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Re: “Before the Civil Rights Act, Herman Roberts's club defined black nightlife on the south side

This really evokes the glamorous South Side clubs I have heard about for most of my life. How I wish I could have been there for even one night. And it's great to hear from these legendary people while they are still with us.

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Posted by CatherineL on 12/06/2014 at 10:25 PM

Re: “Foo Fighters take a trek through Chicago's musical history on HBO's Sonic Highways, with mixed results

I had reason to communicate with these producers about a Wax Trax photo. I told them the most important thing to happen in Chicago in the history of rock and roll was the meeting of Chuck Berry and Leonard Chess. But it seemed to be all about Dave Grohl. Which is fine, just call it that. Based on this and reviews, haven't bothered to watch.

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Posted by CatherineL on 10/23/2014 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Sweet soul: The generosity and tragedy of soul historian Bob Abrahamian

I have just learned of Bob's passing. How I i wish I had known he was a fellow traveller in depression. Every week I would receive an email like to his show, as could anyone who asked, and Chicago's too neglected soul music history was in just a few people's hands. Now he is gone. May he rest in peace, and may his website, tapes and collection be preserved in perpetuity.

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Posted by CatherineL on 09/25/2014 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Mayor Emanuel: A tough leader for a tough city, or just an a-hole?

Just an a-hole, and I voted for him. But so are the parents who wanted old Jones High School for their yuppie spawn. They don't want to send their kids to where every other kid in the area has to go because there are black kids there. Yet their little darlings are not bright enough to compete to get into Jones. They think they are "just the kind of people" the city should want to keep in the South Loop. The kind of people who complain when their little darlings are kept out of local adult establishments. No, fleets of buggies are not what we want here. Fioretti is a grandstander and not very useful or accomplished where the South Loop is concerned.

But there are two cities for Rahm Emanuel, one for the tourists and the crime-ridden overpriced one the rest of us have to live in. He applies more frosting while the cake rots. I pray someone honest and competent runs against him and wins.

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Posted by CatherineL on 09/04/2013 at 6:23 AM

Re: “Michael Orlove, director of many city music programs, hired away from Chicago by the NEA

So, who were the idiots responsible for making him reinterview for his job. Let's have an account of how this treasure was put in jeopardy and how Chicago lost him to the nation.

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Posted by CatherineL on 03/21/2012 at 1:28 PM

Re: “Is the Portage Theater in danger?

There are empty buildings in that neighborhood going begging for occupants and they want to eject businesses and jobs from this historic neighborhood hub. It will kill this area. This is not the way Christians do business.

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Posted by CatherineL on 03/12/2012 at 5:41 PM

Re: “Mayor Emanuel’s budget show

No, TIFs don't freeze tax rates.

Ben, either teachers are professionals or they are hourly workers. You can't have it both ways, and they cannot. Salaried professionals have had to accept demands for increased productivity with no increase in pay since at least 2001. Government workers cannot get raises if taxpayers do not. If the teachers can't deal with this, they will be looking at vouchers.

Secondly, you cannot just keep whining about TIFs forever, I think. Of all the entities you name from whom tax revenues are being diverted, the only one I would trust with the money more than the current mayor is the park district. And now that Daley dumped the godawful Taste of Chicago onto their budget I'm not even sure about that.

Transferring cops from desk duty to the streets is increasing the police presence. Getting fat cops out of their cars is also same. I have no problem with this. It might be more profitable for you to explore the fallacy that TIFs keep residential property taxes down by shifting the tax burden to commercial real estate. What actually happens is the starved entities tax homeowners to get what they lost from the TIFs. But I think people do not do more screaming about this because they are not convinced that the problem with the schools is primarily money. You should deal with that and present fact-based arguments.

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Posted by CatherineL on 09/09/2011 at 3:56 PM

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