WBEZ | money http://www.wbez.org/tags/money Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: School's out for summer, may be time to make some cash http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-06-20/morning-shift-schools-out-summer-may-be-time-make <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Crown Fountain 2-Flickr-QUOI Media.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>This week Chicago area schools are heading out for the summer. Parents and students explain what&#39;s on their agenda. What are you planning to do with more free time during the day? And as the Hawks wrap Game 4, what sports superstitions to you follow?&nbsp;</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-schools-out-for-summer-may-be-time-t.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-schools-out-for-summer-may-be-time-t" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Schools out for summer, may be time to make some $" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 08:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-06-20/morning-shift-schools-out-summer-may-be-time-make Happiness pays http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-12/happiness-pays-104422 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/happiness%20money%20flickr%20materials%20aart.jpg" style="height: 465px; width: 620px;" title="Happiness can pay, according to researchers. (Flickr/Materials aart)" /></div><p>According to a recent study by the National Academy of Sciences, financial success is not necessarily determined by education, IQ, family background or a strong sense of self. After studying the profiles of over 10,000 Americans ages 16, 18, 22 and 29 they determined that a personal sense of happiness and optimism were the key determinants to financial success in life.</p><p>The report maintains that people who express more positive emotions and a greater sense of life satisfaction earn ten percent more in salaries than their respective peers in their age group. Deeply unhappy individuals on the other hand, earn 30 percent less. The study went on to report that happier teens were &ldquo;more likely to get a college degree, to get hired and promoted, and to be optimistic, extraverted, and less neurotic.&rdquo;</p><p>As a veteran of more than 40 years in a college classroom, I&rsquo;m not at all surprised by the National Academy&rsquo;s findings. It&rsquo;s been my experience that my best students were the ones who were happy in their private lives, and happy for the opportunity to be in school. I&rsquo;ve found that happy students were excited to learn, excited to be exposed to new knowledge, new challenges, new opportunities. Their optimism makes them eager learners, and although they want to achieve high grades, they are unafraid of failure or the hard work necessary to succeed.</p><p>Sure, raw brain power does matter. Sure, good study habits help. Absolutely, personal standards and family expectations motivate individual student performance and success. But, the bottom line for me is this: Give me a room full of students who feel good about life in general and understood the importance of humor and laughter, and I&rsquo;d be willing to take on any challenge with them.</p><p>Ironically, of course, there is an important philosophical lesson to be learned from this psychological study. That is to say: Money can&rsquo;t buy you happiness. But it turns out that happiness can get you more money!</p><p><em>Al Gini is a Professor of Business Ethics and Chairman of the Management Department in the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago.</em></p></p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-12/happiness-pays-104422 Dear Citibank http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-12/dear-citibank-104363 <p><p>Dear Citibank:<br /><br />Thank you for the piggy bank, glasses cleaner and huge piece of chocolate with your logo stamped on it:</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/citibank.jpg" title="" /></div><p>We are glad you appreciate our business. However, next time, we would just take an extra five bucks in our account.</p><p>Thanks and happy holidays,</p><p>The Zulkey-Delahoyde household</p></p> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 12:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-12/dear-citibank-104363 The art of giving: Philanthropy in the age of the Great Recession http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-29/art-giving-philanthropy-age-great-recession-97738 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-29/giving_Flickr_Mr. Kris.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A number of new studies indicate that even in our present tough economic times charitable giving remains a strong component of the American way of life: Last year Americans gave more than $290 billion to their favorite causes despite the struggling economic climate.</p><p>I explore what this means in the video below:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/kQSaAr2e0y4" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p><p><em>Al Gini is a professor of business ethics and chair of the department of management at Loyola University Chicago. He is also the co-founder and associate editor of&nbsp;</em>Business Ethics Quarterly,<em>and the author of several books, including</em>&nbsp;My Job, My Self&nbsp;<em>and</em>&nbsp;Seeking the Truth of Things: Confessions of a (catholic) Philosopher.