WBEZ | Bridgeport http://www.wbez.org/tags/bridgeport Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Version 13 Festival welds art and social programs in Bridgeport http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/version-13-festival-welds-art-and-social-programs-bridgeport-107675 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/jc_tm.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In an open field in Birmingham, Ala., <a href="http://www.ericfuertes.com/" target="_blank">Eric Fuertes</a> and his collaborators operate an ornate printing press to the sound of death metal music.</p><p>&ldquo;We emboss or burn our images into paper, leather, wood or any other material that chooses to be placed upon the altar of our art-making machine,&rdquo; said Fuertes, an adjunct professor of sculpture at Northern Illinois University.</p><p>Two silver skulls sit on either side of the fire pit behind the press, watching as Fuertes moves metal plates over the fire. He pulls on one of the many machetes and handaxes welded onto the machine as handles.</p><p>He calls it the &lsquo;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WrO-KW5dQQ" target="_blank">Death Metal Press</a>&rsquo;.</p><p>Fuertes will exhibit and operate the &lsquo;Death Metal Press&rsquo; at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.versionfest.org/13.html" target="_blank">Version 13 Festival</a>&nbsp;in Bridgeport starting June 14. The theme for this year&rsquo;s festival is the &lsquo;Urban Operating System.&rsquo; It will showcase how community projects are changing Chicago neighborhoods. These programs include finding ways to fund art collectives, food banks and other groups looking to improve local amenities.</p><p>Fuertes debuted the press at the National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron and Art Practice in April. It is one of many similar sculptures he has created as part of Dumbo Press, an artist collective that designs interactive printing presses.</p><p>He wants to make art more accessible. Printing presses allow Fuertes and his collaborators to create art pieces which they can easily produce and give to the public.</p><p>&ldquo;We want everybody to celebrate it,&rdquo; Fuertes said. &ldquo;I want my work to be understood by a two-year-old and a 75-year old. Or a person who knows a lot about art and someone who knows nothing about art can appreciate it.&rdquo;</p><p>Ed Marzewski is part of the <a href="http://www.publicmediainstitute.com/" target="_blank">Public Media Institute</a>, a non-profit organization which cultivates cultural initiatives through multimedia, social programs and festivals such as the Version 13 Festival. For 12 years, The Public Media Institute and other Bridgeport locals, community groups and business owners have decided upon an annual theme that suits the needs of the city.</p><p>Last year&rsquo;s festival brought community leaders, artists and entrepreneurs together to envision what the &#39;community of the future&#39; would look like.</p><p>These groups started and operated businesses or art projects in 12 Bridgeport storefronts over the course of a month.</p><p>&ldquo;You can use these technology metaphors or references as a way to [show] how we human being operate in this system of cooperation and information sharing,&rdquo; Marzewski said. &ldquo;You can see people operating as hubs or spokes, offering assistance to people in need.&rdquo;</p><p>Other presenters at the Version 13 Festival look to make fresher produce, transportation and trade skills more accessible to the people living in their community. One participant, &lsquo;Pocket Guide to Hell&rsquo;, aims to connect Chicagoans with their local history and culture.</p><p>The &lsquo;<a href="http://pocketguidetohell.com/" target="_blank">Pocket Guide to Hell</a>&rsquo; is a street performance and tour group that guides Chicagoans through the more unfamiliar stories of their local history. Meghan McGrath is normally its web designer. But this Friday, she is snake-oil salesman Doc Merriweather.</p><p>&ldquo;For this one, we&rsquo;ll have people in bowler hats, an apothecary, lots of shills to endorse the medicine,&rdquo; McGrath said of their performance, which will bring the 1915 story of con man Doc Merriweather and his conflict with the Pharmaceutical Association to life.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m natively from Chicago and I feel that a lot of people here are deeply engaged with the city and, kind of like, proud of it and excited about it,&rdquo;&nbsp; McGrath said. &ldquo;The motivation for all of these shows is to represent Chicago through street theater in a way that will be publicly accessible and memorable.&rdquo;</p><p>Co-founder Marzewski wants the ideas at the festival to spread like a virus.</p><p>&ldquo;I think if we help facilitate people&rsquo;s activities and projects that things will happen on their own,&rdquo; Marzewski said. &ldquo;Nothing mind blowing. Really simple stuff. And Version Festival demonstrates really simple, obvious things have an impact.