Elaine Coorens

With a professional background that includes advertising copy writer, corporate manager in advertising/marketing/manufacturing for multiple industries, international newspaper editor/publisher, needlework designer and retail shop owner as well as IT consultant and programmer, Elaine can "speak" in many "languages." A native Chicagoan, her passion for all things community is what led her to become a local author, historian, tour guide and now Editor/Publisher of Our Urban Times. She authored Wicker Park From 1673 Thru 1929 and Walking Tour Guide.

Stories from Elaine Coorens

Governor Pritzker announces "Restore Illinois Plan"

Date: 
05/05/2020
ILHealthRegions

With the highest number of COVID-19 deaths overnight (176) just announced, Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker laid out a four-region, five-phase Restore Illinois Plan this afternoon. 

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Celebration of victory: Cinco de Mayo

Date: 
05/05/2020
HappyCincodeMayo

Cinco de Mayo* celebrations commemorate one battle that occurred on May 5, 1862. It was the Battle of Puebla during the French-Mexican War (1861 to 1867). 

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New Chicago City Council moniker: "Divided Council"

Date: 
04/28/2020
DickSimpsonUIC

"Council Divided" is what Chicago's 50-person City Council is named by former Alderman Dick Simpson, a political science professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and his co-authors in a new report analyzing the voting patterns of the City's governing body.

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Wellington and friends join Governor Pritzker and his friends to invite you to be All in Illinois

Date: 
04/18/2020
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Wellington, the curious rockhopper penguin, and some friends at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium, along with Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker and some of his friends are inviting you to be All in Illinois.

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CTA shares concerns for employees and riders

Date: 
04/17/2020
CTACleaning

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) continues to serve the City, providing healthcare workers, first responders and others working in essential services and businesses a way to get to and from their jobs. 

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Tax payments today? Why? Options?

Date: 
04/15/2020
ChainKeyBrd

"Do I or don't I have to make a State of Illinois 1st quarter 2020 estimated profit tax deposit today," ask several business owners as well as contract and gig workers.

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East Village Association donates to three COVID-19 relief efforts

Date: 
04/06/2020
RunnerSideWalk

A donation of $3,000 divided between three organizations is how the East Village Association (EVA) community organization is reaching out to ease the many losses and economic impacts so many community residents and businesses are experiencing during this COVID-19 epidemic. 

Fun Physical Distancing in the hood together!

Date: 
04/03/2020
HelphandOrcha

The ingenuity of all the dudes and dudettes in the West Town, Logan Square and Humboldt Park communities is breaking out into activities that are fun and safe as everyone struggles to "Stay home and save lives," as Mayor Lori Lightfoot requests.

Happy Census Day: Prove you count…Fill-in a 2020 Census

Date: 
04/01/2020
Cencus2020

Your future, as well everyone else's in the State of Illinois, depends on you being counted in the 2020 Census count.

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Fifty /50 Group fights for "family" and others...with food

Date: 
04/01/2020
GregScott

Local restaurateurs Greg Mohr and Scott Weiner fight for their "family" and others in Chicago's food service industry and beyond by feeding as many as possible. And, they could use your help.

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STAY HOME SAVE LIVES! Closed: Parks, playlots, The 606, Riverwalk and the lakefront

Date: 
03/26/2020
MayorLightfoot

Mayor Lori Lightfoot along with Chicago Police Department's (CPD) acting Superintendent Charlie Beck, Chicago Park District CEO Michael Kelly, Chicago Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady and several suburban mayors echoed "STAY HOME SAVE LIVES" in a press conference early this afternoon.

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COVID-19: Non-compliance with "stay-at-home" and social distancing shuts down Lakefront

Date: 
03/26/2020
Lakefront

Mayor Lori Lightfoot made it clear in her Wednesday press conference that if Chicagoans did not abide by Governor J.B. Pritzker's order to stay-at-home and maintain social distancing, not having parties and flooding the parks with group activities, she would shut down the lakefront and Chicago Parks. 

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Take a deep breath and a break…some good news

Date: 
03/21/2020
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Considering the last few days of "confinement" and now the official "stay at home" order, you may be feeling unusually anxious, wondering if this will ever be over and whether you are going to survive. 

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Latest COVID-19: Pritzker's order "Stay at home" about to begin

Date: 
03/21/2020
StayHome

Today, Sat., Mar. 21, at 5 p.m. is the date and time to begin "Stay at Home." Governor J.B. Pritzker declared that in his Executive Order. It is aimed at protecting everyone in Illinois from the COVID-19 pandemic. That order is to stay in effect until Apr. 7. Mayor Lori Lightfoot adds to her previous Chicago closing announcements by saying that libraries and park district buildings will also be closed. 

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Chicago Order: Sick residents stay home!

Date: 
03/19/2020
CoronoCaseChartIL

UPDATE: Governor Pritzker just announced three more coronavirus deaths in Illinois...more to follow.

All residents in the City of Chicago with confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) illness or who are exhibiting symptoms of the illness are ordered to stay home, according to a Public Health Order signed by Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady today. 

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Ballot is official: 1st Ward Committeeperson slot is blank

Date: 
02/22/2020
AppellCrtDec

The third strike against Jay Ramirez being on the ballot for the 1st Ward Committeeperson position came late Friday. "For the foregoing reasons, we affirm the board’s decision. Affirmed with instructions." ends the Appellate Courts' decision

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Sounds of mechanical buzzing send you to the window?

Date: 
02/19/2020
TreeTrimComEd

The outdoor sounds of big machines and the buzz of saws always send me to the window.

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Blue Line shooter: caught, charged and jailed

Date: 
02/06/2020
PWaldon

Twelve hours after a 30-year-old man was shot and robbed on a Blue Line train, Patrick Waldon, 31, a convicted felon who was on parole, was identified and arrested. The incident occurred at the UIC-Halsted station in Chicago Police Department's 12th District, Wed., Feb. 5, at 10:30 a.m. 

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1st Ward Committeeman slot still a mystery for March ballot

Date: 
02/05/2020
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It is still a mystery, two weeks before early voting polls open for the March 17 elections, as to what names will be eligible to be counted on the ballot for the 1st Ward Committeeperson. 

The position is a volunteer one that runs for four years. 

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Target job openings at new Logan Square store

Date: 
02/03/2020
TargetLSrend

Target will be opening a new small-format store in Logan Square at 2434 N. Sacramento Ave. on April 5 and is now beginning to hire 70 people for its 12th small-format store in the Chicago are, like the Wicker Park location, 1664 W Division St, which opened in the summer of 2018

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