</p></p> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 16:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-29/art-giving-philanthropy-age-great-recession-97738 Department of 'duh!' The (arts) rich get richer http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-17/department-duh-arts-rich-get-richer-93159 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-October/2011-10-14/fusing arts.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Now <a href="http://www.ncrp.org/paib/arts-culture-philanthropy">here's a shocker</a>: apparently most of the arts philanthropy in this country goes to big organizations. Who'da thunk it, huh? Who would imagine that arts funding in underserved communities, particularly communities of color, would lag behind donations to institutions serving wealthy white people?</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-14/fusing arts.jpg" style="width: 441px; height: 500px;" title=""></p><p>Obviously, study authors from the Committee for Responsive Philanthropy need to keep making this point if the situation is ever to be rectified; but sometimes I think the money spent on documenting the situation in the arts would be better spent on, oh, what's that called? The arts? For, <a href="http://www.economist.com/node/12263124">as it is written</a>, "You don't fatten a hog by weighing it."</p><p>But the issue does need to be raised, because attacks on the arts as "elitist" are only valid if the only arts groups getting support are the ones preferred by the elites.&nbsp; And validating that argument should be the furthest thing from the minds of people who support the arts, whether with their creativity, their attendance or their money.</p><p>What to do about it? A word of advice from a <a href="http://nonprofiteer.net/2007/05/10/dear-nonprofiteer-with-friends-like-these/">fundraising consultant</a>-cum-theater critic (or maybe it's the other way around): Don't count the money in other people's pockets. Don't presume that your audience is too poor to donate.&nbsp;<em><u><strong>Ask them!</strong></u></em>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2009/05/19/68456/americas-poor-are-its-most-generous.html">Poor people donate more generously than rich people</a>, and generous gifts to small organizations can make a huge difference.&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 17 Oct 2011 14:11:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-17/department-duh-arts-rich-get-richer-93159 Chicago sports fans look for winning returns on big-money players http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-22/chicago-sports-fans-look-winning-returns-big-money-players-90870 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-22/cubs its never gonna happen.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Jim Hendry was fired from his post as <a href="http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=chc" target="_blank">Chicago Cubs</a> general manager on Friday. His long tenure with the franchise was marked by some rather long-term contracts--some stand to affect the club for years to come. Of course the Cubs don’t have a lock on bad contracts. <em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>decided to look at some of the more notorious contract deals in Chicago sports--and examined whether an athlete’s performance was influenced by the prospect of dangling dollar signs. <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em>'s regular sports gal <a href="http://home.comcast.net/%7Eatthegame/cbio.htm" target="_blank">Cheryl Raye Stout</a> joined blogger and author<a href="http://daynperry.com/" target="_blank"> Dayn Perry </a>to talk with host Alison Cuddy about how big bucks affect big stars.</p></p> Mon, 22 Aug 2011 14:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-22/chicago-sports-fans-look-winning-returns-big-money-players-90870 Coastal towns hope Great Lakes history is a beacon for tourists http://www.wbez.org/frontandcenter/2011-07-08/coastal-towns-hope-great-lakes-history-beacon-tourists-88856 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/frontandcenter/photo/2011-07-08/88856/HERITAGE-photo Manistee Light 7-7-11-PAYETTE.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>For more than a half-century tourism has been big business around the Great Lakes. For many small towns in the north, the entire economy can depend on visitors coming for two months out of the year. Few places have tried to attract tourists by showing them the history of the lakes, a history that is not widely known. Some think it could be a huge draw, especially as the baby boomers move into retirement.</p><p>One town in the region that does use maritime history to market itself is Manistee, Michigan, which calls itself the Victorian Port City. In 1882, a fire in Manistee claimed part of one block downtown. Seven buildings in a row went up soon after. They’ve all been restored in the original Victorian style.“You get an exact image here of what you would have seen in 1890,” said Steve Harold, a historian with the Manistee County Historical Museum.