Archive for the ‘Chicago’ category

NACA is the real deal

July 26, 2009

The Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (“NACA”) is a non-profit, community advocacy and homeownership organization. NACA’s primary goal is to build strong, healthy neighborhoods in urban and rural areas nationwide through affordable homeownership. NACA has made the dream of homeownership a reality for thousands of working people by counseling them honestly and effectively, enabling even those with poor credit to purchase a home or refinance a predatory loan with far better terms than those provided even in the prime market.

The paragraph that you just read comes directly from the website.  I was blessed enough to attend the “Save The Dream Tour” in Chicago, at the McCormick Place,  on Saturday, July 25, 2009.  I say blessed because I was able to meet directly with my mortgage company, Citimortgage, and work out a plan to lower my interest rate to a level that I can afford.  We have to get a final approval from FHA, which actually owns my mortgage, but the entire process was very informative, organized, and well worth the six hours that I spent there.  Yes, I said six hours, but I’m sure that was only because I attended on Saturday morning which was probably the busiest time of the event.  Special thanks to my mom for telling me about the event after hearing about it on WVON-AM.

I am sharing this news with you because so many people asked me after I attended if it was worth going to.  YES!  I encourage you to check out the NACA website and allow them to help you too.


Chicago blues legend Koko Taylor dies at 80

June 3, 2009

The Chicago blues queen, Koko Taylor, has passed at the age of 80.  She was recovering from surgery at Northwestern Hospital when she passed today.

According to the Chicago Tribune, she was born Cora Walton in 1928 in Memphis, Tenn., she was orphaned by the time she was 11, and had to work the cotton fields to support herself. She came to Chicago in 1952 with her future husband, Robert “Pops” Taylor, to escape the plantation life and “look for work, start a new life, get married and have a family.”

She had no intention of becoming a singer. But she was inspired by the blues songs of Memphis Minnie and Big Mama Thornton at an early age, and had sung gospel in church. When she came to Chicago, she was thrilled by the music she encountered in the South Side clubs, amplified and raucous, a harder incarnation of the backporch brand of blues she had heard in the South.

You can read the full story HERE.

WNUA-FM is no longer Smooth Jazz

May 22, 2009


I heard some disturbing news this morning.  WNUA-FM, 95.5 on my FM dial is changing to a Spanish music format.  How could this be!  I have had WNUA programmed into my radio for over 20 years.  I used to want to work for WNUA.  I did work with one of it’s DJ’s, Denise Jordan Walker.  We worked together on a magazine called Chicago Jazz Weekly.  I was one of the writers for the magazine.  Those were good times.

I’ve always liked the smooth jazz format and I will miss it.  I wonder if someone else will step up and fill that space, but I’m sure that Clear Channel would have kept the format if it was making money for them.  I guess I’ll have to get my fill of jazz from the New Smooth Jazz AOL radio station which is actually not a bad substitute, but what do I listen to in the car?  I’m sure I’ll figure out something.

If you have comments about the format change please let me know by posting a comment.


Copters rehearse over Chicago for Marine Week

May 10, 2009

Three U.S. Marine Corps helicopters seen flying above Chicago this morning were rehearsing for Marine Week Chicago, a Marine spokeswoman said.
The helicopters came from marine bases around the country and are stationed at the DuPage County Airport, said Mike Ruffner, whose group, the Marine Corps League Department of Illinois, is helping with the

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Tom Joyner’s Morning Show Back On In Chicago

April 23, 2009


Tom Joyner’s REACH Media Inc., parent company of the ‘Tom Joyner Morning Show,’ announced an agreement with Crawford Broadcasting, which will feature a more customized morning program on Chicago’s SOUL 106.3 FM catered specifically to his “radio hometown.”

This is truly a case where the voice of the people was heard and action was taken.  I commend Crawford Broadcasting for taking a proactive move to bring Tom back to his radio hometown of Chicago.

Keep up the great work Tom and welcome home.

You can read the full story by clicking HERE.


Remorseful robber returns loot

April 9, 2009

A 17-year-old who robbed a Dunkin’ Donuts in a Chicago suburb one night felt so bad about it that he returned all the cash the next night. The terrified clerk turned down his request for a hug. Later, police arrested him, and today he faces charges.

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Former Bulls Player Norm Van Lier Found Dead

February 26, 2009


Former Chicago Bulls player Norm Van Lier was found dead in his West Loop apartment today after not showing up for work. He was a commentator for Comcast Sports Network and provided post-game commentary for the games.

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