WBEZ | Alderman Tom Tunney http://www.wbez.org/tags/alderman-tom-tunney Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en New sculptures pop up in Lakeview, Chicago http://www.wbez.org/sections/art/new-sculptures-pop-lakeview-chicago-107769 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/ActionShot.jpg" title="Chicago artist Ron Gard and a crane operator place a new sculpture, titled A Night in Tunisia, on the corner of Elaine Place and Roscoe Street. (WBEZ/Elliott Ramos)" /></p><p>Toward the end of last year, Lakeview lost <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/missing-lakeview-one-goat-two-giraffes-103794">three animal friends</a> that had been a part of the neighborhood for nearly thirty years.</p><p>Now, the city is making its first attempt to fill the empty art shoes left on the corner of Elaine Place and Roscoe Street as part of a broader effort to expand public art in Chicago.</p><p>On Tuesday, a silver-haired man stood next to one of the empty podiums on Elaine Place. Rigged to his truck was a large metal sculpture. Between the glances at his cellphone and a hurried conversation with his friend, it was clear that he was waiting for something.</p><p>&ldquo;The crane&rsquo;s late,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>That man is <a href="http://chicagosculptureexhibit.com/ron-gard/">Ron Gard</a>, a longtime resident of Chicago and a Bucktown-based sculptor. Gard stood by his truck, waiting for the crane that would hoist the turquoise metal hulk to it&rsquo;s new home once occupied by a chrome giraffe, one of a celebrated pair created by Chicago artist John Kearney.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/GARDPose.jpeg" style="float: right;" title="Artist Ron Gard is an artist from Bucktown who is participating in the program. (WBEZ/ Simran Khosla)" />Those giraffes, along with their shiny sister, a nanny goat, were removed near the end of last year. The sculptures were an integral part of the neighborhood, dressed up like school mascots on holidays and special events. The sculptures gained so much notoriety that some residents created <a href="http://www.twitter.com/ElaineGiraffes/">Twitter feeds</a> and Four Square check-ins for the pieces.</p><p>&ldquo;They were so sad to see [the Kearney pieces] go,&rdquo; said Gard. &quot;But now, people are happy just to see that something is coming back.&rdquo;</p><p>Gard&rsquo;s work, titled <em>A Night in Tunisia</em>, is part of the <a href="http://chicagosculptureexhibit.com/">Chicago Sculpture Exhibi</a>t. That effort is also responsible for new sculptures on Broadway and Roscoe Street as well as Newport and Halsted.</p><p>&ldquo;This is a great program and it offers the artist the opportunity to expose their work and have an opportunity for someone to fall in love with it and maybe buy it,&quot; said Gard.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Daley.jpeg" style="float: left;" title="Former Alderman Vi Daley, left, is the founder of the Chicago Sculpture Exhibit. (WBEZ/ Elliott Ramos)" />The Chicago Sculpture Exhibit was founded 12 years ago by former 43rd Ward Alderman Vi Daley. The sculptures in Lakeview are part of 24 new pieces public art that the CSE will be installing this summer.&nbsp;Almost every piece is by a local Chicago artist selected by a jury in an annual &ldquo;Call for Artists&rdquo;.</p><p>The crane finally rumbles onto Elaine Place. Gard and the crane driver began the tedious task of placing the sculpture on the concrete podium as curious passersby stop to observe the scene.</p><p>Among the onlookers: Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) and CSE founder Daley.</p><p>&ldquo;Vi and I have known each other before I was Alderman and she&rsquo;s been a big help in my first term and one of the things I liked most about her ward was her public art,&rdquo; said Tunney. &ldquo;She clued me in on the program and how it&rsquo;s really corporate sponsors, working with the city&rsquo;s Department of Cultural Affairs, bringing sculptures to the neighborhood.&rdquo;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Branches%20-%20Ray%20Katz.jpeg" style="float: right;" title="Artist Ray Katz' sculpture Branches was installed on the corner of Newport and Halsted. (WBEZ/ Simran Khosla)" />The Chicago Sculpture Exhibit began in Lincoln Park in 2001. The program expanded to Lakeview and until last year consisted of only eight public art pieces. Now, the program is exploding three-fold into five wards with 24 sculptures.</p><p>&ldquo;The art seems to get better every year, we have new artists coming in all the time too which is very exciting,&rdquo; said Daley. &ldquo;We wanted to make sure the sculptures would be in the community versus everything being down at Navy Pier&rdquo;</p><p>Tunney hopes the program will expand to more neighborhoods.