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Interview With Rep. Greg Harris, Sponsor of Illinois’ Marriage Equality Act

By Mike Fourcher | Thursday, June 6, 2013

Interview With Rep. Greg Harris, Sponsor of Illinois’ Marriage Equality Act

Illinois State Representative Greg Harris (D-13) shot to the center of national attention last Friday evening with his impassioned speech announcing he would not be calling legislation making gay marriage possible for a vote in the Illinois House. On Monday, Harris sat down with Center Square Journal to talk about the last legislative session, the budget, our state’s social safety net, and what’s next for the marriage equality bill.

Portrait of A Dive: The Cardinal Lounge

By Myles Dannhausen | Thursday, June 6, 2013

Portrait of A Dive: The Cardinal Lounge

The first time I left the Cardinal Lounge I knew two things: Moving to Chicago was going to work out all right, and I had found my favorite bar.

The (Pretty) Complete List of Center Square Summer Festivals

By Mike Fourcher | Thursday, June 6, 2013

The (Pretty) Complete List of Center Square Summer Festivals

Welcome to a new Chicago summer! That means lots of festivals and plenty of reasons to be outside. Contrary to what many may think, Lakeview is not where the most festivals are held. Nope, it’s Center Square where the action’s at. Here we provide, for your planning convenience, our annual guide to the festivals and what to expect.

Springtime

By Mike Fourcher | Thursday, May 23, 2013

Pantagrapher Photography

By Mike Innocenzi | Thursday, May 2, 2013

Some local images from neighborhood treasure Pantagrapher. Otherwise known as Mike Innocenzi.

What You Told Us; What You Can Do To Help

By Mike Fourcher | Thursday, May 2, 2013

What You Told Us; What You Can Do To Help

Now that we’ve cleared our second month of The Reboot, we thought we should ask you a few questions to learn what we’re doing right and where we should focus our efforts. So last month we invited you to a survey. Here’s some of what you told us and what you can to do keep moving things forward.

We’re Rebooting The CSJ Events Calendar

By Mike Fourcher | Thursday, April 18, 2013

We’re Rebooting The CSJ Events Calendar

Last week we conducted a reader survey, and two big items stood out: First, 68% of the respondents wanted us to relaunch our events calendar. Second, 69% of respondents wanted to receive notice of deals and offers from local businesses. Those were staggering numbers, so we had to satisfy that demand–as soon as possible. So Read the Rest…

Is This Cognitive Dissonance or Is Everything Just Fine?

By Mike Fourcher | Thursday, April 4, 2013

Is This Cognitive Dissonance or Is Everything Just Fine?

When you live in a community where everything seems to go well, it’s easy to lose track of what’s going on outside of the neighborhood. Are we suffering from a kind of cognitive dissonance with the rest of Chicago?

Today We’re Rebooting Center Square Journal

By Mike Fourcher | Tuesday, February 26, 2013

I’m excited to announce the Reboot of Center Square Journal. We have some big plans that include some fresh blood, some editorial direction changes, some new services and an important 90 Day Reboot Campaign. As part of our Reboot, we’re going be asking a lot of you in the coming months. One important thing will stay Read the Rest…

Report on Last Night’s Community Meeting

By Mike Fourcher | Friday, February 1, 2013

Report on Last Night’s Community Meeting

I started to write this as a straight news piece, but I’m too closely tied to everything here. So let’s just recognize that I’ve got some personal feelings at stake here and get talking about what happened. About sixty people came to the DANK Haus’ second floor yesterday evening to hear a presentation from me Read the Rest…

CSJ Prepares For Transition

By Mike Fourcher | Thursday, January 10, 2013

[SlideDeck2 id=24230] After three years of operation, it’s time for a change at Center Square Journal.  I’ve been getting ready for my personal next act for a number of months, and since our last editor was hired away by the Sun Times last week (congrats, Sam!), this seemed like the right time for a change. I Read the Rest…

Illinois Medicaid Coverage Should Be Extended To All Low Income Citizens

By Mimi Ko | Friday, December 14, 2012

As a fitness trainer in Roscoe Village, my average day can include any of the following: making people throw up, having them run down the street carrying heavy objects, helping them accomplish what they don’t think is possible. In my profession, I get to witness on an everyday basis the importance of preventative, rather than Read the Rest…

Northcenter Chamber Comments on Lack of Holiday Decorations

By Northcenter Chamber of Commerce | Friday, December 7, 2012

You may have noticed holiday decorations have not yet been installed on Lincoln Avenue and Irving Park Road light poles. We want to assure you there is no need to worry because they will be going up next week just the same as years past. Our installation of the new flag pole in Northenter Town Read the Rest…

Source: Target In Talks To Purchase Lincoln-Belmont-Ashland Building

By Mike Fourcher | Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Source: Target In Talks To Purchase Lincoln-Belmont-Ashland Building

Target Corporation is close to purchasing the former LaSalle Bank Building at 3201 N. Ashland Ave., a source close to the situation has told Roscoe View Journal. The property at Lincoln, Belmont and Ashland Aves., once planned as the mixed-use Lakeview Collection, has been in limbo and disrepair since Wachovia and Wells Fargo Banks foreclosed Read the Rest…

Customer Reviews Say Sexual Favors Allegedly Offered In Neighborhood Massage Parlors

By Sam Charles | Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Customer Reviews Say Sexual Favors Allegedly Offered In Neighborhood Massage Parlors

Six massage parlors in Lincoln Square, Northcenter, Roscoe Village and West Lakeview allegedly provide paid sexual favors, according to a highly sophisticated and well-organized website created to collect customer reviews of prostitution. The businesses in Center Square Journal’s and Roscoe View Journal’s combined coverage areas were cited by different websites as establishments where patrons could receive sexual favors in Read the Rest…

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