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Before joining the DNAinfo team, Jen was the Chicago Editor at The Huffington Post, where she helped build a loyal local audience by covering everything from “dibs” during snowstorms to a seemingly endless string of political downfalls. She also worked as a wire reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times, covering breaking news, crime and courts.

The Chicago native attended Columbia College Chicago, where she learned to write the news at the Columbia Chronicle. She has also written for Venus Zine and MTV's lesbian pop culture site AfterEllen.com.

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Murder in Chicago: The Human Toll

(17) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 4:16 PM

It became a Monday routine: Come into the office early Monday and count how many people were murdered over the weekend.

We counted when I was at the Chicago Sun-Times, we counted when I was at HuffPost Chicago and when I started my new job at

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Rick Santorum CPAC Headliner? Conservative Conference In Chicago Also Includes Michele Bachmann, Chris Christie

(47) Comments | Posted May 3, 2012 | 5:59 PM

Some of the country's biggest conservatives will descend upon President Barack Obama's adopted hometown of Chicago this summer -- including three of his former presidential opponents.

The American Conservative Union announced Thursday that former Pennsylvania senator and GOP presidential nominee Rick Santorum will headline the Conservative Political Action Conference...

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Illinois Preschool Funding Cuts: Sheriffs, Police Chiefs Say Early Education Prevents Crime

(90) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 10:22 AM

A group of Illinois law enforcement leaders joined forces last week to speak out against cuts to state preschool funding, claiming cutting early education funding now will cost more in crime down the line.

Members of "Fight Crime: Invest In Kids Illinois" include more than 300 police chiefs, sheriffs...

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Obama Campaign Lacking Diversity? Photo Gets Bloggers Riled

(381) Comments | Posted April 10, 2012 | 5:36 PM

President Barack Obama's reelection campaign is dismissing "internet fodder" surrounding a photo of his 2012 campaign staff which features many young, white faces.

The photo, which was posted on Tumblr and also accompanied a BuzzFeed article about the 2012 campaign, featured only 80 staffers --...

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Rekia Boyd Lawsuit: Family Of Unarmed Woman Killed By Off-Duty Chicago Cop Sues City (VIDEO)

(2955) Comments | Posted April 6, 2012 | 7:46 PM

It was an unseasonably warm March night when 22-year-old Rekia Boyd was gunned down by an off-duty police officer in Chicago's Lawndale neighborhood.

Boyd was with a group of friends around 1 a.m. near 15th Place and Albany Avenue when off-duty Chicago Police Det. Dante Servin pulled...

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Five Reasons The Onion's New York Writers Should Be Thrilled About Moving To Chicago (PHOTOS)

(30) Comments | Posted March 26, 2012 | 5:56 PM

Last week, The Atlantic Wire reported that The Onion's move back to the Midwest is not going as smoothly as the company's higher-ups had hoped.

In typical fashion, the New York publication called the satirical newspaper's planned move to Chicago the "biggest upheaval in the newspaper's 24-year history" -- even...

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Illinois Congressional Districts Key To House Control, Democrats Say

(39) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 6:59 PM

The relatively small number of Illinois Republicans who turned out Tuesday to vote chose Mitt Romney as their GOP presidential nominee. National Democrats, however, were much more focused on the state's Democratic strongholds, which they hope can help them regain control of the House of Representatives....

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Joe Walsh: 'John McCain Is What, 132 Years Old?' (VIDEO)

(475) Comments | Posted March 13, 2012 | 5:31 PM

Tea Party-backed U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh has never been shy about criticizing the "mainstream" Republican party, and during a suburban Chicago Tea Party meeting over the weekend, he once again took a swing at longtime Arizona Sen. John McCain.

Walsh has previously accused McCain of being in Washington "too...

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Derrick Smith Arrested: Illinois State Representative Charged With Bribery

(466) Comments | Posted March 13, 2012 | 3:18 PM

Updated story

With one former governor already in prison and another heading there this week, Illinois politicians have been warned to stop their corrupt ways. The warnings have apparently been lost on state Rep. Derrick Smith, however, who was arrested Tuesday after allegedly...

