Posts tagged ‘local’

LATE Ride

Last night, my wife and I did the LATE Ride, a 25-mile post-midnight bike ride through Chicago. It’s our second year of doing it, and it’s been a lot of fun both times. The LATE (Long After Twilight Ends) Ride is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Parks, a “park advocacy organization, dedicated to…


The ride to work

The weather for the past few days has been jumping around lot. Every day has been mostly hot and humid—the usual for July—punctuated by brief but heavy thunderstorms. This has played havoc with the kids’ sports schedules, but has been great for the bike path I take to work. Most of my ride to work…


Biking season is like deer season

If you’re a bicyclist who rides in Naperville, you’ll be interested to know that the cost of attacking you with a car has just been set by a DuPage County judge: 21 days, to be served in three-day increments over seven weeks. And although the attacker has been forced to give up her gun owner’s…


Suburban blight

As I mentioned last week, I’ve started biking to work again after the winter layoff. This is the first year it’s been consistently warm enough1 to start bicycle commuting in March, and because the frost is still working its way out of the ground, I’ve been leery of taking my normal route on the crushed…


The wrong sort

Tonight I was killing time in Naperville’s Nichols Library, looking through the computer books. NPL uses the Dewey Decimal System for assigning catalog numbers, so I was in the 005 section when I ran across this book with a call number on the spine of 005.8 BIS. It’s a pop sociology book, and obviously has…


Another mess from Chicago’s freight tunnels

Yesterday afternoon, a section of pavement on the Kennedy Expressway, which runs north/south through Chicago, heaved up. leading to a major rerouting of traffic and an hasty—and apparently successful—effort to get the roadway repaired before the morning rush. Early reports are that the heave was caused by upward pressure from a concrete pumping operation. The…


Naperville biking

An unusual bike accident occurred in Naperville last week. According to news reports, two high school-aged boys were riding their bikes on the sidewalk in the downtown business district. A cop told them they had to ride in the street. One of the boys was then hit by a car driven by an older woman.…


Naperville Apple Store slowly unveiled

This evening I was walking through downtown Naperville and saw the partial unveiling of its future Apple Store. Work has been going on for some months behind a sheath of black plywood. I happened to be there as workers unscrewed the board with the Apple logo. A while later, I went back to see the…


Who’s running against Judy Biggert?

Here are two reasons I won’t be voting for my current congresswoman, Judy Biggert, this fall: She’s a Republican, and I’ve promised myself that I’ll never vote for a Republican for national office again. If you don’t understand that, you haven’t been paying attention. I just walked into my house to find my answering machine…


NIU shooting

The report of today’s shootings at Northern Illinois University was not just a news story to us in the Chicago area. Lots of local kids go there; everyone in my neighborhood knows a student—or knows the parents of a student—at NIU. My daughter, safe at another school, has been frantically texting and calling her friends…