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I've got a feeling that in some weird, alternate universe, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is making a decent living playing hide-the-pea. You know the game, don't you? First, you put your money down. Then Mr. Misdirection places a pea under one of three cups....
Bill Davies, the eccentric Monaco-based owner of Chicago's old post office, wants to turn the hulking mass that straddles Congress Parkway into a mecca of shopping, office space, residences, etc. But the building sits rotting and untouched because,...
If Cubs owner Tom Ricketts actually made good on his threat to leave Wrigley Field for a more baseball-friendly neighborhood, what would be the best use of the site at Clark and Addison? My plan? Flatten and grade it, then enclose it in cyclone fence and...
Tags: Speedos, Baseball, Sports, Thomas Ricketts, Chicago White Sox
Illinois — where politicians force law-abiding citizens to bring a bat to a gunfight. An amazing video released Wednesday that shows a Chicago shopkeeper fighting for his life should be a commercial for Second Amendment rights in this, the only...
Tags: Shootings, Criminals, Laws, Crime, Law and Justice, Rahm Emanuel
The Praetorian Guard of Chicago won't be part of the formal hearing Friday in what's now called the Vanecko case. But understanding what happened in the political heater case of the year won't be complete without Praetorian input. Many of you know...
Tags: Richard M. Daley, McHenry, Prosecution, Laws, Assault
As I light my pipe, take up my quill pen and sheepskin and once again prepare to write another volume of The Kassopedia — the repository of the world's great knowledge — I'm reminded of a snarky reader. She calls herself, "Your long...
Jim Reynolds, who grew up in Englewood and is among this city's business elite, always has known that side of Chicago. He also knows the jolt that comes when someone, especially someone who has grown up here, first has their eyes opened and the city's...
The Rahmfather probably won't be riding a Stingray bike with a banana seat, pulling back on his chrome ape hangers, popping wheelies down Dearborn Street on Friday with Cubs baseball cards in his spokes as all the little bike people of Chicago scream...
“The Dark Knight Rises” has already been a blessing for Pittsburgh and Newark, N.J., two non-traditional film locations that replaced Chicago as Gotham City in the third Christopher Nolan-directed Batman film. The superhero movie, in...
Resurfacing a street or replacing a cracked sidewalk, then digging up the work a short time later to install new utility lines followed by making the paving repairs again — and perhaps even a third time — is a time-honored Chicago tradition....
You're probably all dead — me too — swallowed by the Mayan apocalypse that many of us (foolishly) thought was utter nonsense, once. Which means you're not even reading this. But still ... I probably shouldn't have spent my last day writing...
American politicians are always on the lookout for "new sources of revenue," which sounds a lot nicer than "sinking their fangs into our necks." But however you describe it, they just can't stop sucking our blood with their unending tax increases on the...
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