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New Rogers Park Statue and Video Defy Trump’s “Shithole” Remarks

Rogers Park has a long tradition of welcoming in as residents many people experiencing oppression from around the world. View this six minute a mini documentary about Rogers Park’s Sullivan High School soccer team, made by a NY filmmaker, Anthony Peeling, released just last week, the same week that our President characterized certain countries where many of our players came from as being “shithole countries.”
Posted by Mike G on January 16, 2018 |

Dubious About Billionaire Politicians Foregoing their Salaries

“Hmm,” I wonder, “maybe I just don’t understand the mindset of a billionaire.” Now, eleven months later, and two weeks after the Republicans passed Trump’s version of tax reform, complete with huge benefits to higher end real estate developers, I can see that despite his claims that tax reform was going to cost him “big time,” he stands to personally benefit multi-fold times the amount that he would earn as President.
Posted by Mike G on December 27, 2017 |

Recollecting an Evening I shared with Gomer - I mean, Jim Nabors

At the restaurant, midway through the meal, the young waitress looked at him - “I know you. You are Gomer Pyle!” Jim responded with his trademark smile, and perhaps a "Goolleee" or a "Shazaam" but I don't remember. I sensed a little sadness lurking inside of him.
Posted by Mike G on December 02, 2017 |

Sullivan High School Musicians Impress RPBG; Raise funds for private music lessons

Lead by Sullivan Music Director Andrew McGuire, three students expressed their appreciation to the Builders Group for having funded the previous years campaign, supported by matching gifts from Loyola University Chicago and Flatts & Sharpe Music Store, raising $9000 worth of lessons. The students expressed how the lessons helped them develop their musical skills, and also exposed them to an new group of people and friends, and the skills they honed might help them get into college. The students then appealed for funds for the upcoming calendar year, and the Builders Group delivered - raising, in one night, $3000. Matched by Chris Bell of Flatts & Sharpe, the total of $6000 will once again offer great opportunities for many musically inclined Sullivan students.
Posted by Mike G on October 26, 2017 |

Chicago’s Pursuit of Amazon Brings to Mind other Highly Sought Over Projects

With Chicago preparing to make its best case for winning the Amazon sweepstake (Corporate headquarters), I find myself considering other big “gets” for which our City aspired – on some we prevailed; on others, not. With the benefit of hindsight, how do I feel about some of these opportunities?
Posted by Mike G on September 22, 2017 |

When “He is a ‘Good Guy’” Doesn’t Work as a Defense

As you can imagine, Phil did not have an outstanding reputation as a defense lawyer, as pleading “niceness” or "goodness" often carried little weight with us, especially if the defendant carried a list of prior offenses. Yet, Phil had a steady stream of paying clients – folks, perhaps, who liked having a lawyer who got to know them, and who could appreciate what is "good" about them. So, though Phil was popular among certain clients, his continual reliance on the “good guy” defense caused most of us to consider him – as a defense lawyer – incompetent.
Posted by Mike G on June 13, 2017 |

An Enriching Rogers Park Experience

... most came to the US via Malaysia, where I believe they lived in refugee camps. They are Rohingyan Muslims, an ethnicity that I previously knew little about - interestingly, I stumbled across an article about them last night while reading the Sunday Chicago Tribune (4/16/17, page 29), where I learned that the military controlled government has been systematically oppressing this group, murdering many (including the mother of one of my soccer players - a horror that he apparently witnessed, before fleeing), and, in genocidal fashion, trying to eliminate them from their country.
Posted by Mike G on April 21, 2017 |

RPBG’s Open Letter Re: Rent Control Legislation

First, rent control doesn’t work. There have been many studies on the impacts of rent control in cities where it has been tried. There is close to unanimous agreement that (1) rent control is an ineffective means of helping the low and moderate-income families it is intended to benefit; and (2) the unintended consequences of rent control include lower maintenance of rental properties, reduced production of new apartment units, and increased average housing costs in rent controlled jurisdictions. As Peter Navarro, Professor of Economics at the University of California-Irvine, states in his 1985 study of rent control in Cambridge, Massachusetts, “the economics profession has reached a rare consensus: Rent control creates many more problems than it solves.”
Posted by Mike G on March 13, 2017 |

Swimming our way through a Trump Presidency

Let’s not go there. The thought of swimming 96 laps with this guy, whose approach to problem solving and dealing with people completely violates my take on how we all can and should get along, overwhelms me, and it makes it hard for me to even want to jump in the damn pool. No. We have no choice but to swim this half-mile of Donald J. Trump’s Presidency. Yesterday we jumped into the water and started the first lap.
Posted by Mike G on January 21, 2017 |

A Great Compromise regarding filling Supreme Court vacancies

Most importantly, such a step could dismiss this notion that the opposing party in the Senate can unduly hold up a nomination until after the upcoming election, in hope that their will be a transfer of power. Scalia died under Obama’s watch, with plenty of time for the Senate to honor its constitutional obligation to offer its “advise and consent” towards the Presidents selection, and it is abhorrent that Senate Republicans held up this vote, and “won” – depriving Obama of his chance at replacing Scalia with his selection. By making this deal, Trump could honor the tradition that a sitting President has the constitutionally authorized authority and responsibility to fill that position. As of now, it is unclear how many months prior to a Presidential election can a Senate decide to hold off considering a nominee? Scalia died a full nine months prior to the end of Obama’s term. What happens when the next Supreme Court Justice resigns or dies say, a full year – or eighteen months, prior to the end of the sitting President’s term?
Posted by Mike G on November 22, 2016 |

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About the Author

Mike G's photoMike Glasser

Mike has a long term relationship with Rogers Park, having lived here at various times in his life, most recently returning to the neighborhood in August, 2009. While living here as a third year law student, he remembers drunken nights at Biddy Mulligan’s and hosting a couple of memorable parties that he, hypocritically, now forbids his own tenants from having. Years later, after completing his stint as a lawyer, Mike started investing in apartment buildings in Rogers Park (and elsewhere), and soon after, did what many newly divorced real estate investors do: he moved into one of his buildings. In 1992 Mike was one of the founding members of the Rogers Park Builders Group, an organization that he eventually headed for six years, until yielding those reigns three years ago. Around a decade ago, on a whim, he reserved the web site “,” which he has been developing ever since, and which co-hosts RP BizArts networking events. Mike is the proud father of three wonderful children, Amy, Mitch and Ella.

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