In Daley we trust. "For the first time, no outside agency is analyzing the [school] board's budget," writes Veronica Anderson in Catalyst (September). "In 1995, the [state] Legislature suspended oversight by the Chicago School Finance Authority. Since then, the Civic Federation, the Chicago Urban League, the Chicago Panel on School Policy and the Cross City Campaign for Urban School Reform have all dropped their scrutiny."
Total number of day-care slots available in Rogers Park, Uptown, and Edgewater, according to a new report, "From Welfare to Worse?," from the Loyola University Center for Urban Research and Learning: 3,155. Number on the waiting list of Christopher House in Uptown: more than 1,000. Number of day-care centers open after 6 pm: 0.
Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without. Farmers who minimize the purchase and use of chemicals and fossil fuels also "tend to be frugal consumers of all resources," reports Illinois Research Teaching Outreach. "They value their talents in repairing instead of purchasing new farm equipment. These families drive older cars and are less likely to have central air conditioning in their homes."
Aw, go play in the median. According to the summer issue of the newsletter "Urban Quality Indicators," published in Ann Arbor, "The magazine Utne Reader recently designated Chicago's Wicker Park area as one of the 15 hippest neighborhoods."
Excuse me, I think your tooth just fell into my mouth. "Couples often possess similar dental habits," we learn from "Dentalnotes" (September), published by the Academy of General Dentistry. "A person with clear dental neglect is 32 times more likely to have a partner with clear neglect."
The case for art control. Ten in One Gallery, on North Damen, recently sent out a press release announcing an exhibit that "packs the double-barreled shotgun blast of banal familiarity and mind-boggling obsessive craftsmanship."
Desperately seeking the number that isn't there. The "Smoker's Advocate" (Summer) reports on a survey that found that 68 percent of Americans think the government interferes too much in people's personal lives; 72 percent want to order what they like in a restaurant, whether it's healthy for them or not; and 93 percent say it's very important to relax and forget everyday concerns when they eat out. What a majority of Americans obviously did not say was that they're perfectly happy to eat in a smoke-filled restaurant.
It's not what's on TV--it's what the TV's on. Suburban-based Pediatrics (September) reports that 29 children have been killed by falling TV sets since 1990. "Researchers noted that large television sets placed on inadequate supports may present a real danger for children."
Don't follow the money. According to John Wilson in Chicago Ink (August), the Museum of Science and Industry took in $65 million during 1997, of which no more than $9 million came from corporate contributions. Mysteriously, much more than nine sixty-fifths of the museum's exhibits remain slanted toward industry rather than science.
What reasons does the supreme court have for striking down Chicago's antigang loitering ordinance? According to Harvard's Randall Kennedy, writing in "Intellectualcapital.com," "The most damning is vagueness. The ordinance utterly fails to specify an objective definition of 'loitering.' The justices of the Illinois Supreme Court were correct to insist that the deficiency could put a person at risk for such innocent activities as waiting to hail a taxi or resting on a corner during a job or stepping in a doorway to avoid rain....To paraphrase a Supreme Court ruling from the 1930s, no one should be required at peril of life, liberty or property to speculate at the meaning of a criminal statute."