Jack M Silverstein

Jack M Silverstein is a columnist, essayist, and social historian. His first book, Our President, was released through Keylog Books in March 2010. The book is a non-fiction collection that explores the image of Obama, and what that image means to Americans. In 2010, he served as an editor for 2007 49th Ward alderman runner-up Don Gordon's Piss 'Em All Off. Updates on Silverstein's work can be found at The ReadJack.com Blog and @readjack.

He has lived on Hoyne Ave. since 2007.

Stories from Jack M Silverstein

Your opponents' ideas -- Conversations with the 32nd Ward aldermanic candidates

Date: 
02/21/2011

Part of working in government is working with other people and taking ideas where they come. Is there any idea you've heard from your opponents during this campaign that made you say, "You know, I didn't think of that, but that's a good idea!"

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The voter-politician credibility gap -- Conversations with the32nd Ward aldermanic candidates

Date: 
02/21/2011

There is a gap in trust between citizens and public officials. Here in Illinois, we are particularly dubious, where politicians say one thing and do another, and where so many are indicted or even imprisoned. Knowing everything we know, why should people trust you and take you at your word? Why should voters think you are different?

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Surprises of running -- Conversations with the 32nd Ward aldermanic candidates

Date: 
02/21/2011

Part of working in government is working with other people and taking ideas where they come. Is there any idea you've heard from your opponents during this campaign that made you say, "You know, I didn't think of that, but that's a good idea!"

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The voter politician credibility gap -- Conversations with 1st Ward Aldermanic Candidates

Date: 
02/20/2011

There is a gap in trust between citizens and public officials. Here in Illinois, we are particularly dubious, where politicians say one thing and do another, and where so many are indicted or even imprisoned. Knowing everything we know, why should people trust you and take you at your word? Why should voters think you are different?

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The one issue most pressing in your Ward -- Conversations with 1st Ward Aldermanic Candidates

Date: 
02/20/2011

Alderman Moreno
That's tough. Because there are two that are neck and neck. Schools, and safety.

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Your opponent's ideas -- Conversations with 1st Ward Aldermanic Candidates

Date: 
02/20/2011

Part of working in government is working with other people and taking ideas where they come. Is there any idea you've heard from your opponents during this campaign that made you say, "You know, I didn't think of that, but that's a good idea!"

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Surprises of running -- Conversations with 1st Ward Aldermanic Candidates

Date: 
02/20/2011

What have been the biggest surprises in being a candidate? (Or, for the incumbent, of being in office?) What weren't you expecting? How has your day-to-day been affected on a personal level? For the person sitting at home considering a run at office, what should he or she be ready for?

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People with Passion: Deborah Lopez

Date: 
02/17/2011
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Interview January 27, 2011

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When you grow up in a family that values public service and improving your community, it rubs off. And it certainly rubbed off on me.

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People with Passion: Ronald J. Baltierra

Date: 
02/17/2011
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Interview February 4, 2011

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This started in '09. I had a street light right next to my house that lit up the alley.

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People with Passion: Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno

Date: 
02/17/2011
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Interview January 31, 2011

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I moved here fourteen years ago. I was working at a union printing company, got my MBA at night, and that was sort of my career path. But my true passion was the community.

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People with Passion: David Pavlik

Date: 
02/16/2011
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Interview January 25, 2011

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I've been around a lot of campaigns. I've worked in many capacities from stuffing envelopes on aldermanics and small council races in the suburbs to being a regional field director

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People with Passion: Brian Gorman

Date: 
02/15/2011
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Interview February 9, 2011

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If you told me two weeks leading to the 2007 municipal elections that four years later I would be on the ballot for alderman, I would think you were absolutely, positively crazy.

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People with Passion: Bryan Lynch

Date: 
02/15/2011
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Interview conducted on January 28, 2011

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I've been in Wicker Park in the 32nd Ward for probably over thirteen years.

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People with Passion: Alderman Scott Waguespack

Date: 
02/14/2011
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Interview was conducted on January 27,2011

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As the 2000 mark rolled around, there was a lot of development going on in places like Bucktown, Wicker Park, not so much the Lincoln Park area, but Lakeview.

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3 Quick Minutes: with… Kal from Rubblebucket

Date: 
01/14/2011
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I conducted a Skype interview with Kalmia Traver, lead singer and saxophone player for Rubblebucket, while the band drove I-80 from their hometown of Brooklyn to a gig in Cleveland. Here, Traver discusses the band's January 15 show at Double Door, her love of Wicker Park, and what Rubblebucket delivers to music fans.

People with Passion: Chris Jackson

Date: 
11/01/2010
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Located at 1389 N. Milwaukee, the Jackson Junge Gallery celebrated their year anniversary on Friday, October 22nd. In this first of a pair of interviews, I speak with husband-wife team Chris Jackson, 43, and Laura Lee Junge, 41, about their gallery, their interest in promoting the arts, the effects of aging on artistic exploration, and their hopes for the Jackson Junge Gallery in Wicker Park.

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3 Quick Minutes, with… Brad Meyers

Date: 
08/09/2010
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Guitar and Vocals for Tell Your Friends

 

People with Passion: Dorothy Claybourne

Date: 
07/13/2010
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Business woman, artist, and all-around hip-hop connector Dorothy Claybourne. We are meeting at her studio in Wicker Park's Flat Iron building.

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3 Quick Minutes with… Eric Palm of Gunners

Date: 
07/06/2010
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Eric Palm, owner of Gunners (1467 N. Milwaukee)

After years satisfying crowds of hungry, thirsty patrons at The Matchbox and The Silver Palm, Eric and Dan Palm are taking their burger-cocktail act to Wicker Park.  The new pub opened June 29,2010;