&rdquo;</p><p>Version 13 Festival will have events at the Co-Prosperity Sphere on 3219 S Morgan St and Maria&rsquo;s and Pleasant House Bakery on 960 W 31st St from June 14 to 22, 2013. Visit <a href="http://www.versionfest.org/13.html" target="_blank">versionfest.org</a> for more information.</p><p><em>Lee Jian Chung is a WBEZ arts and culture intern. Follow him <a href="http://twitter.com/jclee89" target="_blank">@jclee89</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 11:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/version-13-festival-welds-art-and-social-programs-bridgeport-107675 Mark White Square and McGuane Park http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2012-11/mark-white-square-and-mcguane-park-104103 <p><p><em>Give my regards to Skid Row,&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Remember me to Mark White Square . . .</em></p><p>Those are the opening lines of a song that went around town when I was a kid, a parody with Chicago landmarks of Cohan&rsquo;s &ldquo;Give My Regards to Broadway.&rdquo; Skid Row was the flophouse section of Madison Street. Mark White Square was a pocket-park located at Halsted and 29<sup>th</sup> streets.</p><p>Today Skid Row has been gentrified. Mark White Square has changed, too. Now it&rsquo;s called McGuane Park.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/12-12--McGuane Park.JPG" title=" McGuane Park today--'Established 1904?'" /></div></div><p>The Chicago Park District renamed this 10-acre facility in 1960 to honor the recently-deceased John F. McGuane. McGuane was a World War I veteran who had been active in various civic organizations and had served on the park board. He&rsquo;d lived across the street from the park all his life.</p><p>What about Mark White? Who was he?</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/12-12--Mark%20White%20Square%20%281910%29_0.jpg" style="float: right; width: 338px; height: 225px;" title="Mark White Square, 1910 (University of Chicago Map Collection)" /></div><p>Mark White was born in 1837 at Salisbury, Vermont. He came to Chicago in 1871 and found work as foremen of a construction crew in the South Side parks. He eventually became general superintendent of the entire South Park system.</p><div class="image-insert-image ">In 1891 White was living in a house near Washington Park. On the morning of March 4 he woke up feeling sick, and decided to stay home to rest. As the day went on he grew worse. The doctor was called, but before he arrived White had died. He was 54 years old.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The cause of death was listed as apoplexy. White was survived by his wife, three grown daughters, and his widowed father. &ldquo;He was a faithful, tireless, competent man,&rdquo; the <em>Chicago Journal</em> said. &ldquo;His life seemed devoted to the parks under his care.&rdquo;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Some years later, the South Park District began acquiring and clearing land to build a number of small parks. In 1904 the park at Halsted and 29<sup>th</sup> was dedicated to its late superintendent. Mark White Square remained in place until the name was abruptly dropped in 1960.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/12-12--Mark White Square, 1905 (LofC).jpg" title="Open-air gymnasium at Mark White Square, 1905 (Library of Congress)" /></div></div><p>It&rsquo;s not my place to compare the respective merits of Mark White and John McGuane. Nor do I think the name of the park should be changed back. By now it&#39;s been McGuane Park nearly as long as it was Mark White Square.</p><p>But if Mr. McGuane had died in more recent times, he would probably be given an honorary street, and the name of the park would stay the same. So in fairness, shouldn&rsquo;t the city put up a few of those brown signs in memory of Mark White?</p></p> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2012-11/mark-white-square-and-mcguane-park-104103 Tracking Chicago's shortest streets http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2012-11/tracking-chicagos-shortest-streets-103906 <p><p>If you know your Chicago trivia, you know that Western Avenue is the city&rsquo;s longest street. From Howard Street to 119th Street, it runs in a straight line for 23.5 miles. But what is Chicago&rsquo;s shortest street?</p><p>The answer used to be Ziegfeld Court. Named for showman Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. &mdash; a Chicago native &mdash; this mini-street was actually an alley, 76.4 feet long and ten feet wide. Ziegfeld Court was located next to the Ziegfeld Theater, on the north side of Van Buren, just east of Wabash.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/11-21--McDermott away from Archer.JPG" title=" McDermott Street--view from Archer" /></div></div><p>In 1970 the city sold Ziegfeld Court to Continental Assurance for $151,300. At $198 per square foot, it was reported to be the highest price ever received by the city for a public thoroughfare. The CNA Center now occupies the site.</p><p>Some people didn&rsquo;t seem to get the news. For many years afterward, various sources still claimed that Ziegfeld Court was Chicago&rsquo;s shortest street. In 2008, <a href="http://forgottenchicago.com/articles/tiny-streets/">Forgotten Chicago attempted to correct that misinformation</a>.