The [Monday] Papers
"Like his team, Cutler gets the job done even if he hardly looks pretty doing it," our very own Jim Coffman writes this morning.
And even as - Coffman points out - the media obsesses over Cutler's image. Can we deal with reality instead?
A Man And A Lesson Plan
"Paul J. Adams III, the school's founder and president, said Providence St. Mel has never closed its doors on King Day. Instead, the entire day always is dedicated to lessons about King."
A Segregated City Is No City At All
Also from the Reporter:
"Chicago ranks fourth in black-white segregation among the nation's 100 largest metropolitan areas, according to a recent analysis. Chicago ranks 10th in Hispanic-white segregation. Click here to see racial segregation measures for large metro areas and states."
"Chicago's racial segregation patterns are quite stark when you view a map of the city using the Mapping America: Every City, Every Block feature from The New York Times. Click here to view a map of the Chicago area."
"12,296: The number of jobs lost in the Loop between 2002 and 2008. The bulk of those losses were felt by people living in predominately African-American communities."
But by all means, let's not drag race into the mayoral campaign.
Commemorative Food Stamps
"There were 857,282 households enrolled last month in what is now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly called food stamps. That was up 12.7 percent from a year earlier."
Maybe Groupon can organize a deal.
"We live in an international city, a world-class city, and yet we have neighborhoods that are described as food deserts," Miguel del Valle tells the Sun-Times. "That's Third World country talk."
Health Care Repealed On South Side
"A group of 25 pressed their demand by staging a mock funeral outside of Rockefeller Chapel as a Martin Luther King Day celebration let out."
Gary Woman Got King His Day
"She is famous for having introduced the bill to make Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a national holiday," according to The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed. "Representative John Conyers Jr. had first introduced legislation for the holiday days after Dr. King's assassination in 1968. However it was Hall's final version of the bill which was passed into law in 1983.
"Despite her striking victory in the 1983 special election, Hall did not win her bid for re-nomination in 1984 Democratic primary. Mrs. Hall blamed her failure on racism; however the 1984 campaign was weakly organized, and despite the symbolism of the King bill success, voters saw little economic progress during Hall's term. She failed to win the support of the black community, losing by over 4,800 votes in the eight neighborhoods with majority black populations. Democrat Peter J. Visclosky was elected instead."
Visclosky, who is white, remains in that office, though the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington named him one of the nation's most corrupt members of Congress in 2009.
The Weirdness of Walter Jacobson
Bill & Rahm's Vision of Johanna
Ode To The Nice Cashier
The Weekend in Chicago Rock
Room at the Beachwood Inn
The Beachwood Tip Line: Of age.
Posted on January 17, 2011
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