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Going Green with the Internet of Things

tldr: My electric bill is high in the winter because I use electricity to heat parts of my house. I am using free and open-source software, Home Assistant, and ComEd’s hourly pricing to reduce my electric bill, hopefully by about half. If this system were to be implemented at a large enough scale it could… Continue reading Going Green with the Internet of Things

Gentrification in Pilsen: Part 2

This is a lightly edited/revised version of my comments on Facebook and Twitter. Last week, the Chicago Sun-Times published an article about gentrification as viewed through the lens of enrollment at Pilsen’s schools. I appreciate the work the author put in analyzing the local schools’ enrollment and him telling the story of people like my… Continue reading Gentrification in Pilsen: Part 2

Alderman Sigcho and the Real Estate Industry

That was fast. After running a 5-year campaign against Danny Solis for accepting campaign contributions from the real estate industry, Alderman Sigcho has quickly and quietly determined that it's in his interest to accept campaign contributions from the real estate industry. Candidate Sigcho vs. Corporations and Developers If you remember during the campaign, Sigcho and… Continue reading Alderman Sigcho and the Real Estate Industry

On Hilco’s Redevelopment of the Fisk Site

Yesterday I returned home from the fourth 25th Ward aldermanic forum to find an email sent on the behalf of Roberto Perez, CEO of Hilco Redevelopment Partners.  It appears that many community organizations have received this email and I expect the other candidates as well.  They state: We are in the very early stages of… Continue reading On Hilco’s Redevelopment of the Fisk Site