[ • 17 May 2018 • No Comment]
The newest of this city’s art venues–opened only a month ago–is a 183-year-old, two-story high, 34,000-square-foot former foundry, stripped down to bare walls and steel pillars, where you stand surrounded by an astonishing digital movie based on the art of Gustav Klimt projected on all four sides (and some viewers bodies). The Viennese painter’s magnificently colored portraits of exquisitely dressed ladies are shown whole, in pieces, deconstructed, reconstructed, seamlessly...

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[ • 15 May 2018 • No Comment]
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[ • 15 May 2018 • No Comment]
I’ve been wrestling with this issue of cultural appropriation and losing–probably eroding my lefty bona fides in the process.    Take the matter of that poor teen who wore a beautiful, traditional Chinese dress to her prom and caught holy hell from hundreds of social media trolls for the sin of cultural appropriation, some actually calling  her a colonialist. (No protests from China.)    The world has been exchanging indigenous clothing styles for generations. The French revel...

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[ • 10 May 2018 • 16 Comments ]
An audible gasp went out in the breakout room I was in at last month’s pension eventcosponsored by The Civic Federation and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. That was when a speaker from the Chicago Fed proposed levying, across the state and in addition to current property taxes, a special property assessment they estimate would be about 1% of actual property value each year for 30 years. Evidently, that wasn’t reality shock enough. This week the Chicago Fed published that proposal formally....


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[ • 9 May 2018 • No Comment ]
PARIS–Soon after French President Emmanuel landed in the USA for his state visit, a friend and I were boarding a plane for his homeland, where I did not get to address the parliament but many Americans may have been pleasantly surprised to find a visiting head of state addressing Congress in better English than our very own president. Once wildly popular here, Macron’s numbers have plummeted below the halfway mark, but not as low as Trump’s at home. Nevertheless he maintains...


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[ • 8 May 2018 • No Comment ]
Tribune Headline Tuesday May 8, 2018 “Evanston may consider city service cuts, eliminations as FY19 deficit could top $9M” ** While 30 local Community Organizations issued a Statement supporting segregation in education in Evanston A Statement from the Evanston Community   Over the past several years leading institutions across Evanston have embraced an equity agenda focusing on addressing issues of race, racism and bias. We have stepped forward to have honest and open dialogue...


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[ • 30 Apr 2018 • No Comment ]
From Twitter Woah, looks like my pals @realcandaceO and @charlieKirk11 hanging with @kanyeWest yesterday. This should be interesting!
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[ • 30 Apr 2018 • One Comment ]
To anoint or to appoint? That is the legal question surrounding the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District seat of the late Commissioner Tim Bradford, who died on December 1. The MWRD is an independent agency created in 1889 by the Illinois legislature to treat and dispose of solid and liquid waste in Cook County, so the governor has authority to make appointments should any of the nine seats become vacant. But the county clerk and state’s attorney made a rushed and legally dubious 2017 decision...


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[ • 26 Apr 2018 • No Comment ]
Obama was in office for eight years and nothing in Chicago changed. — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
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