WBEZ | Dear Chicago http://www.wbez.org/dearchicago Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Dear Chicago: Green the fleet http://www.wbez.org/content/dear-chicago-green-fleet <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-March/2011-03-25/IMG_1653.JPG" alt="" /><p><br/><div id="PictoBrowser120123122034">&nbsp;</div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.db798.com/pictobrowser/swfobject.js"></script><script type="text/javascript"> var so = new SWFObject("http://www.db798.com/pictobrowser.swf", "PictoBrowser", "500", "520", "8", "#EEEEEE"); so.addVariable("source", "sets"); so.addVariable("names", "Dear Chicago: Green the Fleet"); so.addVariable("userName", "chicagopublicmedia"); so.addVariable("userId", "33876038@N00"); so.addVariable("ids", "72157628998934719"); so.addVariable("titles", "off"); so.addVariable("displayNotes", "always"); so.addVariable("thumbAutoHide", "off"); so.addVariable("imageSize", "medium"); so.addVariable("vAlign", "top"); so.addVariable("vertOffset", "0"); so.addVariable("colorHexVar", "EEEEEE"); so.addVariable("initialScale", "off"); so.addVariable("bgAlpha", "90"); so.write("PictoBrowser120123122034"); </script><p>Between sanitation trucks, fire engines, and police SUVs, the City of Chicago owns its fair share of motor vehicles - nearly 13,000 in all, according to the Department of Fleet Management. And fueling them up is not cheap: in 2010 the city spent more than $24 million on gasoline and diesel fuel. &nbsp;</p><p>Compare that with only $164,000 spent on alternative fuels and you might have a hard time squaring reality with outgoing Mayor Richard M. Daley’s stated desire to improve the city’s environmental record.</p><div>In a 2006 <a href="http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1193833,00.html#ixzz1Gn06K8Ni">Time Magazine article</a> Mayor Daley said the city was “aggressive in terms of the environment,” and his claim bears out in some cases. Daley founded the Department of the Environment in 1992 and is credited with planting thousands of trees and remediating thousands of acres of brownfield sites in the city. He even had a rooftop garden installed on City Hall.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In addition, the city launched its Climate Action Plan in 2008, with a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2020. The plan includes improvements to the fleet, but a publicly available progress report suggests most improvements come from changes to the Chicago Transit Authority's bus fleet, not improvements to vehicles under the city's direct control.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This has not been enough to satisfy some, such as scientist Forrest Jehlik, who want the city to address its fleet’s impact on global warming faster and more aggressively. Jehlik, 38, is an environmentalist, but he’s not wed to weepy, low-performance vehicles; in fact, he loves muscle cars and stock car racing, and hopes to buy a classic British chopper motorcycle this summer. But as a research engineer at Argonne National Laboratory he is also pioneering technological advancements that could make all automobiles greener and more fuel efficient. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Here, Jehlik explains why he wants this city to put its money where its mouth is and green its fleet.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Dear Chicago</em> is a project of WBEZ’s <a href="http://chicagopublicmedia.org/partnerships/our-partners">Partnerships Program</a>. Forrest Jehlik was nominated for the series by <a href="http://www.anl.gov/">Argonne National Laboratory</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Dear Chicago, </em></div><div><em>&nbsp;</em></div><div><em>For a long time now you’ve portrayed yourself as a green city. Let’s make sure those words aren’t just a dream.&nbsp;</em></div><div><em>&nbsp;</em></div><div><em>I love cars. I really, really do. I went to a horror movie when I was 10 or 11 years old and in the movie there was this car, a 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda, and I thought it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen. It’s a classic Chrysler car, and from that day on I was sold. I went out and read and learned about cars and knew that was my dream car. To me, cars done right aren’t just a utility; they’re pieces of art.</em></div><div><em>&nbsp;</em></div><div><em>I’m also passionate about trying to reduce our reliance on foreign petroleum, and looking for solutions that are domestically generated, helping support industry in the United States.