The violent drug wars that have consumed Mexico could seem like a problem far away; but the drug cartels were closer to Chicago than many realized. In Chicago’s Metropolitan Correctional Center in the Loop, the son of one of Mexico’s most notorious drug lords awaits trial.
Jeanne Gang is known for challenging the aesthetics and technical limits of ordinary building materials; her imagination can be seen at work on North Columbus Drive – in the oscillating concrete of the high-rise Aqua. The Chicago architect was named a 2011 MacArthur Fellow.
The Chicago Blackhawks kicked off training camp over the weekend. Fans who watched--or ran– the Mad Dash to Madison got to see returning and new players in action. So who stood out? Who should have left the ice? And was Patrick Kane’s wrist really ready to go?
Many essential public services result from partnerships, not government work alone. The city of Chicago, like the state and federal government, partners with non-profits to deliver a variety of programs – from affordable housing to emergency health care.
The headline on the Cook County budget website reads: "The Cook County 2012 budget: How did we get here?"And "here" includes an estimated $315 million dollar shortfall, which roughly equates to 10% of the county's total annual operating budget."
Politics is not just about the party line: Many politicians hold ideas that are left or right of their official positions on fiscal and social issues. Former Illinois Sen. Charles Percy was one such politicians. Percy, who died Saturday at the age of 91, made his career in Chicago.
The man who inspired dance moves throughout the hour was DJ Frique. Also known as Terry Allen, Frique spent the better part of the '90s spinning house music throughout the city. But in the aughts, he moved a little closer to the mainstream.