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

Shootings and guns: Help 10-year-old Theo get 10,000 signatures

Date: 
03/28/2018
TWHead

Scared by the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, Theo Williams, 10, who lives in Logan Square and attends a Chicago Public grade school, says, "I really, really, really want no more killings." He backs that up with action and you can help. 

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All Chicagoans can be part of The March for Our Lives movement: Saturday In Union Park

Date: 
03/23/2018
DontGetMurd

The March for Our Lives in Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph will begin at 11 a.m., Sat., Mar. 23. It will be an opportunity for all Chicagoans to support the articulate, focused, strong and thoughtful teenagers who experienced Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School 17-person massacre on Valentine's Day.

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CPD 12th District: Strategic Decision Support Center up and running

Date: 
03/18/2018
12thDistrSDSC

The Chicago Police Department's (CPD) 12th District, 1412 S Blue Island Ave, went live March 1 with a center focused on technologies

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A tip 'o the hat to ya: May the green be with you!

Date: 
03/17/2018
StPatHat

This year's celebrations of St. Patrick is expected to put $5.9 billion into the U.S. economy, according to the National Retail Federation. For those calculating, it is about $39.65 per person of the 149 million U.S. adults.

#ENOUGH say LaSalle II kindergarteners through 8th graders: "Do we not deserve the right to live anymore?"

Date: 
03/16/2018
Enough

A rousing 17-minute #ENOUGH rally at 10 a.m., March 14, took over the Wolcott side field of LaSalle II Magnet School,

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Behind the smoke: Pot, porn, guns, FBI job and abuse allegations encircle congressional candidate Benjamin Thomas Wolf

Date: 
03/09/2018
WolfFlgSmoke

Benjamin Thomas Wolf, Wicker Park resident, went after national press attention in his race to unseat U.S. Congressman Mike Quigley, 5th District. He is successfully getting the attention. Many area people are relieved that facts behind the smoke are being revealed. 

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Chicago Grand Neighbors Association welcomes new board

Date: 
03/07/2018
NewCGNABrd2018

At the Chicago Grand Neighbors Association (CGNA) quarterly meeting Tuesday evening, Mar. 6, in Output, 1758 W Grand Ave., Andy Perdue was elected to a three-year term as President. 

Partners Tommy Hawk and Officer Friendly take on Sabin

Date: 
03/03/2018
CelebHawk

Lots of shrieks, giggles, screaming, waving of hands always greet Chicago Police Department's (CPD) Officer Friendly in the 14th District, Officer Tom McNamara.

Fake News, tied to 1st Ward Alderman Moreno, smears one 4th District State Rep candidate

Date: 
02/27/2018
DRCardBk

Fake news and election smear tactics linked to public officials are not just in Washington and Springfield these days. They are up close and personal in the 4th District Illinois House of Representatives Democratic race.

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Logan Square indoor farmers market has new vibes

Date: 
02/24/2018
Sprouts

Logan Square Indoor Farmers Market (LSMF) in the Emporium Arcade Bar of Logan Square, 2363 N. Milwaukee Ave., on Sunday between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.,

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Humboldt Park church, tied to Wicker Park, loses steeple in 211 alarm fire

Date: 
02/20/2018
SteepleFire

At approximately 8:20 a.m., the steeple of what was the Salvation and Deliverance Ministries International Church at 1540 N. Spaulding Ave., in Humboldt Park, was in flames.

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Chimera Ensemble opens second season with "Cam Baby"

Date: 
02/14/2018
Confrontation

In your imagination, mix the concepts and actions of privacy, self-worth, identity and awkwardness, then throw in some webcam voyeurism and fast-paced comedy in a smallish black cube space with four "stage" entrances/exits. 

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Forum for 4th District Illinois State Rep Candidates scheduled for February 21

Date: 
02/04/2018
4thStateRepMap

The only local fight in the upcoming Primary on Chicago's near northwest side is for 4th District Illinois State Representative. And, the only known forum for the four candidates to face off is on Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m., Rowe Middle School, 1420 W. Augusta Blvd., produced by Our Urban Times

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Quigley slams release of Secret Nunes Majority Memo

Date: 
02/02/2018
MQuigley

Following the release of the House Intelligence Committee Majority Memo on Feb. 2, Illinois 5th District U.S. Representative Mike Quigley, slammed the actions

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Quigley comments on Trump's speech and gives Nunes a deadline

Date: 
02/02/2018
Quigley

In the midst of the Washington, D.C. flurry of activity with President Trump's first State of the Union speech and the potential release of the memo by U.S. House Intelligence Chairman, Representative Devin Nunes, Mike Quigley, 5th District U.S. House of Representatives,

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See the possibilities: The Polish Triangle

Date: 
01/28/2018
PTCOverView

Revitalization planning for the parcel of land bound by Milwaukee, Ashland and Division took major strides forward during 2017 as a result of the Polish Triangle Coalition's work which began in 2010. 

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Dr. Nunilo Rubio was killed during humanitarian mission in the Philippines

Date: 
01/24/2018
RubioDedic

Dr. Nunilo Rubio, part of the Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (PSMEMC) family, was among seven killed over the weekend during a goodwill mission in the Philippines.

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No holds barred at City Council Special Education hearing despite CPS' hire announcement: Who holds the power?

Date: 
01/20/2018
KeenanJackson

One hour before the start of the City Council Special Education hearing the Friday before a holiday weekend, Jan. 12, at 2:30 p.m., with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) interim CEO, Dr. Janice Jackson, CPS announced adding special education positions. Aldermen were angry

Cook County Assessor battle: Kaegi 2, Berrios 0

Date: 
01/09/2018
FKaegi

With his re-election scheduled for this year, Joseph Berrios is fighting to keep Frederick “Fritz” Kaegi from potentially unseating him as Cook County Assessor, a position he has held since December 2010.  However,

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St. Boniface development: So close and yet so far

Date: 
01/08/2018
SBSouthEntr

Residents, preservationists, the Catholic church, many in Chicago's Planning Department and Alderman Walter Burnett, 27th Ward, were rejoicing in September 2016 when Noble Square resident and developer Michael Skoulsky, Stas Development, Inc. signed the deal to purchase the St. Boniface Church property, Noble and Chestnut. Yet,

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