</em></div><div><em>&nbsp;</em></div><div><em>I was at General Motors for 5 years. My job was in research and development working on diesel engine systems for the North American marketplace. Our fuel economy targets were really aggressive at that time, and diesel engines are inherently anywhere from 25 to 40 percent more efficient per gallon than a gasoline engine. </em></div><div><em>&nbsp;</em></div><div><em>Now I work at Argonne National Laboratory on two different projects. The first thing I’m working on is the effect of temperature on fuel consumption in advanced vehicles like hybrids. </em></div><div><em>&nbsp;</em></div><div><em>Let’s say you have a Toyota Prius or some advanced vehicle that you were driving around the city. If you were to drive the same route every day, driving at the same speed, and for the sake of argument you didn’t turn on the air conditioner or the heater, you would notice a tremendous increase and decrease in your fuel consumption depending on the temperatures outside. I’ve been working on techniques to characterize what the fuel consumption is relative to those ambient conditions and what engineering solutions could be applied to that loss, which could really benefit the consumer with increased fuel economy. </em></div><div><em>&nbsp;</em></div><div><em>Then, I got involved a little over a year ago with a green racing program. Racing has an enormous volume of fans in this country, whether it’s motorcycle racing, stock car racing, indie racing, or American Le Mans series racing. It’s second only to the NFL [National Football League]. It’s the perfect platform to say, hey, this race car has this whiz-bang gadget or this new advanced technology and your production cars could have this too.</em></div><div><em>&nbsp;</em></div><div><em>The results have been amazing. Last year we were able to record a 40 percent reduction in petroleum use over a whole American Le Mans race series as well as a 40 percent reduction in well-to-wheels greenhouse gas emissions. It was pretty staggering. </em></div><div><em>&nbsp;</em></div><div><em>There are a lot of technologies on the horizon that Chicago could look at to diversify their fleet and become much more sustainable environmentally. </em></div><div><em>&nbsp;</em></div><div><em>The first step is we really need to find out what their driving habits are. Engineers tend to be a lot more rational than we are political. I think the key is doing the research and seeing what makes the most sense for the driving route, driving conditions, seasonal driving distance, loading conditions and so forth. Certain technologies lend themselves better to certain things. It could be anything from electric power vehicles to compressed natural gas for busses. There’s not one silver bullet. There are more like a lot of silver shotgun pellets, and you need to find the right shotgun pellet to address the issue. </em></div><div><em>&nbsp;</em></div><div><em>The image a city portrays is a global thing, and it can really make the difference between people wanting to invest and become a part of the city or looking elsewhere. So the City of Chicago has touted itself for a long time now as a green city, but what does green mean? Well, in my opinion green means sustainable. The city definitely has the potential to be a world leader in this movement. We can really start down that path where we’re not reliant on just petroleum-based products that will ultimately become too expensive for the world to use.</em></div><div><em>&nbsp;</em></div><div><em>What I’d like to see the city do, if it really wants to make good on its green image, is take a look at the entire transportation sector to see what the free market could do to reduce their petroleum use and greenhouse gas emissions, and truly reflect the image of Chicago as a leader of clean transportation.</em></div></p> Mon, 28 Mar 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/content/dear-chicago-green-fleet Dear Chicago: Make biking, walking safer http://www.wbez.org/content/dear-chicago-make-biking-walking-safer <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-March/2011-03-25/LV 1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe width="599" height="449" frameborder="0" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/21502983?