Dirty politics, Pay-to-Play, Decorate a fountain, Nelson Algren, SSA#33 Reconstitution, Welcome Rosie and Meet Brock

February aldermanic slate not set but races getting dirty: Moreno vs Locke

A formal complaint was sent to Faisal Kahn, Legislative Inspector General (LIG), by 1st Ward Aldermanic candidate Ronda Locke about incumbent Proco "Joe" Moreno..

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Pay-to-play?: 3 alderman ask SEC to investigation Chicago pension funds and Emanuel's campaign operations

In response to statements in the International Business Times (IBT) about investment fund executives contributions to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's campaign, three aldermen John Arena (45th Ward), Bob Fioretti (2nd Ward and Mayoral Candidate) and Scott Waguespack (32nd Ward) sent a letter on Nov..

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Warm weather predicted for 11th Annual Fountain Decorating Social in Wicker Park

Swimsuits may not be appropriate but at least fingers should NOT be freezing at Wicker Park's 11th Annual Fountain Decorating Social, 1425 N. Damen, on Sat., Nov. 22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everyone is invited for this annual fun event and RSVP is requested..

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Nelson Algren celebration at Lottie's Pub Saturday

Nelson Algren (1909-1981) remains America's best forgotten author, thanks to an FBI file longer than War and Peace, McCarthyite attacks, vicious reviews and strategic neglect by the city that he put on the literary map, says Nina Gaspich of the Nelson Algren Committee (NAC)..

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Wicker Park Bucktown's SSA #33's hearing for 15 more years is Tuesday

The Wicker Park and Bucktown Special Service Area #33 (SSA #33) has it's hearing in City Council next Tuesday, Nov. 25, for its 15-year reconstitution (2015 - 2029). It will be held in City Council chambers, 121 N. LaSalle, at 10:30 a.m..

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Welcome Rosie Quasarano to Our Urban Times

We are so pleased to have Rosie Quasarano, the owner of Cup & Spoon, 2415 W. North Ave., in the WOW (West of Western) District as a writer in Our Urban Times, helping to tell the stories about more of you..

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Meet Brock Riebe: Invincible Filmmaker

I’ve always loved these words from Albert Camus: “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."

In the depths of last winter I was feeling anything but invincible. Winding my way through a maze of permits, inspections and licenses (oh my), I often wondered if this dream of mine was ever going to see the light of day. Yet every time I felt like giving up, I’d get a little reminder from the Universe that I was on the right path. Brock Riebe’s note was one such reminder..

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