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

Pulaski Day includes closings on Monday

Date: 
03/01/2015
Pulaski

Chicago Public Schools are going to be open!

Pulaski Day on Mon., Mar. 2, will have Chicago Public Libraries closed. But mail will be delivered and most banks will be open. Remember to pay those parking meters. 

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Eavesdropping on three artistic icons: Art Shay, Tony Fitzpatrick and Rick Kogan

Date: 
03/01/2015
LivelyConversation

Listening to Art Shay, Tony Fitzpatrick and Rick Kogan on stage in conversation was like eavesdropping on a private conversation of old friends talking about other friends and acquaintances like Nelson Algren, Simone de Beauvoir and, of course, Florence Shay.

Two Moreno supporters say enough and another is in jail

Date: 
02/24/2015
JMoreno

This week is not going well for 1st Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno. Two long time supporters, one from East Village and the other from Logan Square are publicly saying "We've had enough," while one of his 1st Ward First supporters/workers is sitting in jail charged with financial exploitation of the elderly and aggravated identity theft. 

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To NOT VOTE is to VOTE YES!

Date: 
02/23/2015
StarStripes

"I am so disgusted, I am not going to vote." "I am sick of all the literature, I'm not going to vote." "They are all idiots, I am not going to vote."

Final 26th Ward Aldermanic Forum and afterward for West Town and Humboldt Park

Date: 
02/23/2015
coronairizarry

All three candidates in the 26th Ward Aldermanic race were present at a West Town Forum in Euro Furniture, 2145 W. Grand Ave, on Tues., Feb. 17. The event was hosted by the

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Core group gives residents a new community voice in West Town

Date: 
02/21/2015
EKuhn

Determined to have a community voice, a group of residents, between Chicago and Grand Avenues from Damen to Western Avenues, are not only about to become an official community organization but have given neighbors a chance to meet candidates for the 26th Aldermanic Ward. 

Political lesson: Cooperation and respect can build strong caring neighborhoods

Date: 
02/19/2015
LBTCrp

While Chicago police officers and other officers around the world have seen a lot of horrendous sights and experienced a lot of acrimony among neighborhood residents, few have faced what Atlanta, Georgia, officers found in a raid at a drug baron's home in 2001. 

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Peoples Gas battles freezing temperatures as Bucktown customers's have service disruption

Date: 
02/18/2015
2000-2100Armitage

As the temperatures drop and the winds blow, imagine having no heat in your home. That is what residents on Bucktown's 2000 to 2100 block of W. Armitage Ave. have been randomly and sporadically dealing with since before the 12th. Peoples Gas (PG) meters are freezing up and "turning off" because the flow of gas in the gas lines is not sufficient to prevent the freeze ups. 

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Wicker Park doggies will have more resources thanks to big hearted thirsty supporters

Date: 
02/16/2015
AgainstWall

The annual Wicker Dog Park (WDP) fundraiser at the Twisted Spoke, 501 N. Ogden, was a hot place to be on Valentine's night despite the frigid temperature outdoors. The evening was filled with conversation, drinking, bidding on silent auction items and participating in the big 50/50 raffle. 

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Thinking plants and gardens, 34 students focus on color, shape and texture

Date: 
02/16/2015
KKeleman

There is a bumper crop of talented engaged students in the 9th Annual Home Landscape Design Workshop, according to Doug Wood, the organiz

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Hearts and flowers on the 2nd Ward Aldermanic campaign trail? Not so much!

Date: 
02/13/2015
KimLizNeal

Prelude:

With less then 2 weeks to go, life on the 2nd Ward campaign trail is not strewn with hearts and flowers but rather deep potholes, flying arrows, dribbles of finable acts and and ever increasing pile of dirty tricks. 

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Shuttered schools, lost jobs, cut services and unsafe streets due to Emanuel, says United Working Families

Date: 
02/10/2015
MayorEmanuelatRobClem

Just before tonight's Chicago Mayoral Candidates debate focused is to focus on issues particular to the city's African American community, United Working Families (UWF) members are rallying in front of the DuSable Museum of African American History, where CBS Chicago is sponsoring tonight's 6 p.m. debate. 

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Rauner claims fairness while workers shout "Union- busting"

Date: 
02/09/2015
Justice

Executive Order 15-13 was signed by Governor Bruce Rauner today to eliminate dues paid by state employees who do not wish to fund "government union activities and positions with which they may disagree," said the Governor's office today. 

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Over 20 arrested in multi enforcement teams Operation Tangled Web

Date: 
02/07/2015
HWiggins

More than 20 were arrested in an Operation Tangled Web round-up on Feb. 4 by the Chicago Police Department’s Bureau of Organized Crime, Gang Investigation Division members along with the Chicago FBI's Joint Task Force on Gangs (JTFG).

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Reminder: 2nd Ward debates tonight at Wells High School

Date: 
02/05/2015
Watson

Candidates for the 2nd Ward Aldermanic seat will be "on stage" in a debate put on by East Village Association (EVA), Chicago Grand Neighbor Association (CGNA) and the Ukrainian Neighborhood Association (UVNA) in Wells High Schools Auditorium, 936 N. Ashland Ave., at 7 p.m., Thurs., Feb. 5.

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Lowe's to replace Kmart in Centrum's Wicker Park Commons

Date: 
02/04/2015
FrntKMart

Lowe's could be open for business in Centrum Properties Inc.'s Wicker Park Commons, between Ashland and Milwaukee, as early as late 2015, replacing Kmart in the 87,000 square feet location (67,000 at ground-level and 20,000 in a lower level).

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Chicago cops have to fight snow as well as bad street guys

Date: 
02/02/2015
CPDDigOut

This two-day snow experience has added more challenges for the too few Chicago Police Department (CPD) officers trying to keep the streets safe. 

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Chicago blizzard makes travels difficult and shuts down several activities and schools

Date: 
02/01/2015
WPDear

The snow storm that began blanketing Chicago on Saturday night turned to blizzard conditions on Sunday. For all our readers around the world, literally, who are not able to "enjoy" our blizzard in Chicago, we are including some images for your enjoyment. And for those who are involved with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), we are giving their announcement below. Anyone traveling from or to Chicago should check with their airlines and those driving...reconsider.

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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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