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000"></iframe></p><p>If you&rsquo;ve ever ventured out into one of Chicago&rsquo;s famous six-corner intersections, you know the streets don&rsquo;t always feel safe. The facts bear this out. In 2009 there were over 4,500 crashes between Chicago drivers and pedestrians or cyclists, 35 of which were fatal. This is according to the Illinois Department of Transportation, which tracks traffic statistics. (However, as the <em>Chicago Tribune</em>&nbsp;<a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-03-20/classified/ct-met-getting-around-0221-20110320_1_dooring-clinton-miceli-bicyclists">reported recently</a>, these numbers do not include <em>dooring</em>, a common type of bicycle crash that has been excluded from state record-keeping.) &nbsp;</p><p>Adolfo Hernandez, 28, wants to see these numbers change. &ldquo;I think it would be great if the city said one fatality on our roads is one fatality too many,&rdquo; he explains. &ldquo;We shouldn&rsquo;t have pedestrian deaths or people on bicycles killed by automobiles.&rdquo;<br /><br />Hernandez is in a rare position to bend city government&rsquo;s ear on this topic. In addition to serving as director of advocacy and outreach for the Active Transportation Alliance, a local advocacy group dedicated to making cycling, walking and public transit &ldquo;safe, convenient and fun,&rdquo; Hernandez was recently named to Mayor Elect Rahm Emanuel&rsquo;s transition team. Last week he traveled to Seville, Spain. He and officials from U.S. cities toured cycling infrastructure that Seville has installed. According to Hernandez, changes to Seville&rsquo;s streets have resulted in an additional 60,000 daily bike rides above the 6,000 the city saw just three years ago. Hernandez calls that &ldquo;a dramatic shift.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>Many factors can contribute to making streets safer. One of them is infrastructure&mdash;the way city streets are planned and built. Here, Hernandez explains why he wants Chicago to build infrastructure designed to protect vulnerable users in every neighborhood. <br /><br /><em>Dear Chicago</em> is a project of WBEZ&rsquo;s <a href="http://chicagopublicmedia.org/partnerships/our-partners">Partnerships Program</a>. Adolfo Hernandez was nominated for the series by the <a href="http://chicagourbanartsociety.tumblr.com/">Chicago Urban Art Society</a>.</p><p><br /><em>Editor&rsquo;s note: The producer was a victim of a hit-and-run dooring accident in 2008.</em></p></p> Mon, 28 Mar 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/content/dear-chicago-make-biking-walking-safer Dear Chicago: Fight the AIDS epidemic http://www.wbez.org/content/dear-chicago-fight-aids-epidemic <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-March/2011-03-16/McCoy_1374.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="PictoBrowser120123122957">&nbsp;</div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.db798.com/pictobrowser/swfobject.js"></script><script type="text/javascript"> var so = new SWFObject("http://www.db798.com/pictobrowser.swf", "PictoBrowser", "500", "560", "8", "#EEEEEE"); so.addVariable("source", "sets"); so.addVariable("names", "Dear Chicago: Fight the AIDS epidemic"); so.addVariable("userName", "chicagopublicmedia"); so.addVariable("userId", "33876038@N00"); so.addVariable("ids", "72157628998972619"); so.addVariable("titles", "off"); so.addVariable("displayNotes", "always"); so.addVariable("thumbAutoHide", "off"); so.addVariable("imageSize", "medium"); so.addVariable("vAlign", "mid"); so.addVariable("vertOffset", "0"); so.addVariable("colorHexVar", "EEEEEE"); so.addVariable("initialScale", "off"); so.addVariable("bgAlpha", "90"); so.write("PictoBrowser120123122957"); </script><div>The struggle against AIDS may be global, but the City of Chicago plays its part in the fight. Over 20,000 Chicagoans suffer from the disease, according to statistics released by the Department of Public Health in November of 2010. City government may not dedicate dollars toward the kind of medical research that could someday lead to a vaccine or cure, but it does funnel money to local groups that provide testing, prevention, education, and treatment. The city set aside nearly $4.78 million in last year&rsquo;s budget to combat HIV and AIDS.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A statement on the city&rsquo;s website says that HIV/AIDS funding is designed to &ldquo;serve communities in greatest need.&rdquo; But that doesn&rsquo;t square with everyone&rsquo;s perception of how resources are allocated.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Keith McCoy, 41, for example, says he is frustrated by how much city money goes to groups on the North Side &ndash; groups he calls &ldquo;politically connected.&rdquo; McCoy is the treasurer of Windy City LGBT Black Pride, an advocacy group that works primarily with African-American gays and lesbians who live on the South Side. He estimates that his group receives between $6,000 and $10,000 annually in city funding, the bulk of which is spent on a yearly event in Sherman Park where they provide HIV testing to surrounding South Side neighborhoods.