The Cubs finally caught on: there’s talent ripe for the picking in Latin America. Now that their efforts to cultivate it are paying off, respectability may be just around the corner.
Ignoring history, viable alternatives, and common sense, the people pushing for an airport in Peotone are dragging us all into their fantasy world.
The trial of former tollway boss Robert Hickman provided a rare glimpse inside this $350-million-a-year patronage empire.
As head of the tollway system Robert Hickman had power, influence, and lots of friends. Then he was accused of abusing his position, in a bizarre case that exposed the inner workings of a 40-year patronage empire. Hickman went to jail. His crime? Good que
Sammy Sosa, Slugger With a Heart of Gold
The Slugger With a Heart of Gold
Who really broke baseball’s color barrier?
Minnesota state representative Myron Orfield is America’s leading proponent of “metropolitics,” a strategy to persuade suburbs to take more responsibility for urban decay. The 32-year-old, second-term Democratic lawmaker has pursued measures for fair housing, property-tax sharing, and urban reinvestment by convincing blue-collar, inner-ring suburbs to align themselves with Minneapolis and Saint Paul rather than the […]
Taking the bus was Bill Wendt’s only way to get to Schaumburg on a recent Tuesday night. This near-west-sider is car-free and didn’t think it made sense to traverse the 25 miles on his one-speed bicycle. Wendt had called me the previous week and, in his usual style, gotten right to the point: the Schaumburg […]
Anything to Catch a Train
Three Buildings That Bit the Dust in 1994
O.J.’s giving them a bad name.
In the July 29 Letters, a City Hall spokesman doubts Ben Joravsky’s statement–in a July 15 Neighborhood News story about a citizen exposing the damage that asphalt machines inflict on trees–that “‘many’ environmentalists disparage Mayor Daley’s tree-planting efforts.” Terry Levin, the Streets and San man at the spin doctor wheel, is entitled to an opinion, […]
While gangs make peace, the development industry makes trouble.
“Does anybody know on what principle police in this city are allocated?” Rabbi Arnold Wolf of Hyde Park’s K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Congregation asked, scanning a crowd assembled in the basement of the Fourth Presbyterian Church. The 50 people in attendance–many clergy and a few foundation staff members–sat at tables strung together in a U shape. […]