The Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Magazine named Chicago News Bench one of Chicago's best blogs in 2008. (It was called "Rogers Park Bench" at the time.)

"[Chicago News Bench] opines on Rogers Park and the 49th Ward in his fiery blog, His mix of cynicism and skepticism targets public figures such as Mayor Daley and Alderman Joe Moore." ~ The List: The best the Web has to offer Chicago, Chicago Magazine, Feb 2008

"Great example of hyperlocal news coverage" ~ Mark Josephson, CEO,

"The Bench is a terrific blog, covering issues from the national to the regional and very local (Rogers Park), and is a thumping good read." ~ Chicago Bungalow

May 20, 2008

New Gang Celebrates Our Diversity

A new gang is forming in Rogers Park. The local punks call their gang "Loc." This gang, unlike so many others, is ethnically diverse. Say, folks, if we're gonna have another gang in da hood, thank God it will be Diverse! The Bench was told about it by two friendly police officers at last night's CAPS 2431 beat meeting. (Funny that CAPS leader Kevin McFeelgood O'Kneel didn't mention that.) The word "loc" is a crip gang term meaning crazy, wild or insane [source] and is probably short for "loco." 49th Ward Alderman Joe Moore can rejoice in the knowledge that this gang is ethnically diverse. The officers said the gang is made up of Hispanic, Black and White scum. Now, if only they would announce that they'll operate in an environmentally friendly way, we can all go home and get good night's sleep. RELATED: The Crips: Gang Profile Crips and Loc's - AOL Video