To the editor: Is there no perceived indignity too slight and insignificant to escape Ben Joravsky’s watchful eye? I refer to the planned closing of several access ramps on the Dan Ryan Expressway by the Illinois Department of Transportation [“Exit Wounds,” February 6]. IDOT says it’s to reduce accidents. Some neighbors, noting that ramps serving […]
Remaking “City on the Make”
State senator Miguel del Valle wants to let some of his constituents off the property-tax book. But is that fair to everyone else?
Straight-to-Video film festival Flashback Produced and directed by the members of Engine No. 100, Chicago Fire Department Distributed by the African-American Firefighters League A riveting docudrama takes us inside a Chicago firehouse where drunken firefighters perform a mock fire run, compare genitals, and use racial epithets. This low-budget piece was filmed in 1990 but sat […]
Chicago has never been a shining city on the hill. Growing quickly out of the prairie, fueled by raw commercial interests, the city has always been personified by braggarts, tough guys on the make–for every Jane Addams, a score of Paddy Baulers. But today the city looks and feels different. Former factories and warehouses are […]
Was the village of Addison trying to use TIF districts to run Hispanics out of town? Rita Gonzalez–“just a mom’–became an activist to find out.
The cyclical nature of local development creates a fresh irony.
Sociologist Suhir Venkatesh spent four years in the Robert Taylor Homes learning…
The demolition of treasures like the Stock Exchange and the McCarthy Building may have saved the Reliance Building.