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Justice for Laquan McDonald lies in sentence, not conviction

EDITORIAL: Justice for Laquan McDonald lies in sentence, not conviction

October 15, 2018

Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was convicted of second-degree murder in the 2014 death of  17-year-old Laquan McDonald Oct.  5, and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm for ea...

Chicago gives paper metered parking receipts the boot

Chicago gives paper metered parking receipts the boot

October 15, 2018

Chicago Parking meters have gone paperless, making parking around the city less complicated. As soon as old parking meters can be removed, motorists will no longer be required to place a paper receipt in t...

The parking lot in Veterans Plaza, next to the Jefferson Park Transit Center, is packed tightly without any extra parking spaces for cars. 

Parking vs. grassy space debate intensifies in Jefferson Park

September 25, 2017

Jefferson Park residents are debating whether to turn local parking lots into community green spaces.At Chicago’s first “Parking Day,” an international event that started nearly a decade ago in San Francis...

Trading privacy for ‘security’

By Luke Wilusz

February 13, 2012

The Transportation Security Administration recently announced that it would be expanding its Pre-Check program that allows certain passengers a chance to bypass some of the more time-consuming security measures at airports. The TSA has been testing the program for a few years, and it is set to expand it to several more national airports, including O’Hare, by the end of March.Pre-Check is designed to allow the TSA to focus o...

Chicago communities “smokeout” crime

By Sophia Coleman

November 28, 2011

Fighting crime never tasted so good.By serving up hamburgers, hot dogs and vegetarian-friendly grilled goods, the Bridgeport, Canaryville and Back of the Yards communities are taking a different approach to battling crime and gang activity.These barbeque get-togethers, called “smokeouts,” usually take place in front of drug dealers’ homes or in known gang territory. Community groups, like the Bridgeport Citizens Gro...

Lawn furniture to remain on lawns

By Meghan Keyes

December 13, 2010

While walking down a snowy street in a bustling Chicago neighborhood, one may pass children playing, holiday decorations, snow-covered trees and the occasional lawn chair in a freshly dug parking spot.Chicago’s tradition of “dibs”—using items to save the parking spot you shoveled out—is illegal, although the law is rarely enforced. One Chicago group, Chair-Free Chicago, wants to end the winter system of reservation a...

Adding a touch of Green, Pink to West Loop

By Michael Ranieri

September 7, 2010

The lives of West Loop residents living and working between Ashland Avenue and Clinton Street are to be brightened by a shorter walk come mid-2012.The Chicago Transit Authority and Chicago Department of Transportation are collaborating to bring citizens more stops along the Green and Pink el lines. Local businesses around the site said they are looking forward to increased business activity and residential growth, but some of...

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