Every year, millions of monarch butterflies leave the cold of Canada for their winter homes in Mexico. And on their way there and back they pass over the Windy City. But this year, they're sticking around through September 19.
Six months from today, the Chicago election board will begin accepting petitions for candidates in city elections. Chicago residents will return to pick a mayor, city clerk, treasurer and all 50 aldermen. The big question, of course, is whether Mayor Richard Daley will seek a sixth full term.
From the moment Jean Baptiste Point DuSable parked his cano all the way to the present-day White House, the history of Black Chicago and the history of Chicago have been intertwined and inseparable. But racism and ignorance has kept much of that history hidden.
For years, we've been hearing that the state of Illinois is in dire financial straits. Sure we're facing a huge deficit and a budget that still hasn't been worked out by legislators. But we have also seen a flood of federal stimulus money fall into the Prairie State's coffers.