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[21 Jun 2007 | No Comment | ]

The status of the Henry Schlacks Germanic St. Boniface is in play again. Per the Chicago Journal plans for turning this church into senior condos have fallen through.
I continue to suggest to the Archdiocese the following use plans for Historic buildings:

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[21 Jun 2007 | No Comment | ]

St. James, the grand Patrick Keeley Irish muscle flexer on South Wabash, has established the Fr. Hugh McGuire Guild dedicated to the restoration of this awesome Church. Here are some shots, more details later.

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[21 Jun 2007 | No Comment | ]

What do you think about the exchange between Rudy Giuliani and Congressman Ron Paul in the last debate?
PAUL: ?They attack us because we have been over there. We have been bombing Iraq for 10 years. We have been in the Middle East. I think [former President Ronald] Reagan was right. We do not understand the irrationality of Middle Eastern politics.?
GIULIANI: ?That is an extraordinary statement. As someone who lived through the attack of September 11th, [to say that] we invited the attack, because we were attacking Iraq, I do not …

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[21 Jun 2007 | No Comment | ]

Ambrosio Medrano was kicked off the ballot this winter when the state Supreme Court ruled that ex-cons aren’t eligible to run for alderman, but he sounded sincere the other day when he expressed sympathy at the mention of his would-have-been foe Danny Solis, the incumbent 25th Ward alderman.

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[21 Jun 2007 | No Comment | ]

It?s expected to revitalize a neglected part of Hyde Park but won?t look anything like its neighbors?a sleek skyscraper surrounded by Gothic curiosities and post-war bureaucratic eyesores. It is the new Reva and David Logan Center for Creative and Performing Arts, expected to rise 160 feet above the Midway Plaisance and scheduled to open in 2011. Yesterday, the University of Chicago awarded the $100 million project commission to Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, a New York based husband and wife team plus associates, who ?see architecture as an act of …

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[21 Jun 2007 | No Comment | ]

The Senate approved a nonbinding resolution to reject the House?s limited-growth budget approved late last month. It mirrored the move earlier this spring by the House to shoot down the governor?s gross receipt tax proposal.
Thirty-four Senate members voted to reject the House budget; 19 voted ?in favor? of it or, at least, against using a resolution to combat the other chamber; and two voted present. (The record only shows 33 ?yes? votes, but Sen. Kimberly Lightford did vote ?yes,? making the 34th vote.)

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[21 Jun 2007 | No Comment | ]

The Einstein-like formula for the Democrats to win the presidency in 2008 is EC+GROB+NTP. That means Electoral College plus burgeoning Get Rid Of Bush sentiment plus No Third Party, coupled with a credible Democratic nominee, equals victory. In a two-party race for president, it’s all about the Electoral College. George Bush got 50,456,169 votes in 2000 (47.8%) and 62,040,060 votes in 2004 (50.7%). Bush carried 29 states in 2000, 30 in 2004; he got 271 electoral votes in 2000, one more than a majority, and 286 in 2004. Two 2000 …

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[20 Jun 2007 | No Comment | ]

A felony hate crime charge against a 16-year-old Crystal Lake girl accused of distributing anti-gay fliers at school last month was dismissed this morning under a plea deal in which she admitted guilt to a pair of less…

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[20 Jun 2007 | No Comment | ]

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois will join numerous other states in moving up its 2008 presidential primary, a move orchestrated by Democrats in an effort to boost Barack Obama?s White House bid.Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed the move to Feb. 5 into law on Wednesday. The primary traditional…

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[20 Jun 2007 | No Comment | ]

Crain’s Chicago Business has a report today that Gonzalez Partners, the 10-person firm headed by architect Joseph Gonzalez, is being absorbed by DeStefano & Partners, Ltd, where Gonzalez becomes a design principal. Both Gonzelez and James DeStefano are alumnus of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.