Category: Chicago issues

Fritz Kaegi Finally Fixed Cook County's Broken Property Tax System

Fritz Kaegi Finally Fixed Cook County's Broken Property Tax System
I’ve never been impressed with any of Illinois’ politicians but Fritz Kaegi, the Cook County Assessor since 2018, is the exception to that rule. He inherited a seriously broken system from Joe Berrios and has completely turned it around. I believe the end result will be extremely good news for Chicago homeowners who need to... Read more »

Chicago City Council Chops Up Neighborhoods In New Ward Map

Chicago City Council Chops Up Neighborhoods In New Ward Map
On Monday the Chicago city council finally approved a new Ward map as required in the wake of the latest census. If you’ve been following this story you’ll know that it was a knock down drag out fight in true Chicago fashion with lots of back room dealings and back stabbing – otherwise known as... Read more »

Chicago Carjackings Hit Record High

Chicago Carjackings Hit Record High
After reading about all the carjackings in Chicago and seeing people complain about them on the Wicker Park Neighborhood Watch Facebook page I got curious. Could it really be that bad? And where were the hotspots? Every year I review the statistics on aggravated assault and battery in Chicago (one type of violent crime) but... Read more »
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Chicago Murder Map And Neighborhood Totals - 2021 Update

Chicago Murder Map And Neighborhood Totals - 2021 Update
There’s been a lot of media coverage of all the shootings and murders in Chicago lately but all too often these claims are made without presenting much in the way of data. So I always base my annual review of crime in Chicago on the numbers from the Chicago crime data portal so that we... Read more »

Data Don't Show People Fleeing Chicago For The Suburbs

Data Don't Show People Fleeing Chicago For The Suburbs
Almost a week ago I posted on how a lot of people are abandoning downtown Chicago. In addition, Crain’s ran a story in mid-August on how Suburban Chicago Homes Are Suddenly Selling Fast. So the obvious question is whether or not people are fleeing Chicago for the suburbs. The Crain’s article has a few captivating... Read more »

Chicago Murder Map And Neighborhood Totals - 2020 Update

Chicago Murder Map And Neighborhood Totals - 2020 Update
A more current version of this post is available with Chicago murder data through June 2021. You’ve probably heard that Chicago’s murder rate is on the rise. So I decided to check just how bad it is relative to the past. Going back to January 2001 (the earliest data I have access to) it’s clear... Read more »
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Chicago Mayor Blocks Aldermen's Crazy Plan To Stop Gentrification

Chicago Mayor Blocks Aldermen's Crazy Plan To Stop Gentrification
Two Chicago aldermen,┬áRoberto Maldonado (26th) and Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th), have been concerned for some time about gentrification in their wards, driven by the success of the Bloomingdale Trail. They’ve come up with a few different ideas for stopping the inevitable and apparently none of them are working. Who would have seen that coming? So their... Read more »

Chicago's Safest And Most Dangerous Neighborhoods 2019: Murders

Chicago's Safest And Most Dangerous Neighborhoods 2019: Murders
There is an updated version of this post with data through June 2021 here: Chicago Murder Map And Neighborhood Totals – 2021 Update We get these questions all the time from potential Chicago homebuyers: Is this neighborhood safe? What are the safest neighborhoods? And then plenty of people just want to know for the heck... Read more »

What Exactly Is The Problem With The Lincoln Yards TIF?

What Exactly Is The Problem With The Lincoln Yards TIF?
It’s been more than 11 years since I first posted about the absurdity of a steel plant located in Lincoln Park: Why Finkl & Sons Is In Lincoln Park. So I was pretty happy when word first got out that Sterling Bay was going to put something more logical on that prime real estate. Of... Read more »
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Contradictions And Irony In The Anti-Gentrification Narrative

Contradictions And Irony In The Anti-Gentrification Narrative
Last week I wrote about the gentrification trend analysis that DePaul’s Institute For Housing Studies does and how it can help identify the neighborhoods with the best price appreciation potential. In reviewing their report I was struck by the monumental contradictions and irony of the whole anti-gentrification movement. Even though I’ve touched on this subject... Read more »