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Here, McCoy explains why he wants the new mayor and city council to ensure that the bulk of city money goes to support communities hardest hit by HIV and AIDS.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>As of publication, the Chicago Department of Public Health did not return WBEZ&rsquo;s calls for comment.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Dear Chicago</em> is a project of WBEZ&rsquo;s <a href="http://chicagopublicmedia.org/partnerships/our-partners">Partnerships Program</a>. Keith McCoy was nominated for the series by <a href="http://affinity95.org/acscontent/">Affinity Community Services</a>, a social justice organization that serves the African-American LGBTQ community in Chicago.</div></p> Mon, 21 Mar 2011 10:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/content/dear-chicago-fight-aids-epidemic Dear Chicago: Keep the grip on gun laws http://www.wbez.org/content/dear-chicago-keep-grip-gun-laws <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-March/2011-03-14/Bishop_2790.jpg" alt="" /><p> <br/> <div id="PictoBrowser120123151320"></div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.db798.com/pictobrowser/swfobject.js"></script><script type="text/javascript"> var so = new SWFObject("http://www.db798.com/pictobrowser.swf", "PictoBrowser", "500", "512", "8", "#EEEEEE"); so.addVariable("source", "sets"); so.addVariable("names", "Dear Chicago: Keep the grip on gun laws"); so.addVariable("userName", "chicagopublicmedia"); so.addVariable("userId", "33876038@N00"); so.addVariable("ids", "72157629002472775"); so.addVariable("titles", "off"); so.addVariable("displayNotes", "always"); so.addVariable("thumbAutoHide", "off"); so.addVariable("imageSize", "medium"); so.addVariable("vAlign", "top"); so.addVariable("vertOffset", "0"); so.addVariable("colorHexVar", "EEEEEE"); so.addVariable("initialScale", "off"); so.addVariable("bgAlpha", "90"); so.write("PictoBrowser120123151320"); </script> <p>In April 1990 Jeanne Bishop had an experience with gun violence that changed her forever. &nbsp;She lost two family members and endured months of investigation before authorities finally identified the murderer. The case had several consequences. For one, Bishop changed careers and became a public defender; she works today in a Cook County felony courtroom located in Skokie. More often than not, she represents defendants in cases where a firearm was involved.</p><p>But her experience also pushed her to use personal time to advocate for stringent gun control laws. She cites statistics that suggest firearms are used in suicides and homicides more often than they’re used for personal protection. Preliminary data from the Chicago Police Department suggest that firearms were involved in 354 murders in the city last year.<br> <br> Bishop’s work to strengthen gun control laws in Chicago has become more challenging; in 2010 the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Chicago’s ban on most handgun ownership in the city, despite Mayor Richard M. Daley’s efforts to keep the ban in place. Bishop hopes the city’s new mayor and city council will devise ways to work around this development.</p><p><em>Dear Chicago</em> is a project of WBEZ's <a href="http://chicagopublicmedia.org/partnerships/our-partners">Parterships Program</a>. Jeanne Bishop was nominated for the series by <a href="http://www.fourthchurch.org/index.html">Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago</a>.</p><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Dear Chicago,<br> <br> It was April 7th, 1990, and Nancy Bishop Langert, my younger sister, was 3 months pregnant and married to Richard Langert. We had all gone out to dinner to celebrate my father’s birthday at a restaurant in Chicago. When the dinner was over I went home to my apartment in Chicago, my parents went to their home, and Richard and Nancy went to their town home in Winnetka.<br> <br> When they walked through their front door they saw that this killer was waiting for them. He had a .357 Magnum handgun loaded with bullets and forced them to the floor. He handcuffed my brother-in-law, and Nancy started begging for their lives. He took them i­­­­nto the basement and executed them there. He shot my brother-in-law once, execution-style in the back of the head, in front of my sister. He turned the gun on her, so she put her arms around her head and he fired into her pregnant abdomen twice. He left her there to bleed to death.<br> <br> At some point Nancy must have realized she was dying so she dragged herself over to Richard’s body and wrote in her own blood next to him the shape of a heart and the letter U. She died there next to him.