Patrick

Patrick grew up near LaFollette Park on the West Side. He contends that the very best Italian beef sandwiches are made on the West Side and has a strange love of the flat pizza from that part of the city. In total the Bulldog has won 11 awards, been a finalist for another award and been recognized for its community leading work. Patrick is proud of the work of the citizen journalists associated with the Bulldog. Patrick wrote for the Times of Northwest Indiana as a stringer covering Cook County Government, for the Chicago Tribune as a stringer on the Chicago Wolves and for ChicagoNow as a writer before starting The Dog. He wrote for four years for ChiTownDailyNews.org as a media commentator and spent about 20 years in operations at city newspapers, including nine years as owner of his own distribution company. Prior to that he spent about nine years in public relations. Patrick is the treasurer of the Chicago Headline Club/ Society of Professional Journalists and a board member of the Ravenswood Lake View Historical Association. He is a member of Working Journalists, a unit of the Chicago Newspaper Guild and of the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association. Patrick has a Masters degree from the University of Colorado. He attended Eastern Illinois University for undergrad and Weber High School and St. Peter Canisius grammar school.

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Welcome to your Bulldog

March 25, 2010
Welcome to your Bulldog

Since the first drafts of the Welles Park Bulldog appeared in early September, under the name 2400Cullom, the neighborhood on-line news site now called Welles Park Bulldog has been seeking the counsel and advice of friends and neighbors. Mike Fourcher became a leader among those championing the creation of the CenterSquareLedger. The look and...
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Tucker’s legislative bid takes off with fuel from red-light protests

March 24, 2010
Tucker’s legislative bid takes off with fuel from red-light protests

They bring in revenue of $58.9 million annually to the public treasury of Chicago alone. They are “ATMs” according to an activist. And they are attracting attention to the candidacy of Scott Tucker, the Republican candidate for the 11th Illinois Legislative district, a Democratic stronghold in the Welles Park neighborhood. Tucker, who told the...
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Wobblies setup shop in North Center

March 22, 2010
Wobblies setup shop in North Center

Over the door hangs a red banner. Three stars and three letters hang over a globe. It hangs in the world headquarters of the Industrial Industrial Workers of the World. It is a small storefront in our neighborhood, and among the most historic labor unions ever. Opening the door a print shop can be...
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Taco Stop closed for critical violations by city dumpster task force

March 22, 2010
Taco Stop closed for critical violations by city dumpster task force

Taco Stop, 2550 W Addison St., Chicago, IL, was closed last week by the city’s Dumpster Task Force due to plumbing problems that “put their customers’ health and safety at potential risk” according to a report by WGNTV. According to the ChicagoNow blog The Problem Solver, inspectors discovered the restaurant plumbing had backed up,...
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Neighbors celebrate $3 million Chase Park renewal

March 22, 2010
Neighbors celebrate $3 million Chase Park renewal

Ceremonial groundbreaking marked the beginning of a $3 million Chase Park construction project Saturday. The project will create a gateway to the park in the south east corner of the property, rebuild the current playground so that it is ADA compliant and make extensive improvements to the interior of the fieldhouse. Patricia Martinelli, Membership...
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Ratko Ikic; street artist

March 19, 2010
Ratko Ikic; street artist

It’s a bright warm spring day. Along Ashland and Belle Plaine cars are hurrying past Lake View High School and a line of 20 paintings hang on the west side of the street. They are large landscape paintings and on closer inspection you can see they are hung on an iron fence completely draping...
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9:30 AM Brown Line sexual assault and robbery

March 19, 2010
9:30 AM Brown Line sexual assault and robbery

Chicago Police issued an alert following a February 26th 9:30 AM incident on the Brown Line. According to police, the offender struck the victim and demanded her purse, then demanded the victim pull her pants down while he attempted to sexually assault her. The crime, according to police, happened on the Brown Line as...
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CPS schools cut sophomore spring sports; Schools protest

March 19, 2010
CPS schools cut sophomore spring sports; Schools protest

Lane Tech teachers and students protested a budget directive that would immediately cut sophomore spring sports. Organized on the school grounds prior to classes on March 10th, about 200 to 300 students marched through a heavy drizzle from the east entrance of the school to Western Avenue and then west on Addison Street to...
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LSC filing deadline extended as candidates become scarce

March 16, 2010
LSC filing deadline extended as candidates become scarce

The Chicago Public Schools has extended the deadline to file as a candidate to the Local School Councils due to a lack of interest. An analysis of schools in the Welles Park neighborhood indicated seven of the eleven schools are short candidates.
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Ameya Pawar to challenge Eugene Schulter for Alderman

March 15, 2010
Ameya Pawar to challenge Eugene Schulter for Alderman

A challenger, Ameya Pawar, has emerged to run against 47th Ward Chicago Alderman Eugene Schulter. Pawar announced his challenge with a blog on February 22. Pawar lists involvement in the Illinois Center for Violence Prevention as a member of the Board of Directors and the Chair of the Art of Peace Gala. He also...
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