</p><p>Promoting history is unusual in northern Michigan. Most coastal towns around here promote the blue water of Lake Michigan and the beaches and boats that go with it. Manistee has a nice beach too, but the city has also put its heritage to good use. In early December every year Manistee hosts the Victorian Sleighbell Parade, so it’s one of the few communities in the north to have a major festival in the winter. The port is also a regular stop for cruise ships on the Great Lakes. Steve Harold says the historic character of the downtown adds flavor to what most tourists like to do, shop.</p><p> <style type="text/css"> div .inline { width: 290px; float: left; margin-right: 19px; margin-left: 3px; clear: left; } div .inlineContent { border-top: 1px dotted #aa211d; border-top-width: 1px; border-top-style: dotted; border-top-color: #aa211d; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-top: 2px; } ul { margin-left: 15px; } li { font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 1em; background-repeat: no-repeat; background-repeat-x: no-repeat; background-repeat-y: no-repeat; background-position: 0 5px; background-position-x: 0px; background-position-y: 5px; padding-left: 3px; margin-bottom: 0.5em; }</style> </p><div class="inline"><div class="inlineContent"><a href="http://www.wbez.org/frontandcenter"><img alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-28/FNC-inset-promo.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 50px;" title=""></a><ul><li><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/about-front-and-center-%E2%80%93-depth-reporting-great-lakes-87655">About Front and Center</a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/frontandcenter/2011-07-05/big-ship-diary-88726">Big ship diary: nine days on a freighter </a></strong></li><li><a href="http://www.wbez.org/frontandcenter/2011-07-04/dredging-shipping-industry-declares-state-emergency-88579"><strong>Dredging: Great Lakes shipping emergency</strong></a></li></ul><p><strong>Listen to maritime</strong> <strong>songs from Lee Murdock</strong><br> Hooray for a Race Down the Lakes<br> <audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483550-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/frontandcenter/2011-07-08/88856/Horray.mp3">&nbsp;</audio><br> Perry's Victory on Lake Erie<br> <audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483550-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/frontandcenter/2011-07-08/88856/Perry's.mp3">&nbsp;</audio><br> &nbsp;</p></div></div><p>Travelers spent more than 17 billion dollars in Michigan last year, according to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. National surveys show visitors increasingly want some kind of cultural experience that is unique to the places they travel. &nbsp;That’s why some people think the maritime history of the Great Lakes should be promoted more than it is.</p><p>But that history has long been neglected. Lee Murdock is a folk singer who lives west of Chicago. He’s been singing ballads and sailor songs about the lakes for 25 years. Murdock says it makes sense that people in the 20<sup>th</sup> century forgot about the lakes since they were using them like a sewer.</p><p>“And the lakes got dirtier and dirtier and dirtier,” said Murdock. “That’s when cities like Chicago, Cleveland and Detroit… and Buffalo, they kind of turned their back on the Great Lakes.”</p><p>Murdock says when the Cuyahoga River caught on fire it not only reminded people that the lakes were dirty, but that they were there. He thinks interest in maritime history has followed the environmental issues and he expects baby boomers to become more interested in the past as they grow older.</p><p>Bill Anderson agrees, and sees an opportunity. “We’ve never had an age cohort in the history of the United States with so much education and so much disposable income,” said the historian from Ludington Michigan.</p><p>Anderson was the head of Michigan’s now defunct Department of History, Arts and Libraries. These days he’s helping his hometown cater to those boomers. Ludington is one of those Lake Michigan towns that has mainly relied on the beach to attract visitors. &nbsp;But now city leaders are looking more closely at what else they have.</p><p>“One of the areas of strength for us is that we’ve always been a maritime community,” says Anderson.</p><p>The last coal-fired car ferry still operating in the Great Lakes has its home in Ludington.&nbsp; Other attractions here include a vintage baseball team, The Ludington Mariners, and a waterfront sculpture park featuring life-size bronze pieces that evoke the past. Anderson is involved in a study to inventory all the assets and show the business community that history and other cultural attractions are worth promoting.</p><p>Drawing in visitors is a challenge, though, even for the best maritime museums and exhibits. Chris Gilchrist, the executive director of the Great Lakes Historical Society in Vermillion, Ohio, says most historic attractions around the Great Lakes are not destinations.</p><p>“Most of your visitors come to the community for some other reason and say, ‘Oh, they’ve got a museum.’”