Where the bird lovers live. Many of the calls to the Audubon Hotline are about wounded birds, but there are few sources of help for them in Chicago, according to the Chicago Audubon Society's Compass (April). There's the Forest Preserve District's Trailside Nature Center and Sand Ridge Nature Center in Calumet City. And Doris Johanson, who answers the hot line, "also has a list of individuals trained to care for wounded birds, but they mostly live in the northwest suburbs."
Help conserve our dwindling supply of adverbs! From a north-side politico's Earth Day press release: "Think global, act local."
"The Governor has consistently said welfare recipients should get a job," notes Public Welfare Coalition director Douglas Dobmeyer in an April memo to state senator John Maitland. Yet "in FY93 the state turned down $32 million of federal funds for job training activities because they refused to appropriate the state match....In the Governor's proposed FY94 budget the state is [again] turning down an estimated $30 million of federal funds by not appropriating enough state funds." Illinois ranked 46th out of 50 states last year in drawing down federal job-training funds.
People I would enjoy meeting. Does Hillary Rodham Clinton have too much, too little, or just the right amount of power in the White House? According to the UIC Chicago Survey, 10 percent of Chicagoans surveyed think she doesn't have enough power.
Buying only "clean" stocks and bonds does no real good, explains Mark Dowie in the Nation (April 26): "Social investing should not be defined, as it often is, as the process of 'aligning one's investments with one's values.' Nor should passive investing in the shares of an ice cream company that happens to be run by two really nice guys named Ben and Jerry ever be considered social investing.' Social investment has real impact only when it involves the reallocation of primary capital from antisocial to social purposes: from guns to butter, from environmental degradation to environmental stewardship, from exploitation to fair treatment of labor, from Westchester County to Harlem." And the only way to do that is to invest in "the forty or so community development loan funds, a handful of small credit unions, community land trusts and micro-enterprise lending institutions and the three community development banks: South Shore Bank in Chicago, Community Capital Bank in Brooklyn and Southern Development Bank Corporation in Arkansas."
"Museum exhibits used to stink of mold," writes James Krohe Jr. in Illinois Times (April 8-14). "Today they are more likely to smell of the supermarket aisle....In this as in so many awful trends in museumology, Chicago's Science and Industry sets the pace; there children can enjoy a 'Paint Your Feelings' exhibit and answer true or false when a machine states, 'A total person can say, "I like myself!"'"
Your tax dollars at play. In Citizens Look at Their Courts 1992, Cook County Court Watchers report that, of those observed, 29 percent of the courtrooms in District Four (Maywood) and 33 percent of the courtrooms in District Five (Bridgeview) adjourned for the day before noon. Only 2 percent in District One (Chicago) did so.
After Bob Greene and Brenda Starr, how will they know the difference? From the Romance Writers of America: "Did you know that the average romance reader is 18-49, college-educated, employed, married, spends $60-150 per month on books, and reads a daily newspaper?"
First reactions. "Sustainable design means designing cities with minimum impact on the natural environment." When Mary O'Connell first heard this definition from a job applicant, she writes in The Neighborhood Works (April-May, reprinted from Environmental Action), "I looked out the window at Chicago, which was built on drained wetlands, has filled in huge chunks of Lake Michigan, paved over whole counties of the richest farmland on the planet, surrounded itself with a ring of nuclear reactors, emits so much heat it creates its own weather, and once turned around the Chicago River to flow opposite from the way God intended it to, and I thought, this has nothing to do with Chicago."
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): illustration/Carl Kock.