Chicago history, Chicago history, Lit, Nonfiction

Review: Washington, Daley, and Three Other Mayors, Chicago’s Modern Mayors, edited by Dick Simpson and Betty O’Shaughnessy

Chicago’s Modern Mayors, edited by Dick Simpson and Betty O’Shaughnessy, covers a 40-year period during which Chicago, its people, and its region went through great changes under a succession of […]

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Chicago history, Lit, Nonfiction

Review: Fighting for the Marginalized, Ed Marciniak’s City and Church: A Voice of Conscience, by Charles Shanabruch

In late 1972, Ed Marciniak, a perennial social critic and justice activist, became president of the Institute of Urban Life, a small program affiliated with Loyola University Chicago. He had just […]

Patrick T. Reardon /
Architecture, Chicago history, Chicago history, Lit, Nonfiction

Review: Tall Towers as Tools of Profit and Racism, Chicago Skyscrapers, 1934–1986, by Thomas Leslie

Thomas Leslie’s Chicago Skyscrapers, 1934-1986 is an impressive and important book that ranks with other works providing the deepest insights into what makes Chicago, Chicago: Nature’s Metropolis by William Cronon, […]

Patrick T. Reardon /
Chicago history, Lit, Nonfiction

Review: Democracy from the Inside and Outside, Democracy’s Rebirth: The View from Chicago, by Dick Simpson

Dick Simpson is one of those rare political scientists who has also been a politician. He knows how the sausage is made, even if there is much he doesn’t like about […]

Patrick T. Reardon /
Chicago history, Chicago history, Lit, Nonfiction

Review: A Soldier in the Struggle: Daring to Struggle, Daring to Win, by Helen Shiller

Helen Shiller—a longtime radical activist and the new alderman in Chicago’s 46th ward—turned 40 on November 24, 1987. Two days later, she went to City Hall for an 11am meeting with […]

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Today

Mayor Lightfoot Fires Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson Ahead of Retirement Over “Ethical Lapses”

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot terminated Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson on Monday, citing “ethical lapses” and “false statements” Chicago’s top cop made surrounding an October incident where Johnson was found […]

Aaron Cynic /
Today

Warren, Biden, Buttigieg and Other Democratic Presidential Hopefuls to Appear in Chicago This Weekend

Fresh off the first set of televised debates, several Democratic presidential hopefuls will make appearances in Chicago over the weekend, most at the annual Rainbow PUSH Convention, titled “400 Years […]

Aaron Cynic /
Today

Lori Lightfoot Becomes Chicago’s First Black Woman Mayor

Lori Lightfoot officially became Mayor of Chicago Thursday morning at a swearing in ceremony at the Wintrust Arena on the Near South Side, becoming the city’s first black woman and […]

Aaron Cynic /
Today

Tuesday’s Election Results Highlight Big Push for More Progressive Chicago

Chicago voters made history Tuesday evening, electing two African American women as their top choices for mayor. Former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle were […]

Aaron Cynic /
Today

Federal Agents Search Alderman Ed Burke’s Office

Federal agents showed up to the office of Chicago alderman Ed Burke to conduct some kind of search Thursday morning. The Chicago Tribune reports that just before 11:00am, agents who […]

Aaron Cynic /
Music, Today

Kanye Donates to Amara Enyia, Rahm Talks Trump on CNN, New Progressive Radio Show to Air on Sunday – TODAY 10-23-18

Kanye West Donates more than $70,000 to Amara Enyia Less than a week after Chance the Rapper threw his support behind her campaign for Chicago mayor, Amara Enyia received support […]

Aaron Cynic /
Today

Rep. Gutiérrez Taps Chuy to Run for Mayor, Lincoln Towing Gets License Revoked, Striking Hotel Workers to March – Third Coast Today 09-13-18

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Rep. Luis Gutiérrez Drafts Chuy Garcia to Run for Mayor Outgoing Congressman Luis Gutiérrez (D-4th) will not run for mayor of Chicago, but says he’s attempting to draft Cook County […]

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