</p><p><a href="http://forgottenchicago.com/articles/tiny-streets/">&ldquo;Tiny Streets&rdquo;</a> is an interesting, very detailed article by Serhii Chrucky. Sixteen streets, each of them less than a quarter of a block long, are examined. The length of the different streets is determined by their address points &mdash;what a layperson might call house numbers.</p><p>Using that criterion, Chicago&rsquo;s shortest street is McDermott Street, a tiny stub off Archer Avenue in the Bridgeport neighborhood. The street is officially listed at 1400 west, from 2928 to 2936 south. That&rsquo;s eight address points.</p><p>About a half-mile to the northeast is Hoey Street. This little lane is located at 964 west, from 2702 to 2712 south. Using the same rule, this is considered Chicago&rsquo;s second-shortest street, with ten address points.</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/11-21--Hoey%20toward%20Mary.JPG" title="Hoey Street--view from Poplar" /></div><p>A few weeks ago I was driving down Archer Avenue and decided to visit these two little streets. The city&rsquo;s address-point system can be inconsistent, so I paced off both McDermott and Hoey.</p><p>Using my size-12 shoes, McDermott Street was 112 feet long. Though Hoey Street is a little wider, and at first glace appears a little longer, it measured only 91 feet in length.</p><p>I checked each street three times. My method is certainly not exact science, but it does seem that Hoey Street is shorter than McDermott Street.</p><p>To settle the matter once and for all, we probably need someone with professional surveying equipment to measure McDermott, Hoey and the other tiny Chicago streets. But you&rsquo;d better get going before the first snow comes.</p></p> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2012-11/tracking-chicagos-shortest-streets-103906 Richard Steele goes to Bridgeport http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/richard-steele-goes-bridgeport-101701 <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/6333285685_5d46276c84_z.jpg" style="height: 449px; width: 620px; " title="Maria’s Package Goods and Community Bar. (Flickr/Eric Allix Rogers)" /></div><table align="left" border="1" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 300px; margin-right: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px;"><tbody><tr><td><p><script charset="utf-8" src="http://widgets.twimg.com/j/2/widget.js"></script><script> new TWTR.Widget({ version: 2, type: 'search', search: '#raceoutloud', interval: 10000, title: '', subject: '#RaceOutLoud on Twitter', width: 'auto', height: 300, theme: { shell: { background: '#e3e3e3', color: '#421118' }, tweets: { background: '#ffffff', color: '#444444', links: '#1985b5' } }, features: { scrollbar: false, loop: true, live: true, behavior: 'default' } }).render().start(); </script></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Guest hosting for Tony Sarabia gives me an opportunity to share a familiar Chicago story with you. It&rsquo;s a part of WBEZ&rsquo;s summer-long series on race called <em>Race: Out Loud</em>. When we looked at what would generate the most interest and inspire the best conversation, I thought about Bridgeport and the warnings my parents gave me back in the 1950s. We lived at 32nd and Calumet, which was just east of Bridgeport. I was told that if I valued my life, I should never ride my bike anywhere even close to Comiskey Park (now Cellular Field). There was no Dan Ryan Expressway back then, but all black people knew where the dividing line was.&nbsp;</p><p>When WBEZ decided to do the <em>Race: Out Loud</em> series, I thought this was an opportune time to ask the question &ldquo;can a neighborhood change&rdquo;? The station agreed and we found the perfect Bridgeport location. It was a place called Maria&rsquo;s Package Goods and Community Bar. They helped us get the word out by inviting everybody in the neighborhood was interested in having an honest conversation about race. We had a great turn-out, and now you&rsquo;ll hear some of those comments Tuesday on <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em>. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>Joining me to talk about it are two Chicagoans who are very familiar with Bridgeport. Maureen Sullivan grew up there and has co-written a book called <em>Bridgeport (Images Of America)</em>. Also joining the conversation&nbsp; is Dominic Pacyga, a professor at Columbia College who grew up on the south side (Back Of The Yards) and has written a number of books about Chicago. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Our other <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> interview is with jazz saxophonist/flutist John Goldman. He&rsquo;ll be playing music thru-out the program. He moved to Chicago almost 25 years ago. Over that period he&rsquo;s worked with a number of accomplished jazz veterans in the windy city. Musically, John&rsquo;s talents have been an excellent fit for Chicago. His musical ensemble called Quadrangle spotlights the talents of young musicians. This city has always been a fertile ground for new ideas. Goldman has collaborated with visual artists as well as his current exploration of music that blends jazz with hip-hop. He also plays every Sunday at St. Sabina where Pastor Micheal Pfleger has been pastor for many years. John Goldman&rsquo;s most recent recording by Quadrangle is called <em>Outside The Box</em>. