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Mon, 10/17/2011
Revenue from Chicago’s TIF Districts As TIF districts have spread throughout Chicago, and the city’s property values have risen, the property taxes they collect have grown dramatically, funneling over $4 billion to the city since 1986. How TIF Dollars Were Spent The bulk of the $1.69 billion in property taxes the city spent between...
Fri, 09/23/2011
The celebration that followed Notre Dame’s 18-point victory over Michigan State last week seemed disproportionately joyful, as if it assured the Irish of something significant just three games into their season. Then again, buzz-killing losses the previous two weeks hardly signified an ideal start to Year 2 of Brian Kelly’s campaign to restore the...
Sun, 09/18/2011
A September collapse featuring two straight series sweeps by Detroit has the enigmatic White Sox sinking toward the Cubs’ homely perch in the baseball standings, with less than two weeks remaining in an unsightly season. Ouch. A Sox fan would sooner decorate his living room with Nick Swisher bobblehead dolls than acknowledge any kinship with the...
Tue, 09/06/2011
The crisp hint of fall that is often in the air for September baseball adds an urgency to the games that is missing from the more languid pace of spring and summer. Contending teams know they have to get busy—they’re running out of time. Time ran out on the Cubs’ fruitless season months ago, of course, so the fall-like conditions at Wrigley Field...
Thu, 09/01/2011
 High school buddies Scott Thompson and Scott Bird had long talked about starting a company. But life and careers got in the way as Mr. Thompson worked his way up in marketing in a big New York financial firm and Mr. Bird became CFO for a liquor distributor. They were making good money but didn't have the cash to start a company on their...
Tue, 08/02/2011
Rocked by losing the alderman’s seat in an April run-off election upset, the once-mighty 36th Ward Regular Democratic Organization soon will undergo its first leadership change in 30 years. Organization leaders have tapped Larry Andolino – a cousin of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s aviation chief – to run to succeed longtime ward boss William J.P. Banks in...
Sun, 07/10/2011
As the 2011 Cubs sink into oblivion, followers of the team can console themselves with one thought: At least Ron Santo was spared. Santo, the Cubs’ third baseman for 14 seasons and their radio, um, analyst for 20, embodied what life is like as a Cub fan: The infrequent highs and inevitable lows of an emotional dependence on baseball’s most star-...
Tue, 04/26/2011
Much of the steel that built Chicago was made there. And in decades past, most of Chicago’s trash ended up there. Much of our sewage still does, and it has the city’s only Superfund cleanup site. The Southeast Side, including the neighborhoods of Hegewisch, South Deering and Pullman around Lake Calumet, also was the stomping grounds of one of the...
Mon, 04/25/2011
As his team pulled into Dayton, Ohio at 4 a.m. one day in early April, the head coach of the South Shore Drill Team was confident his sleepy squad of 15 teenagers from some of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods had a shot at glory for the first time in nearly 20 years. They had done everything he asked. They had worked hard in practice for months...
Sat, 04/09/2011
When Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Chicago-based Nation of Islam, staunchly defended Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi recently, he seized headlines for an organization that has made little news in recent years.In an often-fiery speech on March 31 at Mosque Maryam, the group’s South Side headquarters, Mr. Farrakhan recalled the decades of friendship and...