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

Elise Doody-Jones: Resigns from 1st Ward 1st and announces run in 32nd Ward Aldermanic race

Date: 
10/29/2014
EDJones

Elise Doody-Jones turned in her resignation as treasurer and facilitator of Proco "Joe" Moreno's 1st Ward 1st* on Oct. 18 and has just announced that she is collecting signatures to be on the aldermanic ballot in the 32nd Ward to run against Alderman Scott Waguespack.

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BCO gives value-add to members and businesses

Date: 
10/28/2014
GGCard

The Goat Gets card is a way that the Bucktown Community Organization (BCO) came up with to give value-add to their membership. It's simple for the member and the businesses. 

New affordable housing for veterans coming to West Town

Date: 
10/28/2014
65thInfanRegVARend

State support for three new veteran rental housing developments to ensure that Illinois veterans have access to safe, quality and affordable housing was announced by Governor Quinn. One will be in West Town. 

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Expanded Blue Line service part of CTA 2015 proposed budget with no fare increase

Date: 
10/27/2014
BlueLineTrain

The Chicago Transit Authority's (CTA) $1.44 billion proposed budget includes expanded rail service due to increased ridership.

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CPS selling headquarters and former Peabody School

Date: 
10/22/2014
Peabody

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced Wed., Oct. 22, that they are adding $28 million to their coffers from the sale of their downtown headquarters building, 125 S. Clark St and another $3.5+ million for the former Peabody School, 1444 W. Augusta. 

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Commander Staples, 12th District, gives update on Wood Street Station and crime

Date: 
10/22/2014
CmdrStaples

Commander Melissa Staples, 12th District, 1412 S. Blue Island, who took command of the new 12th District reigns in December 2012 talks about both the old 13th District Police Station, 937 N. Wood St., and crime stats.

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Defective airbags in at least 4.7 million vehicles...at least 4 dead

Date: 
10/20/2014
AirbagCasualtyCBS

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) put out a notice on Mon. Oct. 20, that 4.7 million vehicles have defective airbags.

They urge owners with identified auto models to take immediate action particularly if they are in the following areas: Florida, Puerto Rico, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Virgin Islands and Hawaii.

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Follow the Blues from Mississippi to Chicago in Wicker Park's Jackson Junge Gallery

Date: 
10/19/2014
MemphisInTheMeantime

Will Armstrong, artist and musician, takes you on his journey tracing the Blues. Beginning his chronicle in 1930s Clarkston, Mississippi, Up the Mississippi: A Journey of the Blues is in Jackson Junge Gallery, 1389 N. Milwaukee Ave. 

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Traditions of "hot" Ukrainian fashion of the late 1900s

Date: 
10/18/2014
WeddingGwn

Regardless of the celebration, it was "hot" to have embroidered garments among contemporary Ukrainians in the mid 1970s to the mid 1990s in Chicago. The A Century of Embroidered Fashion exhibit at the Ukrainian National Museum, 2249 W. Superior St., includes many garments and photos of the times. 

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Open Meetings Act potentially puts Alderman Harris in trouble with AG

Date: 
10/18/2014
MHarris

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office requested a proceedings review of Chicago City Council's Rules and Ethics Committee's Oct. 7 meeting.

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Blue Line California Station opens and Damen Station closes

Date: 
10/17/2014
CalifStaOpening

As part of the Your New Blue project the California Blue Line Station re-opened on Thurs., Oct. 16, to the delight of riders going to and coming from that station.

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Ukrainian Village part of Chicago Architecture Foundation's Open House Chicago 2014

Date: 
10/16/2014
Saints VolodymyrOlha

Ukrainian Village is home to 6 of the 170 great places and spaces on the Chicago Architecture Foundation's 5th annual Open House Chicago (OHC) event Oct. 18 and 19 throughout Chicago. 

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Two of 10 most dangerous Chicago intersections on near northwest side: What do you think?

Date: 
10/15/2014
Milwaukee/North/DamenACMiller

First on the Active Transportation Alliance (ATA) 10 top most dangerous pedestrian intersections list in the Chicago region is Milwaukee, North and Damen and the tenth is Elston, Western and Diversey. This announcement on Tuesday came the same day as a report from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) about driving trends.

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Quinn and Rauner square off in debate tonight: What about the lead up ?

Date: 
10/14/2014
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UPDATE: Spirited exchange may be seen here on CBS.

Incumbent Governor Pat Quinn, Democrat, and challenger Bruce Rauner, Republican, do another debate tonight, Tues., Oct. 14.

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Karen Lewis, CTU President, will not run for Chicago Mayoral seat

Date: 
10/13/2014
KLewis

Update: The "serious illness" is a cancerous brain tumor, for which she has had surgery and will undergo chemo and radiation therapies.

It is final. Karen Lewis, President of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), will not be a candidate in the 2015 run for Mayor of Chicago.

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Chicago Artists Month Crossing Borders includes many local venues

Date: 
10/12/2014
ChiArtMo

In celebration of the creative pulse and impulse of the City, Chicago Artists Month (CAM), in its 19th year, runs for five weeks and includes 300+ event includes many events in Chicago's near northwest side.  The activities and events fall into Related:

Aldermanic incumbents 1st Ward Moreno and 26th Ward Maldonado to face new opponents

Date: 
10/11/2014
RLocke

Proco "Joe" Moreno, 1st Ward Alderman, is about to have a third opponent circulating petitions to get on the February ballot. And, 26th Ward Alderman Roberto Maldonado's chair at City Council is being targeted too.

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Chicago voters once again deprived of vote for elected school board...but is it over?

Date: 
10/09/2014
JArena

Following prescribed procedures, the Progressive Reform Caucus (PRC) attempted once again to get a vote for an elected school board as a referendum on the Feb. 24, 2015, ballots. But "political shenanigans," as 45th Ward Alderman John Arena put it, kept it off the ballot. But is it over?

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What do you think?: Reconfiguring gateways to Wicker Park, East Village, Pulaski Park and Noble Square -- The Polish Triangle

Date: 
10/08/2014
Placemakers

Work by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) on the Polish Triangle, bordered by Milwaukee, Division and Ashland, is in the planning stages and the Polish Triangle Coalition (PTC) is soliciting community input about the revitalization of this gateway to four of Chicago's historic yet vibrant neighborhoods. 

Christmas Pub Crawl gets vetting at Wicker Park and East Village meetings

Date: 
10/07/2014
JLoren

UPDATE: CCC was on the Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Assn. (UVNA) agenda Thurs.

Loren said that the venue count is up to 13 and any donations to a local school will be through I Am 4 Kids.

Vote: membership: 10 in favor and 6 opposed; community members: 5 in favor and 2 opposed.

With visions of turkey baster wielding drunken pub revelers crawling and dancing in their heads, local residents attended the Wicker Park Committee (WPC) and/or the East Village Association (EVA) October meetings during this last week.