Without knowing who his opponent will be–Rostenkowski or Annunzio–the poli-sci prof and former independent alderman readies his run for Congress.
Author Archives: Michael Ervin
Moment of Uplift
For five years the bureaucrats fought us over these buses–now they were taking credit for them.
Ask the Despot
Coach Saddam Discusses This Week’s Strategy
Jane Reemerging: A Play in One Act
As soon as my mother told me the news, I caught the first bus home. I hoped I wasn’t too late. Our old friend suddenly had a week to go, two weeks max. “Archer Big Store is going out of business,” she’d said. I grew up on the southwest side, and the news was a […]
What do you call a communist with a sense of humor?
The Last Hours of William O’Neal
He was the informant who gave the FBI the floor plan of Fred Hampton’s apartment. Last week he ran onto the Eisenhower Expressway and killed himself.
Lamb and Limas
What does the Frugal Gourmet order after a long day in the prop kitchen?
The man sitting in the library reading the Tribune appears to be about 60. There’s a dusting of gray in his thin beard, and he looks somewhat frail and unsteady. He wears a plaid cabdriver’s cap, a clashing plaid shirt, and well-pressed blue pants. A man who appears to be about 30 walks up with […]
Commerce: The American Way
Tuan Anh Vu came to “this wonderful land” and took to laissez-faire capitalism like a pig to slop. And today, for absolutely free, he’s going to show us how he made his millions and how we can, too!
The Way of the Wolves
These Parts–Battle Ground, IN: Life in a wolf pack is a daily drama of dominance and submission. At Wolf Park in Battle Gound, Indiana, scientists and visitors get a front-row seat.
Battle Ground-Lafayette, IN
Moving the Big Cats
Afghanistan leopard. Panthera pardus saxicolor. Less than 50 in captivity. Survival in nature in doubt. Nouri the leopard can see it coming. She cowers behind the leafless, in fact branchless, tree in her cage in the lion house at the Lincoln Park Zoo. She sees the cart loaded with the vet’s boxes, which look more […]
Art Facts: Billie Lawless and his dancing electric organs
What’s that strange image along the side of the road? Is it a bird? A plane? No, it’s four large, neon dancing penises! They flash on and off, and they sport top hats, canes, and bow ties, Fred Astaire style. In the two years since Green Lightning was erected at Harrison and Wells as part […]
The reverend is wearing a gas mask. He holds his protest sign high for the cameras. He wants to be seen on television. He’s a self-ordained minister. We also have here a self-proclaimed prince and a God-anointed presidential candidate and defender of American democracy. They’ve come to have their say! They don’t want to have […]