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Um, Welcome to Chicago?

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 11/7/07 (12:27am)

I know the Metra Station at Roosevelt is under construction but can't we do better than this ramshackle shack? You literally have to walk through this structure, hoping it won't tumble over, in order to get from the train platform to Downtown Chicago.


Three Days Till Doomsday (Mass Transit in Chicago)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 11/2/07 (2:15am)

CTA Bus with Doomsday HeadlineLove the subtle messaging of the Chicago Sun-Times. This graphic greeted communters somewhere halfway in Thursday's paper. The headline read, "3 Days Until Another 'Doomsday'".


Frank Rich and John Calloway at the Chicago Public Library

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 10/29/07 (9:26pm)

Not exactly the best shot of Frank Rich (left) being interviewed by John Galloway but I figured if I used my flash, they'd hussle me out of there.

Anyway the interview took place at the Harold Washington Center and was the final event in the city-wide "One Book, One Chicago Event" Program.

The book this year was The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Rich talked about the play (he never saw a great production), about his personal encounters with Arthur Miller (two interviews) and how this related to our post 9-11 world.

Needless to say, it was standing room only.


Cubs Victory? It's in the Lord's Hands

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 10/6/07 (4:58pm)

The Chicago Sun-Times is invoking a higher authority in its efforts to bring victory to the Cubs.

UPDATE: Alas, Lord doesn't come through (or even worse, prefers Arizona). O Tempora! O Mores!


Chicago Cubs Win Central Division

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 9/29/07 (11:30am)

Cubs LogoTalk about baggage! The Chicago Cubs "clinch" the Central Division and the Sun-Times has to remind us of the following unhappy legacy:

...[P]layers insisted this is only the beginning of their quest to end 98 years of empty and heartbreaking Octobers.


Somebody Please Tell Berwyn ...

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 8/16/07 (4:42pm)

"Berwyn: At the center of life in Chicago" -- that's what the billboard says. The truth is, they're not at the "center" of life in Chicago. You'd have to dig the whole place up and move it 10 miles to the east -- and even then people might have doubts. More on this desperate campaign here...


Fitzgerald Gets Scooter in Millennium Park

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 7/20/07 (12:42am)

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald (seated), fresh from the Conrad Black conviction, receives a scooter from Peter Sagal, host of NPR's "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!". The program was taped at Chicago's Millennium Park on Thursday, 7/19, and Mr. Fitzgerald was one of the guests.


TECH cocktail 5 (Chicago)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 7/12/07 (9:39pm)

Chicago Geekdom on parade at the Tech Cocktail gathering on Thursday, July 12 at John Barleycorn in Wrigleyville. At least 500 people in the business showed up. Here I am with part of the SingleHop team -- one of the primary sponsors of this great Event.


Diversey Harbor

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 5/28/07 (1:39am)

I had lunch at my house with a couple of old friends. Afterwards we went out to Diversey Harbor. It truly was a beautify spring day.


No Outside Influence in Hiring of Branch Library Managers

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 5/11/07 (2:27am)

Columnist Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune has raised a fracas because CPL Commissioner Mary Demsey wasn't nice enough to him when he suggested a possible hire for Branch Library Manager.

He quotes on his blog the offending email from Demsey:

You suggest that outside individuals should be allowed to influence the city's hiring processes. You are wrong.


Your suggestions that outside influences such as community mobilization or aldermanic input should be involved in the particular situation about which you write are absolutely inappropriate.

Zorn of all people should realize how sensitive an issue this is. Opening up hiring decisions of people supposed to run branch libraries to outside pressure groups _is_ inappropriate.

You can imagine what a can of worms this would open up -- here in the city of Chicago.

It's not surprising then that Commissioner Demsey is so adamant in her reply. She's got 50 aldermen and a mayor who'd love to do the same thing (and that's just the elected officials).

UPDATE: Note, this might be the dumbest hiring decision ever made but if that's your 'beef' then argue it as such.

The notion that you're going to have outside pressure groups involved in the hiring of library branch managers is an administrative nightmare.