</p><p>Maritime exhibits can be expensive. Ships and lighthouses especially are very expensive to restore and maintain. Government and foundation grants that typically help with such projects are harder to come by these days. Manistee just took ownership of its lighthouse and plans to refurbish it. Local historian Steve Harold figures it will cost $150,000 just for a proper coat of paint on the outside. He’s not worried about raising the money though because the light is Manistee’s icon.</p><p>“It’s on city stationary,” says Harold. “It’s on everything that gets published.”</p><p>Once it’s open, Manistee will have a lighthouse and two historic ships for visitors, in addition to the local museum. That will put the city in a good position if there is a renaissance Great Lakes maritime history and the tourism business favors towns that can satisfy travelers curious about the old days on the inland seas.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 08 Jul 2011 10:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/frontandcenter/2011-07-08/coastal-towns-hope-great-lakes-history-beacon-tourists-88856 Americans remain unsure of economy's future http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-06-28/americans-remain-unsure-economys-future-88464 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/npr_story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-28/80531469.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Nearly two years after the official end of the recession, Americans still remain unconvinced.</p><p>Consumer confidence has hit an eight-month low, according to a Conference Board report released Tuesday. The group studies how Americans feel about business conditions and the job market.</p><p>It turns out consumers aren't feeling so hot about the prospects for the future, which economist says could be a self-fulfilling prophecy.</p><p>This can be seen in any parking lot of a big-box store.</p><p>"We've obviously cut back with not knowing what's going on, and are trying to put more into savings, and not taking vacations and stuff like that," says Helena Gramann, who was shopping at a Novi, Mich., Target and Costco.</p><p>She and her husband, Greg, were going to the store with coupons, which is something they haven't always done.</p><p><strong>A Tight Budget</strong></p><p>"It's generally not like splurging as much," she says. "As you see something, you think about it little bit more before purchasing it. Try to stick to the budget a little bit more."</p><p>The Grammans say they're doing just fine — both still have jobs — but they're saving just to be safe.</p><p>Chris Christopher, an economist with IHS Global Insight, says that's exactly the problem.</p><p>"In a downturn, the No. 1 problem is basically confidence," he says. "Trying to get people to spend a little more, and it's a very difficult thing to do."</p><p>Christopher says one of the drags on consumer confidence are gas prices, which are up about a dollar a gallon from last summer.</p><p>"Consumers can't go to their boss and say, 'Hey, I want a higher salary this month because gasoline prices went up,'" he says. "They're going to have to make ends meet, and they're going to have to think of what to do. Dip into savings, use their credit card — if they still have a credit card."</p><p>Meanwhile Gary Bradshaw with Hodges Capital Management in Dallas says the cost of energy isn't just affecting consumers.</p><p>"I think it is reflects on the people out there hiring," he says. "When they see their costs up pretty dramatically in a short period time, it causes the fella that actually needs to hire people to pause a little bit."</p><p>And that adds to lack of confidence.</p><p><strong>Consumers Sensitive To Bad News</strong></p><p>Stacey and Patrick Grayson from Southfield, Mich. — one town over from Novi — said the high gas prices have made them stick a little closer to home.</p><p>"Our anniversary was yesterday and we wanted to go to Niagara Falls, but we're here in Novi," Stacey Grayson says.</p><p>"We just wanted to get out, get away from Southfield," Patrick Grayson says. "So we spent some time at the Sheraton."</p><p>Ken Goldstein, who works for the Conference Board, said the Graysons' story shows where most Americans are right now.</p><p>He says consumers are responding to months of bad news about the economy. But what if there were some good news?<br /> <br /> "Consumers are likely to treat that much better than another piece of bad news," he says. "If that sort of balance begins to change a little bit, that's when you'll start to see consumer confidence really change — hopefully for the better."</p><p>Goldstein says things are likely to say where they are now, at least for awhile. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. <img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1309292530?&gn=Americans+Remain+Unsure+Of+Economy%27s+Future&ev=event2&ch=1017&h1=Around+the+Nation,Your+Money,Economy,Business,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=137477718&c7=1017&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1017&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110628&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c21=2&v21=D%3Dc2&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></div></p></p> Tue, 28 Jun 2011 15:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-06-28/americans-remain-unsure-economys-future-88464 No opponent, but big money in Illinois justice's race http://www.wbez.org/story/business/no-opponent-big-money-illinois-justices-race <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/npr/images/26-10-2010/kilbride.