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'She's A WOW' Exhibition At Pritzker Military Library Celebrates Women In Uniform (PHOTOS)

(3) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 9:30 AM

While the men in uniform may have been the stars of the Allied victory in World War II, their female compatriots deserve some credit for their role, too.

This fall, the Pritzker Military Library in Chicago, a repository of more than 65,000 materials related to chronicling the...

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Heroin Use In Chicago: Report Shows Overdoses On The Rise, Families Gather For Awareness Vigil

(96) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 8:40 AM

Dozens of parents, siblings, mentors and friends assembled on a small hill in Schaumburg, Ill. Thursday night, clutching photos of loved ones they’ve lost to heroin overdoses as recently as last month.

They gathered to light candles, share memories, accept awards for their courage in speaking out, and to vow...

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Columbia Links: Chicago Students Confront City's Violence Epidemic (VIDEO)

(35) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 3:41 PM

Chicago's constant and growing problem with gun violence has captured national attention as it grows to hyperbolic proportions; but as the death toll rises, coverage of shootings and homicides becomes increasingly distanced from the human cost.

Where some media coverage fails, high school students...

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William Shatner On Mike Slocumb, Twitter And 'The Magic Of Science Fiction'

(3) Comments | Posted August 9, 2012 | 3:13 PM

The man, the myth, the legend. William Shatner is known for his many larger-than-life roles, as Captain James T. Kirk of USS Enterprise on Star Trek, in the title role on T.J. Hooker and as himself, William Shatner, the writer/actor/musician/director/etc.

Shatner is in town Friday and Saturday for

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My Chicago: Joe Pug Remembers His Old Chicago Hangouts Before Stopping By Twice This Summer

(4) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 1:18 PM

Roots-rock musician Joe Pug isn't native to Chicago, but his music career is. After some wandering, then-23-year-old Pug landed in Chicago via UNC Chapel Hill in the mid-2000s, where he spent years writing, jamming, and working the open mic circuit before releasing his first EP in 2008, "Nation of Heat,"...

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Freddie Mac, PNC Continue With Foreclosure Despite Error, Protests

(47) Comments | Posted June 20, 2012 | 2:44 PM

Chicago's Albany Park Autonomous Center says PNC Bank has acknowledged that they initiated foreclosure against a Minneapolis family in error, but the move is continuing despite pleas from the family and supporters. After months of waiting and multiple eviction attempts, the Cruz family is traveling...

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Fake Michael Madigan Twitter Account Creator: 'We've Been Looking Into Forming' A Super PAC

(10) Comments | Posted June 15, 2012 | 3:17 PM

@MayorEmanuel, the famously profane and famously fake Twitter account created in mockery of then-mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel, by Chicago writer Dan Sinker, set a precedent for frustrated Illinoisans looking to express their angst towards some of the city and state's political leaders.

So when Jeff...

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Christy Anderson, Wright Way Rescue Fighting To Save Thousands Of Pets From Euthanasia

(9) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 1:11 PM

College dorm rooms are generally cramped enough: add a couple dogs, cats and other critters to the mix and most students would barely have room for their bunk beds.

But for Christy Anderson, the cramped (and occasionally odorous) space was a small price to pay to save an animal from...

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Illinois Gay Marriage Lawsuit: Meet The Plaintiffs (PHOTOS)

(133) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 5:40 PM

Nine Illinois couples filed a lawsuit this week, backed by the American Civil Liberties Union and New York-based Lambda Legal, to challenge the constitutionality of Illinois law that bars same-sex couples from marrying.

Led by lead plaintiffs Tanya Lazaro, a Chicago Police Department Detective, and her partner Elizabeth...

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Paul Ziemniarski's Family, Community Pay Him Back For 'Paying It Forward'

(3) Comments | Posted May 18, 2012 | 12:17 PM

When Paul Ziemniarski of Joliet, Ill. found out his Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia was in remission in 2011 after a yearlong fight, his thoughts first turned to others facing similar struggles.

That year, Ziemniarski and his wife Jackie founded the Ziemniarski Family Resource Foundation (ZFRF) on the principle that...

