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Diversey Harbor

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

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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.

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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.

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Springtime in Chicago

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 4/21/07 (6:12pm)

Belmont Harbor Looking South
Belmont Harbor Looking South: Belmont Harbor looking south with the skyscrapers of downtown in the distance.

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Go Cubs!

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 4/9/07 (2:24pm)

Once a Cub's fan, always a Cub's fan. It's a fact of life on the North Side of Chicago.

(Today's Opening Day at Wrigley Field.)

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Gored For Women Dot Org?

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 3/12/07 (3:42am)

Gored For Women Dot Com?: Seen on Oak St. in Chicago.

Probably not the intended message but we put spaces in between words for a reason. 'CamelCase' might have helped.

In any case, as seen on the Marquee of the now closed Esquire Theater on Oak St. in Chicago.

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Props to the Chicago Public Schools

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 3/8/07 (7:53pm)

From the Chicago Tribune:

After-school tutoring, better-trained teachers and new classroom assessments in Chicago public schools helped drive an "extraordinary" increase in state scores that improved the fortunes of nearly every city elementary school last year, district officials said.

This is just one year's results and from year to year there are enough changes in the way the test is given to make drawing longer-term conclusions problematic. That said, anyone familiar with our school system knows how hard everyone works -- particularly the teachers!

These results are a great credit to their efforts.

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Snowy Chicago

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 2/13/07 (4:14pm)

Snowy Chicago - UIC (2/13/2007): Snowy Chicago.  UIC looking west at around 4:30pm.  Classes for the afternoon were canceled.
Snowy Chicago - UIC (2/13/2007): Snowy Chicago. UIC looking west at around 4:30pm. Classes for the afternoon were canceled.

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CTA EL Train Crash : Feb. 4, 1977

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 2/4/07 (2:55am)

Thirty years ago, I had a part-time job at Carson, Pirie, Scott in Chicago. It was a Friday night and I had just gotten off of work, walking down Michigan Avenue to catch the 151 Bus.

When I got to the corner of Lake & Michigan, I looked west and saw the most incredible thing: a CTA EL train dangling from the overhead tracks all the way to the ground. There were police cars, fire trucks and ambulances all over the place. Huge spotlights shone on the train.

It was an incredible sight -- something you'd see in a Hollywood disaster movie or a child's train set. But it was all too real. One of the great people working at Carson, Pirie Scott was in that train and while she survived, she was unable to ever come back to work.

I was reminded of that scene by a report on WBBM Radio. They have a article about it on their site. Chicago-l.org also had an informative page on the accident.

It's something I'll never forget.

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