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 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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High School Football Concussions Class-Action Suit Dismissed

October 28, 2015

The IHSA and numerous media outlets are reporting today that a class-action lawsuit that was brought against the Illinois High School Association over its head injury policies has been dismissed. The lawsuit was the first in the nation against a state high school athletic association, though the National Football League and colleges have been...
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St. Ignatius Shuts Out Rams 14-0

October 23, 2015
DePaul's Harold Alexander and St. Ignatius' Matteo Curley (white) move towards Luke Soenen (white) and Rams' Antonio Mosier. Photo by Patrick Boylan

The St. Ignatius College Prep Wolfpack shut down the DePaul College Prep Rams 14-0 earning the team’s fifth win this season and a ticket to the post season. The game saw the Wolfpack (5-4, 2-2)  score two touchdowns before the Rams (6-3, 1-0) had even gained possession of the ball. But after the second Wolfpack...
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Lincoln Park Feasts on Rough Riders

October 15, 2015
Amari Freeman tries to break tackle

Lincoln Park High School (6-2, 5-1) handily crushed a smaller Theodore Roosevelt High School (0-8, 0-6) team 34-0 in a Big Shoulders conference game at Lane Stadium today. Lincoln Park’s Lions win will probably let the team head into the playoffs with a guaranteed second place finish, according to a statement by their Coach...
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Progressive Caucus Forms

March 12, 2013

Who is the Progressive Caucus and what is their first proposal? The area has a number of “progressives” on Chicago City Council including Scott Waguespack (32), Ameya Pawar (47) and often James Cappleman (46). Fran Spielman has a report on them at the Chicago Sun-Times
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Heart of Stockton

March 11, 2013

A tip of the heart to UptownUpdate which called attention to Stockton School’s Heart Program. The program was given a segment on WGN and the link will bring you a video report.   Read about the Heart Program (Plus Video) on WGN
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Winnemac Park Neighbors Hear From 2 Schools

March 10, 2013

About a dozen members of the Winnemac Park Neighbors group heard from community activist and Ravenswood School supporter Wendy Vasquez Thursday. Vasquez discussed how neighbors near Ravenswood school worked to create a ‘Friends of’ group that revitalized the school. The WPN plans to develop a similar structure for Chappell School and is working too...
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Football Losses Hurt More

March 9, 2013

Our friend, Neil Hernandez, the writer of the Chicago Public League Sports Blog, has some thoughts on high school competition. “Are all losses taken with the same amount of pain?” he asks. It depends he says. But he points to losses in high school football as being especially stinging.   Read Neil’s post
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Armed & Travelling: NRA Supports CTA Conceal Carry

February 22, 2013

The National Rifle Association has indicated it supports conceal carry aboard public transportation such as CTA buses, trains and Metra. However the Chicago Transit Authority is pushing back. “We think it would be disastrous to allow passengers to carry concealed weapons on our trains and buses,” ABC Local’s Chuck Godie quotes Graceland West Resident...
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Rahm’s Popularity Plummets

February 22, 2013

A survey of 600 likely voters indicates Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s popularity have taken some body blows, especially among residents outside the city limits. The survey, which found only 19 percent approval among Chicago and among Illinois voters, for the mayor is in contrast to surveys done during the term of former Mayor Richard...
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Taking Bikes and Tech Jobs From Seattle

February 22, 2013

A cycling site in Washington, DC spots a boast by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on the opening of Dearborn Street’s bikeway and projects an apocalyptic war between Emanuel and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn with the winner getting the other’s tech jobs. The ammunition is bicycling infrastructure. Saying Emanuel said Seattle was envious of Chicago’s Dearborn Street...
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