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"Although Chicago forms the hub of U.S. candy manufacturing--

accounting for one-third of the nation's production--little confectionery training is offered in the Midwest," according to the Midwest Center for Labor Research newsletter (Fall). "From time to time, a seminar or workshop is offered in the region, but most of the training occurs on the East Coast." There are 53 candy companies in metropolitan Chicago, 43 of them locally owned.

"Law schools should gear their instruction to different tracks," suggests Sheldon Toplitt in the Chicago-based Student Lawyer (November). "Students in the government track would be at the school only a few hours a day, have Fridays off and their tuition would be paid by the rest of the student body. Private-law-firm-track students would take courses in Sleep Deprivation and Downsizing 101 and, to graduate, would have to write a thesis supporting indentured servitude."

Forty-three percent of Chicagoans oppose additional legalized gambling for Chicago, according to a survey UIC political scientists Barry Rundquist and Gerald Strom conducted for the Religious Task Force to Oppose Increased Legalized Gambling, compared to 32 percent who favor it. And 44 percent say the costs of legalized gambling exceed the benefits to Illinois. On the other hand, most agree that legalized gambling helps Illinois compete for tourist dollars and should be viewed as entertainment.

Note to the University of Chicago, Northwestern, etc: You are doomed. "This model--centrally stored information, scholars coming to the information, and a wide range of information subjects housed under one institutional roof--was logical when information was scarce, reproduction of documents expensive and restricted, and specialization low," conditions roughly the same in those in 600 BC Nineveh and 1925 Chicago, writes Eli Noam in Science (October 13). But "today's production and distribution of information are undermining the traditional flow of information and with it the university structure, making it ready to collapse in slow motion....Many of the traditional functions of universities will be superseded, their financial base eroded, their technology replaced, and their role in intellectual inquiry reduced."

"On a typical day in May, [city lead inspector Hector Garcia] stopped at 3753 W. Division St., his third visit to the building in less than a week," writes Natalie Pardo in the Chicago Reporter (August). "He had been trying to inspect the second-floor apartment, but there is no telephone listed there and no doorbell. Garcia's shouts of 'hello' and 'hola' up to the window go unanswered, so he finally leaves a letter in what he thinks is a mail slot." Of 1,334 attempted city inspections over the past three years involving children with dangerously high lead levels, 279 couldn't be completed.

While the politicians argued, the world changed. In 1988 71 percent of workers got their health coverage through traditional fee-for-service arrangements. This year 70 percent are covered through managed care, according to a KPMG Peat Marwick survey reported in the Washington Post National Weekly (October 30-November 5).

"When we really know the Bible, we realize its complexities, its diversities, its ambiguities," writes William Placher in the Chicago-based Christian Century (October 11). "One of our problems these days, whether we are 'liberals' or 'fundamentalists,' is how few of us can do that. Fundamentalists quote a single proof text to settle the matter, and liberals can't remember any passages at all. If we are to get beyond such a state of affairs, we will have to study the Bible much more seriously."

Skepticism rules. "Contrary to what some might expect, many artists functioning outside the state-sanctioned cultural system for many years [in Communist Eastern Europe] chose not to address political issues directly, practicing instead what has been called a 'strategic shunning,'" according to the Museum of Contemporary Art's newsletter (Autumn). "In the work emerging since 1989, an echo of this strategy of refusal remains. The demise of the socialist system and its replacement by a market system, instead of creating an attitude of optimism and belief in reform, has rather underscored the idea that every system is faulty--and thus beyond belief."

Home sweet unaffordable home. From a draft of the Metropolitan Planning Council's report "Housing for a Competitive Region" (October): "A family headed by a single mother in Chicago, earning 50 percent of the median income in Chicago, would be able to afford a home, condominium or townhouse for not more than $40,000. The single mother would find 4,479 single-family three-bedroom houses on the market in Chicago in 1993. However, of this total, only 78 of the homes would be affordable. If this single mother looked at two-bedroom houses, she could afford 483 of the 6,369 houses on the market in 1993. Of all the available two- and three-bedroom units in Chicago, she could afford only about five percent."

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

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