</p><p>&ldquo;Last year they worked in the first ward with Alderman [Proco Joe] Moreno,&rdquo; said Tunney. &ldquo;And we did I think five installs in the Bucktown/Wicker Park area, and we did one project up in Edgewater at Granville and Broadway.&rdquo;</p><p>The CSE is publicly and privately funded, not unlike Millenium Park. The aldermen of each participating ward recruit corporate sponsors, such the Northalsted Business Alliance, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Apartment Finders. According to Tunney, the installations cost their corporate sponsors $3,500 per a year.</p><p>The giraffes that once occupied the corner of Elaine Place and Roscoe Street were privately owned by Milton Zale, who sold a chunk of nearby property to Chicago Apartment Finders. The sculptures weren&rsquo;t included in the sale. Zale told <a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130308/lakeview/returning-elaine-place-giraffe-statues-will-cost-90000">DNAinfo</a> it would cost $90,000 to return the sculptures. The removal sparked controversy among tourists and residents of the area, many of whom, thought the sculptures were publically owned pieces of art.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Tunney.jpeg" style="float: left;" title="Ald. Tom Tunney of the 44th Ward was on hand for the installation. (WBEZ/ Elliott Ramos)" />Jon Pound is the executive director of <a href="http://www.cpag.net/home/">Chicago Public Art Group</a>. His group has been producing large-scale art projects in the city for the last 40 years and advocates for the increased visibility of art in public spaces.</p><p>&ldquo;The public part of it has always been an evolving form, because it&rsquo;s sometimes done on private property and sometimes on public property,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Public art serves as a form of identity for a space, a place, a neighborhood or a group of people perhaps. They in turn feel ownership of the piece even if the work is owned by another entity.&rdquo;</p><p>In this case, that ownership took the form of residents dressing the giraffes in rainbow boas and festive hats during the annual Gay Pride Parade, which is only 11 days away.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;ll be interesting to see the neighborhoods reaction but I think they&rsquo;ll appreciate the fact that there is art,&rdquo; said Tunney. &ldquo;And hopefully someday we&rsquo;ll get a giraffe back or two.&rdquo; &nbsp;</p><table border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 620px;"><tbody><tr><td><strong>Map: Chicago&#39;s Public Art</strong></td></tr><tr><td><em>Sculptures around Chicago are both privately and publically owned. The map below indicates the public art by catagory. (Source: City of Chicago, Chicago Sculpture Exhibit, Chicago Sculpture International)</em></td></tr><tr><td><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/CSEmapkey.jpg" title="" /></div></div></div></td></tr><tr><td><iframe frameborder="0" height="755" scrolling="no" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/wbez-assets/INTERACTIVE+DATA+PUBLISHING/2013+Projects/June/Sculptures/ChicagoSculpturesMAP.html" width="620"></iframe></td></tr></tbody></table><p><a name="map"></a></p><p><em>Simran Khosla is a WBEZ intern. Follow her <a href="http://www.twitter.com/simkhosla">@simkhosla</a>. Email her at <a href="mailto:skhosla@wbez.org">skhosla@wbez.org</a>.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 10:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/sections/art/new-sculptures-pop-lakeview-chicago-107769 Occupy Chicago wins again! Bears listen to their demands to release Chris Harris http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-10-27/occupy-chicago-wins-again-bears-listen-their-demands-release-chris-h <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-October/2011-10-27/AP110729060852.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>I'm going to start a new segment today called "Occupy-related media found on Facebook." There's really no way to tell if this stuff is real or taken out of context, so I preface my new segment with a disclaimer: This was found on Facebook. So take that with a grain of salt.</p><p>I saw this on a friend's post - a letter thrown out the window from the Chicago Board of Trade. This person doesn't like the protesters and has something to say about it (and the state of our economy). I linked it back to<a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/chicago/comments/lpy0b/just_got_back_from_a_rally_at_the_board_of_trade/"> Reddit where it has 400+ comments</a>, mostly arguing about how much teachers actually make.