Archive For The “Chicagoland Topics” Category

Stores and family fun dying as online buying takes over

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Stores and family fun dying as online buying takes over

Stores and family fun dying as online buying takes over The closings of Toys-R-Us, Carsons and other major retailers is a sign of weakness in our economy and the erosion of family life, shifting from personal family involvement to individual use of computers and technology. It’s not just about an economic problem. It’s about the…

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The passing of a giant of Chicago City Hall journalism, 30 years ago

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The passing of a giant of Chicago City Hall journalism, 30 years ago

The passing of a giant of Chicago City Hall journalism, 30 years ago Chicago City Hall Journalist Harry Golden Jr., died on May 1, 1988, 30 years ago having documented Chicago’s rollercoaster political scene, and bringing to a final end the era of Front Page journalism. Golden was one of the best journalists in America…

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Chicagoland’s Arabs learn first lesson in real politics

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Chicagoland’s Arabs learn first lesson in real politics

Chicagoland’s Arabs learn first lesson in real politics Though divided over political races, Chicago’s Arab American community has come together as a powerful force that can no longer be taken for granted by elected officials and local governments. The heated battle between conservative Democratic Congressman Dan Lipinski and liberal Democratic challenger Marie Newman created the…

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Will County Clerk race shows how little media cares about real issues

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Will County Clerk race shows how little media cares about real issues

Will County Clerk race shows how little media cares about real issues The race for Will County Clerk will determine who will be responsible for maintaining the county’s records, and managing department budget costs, things the mainstream news media apparently doesn’t seem to concerned about. What they are worried about is an incident that happened…

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Remembering Chicago’s race wars from the 1960s

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Remembering Chicago’s race wars from the 1960s

Remembering Chicago’s race wars from the 1960s Looking back at Chicago in the 1960s and the racial tensions that divided Blacks and Whites, I decided to write a book about that experience. White Flight, which I titled “Midnight Flight: One family’s experience of White Flight and the racial transformation of Chicago’s South Side (an online novel)”…

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Love Never Dies continues Phantom of the Opera tale

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Love Never Dies continues Phantom of the Opera tale

Love Never Dies continues Phantom of the Opera tale The sequel to the phenomenal play The Phantom of the Opera, called appropriately, Love Never Dies, continues the thrilling tale of love on stage at the start of the 20th Century. Playing at the Cadillac Palace Theater in Chicago’s Loop, it’s well worth the time and…

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Lipinski-Newman Congressional fight has nation’s attention

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Lipinski-Newman Congressional fight has nation’s attention

Lipinski-Newman Congressional fight has nation’s attention Six term Congressman Dan Lipinski is no stranger to controversy. Appointed to succeed his father Bill, Dan Lipinski has faced criticism from Day One. He’s no media darling and his conservative Democratic beliefs often pit him against more liberal and “progressive” colleagues. This year’s election challenge from Marie Newman…

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Less booze at SoxFest 2018 than at CubsFest

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Less booze at SoxFest 2018 than at CubsFest

Less booze at SoxFest 2018 than at CubsFest We skipped the CubsFest this year because the Cubs went from Lovable Losers to difficult to speak with World Series ego maniacs. I hope they keep winning, cuz maybe they’ll start to get back to their lovable selves one day. In the meantime, we decided to go…

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How racism infects the American mainstream news media

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How racism infects the American mainstream news media

How racism infects the American mainstream news media Racism dominates the mainstream American news media and there are examples of this everyday in news stories that the media promotes. The real tragedy is that most Arab Americans don’t care and do nothing about it. Instead, they prefer to be led by their noses against populist…

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Movie Review: “The Post,” when newspapers had more respect

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Movie Review: “The Post,” when newspapers had more respect

Movie Review: “The Post,” when newspapers had more respect The new movie “The Post” is a powerful film that takes Americans back to 1971 when journalism was a profession dominated mostly by principle. Truth outweighed political partisanship. But in watching the movie this week, it only made me sad. Because it reminded me how badly…

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