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

First "Cash Mob" a success at the Green Grocer Chicago in West Town

Date: 
03/25/2015
GreenWalden

The "Cash Mob," a promotion concept to get people to shop at a local business, debuted at the Green Grocer Chicago (GGC), 1402 W. Grand, Saturday and it was a success! 

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U.S Representative Mike Quigley honored at Ukrainian Museum

Date: 
03/25/2015
Presentation

U.S Representative of Illinois' 5th District, Mike Quigley was honored at a Ukrainian National Museum (UNM) sold out Awards Dinner Friday evening, Mar. 20.

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Murder sentence near for graffiti tagger Kristopher Klimala "Wicked"

Date: 
03/24/2015
KKlimala

The murder trial of Kristopher Klimala, known as "Wicked," in the death of Linear Caballero, known as "Chip" on Sat., Jan 21, 2012, began Monday in Judge James Linn's Cook Country Courtroom, 26th and California.  

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Last Roundup: 2nd Ward Aldermanic Candidates in their words and in person

Date: 
03/23/2015
Hopkins

UPDATE:
 CAN TV will have the debate live!

With the final election for the 2nd Ward Alderman as well as mayor occurring on April 7, it is important that everyone be informed

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Revised plan for the Aldi site presented to WPC

Date: 
03/18/2015
Centr606LkngSE

Centrum Partners revised their design for the Aldi parcel of land at Milwaukee Avenue and Leavitt Street along The 606 (Bloomingdale Trail) in response to suggestions and comments from both the Wicker Park Committee's (WPC) Preservation and Development Committee (P&D) and the Bucktown Community Organization's Development Committee and members.

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Myrta Cruz lost fight with cancer

Date: 
03/17/2015
CruzM

"A strong, determined, brave, courageous, giving and encouraging woman who was very protective of her children," is how Myrta "Mert" Cruz is described by her daughter Mary Mercado. Curz, 65, died of cancer on Mar. 11.

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Wicker Park Committee gives back and looks forward

Date: 
03/16/2015
WPCStove

Looking forward and giving back were the agenda items for Wicker Park Committee's (WPC) March Board meeting in the Wicker Park Field House, 1425 N. Damen. 

Two dead, one injured at Dolphin: Alderman Waguespack is angry

Date: 
03/16/2015
Dolphin

Once again the late licensed night club called the Dolphin, 2200 N. Ashland, in Bucktown, is the scene of mayhem. This time two are dead and one is in the hospital. Scott Waguespack, 32nd Ward Alderman, is angry. 

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Mayor Emanuel did NOT scream nor did he address mental health service issues

Date: 
03/15/2015
GJGrantDelgado

Both social and news media have given much "ink" to Mayor Emanuel screaming at two mental health activists who attempted to dominate the Wicker Park Committee's (WPC) March membership meeting. What are the facts? 

Local response to woman shot in Wicker Park at Division and Damen

Date: 
03/15/2015
DamenDiv

The shooting of a 35-year-old woman, early Sunday morning  2:30 a.m., at Division St. and Damen Ave.,  prompts concerns from local residents. A look back in time, however, shows how far Wicker Park and East Village have come in 25 years. 

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Demand for Opt-Out Rights on PARCC testing grows as testing begins

Date: 
03/10/2015
Podium

Parents and lawmakers united on Monday, Mar. 9, the first day of Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing, to demand a clear statewide policy allowing parents to opt their students out of state standardized testing

Women in Focus opens "I am woman" on International Women's Day Sunday

Date: 
03/06/2015
ArdellSherma

In preparation for the third Women In Focus (WIF) photography exhibition, many members were wielding hammers, removing  nails and hanging, leveling and labeling the work of 25 members with pieces in the I Am Woman exhibition. The opening reception is Sun., Mar. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Chicago Photography Center (CPC), 621 W. Belmont Ave. 

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Moreno's 1st Ward win being challenged by Shaw and Locke lawsuit

Date: 
03/04/2015
LockeShawFinko

Anne Shaw and Ronda Locke, two opponents of incumbent Proco "Joe" Moreno in the 1st Ward Aldermanic race, filed a lawsuit, late Tuesday, in the Circuit Court of Cook County against the City of Chicago Board of Election Commissioners alleging mistakes and fraud in the 1

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Raise Your Hand puts CPS on notice: PARCC

Date: 
03/03/2015
RYHCC

Raise Your Hand (RYH), a grassroots parents organization created in 2010, put the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) on notice Monday, Mar.

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.