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Harp Twins 'Game Of Thrones' Cover Earns Chicago Duo Fans' Praise (VIDEO)

(7) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 3:44 PM

"Game of Thrones" fanatics have been going gaga over a cover of the show's theme song posted by "The Harp Twins" on YouTube last week. The video is one of many posted by the Chicago-based duo, identical twin blondes named Camille and Kennerly Kitt who have been adapting...

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My Chicago: Tim Mazurek, Lottie + Doof Food Blogger, On Food As Art And Dining In Chicago (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 5:49 PM

Chicagoan Tim Mazurek has been an underground authority on high-end, at-home cooking and baking since 2008, but most of his neighbors wouldn't know it. The artist and DePaul University academic advisor's fame has been growing online, behind the scenes of his revered food blog, Lottie + Doof. Founded...

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Student Loan Interest Rate Hike Would Hit Illinois Hard, Data Shows

(33) Comments | Posted May 3, 2012 | 3:58 PM

CHICAGO -- If Congress fails to renew a 2007 law that halved the interest rates on federally subsidized Stafford loans, Illinois students will be staring down $380 million per year in debt.

The law that expires this July would double interest rates on college loans from 3.4 to...

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Chicago Mental Health Cuts Protest Visited By Nobel Summit Reps (PHOTOS)

(4) Comments | Posted April 26, 2012 | 4:54 PM

As Chicago's Mental Health Movement continues to speak out against the city's decision to close six mental health clinics, those in the city for the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates visited the ongoing protest Thursday morning to express their solidarity with activists.

Ingeborg Breines, co-director of the...

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My Chicago: Scony Mack On Food, Tunes, And The Best Places To Get Them In The City

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2012 | 12:45 PM

Chicago-based blues/rock outfit Scony Mack has deep roots in this city. With an ensemble culled from some of this town's most beloved, envelope-pushing underground groups including Anchors, Balloons and The Atom Wests, their eclectic sound is less surprising than its solid foundation in old-school,...

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Illinois Lottery Online: First State To Legalize Web-Based Ticket Sales Launches Site Sunday

(7) Comments | Posted March 22, 2012 | 2:41 PM

Starting bright and early Sunday, Illinois gamblers will be able to try their luck from the comfort of their own homes as the state becomes the first to allow online lottery ticket purchasing.

It's a move that has been a long time coming, according to Illinois Lottery superintendent Michael...

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Mitt Romney In Illinois: Activists Disrupt Primary Day With 'Human Red Carpet' (PHOTOS)

(18) Comments | Posted March 20, 2012 | 12:45 PM

Activists from Chicago representing working-class families and many unemployed city residents will roll out a "human red carpet" for GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney in Illinois on Tuesday.

Protestors will lie on the ground in front of the entry to the Hilton Hotel at noon, where Romney is hosting...

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Shedd Aquarium: Hospital, Research Labs And More Behind The Tanks (PHOTOS)

(4) Comments | Posted March 7, 2012 | 1:20 PM

Attending to the medical needs of 32,500-plus sea creatures, including different species from every corner of the world, presents a fair share of challenges to the staff of John G. Shedd Aquarium's animal hospital and diagnostic center.

Like parsing out whale- and seahorse-size prescriptions of the same medications, taking MRI...

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Asrai Garden Fundraiser: Worker Injured During Robbery Unites Wicker Park Community

(3) Comments | Posted February 29, 2012 | 8:55 AM

The owner of Asrai Garden flower shop in Wicker Park, where employee Kristen Romaniszak was attacked mid-day two weeks ago, says she knew immediately that she wanted to organize an event for the community to show support for Romaniszak during her recovery.

She just didn't realize how easy...

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Judy Biggert's Keystone Ties Questioned By Challenger As 11th District Race Heats Up

(1032) Comments | Posted February 23, 2012 | 9:29 AM

In light of ethics investigations that have followed the recent passage of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act in the House, former U.S. Rep. Bill Foster is claiming Republican Rep. Judy Biggert (Ill.-13th) has a financial interest in the construction of TransCanada's proposed Keystone...

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