A Mother’s Cry

No one should ever have to hear, or maybe everyone should have to hear, a mother’s cry. The deep-rooted, primal, heart-breaking, inconsolable sound of a mother’s helpless cry on the loss of a child to gun violence. A few Saturday’s ago, my wife and I went to pay our respects at a church on the... Read more »

Is Illinois Prepared? 

Images across our TV and computer screens over the past few weeks have shown us the devastation a weather event can cause. Though weather models predicted that massive hurricanes would be headed toward Texas and Florida, residents and cities alike, were all left to scramble to take necessary precautions. Even in these places where people... Read more »

Hot Town, Summer in the City

We begin the first days of summer. The longest days of the year. The warmer months mean pulling out the grill and dinner outdoors with friends, bike rides with my wife, Nicki, and lemon ice from Mario’s on Taylor Street. And while I look forward to these precious summer days, the warmer months also bring... Read more »

The Concentric Circles of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  This year is the 30th anniversary of the Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit, and since its inception, the program has financed over 80,000 units of affordable housing in Illinois – nearly 2,700 a year. The program, which is an incentive for corporations to invest capital, generates equity for quality affordable rental housing developments... Read more »

Reflection of 2016

As 2016 comes to a close, there are many things going through my mind.   The 2016 Merriam-Webster Word of the Year, something they’ve been doing since 2003 to capture year-over-year growth of the most looked up words, is “surreal”. Hard to argue that. For all of our innovation and advancements, in so many ways... Read more »

The Time to Restore Neighborhood Mental Health Treatment is Now

At a breakfast that I hosted at the Union League Club, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart explained how he oversees the nation’s largest mental health facility. Cook County Jail is the largest single-site jail in the United States. It is conservatively estimated that one in three inmates has some form of mental illness. With a... Read more »