Counting smiles at the Tinkering Lab

I visited Chicago Children’s Museum’s new¬†Tinkering Lab¬†with my 3 year old¬†over the weekend. (“Chicago‚Äôs first DIY maker-space for families!”)¬† Neither O. nor I am are particularly handy– both of our first reactions to the drills, saws and wood glue was to split. Because I was with out-of-town guests who were into it, I put up […]

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CookCountyEmployees.com and the limited value of transparency

On Monday, Cook County Commissioner Tony¬†released his “transparency project,”¬†CookCountyEmployees.com, a data base of names and salaries of some 25,000 County employees.¬†Via¬†Twitter, Peraica announced it as an “online database of county employees/vendors;” on Youtube he said it was “so that you know how your money is being spent” Peraica has stood out on the ethically-challenged Board […]

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The Clarovista’s soggy mattress

The Clarovista is the (re-branded) culmination of the largest construction project in my Chicago neighborhood of Edgewater in a couple of decades. I didn‚Äôt oppose the development, enjoyed watching the construction unfold over the last few years, and have looked forward to the business my new neighbors could might bring to some of my favorite […]

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The Merry-Go-Round Continues: Who Replaces Quigley on the Cook County Board

I’m just back from the celebration at the Red Ivy, where Cook County Commissioner Mike Quigley claimed the Democratic nomination, and in effect won election, to replace Rahm Emanuel in Congress. As this race fades, Chicago political junkies shudder at the prospect of no elections for 11 months,; to bide the time, we turn to […]

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The Race to Replace Rahm’s Final Lap

A consequence of the most interesting election cycle of my lifetime, the build-up for Tuesday’s vote in Illinois’ Fifth District has been a disappointment. As I’ve lamented previously, this rare occurrence of an open election with several appealing candidates, at a time of crisis, has been largely devoid of substantive debate.¬† In part, this reflects […]

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