<br> <br> The killer’s name is David Biro. He killed them in April, then bragged to a friend about it in June. In October the killer was going to commit another murder. When the friend realized Biro was going to kill again, he went to the Winnetka police station and said, “I know who did this.” The police went to this young man’s home and found the gun, the handcuffs, the glass cutter, burglary tools, and this trophy notebook compiled with poems about the killings and press clippings. We even learned that he had gone to Richard and Nancy’s funeral.<br> <br> They arrested Mr. Biro, he was put on trial, and the jury found him guilty. He received the mandatory sentence for a double homicide committed by a juvenile and that was life without parole, meaning you die in prison.<br> <br> I didn’t know that much about guns or gun legislation then. The first question I had when I found out my sister had been shot to death by a 16-year-old was: How did he get a gun? The more I learned about what could have saved her life, the angrier I got.<br> <br> The person who killed my sister was chronically in trouble. His parents had to hire a lawyer to get him out of trouble, whether it was running a bicycle chop-shop, shooting people with BB guns out of his window, or trying to poison his own family with rat poison in their milk.<br> <br> Mr. Biro decided he wanted to have a gun, so he used an adult’s personal information to get a firearm identification card, or FOID card. One was actually mailed to his house. His mother came home and saw this thing and realized her son had committed a serious felony. She immediately called the lawyer and gave this card to him. When David Biro found out, he called the lawyer and said he was going to break in and take it.<br> <br> Mr. Biro went to the office, took the hinges off the door, entered the law office and looked for his FOID card. He goes to the lawyer’s unlocked desk drawer, pulls it open and finds a .357 Magnum handgun, speed loader and bullets. Two days later my family members were dead.<br> <br> That made me angry. I didn’t understand why a trigger lock that would have cost the manufacturer $1.50 wasn’t required. I didn’t understand why the law didn’t require the lawyer to at least lock the drawer where the gun was being stored.<br> <br> It’s unusual and rare, but Chicago was able to have a handgun ban. And the town that I live in, Winnetka, was able to have a handgun ban. But there was a challenge to the federal ban on handguns in the city of Washington, D.C., and that was the Heller decision. The U.S. held that Washington D.C. could not prevent homeowners from having a handgun in their home. So the NRA’s next step after Heller was to sue Chicago, Winnetka, Wilmette, Evanston, and every other town in Illinois that had a handgun ban, seeking the same ruling. Smaller towns like my town of Winnetka were so outmatched financially by the NRA that rather than risk going forward in lawsuits they simply abandoned their handgun bans, which broke my heart.<br> <br> Mayor Daley did decide to fight and fought it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in the McDonald decision. I was so proud of him and so grateful. After the McDonald decision Chicago immediately passed this very comprehensive gun control package that has a lot of good stuff in it: training, storage, and registration with the police. These are reasonable things. These are measures that are meant to promote public safety. I hope the next mayor will be someone who brings equal courage and passion to the fight to defend the laws that we have now in place.</em></div></p> Tue, 15 Mar 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/content/dear-chicago-keep-grip-gun-laws Dear Chicago: Rebuild our historic commercial streets http://www.wbez.org/story/andersonville/dear-chicago-rebuild-our-historic-commercial-streets-0 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/David Walker screen shot 1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>If the Loop is Chicago&rsquo;s economic engine, architect David Walker wants to make sure there&rsquo;s a miniature version of the bustling commercial and retail hub in every city neighborhood. Walker works on planning projects that are rooted in community development and thinks deeply about the best ways to sustain Chicago&rsquo;s neighborhoods. He&rsquo;s especially concerned with the well-being of Woodlawn, the South Side neighborhood where he lives and owns a home.</p></p> Tue, 15 Mar 2011 09:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/andersonville/dear-chicago-rebuild-our-historic-commercial-streets-0 Dear Chicago: Help us go to college http://www.wbez.org/story/education/dear-chicago-help-us-go-college <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Jesus_8805.