Headlines we could have lived without, from Real Estate Guide (October 1987): "Glove Makers Take Future Into Their Own Hands."
"I remember one bitter winter in Chicago," says Juan Molina-Crespo in the 1987 annual report of United Charities of Chicago--"I heard a radio commentator say that the cold affects everyone the same way. I couldn't believe it. It's one thing to have to walk from the office to the train, but imagine going home and it's below zero indoors as well as outdoors. I knew of a man in Humboldt Park who was unemployed. He would bring a 55 gallon drum up from the alley, open up the windows, and burn wood to heat his family of five. He was placing more than his own family in great danger, but he felt this was his only resort."
"My boss asks me almost daily why I haven't heard back" from the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Pablo G. tells Jennifer Juarez Robles of the Chicago Reporter (December 1987). "He thinks I've been rejected and I'm holding back the answer. I'm afraid I'll lose this job if the INS doesn't tell me soon." The Little Village resident is caught in the faltering program of amnesty for illegal aliens. Caseworkers say that his case is typical--so no wonder that, in the Chicago area, only 51,376 of an estimated 135,000-400,000 undocumented aliens have filed for amnesty, and that fewer, rather than more, are filing as the months go by.
Savings bonds, T-shirts, gift certificates, and trips to Great America are among the incentives a Michigan City, Indiana, junior-high principal offers his students for keeping their grades up, reports that city's News-Dispatch (December 12). "That's what makes kids want to learn," says this educator. "They know what money means. And they know what trips to Great America mean."
Stop me before I challenge again. "Cook County prosecutors often have used peremptory challenges to disproportionately exclude blacks from trial juries," wrote Patricia Haller and Adebola Alaran in a heavily documented Chicago Lawyer story (December 1987). Soon after, the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (December 17) reported that chief Cook County prosecutor Richard M. Daley wants those same peremptory challenges abolished to provide more credibility for the jury system.
"News coverage has become more of a planned & packaged product," writes photographer Terri Vitacco in The Loupe, a publication of the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the American Society of Magazine Photographers (December 1987). "Editors often have a preconceived idea of the photos they want--sometimes even down to the size and shape to fit a layout. My job has become one less of capturing the decisive moment, but more one of creating the moment."
Quick stop. In The Critic (Winter 1987), Martin Marty tells how he gave visiting colleague Hans-Georg Gadamer a ride from the University of Chicago to the Art Institute. "En route I advertised the current show, Native American Art. No, Gadamer came to see the Monets. 'You're a year late.' (The great Monet show had long gone.) 'No, no, I want to see those in your permanent collection.' I told him, 'We only have ten or twelve.' Gadamer: 'And I only have four hours.'"
"At the beginning I myself did not believe in Resident Management," writes Pat Jermone in The Network Builder (November/ December 1987). "To me it was just a dream to be put in its own place, but it turned out to be a dream come true." Jermone is now secretary of the LeClaire Courts Resident Management Corporation. Now that the group has signed a management contract with the Chicago Housing Authority, the two start dual management--"hiring residents to work side-by-side with CHA's management team, learning all of CHA's and HUD's criteria for properly managing their property." Frankly, we're hoping they can do better.
"You're at your hotel in New Hampshire," says Lesley Stahl in Harper's (December 1987), presenting a hypothetical campaign dilemma to pollster Harrison Hickman. "The primary is just five days away, and your candidate says, 'There's something I've been meaning to tell you. You know my resume says I resigned my first job as assistant D.A. The truth is I was fired for padding my expense account. The D.A. pitied me and allowed me to resign. Yesterday I heard that the D.A.'s brother is working for one of the other candidates and I'm worried. Harrison, what do you think we should do?" Hickman's response: "This is when being from Chicago may come in very handy. . . ."
Just say $. "Legislators in Wisconsin are seriously thinking of paying high-school girls $10,000 not to get pregnant," reports Reason (January 1988). "Under the plan, 100 freshman girls at Milwaukee high schools would each get the money if they continued on to college without becoming pregnant." Writer Mark Edward Crane asks: "If a woman who exchanges sex for money is a prostitute, what do you call a woman who takes money for not having sex?"
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): illustration/Carl Kock.