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

"Eyes on the Courts Act 2020" reintroduced to The House today

Date: 
01/17/2020
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In the midst of unprecedented activity going on in and around the Federal government, four bipartisan U.S. Representatives reintroduced a bill to require cameras in all Supreme Court and Federal Appellate Court proceedings. Mike Quigley, 5th District, U.S. House of Representatives, was among them sponsoring the Eyes on the Courts Act 2020 bill.

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Will a three-in-one adult cannabis dispensary plus be a new Chicago Avenue resident?

Date: 
01/07/2020
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A blended recreational cannabis (weed) dispensary with a spa/wellness center and, eventually, a restaurant with cannabis infused foods is the hope of a diverse partnership that includes a restaurateur, two physicians, president of a labor union, a union consultant who is a marathoner and a former alderman.

First monthly Wicker Park Farmers Indoor Market for 2020

Date: 
01/03/2020
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If you missed the first Wicker Park Farmers Indoor Market in the Robey Hall, 2011 W. North Ave., in December, you don't want to miss the second monthly market, tomorrow, Sat., Jan. 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., put on by the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce.

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ALERT: Tainted food and tips about identifying symptoms

Date: 
01/03/2020
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A Listeria public health alert issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is also a good opportunity to learn about the symptoms of a serious illness.

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Police sideline Blue Line train at Damen

Date: 
01/02/2020
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UPDATE:
The victim, 49, had gotten into a verbal altercation on the train with another male passenger, who then stabbed the victim at approximately 11:40 a.m.

Stabbed in the stomach, a man exited a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) O'Hare bound Blue Line train at the Cicero stop and called for help shortly after noon today. The train continued north and was stopped at the Damen station in Wicker Park. 

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A time for giving: Food and toys needed at CPD 14th District

Date: 
12/13/2019
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Each year Chicago Police Department's 14th District officers are actively involved in making the holidays brighter for kids and families who might not have an extra special holiday without their help. 

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WickerICE returning and looking for volunteers into 2020

Date: 
12/06/2019
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It is about to begin againWickerICE. The blend of nostalgia…quiet, mellow gliding along the ice, childhood challenges…strengthening of ankles and attempts at figure eights and spins, along with the fiery competition with flying pucks and sticks.

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Modest intentions of Hispanic business professionals result in spectacular successes

Date: 
11/30/2019
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In the backroom of West Town’s Output Lounge, 1758 W Grand Ave., in 2013, twenty Hispanic business men and women were in a brainstorming session about how to groom young people in the business community.

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How to avoid killing or maiming your guests

Date: 
11/26/2019
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Both the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Illinois State Fire Marshal are in hopes that you will not bring harm to you, your family and/or other guests over the Thanksgiving holiday. In fact, these tips are good for all year long!

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Police and community partnership Session II in 12th District

Date: 
11/02/2019
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The Chicago Police Department (CPD) 12th District will partner with the community in the second "Community Conversation" for determining the District's 2020 Strategic Plans. It will be in Fosco Park, 1312 S. Racine, from 6 to 8 p.m., Tues., Nov. 5. There is parking on the street and in a lot. The 12th District station is close by at 1412 S. Blue Island.

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First indoor 2019-20 Farmers Market opens Sunday: Logan Square

Date: 
11/01/2019
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While the Logan Square Farmers Market (LSFM) is an indoor event on Sundays from Nov. 3 thru Mar. 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2363 N. Milwaukee (Emporium), this premier market will have some outdoor vendors. 

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Arroyo resigns as Illinois House about to consider his ouster

Date: 
11/01/2019
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Today, hours before a State of Illinois committee was to meet to consider ousting Illinois State Representative Luis Arroyo from his 3rd District seat, he resigned. 

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Illinois House of Representatives Luis Arroyo: Charged by Feds

Date: 
10/28/2019
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Luis Arroyo, 3rd District, State of Illinois Representative appeared in the Dirksen Federal U.S. Court House, 219 S Dearborn St, this morning, charged with one count of federal program bribery, according to a criminal complaint and affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago. 

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Halloween 2019 blasts off at Wicker Park's Boo-palooza Saturday

Date: 
10/25/2019
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The spooktacular Boo-palooza with its innumerable activities will fill Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sat., Oct 26., rain or shine. 

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CPS strike: Up close engagement

Date: 
10/25/2019
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The Eagle looked down from its 70-foot perch at a swarm of singing, chanting, marching, drum banging and sign waving Chicago Public School (CPS) teachers and their strike supporters Tuesday morning. They were shoulder to shoulder around the Illinois Centennial Monument surrounded by Milwaukee, Kedzie Avenues and Logan Boulevard. A few of the teachers were willing to share their thoughts on education in Chicago and working conditions.

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80th Anniversary: Poland's vision of the future lives on in the PMA

Date: 
10/19/2019
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UPDATE:
Jan Lorys, the historian at the Polish Museum of America has offered additional information below*

Fortuitously, in February 1939, Poland loaded 200 tons of artifacts on ships bound for New York and the "The World of Tomorrow" themed 1939 World's Fair. 

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Historic visit: four generations of Smith Park's namesake

Date: 
10/18/2019
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For many people involved with Smith Park, 2526 West Grand Ave., history came alive with a unique visit from four generations of Smiths. 

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Residents and Chicago Police partner: Setting 2020 community policing strategic plans

Date: 
10/11/2019
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Chicago Police Department (CPD) Districts, partnering with community business owners and residents, are in the midst of developing their 2020 Community Policing Strategic Plans. It is not too late to participate. 

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Meet Nicholas Sistler: a master of diminutive, deception, color and illusion

Date: 
10/06/2019
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With a passion for diminutives, colors and jigsaw shapes, Nicholas Sistler teases the eye in a new exhibition, JUMBO, which opened Fri., Oct. 4, in The Dime, 1513 N. Western Ave. In Wicker Park, the show continues through Oct. 28. 

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1st Ward Democratic Committeeman race ramping up for a fight

Date: 
09/30/2019
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Alderman Daniel La Spata's declaration on Friday in the race for the volunteer position as 1st Ward Democratic Committeeman, which is currently held by former 1st Ward Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno, is heating up. 

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