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Re: “A note from the editor

And just to illustrate why shaping the content of political and social movement coverage based mostly on surveys of what readers want to read is a bad idea I'll point out that in the 1970's, 80's (and probably 90's as well) most people in Chicago would probably have said they'd like to read pro "law and order" stories about how great law enforcement was doing at ridding the city of bad people rather than stories about police corruption. Yet, during that time one of the things the Reader was known for was its investigations of police misconduct. Surveys of readers and potential readers throughout the years probably would have said they'd have a negative attitude towards articles showing the social problems that are caused by segregation in the city. Yet the Reader had quite a few well regarded pieces about that topic. And regardless of what the surveys show people want to be told, I think the reality is that controversial articles that rub a lot of people the wrong way get the most attention from people. And if this controversy is reality based it will cause more people to have a higher regard for the Reader and seek out and share its articles more. So it would seem that not largely basing coverage on what the readers tell you they want to see is good for the bottom line too.

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Posted by The original IAC on 12/09/2018 at 1:34 AM

Re: “A note from the editor

"We'll be planning our electionand culturalcoverage based on the kind of city you tell us you want to live in. (If you didn't sign up, don't worrywe hope to have plenty more ways to gather your input in the coming months.)"

If the Reader were to go out of business in the near future, I'd most likely point to this sentence right here as an indication of one of the final catalysts that caused it to do so. Good journalism is about telling people what is going on in the world whether it's something the readers want to hear or not. There's the saying of "comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable". Basing such things as mayoral race coverage predominately on what readers, or the subset of readers being measured, say they want in their next mayor is pretty much the exact opposite of at least the second part of that phrase (and in many ways, both parts). I don't think the Reader would have been successful in the first place if it didn't often tell the readers what they didn't want to hear. I don't think catering reporting on what direction the city should take based on surveys on what direction potential Reader readers want is a good idea. And when it comes across as fake, as it inevitably will, it will have a negative effect on readership and advertising revenue.

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Posted by The original IAC on 12/08/2018 at 8:31 PM

Re: “Joravsky's advice for the Republican Party

"It would be helpful for IAC to explain why he believes TIF is an effective tool for its stated purpose of encouraging development, where it would not otherwise occur."

Sure. Probably the best way to do that would be for you to mention some specific TIF districts that you'd like me to try to make that case.

Posted by The original IAC on 12/03/2018 at 9:50 PM

Re: “CPS sat on evidence of record falsification for months before removing Ogden principal

"IAC, the only other perspective is CPS"

I think the first few comments of this thread are examples of other perspectives besides Beyer and his supporters and CPS. I have no idea which side is right but I do think the lopsided likes on those comments indicate there might be some merit to those perspectives.

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Posted by The original IAC on 12/03/2018 at 9:46 PM

Re: “The Lincoln Yards TIF will benefit development firm Sterling Bay—but cost Chicagoans

"My guess is that if left alone most of this area would slowly and systematically develop just fine on its ownas the rest of nearby Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, and Bucktown have done."

Joravsky here is admitting that the development in the area would be much slower without the TIF. This likely also means that it will be much less extensive. This means two things. First, when the TIF expires there will be much more property tax revenue going into the city coffers with the TIF. That in it of itself seems to mean it is worth it. God forbid people think about the long term future of the city. Second, there will be a greater secondary effect immediately as a result of the TIF. If there are more people living and working in the development than would otherwise be the case it means they are paying other taxes. Those living in the development are paying such things as sales taxes and doing other things that generate income for the city. And many people who work in the new complex (and live elsewhere) otherwise wouldn't have lived in the city, or even the state. This means that the TIF has caused them to pay property taxes to the city that the city wouldn't have otherwise along with sales and other taxes along with generating the economy. Joravsky hasn't explained why these benefits don't outweigh the costs of the using this TIF district instead of what he admits will be a slow bringing in of property tax revenue from whatever development occurs without the TIF. Real estate is often very slow even in attractive areas. So my guess it probably would be about ten to twelve years before there is very much of significance built at that site if left on its own. That's already about half the length of the TIF. And whatever is eventually built would undoubtedly be much less extensive

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Posted by The original IAC on 12/01/2018 at 3:06 PM

Re: “CPS sat on evidence of record falsification for months before removing Ogden principal

"I'm floored that reporting seems only to present Mr. Beyer's narrative of what's happened at Ogden. "

This is a Dukmasova trademark. She basically provides only the perspective of the person or group she is profiling. I've never in my life seen anyone do this anywhere close to the extent that Dukmasova does and I read dozens of articles every day and have for decades. Here are some other really extraordinary examples of this:

https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/poli…

https://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/arch…

https://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/arch…

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Posted by The original IAC on 12/01/2018 at 1:43 AM

Re: “Joravsky's advice for the Republican Party

By the way, I wouldn't describe corporate welfare (and I've seen no evidence that I recall of this in the context of TIFs) as a right wing action. I think this is something that those on the left who believe it is a major problem consider to be right wing and those on the right consider to be left wing. Increased government involvement in a particular corporate entity, whether by investments or whatever, is generally considered to be something that leans toward the left, not the right. The most extreme example of this is socialism, after all, which obviously just about everyone considers to be left wing and not right wing.

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Posted by The original IAC on 11/19/2018 at 6:57 PM

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