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>There's no shortage of hot political races in Illinois this year. The Senate seat once occupied by President Obama is up for grabs. So is the governor's mansion.</p><p>But it's a big-money campaign for the Illinois Supreme Court, in which Justice Thomas Kilbride is running without an opponent, that has good-government advocates shaking their heads.</p><p>Nearly $3 million has flowed into that race -- making it the second-highest-grossing judicial retention campaign in history. And, experts say, it could have a lasting impact on the independence of the court system.</p><p><strong>'Does The Public Buy It?' </strong></p><p>Cynthia Canary, who runs the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, has been tracking contributions in the campaign. More than $2 million from the state Democratic Party and unions has gone to Kilbride. About $600,000 more from business groups is funding the opposition.</p><p>&quot;We've got this notion embedded in our history that when judges sit on a case they're supposed to ... consider the law and not be swayed by campaign contributions or whom they know,&quot; Canary says. &quot;But when you're talking about this kind of money, even a justice who is doing their absolute best to apply that kind of standard and to be neutral, the problem is: Does the public buy it?&quot;</p><p>Kilbride, 57, is a 10-year veteran of the court who is trying to win another 10-year term. He's a former legal aid lawyer who once ran his own small law practice.</p><p>These days, he's running a careful sort of campaign, introducing himself to some of the sprawling district's 1.2 million voters at community events.</p><p><strong>Community Campaigning</strong></p><p>One morning last week, local political candidates and religious leaders sat side by side at the Kankakee Country Club in Kankakee, Ill., and dug into biscuits and gravy from the buffet while waiting for the 29th annual prayer breakfast to begin.</p><p>Mike Bossert, chairman of the Kankakee County Board, warmed up the crowd.</p><p>&quot;Welcome all to Kankakee County,&quot; Bossert said. &quot;I'm honored to have the opportunity to welcome you on this glorious, fall morning. October in Illinois -- sunshine, cool weather, harvest is done, $5 corn -- life is great, right?&quot;</p><p>Actually, things could be better for native son Kilbride. Even though no one is running against him, he has attracted fierce opposition.</p><p>A few hours after the prayer breakfast, Kilbride drove to the convention center in East Peoria, Ill., to introduce himself to a group of probation officers and maybe pick up a few votes. Outside, Kilbride opened the trunk of his white sedan, which has become a roving campaign office.</p><p>&quot;I've got a group of yard signs and the bumper stickers and the palm cards,&quot; he said.</p><p>Inside the convention center, Kilbride accepted an award on behalf of the Illinois Supreme Court, of which he is set to become chief justice this week. But if he doesn't win 60 percent of the vote on Nov. 2, the awards dinner in East Peoria could be one of his last official acts.</p><p><strong>Attack Ads</strong></p><p>Ed Murnane leads the pro-business Illinois Civil Justice League, Kilbride's leading critic. Murnane rallied the business community after Kilbride voted this year against limits on medical malpractice claims. (Another Illinois Supreme Court justice who voted the same way in the medical liability case is also facing re-election, but, unlike Kilbride, he comes from a solidly Democratic district in Cook County, Ill., so the money hasn't flowed in his direction.)</p><p>At a community event posted on YouTube, Murnane laid out his case.</p><p>&quot;It became obvious that Thomas Kilbride not only had the worst record on civil issues,&quot; Murnane said, &quot;he also had a terrible record on criminal issues, and we thought the voters of Illinois who are being asked to send him back to the Supreme Court for 10 more years needed to know about his record.&quot;</p><p>Murnane canceled an interview with NPR, then didn't respond when asked to reschedule. But his political action committee has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from business groups and manufacturers to run negative radio ads against Kilbride.</p><p>The ads include some violent content from actors pretending to be criminals.</p><p>&quot;I was convicted of sexual assault of three different children,&quot; one ad begins. Another voice adds, &quot;I was convicted of shooting my ex-girlfriend in the face and murdering her sister while our daughter watched. On appeal, Justice Thomas Kilbride sided with us over law enforcement and our victims. ... Vote no on retention of Supreme Court Judge Thomas Kilbride. It's way down on the ballot, but please make it a top priority.&quot;</p><p>The state bar association, retired judges and police groups have denounced the ads as unfair and inaccurate. Kilbride offered a more personal response.