Renters' payments could go up under Mayor Emanuel's proposed property tax increase. And we talk to Chicago musician and producer John Corbett about his new book. Plus a sneak peek at this year's winter weather and a conversation with one of this year's MacArthur Genius winners.
Three of the winners of this year's MacArthur Fellowships were announced this week and of the 24 so-called MacArthur Genius Grants, three went to Chicagoans, inlcuding computational biologist John Novembre.
The Vera Institute of Justice estimates that nearly 12 million people are admitted to jail every year. Many of these people are presumed innocent, but they continue to stay in the system. And the problem starts on a local level-with the jails. An initiative from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's Safety and Justice Challenge is awarding 20 jurisdictions from across the country with grants that would allow them to work toward more effective solutions. Cook County is one of the recipients. And, we discuss GMOs becoming a stronger force in public conversation.
Two Chicago-based non-profits, Community Investment Corporation and Business and Professional People for the Public Interest, have won prestigious MacArthur Foundation grants. The MacArthur Foundation is known for giving genius grants to creative people, but the group also makes annual awards t
Maybe he’ll show off his rond de jambe. Tonight Mayor Rahm Emanuel circulates a bit, then delivers a few remarks at the opening reception of the Dance USA 2011 Annual Conference, being held in Chicago. Expect reassuring talk; let’s hope he walks the walk.