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Jesus Palafox, 21, came to the U.S. illegally when he was 11. He was the last member of his immediate family to make it across the border, posing as a son of a relative who was an American citizen.</p><p>Palafox knew he wanted to attend college, but as he grew older, he realized he&rsquo;d face a monumental challenge: in Illinois undocumented students can pay in-state tuition at public universities, but they&rsquo;re ineligible for most student loans. Meanwhile, the number of affordable alternatives is dwindling. One option, Chicago&rsquo;s City Colleges, may soon be out of reach if the city ends open admission, <a href="../../../../../../story/news/education/cutting-open-admission-city-colleges-draws-fire">as was proposed last summer</a>.</p></p> Mon, 07 Mar 2011 11:08:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/education/dear-chicago-help-us-go-college Dear Chicago: Get banks to lend again http://www.wbez.org/story/dear-chicago-get-banks-lend-again <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Bernita_5814.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago residents might not realize it, but some of their favorite neighborhood retail strips are in trouble &ndash; partly because lenders have tightened access to credit.</p> <div>Banks nationwide have been reluctant to lend since the financial crisis dried up credit and made almost any loan seem like a risky proposition. The situation&rsquo;s hit small businesses especially hard.</div></p> Mon, 21 Feb 2011 10:12:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/dear-chicago-get-banks-lend-again Dear Chicago: Don’t forget the mentally ill http://www.wbez.org/story/helena-carnes-jeffries/dear-chicago-don%E2%80%99t-forget-mentally-ill <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Helena_6725.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The tight economy has governments cutting back where they can, and that has many Chicago residents worried the social safety net is getting frayed.</p> <div>For example, outside of Medicaid, the state provides the bulk of mental health care funding, which is channeled to the City of Chicago and private non-profits who provide direct services. But the state cut funding levels last year, and that left thousands of the working poor without mental health care.</div></p> Mon, 14 Feb 2011 10:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/helena-carnes-jeffries/dear-chicago-don%E2%80%99t-forget-mentally-ill Dear Chicago: Stop criminalizing our youth http://www.wbez.org/story/arab-american-action-network/dear-chicago-stop-criminalizing-our-youth-0 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/IMG_3165.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Allegations of police misconduct are not new to Chicago. Recently, former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge was <a href="../../../../../../story/chicago-police/burge-sentenced">sentenced to four and a half years in prison</a> for lying about his role in the torture of prisoners during the 1970s and 80s.</p><div>But some Chicagoans say they endure a more routine kind of mistreatment during their day-to-day interactions with police.</div></p> Mon, 07 Feb 2011 10:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/arab-american-action-network/dear-chicago-stop-criminalizing-our-youth-0 Dear Chicago: Secure space for artists to live and work http://www.wbez.org/story/art/dear-chicago-secure-space-artists-live-and-work-0 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Freiberg_8861.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>This October the Museum of Contemporary Art celebrates the 10th anniversary of its <a href="http://www.mcachicago.org/exhibitions/12x12.php"><em>12x12</em></a> series. The monthly show features up-and-coming Chicago artists, most of whom have never before exhibited in a museum.</p> <div>While planning the next batch of shows, Chief Curator Michael Darling noticed a disturbing trend: As he surveyed the one hundred artists who had shown work in the series, he realized that between 20 and 30 percent of them no longer live in Chicago. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve noticed a general pattern of brain drain of the city&rsquo;s best and brightest artists,&rdquo; says Darling. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s worrisome.&rdquo;</div></p> Mon, 31 Jan 2011 10:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/art/dear-chicago-secure-space-artists-live-and-work-0