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 08:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/richard-steele-goes-bridgeport-101701 Richard J. Daley: Republican http://www.wbez.org/blog/john-r-schmidt/2012-03-20/richard-j-daley-republican-97168 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-15/daley _chicago daily news.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It's primary day in Illinois!</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-11/03-20--Young Daley.jpg" style="width: 188px; height: 300px; float: left; margin: 5px;" title="Young Mr. Daley (Chicago Daily News)">And with politics on our minds, we look back at the strange events of an election day in 1936. On November 3 that year, Richard J. Daley--future Democratic boss, future mayor, future father of a future mayor--was elected to his first political office . . . as a Republican.</p><p>The election was for the Illinois House of Representatives from the 9th District. In 1936 the state was divided into 51 legislative districts. Each district sent three reps to the House.</p><p>The two major parties had a cozy arrangement then. In each of those 51 districts, the Democrats would run no more than two candidates, and the Republicans would run no more than two candidates. That way, whichever party wound up in the minority would get at least one-third of the total seats.</p><p>The 9th District was the area around Bridgeport, heavily Democrat. David Shanahan had held the 9th's "Republican" seat without much effort since 1894. Fifteen days before the 1936 election, Shanahan died.</p><p>Shanahan was the only Republican who had filed in the district. His name was on the ballot, and it was too late to print new ballots. So the Republicans picked Robert E. Rogers as a replacement candidate, and organized a write-in campaign.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-11/03-20--State Rep Shanahan.jpg" style="width: 206px; height: 300px; margin: 5px; float: left;" title="The late Representative Shanahan (Chicago Daily News)">With Shanahan dead, the Democrat leadership felt free to mount their own write-in campaign for the Republican slot. Their candidate was County Treasurer Joe Gill's 34-year-old private secretary. That was Richard Joseph Daley.</p><p>The Republicans screamed that the "gentlemen's agreement" was being violated. But there wasn't much they could do about it.</p><p>On November 3, 1936 President Franklin D. Roosevelt won a second term in a landslide. The Democrats were triumphant almost everywhere.</p><p>Buried among the returns were the write-in votes from the Illinois 9th. Daley outpaced Rogers, 8539 to 3321. The <em>Tribune</em> noted that even though he'd been elected as a Republican, "it is understood that Daley will caucus with the Democrats."</p><p>When the Illinois House convened the next January, the Democrats offered a resolution asking that Daley be seated on their side of the aisle. The Republicans were still angry about how they'd been out-maneuvered.</p><p>"I don't care about the resolution!" the Republican leader shouted. "I want to know where Representative Daley wants to sit! Where do you want to sit, Representative Daley?"</p><p>The rookie rep pointed to the Democrat side of the chamber and softly said, "There." Then he walked over to join his new colleagues, and never looked back.</p></p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 12:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/john-r-schmidt/2012-03-20/richard-j-daley-republican-97168 Touring Chicago's Cermak Road Creative Industry District http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-14/touring-chicagos-cermak-road-creative-industry-district-91961 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-14/Pilsen Flickr Adam Jones.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Evidence of Pilsen’s rich industrial history can be seen in the factories that line some of its streets--but those buildings weren't all left vacant. Over the years, artists <a href="http://www.chicagoartistsresource.org/dance/node/22431" target="_blank">set up shop</a> in some of the spaces in Chicago's East Pilsen and Bridgeport neighborhoods. Last year, <em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>toured the area with Chicago’s cultural historian<a href="http://www.prairie.org/bios/studs/tim-samuelson" target="_blank"> Tim Samuelson</a>. The tour started at an important point of entry for the neighborhood.</p><p><em>Jason Robinson, "Cerberus Reigning", from the album The Two Faces of Janus, (Cuneiform)</em><br> &nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 14 Sep 2011 13:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-14/touring-chicagos-cermak-road-creative-industry-district-91961 Artist Hebru Brantley brings his pop culture leanings to his work http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-30/artist-hebru-brantley-discusses-serious-side-his-illustrations-84481 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-March/2011-03-30/HB-flyboy.