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  • Website targets Chicago landlords, condos skirting recycling law

    Website targets Chicago landlords, condos skirting recycling law
    A public service announcement: If you live in a Chicago apartment or condo building that DOES NOT offer recycling, please go to MyBuildingDoesntRecycle.com. You will not be alone. Since Claire Micklin launched the site in late January, more than 1,700...
  • Angry readers: More taxes after work, more spaces after sentences

    Angry readers: More taxes after work, more spaces after sentences
    My inbox has been deluged with reader comments. That's expected when one proposes that the state tax retirement income. But who knew people were so attached to putting two spaces after a period? For the first time, I turn this column over to my readers....
  • Obama still hasn't picked Chicago

    Obama still hasn't picked Chicago
    The competition for Barack Obama's legacy is not over until he announces whether his primary residence will be here or in New York. The ability to shape public opinion does not reside in a library, which will be built on Chicago's South Side. It resides...
  • Corrections and clarifications for Saturday, April 11, 2015

    Melissa Harris' Chicago Confidential column Friday incorrectly described Underwriters Laboratories' corporate status. In 2012 it transitioned to a for-profit corporation. •In Friday's On The Town section, the Local Sounds feature misidentified...
  • Mandate paid sick leave, Chicago

    Mandate paid sick leave, Chicago
    Let's think of all the people who get paid when they don't work. Congressmen who don't show up to vote. Athletes who sit on the bench. Many departing top executives, thanks to noncompete agreements. Yet an estimated 461,000 workers in Chicago...
  • Bruce Rauner's next oath: First, do no harm.

    Bruce Rauner's next oath: First, do no harm.
    Gov. Bruce Rauner's decision this week to release the results of a survey of Chicago-based representatives of foreign governments is baffling. It's unclear how it's helpful for a sitting governor to give anyone a platform to bash the state. That's the...
  • One space between sentences, please

    One space between sentences, please
    Please stop putting two spaces between sentences. It makes you look like a dinosaur. Yes, I will get a lot of angry letters for that last remark. But you really should thank me. Or your secretary should thank me. For those subjected to working...
  • The Baltimore I knew, and still love

    The Baltimore I knew, and still love
    When my husband and I lived in Baltimore, we often left our back door unlocked. The people who bought the house after us left the door unlocked, too. I know because when I went back to visit a neighbor, she opened the gate that adjoined the back...
  • Build the Obama Library in Washington Park

    Build the Obama Library in Washington Park
    President Barack Obama's library is going to Jackson Park, home to the Museum of Science and Industry, or Washington Park, on the west side of the University of Chicago. The library and museum should go to Washington Park for one reason: Easy access...
  • Chicago Cultural Center's grand dome is falling apart

    Chicago Cultural Center's grand dome is falling apart
    I think it was a helpful security guard who, upon my first visit to the Chicago Cultural Center, suggested: Be sure to go upstairs and see the world's largest Tiffany stained-glass dome. World's largest? Sold. It took me many more visits to discover...
  • Redbox founder Gregg Kaplan joins Pritzker Group

     Redbox founder Gregg Kaplan joins Pritzker Group
    Redbox founder and former CEO Gregg Kaplan has joined J.B. and Tony Pritzker's investment firm as an operating partner after a two-year absence from the workforce following his wife's passing from breast cancer. "On a pretty regular basis my kids...