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Taking the poetry out of parenthood. According to the Illinois Caucus on Teenage Pregnancy in LSC Network (May), a school cannot prevent a pregnant student from being valedictorian or homecoming queen, or taking part in any other activity, because of pregnancy. "Remember: treat pregnancy as a temporary disability such as a broken leg."

Feeeeeelings, wo, wo, wo, feeeeeelings... Michael Wallace, chief nuclear operating officer of Commonwealth Edison, as quoted in Nuclear Energy Info (May): "When the [Nuclear Regulatory] commission placed Zion on the watch list, it was a significant emotional event.... As we were understanding what some of those issues were and putting our plans together to address them, Dresden was placed on the watch list. That action was a further significant, emotional event for us. It caused us to become even more intent on a driven self-assessment process.... The silver lining is that it has really caused us to look introspectively, broadly and deeply, and then to respond much more aggressively than I think we probably otherwise would."

War: "Child molestation in the most extreme form," according to Windy City Times colunumnist Jon-Henri Damski (May 13).

"It has become a bit hard to resist the temptation to be cynical about historic preservation in Chicago," writes Howard S. Decker in Inland Architect (May/June). "A couple of months ago, in a move disguised as a budget-cutting exercise, Mayor Richard M. Daley blew up the Commission on Chicago Landmarks: down the drain went 25 years of work desperately trying to save the last tiny bits of earlier Chicago. (In November 1992, the Commission on Chicago Landmarks merged with the Department of Planning and Development. This merger threatens the landmark designation process by the creation of an administrative structure that contains inherent political conflict between development and preservation concerns.)"

Sales pitches that made us think twice: "Amazingly, Highland and Park Country Club is one of the only membership clubs in the area to give full membership privileges to women, with no restrictions even on weekends."

"Why do I ask questions that seem at odds with the party line?" asks Notre Dame chaplain Robert F. Griffin in Notre Dame (Winter). "Why, as my friend complained, am I apparently willing to challenge the church's teaching on abortion by asking questions I leave unanswered? Maybe it's because the abortion struggle has become the church's Vietnam, and we are not showing the least sign of winning."

The tide is still flowing out, according to the Metro Chicago Information Center, whose Metro Area Survey finds that 12 percent of Chicago residents are contemplating a move to the suburbs, while only 2 percent of suburbanites plan to move into the city in the next two years.

Yearning for Big Brother. Yale law professor Charles Reich (The Greening of America), interviewed by Vicki Quade in the Chicago-based Human Rights (Spring): "I define rights as a sort of superstructure that makes sure people's needs are met. And if the needs are being met by the economy, then you don't need as many rights. The reason we need more rights today is because the economy is failing to deliver on people's needs. If all my needs are met, I don't need any rights at all."

Chicago is still Second City--in association headquarters, reports Janet Kalbhen in Chicago Enterprise (May/June). It's "home to 17 percent of the nation's associations, surpassed only by Washington D.C. (31 percent) and trailed by New York (15 percent)."

"The male political structure hasn't changed very much," says circuit-court clerk Aurelia Pucinski in Today's Chicago Woman (May). "Women are chipping away at it, but it's difficult. I'm still regularly in meetings dominated by men with power, and they still behave in exactly the same ways one would expect them to. More and more now, there are women in those meetings with me. It's very hard, because men aren't used to dealing with us in any kind of open or communicative way. It's still, 'Hiya honey, how are you doing?.'"

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): illustration/Carl Kock.


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