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Chicago’s Gun Problem — There Are Too Many

Despite comparable resources to other big city’s, Chicago’s violence continues to outpace the likes of New York and Los Angeles — why?

02/27/2015

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VIDEO: Lincoln Park Zoo’s Newest Baby Gorilla Is Objectively The Cutest Thing Ever

It can be difficult for journalists to write an article that is both ethical and objective. Thankfully, in the case of the baby lowland gorilla recently born at Lincoln Park Zoo, this isn’t a problem — she is objectively the cutest thing ever. Go Chicago.

02/27/2015

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VIDEO: What’s Behind The Secret Door At Chicago’s Union Station?

The train station can be a pretty mundane place where keeping your head down and ignoring the people around you is often the norm. But add a secret door filled with balls from a ball pit, and everything changes.

02/25/2015

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Worshipped Chicago Restaurant Hot Doug’s Is Returning … Kind Of

I’d wager the people who waited in line on the last day of Hot Doug’s outnumbered the poor saps who ventured out into the cold to vote in the mayoral election yesterday — and they didn’t even get a hot dog for performing their civic duty!

02/25/2015

Circa 1955:  American schoolboy Paul Mayo ponders a problem during a school test. Paul must travel to school by ferry every day from his home on Bedloe's Island, where the statue of Liberty stands.  (Photo by Orlando /Three Lions/Getty Images)

Confusion Continues Over Standardized Testing In Chicago

Despite state and federal pressure, Chicago is delaying new standardized tests for 90 percent of CPS. The question remains: Will the city and CPS stick to their guns?

02/24/2015

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Voters Beware: Don’t Rely On City Website To Find Your New Ward

At the beginning of 2012, the City Council approved a new ward map. Sadly, the city’s website hasn’t gotten the memo yet.

02/19/2015

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You Can Still Register To Vote In Case You Want To, You Know, Exercise That Right

It’s offensive to me when someone isn’t registered to vote. You’re not only choosing to leave yourself out of the democratic process, but risking the future of 2.7 million Chicagoans. That includes me. So stop it.

02/19/2015

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The Internet May Change Drastically, Especially For Chicagoans

The FCC just passed new regulations that could drastically change America’s Internet speeds and pricing — especially for Chicago.

02/05/2015

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Chicagoans Are Safer Than They Think, Claims Index Of The World’s Safest Cities

According to this, Chicagoans are safer than they think. Do the numbers have you convinced?

02/04/2015

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The Most Violent Big Cities In Each State 2014

According to the FBI, violent crime and property crime were down nationwide for the first half of 2014 — but did America’s big cities also see drops?

01/29/2015

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Chicago Shooting Deaths Are Up … Or Down, Depending On How You Look At It

Johnson: It’s annoying that people constantly scream about year-to-year shooting statistics on every article that decides to use a different stat, and it’s annoying that we (the press) cling to year-to-year changes as if two years can tell our readers everything they need to know. Two years is nothing!

01/28/2015

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BLOG: Why The Media Isn’t Covering The NAACP Explosion

Considering the current state of racial relations in America, it doesn’t take a hardened veteran of the media to look at the bombing outside of the NAACP offices in Colorado Springs and say, This story deserves our attention…

01/08/2015

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You Should Take Your Pants Off And Ride ‘The L’

If you’ve always wanted to ride a CTA train without any pants on, here’s your chance. And you won’t even get kicked off (or arrested).

01/08/2015

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Chicago’s ‘Most Violent Neighborhood’ Is On The Rise, Offers More Than Just Homicide Statistics

Low-income neighborhoods in Chicago get a pretty bad rap from outsiders, but what’s the truth of these places and the families that live in them? Mostly, they’re just like the rest of Chicago…

01/06/2015

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Was It Wrong Of Lagunitas Brewing Company To Give Da Mayor $25,000 Bucks?

Do we really have to choose between our gluttony and our political beliefs? Boy do I hope not…

12/31/2014

Poor wax Harry. When will the matriarchy start respecting him? (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Madame Tussauds)

Chicago ‘Mistletoe Kissing Contraption’ Video: Funny Or Creepy?

One CBS Chicago writer thinks this video isn’t only creepy, but sexist. What do you think of this Chicago YouTuber? Funny and wholesome, or worse… ?

12/12/2014

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Study: Jobs Prevent Violence In Chicago’s Most Impoverished Neighborhoods

With positive results from a summer jobs program for Chicago teens continuing to roll in, maybes it’s time for Mayor Emanuel to accompany the mountains of praise he has for Chicago’s youth programs with some more cash.

12/11/2014

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2014 On Track To See Fewer Homicides, With Some Chicago Neighborhoods Still Being Left Behind

As of November 30th, Chicago’s homicides are down when compared to last year. Though it looks likely 2014 will see fewer homicides than 2013, there are many factors, including a substantial rise in homicides in November, that could stop that from happening.

12/04/2014

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Year After Year, These Chicago Neighborhoods Continue To See The Most Homicides

Over the span of seven years, the same neighborhoods continued to log more homicides than the rest of the city.

11/26/2014

Protesters react to the St. Louis grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown  November 24, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

When Talking About Ferguson, Try To Be Thoughtful — Few Others Will

Before declaring your knee-jerk reaction to the riots in Ferguson on Facebook and at the dinner table, take a moment to be careful and considerate. The least we can do for Ferguson is to be thoughtful in our reactions to their struggles.

11/25/2014

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