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Head into Hebru Brantley’s latest exhibition and you might find yourself full of a childlike glee. The images and sculptures are cartoon-like with bright colors, figures flying through the air and paintings of young wide-eyed kids clutching Kermit the Frog dolls. Brantley doesn’t shy away from his pop culture leanings. And he likes his cartoons. But there’s also a serious side to his work in <em>Afrofuturism: Impossible View</em>. Brantley met <em>Eight Forty-Eight's</em> Alison Cuddy at his show – which is up at the <a href="http://www.zbcenter.org/" target="_blank">Zhou B. Art Center</a> in Bridgeport.</p><p><em>Music Button: The Afro Soul Tet, "Aphro Boogaloo", from the CD Presenting the Afro Soul Tet, (Ubiquity)</em></p></p> Wed, 30 Mar 2011 14:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-30/artist-hebru-brantley-discusses-serious-side-his-illustrations-84481 Something You Should Eat: Gnocchi from Franco's http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-03-22/something-you-should-eat-gnocchi-francos-83978 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/21240936?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;color=c40215" frameborder="0" height="281" width="500"></iframe></p><p style="text-align: left;">Evidently,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-03-17/top-5-overrated-italian-joints-chicago-83641">my post last Thursday</a>, (the Top 5 overrated Italian joints in Chicago), revealed there is clearly a passionate base out there, willing to defend loyalties. I promised that this Thursday, I would reveal what, I feel, are the top 5 best places to get Italian, but before I do, I wanted to share with you one of the places that I think falls in between the two. <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps/place?client=safari&amp;rls=en&amp;oe=UTF-8&amp;um=1&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;q=franco%27s+chicago&amp;fb=1&amp;gl=us&amp;hq=franco%27s&amp;hnear=Chicago,+IL&amp;cid=15327118189005134840">Franco's</a> doesn't really make that many "best of" lists in Chicago, but if you ask anyone who grew up in Bridgeport where they go for pasta, fried calamari and veal saltimbocca, chances are they'll tell you they head to Franco's.</p><p style="text-align: left;">It's by no means one of the best five in the city, but it's certainly a joint that's worth a trip, like <a href="http://www.lalucewestloop.com/">La Luce</a> on the Near West Side or <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps/place?client=safari&amp;rls=en&amp;oe=UTF-8&amp;um=1&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;q=ignotz+chicago&amp;fb=1&amp;gl=us&amp;hq=ignotz&amp;hnear=Chicago,+IL&amp;cid=12107849095454950210">Ignotz</a> in the Heart of Italy 'hood. The Daley clan certainly has fond memories here, so much so that our outgoing mayor made it point to have a recent birthday celebration here. I didn't love everything on the menu - they don't make everything from scratch - but they sure do put the effort into their gnocchi, which was as light and toothsome as any I've had in town. If you're going to see a Sox game, or find yourself heading down the Dan Ryan, near the 31st St. exit, pull over and get an order; you can thank me later.</p></p> Tue, 22 Mar 2011 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-03-22/something-you-should-eat-gnocchi-francos-83978 Is it illegal to record public officials in Illinois? http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/it-illegal-record-public-officials-illinois <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/wiretap ap graphic.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The case of Michael Allison may have slipped past your radar. Allison lives in Bridgeport, Ill., in the southeastern part of the state. His alleged violations of an &ldquo;eyesore&rdquo; ordinance led to frequent interactions with the local police. Allison felt harassed and decided to record these visits with police. He also took his tape recorder to court and that move landed him in jail. The crime: Violating <a target="_blank" href="http://www.citmedialaw.org/legal-guide/illinois-recording-law">Illinois&rsquo; wiretapping laws</a>. <br /> <br />The<a target="_blank" href="http://www.aclu.org/"> American Civil Liberties Union</a> says the problem is not what Allison did but the law itself. To understand more about the rights of citizens when it comes to taping public officials we turned to University of Chicago law professor <a target="_blank" href="http://www.law.uchicago.edu/faculty/stone-g/">Geoffrey Stone</a>.</p><p><em>Music Button: Calibro 35, &quot;A Fistful of Lead&quot;, from the CD Ritornando Quellido Di...., (Nublu)</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 11 Jan 2011 13:54:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/it-illegal-record-public-officials-illinois