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HuffPost Chicago Editor Joseph Erbentraut has been writing ever since he had access to his mother's typewriter while growing up in rural Wisconsin. Enamored with the keys' clickity-click sound and the simple beauty of black, perfect words against a purely white background. The medium later became a computer and the young writer's life of reporting launched with the "publication" of the Sixth Grade Times, which offered in-depth coverage of school-wide assemblies, birthday parties and breaking playground gossip. Overseeing a staff of five with an angsty teenage fist, he sold issues for a dime apiece and caused quite a stir with one particular series of bag-lunch exposes.

A decade later, Erbentraut earned a B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and moved shortly thereafter to Chicago, a city he has grown to adore. In addition to his work with The Huffington Post, his writing has been featured in the Village Voice, Windy City Times, Chicagoist, Gapers Block, EDGE Media Network and

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Chicago Sun-Times Reporter Resigns, Says Paper 'No Longer Has The Backs Of Reporters'

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 5:01 PM

A veteran Chicago Sun-Times reporter has resigned from his job amid speculation that the newspaper bowed to pressure from the campaign of Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner (R), an ex-stakeholder in the paper, to punish the reporter for writing a story the campaign was not happy with.


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Chicago Sun-Times Reverses No-Endorsement Policy To Endorse Ex-Stakeholder GOP Candidate

(6) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 5:15 PM

A major newspaper's decision to issue its first political endorsement in three years -- for a candidate who previously owned a stake in its parent company, no less -- is turning heads as the heated Illinois gubernatorial campaign stretches into its final days.

The Chicago Sun-Times announced Friday that

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This 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Halloween Light Show Can Only Be Described As Epic

(6) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 3:02 PM

Freddie would be proud.

With Halloween drawing near, a Naperville, Illinois home's outrageous decor is again attracting national attention for its intricate light displays timed perfectly to popular music, including spooky standards like "Thriller," "This Is Halloween" and, new this year, Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."

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Health Goth Is More Than A Fashion Trend

(16) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 1:45 PM

What the heck is Health Goth?

While the term may look strange at first glance, the idea behind the wearing of head-to-toe black sportswear is simple: it promotes a way to make the fitness world more accessible to people who don't fit the stereotype of the typical gym-goer.


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Koch-Backed Group Ramps Up Intervention In Tight Illinois Governor's Race

(8) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 5:01 PM

With less than three weeks to go before voters head to the polls in one of the nation's most contentious gubernatorial races, a conservative advocacy group backed by the Koch brothers launched an unusual campaign aimed at helping unseat the state's Democratic incumbent.

The Illinois chapter of the Koch-funded group...

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Illinois Woman Receives Snake She Did Not Order In The Mail

(5) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 6:03 PM

A Granite City, Illinois, woman got the surprisssssssse of a lifetime when she opened up a FedEx delivery and discovered a live baby python inside.

Area news outlet KMOV reports that Delores Gavin "let out a big scream" when she opened the box, sent by a California reptile...

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'Mindy Project' Season 3, Episode 5 Recap: 'The Devil Wears Lands' End' Or Shonda Rhimes Arrives!

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 10:48 AM

So it appears "The Mindy Project" has definitely hit a mid-season slump -- only five episodes into its 15-episode third season.

The latest episode of "Mindy," written by Jeremy Bronson, punches up the excitement with two high-profile cameos -- from Niecy Nash as Dr. Jean Fishman and Shonda...

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Rahm Emanuel's Re-Election Chances Just Improved

(8) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 5:33 PM

Despite the fact that his local approval ratings have been dismal for some time now, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's chances for reelection in 2015 just improved.

First came the announcement Monday afternoon that Emanuel's primary rival, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, will...

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This Is The Painting That Saved Bill Murray's Life

(29) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 3:31 PM

Whether he's crashing bachelor parties, nailing surprise karaoke performances or golfing in Internet-breaking PBR pants, Bill Murray never ceases to surprise us. And that's exactly what he's done with a touching story from the early days of his career.

This week, the Chicago Sun-Times'...

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The Nation's Most Rat-Infested City Isn't The One You'd Guess

(96) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 5:28 PM

New York City might be infamous for its massive -- and apparently growing -- rat problem, but it was a different city that took top honors in a new ranking of America's most rat-infested cities.

According to a Monday news release from pest control company Orkin,

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Man Stabbed Elderly Woman 4 Times Because She Was Black, Prosecutors Say

(134) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 2:55 PM

A suburban Chicago man has been charged with attempted murder and a hate crime after he allegedly stabbed a 79-year-old woman inside a grocery store because she was black.