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-27/reddit-letter.jpg" style="width: 570px; height: 376px;" title=""></p><p>So <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/occupy-chicago-protests-city-hall-93524">Occupy Chicago marched on City Hall yesterday to deliver a petition to Mayor Rahm Emanuel</a>. The petition is all about letting Occupy Chicago set up in Grant Park without being arrested. The mayor didn't come out, but a spokesperson did. If they don't hear anything from the mayor's office in two weeks, the protesters are threatening to come back again. I wasn't there yesterday, but did the protesters hit drums in that cavernous hallway? God that would have been annoying. I'm sorry, I'm down with protesting City Hall, but that's like honking your horn in Loop rush hour traffic. It may be justified, but that doesn't mean it still isn't super annoying.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>B story</strong>: The state legislature <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/8429910-418/illinois-senate-overrides-gov-quinns-veto-of-comed-rate-hike-bill.html">got to work yesterday and overrode the Governor Quinn veto on the ComEd smart grid</a>. What's that, you say? Well, ComEd wants state money to create a better grid for delivering electricity. They want to raise your rates per month for the next 10+ years to pay for it. They claim the smart grid technology will allow them to better deliver electricity - and allow consumers to better monitor its use. Quinn vetoed the bill this summer because he felt the legislation was just a way for the utility companies to raise rates on Illinois consumers. Critics believe that ComEd will never bring the rates back down once the smart grid is in place. I don't know.&nbsp; If there is one thing I believe Governor Quinn is experienced in, it's fighting the utility companies. That's really how he made his name. So if he can't win on this, what does that mean for legislation he isn't strong on? In this case, I believe in Governor Quinn's track record. And he was joined by our State's Attorney Lisa Madigan. They were trounced in the veto vote. That's why this might be a tough day for Illinois. Energy lobbyists: 1, Quinn/Lisa Madigan: 0.</p><p><strong>C story</strong>: The Chicago Childrens Museum's move to Grant Park has been officially <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-childrens-museum-20111027,0,7811576.story">'scuttled.'</a> I thought that was already a given? Is there a new editor in Chicago news who hasn't been paying attention during the last year? Did they transfer someone from marketing who is taking press releases or budget proposals as first time news? This is a footnote story, not a headline. Sorry, but when the museum said they were going to propose expanding at Navy Pier, what did you think that meant?</p><p><strong>D story</strong>: I didn't know that Alderman Dick Mell was an avid reader of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-09-28/attention-tax-man-here-are-few-more-suggestions-nex-taxes-wont-you-a">this here blog</a>. Yesterday, <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/8435830-418/alderman-asks-whether-bikes-should-be-licensed.html">he recalled a post I did earlier (not by name) suggesting we license bikes</a>. If he starts fact-checking Wikipedia pages to the stars, then we might have a problem. For the record, I agree with the alderman. License bikes and ticket them if they don't stop at red lights and stop signs. Done. A trillion dollars and a city surplus. Glory days are here again. What can I say? I'm a taste maker.</p><p><strong>E story</strong>: <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/8435852-417/failure-to-shovel-snow-from-your-sidewalk-could-prove-costly.html">Alderman Tunney wants to ticket you if you don't shovel your snow</a>. You've been warned, deadbeat! Now, license dibs.</p><p><strong>F story</strong>: Zorn is covering the Cellini trial. Wants to know the <a href="http://blogs.chicagotribune.com/news_columnists_ezorn/2011/10/what-the-h-kind-of-job-is-levine.html?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+chicagotribune%2Fchangeofsubject+%28Chicago+Tribune+-+Change+of+Subject%29">right spelling and meaning</a> of wack job. Or is it whack job?</p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: Ah, the end of October. It's sideways rain time!</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>: <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-bears-release-veteran-safety-chris-harris-20111027,0,4423702.story">The Bears released Safety Chris Harris today</a>. Yikes, that's the end of the line for a guy who experts and fans believed was the permanent fix. Harris came in last year and solidified a position that was constantly underachieving. He started this year but got hurt and came back tentative. He must have had it out with coaching or something because he went from a leader of the defense to being cut in a matter of weeks. Ah, football. Lovie and Jerry Angelo seem to be very bi-polar with their players. Is Bears management disloyal? Last year, the Bears fell out of favor with their prized defensive tackle Tommie Harris. They unceremoniously cut DE's Alex Brown and Mark Anderson. Before that, they shipped their workhorse running back Thomas Jones and demoted and released star cornerback Nathan Vasher. This year, they balked on paying Olin Kreutz, Lance Briggs and of course, Matt Forte. Interesting picture.