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Democrats take lead in Illinois

By Kaitlyn McAvoy

November 9, 2008

Last week’s elections presented the wins for Illinois races including Cook County State’s Attorney, Illinois United States Senate and other Chicagoland congressional positions.In the race for Cook County State’s Attorney, Democrat Anita Alvarez came out victorious. Alvarez won over Republican opponent Tony Peraica and Green Party candidate Thomas O’Brien.Alvarez is replacing former Cook County State’s Attorney Rich...

Chicagoans celebrate peacefully

By Kaylee King

November 9, 2008

In the days leading up to then-Sen. Barack Obama’s rally, murmurs of riots circulated through office buildings, classrooms and other workplaces throughout the city. But on the actual night, the issue seemed to vaporize into the warm autumn air.Prior to the event vendors sold colorful pins adorned with rhinestones, T-shirts that read "Yes we can!" and visitors sported homemade outfits supporting the man of the night—Obama...

Congress Parkway gets facelift

By Eli Kaberon

November 2, 2008

Columbia's northern border will soon undergo a makeover.Alderman Robert Fioretti (2nd Ward), along with the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), announced plans on Oct. 22 to do a complete overhaul of Congress Parkway between South Wells Street and South Michigan Avenue. The changes made are intended to improve traffic flow for vehicles, improve the road's visual beauty and give pedestrians more room to walk aroun...

Early voting turns out record numbers

By Adel Johnson

November 2, 2008

For the first time in a presidential election, the Illinois state government allowed early voting, drawing thousands of people to the polls in the weeks leading up to Election Day.Jim Allen of the Illinois State Board of Elections said the idea was to increase the amount of people who voted, and who could vote due to the larger amount of people interested in this election.The Illinois General Assembly approved the law afte...

Cupcakes, scones and second chances

By John Lendman

November 2, 2008

A new bakery has emerged in the heart of Chicago.Starting Nov. 1, Sweet Miss Giving's, a non profit bakery operated by former homeless people with disabilities and Chicago House, a housing and social service organization, will open their online store, offering wholesale baked goods, catering services and gourmet gift baskets, at SweetMissGivings.com.The bakery offers clients of Chicago House an opportunity to receive job tr...

Wastewater Olympics no laughing matter

By Kaylee King

October 26, 2008

The stakes were high as Ed Staudacher shouted rehearsed strategies at the Windy City Wizards from the sidelines. The team checked the oil, secured the vacuum system and eventually hooked the pump up to a simulated pipe rupture. A few feet away, the TRA CReWSers were racing against the clock to save a 110-pound dummy from a simulated well.It sounds a little unrealistic, in the sense that most people have no idea what an Operations Chall...

Local makes a break for NBA

By Eli Kaberon

October 26, 2008

Derrick Rose has already defied the odds.A year ago, the 6-foot, 3-inch guard was one of a small handful of Chicago high school basketball players to earn a college scholarship. Of that handful­-about 980 high school players per year in the city with 15 seniors receiving a free ride-only a tiny portion end up playing in the NBA.Yet 20-year-old Rose has made it. The 2006 alumnus of Simeon Career Academy High School, 8147 S. Vincennes ...

Redefining political coverage

By John Lendman

October 26, 2008

When Kate Soglin arrived at the California Democratic Party Convention in San Diego on April 29, 2007, she stood out like a sore thumb.She waited nervously, teetering in her high heels and leopard-print dress, armed with her press pass and a microphone at the news conference. She moved throughout the crowd, pleading for Sen. John Edwards' attention until he pointed to her among the other reporters, prompting her to ask a que...

Family ties

By Kelly Rix

October 26, 2008

Breast cancer was scattered throughout almost every branch of the maternal side of Jaclyn Jensen's family tree, and she always feared she was at risk of getting the disease.Jensen, a 24-year-old Salt Lake City, Utah native who now lives in Chicago, has lost several family members to breast cancer. Her maternal grandmother and two great aunts died of breast cancer. Her mother's two sisters both got the disease, too, but only ...

Chicago 2016 launches multimedia contest

By Kaylee King

October 26, 2008

Chicago is turning to multimedia in order to gain stride in winning the 2016 Summer Olympics bid on Oct. 2, 2009-when the champion city will be announced.A recently launched program, called Why Chicago?, gives supporters of the bid an opportunity to submit their own video explaining why the Olympics are a good idea for the city. Contest winners will receive an all expenses paid trip for two to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olym...

Illinois on its way to legalize civil unions

Illinois on its way to legalize civil unions

By John Lendman

October 19, 2008

While 2008 has become a landmark year for legalizing same-sex marriages from Massachusetts to California, Illinois has been struggling to pass a civil union bill more than a year and a half in the making....

New eco-friendly Chipotle opens in Chicago suburb

New eco-friendly Chipotle opens in Chicago suburb

By Kaylee King

October 19, 2008

Giant stuffed burrito fans in suburban Chicago can now say they've given back to the environment.A new Chipotle location in Gurnee, Ill., features a 6-kilowatt wind turbine and other green initiatives that wi...

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