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Joe Walsh Money Woes: Campaign Low On Cash As Child Support Case Continues

(2069) Comments | Posted March 13, 2012 | 10:18 AM

Next week, two Democratic candidates hoping to replace U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh will face off in the Illinois primary. Both have claimed to be the best-suited to take on the outspoken, Tea Party-backed Republican -- but as his money dries up and polls remain dismal, defeating Walsh may not be...

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Snake Enters WCIU Morning Show Host's Shirt On Air (VIDEO)

(79) Comments | Posted February 23, 2012 | 4:52 PM

A massive boa constrictor took a liking to a Chicago morning show host Thursday -- and crawled inside her shirt while the show was taping.

During a segment on WCIU's "You & Me This Morning," hosts Jeanne Sparrow and Melissa Forman spoke with members of Chicago's Herpetological...

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Joe Walsh: Birth Control Debate 'Not About Women' (VIDEO)

(3054) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 10:35 AM

Opponents of U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh fired back at the conservative Illinois congressmen over the weekend after he said the national debate over birth control coverage is "not about women."

During a House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing last week, Walsh told the...

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Joe Walsh: John Boehner Should Vote To Repeal 'ObamaCare' Once A Month (VIDEO)

(208) Comments | Posted February 16, 2012 | 12:18 PM

Tea Party-backed U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh has already made it clear that getting President Barack Obama out of office is his top priority in 2012, but the GOP congressman from Illinois is also focused on repealing the Affordable Care Act.

In an interview posted by...

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Women On Call: Nonprofits Meet Volunteers At Annual Chicago Event (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2012 | 12:46 PM

While some Chicagoans might be on the prowl for a significant other as Valentine's Day approaches, more than 100 women and 70 organizations will gather at Chicago's Chase Tower Wednesday night looking for another kind of perfect match.

Women on Call, an organization founded in 2005 by Chicago philanthropist...

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Chicago Marathon Sold Out: 2012 Bank Of America Marathon Sells Out In Just 6 Days

(5) Comments | Posted February 6, 2012 | 3:10 PM

The 2012 Bank of America Chicago Marathon sold out Monday -- just six days after registration began.

“Enthusiasm to run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is at an all-time high with record breaking interest, and we plan to match that level of enthusiasm by providing participants with a...

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Code For America In Chicago: Open311 Will Be City's Next Big Tech Move (VIDEO)

(11) Comments | Posted January 31, 2012 | 5:17 PM

CHICAGO -- On Monday, a team of web developers and designers descended upon Chicago with an ambitious goal: to make city government more efficient, transparent and connected with the city it serves.

Code for America (CFA), a nonprofit organization that connects coders, engineers and developers with city governments, started...

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CME Group's 'Golden Toilet'? Budget Cuts Renew Anger About Chicago TIFs (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

(14) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 7:33 PM

CHICAGO -- On Tuesday morning, a group of about 50 protesters gathered at the Board of Trade -- home of the CME Group -- to deliver a "golden toilet" to the biggest operator of U.S. futures exchanges.

The toilet was meant to represent a reported $15 million deal approved...

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Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac Fight Chicago's Vacant Building Ordinance With Federal Lawsuit

(40) Comments | Posted December 15, 2011 | 9:14 AM

This summer, residents and community organizers called on Chicago's City Council to do something about the vacant, foreclosed properties that were becoming magnets for gangs, drugs and violent crime in their neighborhoods.

Though the city has laws requiring owners of vacant properties to maintain the area, houses...

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Occupy Joe Walsh's Office: Congressman Avoids Chicago-Area Protesters In D.C. (VIDEO)

(76) Comments | Posted December 6, 2011 | 3:48 PM

A group of protesters from the Chicago area in Washington, D.C. for the "Take Back the Capitol" week of action paid a visit to U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh's office Tuesday afternoon -- and the Tea Party congressman did not seem happy to see them.

The protesters included...

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Joe Walsh: Veterans In Occupy Movement 'Don't Understand This Country' (VIDEO)

(3601) Comments | Posted November 20, 2011 | 9:25 PM

U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) slammed Occupy Wall Street protesters during a town hall meeting in suburban Gurnee, Ill. Saturday, calling the movement a "well-orchestrated, well-funded, far left effort to disrupt the American people" before admitting that he had never attended a protest.

Walsh, a Tea Party favorite who...

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