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Hey, would you old folks keep it down, please? Angel Records now offers a selection of works --including Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries," Stravinsky's The Firebird, and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture--that it bills as 66 minutes of "the loudest music ever written."

"While more than a Band-Aid, tenant management hardly provides a reason for rebuilding failed high-rises," writes Business and Professional People for the Public Interest head Alexander Polikoff in the new book Affordable Housing and Public Policy: Strategies for Metropolitan Chicago. "It can easily be oversold. It does not eliminate the problem of ghettoized housing that is isolated from jobs and from the services and supporting networks of a viable surrounding community. It does not do away with extremely high densities that concentrate overwhelming numbers of poverty families in a single location. It does not do away with buildings that are fundamentally flawed in design (e.g., lacking adequate elevators). In some instances, particularly where charismatic local leadership can be found, tenant management can significantly improve a troubled public housing project. But its record has been spotty....Moreover, its public-relations appeal risks diverting attention from the opportunities that aged high-rises afford to dismantle the ghettos."

Prochoicers rejoice--in education, that is. The Illinois Educational Choice Coalition: "Based on the unexpected successes of the past four months, we are optimistic that choice legislation can pass [the Illinois General Assembly] as early as Fall 1993 and confident that at least a pilot program will pass in 1994."

"The New Age movement is part of a very old story of white racism and genocide of the Indian people," writes Andi Smith in the Chicago-based Daughters of Sarah (Summer). "Some white women seem determined not to look into their own cultures for sources of strength....They often want to disassociate themselves from their whiteness. They do this by opting to 'become Indian.' In this way, they can escape responsibility and accountability for white racism. Of course, white 'feminists' want to become only partly Indian. They do not want to be part of our struggles for survival against genocide, and they do not want to fight for treaty rights or an end to substance abuse or sterilization abuse. They do not want to do anything that would tarnish their romanticized notions of what it means to be an Indian. Moreover, they want to become Indian without holding themselves accountable to Indian communities. If they did, they would have to listen to Indians telling them to stop carrying around sacred pipes, stop doing their own sweat lodges, and stop appropriating our spiritual practices. Rather, these New Agers see Indians as romanticized gurus who exist only to meet their consumerist needs."

The state supreme court may have finally put an end to one of the more bizarre episodes in Illinois environmental law, in recently deciding the long-running case of the Lily Lake Road Defenders versus McHenry County in the Defenders' favor. The northwest suburban county had argued in court that it could not legally enforce its own ordinance requiring gravel-pit operators to restore mined-out land because state law had preempted it. In delivering the unanimous opinion, Justice Michael Bilandic was moved to comment on the county's "rather astonishing" argument that "even though the legislature enacted extensive legislation aimed at protecting the environment, eliminating resource pollution and restoring land to a productive use, it also intended to create a loop-hole which permits the FRAMS gravel pit to permanently scar the Lily Lake Road environment without liability. This court will not presume that the legislature intended to promote such an absurd result."

Closing down Maxwell Street Market will cost $35.2 million to its vendors and customers, according to a recent study by Roosevelt University economist Steven Balkin, UIC economist Joseph Persky, and University of Arizona sociologist Alfonso Morales: "This cost is equivalent to a special annual discriminatory tax levied on minority impoverished inner city Chicago people."

"The fiscal condition of this state is far grimmer and far more troubling than what anyone cares to speak of, on either the Republican or the Democratic side, in either the legislative or the executive branches," downstate Democratic senator Penny Severns tells Thomas Atkins in Illinois Times (July 22-28). "We're in debt farther than people want to admit....At some point, sooner or later, the debt is going to catch up with us." All those gubernatorial candidates must figure it's going to be later.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): illustration/Carl Kock.

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