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

Chicago's City Council reform needs to start now say Progressive Caucus and other aldermen

Date: 
01/20/2019
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As the multi-faceted reign of Ed Burke over the operations of Chicago, its City Council and Finance Committee came crashing down, the Progressive Caucus held a Jan. 7 press conference. They were joined by other aldermen, shedding light on and demanding change in operations of the City. First up…selecting and voting in a new Finance Chair. 

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Utilities provide special assistance for customers struggling with bill payments

Date: 
01/15/2019
GasBill

As the list of those facing financial distress in the longest U.S. government shutdown in history, pawn shop businesses are increasing their customer list as are those providing short term loans at very high interest rates. However,

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"Lincoln Yards…too much too fast," says Friends of the Parks' Irizarry

Date: 
01/14/2019
JIrizarry

UPDATED

"Lincoln Yards…too much too fast… take it off the Planning Commission's January 24 agenda," Juanita Irizarry, Executive Director, Friends of the Park (FOTP), asks 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins. 

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Stop robbing the poor and giving to the rich with TIF programs demand community organizations

Date: 
01/13/2019
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"How dare these taxing bodies be complicit in raising taxes on Chicagoans from Rogers Park to Roseland at this pivotal moment---all so they can pad the pockets of developers in Lincoln Park?,"

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Wicker Park Committee elects new board and joins other community voices against Lincoln-Cortland TIF approval

Date: 
01/10/2019
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A new Board roster was elected Wednesday night at the Wicker Park Committee (WPC) meeting in Wicker Park Field House, 1425 N. Damen. And, a Lincoln Yards Plan discussion ended with agreed opposition to the Lincoln-Cortland TIF being approved at this time. 

Fresh start for indoor farmers markets this weekend in Wicker Park and Logan Square

Date: 
01/04/2019
BDonuts

Both local indoor farmers markets open for the first time in 2019 this weekend. 

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Activist James (Jim) R. Rhodes dies

Date: 
01/02/2019
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In his 77 years, James (Jim) R. Rhodes of Logan Square, "grew in his understanding of and commitment to social justice," explains his wife, of 25 years, Dr. Anne Sheetz, who reported his December 13, 2018, death. 

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Crash at Logan Square Blue Line Station closes one entrance

Date: 
12/29/2018
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Early Saturday morning, a car slammed into a tow truck by the Logan Square Blue Line almost sending the truck's front tire over the stairwell entrance, according to a CBS News Chicago report. 

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Wicker Park Farmers Market closes out 2018 on Saturday

Date: 
12/28/2018
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New to indoor markets, Wicker Park Farmers Market closes out 2018 with the, Sat., Dec. 29, event in the Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Toys and Food are still needed at the 14th District station by December 21

Date: 
12/20/2018
KittyHappy

UPDATE:
If you missed the deadline for donating to the 14th's drives, The Greater Chicago Food Depository accepts donations all year long.

Once again, officers at the 14th District (Shakespeare Station) Headquarters, 2150 N. California, are collecting toys and food for families in the District and they need your help. Both drives end Fri., Dec. 21.

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Right on Target: Kids shop with 14th District Cops

Date: 
12/19/2018
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Smiles all around for kids, parents, officers from the Chicago Police Department's 14th District, 2150 N. California, and Target employees during the annual Shop with a Cop holiday event

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Action against Asian carp threat in Lake Michigan needs public feedback

Date: 
12/10/2018
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While the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) released a final plan to stop Asian carp from taking over Lake Michigan in late November,

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Santa will ride the Blue Line Thursday through Saturday

Date: 
12/05/2018
SantaTalks

Santa and his elves aboard Chicago Transit Authority's (CTA) Holiday Train is a sight to oh ho ho behold and it will be happening on the Blue Line Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 6 through 8.

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Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center rated as one of top hospitals in the country and Illinois

Date: 
12/04/2018
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Once again* Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (formerly Presence Health now AMITA Health AHSMEMC), 2233 W. Division St., has garnered recognition as a Top Hospital in the United States by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization. 

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Art and tragedy: 6,000 bullets

Date: 
11/28/2018
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Two days before the carnage at Chicago's Mercy Hospiital, Viktor Mitic displayed his 6,000 bullet "Shot Up Car" art installation in the heart of Wicker Park near the intersection of North, Milwaukee and Damen Avenues. 

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Sterling Bay's Lincoln Yard update: Community predicts little transparency and more obfuscation…could a full master plan be revealed?

Date: 
11/26/2018
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In advance of Sterling Bay's Nov. 29, 6 p.m. Lincoln Yards update meeting at 1001 N. Crosby St. in the Park Community Church Renew Chicago auditorium,

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Proposed North Branch Industrial Corridor TIF: If permitted - will affect entire city & without community voices may fill wealthy developer pockets

Date: 
11/12/2018
CortlandChiRiv

“Mayor Emanuel and Alderman Hopkins are pushing to create a North Branch Industrial Corridor TIF (Tax Increment Financing) to payoff large developers," cautions Tom Tresser, lead organizer for the TIF Illumination Project.

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Newly re-elected U.S. Representative Quigley responds to President Trump's firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Date: 
11/07/2018
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The day after the U.S. electorate flipped the House of Representatives from a Republican to a Democratic majority and U.S. Representative, Illinois 5th District, Mike Quigley was re-elected, President Trump fired U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Quigley responds with a statement. 

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Perfect night for a bonfire: Smith Park

Date: 
11/07/2018
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Many neighbors gathered for the Smith Park Bonfire event, Sat., Nov. 3, 2526 W Grand Ave. on a perfect night for a fall celebration. 

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Volumes pops up in Water Tower: An experiment in expansion?

Date: 
11/06/2018
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Wicker Park's Volumes Bookcafe is popping-up on the 6th Level of Water Tower Place, in the heart of the Magnificent Mile. They'll be in that space until the end of January 2019, open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

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