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  • Rex "The King" Ortiz

    The King is solid and wide, squared off and cut. His face is made up of big features — a wide square nose, a fat chiseled mouth, shadowy cheeks and a jaw trimmed by a sculpted, angular beard. In life, he was mistaken for Creole, though in truth he’s an …

  • Dylan Kent

    Gerald Schiler Came to Chicago in 1968 to protest outside the Democratic National Convention and liked it enough that he never left. In chronological order, he graduated from UIC Law, changed his name to Kent to have a more All-American sound (and also …

  • Salvatore Margari

    The Monsignor is not a perfect man. He has struggled to keep the works of the Holy Mother Church alive in the face of grinding poverty and rampant disillusionment in the streets of North Philadelphia. Faced with overwhelming odds and strange setbacks, …

  • Wladyslaw Adamczyk

    Wladyslaw Adamczyk was born in 1971 in Gdansk, under the boot of communist oppression. Young Vlad (his preferred moniker) was unable to stay out of trouble after pa-pa was jailed in the dissident crackdown that emerged in the wake of the Solidarity …