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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Stillinoyed or Indynial?

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Stillinoyed or Indynial?

I can remember as a kid dreading the coming school day. Something had happened in the playground the day before which immediately translated into name-calling, taunting and ridicule. I didn’t like it then, and I don’t like it now.

July 06, 2014 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Golf is more than a four-letter word

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Golf is more than a four-letter word

I love golf. Many people love golf. Therein lies a paradox – how can one love something so frustrating, time-consuming, potentially humiliating, and still come back for more? Hope springs eternal, and last time I looked, the season of hope is spring — and with it, golf!

April 27, 2014 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: My dream of development 10 years from now

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: My dream of development 10 years from now

In May 2024, I will be celebrating my 76th birthday, surrounded by friends and family and commemorating having just shot my age at Lost Marsh. This is my fantasy; write your own.

March 02, 2014 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: 2014, we expect better results from you

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: 2014, we expect better results from you

For some, the last 12 months might well be considered a year of recovery. For others, including myself, it was more a year of treading water.

December 29, 2013 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Sears' future could include consuming fiber

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Sears' future could include consuming fiber

"Shop at Sears and save" was Sears' slogan in its early days. Today, that includes Sears.com.

June 02, 2013 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Chicago Southland EDC adding value in 2013

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Chicago Southland EDC adding value in 2013

The Chicago Southland Economic Development Corp. is entering its 10th year of service.

March 24, 2013 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: A New Year's resolution we can't afford to break

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: A New Year's resolution we can't afford to break

Chairing the Chicago Southland Economic Development Corp. has afforded me access to a series of issues, any of which could propel Northeast Illinois/Northwest Indiana into new and re-energized technologies, positions of increased influence relative to the national economy and a seat at the i…

January 13, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Let's work together to solve our problems

As you're reading this, you in all probability have heard the machinations of those who have lost the election and the “here we go” accolades of the winners. What you and I have not heard much of is conciliatory calls for consensus, compromise and working together to move the country, the st…

November 11, 2012 12:00 am

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Preview of coming attractions in Southland

I don't know how many of you still like going to the movies – the $15 popcorn and Coke, plus the really big screen, not the one in your family room – but I still enjoy the atmosphere and (alas) the senior discount.

August 26, 2012 12:00 am

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: If you want to get something done

If you want to get something done right, do it yourself. How many times growing up did an adult — usually a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle — tell you that?

June 10, 2012 12:00 am

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: One chance to get it right on Illiana Expressway

Years ago, when I was working in a nearby south suburban municipality, the town's public works director was burning the midnight oil on a pretty regular basis, going over and over a set of plans for a major street project.

March 25, 2012 12:00 am

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Just when you thought it was safe ...

With the economy's ongoing struggle over the past couple of years, as someone involved in business and economic development, I thought my understanding of the situation in the Calumet Region was both accurate and right on.

November 27, 2011 12:00 am

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Light a candle for your own economic development

"It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness" is a Chinese proverb meaning better to do something about a problem than just complain about it. Further, a candle is a small answer to a large problem, but it is still a worthy step...

September 25, 2011 12:00 am

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Illinois needs to become more business-friendly

In case you just came out of a coma from a condition with which you were afflicted sometime before the first of the year, you need to be brought up to speed on a couple things your friends in Springfield and Indianapolis have been doing.

June 05, 2011 12:00 am

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Another winter of discontent? Or a new start?

January and February are tough months in the Calumet Region. It's cold, it's one gray day after another, it's snow, followed by more snow, and then snow. When the sun does come out, it resembles a 40-watt bulb.

February 20, 2011 12:00 am

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: We have many people to be thankful for

It's that time of year when we traditionally assess our individual situations, count our blessings and celebrate the human spirit. In 2010, for many of us, assessing is outdistancing the counting and celebrating by a mile.

November 28, 2010 12:00 am

Enough talk: How do we pay for what we need?

There has been much talk about 21st Century projects as at least a partial way out of some of the economic hard times in which we find ourselves while providing the opportunity to leave a legacy on which future generations can build and thrive.

November 22, 2009 12:00 am

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Lessons learned? Less than stimulating

How long has it been now since Washington announced bailouts for banks, resurrection for the likes of insurance giant AIG and forgiveness for investment firms? When was it that Congress constructed a public works program that would put the New Deal on its ear?

September 13, 2009 12:00 am

Is economy half-filling or half-emptying

So I'm reading a newspaper -- yes, I actually have a subscription (guess I'm still stuck in the 20th century) -- reading a "yes, but ..." article on the possible bottoming out and gradual recovery of the stock market: "Despite indications that the economic downturn is slowing, the stock mark…

July 12, 2009 12:00 am

Stimulus funds will have unintended consequences

I'm sure you could all see it coming.

May 10, 2009 12:00 am

Where's mine versus biggest bang for the buck

A year ago, few of us, well me, at least, when asked what an economic stimulus is, might have responded very differently than if the question was posed today.

March 01, 2009 12:00 am

Investing in infrastructure for stimulus with ROI

Q: What's the first thing President-elect Obama should do to help the financial markets?

November 30, 2008 12:00 am

Dancing with the economic development stars

When I was a kid growing up in Riverdale, my grammar school offered a variety of activities outside the usual three Rs.

April 20, 2008 12:00 am

CSEDC's plan for pushing Chicago Southland

As chairman of the fledgling Chicago Southland Economic Development Corp., I can neither afford to take success for granted, nor can I pass up the opportunity to extol the virtues of the area we represent. Our modest development troop needs to take every opportunity to push it.

November 25, 2007 12:00 am

It's curtains for old thinking in South Suburbs

What do Dec. 31 and Sept. 27, 2007, have in common?

September 09, 2007 12:00 am

Transit-oriented development has great potential

Transit-oriented development refers to residential and commercial centers designed to maximize access by transit and non-motorized transportation, and with other features to encourage transit ridership. A TOD neighborhood has a center with a rail or bus station, surrounded by relatively high…

June 24, 2007 12:00 am
Land use is part of planning process for public transit

Land use is part of planning process for public transit

I recently attended a luncheon meeting hosted by The Times to discuss the Illiana Expressway, the proposed federally funded bi-state feasibility study and the legislative initiative in Indianapolis. It was an excellent presentation -- thoughtful, comprehensive and realistic.

April 29, 2007 12:00 am

Predictions about states' capital spending

I remember fondly the Johnny Carson act he and his sidekick, Ed McMahon, would do around a fictional prognosticator, Karnack (Carson), who would create questions to answers McMahon provided. For example:

January 21, 2007 12:00 am

What if we ignored that dash line separating Indiana and Illinois?

When I was asked to contribute to this column, I began to think of topics of interest to two audiences -- you know, the two groups separated by the dash line along State Line Road between Hammond and Calumet City and the extension of that line separating Lansing and Munster, Dyer and Lynwood…

June 04, 2006 12:00 am

Help us shape this region's economic future

As chairman of the Chicago Southland Economic Development Corp., I extol the virtues of a region with the tools and resources to construct a bright and enduring future, yet I am continually reminded of the challenges we must address.

March 05, 2006 12:00 am
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