</p><p>&quot;I think they're deplorable,&quot; Kilbride said. &quot;They're horrific. I think they're vile.&quot;</p><p>Kilbride said those criminal cases dealt with procedural issues. And he says none of the defendants were released from jail or got lighter sentences because of his rulings.</p><p>The attacks have gotten so harsh that Kilbride has been asking himself whether he ever wants to run again after this race ends.</p><p>&quot;I don't know about in the future [if] I'd want to do anything like this, the way it's evolved,&quot; he said. &quot;I am where I am. Here's the point. It's not about me; it's about our court system. It's about the independence of the judicial branch.&quot;</p><p>Yet Kilbride has raised more than double what his opponents have collected so far -- numbers that surprise some local voters.</p><p><strong>Misdirected Money?</strong></p><p>At a shiny new ice rink in Kankakee last week, voter Jeffrey Naese watched his son play hockey in a nighttime league. Naese works full time, but he runs the Zamboni here in the evenings to pick up some extra cash.</p><p>&quot;I would surely hope that million dollars would go toward something that would help out toward our community,&quot; Naese said.</p><p>Kilbride agreed. He said he'd prefer to drive around introducing himself to voters, not spend millions on television ads that feature law enforcement officers vouching for his approach on crime.</p><p>&quot;Nobody would be raising any money but for the announcement months ago, if not a year ago, when Ed Murnane of the Illinois Civil Justice League made it clear he was going to raise a million and a half dollars to come after me,&quot; Kilbride said. &quot;Now what am I to do ... sit still, lay down and roll over and just get trampled?&quot;</p><p>Kilbride said the race is about far more than his career.</p><p>&quot;If we are going to allow the courts to be politicized to this degree, where there's more and more big-time money coming in, it's going to ruin the court system and we might as well shut down the third branch,&quot; he said. &quot;I mean that seriously.&quot; Copyright 2010 National Public Radio. 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To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img alt="" src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1288126994?&amp;gn=No+Opponent%2C+But+Big+Money+In+Illinois+Justice%27s+Race&amp;ev=event2&amp;h1=Election+2010,Around+the+Nation,Politics,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&amp;c3=D%3Dgn&amp;v3=D%3Dgn&amp;c4=130810189&amp;c7=1014&amp;v7=D%3Dc7&amp;c18=1014&amp;v18=D%3Dc18&amp;c19=20101026&amp;v19=D%3Dc19&amp;c20=1&amp;v20=D%3Dc20&amp;c21=3&amp;v21=D%3Dc2&amp;c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001" /></p></p> Mon, 25 Oct 2010 23:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/business/no-opponent-big-money-illinois-justices-race Two guns in a gym bag http://www.wbez.org/gscott/2008/08/two-guns-in-a-gym-bag/368 <p>"If you're going to get in with outlaws and write about them, then you've got to be willing to break the law yourself." -- Mark Fleisher (mentor) <a onclick="urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.chicagopublicradio.org/content.aspx?audioID=25808&amp;referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/edit.php');" href="http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/content.aspx?audioID=25808">D-Bo</a>, a West Side heroin and crack cocaine dealer, hands me an old gym satchel, and starts rapping insistently on Jenny's front door. All morning Jenny's been slamming me with text messages, issuing a frantic series of "911" missives alerting me to her boyfriend's increasingly violent tantrums. Now here I stand next to D-Bo, the two of us here to "evict" Jenny's boyfriend, Darren, a reckless but profitable dealer of heroin and crack cocaine. Jenny and I hatched our "friendship" in a Cicero crackhouse. She's a self-titled "functional crackhead," a former exotic dancer who now works as an executive assistant to a cosmetics tycoon. Every evening, most mornings before work, and all weekend long, Jenny runs the crack circuit, usually traversing the same turf I occupy. She came out of nowhere...few autobiographical details. But she's got money, she smokes crack, she shares her money and drugs, and she helps "dysfunctional addicts" with their daily business. "Money buys love out here," a local dealer named Mike tells me, "and it buys forgiveness." He trusts Jenny, "but only about half as far as I can throw her."<!