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Chicago goes gourmet

By Eve Fuller

October 6, 2008

Renowned chefs and restaurants were honored at the first annual Gourmet Food and Wine Festival in Chicago. From Sept. 26-28, Millennium Park was transformed into a mecca for food and wine lovers. Acclaimed chefs from all over the nation were invited to demonstrate their recipes and present their food specialties."We want to showcase to the world what a terrific dining destination Chicago is," said Jennifer Hefferly, director of...

Seeing red in a blue city

By Kelly Rix

October 6, 2008

Chicago is well-known as a Democratic Party stronghold, and neither presidential candidate is focusing much effort on reaching Illinois voters. But that isn't stopping Chicago's young Republicans from organizing and rallying behind their candidate, Sen. John McCain.Young conservatives are working to get McCain's Windy City supporters involved in his campaign and to keep the momentum up after the election and start challenging th...

Commuter-operated CTA Twitter launched

By John Lendman

October 6, 2008

One of the most common complaints commuters have with the CTA is its lack of communication, according to various Chicago-centric CTA bloggers-riders simply want real-time information.So it seems for CTA Twitter creator Dan O'Neil, if you want something done right, you've got to do it yourself.In an effort to deliver more efficient and timely updates to the average commuter, CTA-vigilante bloggers have teamed up with Dan O'...

Banned books find support at annual event

By Lauren Kelly

October 6, 2008

In an effort to bring awareness to censorship issues and First Amendment rights, the American Library Association presented the Banned Books Week Readout, held on Sept. 27 at Pioneer Plaza, 435 N. Michigan Ave., next to Tribune Tower.The event, which featured author readings and book signings, kicked off the 27th year of Banned Books Week, an annual nation-wide event celebrating the freedom to read.The American Library Ass...

New study aims to help schizophrenics

By Thomas Pardee

October 6, 2008

A new study aimed at improving the quality of life for patients suffering from the mental disorder schizophrenia is underway in the Chicago area. Researchers hope a new medication being tested will offer hope to those suffering from the crippling symptoms of mental illness.The independent Uptown Research Institute, sponsored by drug developer Sanofi-aventis, is looking for patients in Chicago to participate in the ongoing ...

Homeless get support to vote

By Kelly Rix

October 6, 2008

When working to get out the vote, Chicago's homeless population has typically been overlooked. But Cook County Clerk David Orr wants to change that.The Cook County Clerk's Office has been working with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless to mobilize staff and volunteers from 27 different organizations who serve the homeless in Chicago and suburban Cook County.On Sept. 16, about 60 people from these groups attended a train...

Fans, bars react to alcohol ban

By Kaylee King

October 6, 2008

Throughout the summer and fall months, bars around Wrigley Field are filled at least once a week with Cubs fans who either couldn’t get tickets to the game across the street or are watching their hometown heroes while they’re away. But this season is different.The bars are still full, especially during the playoffs, but according to the city’s new alcohol ban, spearheaded by Mayor Richard M. Daley, if the game happens to b...

Home run

By Eli Kaberon

October 5, 2008

Temperatures peaked at 80 degrees for the Oct. 12 running of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, which are far from ideal conditions for the 26.2-mile race around the city.Despite concerns of a repeat of the excessive heat problems that occurred during last year's race-which was cancelled after four hours-very few mishaps resulted.Only 61 runners received medical aid following the marathon this year, the race's 31st. In comparison, more ...

‘Die-In’ protests Iraqi civilian casualties

‘Die-In’ protests Iraqi civilian casualties

September 29, 2008

While business suit-clad employees carried on their daily routines passing through the buildings surrounding Federal Plaza, at the corner of West Adams and South Dearborn streets,  around noon on Sept. 22,...

New Obama HQ targets swing states

By Kelly Rix

September 29, 2008

With the presidential election on Nov. 4 less than two months away, Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama and his campaign are urging their Chicagoland supporters to help win over adjacent swing-state neighbors.While Obama is projected to win his home state of Illinois on Election Day, many of his supporters are being commissioned to help out in other ways.Through its new Illinois Statewide Headquarters in the We...

Hitting the polls

Hitting the polls

September 29, 2008

While more young people are voting, the process seems to get more confusing once they get to college.There are more legal and administrative barriers occur as well as questions of where to register or wh...

Baseball beer ban built to fail

Baseball beer ban built to fail

By Sara Harvey

September 29, 2008

The most wonderful time of the year is approaching, and I don't mean the holiday season. I mean October-postseason baseball, peanuts and beer.The Chicago Cubs are now playoff-bound, and legions of fans ha...

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