Prosecutors say Pol Danilov, 26, told police that he attacked the victim on the morning of Oct. 10 at Walt's Food...

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Chicago Public Schools Under Fire Over Dirty Conditions, Rotten Food

(160) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 11:15 AM

CHICAGO -- The new school year is off to a messy start in Chicago, the nation's third-largest school district.

Michael Flynn, who has taught sixth grade at Otis Elementary in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood since 1977, said he’s never seen his school dirtier. A whole floor went untouched overnight recently,...

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Cell Phone Video Captures Police Smashing Window, Using Stun Gun During Traffic Stop

(456) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 1:40 PM

A northwest Indiana police department is facing a federal lawsuit after a family claimed an officer used excessive force on them during a dramatic traffic stop captured via cell phone video.

Lisa Mahone was driving, along with her boyfriend Jamal Jones and two children, to visit Mahone's ill mother at...

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'Mindy Project' Season 3, Episode 3 Recap: 'Crimes & Misdemeanors & Ex-BFs' Or Danny's Married(!?)

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 10:21 AM

Now three episodes into Mindy Lahiri and Danny Castellano's relationship, the cat's come out of the bag.

On "Crimes & Misdemeanors & Ex-BFs," written by Matt Warburton, we catch up with Mindy (Mindy Kaling) and Danny (Chris Messina) as they run into the inevitable keeping-stuff-at-each-others'-places battle. In this case, it's...

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트럭에 치인 후 사라진 코요테, 알고보니 범퍼에 끼어있었다(사진)

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 12:36 AM

지난 9월 24일 오전 6시 30분, 한 남자가 타고 있던 트럭에 뭔가가 부딪혔다. 남자는 차를 세우고 차창 밖을 살폈지만, 눈에 보이는 건 없었다. 이상하게 여긴 남자는 9km를 더 주행한 후에야 일리노이 주의 어느 기차역에 차를 세웠다. 도대체 무슨 일이었을까?

남자가 다시 트럭을 살피고 있을때, 주변에 있던 누군가가 말했다. "당신 트럭...

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트럭에 치인 후 사라진 코요테, 알고보니 범퍼에 끼어있었다(사진)

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 12:36 AM

지난 9월 24일 오전 6시 30분, 한 남자가 타고 있던 트럭에 뭔가가 부딪혔다. 남자는 차를 세우고 차창 밖을 살폈지만, 눈에 보이는 건 없었다. 이상하게 여긴 남자는 9km를 더 주행한 후에야 일리노이 주의 어느 기차역에 차를 세웠다. 도대체 무슨 일이었을까?

남자가 다시 트럭을 살피고 있을때, 주변에 있던 누군가가 말했다. "당신 트럭...

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트럭에 치인 후 사라진 코요테, 알고보니 범퍼에 끼어있었다(사진)

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 12:36 AM

지난 9월 24일 오전 6시 30분, 한 남자가 타고 있던 트럭에 뭔가가 부딪혔다. 남자는 차를 세우고 차창 밖을 살폈지만, 눈에 보이는 건 없었다. 이상하게 여긴 남자는 9km를 더 주행한 후에야 일리노이 주의 어느 기차역에 차를 세웠다. 도대체 무슨 일이었을까?

남자가 다시 트럭을 살피고 있을때, 주변에 있던 누군가가 말했다. "당신 트럭...

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19 Cult Food Destinations Worth Enduring An Insanely Long Wait In Line

(57) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 11:29 AM

How long would you wait in line for your favorite nosh? An hour? Two? A whole day?

With beloved Chicago hot dog spot Hot Doug's set to close its doors forever on Friday, lines in recent weeks have stretched so long and started so early --

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Coyote Found Wedged In Bumper After Being Hit By A Truck

(42) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 11:26 AM

A very lucky coyote is currently recovering in a Chicago-area wildlife rehabilitation center after it was hit by a truck and then trapped in the vehicle's grill.

The driver, who struck the coyote around 6:30 a.m. on Sept. 24, thought he may have hit something but didn't...

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시카고 밴드 'Buya'의 즉석 공연 : 시카고 지하철을 접수한 어느 밴드의 하모니(동영상)

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 12:45 AM

지하철은 종종 흥미로운 공연무대가 되곤 한다. 약 1주일 전, 미국 시카고의 어느 지하철에서 벌어진 이 공연도 마찬가지였다.

시카고의 'CTA Blue Line' 열차에서 공연을 한 이 밴드의 이름은 'Buya'다. 아프리카인과 푸에르트리코인으로 결성된 이 밴드는 당시 지하철 안에서 북을 치며 노래를 했다. 영상을 보면 미소짓지 않을 수가 없을 듯....

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