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Patrick Daley Thompson's claim to have pension reform experience doubtful

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PDT has touted his pension reform experience at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District time and again to the editorial board of the Tribune, Sun Times, and at several forums and on seemingly dozens of mailers, flyers and letters since his campaign started. But is Thompson telling the truth? 
Fact: MWRD introducing pension reform January 31, 2012
Fact: MWRD Pension reform bill passed in the Illinois State Legislature on August 3, 2012 and then signed by the Governor. 
Fact: Patrick Daley Thompson elected to MWRD board November 2012.
The above facts indicate Thompson wasn't even there to be able to make this claim.

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Patrick Daley Thompson's campaign fund reaches $400,000???

A of 3/26/15 Patrick Daley Thompson's A-1 financial disclosure report totaled $290,000+ from contributors giving$1,000 or more. 91% of these dollars came from businesses or addresses outside the ward boundaries. Add to this amount fundraisers, Political PAC contributions like mailers and donations from those that were under $1,000 and this total can easily soar past $400,000. Impressive or cause for concern?

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Downtown lane closures expand as Loop Link construction begins

Crews will begin work on eastbound Washington at Canal and northbound Canal at Van Buren later this spring.

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After the project is complete in late 2015, cars and trucks will share two lanes of traffic on Madison, Washington, Canal and Clinton. Buses and bikes will share the remaining space. Raised bus platforms will allow safer boarding and buses will get early green lights at seven intersections.

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Rubi's - A Hidden Sunday Taco Gem in the Sloop?

Rubi's At Maxwell Street Market (800 S. Desplaines)

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Dice Dojo Opens in Motor Row at 2134 S. Michigan

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SXSW 2015: Day 2 Tour Diary from In Tall Buildings

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SXSW 2015: Day 1 Tour Diary from In Tall Buildings

March 19: at The Hideout (617 Congress Ave) in Austin, TX.

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Does This Happen Often?

It has come to my attention that a Gen-Y visitor to Tower 4 on South Prairie took his own life by jumping from the 35th floor, and landing in the (empty) swimming pool on the 6th level (top of the parking podium). I believe this was the morning of Tuesday, the 10th.

Hazmat crews were working at the building yesterday.

I've seen nothing in the media about it. Are high-rise jumpers common to be "un-news worthy"?

  • Sara Brandt New South Loop Resident

    Jeffrey, I think the idea is that depression can cause the person to feel hopeless so having suicide in front of you in that state makes it a more likely option. I have no idea if that's true or not. I see the youth violence a bit differently. That seems...

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    Jeffrey, I think the idea is that depression can cause the person to feel hopeless so having suicide in front of you in that state makes it a more likely option. I have no idea if that's true or not. I see the youth violence a bit differently. That seems like much more a societal rather than medical issue and not sure it originates from seeing kids killed on the news but rather what these kids see on their street corners.

    I do wish the topic of suicide was much more prevalent in our society. It happens so often and yet people don't know that. It makes me wonder if perhaps we would be less judgmental and more connected if we realized there are so many around us that see only death as an option.

  • Jeffrey Booker 40 years in Chicago; the city does not work well.

    I would like to expound on both of your points. Not so much a public debate, but rather an attempt to exchange perspectives. You seem to be compassionate and that is a good thing. It seems as though you can send messages, but I'm not sure how that option is accessed.

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Trash Off Taylor Street

There is an excessive amount of trash at Arrigo Park that the Park District seems to have little interest in picking up. I'm not sure if picking up the trash was an item that was cut from the city's budget this year, but the garbage accumulation has been out of control.

Additionally, between the UIC students who park on Lytle Street between Taylor and West Cabrini streets and those who park during the day on West Cabrini Street at the...

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There is an excessive amount of trash at Arrigo Park that the Park District seems to have little interest in picking up. I'm not sure if picking up the trash was an item that was cut from the city's budget this year, but the garbage accumulation has been out of control.

Additionally, between the UIC students who park on Lytle Street between Taylor and West Cabrini streets and those who park during the day on West Cabrini Street at the south end of Arrigo Park, the perpetual flow of litter and trash from these two entities only adds to the problem.

UIC students regularly discard their empty Starbucks cups, McDonald's packaging, water bottles, and beer cans along both Lytle and Cabrini streets on a daily basis. The students treat our neighborhood like a sewer and as a tax paying resident I'm getting really tired of picking up their garbage every day.

There is also a contingency that regularly parks on West Cabrini at the south end of Arrigo Park to drink and occasionally have sex in their cars - hence the used condoms I'm finding on the street on a regular basis. West Cabrini street is frequently littered with discarded food, beer cans, and the glass from broken bottles of alcohol. The police use to often park along this street, which helped this situation quite a bit. However, since the district 12 police station moved south of Roosevelt Road, it's become a problem.

We're so incredibly lucky to have such a great park in our neighborhood and it pains me that others don't appreciate it's beauty or respect the residents by littering everywhere. I'm not sure what to do about the problem and I'm totally open to suggestions that anyone may have. Perhaps the addition of some "no litter" and "loitering" signs, additional garbage cans, or the creation of a neighborhood watch committee?

  • Dear Brian: I agree that the park is a very special asset. Check with the Alderman's office and University Village Association. I think that there is a clean and Green event coming at the end of April. It has been a long month of snow on the street and cold...

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    Dear Brian: I agree that the park is a very special asset. Check with the Alderman's office and University Village Association. I think that there is a clean and Green event coming at the end of April. It has been a long month of snow on the street and cold weather so that may explain the accumulation of debris. We saw it on our street Once people see that it is being taken care of any the trash containers are available i think that it will encourage all to respect the park.

    hope this helps

  • As someone who used to frequent Arrigo thats very upsetting news. Have you witnessed the people littering? If you see that it is definitely students then I would maybe contact UIC. Additionally the Ward office should be contacted. Its such a beautiful area, its good that citizens like you care enough to speak up to keep it that way.

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    The UIC Police are tasked with monitoring the neighborhood around the park. I would relay concerns to them.

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