Elaine Coorens

With a professional background that includes advertising copy writer, corporate manager in advertising/marketing/manufacturing for multiple industries, international newspaper editor/publisher, needlework designer and retail shop owner as well as IT consultant and programmer, Elaine can "speak" in many "languages." A native Chicagoan, her passion for all things community is what led her to become a local author, historian, tour guide and now Editor/Publisher of Our Urban Times. She authored Wicker Park From 1673 Thru 1929 and Walking Tour Guide.

Stories from Elaine Coorens

Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau German Nazi death camp – 70th anniversary commemoration

Date: 
01/27/2015
AuschwitzGate

Seventy years ago on January 27, 1945, Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Oswiecim, Poland, was liberated after five years of atrocities. Today delegations from over 30 countries honored those lost and remaining.

Wilson, Maldonado and Moreno choose illegal campaigning practices

Date: 
01/25/2015
WilMedian

Despite a warning to all candidates running in both the Chicago Mayoral and Aldermanic races, some choose to defy the law by putting up signs in the public way and on private property WITHOUT the permission of the property owner. Locally signs include those for Willie Wilson, Mayoral candidate, and two incumbent Aldermen Roberto Maldonado (26th) and Proco "Joe" Moreno (1st). 

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Mr. Cub...Ernie Banks dies

Date: 
01/23/2015
BanksObama

Ernie Banks, the beloved "Mr. Cub", was pronounced dead at Northwestern Hospital this evening.

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Chicago Police body camera pilot program begins in 14th District

Date: 
01/20/2015
GoggleCam

The Chicago Police Department (CPD) is launching a pilot body camera program and third watch 14th District Officers are participating in the program, according to an announcement by Mayor Emanuel and CPD Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy this morning. 

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Transparency: Good for Illinois why not Chicago?

Date: 
01/20/2015
PTAOprconf

While newly seated Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed Executive Order 15-10 on Jan. 15 to increase government transparency. the "move it to another committee" game goes on in Chicago's City Council.

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In the spirit of Martin Luther King...

Date: 
01/19/2015
MLK

"Today, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, is known as a day of service. We come together as a country to honor the legacy of Dr. King and serve our neighborhoods and communities just as he did," says John Peller, President and CEO, AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC).

No-holds-barred: Women against the Machine

Date: 
01/13/2015
VegaEnyia

With everything from a smoldering to a fire and brimstone kind of rage in the core of their beings, 16 women running for Chicago Aldermanic seats participated in Women Against the Machine at Jane Addams Hull House, 800 S. Halsted, Sat., Jan. 10.

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Underground gasoline tank ripped from its 80 year old resting place in Wicker Park

Date: 
01/10/2015
Beginning

The gasoline tank buried under ground on the alley boundary of 2129 W. North Ave., was ripped from its decades old housing Thursday despite the bitter cold temperatures.

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BCO gives back to the 14th Chicago Police District Officers

Date: 
01/07/2015
BCOGift

Bucktown Community Organization (BCO) supports the police community with a gift to the 14th District Police Station as officers embark on a health and wellness program. 

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A holiday tradition for 14th District Chicago Police Officers: Giving to families

Date: 
01/07/2015
SantaArrives

The Chicago Police Department's 14th District Officers (Shakespeare Station) continued a holiday giving tradition that started in the 1970s for the Christmas Holiday season.

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Six 2nd Ward Candidates to participate in first local forum January 7: Wicker Park Committee

Date: 
01/05/2015
2PodsLogo

The Wednesday night, Jan. 7, aldermanic candidate forum for the 1st and 2nd Wards presented by the Wicker Park Committee (WPC) in the Wicker Park Lutheran Church, corner of Hoyne and LeMoyne, beginning at 7 p.m. sharp has a slight variation in the agenda since the last notice.

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Four 1st Ward candidates to participate in first local forum January 7: Wicker Park Committee

Date: 
01/04/2015
2PodsLogo

On Wednesday night, Jan. 7, starting at 7 p.m. in the Wicker Park Lutheran Church, at Hoyne and LeMoyne, the Wicker Park Committee (WPC) is presenting the first of the local candidate forums or debates for the Aldermanic races in the 1st and 2nd Wards.

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New Illinois laws now in effect

Date: 
01/02/2015
LawBook

While not all of the 193 new laws on Illinois books as of Jan. 1, 2015, may effect Chicago residents, like, for example House Bill 5080 that changes permit rules for commercial waterfowl hunters, adds waterfowl outfitters to the guidelines for turkey and deer outfitters. 

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Two 14th District Police Officers sustain injuries in car crash at Western and Armitage

Date: 
01/02/2015
CollWesternArmitage

Two 14th District Police officers were taken to the hospital with minor injuries last night, as a result of a collision at the intersection of Western and Armitage at 10:44 p.m. 

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Morton Salt buries Acura and Lexus cars on Elston Avenue

Date: 
12/30/2014
BlownWall

While no one was hurt when the south wall of the Morton Salt storage building gave away in the 1300 block of N. Elston Ave., around 1:30 p.m., at least 11 Acura and Lexus cars were buried or damaged by falling bricks and tons of salt. 

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Safer, spacious and sparkly white with better passenger flow: CTA's Blue Line Damen Station

Date: 
12/29/2014
OHareBound

With the return of a regular work week, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Blue Line riders using the Damen Station are in for a treat at the newly renovated historic station, ori

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Two bank robbers: Three heists in December

Date: 
12/28/2014
ChasePNC

A rash of three bank robberies began on December 5 on Chicago's near northwest  side. The last was on December 26. 

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WOW: A "taste" of all things holiday

Date: 
12/18/2014
JellRealestate

A melange of "tastes"  be they art, music or food is the feature of the Dec. 20 happenings for WOW Frequency: Limited Editions, a partnership of DreamBox Gallery and Cup & Spoon, 2415 W. North Ave. in the WOW (West of Western) District. 

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By popular demand Intuit extends two exhibits: An opportunity for fun new art experiences

Date: 
12/18/2014
CreativeSoul1

Two of the exhibits at the Intuit: Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art are being extended through the end of the year because of popular demand.

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Ukrainian traditions expressed by adults and children from Ukraine and Chicago are charming

Date: 
12/17/2014
RedBeads

Ukrainian heritage is part of both the short run of The Magic of Beads at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (UIMA), 2320 W. Chicago Ave., through Dec. 21 and Ethnic Heritage through the Eyes of My Elders. up through Jan. 25, 2015. 

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