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

Pair of incidents ended the carjacking spree in Wicker Park Thursday

Date: 
01/29/2021
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A pair of carjackings occurred minutes apart at Wicker Park around 10 p.m. Thursday night, Jan. 28, bringing a total of three such events within a few blocks of each other in less than seven hours.

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CPD's 14th District teamed up with 1st and 32nd Wards: Carjackings Forum

Date: 
01/26/2021
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The many sides of Chicago's carjacking dilemma were the focus of the Chicago Police Department (CPD) 14th District's online webinar Monday night, Jan. 25, with more than 200 participants. 

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Judge orders Moreno released from Cook County jail today with conditions

Date: 
01/15/2021
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Cook County Judge William Hooks signed orders to release former 1st Ward Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno from Cook County Jail today, Fri., Jan. 15. But he told Moreno, "No more surprises." 

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Logan Square Farmers indoor site houses over 30 vendors

Date: 
01/09/2021
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Logan Square Farmers Market two building location at 3029 and 3031 N. Rockwell St. provides well ventilated COVID compliant spaces for their 30 plus vendors each Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Mar. 28. (High Risk Shopper time: 9 to 10 a.m.) 

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Moreno: "Danger to the community" says judge

Date: 
01/08/2021
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In his video-conference court ruling Thursday, Jan. 7, Cook County Judge William Hooks deemed former 1st Ward Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno "a danger to the community" as he revoked his bail for the Dec. 27 rampage of destruction along Astor and Division Streets and ordered him to turn himself in at Cook County Jail at 3 p.m. that afternoon.

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Unusual gifting: not recommended

Date: 
01/06/2021
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Leaving your car running and unattended is generous but so 2020s, according to the Chicago Police Department's 14th District. 

Former 1st Ward Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno charged in Gold Coast crashes

Date: 
12/28/2020
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Former 1st Ward Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno was charged with eight misdemeanor counts

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Gold Coast multi car crashes appears to have 1st Ward connections

Date: 
12/28/2020
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Sounds of screeching metal on metal heard by Gold Coast residents from about 1500 N. Astor St. down to Division St. (1200 N) before an Audi hit a fence and tree at approximately 9:21 p.m. Sun., Dec. 27, was caused by a 48 year-old driver. The Chicago Police Department (CPD) say this was alcohol related and charges are pending. 

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COVID drive-up testing and infusion clinic open at AMITA Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center

Date: 
12/18/2020
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Friday, December 18, was a positive day for COVID related issues at AMITA Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (SMEMC), according to their President and CEO, Bob Dahl.

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Since the big guy can't come to Eckhart Park this year...local elves take over

Date: 
12/17/2020
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While the real Santa won't be able to visit Eckhart Park, 1330 W. Chicago Ave., this year, there will be a celebration in front of St. Boniface, 1358 W Chestnut St, (corner of Chestnut and Noble) on Sat., Dec. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon with free donuts and  hot coffee for all.

CAPS Sergeant Adam Henkels retires amid praises and accolades in CPD's 14th District

Date: 
12/12/2020
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Adam W. Henkels, Chicagoan, retired from the Chicago Police Department (CPD) last Thursday, after more than 29 years of service, and was honored by current and former 14th District "family members" with verbal praises, stories, an album, a cake, a trophy and a blue line (cars in a line with lights flashing). 

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Even Santa is following COVID rules on the CTA's Holiday Train and Bus

Date: 
12/06/2020
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REMEMBER...
Santa will be on the Blue Line 17-19!

Unlike the Chicago Transit Authority's (CTA) Holiday Train and Bus of the past, this year, because of COVID-19, both the bus and train will be “out of service" as they go around the city. But the delight and smiles seeing the special train and bus are reported to be the same as previous years. 

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Portraits of kids of all species: Laura Lee Junge

Date: 
12/04/2020
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When a painter becomes a "fur mom," it can be expected that their subject matter may reflect  their furry "offspring." Artist Laura Junge has taken that obsession to a new level as she creates custom paintings for pet moms and dads with "kids of all species."

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The 88 units in John Pennycuff Memorial Apartments are beginning to fill: What would John say?

Date: 
12/01/2020
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As the newly completed 88-unit John Pennycuff Memorial Apartments (JPMA) at Robert Castillo Plaza begins to fill with tenants at the corner of Milwaukee (2031 N.) and Campbell Avenues, it is a reminder of the two long-term issues this building addresses: affordable housing and the LGBTQ community.

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Turkey or taco...cook safely!

Date: 
11/21/2020
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Considering the challenges of 2020, this would be a good time to avoid the horror of being part of the leading day for home fires involving cooking equipment…Thanksgiving! 

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"The Bold and the Beautiful": Logan Square Farmers Market

Date: 
11/20/2020
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UPDATE!
Final Vendor List...see below

The Logan Square Farmers Market will be open for shoppers Sun., Nov. 22, at the same outdoor location as the summer market, along Logan Blvd. from Milwaukee Ave. to Whipple. Hours: 9 to 10 a.m. for high risk shoppers and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for all other shoppers. 

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Quigley part of team demanding answers from GSA head in lack of Federal administrative transitioning

Date: 
11/20/2020
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The refusal of Emily Murphy, General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator in Washington, D.C. to grant the Biden-Harris Transition Team access to critical services and facilities in this U.S. administrative transition period, prompted a team of U.S. Representatives to approve a demand letter to be sent to Murphy. Mike Quigley, 5th District U.S. Representative, Appropriations Committee’s Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee Chairman is part of the team. 

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Local School Council membership and elections are not just for parents

Date: 
11/14/2020
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"Local School Councils (LSC) are not just for parents," says Jennifer (Jennie) Biggs, Communications Director for Raise Your Hand for IL Public Education.

Snowflakes rising in Wicker Park and Bucktown made possible by SSA #33

Date: 
11/13/2020
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While residents keep hoping for another wave of warm weather, the commercial streets in the Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhoods are being decked out with large white snowflakes thanks to WPB SSA #33.

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Ousted Logan Square's Indoor Farmers Market returns to the outdoor Milwaukee and Logan site Sunday

Date: 
11/11/2020
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UPDATED
The updated vendor list is at end of this story.

Logan Square Chamber of Commerce Indoor Farmers Market (LSFM) will open its third winter market with more than 30 vendors on Sun., Nov. 15, at the same outdoor location as the summer market, along Logan Blvd. from Milwaukee Ave. to Whipple. Hours: 9 to 10 a.m. for high risk shoppers and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for all other shoppers. 

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