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

Police Roll Call at Logan Square's Lucy Flowers Park shows community solidarity

Date: 
06/08/2019
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Chicago Police 14th District officers arrived for the Beat 1421 and Beat 1434 Roll Call by patrol car, wagon and on bikes at

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Spoiler alert: Mr. Dave Music headlines all six Tuesdays at the Triangle starting today

Date: 
06/04/2019
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The combo of entertainment and vendors at the Tuesdays at the Triangle returns to the CTA transportation hub at Milwaukee, Division and Ashland Avenues on June 4, from 4 to 8 p.m., for the seventh season, produced by the Polish Triangle Coalition (PTC). 

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Broken Bucktown water main reveals building owned by Rock Island business man is dangerous

Date: 
05/22/2019
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At some point during Tuesday night, a water main broke in the 2000 block of west Armitage in Bucktown. Alderman Scott Waguespack, 32nd Ward, was notified around 7 a.m., Wed., May 22. But,

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Reimaging Chicago: Pass seven ordinances in 100 days

Date: 
05/16/2019
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In the first 100 days of the new Chicago City Council a group of aldermen and aldermen-elect plan to pass seven pieces of legislation to "make Chicago a city for the many--not just the wealthiest few."

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Moreno charged on two felony counts

Date: 
05/15/2019
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Proco "Joe" Moreno, 1st Ward Alderman, is charged with two felonies and will be in bond court today.

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Outgoing 1st Ward Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno in police custody

Date: 
05/14/2019
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Proco "Joe" Moreno, soon to be former 1st Ward Alderman, is in police custody on an arrest warrant, according to the Chicago Police Department. 

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Two charged in murder of Candice Dickerson

Date: 
05/10/2019
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Two men were given "NO BOND" status and are in Cook County Jail until their next court appearances in the April 26 murder of Candice Dickerson, 36, a single mother of three,

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Norwegian American Hospital honors murdered staffer: Candice Dickerson

Date: 
05/10/2019
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Shot to death while standing in a Metro PCS store around 8:05 p.m. on April 26, Candice Dickerson was honored by her family, friends and the Norwegian American Hospital (NAH) "family" on Tuesday at the hospital, 1044 N Francisco Ave. 

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10th Annual Closet Clearance Sale at Intuit this weekend

Date: 
04/26/2019
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This 10th Annual Closet Clearance Sale at INTUIT: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, 756 N. Milwaukee Ave., Sat. Apr.27, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. is "racked up" to be the best ever, according to Susann Craig, Intuit Board Member and the sale's creator. 

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What's happening on Chicago streets?: How can you interact?

Date: 
04/26/2019
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The Chicago Department of Transportation's (CDOT) new site, ChiStreetWork just came online Tuesday, expanding the public's access to City information.

The Eggsquisite and the Sacred merge: Ukrainian National Museum

Date: 
04/23/2019
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Cutout, dotted with rhinestones, covered with unique patterns representing Ukrainian towns or views into Ukrainian peasant life, eggs are all "eggsquisite" in the Easter Wonder exhibition at the Ukrainian National Museum (UNM), 2249 W. Superior St., through April 28. Hours: Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

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Lawsuit filed to stop Cortland and Chicago River TIF and more

Date: 
04/17/2019
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A lawsuit to halt the creation of the Cortland and Chicago River TIF (Tax Increment Financing) district, much of which is for Sterling Bay's Lincoln Yards, was filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County today against the City of Chicago by Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights on behalf of Grassroots Collaborative and Raise Your Hand for Illinois Public Education. 

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Development the "Chicago way": Sterling Bay/Lincoln Yards

Date: 
04/08/2019
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UPDATE: Lightfoot asked Finance Committee Chairman Patrick O'Connor to make Monday's meeting a "subject matter hearing" which generally excludes a vote, according to Crain's Danny Ecker around midnight Sunday.

There is a full court press to pass the $1.3* billion Cortland and Chicago River TIF at Monday's City Council Finance Committee vote and the City Council vote on Wednesday, Mayor Emanuel's last Council meeting before leaving his eight year, fifth floor reign of Chicago's City Hall. 

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An elected Chicago School Board may become reality…eventually

Date: 
04/05/2019
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In a vote of 110 to 2, the Illinois House is sending a bill on a journey to Governor Pritzker's desk to replace the appointed Chicago Public School (CPS) Board with an elected one. 

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300 bags of chickpeas delivered to Sultan's Market

Date: 
04/01/2019
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Standing outside Sultan's Market, 2057 W. North Ave., owner Masada Ramli explains that it took three months for her 300 bag order of organic chickpeas to arrive from Istanbul, Turkey. 

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Performance in Eckhart Park pool: Two cellists wash 30 cellos

Date: 
03/30/2019
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People lined one side and part of both ends of the 75 foot pool in the Eckhart Park Natatorium, 1330 W. Chicago Ave. Audience members seemed filled with curiosity and expectations for “Water on the Bridge."

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For you: Participate in planning the 12th and 14th Police District goals

Date: 
03/29/2019
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While many community members participated with Chicago Police Department's 12th and 14th Districts community cafes a couple of weeks ago, now more can participate. Next week both districts are having the second round in the creation of the District Policing Strategic Plans. 

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Who "are" the mayoral candidates: Tonight hear them

Date: 
03/27/2019
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Yes, either Lori Lightfoot or Toni Preckwinkle will be the first African American female mayor since Chicago became a city in 1837. But, who are they? 

You can hear them on CBS Chicago tonight at 6 p.m., as they have their last TV face-off before election day, April 2nd. 

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The American people deserve to see the Mueller Report says U.S. Representative Mike Quigley

Date: 
03/22/2019
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“The House unanimously agreed that the American people deserve to see Special Counsel Mueller’s report in its entirety," says U.S. Representative Mike Quigley

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Night Ministry's The Crib approved to move into the Mural Building

Date: 
03/16/2019
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In a late night decision Friday, Mar. 15, the Night Ministry was granted a special use by Chicago's Zoning Board to "establish a temporary overnight shelter on the first floor of the existing four-story commercial building" at 1735 N. Ashland Ave., the Mural Building.

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