When Chicago’s first Mayor William B. Ogden took office in 1837, he along with two alderman crafted the city seal.
The city’s motto, “Urbs in Horto,” or City in a Garden, that appears at the bottom of the seal, quickly lost much of its literal meaning even with huge parks left amid all the development. Ogden himself, upon leaving office, helped transform the city into one of the nation’s leading railway hubs over the course of the next decade. Continue reading →
Junior Sandra Garcia stands outside the Carl Schurz High School auditorium with a big Ziploc bag filled with red and blue buttons.
“Are you 18?” she asks students as they enter the auditorium. If she gets a yes, Garcia hands them a button, labeled “VOTER” in big block letters. If no – no button.
Garcia is one of about 30 students on Carl Schurz’s student council who helped plan the student-led Mayoral Forum on Monday. With roughly 300 Schurz students registered to vote, interest in a candidate forum was high.
Mahan’s career week helps Ramblers salvage home split
After UC Santa Barbara snapped their six-game winning streak Saturday, the #7 Loyola-Chicago Ramblers returned home to Gentile Arena for matches against a pair of teams with 21 NCAA men’s volleyball national championships between them,. They faced off against #5 UCLA and (RV) Penn State.
Loyola has plenty of successes in its legacy, too, but not head-to-head against the Bruins. Prior to Thursday, the two programs had faced off seven times since 1998 and the Bruins had won every time. Continue reading →
The ‘85 Bears revolutionized the way defense is played with the 4-6 scheme. The Chicago Bulls won six NBA titles, including two three-peats with the levitational Air Jordan. The Chicago Cubs recently broke a 108-year-old losing spell by winning the World Series. And it feels like yesterday the Blackhawks won two Stanley Cups in three years.
All these teams brought the city together as Chicago became a renowned sports city with an international flair. But that’s not the only thing Chicago has to offer. Continue reading →
On a cold Monday night at the V Bar in Berwyn, the room radiated energy as a group of young people gathered to build a grassroots political campaign that has never been seen before in their community.
“Some of you might recognize me as the voice of the announcements from the class year of 2012,” said Gerardo Nava, as he introduced himself as a supporter.
“I have been involved politically, not so much in Cicero because, at this point if you live in Cicero, you know how the politics are. But now we have the opportunity to take that landscape and make it our own. I’m really excited to see what can happen,” added Brenda Hernandez, campaign manager for Morton High School District 201 board candidate Esteban Rodriguez. Continue reading →
Early voting in Chicago’s elections began Tuesday, setting the stage for the winning candidate who will have the opportunity to accelerate Chicago’s already burgeoning tech scene.
Chicago tied for the second most innovative U.S. city with Boston and has become one of the nation’s leading tech hubs, according to a KPMG report released in March.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been an ardent supporter of the tech community since he took office in 2011. He helped create ChicagoNext, an organization that is dedicated to driving Chicago’s tech growth, supported the launch of the city’s biggest tech incubator 1871, and invited many tech companies to move to Chicago.
“We have candidates on this stage right now who are not corrupt,” said attorney and mayoral candidate John Kozlar. He and others took swipes at accusations that have surfaced during the race for mayor and aldermen.
“The people who got us in this mess are not going to be the ones who get us out of it,” Kozlar said.
Other candidates at Saturday’s mayoral forum at the First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple added that voting for a new type of leader in the mayoral election would bring citywide improvement.
Garry McCarthy, the former Chicago police superintendent, said the problems that affect Chicago today are based on decades of political corruption in the city, state and county.
“Concepts like ‘the Chicago way,’ concepts like, ‘Well, I gave the money back,’” McCarthy said. “Well, if you rob a bank and give the money back, you’re still guilty of bank robbery, folks.”