--break--> Whatever the case, the local gang leader has told me she's all right. When I'm out here on the streets, I defer to him on matters such as this. After all, his blessing is my protective shield. I am, in his eyes, <a href="http://chicagogangs.org/index.php?pr=BLACK_SOULS" target="_blank">a Black Soul</a>. Jenny comes to the door, flings it open dramatically. She's crying. Darren smacked her a few times, I later learn. D-Bo and I enter the house. She's trying to tell us something in confidence, out of Darren's earshot. But we can't make sense of her words. We take her into the bathroom, where all she can manage to say is, "I want him out of here now. And I want my apartment keys and my car keys." Clear enough. D-Bo takes the lead. Out the bathroom, I'm tailing D-Bo to Darren's "business," a bedroom in the apartment set aside for storage and dealing of drugs. Darren's pissed. He doesn't want to leave. He's shouting, pounding the wall. D-Bo's in Darren's face, yelling at him to calm down. He grabs Darren in a half nelson, ushers him to Darren's business room, shoves him in there, tells him to sit the f**k down and shut the f**k up. He comes out to the hallway, where I'm standing, and grabs the gym bag from my hand. When he grabs the bag, I realize what's in there--a heater. A handgun. A piece. A life sentence. When he opens the bag, I see two handguns--a .45 and a .357. D-Bo grabs the bigger gun, and I'm left holding the .357. I see that it's loaded. I zip up the bag. Jenny sees D-Bo enter Darren's room, gun in hand. I'm thinking, "I'm f**ked, we're all f**ked." Jenny darts out the bathroom, her robe coming loose and exposing her body, which is naked from the waist up. She tries to storm the business room to stop D-Bo from hurting Darren, but D-Bo shoves her back into the hallway, where she sees me holding the gym bag sporting some obvious weight, like a pregnant alley cat. Her eyes meet mine, and I can see her next move. Jenny comes at me with hands groping for the bag. She wants the other gun, whose envelopment in the bag she has deduced. I back away while unzipping the bag, pull the gun out, and shove it in the back of my pants. I push her away, throw the bag aside, and guide her into a chair in the kitchen. It all happens in one unpunctuated motion. I'm too close to this situation. I'm just a writer. Why am I here? What am I going to do if D-Bo shoots Darren? I can't stop or even slow the salvo of questions battering my mind. So I focus on Jenny and try to calm her down. She keeps asking for the gun. Together we wonder what's happening in the business room. They've been in there for a while now. Time passes. Jenny's tear storm has passed; she has dressed herself in casual attire; cosmetics have been applied to her face. "What the f**k is goin' on in there?" she asks ... it's a rhetorical question, but she and I communicate almost telepathically with each other that the answer is obvious. Then she says it, "They're getting high...those motherf**kers are getting high together!" Now she's fuming. And beating on the business room door. Long and short of it: D-Bo went in there and tried to calm Darren, who quickly figured out the way to get himself off the hook and buy some extra time here at Jenny's: Get D-Bo high and then give him what he wants. D-Bo has been hurting lately. He lost his previous, lucrative "lick" (illegal money-making endeavor). Darren, knowing all of this, turns D-Bo on to some crack, a "bump" of heroin, and then cuts a deal with D-Bo to distribute Darren's narcotics in exchange for a hefty commission. D-Bo went into the business room with a purpose derived from friendship and love: Evict Darren to protect Jenny. Once in the room, his purpose changed as he discerned a way to satisfy the greater mission of self-preservation and self-advancement. Coming out of the room, D-Bo and Darren appear to be best buddies, long-time friends reunited after years of separation. Jenny's pissed, but D-Bo tells her, "This man really loves you. And he's doing his business. You can't just kick him outta here...he's got clients, he's got his s**t here ... you know, he needs time. But I think you all love each other. You really do. And you can work it out." D-Bo says all of this with a gun in his back pocket and crack and heroin in his front pockets. He says this as Darren's newest employee. We all know what's going on. Money buys love, it buys friendship, it buys forgiveness, and it buys loyalty. Most important of all, though, it buys betrayal. "If you want to understand what's going on with people's relationships on the street," a colleague once told me, "follow the money." <a onclick="urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.chicagopublicradio.org/Content.aspx?audioID=25808&amp;referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/edit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.chicagopublicradio.org/Content.aspx?audioID=25808&amp;referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/edit.php');urchinTracker('/outgoing/www.chicagopublicradio.org/Content.aspx?audioID=25808&amp;referer=http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=368&amp;message=1&amp;_wp_original_http_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fapps.wbez.org%2Fblog%2Fwp-admin%2Fedit.php%3Fpost_status%3Dpending');" href="http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/Content.aspx?audioID=25808">But are "street people" any different from "the rest of us"? </a> Can you take stock of your relationships and honestly say that they nothing to do with the distribution of either material resources (e.g., money, property) or symbolic resources (e.g., reputation, status)? Can you think of a time when you entered a relationship, did something good for someone, betrayed someone and the reason had to do with money?</p> Sun, 03 Aug 2008 12:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/gscott/2008/08/two-guns-in-a-gym-bag/368