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The People Issue, 2011 

Saverio Truglia
Dr. Titus Chiu is a chiropractic neurologist. "I have to say, love is the most powerful medicine there is."
Saverio Truglia
Jake Nickell is the founder and chief strategy officer of Threadless.com. "I don't have a business degree. I think a lot of the time innovation comes from amateurs."
Jim Newberry
Mike Reed is a jazz drummer and composer who books and produces the Pitchfork Music Festival, founded the Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements Festival, and helps program the Chicago Jazz Festival and Umbrella Music Festival. "You find a bunch of people who aren't really 'fitting in' and they've got their own ideas."
Clayton Hauck
Kimberly Wasserman Nieto is executive director of Little Village Environmental Justice Organization. "The community is finding its voice, and it's amazing to see."
Saverio Truglia
Lori B. Andrews teaches at Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she serves as director of the Institute for Science, Law, and Technology; she also authors genetic thrillers. "The body's become the last bastion of control."
Clayton Hauck
Jay Travis is the executive director of the Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization, which focuses on public policy. "The notion that you could use your own power to stand up for yourself—and that you could win—captured my imagination."
Clayton Hauck
Adolfo Mondragon is a public-interest attorney running for state senate in the First District, which covers largely Latino southwest-side communities. "When I reflect upon this journey from Back of the Yards to Yale, I think it's the journey that's one of the things I love about this country."
Sarah Lawhead
Andrea Jablonski is the bassist and front woman for Rabid Rabbit, a bartender at the Hideout, a commercial painter, and a visual artist. "My first show, I totally sucked the biggest I-don't-know-what and was terrified out of my mind."
Jeffrey Marini
Jerry Neal has worked for 22 years at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse at 26th and California. "One time Oprah was on the jury. She didn't particularly like cafeteria food."
Lisa Predko
Erica Michie a graduate of University of Illinois's industrial design program, was most recently an intern at Streng; she soon heads to Shanghai, where she'll intern at the design firm CDi. "I think design can really have an impact—changing from design as an aesthetic to design as a problem-solving mentality."
Saverio Truglia
Phoenix Askani is a contract girl with the alt-porn company Burning Angel. "I did it because I wanted to and I could."
Andrea Bauer
Psalm One is a hip-hop artist (and former chemistry student) signed to Rhymesayers Entertainment. "Rapping was definitely not in the books."
Sarah Lawhead
Zoka Zola is founder of Zoka Zola Architecture + Urban Design. "I shift the norm just enough to move or provoke our thoughts and the way that we live."
Dan Dry
Lisa Predko
Lisa Martain Hoffer is the patient care coordinator at South Suburban HIV/AIDS Regional Clinics. "People are like, 'Oh, hey, if I get it I can just take a pill and I'll be right as rain.' And you're not."
Sarah Lawhead
Jeffrey Marini
Lynn House is chief mixologist at Blackbird and coproprietor of the website. "All of a sudden the world of the bar had expanded from Long Island iced teas and gin and tonics."
Jeffrey Marini
Iliana Regan is a forager and the creator of the underground supper club One Sister. "How can I serve things in my my home that people compare to some of the best restaurants in the world?"
Mike Sula
Victor Mejia sells fresh fruit gazpacho at a Rogers Park intersection four or five months a year. The rest of the time he lives in Michoacan, Mexico, with his family. "Sometimes the police give me a hard time. I keep moving, corner by corner."
Jeffrey Marini
Rick (just "Rick") is a car hike at Gene & Georgetti Steakhouse. "Life is a roller coaster. When you're on the bottom you can only go up."
Jim Newberry
Jim Newberry
Fred Sasaki is associate editor of Poetry magazine and founder of the Printers' Ball. "It seemed to me the perfect scene of a literary fantasy."
Lisa Predko
Jamil Khoury is the artistic director and cofounder of Silk Road Rising. "We love the art form, but that's not where we're coming from. It's the desire to impact change."
Lisa Predko
Brian Posen is artistic director for Stage 773, program head at Second City Training Center, and executive producer of the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival. "The more I teach, the less I know. The more I dig in, the more I realize I don't know anything about this."
Lisa Predko
Kelly Williams is marketing and PR coordinator for Gorilla Tango Theatre; her husband, Dan Abbate is the company's founder and CEO. "There's so many funny female performers. Now find the funny female performers who are willing to take off their clothes."
Jim Newberry
Christy LeMaster is director of the Nightingale Theatre, programmer at Cinema Borealis, film critic for WBEZ's Eight Forty-Eight and for Cinephile, and adjunct professor in Interactive Arts and Media at Columbia. "I'd been dreaming for a long time of starting my own little spot where I could show experimental and emerging work."
Andrea Bauer
Rick Snyder is a Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member with an expanding career as a director. "I never kinda said, 'I'll be an actor.' One thing just kind of led to another."
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Dan Dry
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