Published today at 12:38 p.m. We've all been there. You're making small talk with a stranger and when you mention your hometown, they're all like, "Oh, I'm from Chicago, too." "Really? What neighborhood?" "Rockford." This familiar exchange got national exposure this week on Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends, always a reliable source for thoughtful, nuanced inquiry into our city's issues.
Published today at 3:27 p.m. Crain's Chicago Business today reported that former McDonald's CEO Don Thompson has launched a new restaurant- and food-focused venture firm based in Chicago.
Some of this week's most interesting reading has been a trove of email from Mayor Rahm Emanuel's personal account, made public this week thanks to an agreement with the Better Goverment Association. (The Chicago Tribune, a corporate sibling of Chicago, had also sued for their release, and it is still pushing for more to be revealed.)
@ourmaninchicago Eh. Less about unions than pure corner cutting. This consolidation has been gradually in the works for more than a decade. In 2011 I was in the Tower editing copy and designing for East Coast papers. (This was also by clue it was time to leave.)
My son this morning as he trudged his bike up an icy sidewalk: “Argh, why don’t some people shovel their sidewalk? Guys who don’t shovel are NOT my best friend!”
Consider yourself warned, Evanston guys who don’t shovel.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
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