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

Non-Profit Industrial Complex: Little Village

Back in 2017, I attended a meeting of the Illinois EPA’s Environmental Justice (EJ) commission on behalf of the EJ group in Pilsen that I volunteer with, PERRO. A new law in Illinois, the Future Energy Jobs Act, was discussed. Part of the law set aside some money for EJ communities as defined by the… Continue reading Non-Profit Industrial Complex: Little Village

Chicago’s Invisible Primary

The invisible primary is described by Matt Taibbi as: … a pre-primary period in which party bosses “scrutinize and winnow the field before voters get involved, attempt to build coalitions behind a single preferred candidate, and sway voters to ratify their choice.” Chicago has runoff voting for its municipal elections. That means the February 26th… Continue reading Chicago’s Invisible Primary

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 have… Continue reading On this Election Day

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

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

Pilsen’s Non-profit Industrial Complex

You're probably more familiar with the concept of the military industrial complex. Eisenhower coined the phrase in his last speech from the White House. This speech begins the movie Why We Fight.  The movie examines the links between the military and lawmakers and how that system has been hacked by the weapons industry. Similarly, the non-profit… Continue reading Pilsen’s Non-profit Industrial Complex