I would have updated this sooner, but really I didn't think this story existed on the internet! This is Bill Hagerman's article from last month's guerrilla gardening trip. It came out really great. I couldn't find it online, so I called him early monday morning and asked him to send me some hard copies-- chicago tribunes run 2 dollars each! so he sent me a dozen hard copies! what a good guy.
anyway, thank you ashley for finding this link online so I can share it with people.