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Chicago Muslims fight hunger for Ramadan

By Meha Ahmad

September 2, 2008

With the start of September this year comes the start of Ramadan for Muslims, the month of fasting and charity. In the spirit of this holy month, Islamic organizations around the city are reaching out to fight hunger.With the downturn in the economy and the rise in food prices, many food pantries are seeing a decline in donations. In response, the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago,  231 S. State St.,  is p...

2016 gets closer: Chicago’s bid intensifies

By John Lendman

September 2, 2008

It's safe to assume that few athletes have even thought of training for the 2016 Olympic Games, but four major cities across the globe are competing for the chance to host them-with much at stake.With the conclusion of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Chicago has officially begun its global bid as a host city finalist to the International Olympic Committee, vying against Tokyo, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro.The Chicago 2016...

Bottled water tax collects more than $1 million

By Becky Schlikerman

May 15, 2008

The city’s newly implemented bottled water tax has collected $1.5 million in revenue from January until the end of April, said Department of Revenue spokesman Ed Walsh.The money collected from the tax goes into the city’s general funds that provide city services, such as trash collection, Walsh said.Jody Warner / The ChronicleFrom January to April, the 5-cent tax on bottled water has collected $1.5 million, according to Ed Walsh,...

Cubbie inconsistency

By Derek Kucynda

May 15, 2008

After securing a spot in the playoffs last season, it seemed the Cubs were poised for major league greatness.However, the Cubs suffered a disappointing loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks during their last playoff game. This year is different for the Chicago Cubs for a variety of reasons. For starters, 2008 is exactly a century after the Cubs won their last World Series title. Ex-Cubs pitcher Mark Prior is gone and a variety of ...

Scoop in the Loop: Bye, bye blues—hello happy times

By Brett Marlow

May 15, 2008

While sitting on the curb of Milwaukee Avenue last weekend waiting for a table at a popular brunch spot, I was reminded how summer has been my favorite time of year in the city. And, if the forecast is right, the season has just begun.The winter is when I’m engrossed in books, fixated on a computer screen and in a fixed mindset: school, work, school, work, school, work and “Oh my God, it’s cold.” But, summer is the ti...

Sox to be ’em

By Miles Maftean

May 15, 2008

Since the Major League Baseball’s opening series in Toyko on March 25, viewers have seen some very exciting game play through both the National and American Leagues.In Chicago, baseball lovers are divided between rooting for the White Sox or the Cubs. Both teams show signs of smart baseball playing and continue to stand in the top two spots of their divisions.As of May 9, the White Sox ranked in second place in the Americ...

Taste of Chicago to offer healthier food option

By Brett Marlow

May 15, 2008

At this year’s Taste of Chicago, some menu items of more than 70 local restaurants will be a little less indulgent and little more nutritious.The Mayor’s Office of Special Events has required participating food vendors to add a more healthy option to their selection at the Taste.Cindy Gatziolis, spokesperson for the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, said the office has been noticing a more calorie-conscious trend in...

Special Olympics comes long way

By Bethany Reinhart

May 15, 2008

This year marks the 40th anniversary of an international event that began in Chicago: the Special Olympics.Opening ceremonies for Chicago’s Special Olympics track and field events were held at Soldier Field on May 6. Athletes had the opportunity to compete in events such as the 100-meter wheelchair relay or the running long jump at the three day event.Andrew Nelles / The ChronicleGentry Bailey from Ray Graham Training Cente...

A new view for Wabash Avenue

By Brett Marlow

May 15, 2008

The current scene on Wabash Avenue in the Loop is a bit cluttered. Green mesh lines chain link fences and sandbags lay on hammered, uneven concrete surfaces and on fence ties. Concrete barriers line the sidewalks and close off southbound traffic lanes. Construction workers sit with their lunch pails and white hard hats. Wooden boards lie on top of holes and lead into temporary entrance ways to businesses and schools. The ...

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