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Privatize Public Transit? Chicago’s tried it before. Here’s how that went.

Chicago Reader, June 10, 2010 — In December 1898, some Chicagoans began wearing twine—twisted into the shape of a hangman’s noose—in their buttonholes. It was their way of sending a message to the City Council about an upcoming vote. “I will not be surprised to see some hanging done in the streets of Chicago,” said Mayor Carter H. Harrison II, sizing up the city’s mood. For years, citizens had been complaining about shoddy service on Chicago’s privately owned streetcars… Read my story in the Chicago Reader.

Illustration by Rick Froberg

A Conservatory, a Zoo, and 12,000 Corpses

Chicago Reader, May 15, 2008 — One day in the 1970s, when Pamela Bannos was a teenager, she was riding in the back of her father’s car as he turned off Lake Shore Drive onto LaSalle Street. Looking out the window, she noticed an old stone structure standing in Lincoln Park. Surrounded by a chain-link fence and a wall of weeds, it looked like it might be a tomb. The word couch was just visible on its crest. What is that? she wondered. And if it is a tomb, what’s it doing in the park? Read my story in the Chicago Reader.

Visit the Hidden Truths website by Pamela Bannos.

Photo by Kathy Richland