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Fri, 11/11/2011
Pete Mackanin is a smart guy. He has to be if he graduated from Brother Rice High School, a South Side citadel of learning where several scholars I know first embarked on the path to true knowledge. Mackanin, a self-described “young 60” after 43 years in pro baseball, looked the part during last week’s visit to Wrigley Field: trim physique, nicely...
Wed, 08/31/2011
 Fred Wilson is a brilliant and accomplished investor. As an outspoken partner at Union Square Ventures, he has established himself as a thought leader in the startup space. Yet, I can't help but disagree with a recent post of his in which he asserts that startups should focus on users first, brands second. While I understand where he's...
Tue, 08/09/2011
City traffic control aides facing imminent unemployment will get their day in court. A Cook County Circuit Court judge was scheduled to preside over a hearing Wednesday in the lawsuit that the workers’ union filed against the city and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Service Employees International Union Local 73 sued for a temporary injunction to block the...
Thu, 07/14/2011
About 40 businesses in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood are participating this week in the North Side neighborhood’s Green Week festivities. Local retailers, restaurants, and other businesses in the area are organizing, sponsoring and running many of the 50-plus events and activities taking place July 12-18. Events include local chefs...
Tue, 06/28/2011
 While companies busily high-five each other over implementing social-media plans that have limited strategy around them -- and while the majority of celebs send tweets that make them look like twits -- let's look at a few rules of thumb that I hope can help those jumping into what can be awfully frigid waters. Most importantly --...
Mon, 06/20/2011
Carlos Zambrano, baseball’s version of a simmering volcano with a documented history of frequent eruptions, was on his best behavior at U.S. Cellular Field Monday night. Teammates Starlin Castro and Carlos Pena provided the drama, with Ozzie Guillen in a supporting role. After being rocked for three runs in the first inning, Zambrano regrouped...
Fri, 04/22/2011
Austin Polytechnical Academy, a school established in 2007 to help broaden the West Side community’s academic opportunities and retool perceptions of vocational education, is facing harsh realities as it prepares to graduate its first senior class: lagging test scores, diminishing attendance and dismal reading levels. Last October, Polytech joined...
Thu, 04/14/2011
Local green business leaders are seeing red over a new green business certification ordinance passed Wednesday by the Chicago City Council. The ordinance will create a green business program run by the city’s Department of the Environment that’s intended to certify Chicago-area companies that meet environmental standards and sustainability...
Wed, 04/13/2011
When customers return a plastic hanger to Hallak Cleaners, the green dry cleaner contributes 10 cents to a foundation for children with cancer. A message about the Manhattan shop's environmental certifications plays when telephone callers get put on hold. And in an Earth Day promotion last April, staffers handed out reusable shopping bags...
Thu, 04/07/2011
The weather was the most distinct similarity between the White Sox’s and the Cubs’ 2011 home openers — it was cold, raw and eerily foggy for the Sox-Tampa Bay Rays game at U.S. Cellular Field on Thursday, just as it had been for Cubs-Pirates at Wrigley Field six days earlier. The biggest difference? Expectations. Cub fans are subsisting on the...