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The Chicago Southland Economic Development Corp. is entering its 10th year of service.
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…
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…
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.
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?
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.
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.
"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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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…
I'm sure you could all see it coming.
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.
Q: What's the first thing President-elect Obama should do to help the financial markets?
When I was a kid growing up in Riverdale, my grammar school offered a variety of activities outside the usual three Rs.
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.
What do Dec. 31 and Sept. 27, 2007, have in common?
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…
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.
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:
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…
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.
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