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Friday, July 8, 2011

Chicago is only the fourth most expensive place to park

Posted By on 07.08.11 at 11:37 AM

Parking rates in Chicago are the nation’s fourth highest. The median rate to park all day downtown is $32, according to a new survey. It costs $41 to park all day in Manhattan, the most expensive place in the country. (Sun-Times)

Police say a Minnesota city councilman, in an attempt to gain sympathy from voters, traveled to Chicago to mail himself a fake grenade. What could go wrong? (Tribune)

Coming in 2015: A universal CTA, Metra, and PACE pass. Also, hoverboards. (Tribune)

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Our expanding waistline: Illinois is the fattest it's ever been

Posted By on 07.07.11 at 10:37 AM

We are getting fatter and fatter, according to a new report. In fact, adults in Illinois are fatter than ever. (Tribune)

RELATED: Here’s a cool interactive graphic showing just how fat the world is getting. (Washington Post)

In an effort to “rein in 'unsupervised' children,” aldermen are debating an 8:30 PM curfew for kids under 12. (Sun-Times)

Attendance at Taste of Chicago was down 11 percent this year. Theories include a lack of fireworks and big-name bands. Or perhaps people have gotten wise to the fact that an $11 churro is a rip-off. (Sun-Times)

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Illinois cuts writing test requirement; civilization doomed?

Posted By on 07.06.11 at 10:20 AM

Illinois high school students will no longer be tested on their writing skills. The move to eliminate writing from state standardized tests will save $2.4 million. (Tribune)

RELATED: If you’re one of the 75 percent of Americans who know from which country we achieved independence, congratulations. (NY Daily News)

This is what a tour of the Chicago River — and Fourth of July fireworks — looks like in hi-speed. (Doobybrain)

Chicago by boat: A timelapse journey from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Video shows Boys Town stabbing attack

Posted By on 07.05.11 at 10:58 AM

Police are investigating a weekend stabbing in Boys Town. Witnesses videotaped a group of more than ten people beating a man, who was stabbed twice in the melee. (Tribune)

Cicero’s town president Larry Dominick is accused of slurring Latinos, according to a new federal lawsuit. Cicero’s population is more than 70 percent Latino. (Sun-Times)

The Seattle man suspected of killing a seven-year-old suburban girl in 1957 says he’s not guilty of the crime. (Tribune)

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Friday, July 1, 2011

It might feel like 105 degrees today

Posted By on 07.01.11 at 11:19 AM

After last night’s apocalyptic hailstorm, today’s forecast calls for hot. And it may feel like 105, according to the National Weather Service. About 22,000 homes and businesses are without power this morning. (Tribune/Sun-Times)

A massive lightning bolt struck Willis Tower last night. (Chicagoist)

A Chicago woman is accused of donning a nun costume and a mask, a la the film The Town, and robbing a bank — to pay back another bank from which she allegedly embezzled $20,000. (Tribune)

Feldco is suing the Better Business Bureau for the “no rating” rating the agency gave the carpet company. (Sun-Times)

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Mayor Emanuel hopes Illinois legalizes gay marriage

Posted By on 06.30.11 at 11:06 AM

Saying progress has been made and citing New York's decision to legalize gay marriage, Mayor Emanuel told CNN he hopes Illinois will follow suit. (CNN)

Transformers III is getting awful reviews, but Chicago is a star. Here’s how the film depicts a Chicago ravaged by Decepticons. (Crain’s)

Just how badly would a canceled NFL season hurt Chicago’s economy? (Sun-Times)

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Make way for ducklings

Posted By on 06.29.11 at 10:40 AM

Firefighters and Good Samaritans staged “a daring rescue” of a mother duck and five ducklings attempting to cross Lake Shore Drive last night. (Tribune)

Ugh. A south suburban women allegedly killed her baby, then took it shopping. (Sun-Times)

A second Lakeview Walmart? (Curbed Chicago)

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Blago, no one else ‘stunned’ at verdict

Posted By on 06.28.11 at 11:04 AM

Rod Blagojevich is the third Illinois governor to be convicted of corruption, and the fourth to face prison time since 1973. He said he was “stunned” at the verdict, which found him guilty of 17 of the 20 counts brought against him. Now the question is how much prison time will he receive? (Tribune)

The former governor says he’s using the experience to teach his two young daughters how to deal with adversity. (NBC Ward Room)

Here’s how Illinois newspapers covered the event on their front pages. The Sun-Times nicely captures Blago’s affinity for Elvis. (Newseum)

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Awaiting the Blago verdict

Posted By on 06.27.11 at 11:13 AM

Jurors have reached a verdict in 18 of 20 counts in the Rod Blagojevich trial. They will announce the verdict between 1 and 2. (Sun-Times)

A cab slammed into a Streeterville building this morning, killing one person. (Tribune)

Mayor Emanuel will host two virtual town halls this week, including one tonight via telephone. (NBC Ward Room)

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

It was a dark and stormy night, and now 260k people have no power

Posted By on 06.22.11 at 10:38 AM

More than a quarter million Chicago area residents were without power this morning. ComEd says it could take days to restore power in some areas. (Tribune)

After Jody Weis’s massive vacation payout, the Civic Federation calls for a review on how the city reimburses vacation time. (Sun-Times)

Where is Brian Carpey’s Fender Stratocaster? (Sun-Times)

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