Neil Steinberg began writing for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1984, and joined the staff in 1987 as a feature writer.
He became a columnist in …Read More
I want to depart from habit today and tip my hat to Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, because he said something that is utterly true and will certainly be born out by events. As the state of Illinois sent out its first 5,000 concealed carry permits, he noted: “Stand by and watch what happens. The answer to gun violence is not more guns.”
Many rabbis are wise, active and important. That wasn’t why I admired Rabbi Daniel Moscowitz. It’s that he was a good man, kind, patient, even dealing with weak-tea Jews like me, constantly badgering him with questions that any learned 6-year-old should know.
“Parisians are hypersensitive to what’s being said about them, especially in the American press,” said Adam Gopnik, who lived there as the New Yorker’s man in Paris. Keep this in mind as Chicago finds itself in the national spotlight Thursday, and for eight weeks after, as CNN’s massive “Chicagoland” documentary unfolds.
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We have not yet extracted ourselves from a dozen bloody, futile years in Afghanistan, yet the immediate cry is that the Americans should have been ready to leap when the Russians invaded Ukraine over the weekend. My reaction to news of a nascent war in Crimea was, “What, again?” thinking of the Crimean War of 1853-56.
NEIL STEINBERG: I had to ask: Is not offering your church, your sacred space, to Jews far more extreme than baking a wedding cake and sticking two plastic grooms on top?
This is the same Rahm Emanuel who’s the triathlete, right? Who regularly jumps into the lake of his own volition, for fun? If he wears that wet suit he’s been brandishing, he’ll be neither cold nor wet, really. That’s like me making a bet where, if I lose, I have to go to the opera.
Among the theoretical questions people sometimes pose to themselves — if my house were burning down, what would I grab? If I won millions in the lottery, what would I buy? — is the classic, “If I had one day to live, what would I …
You would never expect a major company to name itself after a pun. Even automobile companies — car names are a blizzard of numbers and letters and animal names and geographic terms, so many they seem to risk draining the dictionary of nouns — draw the line at puns.
This week a new word shook my world. “I have an announcement!” I said with well-practiced grandiosity to my wife. “One that I think will explain a lot that has gone on in our relationship over the years. I am coming out of the closet. I am ... cisgendered. I am a proud cisgendered male.”
I like Sister Rosemary Connelly because she isn’t afraid to talk. Sister, who founded Misericordia, will tell you what’s on her mind.
Gay men have already played professional football. They have even, I believe, been governor of Illinois. It is the rest of us who are the issue here.
More lives will no doubt be saved by CVS announcing it will stop selling cigarettes. Not so much because smokers won’t be able to buy tobacco — there’s always somewhere else — but from CVS giving a big turn to the vise of social disapproval that has been tightening on smoking for my entire life.
It is just after 11 p.m. in the sprawling CTA bus depot at 358 S. Kedzie, one of seven facilities around Chicago. It is where, after a day of navigating the salty slush of Chicago streets and ferrying passengers who — in another process best not considered — will leave soiled adult diapers behind, plus food wrappers, newspapers and all the more traditional dirt and trash, the city’s bus fleet is hosed down, scrubbed up, swept out, looked over, and in general readied to go through it all again for another day.
A return trip from Hyde Park yields a brief barnyard encounter, on State Street, of course.
The idea of denying gratification now, working hard, studying hard and your rewards will come — is a harder sell on the West Side of Chicago. It seems a lie because, for many, it is a lie, particularly in this economy, when working hard, getting an education, is not necessarily a road map to a successful future, no matter your race.
I pretended I just noticed him, “Philip Seymour Hoffman! I heard your film did great at Sundance!” I introduced ourselves to the star, who shook our hands and made conversation.
Mario and Julie Greco built their 6,600-square-foot, five-bedroom residence in 2009 with an eye firmly fixed on canine comfort and happiness, which dictated everything from the profusion of window seats, a side yard dog run, heated floors in the basement and a marble wash station, raised 2 feet off the ground
The ugly side of the Internet was exposed, again, as some University of Illinois students overreacted to Phyllis Wise’s decision to keep the campus open in extreme cold.
Steinberg: The Obama presidential library site search involves many factors, and Hawaii and New York have expressed interest. But based on experience, Chicago must get it because Chicago is the best location.
What’s wrong with women? Their rights, not to own as many guns as they can afford but to control their own bodies, won after a century of struggle and effort, are being systematically nibbled away all across America by Republican state legislators keen to drag the country back to the bucolic male-dominated Eden of their imaginings.