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Hybrid haven

By Kelly Rix

September 8, 2008

No longer just for tree huggers, hybrid cars are growing in popularity in Chicago and across Illinois due to rising gas prices, environmental concerns and a rebate program through the state treasurer's office.Chicago is now ranked fifth among U.S. cities in new hybrid car sales, according to a survey conducted from July 2007 to July 2008 by HybridCars.com, a website that provides consumer information about hybrid gas-elect...

Chicago inventors welcome

By John Lendman

September 8, 2008

Make Magazine and Science Chicago are seeking DIY-savvy Chicagoans to submit grassroots inventions and gadgets to American Maker, a day-long competition at the Museum of Science and Industry's Lab Fest, 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, on Sept. 20.American Maker will be Make Magazine's first competition in Chicago but not their first innovation-celebrating event. For the past three years, Make Magazine has hosted Maker Fai...

Neither motorcycle nor bike

By Kelly Rix

September 2, 2008

With gas prices soaring and global warming becoming a major issue, some Chicagoans are looking for more fuel-efficient modes of transportation. Many are opting for bicycles, but some are choosing motorized scooters, which can go as fast as 30 mph and get about 60 to 70 miles per gallon.Though scooters may seem to have more in common with bicycles than cars, the city of Chicago views them as one and the same, making parking more...

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...

EPA: It’s OK, drink tap water

By Kelly Rix

September 2, 2008

Trace amounts of 16 different drugs and personal care products were found in Illinois drinking water, but at such low levels that they do not pose a risk for public health at this time, according to a report from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency released in August.The Illinois EPA launched the study in March after media attention surrounding the issue prompted the state to take action. The Associated Press publishe...

From gelato to Beijing

By Kaylee King

September 2, 2008

Lawrence Langowski knew it was the biggest competition of his life before he stepped onto the wrestling mat. The 23-year-old Mexican-Polish-American freestyle wrestler was just trying to relax and appreciate where he was. He worked four hard years to get to the Beijing Olympics, competing internationally since high school and undergoing a painful knee injury that later led to surgery. Aug. 21 proved to be a memorable day in ...

Starving artists wanted on South Side

By John Lendman

September 2, 2008

Seeking to cultivate a thriving artists community on Chicago's South Side, the city of Chicago and acclaimed developer Andres Schcolnik are teaming up to create affordable condominium lofts designed specifically for artists to live and work in.The Strand Artists Lofts, 6315 S. Cottage Grove Ave., set to be completed by fall 2009, plans to screen applicants with help from the Department of Cultural Affairs to ensure buyers' c...

40 years later

By Brett Marlow

September 2, 2008

For the past few months, Liam Warfield and a group of 15 core members met weekly on Sundays in Wicker Park to discuss, organize and divvy up different tasks to individuals. There were assorted departments responsible for cultivating different tasks, planning, creating and gathering-among other tasks. Their efforts over the past two months have been to bring Warfield's "brainchild" idea of re-enacting the protests surrounding t...

Taking it to the streets

By Meha Ahmad

September 2, 2008

They proudly dress in red or orange T-shirts that read "Safety in Motion"-and, of course, don helmets-to bring the word of bike education to Chicagoans.These emissaries are Chicago's own bike ambassadors.The group, officially called Mayor Daley's Bicycling Ambassadors, sets out to educate Chicagoans about the correct way to ride a bike in the city, increase trips made by bicycle and prevent related injuries. They also offe...

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 ...

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,...

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