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UIC Urban Forum

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 4/27/09 (10:37pm)

Actually it's really the 'Richard J. Daley Urban Forum' (hence the annual attendance of son, Richard M.

This year, the consistent theme seemed to be what to do during hard times.

Vice President Joe Biden gave the keynote address at the UIC Urban Forum this year which also featured Mayor Daley and a number of other mayors from cities around the world.

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First Sign of Spring (Finally)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 4/20/09 (2:11pm)
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The trees -- they are a-blooming (even in the 40 degree weather).

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Cub's Park: Official Mustard, Ketchup & Paper Cup

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 4/5/09 (9:23pm)

With opening day tomorrow, it's good to know where the Cubs stand on ketchup, mustard and paper cups.

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Chicagoland Drupal4Lib BoF (3/20) - Report

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 3/21/09 (1:26pm)

We had a wonderful turnout of close to 20 librarians from all parts of the Chicagoland area. Knowledge and skill-level ran from seasoned veterans to people being introduced to Drupal for the first time.

[read more after the jump...]

Project Demos & Participation

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MPOW: Fear of Shooting Leads to UIC Building Evacuation

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 3/6/09 (11:18pm)
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It was a normal Friday afternoon. I heard a police siren outside. In fact, I heard a number of police sirens. I looked outside the window and more than half a dozen squad cars came to a screeching halt just outside.

Someone remarked that it might be a bank robbery from across the street. Then suddenly, one of the admin assistants came running in first telling us that someone was running around our building with a gun and that we should duck into one of the private offices for cover. Next came someone running in saying we should vacate the premises immediately.

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Early Voting in Chicago

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 2/22/09 (12:18pm)
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Made it over to the early voting station at the Lincoln Park Branch of CPL during a break. It's for the Primary to replace Congressman Rahm Emanuel. The last time I had been there was in October for the General Election. Needless to say, the one or two people waiting to vote this time round in no way matched the scores of people all packed in and waiting just a couple of months ago. Instead of close to an hour, it took maybe 5 minutes.

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Chicagoland Drupal4Lib BoF (3/20, 1:30p)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 2/4/09 (10:46am)

I'm pleased to announce a Chicagoland Drupal4Lib BoF on Friday, 3/20 (1:30p-4p) at DePaul's Loop Campus, 1 E. Jackson (10th fl., Rm# 10028), Chicago.

GOALS OF THE CHICAGOLAND DRUPAL4LIB BoF

The Chicagoland Drupal4Lib BoF will be an opportunity for librarians to get together and discuss how they use (or would like to use) Drupal in a library context. We'll ask people to present projects they're working on and we'll field questions on problems and approaches to implementing Drupal. All levels of knowledge from expert to n00b are welcome.

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Holiday Dinner at Mom's

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 12/28/08 (11:16am)

Yes, we were able to fit in everyone who came. Got back home late.

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Hot Dog Stand 'Wieners Circle' Closed Down By Board of Health

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 12/24/08 (5:28pm)

It's practically an institution on the North Side of Chicago. The Hot Dog Stand 'Wieners Circle' has been closed down by the Board of Health due, according to a sign on the door, to problems with their "hot water service". In other words, the pipes have burst.

I remember going there as an undergrad after a late night on the town. We'd first go to Neo's (then in its 'New Wave' phase) and then hit Wieners Circle for a Polish with grilled onions. This was way before they developed the schtick about swearing to customers and concentrated instead on the quality of the food.

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Ah, the Good Old Days

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 11/28/08 (5:19pm)

Former assistant Cook County state's attorney Joe Roddy on the changed environment then and now for the Chicago Police Department:

"The difference is this -- when I grew up in the 40s and 50s, if a police officer asked you to get out of the park, you couldn’t get out fast enough. Now, people say, 'F**k you' -- pardon my Irish -- and spit at them...." [Mick Dumke, "The City That Pays Out", Chicago Reader, 11/27/2008]

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