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Congress Parkway gets facelift

By Eli Kaberon

November 3, 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 3, 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...

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...

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...

Gas, wind working together

By Andy Harvey

October 19, 2008

The absence of a comprehensive energy plan for the past 40 years is the reason why businessman T. Boone Pickens said the United States is having such economic trouble.With gas prices tied to foreign importation and a weakened dollar, many people don't know how the United States can repair the economy. But Pickens has a plan he believes, with the support of the government, can reduce the amount of foreign oil Americans impo...

Green films on the big screen

By Kelly Rix

October 19, 2008

The 44th Annual Chicago International Film Festival blows into the Windy City Oct. 16 to 29, and brings with it a new program with an environmental focus that hopes to stir up winds of change.The Green Screen program, which makes its debut this year, will showcase six films that address a range of environmental topics from around the world, including urban gardening, deforestation and global warming.Cinema Chicago, the year-...

CeaseFire an imperfect solution to violent city

By Sara Harvey

October 19, 2008

By the time this gets published, the news may have already changed.Sometimes it's difficult to stay current when you're a weekly newspaper. You have to choose your stories carefully. When writing this on Oct. 16, I saw a story in the Chicago Tribune about two members of CeaseFire, Juan Johnson and Harold Martinez, who were charged on Oct. 15 following a gang bust on the Northwest Side.The article didn't give any details about...

Too young for breast cancer?

By Kelly Rix

October 19, 2008

In December 2001, 28-year-old Tina Koral was looking forward to the future. Recently engaged, she was in the midst of planning a wedding and had a successful career as a senior research associate for the American Medical Association. Then, one day, she noticed something troubling-a pea-sized lump in her right breast. Everything changed.Koral, of Glen Ellyn, Ill., did what most women would do in her situation-went to see a doctor. Her doc...

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....

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