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Sexual Assault In A Big City: Is There A Lack Of Priority?

When it comes to safety, a city is often judged by the number of homicides and shootings it has in a year. Where does that leave other crimes like criminal sexual assault? Not a priority, say some sexual assault advocates.

03/26/2015

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Chicago Children Can Try To Opt Out Of The PARCC Standardized Test … If They Dare

At at least one school, children were intimidated and shamed into agreeing to take the highly criticized PARCC standardized test.

03/12/2015

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Worst Pick-Up Line Ever, Chicago

If a woman doesn’t seem to want to dance with you, showing her your rad switchblade probably won’t win her over.

03/09/2015

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No One Wins In Chicago’s Latest Standardized Testing Debacle

Our kids are about to lose two weeks of class time to prepare for and take a test that will have little to no benefits. Needless to say, a lot of people are angry…

03/03/2015

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Chicago Could Appear On Monopoly’s Latest Board, If Enough Chicagoans Vote

Will enough people vote to secure Chicago one of the coveted spots on Monopoly’s latest board?

03/03/2015

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Funding Infrastructure Isn’t ‘Sexy': Illinois And Chicago Infrastructure Is Underfunded, Neglected

The American Society of Civil Engineers gave didn’t give Illinois the greatest grade when it comes to infrastructure, which isn’t surprising, considering the federal and state governments struggle to maintain America’s roads, bridges and dams.

03/02/2015

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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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