Lead in Chicago’s Water

Back in 2014 I was giving a talk at the local library on a local environmental issue.  Afterwards a man came up and started telling me about the danger of lead in Chicago's water.  If you're like me, when someone starts talking about the danger to the water supply, your expectation is that tinfoil hat… Continue reading Lead in Chicago’s Water

On this Election Day

On this election day, when you decide between an insane trust-fund baby and a candidate that has proven themselves most adept at trading their public service for personal wealth, let us remember St. George:   The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice … you don’t. You… Continue reading On this Election Day

The Chicago Cadet Cap

Democrats with Chicago Characteristics To many in the US, Chicago is the quintessential Democratic city. Indeed, the last Republican mayor of Chicago was "Big Bill" Thompson in 1931. But under the surface of that solid stretch of Democratic control are stories of power struggles and corruption that make Chicago's politics legendary. My hope is that… Continue reading The Chicago Cadet Cap

The Last Time the Cubs Won the World Series

The last time the Cubs won the World Series the year was 1908. The last time the Cubs won the World Series they played at West Side Park "bounded by Taylor, Wood, Polk and Lincoln (now Wolcott) Streets". The original rooftop seating was on Taylor Street! My alma mater, UIC, now stands here. You could see Pilsen's St. Procopius church all… Continue reading The Last Time the Cubs Won the World Series

The Globalization of the Digital Divide

Today the science subreddit is having a discussion on racial bias in science in conjunction with Science Magazine publishing “Doing Science while Black,” by Dr. Ed Smith. This discussion has inspired me to share some research that I did a year and a half ago on the “pipeline problem” in tech, and STEM more broadly.… Continue reading The Globalization of the Digital Divide

Troy Hernandez for Pilsen Academy Community Representative

I'm running for another 2-year term on the Pilsen Academy Local School Council (LSC).  As the community representative and secretary, these past 2 years have been a lot of work, but it's been worth it. Last week, the LSC voted to offer a contract to our new principal; Leanne Hightower. She will be starting next week! Leanne comes… Continue reading Troy Hernandez for Pilsen Academy Community Representative