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Fountain runs dry

By Sean Stillmaker

March 2, 2009

Guarded by chain link fences and surrounded by construction contractors, Buckingham Fountain, the crown jewel of Grant Park, idles as the last improvements are made for this season.After a seven-month hiatus, the Buckingham Fountain is still scheduled to re-open on April 1, in time for the International Olympic Committee visit later that month. The fountain and plaza closed on Sept. 2, 2008, for phase one of the renovatio...

Cameras linked to emergency call centers

By Ashley Badgley

March 2, 2009

The thousands of cameras that line Chicago streets and CTA stations are becoming even more connected to emergency personnel. After being implemented in 2005, the street cameras are being updated and linked to 911 call centers.The goal of the link is to better prepare and describe scenes to the first people arriving, said Jennifer Martinez of the Office of Emergency Management Communications.“It helps the call-taker paint a...

Big cars and crowds turnout at the Auto Show

By Kelly Rix

February 23, 2009

With a struggling economy and lingering credit crunch, many Chicagoans may not be able to afford a new car these days, but that didn't stop the crowds from heading to the 2009 Chicago Auto Show.The Chicago Auto Show was held for the 101st time from Feb. 13 to Feb. 22 at McCormick Place. Produced by the Chicago Automobile Trade Association, it is the largest auto exposition in the U.S., with about 1,000 vehicles on display...

Olympic-bound Chicago submits bid book to IOC

By Bethany Reinhart

February 23, 2009

It's official-Chicago has submitted its Candidature File, commonly known as a bid book, to the International Olympic Committee.On Feb. 13, the bid book, and details of the city's plans for the 2016 Olympic Games, were made public during a press conference at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St.Despite excitement over the completion and release of the bid book, there is continued concern about the cost of operation...

Second chances

By Sean Stillmaker

February 23, 2009

While getting  a job might be difficult already, it can be even more challenging with a prior felony on one’s record.“Before I had this felony, I could get a job like that,” said Mark Young. “It’s going to be a little tougher, but I’m prepared.”Mark Young, 46, is a resident in the Englewood neighborhood. Convicted of armed robbery, he was released from Vienna Correctional Center almost one year ago, but has yet to l...

DePaul group fights for concealed gun rights

By Ashley Badgley

February 23, 2009

College campuses are their own communities in many ways and these communities can have their own laws. There are certain things that cannot occur on a college campus that can occur in the rest of the world. One of those occurrences is whether or not students can carry a gun.Licensed gun carriers across the country are vying for a chance to carry their weapons on college campuses. A national student organization called Stud...

Boarders revamp ramp in Grant Park

By Cody Prentiss

February 23, 2009

A new skate park, promising more space and a wider variety of terrain to skate, could become a new addition to Grant Park.Grant Park Conservancy president Robert O'Neill said that if the updates are made, the skate park would look much nicer and have more greenery. The process is still in its early stages, and O'Neill has spoken with the Chicago Park District Superintendent Timothy J. Mitchell and the public to see if they ...

Reusable rubble saves city money

By Sean Stillmaker

February 16, 2009

In an effort to be environmentally and economically efficient, the Chicago Department of Environment proposed a new ordinance to reuse rubble and soil at project sites within the city.Currently, rubble and soil at project sites—such as new condominium construction—are transported to landfills and quarries. Construction companies are mandated by city law to do so and replace it with new soil.The ordinance, presented to the c...

O’Hare opts for sustainable development

O’Hare opts for sustainable development

February 16, 2009

The O’Hare Modernization Program has been underway for a few years, but 2008 was a year of major change and development for one of the country’s largest airports.In November 2008, the newest runway was added...

Commissioners vote down ordinance

By Kelly Rix

February 16, 2009

The Committee of Contract Compliance of the Cook County Board of Commissioners voted on Feb. 11 to reject an ordinance that would have eliminated the office that manages the Minority Business Enterprise and Women Business Enterprise programs.The ordinance, sponsored by Commissioner Liz Gorman (17th district), proposed moving the duties of the Office of Contract Compliance to the Office of the Purchasing Agent in an effort t...

Electricity powers new Chevrolet

By Sean Stillmaker

February 16, 2009

The Chicago Auto Show is a stepping platform to test public opinion on new cars and technological innovations.Before the show began, General Motors held a special presentation on Feb. 9 of its new eco-friendly, Chevrolet Volt.The vehicle is an extended range electric vehicle, but unlike any other electric plug-in hybrid, the gas engine does not power the car; it only acts as a generator for the lithium ion battery.With the...

Chicago gets a snow day

By Katherine Kaye

February 10, 2009

Despite the unseasonably warm temperatures, many Chicagoans will be walking in a winter wonderland at Snow Days Chicago in Grant Park from Feb. 12 to 16.Though temperatures reached into the 60's on Feb. 10, Snow Days Chicago, a free festival featuring a variety of winter activities, is still on. The snow blocks were made last week before the warm weather and are protected from the sun, according to its website."What we are t...

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