illinois Retail Merchants Association and several grocers alleging that the tax was unconstitutional, Preckwinkle decided last Wednesday to begin implementing it.... Read more »

Convention planners look beyond bad publicity to see the good in Chicago, reminding us to do the same

I saw a report in Thursday’s evening edition of the Tribune about how Chicago ranks as the top convention destination.  Actually, we ‘re tied with Orlando, which I think makes our rating even more impressive. Orlando is a travel hotspot in general, since it’s in Florida and boasts lots of tourist attractions, not the least... Read more »