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

Comment Policy

Welcome to Chicago News Bench.

We encourage your comments and discussion. We are not "politically correct," but we do want to ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone – including folks who may disagree with you or with us. We welcome different viewpoints that add to the conversation at hand. So go ahead and argue, but do it respectfully. Even in a boxing ring, there are rules and some things are unacceptable.

Commenting Guidelines

Be Polite. This should not require an explanation. You can disagree without being rude. If you don't know how to do that, we don't want you here. Comments are solicited with the goal of adding value to a discussion. Lobbing insults don't advance a weak argument and only make you look stupid. Depending on the frequency and severity, rudeness could get you banned. If you do it repeatedly you will be banned.

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If you see something, say something. Please report (flag) comments that violate our Comment Policy. But know this: If you do that for the wrong reasons, you will be banned.

Thanks, and happy commenting!