April 29, 2014 |
April showers often bring May rent hikes in Chicago, as many renters look into renewing their leases. How much can a landlord legally raise the rent in Chicago from one year to the next? There are no state rent control laws, so the answer is: however much they want to, as long as their current tenants or prospective new tenants will bite. "Landlords can raise rent as much and as often as they want" between leases, said John Bartlett, the executive director of the city's Metropolitan Tenants Organization, as long as they give tenants at least 30 days' notice.
April 27, 2014 |
Chicago on Sunday logged its 100th homicide of the year, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found. A 40-year-old man was stabbed to death Sunday in the 4100 block of West 26th Street in South Lawndale, the Tribune reported. Chicago logged its 100th homicide on April 30 in 2013 and March 19 on 2012. Chicago has recorded 31 homicides so far this month. The city logged 24 homicides in April 2013. Homicides are up 3 percent year to date versus 2013 and down 37 percent versus 2012, RedEye determined.
April 25, 2014 |
Sean Ely, RedEye's video editor, reviews some of this week's craziest headlines. This week: the 400 pound Wrigley Field cake that no one ate, man trying to dine and dash from a $950 bill at Tavern on Rush, and the open news editor position with RedEye. "Don't be an a** hole. " Apply for RedEye's news editor position here .
April 24, 2014 |
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April 22, 2014 |
Chicago can't get enough of Ryne Sandberg. That's what we learned from RedEye's Wrigley Legendary Moments bracket. In honor of the Friendly Confines' 100 t h anniversary, we chose 16 moments from the stadium's illustrious history and left the choice to readers. After three weeks, four rounds and more than 1,100 total votes, Ryne Sandberg's monster game in 1984 - 5-for-6, two home runs in a 12-11 win over archrival St. Louis - bested all challengers. The Sandberg Game, as it has come to be known, defeated Sammy Sosa's 60 t h homer in the first round, Sam Jones' no-hitter in the quarterfinals, the 1945 World Series in the semifinals and Kerry Wood's 20-strikeout performance in the final round.
April 22, 2014 |
A few weeks ago I was asked to appear on a couple podcasts that originate in Chicago. Due to a bit of absent-mindedness on my part, I ended up doing both podcasts on the same day. It made for quite the experience! First up, I sat down with the gals of the Your Chicago Podcast . If you've never listened to their podcast before, you're going to get a kick out of listening to Arden Joy and Stefania Rudd , the two hosts. Both these ladies are fun and geeky, with a real passion for all things Chicago.
April 14, 2014 |
Chicago native Allison Semmes is a classical singer by training - she has a bachelor's degree in opera from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - but she grew up with Motown in the house. "That was the popular music of [my parents'] time," she said. "That was like their Beyonce. " Now, Semmes, who grew up in Hyde Park, returns to Chicago to star as Diana Ross in the national tour of "Motown the Musical," which kicks off with a three-month run at the Oriental Theatre. Based on Motown founder Berry Gordy's autobiography, the production - which celebrated its one-year anniversary on Broadway April 14 - explores the romance between Gordy and Ross through the rise of the hugely influential Detroit record label that launched the careers of Smokey Robinson, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and, of course, Ross.
April 11, 2014 |
If you browsed one of the city's crime lists online Friday morning, you would think Chicago was in the middle of a record breaking year with only 11 homicides in 2014. Chicago Police said Friday they are experiencing a "temporary technology glitch" that causes some cases to not appear when users search one of the department's most popular datasets. Of this year's 74 Chicago homicides, eight, or about 10 percent, did not show up in a RedEye search this week of the department dataset for crime dating back to 2001.
April 10, 2014
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April 10, 2014 |
A state lawmaker is holding a town hall this month to discuss the possible rehabilitation of the Forest Park branch of the Blue Line. State Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood) is hosting a town hall from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 22 at Proviso Math and Science Academy Auditorium, 8601 W. Roosevelt Road in Forest Park. State and local transit officials will answer questions about proposals to expand the Eisenhower Expressway and overhaul the Forest Park Blue Line branch. Nearly 30 percent of the branch is under slow zone, according to March data from the CTA. The CTA last year began a $1 million study of the Forest Park branch, which saw 9.6 million station entries in 2013, down 0.7 percent compared to 2012.