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

No holds barred at City Council Special Education hearing despite CPS' hire announcement: Who holds the power?

Date: 
01/20/2018
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One hour before the start of the City Council Special Education hearing the Friday before a holiday weekend, Jan. 12, at 2:30 p.m., with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) interim CEO, Dr. Janice Jackson, CPS announced adding special education positions. Aldermen were angry

Cook County Assessor battle: Kaegi 2, Berrios 0

Date: 
01/09/2018
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With his re-election scheduled for this year, Joseph Berrios is fighting to keep Frederick “Fritz” Kaegi from potentially unseating him as Cook County Assessor, a position he has held since December 2010.  However,

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St. Boniface development: So close and yet so far

Date: 
01/08/2018
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Residents, preservationists, the Catholic church, many in Chicago's Planning Department and Alderman Walter Burnett, 27th Ward, were rejoicing in September 2016 when Noble Square resident and developer Michael Skoulsky, Stas Development, Inc. signed the deal to purchase the St. Boniface Church property, Noble and Chestnut. Yet,

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Holiday celebrations continue to January 19 say Ukrainians

Date: 
01/07/2018
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While Christmas Day on the Julian calendar is celebrated on January 7, 2018, celebrations began on St. Nicholas Day, December 19, 2017, and will end on the Epiphany, January 19. Much joy was experienced during the lighting of the main Christmas tree in Kyiv's St.

Woman punched in face walking into convenient store at Milwaukee and Concord

Date: 
12/21/2017
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Unprovoked, a 30-year-old woman, walking into a convenient store, was punched in the face Tuesday morning at approximately 10:23 a.m. by a stranger, according to the Chicago Police Department's (CPD) Officer Laura Amezaga. 

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Heroes and Helpers at Target: Cops shop with kids

Date: 
12/19/2017
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Four 14th District Chicago Police Department (CPD) CAPS Officers (a.k.a. heroes) had pencils and paper in hand as they shopped and calculated how much more each of 20 Moos Elementary School,

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WOW Frequency Exhibition celebrates the holidays with limited edition work

Date: 
12/11/2017
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A WOW Frequency Exhibition brings together a diverse group of artists in a limited edition art sale and celebration of the holiday and community, thanks to Iwona Biedermann of DreamBox Gallery in collaboration with Cup & Spoon, 2415 W. North Ave., in the WOW (west of western) District.

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Revelation at Congressman Luis Gutierrez's birthday celebration…

Date: 
12/10/2017
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A private birthday celebration in honor of U.S. Congressman, Luis Gutiérrez, 4th District, in a Humboldt Park restaurant Friday night revealed more than a great birthday cake.

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Santa on the CTA Holiday Train rolled along the Blue Line Saturday

Date: 
12/09/2017
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"Oh, ho, ho," said Santa as his train rolled in to the Damen O'Hare bound Blue Line station around 5 p.m., Sat., Dec. 9.

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Help 14th District Police Officers spread some joy to kids

Date: 
12/08/2017
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All new, unopened and unwrapped toys for children 14 years and younger put in a box by the desk in the 14th District (Shakespeare Station) Headquarters, 2150 N. California, will be delivered to community kids in need this Christmas.

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Gutiérrez endorses Chuy and Moreno says "Doesn't pass smell test"

Date: 
11/28/2017
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Luis Gutiérrez officially announced this morning, Tuesday, that he will not run for re-election to his 4th District U.S. Congressional seat and endorsed Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia

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Wheeling carjacker captured by Smith Park Advisory Council President: CPD Officer David Ramos

Date: 
11/15/2017
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Today started like any other for David Ramos, Smith Park Advisory Council President and 18th District Chicago Police Officer. But it became extra ordinary with the capture of Leon Spektor,

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Crime Stoppers hit the streets offering cash reward: Fatal June hit and run on Division

Date: 
11/15/2017
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Cook County Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward for information about the June 18 fatal hit and run, of 23-year-old Eric Judge, in the 2000 block of W. Division.

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Shoe collecting enthusiasts: camped out two days on Milwaukee in Wicker Park

Date: 
11/14/2017
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As the Adidas Originals Chicago Flagship store opened its doors at 1532 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Wicker Park, Saturday morning, shoppers were lined up

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Jackson Junge Gallery's celebration of Chicago neighborhoods opens Friday

Date: 
11/08/2017
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In The 'Hood, a celebration of Chicago's diversity and richness through its neighborhoods, opens Friday, November 10,

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Two Logan Square Halloween events included creepy crawlies

Date: 
11/04/2017
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Two Halloween events in Logan Square included some unusual non-humans. Liberty Bank not only had pony rides and a petting zoo but also Fred the boa, while Chicago Police Department's 14th District left their biggest multi-legged critter outside the festivities inside Logan Square Boys & Girls Club, 3228 W Palmer St. 

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Two dogs take top honors at Jackson Junge's Tricks for Treats

Date: 
11/02/2017
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Canines ruled at Tricks for Treats doggie costume contest at Jackson Junge Gallery (JJ2), 1389 N. Milwaukee, in Wicker Park, on Saturday. 

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Spooky skaters had dinosaur running for his life in Smith Park

Date: 
11/02/2017
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There were so many skaters at the Smith Park Annual Halloween Spooky Skating Party Friday night that even a dinosaur was seen fleeing from the field house, 2526 W Grand Ave.

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Five Roberto Clemente students transported to hospitals

Date: 
10/13/2017
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Five students at Roberto Clemente Community Academy, 1147 W. Division, were taken to

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SSA #33's loss in Wicker Park and Bucktown is Logan Square Chamber's gain

Date: 
10/12/2017
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Jessica Wobbekind, SSA #33* (Special Service Area) Managing Director, is leaving her position in Wicker Park and Bucktown to take the reigns of the Logan Square Chamber of Commerce (LSCC) as its Executive Director on October 16. 

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