Leave it to me to throw in some political commentary, but I can’t help myself. Tune in to next week’s blog entry when I break down the ins and outs of my upcoming Chicago Bachelorette Bash this weekend…if you see a team of gals dressed in black, with someone in white, that’ll be me. No tiaras or sashes, please. Not my style. :)
Lions and tigers and rookie Aldermen, OH MY! We all know I look up to Mayor Daley. I have a picture of him on my cork board next to a picture of my dream car – a Mini Cooper. I’ll probably have the dream of a Mini Cooper before having the dream of a reasonable single family home or three flat in the city limits, given the Mayor’s request for higher taxes. Will Chicagoans be subject to condo living for the rest of our inner city limit lives? There’s nothing wrong with condo living of course. If I didn’t love my condo and the life of a condo owner, I wouldn’t have started CondoPerks.com.
My question is, why can’t I own a home in the near south side or north side and not go for broke in the process? I know, I know, real estate prices go up, Sure, I get that. Mr. Mayor, if you increase those taxes, it’ll be make it harder for us to graduate from a condo to a possible single family home and raise our kiddies. My husband-to-be grew up near your family home in beloved Bridgeport and enjoyed a middle class upbringing in an actual house. Sure, those were the 70s, but it makes no sense. Do you really want to push us out to the suburbs? There’s nothing wrong with the ‘burbs of course, but I love it here and wouldn’t mind sticking around for a while…without being ‘house poor’ or worrying about what less-than-safe neighborhood I should move into and afford an actual house. Heck, I know they exist – the city is full of those gems. It’d be nice to make it a tad easier for me to look, though.
Oh, and it’d be nice if perhaps the $3 million in TIF monies were used for something else, hmm? Do developers have that much say in use of city funds?
To all you rookie and long-term Aldermen, do the job you were put in place to do and speak up for us. You know, the ‘lil guy that doesn’t ‘have people’.
And to our beloved Chicagoan, Barack Obama, you broke my achy breaky heart by your recent support of Resolution 300, which is co supported by your colleagues Olympia Snowe and Robert Menendez.
Things haven’t been going smoothly between Greece and Macedonia lately and i rarely write about this sort of thing, but I’m a bit surprised by this recent activity.
For all you folks that wonder what the heck I’m talking about, the resolution is stating that Macedonia, my parents’ homeland, is teaching inaccuracies about history to students in Macedonia. If Obama and his buddies did more research, they’d find that these accusations are off base, but then again…I know how powerful lobbyists can be. Then again, the state of Illinois did pass a resolution that stated all Macedonians are of Hellenic background. I’m not kidding. Our House of Reps actually passed this. Why in the world does Illinois care?
Can’t I just be who I am without having to live in a state that says something else? I get enough grief when I go to Greektown, order food and get asked by the waiters, “Where are you from?”. “From the Country of Blagica” is my new answer.
Mr. Obama, I know you’re on the Foreign Relations committee and I also know that our state Treasurer is Greek, we have a Greektown, many Greek campaign contributors but come on, can you do a bit more digging into the topic? I’d be more than happy to blog about it. Better yet, how about you meet me at Cafe Society in the Prairie District for brunch this weekend and we can chat about it? I’ll invite Mayor Daley, too – he lives down the street.
It’s on me!