Kids–don’t try this in Wisconsin. One of eight tips the American Heart Association of Metropolitan Chicago offers for reducing fat and calories in fast food: “Eliminate cheese on sandwiches and salads.”

Losing ground. While voter registration among whites and blacks in Chicago has hovered around 80 percent for the last 15 years, the Chicago Reporter (July) reports that Latino voter registration has dropped from just under 60 percent in 1976 to under 40 percent in 1991. Total votes cast by Latinos in the city have also declined.

All aboard for solvency. Percentage of Amtrak expenses covered by its revenues in 1980: 48. In 1991: 79 (General Accounting Office, April).

People you wouldn’t normally expect to find supporting Margaret Thatcher, Phyllis Schlafly, and Penny Pullen. Grace Kaminkowitz in Today’s Chicago Woman (August): “I used to think I wanted equal representation–half men, half women–in public office. I’ve changed my mind. To get anything accomplished, we’d better get serious and elect only women.”

“The old phrase ‘Penny wise and pound foolish’ rather overvalues the wisdom that the General Assembly put into this [state budget] document,” writes James Krohe Jr. in Illinois Times (July 16-22). “The small change saved by cutting two days off the Illinois State Fair schedule or reducing the hours at the Dana-Thomas House may actually cost the state money in lost tourism; meanwhile, money for the State Board of Education– Illinois’ Pentagon, which builds increasingly expensive systems that work decreasingly well–was actually increased.”

The price of theological correctness. Father Michael Crosby, quoted in the Chicago-based Salt (June): “A [Catholic] parish in northern Wisconsin was told recently that it was going to be shut down because there weren’t enough priests to cover the diocese. Instead of going miles to another parish, many parishioners simply joined a nearby Episcopal church because they had a community they wanted to preserve. It seems we’re willing to lose people to preserve a male, celibate, clerical community.”

“The Reagan revolution never happened,” writes Michael Kinsley in the New Republic (August 17 & 24). “That is why it was so popular. Government is bigger than ever. Pretending to cut government without really doing it was one secret of Reagan’s political success. And the limits of that particular con game are one reason for Bush’s possible political failure.”

So much for macho. According to research cited in ETS Developments (Spring), “at less selective [colleges] women are more studious and work harder than men. In particular, studies suggest that women with relatively weak academic records tend to work harder when they receive low grades, whereas men with similar abilities tend to give up.”

“I see a lot of black people who will deny that affirmative action had anything to do with their accomplishments,” author-attorney Stephen Carter tells Vicki Quade in the Chicago-based Human Rights (Summer). “It is the vehemence of the denial that interests me. That suggests to me that they feel there’s something wrong with admitting that it did. A black person who supports affirmative action should not treat it as a stigma. One of the reasons I begin my book by saying I got into law school because I’m black is to make exactly that point. I don’t think there’s anything stigmatizing about it. Too many people want to have it both ways.”

Efficiency isn’t everything. Chicago Youth Centers cofounder Sidney Epstein in an agency publication: “CYC was born by accident in 1956. I chaired a committee at the Community Fund, and one day, Elliott Donnelley appeared before the committee in connection with what was then the South Side Boys Club. They were the last on the agenda, so after they walked out of the room, the committee meeting ended. When I left, I found Elliott still standing in front of the elevators because of the poor elevator service in the building. It gave us an opportunity to talk for a few minutes.ÉThis conversation was the genesis of Chicago Youth Centers. If there had been better elevator service, there would have been no CYC.”

“Mayor Daley is still ahead,” says Jack Darin of the Sierra Club about the supposedly moribund Lake Calumet airport (Chicago Audubon Society Compass, August). “The passenger head tax was passed, and he still has the power and money to expand Midway and O’Hare.”

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): illustration/Carl Kock.