Ethan Michaeli


Chicago Picks First Jewish Mayor Ever. Ho hum.

By Ethan Michaeli

Chicago Picks First Jewish Mayor Ever. Ho hum.
The irony of the election of the first Jewish mayor in the nation’s third largest city is that his religion seemed not to matter much at all. Rahm Emanuel made history by winning 55% of the vote February 22 to become Chicago’s next mayor, obviating the need for a run-off by blowing away the opposition.Read More


Schakowsky’s Israel Question

By Ethan Michaeli

EVANSTON, ILL. — Democratic U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky was ebullient Tuesday night, sharing a beer with cheering supporters at her re-election victory party at a local restaurant. But Schakowsky’s revelry was interrupted by a reporter asking about her opponent’s efforts to make an issue of her support for the Obama administration’s Israel policy.Read More


In a Suburban Chicago Diner, A Bitter Taste

By Ethan Michaeli

SKOKIE, ILL. — Politics and economics were on the menu Tuesday at Ken’s Diner, a kosher restaurant on Dempster Street, the commercial heart of the Chicago suburb of Skokie. With a widely held, well-deserved reputation for the world’s best hamburgers, Dan Hechtman, co-owner and brother of the eponymous Ken, measures the nation’s economic health through his customers’ habits.Read More


Citing Their Close Ties With Local Muslims, Chicago’s Jews Unfazed by Terrorist Threat

By Ethan Michaeli

If those who sent bomb-laden packages to Chicago from Yemen were trying to terrorize the Second City, they did not succeed.Read More



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