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LeAnn

The sound man is down the street at Radio Shack when the limousine pulls up, bearing the star. It’s LeAnn, soon to be live from the Peaches record store at the strip mall on Kimball Avenue near the Kennedy Expressway. It’s a Saturday afternoon–a cold, wet, dreary Saturday afternoon. The sound man–also the store manager–has […]

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Controversy on Clybourn: Attack of the Amazing Expanding Seven-Screen Theater

By one o’clock on Saturday afternoon, traffic is backed up for blocks at several intersections in Lincoln Park. The cars belong to shoppers, diners, and prospective home owners, mostly, driving round and round looking for someplace to park, so they can get out of their cars and peruse the boutiques, restaurants, and newly constructed homes […]

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South-side hardball: black residents and white bankers team up in a $20 million investment agreement

Robert Teresko, president of the Beverly Bank, smiles stiffly and looks nervous as he walks into the conference room to face the public and sign the agreement. “This agreement establishes a good working relationship between community and bank,” Teresko begins. “Through our discussion, we’ve come up with unique products that will benefit the entire market […]

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Blue collars among the blue bloods: a history of Highwood, the North Shore’s island of Italian immigrants

Highwood was the little town just across the train tracks, but for Margot McMahon and the other kids growing up in Lake Forest, it might as well have been on the other side of the world. Working-class Italians lived there, that much McMahon knew, like the grandparents of Adria Bernardi, her grammar school classmate. And […]

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Where the crimes are: neighborhood groups and police cooperate on a computerized mapping project

Warren Friedman, a bearded man with curly hair, reading glasses, and a gentle, easygoing manner, is on the front line in the war against crime. He’s no vigilante, that’s for sure, no clone of Charles Bronson, Dirty Harry, or even Bernhard Goetz. His chief weapon is a computer–Apple Macintosh, to be exact–which transposes onto maps, […]