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Homeless youth get to speak out

By Kelly Rix

November 24, 2008

On a chilly Monday night, about 200 people packed into the Second Unitarian Church, 656 W. Barry St., to give Chicago's homeless youth a chance to be seen and heard.Now in its fourth year, "Change Please" is an annual art and talent show that features artwork, poetry, music and spoken-word performances by a group of homeless and formerly homeless young people who are members of H.E.L.L.O.-Homeless Experts Living Life's Obst...

City Council approves 2009 budget

By Mandy Treccia

November 24, 2008

Chicago City Council members voted 49-1 to pass a difficult 2009 budget, hit hard by low funds and a declining economy, on Nov. 19.The $6 billion budget, which Mayor Richard M. Daley unveiled on Oct. 15, calls for 635 city employees to be laid off, the elimination of 1,346 vacant jobs, six partial government shutdowns around the holidays—including the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve—and the hi...

Not just a ‘California thing’

By John Lendman

November 24, 2008

More than 5,000 protesters gathered at Federal Plaza, 50 W. Adams St., on Nov. 15 to rally against the recent passing of Proposition 8, which halted same-sex marriages in California. A diverse blend of participants-gay and straight alike-congested the Loop, representing Chicago as one of more than 200 cities in all 50 states holding local demonstrations in a simultaneous national protest.The Chicago Gay Man's Chorus opened the...

Cabbie blues

By Kaylee King

November 24, 2008

Holiday shoppers clamoring for cabs in the city may have to find alternate ways of transportation to various shopping spots come Black Friday on Nov. 28.Peter Enger, secretary of the United Taxi Drivers Committee Council, said the group gave Mayor Richard M. Daley a two-week ultimatum to show interest in a proposed 16 percent cab fare increase and filed a petition with more than 1,300 cab driver signatures to get an on-th...

 

Back to the stacks

November 17, 2008

The Chicago Public Library wants young people to know there is more to the library than old books.Starting Nov. 17, the library will launch a new ad campaign targeting people who are in the post-college ...

Bidding on a piece of Chicago’s history

By John Lendman

November 17, 2008

Throughout the city of Chicago, vibrant street pole banners observing the year's sports victories, museum exhibits and culture-infused art fairs and festivals line the streets, avenues and parkways.These 77-by-31-inch vinyl snapshots of moments in Chicago's history will be auctioned off as part of Chicago's Sharing It Banner Auction held in the lobby of the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington St., on Nov. 19 from noon to ...

Chicago ending free trolley service

By Mandy Treccia

November 17, 2008

The city of Chicago announced plans on Nov. 4 to end its free trolley service on Jan. 4, 2009 after funding was cut from the city’s 2009 budget.Federal congestion relief grants—money provided to the city by the federal government to help ease traffic congestion—funded the service until 2004 when the city took over and contracted Chicago Trolley Co.Brian Steele, spokesperson for the Chicago Department of Transportation, said...

Lolla to stay a while

By Kelly Rix

November 17, 2008

All eyes were on Grant Park on Nov. 4 as President-elect Barack Obama delivered his acceptance speech from Hutchinson Field. Now, Chicago's front yard will continue to draw hundreds of thousands of visitors each summer thanks to a 10-year contract extension with the Lollapalooza music festival.The Chicago Park District Board voted in favor of the contract on Nov. 12, which means Grant Park will host the three-day music extrav...

Illinois Republicans feeling blue in Chicago

By John Lendman

November 10, 2008

On Election night, Illinois Republicans were already planning their comeback at English Restaurant, 444 N. LaSalle St., even before the final results came in declaring then-Sen. Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States.Hosted by the Cook County Republican Party and Illinois for McCain, English was transformed into a who's who of Illinois Republicans with supporters and donors rubbing elbows with Republican Pa...

Referendum results

By Bethany Reinhart

November 10, 2008

Chicagoans headed to the polls in record numbers to vote on several influential referendums on Nov. 4. Among those referendums were the Illinois Constitutional Convention, an option to adopt an election official recall process and the Bronzeville Affordable Housing Act.Passed: Bronzeville Affordable Housing ActThe passage of this referendum will ensure that Mayor Richard M. Daley and the Chicago 2016 Olympic Committee will protect a...

 

GOP reacts to election losses

November 10, 2008

Chicago’s Young Republicans hosted an election night party with Cook County Commissioner Tony Peraica at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., to watch the results and give young conservatives a...

Political musical chairs

By Eli Kaberon

November 10, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama’s move from Capitol Hill to the White House leaves Illinois with only one member in the U.S. Senate; Sen. Dick Durbin. While Obama was chosen by millions of voters across the country to be elected to the nation’s highest office, the decision of his replacement in the Senate will lie in the hands of one man—Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. And many are sounding off about how the governor wil...

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