This past weekend, Reader staff writer Ben Joravsky spoke at Occupy Chicago about TIFs and their reverberating effects throughout the city. Below the jump, see a video with footage of Ben's talk, followed by a short on-camera interview.
"Chicago - In politics, it's all about access: who has it, who doesn't, and what you have to do to get it.
"That makes this week’s cover story in the Chicago Reader so fascinating.
"Reporters Ben Joravsky and Nick Dumke used the Freedom of Information Act to get a copy of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's schedule book.
"'The Mayor's Millionaire Club' details who gets access to the mayor’s fifth floor office.
"Joravsky joined FOX Chicago Sunday to talk about their article."
(Hey, Fox, it's Mick Dumke.)
Video after the jump:
That's according to Richard Florida, writing at theatlanticcities.com.
The 2011 edition of the Trick-or-Treater Index "is based on the following five metrics: the share of children aged 5 to 14; median household income (figuring the haul will be better in more affluent metros), population density, walkability (measured as the percentage of people who walk or bike to work) and creative spirit (which we measured as the percentage of artists, designers, and other cultural creatives)."
I get share of children, household income, population density, and walkability as relevant metrics, but creative spirit? Maybe the more clever the costume, the greater the treat haul.
Saturday, October 15, marked a day of global protest against the empowerment of big banks and corporations at the expense of the people. In Chicago, an estimated 5,000 protesters took to the streets and marched from LaSalle and Jackson to Michigan and Congress.
Last Sunday around 11:30 PM I decided to cruise by Occupy Chicago's new home in the Financial District to see if anything was actually going on there.
There were, in fact, a handful of people spending the night on the sidewalk in front of Bank of America—most were college students and recent college graduates. Check out some photographs I took below the jump (Flash required).
Is this a trend? The big guys from out east sweep through town, swoon with our mayors, then proceed to gloss over nearly every reality in the city.
Friedman exalts Rahm's plan to "cut and invest" as a model for other cities. And the columnist points to two of the mayor's initiatives: the move to put more cops on the streets, and the push for a longer school day.
But if Friedman had stepped outside of City Hall on his visit and, say, picked up a few recent copies of the Reader, he might have seen a different picture.
As protesters gathered at the Daley Plaza this afternoon, someone with a megaphone began the familiar call-and-response: "What do we want?"
"What do we want today?" a young organizer near the front replied quietly.
For weeks now, downtown has been awash with protests about one thing or another. The march this afternoon was part of a series of demonstrations organized by Take Back Chicago, a coalition of community and labor groups. Yesterday the protests centered around housing—21 participants, including five women over 55, were arrested for trespassing. Today they were about schools.
In lower Manhattan the Occupy Wall Street protests have been growing with tremendous speed, adding leftist luminaries, elected officials, and hundreds of others to its ranks.
Here, the Occupy Chicago protests have persevered with the same message and energy—but not the same numbers. On Wednesday seven protesters braved the rain for morning rally. Around 25 arrived today at noon, holding flags and signs, passing out flyers, and banging drums.
No one has ever been charged as the perpetrator of the 1982 Tylenol murders in which seven Chicago-area residents died after consuming cyanide-laced Extra Strength Tylenol capsules.
No one has ever been charged as the perpetrator of the 1986 Tylenol murder of Diane Elsroth, who died after consuming cyanide-laced Extra Strength Tylenol capsules purchased in Westchester County, New York, despite the triple-sealed, tamper-resistant packaging instituted following the 1982 deaths.
In a new self-published book, The Tylenol Mafia, author Scott Bartz says he knows why these crimes continue to confound investigators: authorities were steered toward an erroneous madman-in-the-drug-store theory of the crime. A crime Bartz believes never occurred in retail stores. He says the evidence shows the culprit put the poisoned capsules into bottles somewhere along the repackaging and distribution links in Tylenol’s supply chain. A distribution system the police did not understand and the media did not investigate. A multiparty, multifaceted distribution system closely guarded by the makers of Tylenol and Bartz’s former employer, Johnson & Johnson.
From a few blocks away, they looked like protestors. I saw the tall signs and expected the normal jeering crowds that have trailed Walmart and its myriad of labor abuse allegations everywhere the behemoth chain goes.
But as I got closer, I noticed the new, sparse logo. These were Walmart workers. A half-dozen young employees decked in bright neon green, some with looming store flags hitched to backpacks, were passing out apples to pedestrians. On the opening morning of Walmart's first downtown Chicago site, this cadre was circling the store manager, who biked around the cooler with orange juice and fruit cups.