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  • Chicago sweep, Palmer Raids were the apex of the Red Scare

    Chicago sweep, Palmer Raids were the apex of the Red Scare
    Fueled by paranoia generated by revolutions overseas and social unrest at home, Chicago police swooped down upon the gathering places of political dissenters and labor activists, arresting about 150 communists, socialists and anarchists, plus a few more-or-less-innocent bystanders on New Year's Day 1920. The following day, the feds got into the act, arresting thousands more nationally and confining many of the foreign-born pending deportation at Ellis Island, where many had first landed in America.
  • Richard Stromberg, photography teacher, dies

     Richard Stromberg, photography teacher, dies
    As a photography teacher for more than 45 years, Richard Stromberg spent his career connecting people around a shared passion for capturing a moment with a picture. Mr. Stromberg, 66, died of pancreatic cancer on Friday, Nov. 7 at Presence St. Francis...

    Illinois women win the right to vote

    Illinois women win the right to vote
    Shortly before Illinois women won the right to vote, 100 years ago this week, the state's delegation to a suffragettes march in Washington was bitterly divided over the issue of what to call each other. Belle Squire, herself unmarried, insisted on...

    Perspective: Hull House 2.0

    Perspective: Hull House 2.0
    We can only guess at what Daniel Burnham might have proposed for the social improvement of Chicago, the part of his plan he intended to write and never did. However, we do have a social plan from that era that was at least as influential, possibly more so...

    Robert Sickinger, pioneer of Chicago theater, dies at 86

    Robert Sickinger, pioneer of Chicago theater, dies at 86
    Robert Sickinger, a pivotal figure in the development of Chicago's off-Loop theater scene, died Thursday morning at his home in Delray Beach, Fla. Sickinger was 86. His daughter, Erika, said her father died from natural causes. To the extent that...