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Brazilian Immigrants Find Comfort in Faith, Native Language

Brazilian Immigrants Find Comfort in Faith, Native Language

MELROSE PARK, Ill. – For some, a person’s cultural identity is defined by their skin color, political affiliation and often, by their sports team. For a few dozen Brazilians living in the Chicago suburbs, that identity comes mainly from their birthplace, family roots and religious background. The group of about 40 Roman Catholic immigrants from […]

Berrios vs. Guzzardi: too close to call with 98% of votes reported

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Berrios vs. Guzzardi: too close to call with 98% of votes reported

State Rep. Maria Antonia “Toni” Berrios (D-Chicago), the 34-year-old daughter of Cook County Chairman Joe Berrios, was just slightly ahead of opponent Will Guzzardi in the Democratic primary race of the 39th District election night. With 98 percent of precincts reported, Berrios had gathered 3,918 (50.46 percent) of the votes, only 72 more than Guzzardi, […]

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As gas prices climb, state legislators find their hands tied

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As gas prices climb, state legislators find their hands tied

  With prices increasing by the day in Chicago and in the suburbs, state governments are being asked to intervene in the issue which could have an important role in this week’s congressional elections and on into November.     “Local and state legislators basically can’t do anything about gas prices,” said Dick Simpson, a political […]

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State bill banning use of electronic devices while driving moves forward

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State bill banning use of electronic devices while driving moves forward

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A bill that bars Illinois drivers from using hand-held electronic devices passed a hearing Wednesday and is now headed for a vote in the State House.   The law would broaden the already existing cellphone ban and include any gadget used for communication or entertainment, such as iPads, video game devices and laptops. […]

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Review: A Slice of Heaven (and Hell) at LUMA

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Review: A Slice of Heaven (and Hell) at LUMA

Whether you’re a believer or not, HEAVEN+HELL, a thoughtfully crafted exhibit that runs through June 30 at the Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) and Intuit, is bound to make you consider it, even if for just a moment. Even though most of the pieces are Christian-centric, the variety of materials and means of expression […]

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Union Station Renovation Not Likely To Please All

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Union Station Renovation Not Likely To Please All

As a master plan to address overcrowding and delay issues at downtown’s Union Station is developed by the Chicago Department of Transportation, organizations advocating for a more substantial overhaul of the transit center say the project needs to take into consideration the growing need for high-speed rail travel. CDOT is taking a pragmatic approach to […]

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In South Carolina and Florida, Reality May Settle in for Ron Paul

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In South Carolina and Florida, Reality May Settle in for Ron Paul

Out of a strong third place in the Iowa caucuses and a solid second in the New Hampshire primary, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul only hopes his own party and some skeptical voters would trust him to beat President Barack Obama in November. Despite getting three times as many votes in the Granite State than […]

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