This is the last week the Tribune will be sold on newsstands as a tabloid. An experiment begun in January 2009 — the assumption of this blogger being that the Tribune was testing the waters and eventually would go all in as a tab — ends Friday.
Related: think it's hard getting a caption in the New Yorker? Try a cartoon.
The city took another small step in its attempt to tackle the ongoing foreclosure crisis today.
The City Council's housing committee signed off on the latest city plan to implement the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program, but not before aldermen voiced a few frustrations about the dwindling amount of federal funds coming the city's way—less than $16 million this year to deal with thousands of foreclosed properties.
Anyone wanting a glimpse of how the Chicago City Council works should have taken in this morning’s meeting of its Committee on Special Events, Cultural Affairs, and Recreation—all two minutes of it.
Twenty-five items were on the meeting agenda, all of them involving permits, licenses, and fee waivers for events such as the Taste of North Lawndale Back to School Family Peace Fest, the Eckhart Park Run to Fun 5k, and the St. Jerome’s Croatian Fest.
Under current city law, each of these matters requires a separate ordinance that the City Council must pass before it goes into effect. Aldermen of the wards hosting the events typically introduce the legislation and their colleagues sign off.
"A brutal and refreshingly honest look at friendship . . . "
"Illinois Pet Cemetery is the oldest pet cemetery. It's a family-run business, started in 1926 by my grandfather. He got the idea during the first world war, when he saw one in France. He got killed in a car accident in 1930, two weeks before my father was born, while he was out selling a headstone. The steering wheel went through his chest. At the time of his death, he had a pet ambulance service and a pet newspaper, the Pet Lover's Review. He also sold pet insurance.
Maybe he misinterpreted the news that Chicago recently launched on-street bike parking.