Laquan, CPD, and Data

The last week in Chicago politics and law enforcement has been a lot. The Van Dyke trial was a difficult moment for the city. Conversations about the impact of the decision on young Black men, cops, families, the courts, the police department, activists, and politicians were running hot. While I’ve had brief conversations with police… Continue reading Laquan, CPD, and Data

No one wants to talk about Pilsen’s existing metal shredder

For more than a year there has been a fight over the idea of bringing a metal shredder to Pilsen.  Some groups say it's a great source of jobs and other groups have said it's a dangerous source of pollution.  Now that it's election season everyone is required to take a position on it.  Curiously,… Continue reading No one wants to talk about Pilsen’s existing metal shredder

Verbal Assault at the 25th Ward Aldermanic Forum

Last Friday at the 25th ward aldermanic forum at UIC I was verbally assaulted, but it wasn't by the predictably empty rhetoric from some of the candidates.  Immediately following the conclusion of the event I was speaking with a reporter from South Side Weekly when the executive director of Pilsen Alliance and the de facto Byron Sigcho campaign manager came over… Continue reading Verbal Assault at the 25th Ward Aldermanic Forum

I’ve withdrawn from the aldermanic race

On Monday I submitted the paperwork to withdraw my candidacy for the 25th ward aldermanic race. The statistics suggest that I had more than enough signatures to get on the ballot. The reality was that proving this fact was going to be logistically impossible. I've been denied my place on the ballot and 500 registered… Continue reading I’ve withdrawn from the aldermanic race

The Second City of Campaign Finance Reform

Nothing will make one more aware of campaign financing than running for office.  The incumbent alderman is flush with cash as the chair of the zoning board and facilitator of polluting industry.  A community organization appears to be running a PR campaign for a competing polluting industry in the neighborhood for campaign resources for their candidate, there are two  is a union candidate, a banker, and the socialist party/parties are making… Continue reading The Second City of Campaign Finance Reform

Pilsen’s Non-profit Industrial Complex: Tweedism

    "I don't care who does the electing, so long as I get to do the nominating." - Boss Tweed I  previously wrote about Pilsen's non-profit industrial complex regarding the metal shredder(s) in the neighborhood.  In the always desperate scramble for funding some local non-profits became de facto public relations (PR) firms supporting one metal shredder or another while other non-profits… Continue reading Pilsen’s Non-profit Industrial Complex: Tweedism

Alderman Solis Slays the Paper Tiger!

  Last week Danny Solis proposed and passed an ordinance to change the zoning of a block in the West Loop "from a downtown mixed use to a downtown service zoning".  This will prevent Carmichael's Restaurant and the adjacent courtyard from being turned into "a luxary apartment complex."  This is a win for the residents of the neighborhood! Note: Election season… Continue reading Alderman Solis Slays the Paper Tiger!