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Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: April 9, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois



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Bike is based in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

William S. Bike wrote the books Streets of the Near West Side, Winning Political Campaigns, Celebrating a Proud Past, and The Forgotten 1970 Chicago Cubs: Go and Glow and edited the book Essays on Earl Renfroe: A Man of Firsts. Associate editor of the newspaper Gazette Chicago, he also works as a freelance writer. Formerly, he worked in communications for Loyola University Chicago, the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry. Bike has earned more than fifty awards in journalism, publications, media relations and alumni relations, including three Peter Lisagor Awards, the top honor in Chicago journalism.

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-- Bike has won the highest award in Chicago journalism, the Peter Lisagor Award, four times. He also is the author of the books. University of Illinois at Chicago Today ONline Book of the Week 2 weeks running; Chicago City Council Resolution for writing Streets of the Near West Side 1997; Apex Grand Award from Communications Concepts, 1998; Named one of the top 100 best-selling books.