Milwaukee Road switcher on the Lakewood Branch at the intersection of Lakewood Avenue and Schubert Avenue.

This scene shows not only the now gone Lakewood Branch, but also Peerless Confection Company on the left and the Schubert Inn (sign visible on right edge of photo). More details at: www.chibarproject.com/Memoriam/Schubert/Schubert.htm

Chicago

April 17, 1986

Photo by John Smatlak

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cemetery in the woods by Kevin Schraer

Chicago Cop Bummed He Had To Shoot Those Black People, Sues Survivors


In a move that’s certain to help improve relations between police and the populations they keep in line safe, a Chicago cop is suing the estate of Quintonio LaGrier, the 19-year-old he shot to death, along with an innocent bystander, at the young man’s home on the day after Christmas. That ought to be a warning to people not to make the police kill them.

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Transgender Girl Scout stands up to bully who wouldn’t buy cookies ‘from a boy in a dress’
“It made me sad,” 9-year-old Stormi said. “Because I’m a girl.”
By https://www.facebook.com/lindseybever?fref=ts

Nine-year-old Stormi set out last month to sell cookies just like every other Girl Scout — with a sales pitch and a goal.

“I like to sell cookies because it’s very nice to sell cookies,” she told BuzzFeed News. Cookies, she said, “make people smile.”

But when Stormi, who is transgender, started knocking on neighbors’ doors near her home in Herrin, Ill., one man turned her away, saying: “Nobody wants to buy cookies from a boy in a dress.”

“It made me sad,” Stormi told BuzzFeed News. “Because I’m a girl.”

So, she said, she found a way to shut down her bully and sell more than 3,000 boxes of cookies.

The Bankers by railfan 44 on Flickr.

Caption: “Here we see from the Roosevelt Road Viaduct CRI&P (Rock Island) RS3 486 with the inbound ‘Bankers’ in Chicago the morning of May 13, 1964. Note the second inbound and the coaches that have already been put away until the afternoon rush. The 'Bankers’ was a limited stop express to and from Joliet.”

Chicago

May 13, 1964

Photo by Marty Bernard

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This Illinois Transgender Girl Scout Is Using Cookies To Fight Hate
Stormi is a 9-year-old Girl Scout in Herrin, IL, and she recently started selling cookies door to door, just like thousands of her peers. But when a neighbor made a bigoted comment to Stormi, who is transgender, she took her story — and her cookie sales — online. Buzzfeed News reports that

Stormi is a 9-year-old Girl Scout in Herrin, IL, and she recently started selling cookies door to door, just like thousands of her peers. But when a neighbor made a bigoted comment to Stormi, who is transgender, she took her story — and her cookie sales — online.

Buzzfeed News
reports that while going door to door with her cookie order forms, Stormi, who had asked the site to be identified by her first name only, encountered a man who told her, “Nobody wants to buy cookies from a boy in a dress.

Rather than see her abandon her efforts, Stormi’s foster mom helped her set up an online cookie sale through the Girl Scout’s cookie sale portal. In less than a week, she managed to exceed her goal — she sold over 3,000 boxes of cookies. At the top of her page she explains she wants to use Girl Scout cookies to help her fellow foster kids. She wrote, "Selling cookies is a lot of work. I have learned that even though people can be mean I shouldn’t give up!”

Stormi has received support across the country, including from an improv show in New York City this weekend that renamed itself in honor of her cookie efforts. This isn’t the first time the the Girl Scouts have been on the right side of trans rights. The organization expanded its membership policies to welcome trans girls in May 2015.

An amazing story from Herrin, Illinois: Stormi, a transgender Girl Scout, is continuing to sell Girl Scout Cookies to fight hate and transphobia. 

h/t: Molly Horan at Refinery 29

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Illinois has so much to offer botanists. From prairies to gorges and even cypress swamps, you will be amazed at the splendor and diversity of this region. This week on the In Defense of Plants Podcast I talk to Chris Benda, a man who has dedicated his career to showcasing the floral diversity of this unique Midwestern state.