1,000 Little Fiefdoms: A Social Network Analysis of Illinois Politics

Return on Investment Political campaigns are really expensive. They need a good amount of money to advertise how great their candidates are. But not many politicians are so inspiring that the average voter, much less the average person, is willing to give too much of their money to them. So what is an aspiring politician… Continue reading 1,000 Little Fiefdoms: A Social Network Analysis of Illinois Politics

On Statues of “Great Men”

Last night, Mayor Lightfoot took down the Columbus statues in Chicago. I forget when I first heard the Untold History of Christopher Columbus. Maybe it’s because “slavery” and “war crime” don’t rhyme with 1492, but they don’t teach you about that in grade school. I have Italian-American family and friends, mostly from Taylor St in… Continue reading On Statues of “Great Men”

Chicago Environmental Justice Communities Map

COVID-19 has generated a large discussion around pollution. The Tribune did a story on PM 2.5 levels apparently going up since the stay at home order was announced. Curious City attempted to answer a question from a listener on this issue. Car traffic is down, but truck traffic is almost the same. Now, with a… Continue reading Chicago Environmental Justice Communities Map

I am the Green Party Committeeman of the 25th Ward

I’m happy to announce that I’ve been appointed Green Party Committeeman of the 25th Ward. For those unfamiliar with the position: The positions are unpaid, with responsibilities that include voter registration, community forums, election materials, and election operations. In addition, the committeepeople are responsible for producing smooth political processes during the elections in their wards,… Continue reading I am the Green Party Committeeman of the 25th Ward

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

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

Optimizing Magic: The Gathering in R

Magic: The Gathering Two years ago I was in the midst of starting a gut rehab on my home, starting a new job, and ramping up PERRO’s lead in the water campaign. Someone suggested that it might be good to do something that wasn’t productive to relax. In this midst of this presidency, a lot… Continue reading Optimizing Magic: The Gathering in R