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.

Web Site: http://www.wellesparkbulldog.com


Sustainable Journalism? Who Cares?

February 8, 2013
EB

Our community has been hit by yet another loss in the area of communications. EveryBlock abruptly shut-down on Thursday morning. There was no way to save discussions or create a news tool from the ashes. There was no time. The corporate overseers at NBC pulled the plug and it is dead. This comes on...
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Everyblock Closes

February 7, 2013
EveryBlock

Everyblock announced it is closing this morning.   Read the post Read more from Poynter    
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On Piety

February 7, 2013

When most think of the word “piety,” they imagine it to be a synonym for “humility” or “meekness.” This is not the case, though, when it comes to Christian piety. Christian piety as we know it is marked not by an avoidance of attention, but instead by extreme attention: to inner character, to personal...
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Cullerton: ‘Raise Taxes and Spend it on Them?’

February 6, 2013

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton tells the State Journal Register a proposal by public employee unions to close business tax breaks and raise taxes to cover pension obligations isn’t flying. Cullerton is sponsoring SB 1, a bill which would reduce cost of living adjustments. Unions are proposing tax changes and additional contributions by workers...
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Valentine Day Vote for Same Sex Legislation?

February 4, 2013

An Illinois Senate committee is expected to discuss legislation regarding same sex marriage tomorrow according to an AP report that appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle. Illinois Senator Heather Steans told the news service the item is on the agenda for the executive committee. Steans says she is confident it can pass the Senate...
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Kleinschmidt Back Where He Belongs, Gordon Tech

February 4, 2013

A loving recount of former high school basketball standout Tom Kleinschmidt may not surprise readers of The Bulldog’s John Montgomery. But it is worth the read nonetheless. “He wore sweats, mixing instruction with encouragement,” former Chicago Tribune sports editor Dan McGrath, and now President of Leo High School, writes. “He was fully engaged, the...
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Gordon Tech Wrestling Successes

February 4, 2013
Gordon Tech Wrestling Successes

The Rams wrestling program took 6th place in the  Chicago Catholic League Championship.  Junior Eric Estrada took fourth place, Senior Jeffrey Yacab took second place and Senior Justin Alonzo took first place. Justin becomes the first Catholic League Champion for Gordon Tech since 2004. In other athletic news from GT, Ty Tres had the...
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Cullerton: Timing Right on Gay Marriage

February 4, 2013

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton told the City Club of Chicago the timing is right to make Illinois the tenth state to approve gay marriage. GoPride.com picked up the news in a post, noting Illinois Senator Heather Steans said she’s optimistic about the prospects of a bill being approved in the next session of...
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Neighbors Thanked by Common Pantry

February 3, 2013

Scott Best, director of Common Pantry, laid out a list of local schools and organizations who had stepped up to help the less fortunate in the past month. It is an impressive list: Jewel Osco at two neighborhood locations helped distribute 72 holiday dinners 3400 N Western 4250 N Lincoln Coldwell Banker Lincoln Square...
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cps299: I’ve Seen Better Organized Riots

February 3, 2013

School closings continue to make news. The frustration parents, staff and neighborhoods feel was captured by a post in the school site cps299.  I went to one of the many school closing hearings being held throughout the city.  It was extremely troubling.  To begin with, they didn’t make the sheet to sign up to...
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