</p><p>Also, wasn't <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/news/story?id=6646841">Chris Harris rather outspoken</a> (via Twitter) during the lockout? Payback.</p><p>Hey, if you want a great summary of the Bears vs. Bucs game from someone in attendance, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-10-24/bears-are-4-3-which-according-players-and-coaches-exactly-where-they">check out W Shane Oman's take</a>. He left a comment this morning on last week's wrap-up. Great read about experiencing football abroad.</p><p><strong>Kicker</strong>: Did you see the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-26/jc-brooks-and-uptown-sound-deliver-some-21st-century-soul-93493">performance of JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound in our studios</a>? Great song and video, edited by Andrew Gill:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/31142601?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="601" frameborder="0" height="338"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 27 Oct 2011 13:53:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-10-27/occupy-chicago-wins-again-bears-listen-their-demands-release-chris-h Chicago's Gay Pride Parade plans to wake up earlier in 2012 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicagos-gay-pride-parade-plans-wake-earlier-2012-92866 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-October/2011-10-05/IMG_2736.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Chicagoans might need to wake up a little earlier for the Gay Pride Parade next summer; parade organizers plan to start the festivities at 10 a.m. instead of noon. Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) said he hopes the move will make the crowds more manageable and decrease outside alcohol consumption.</p><p>"The changes were precipitated by the actual success of the event and the attendees," said Tunney. "We went from 400,000 to basically 800,000 in a period of three years. What happened is it got too congested, unsafe, for the residents, and actually the spectators."</p><p>Parade coordinator Richard Pfeiffer agreed. "Most people are not there getting drunk or drinking, but you have a certain element of people that decide they want to get drunk, so by having the parade two hours earlier, we think that may allieviate some of that problem," Pfeiffer said.&nbsp;</p><p>According to Pfeiffer, clean-up costs after the parade have increased four times what they were a few years ago, and much of those parade expenses have fallen on the shoulders of Pride organizers.&nbsp;</p><p>Pfeiffer said multiple city departments have been involved in discussing potential changes to better next year's parade, scheduled for&nbsp;Sunday June 24, 2012, including the Chicago Police Department, the Chicago Fire Department, the Office of Emergency Management, and the Department of Streets &amp; Sanitation, as well as the mayor's office and applicable aldermen.&nbsp;2011's parade had <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-06-26/photos-chicago-pride-parade-could-be-one-books-88364">record-setting numbers</a>, which organizers said could be attributed to several historic LGBT events occuring right before the event, including the passage of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/illinois-starts-issuing-civil-union-licenses-87285">civil unions in Illinois</a> and the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-06-26/new-york-celebration-gay-marriage-law-88361">legalization of gay marriage in New York</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Parade organizers also plan to lengthen the route by five blocks to allow for more space for spectators, which will increase the access to the parade by two El stops. They'll also decrease the number of entries to the parade from 250 to 200.</p><p>According to Tunney, safety is the top priority in implementing these changes, which won't be implemented until permits are submitted after the new year. "We knew there was an accident waiting to happen," he said. "A serious accident waiting to happen."</p><p><em>Updated at 9:34 am on 10/06/11: This piece has been corrected to clarify that the number of floats will be decreased in 2012, not the number of entry points to the parade.</em></p></p> Wed, 05 Oct 2011 18:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicagos-gay-pride-parade-plans-wake-earlier-2012-92866