Will today be the final hurdle for 100 affordable housing units in Logan Square? Or do the opponents have other plans?

I can’t make it to Chicago city hall this morning for the meeting of the zoning committee of the city council. The zoning committee is scheduled to consider the Emmett Street affordable housing project, the transit oriented development of 100 affordable housing units by the Logan Square Blue Line station. If you follow this blog […]

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Ruth Asawa. Anni Albers. Black Mountain College and recovering progressive education history.

Two recent exhibits at the Art Institute of Chicago included women who had spent time at Black Mountain College in North Carolina. Weaving Beyond the Bauhaus features the work of women textile artists from the German art school, founded by Walter Gropius, that existed from 1919 to 1933 when it was shuttered by the Nazis. The school […]

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Goodbye John Cullerton, pension thief.

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton announced his retirement yesterday. Cullerton and Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (who remains) have been partners in crime when it comes to public employee pensions. Although they each sponsored different bills with different approaches to pension thievery and lawlessness, both bills were unconstitutional. The worst part of the Cullerton bill […]

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China, Trump, imperialism, nationalism and globalism on this week’s Hitting Left.

  An interview with Long Yongtu, China’s former vice-minister of international trade and the point man in the country’s nine-year negotiations to join the World Trade Organization in 2001 was published in the South China Morning Post last week Long, who turned 76 in March, has retired from active ministerial posts and doesn’t speak for […]

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Remembering Ed Hanrahan. Beating a racist DA is satisfying. Electing anti-racist DAs is more satisfying.

As we honor their memories and mark the 50th year since the assassination of Black Panther Chairman Fred Hampton and Panther Mark Clark we should also remember the name Ed Hanrahan. Hanrahan was the Cook County States Attorney – our name for the District Attorney – at the time of the murder of Fred Hampton […]

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