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I am a journalism student at Columbia College Chicago aspiring to be an international correspondent in London. My hobbies include writing, reading, traveling, and playing soccer. I currently work with State Representative Cynthia Soto as a media and public relations specialist. My dream career is to travel around the world reporting culture, politics, and news from different countries.

Latino theater company works to combat stereotypes

Twenty young adults stood in a circle smiling and laughing about their favorite toppings on hamburgers one late Friday afternoon, the regular routine for students in Latinos Progresando’s Teatro Americano after school program. Teachers Luis Crespo, 34, and Emmanuel Gutierrez, 23, both bring years of experience and expertise to Latinos Progresando‘s theater program, which aims to teach young Latinos how to perform stories that express […]

Economy: Fiscal Cliff Looming Over Illinois Lawmakers

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Economy: Fiscal Cliff Looming Over Illinois Lawmakers

The package of tax increases and spending cuts known as the ‘‘fiscal cliff’’ takes effect in January unless Congress passes a budget deal by then. The economy would be hit so hard that it would likely sink into recession in the first half of 2013, economists say. Illinois’ Democratic lawmakers are facing their own description […]

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Voters Set New Record in Cook County

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Voters Set New Record in Cook County

Suburban Cook County voters set new records for all three types of pre-Election Day voting leading up to Tuesday’s Presidential Election, Cook County Clerk David Orr announced Monday. Nearly twice as many people registered and voted during the grace period, mail ballot applications surged 41 percent and Early Voting turnout surpassed the previous record set […]

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Walsh, Duckworth Race Intensifies Close to the End

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Walsh, Duckworth Race Intensifies Close to the End

Finger pointing, swearing, yelling and eye rolling have dominated one of the most competitive and partisan Congressional races in the country, and that’s just counting the two major party candidates. Featuring negative ads, shifting positions and millions of dollars from national political action groups, the race to represent Illinois’ 8th Congressional district has been expensive […]

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Candidates Push for Early Voting In Contested IL District

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Candidates Push for Early Voting In Contested IL District

The Democratic congressional candidates in two suburban districts looked to progress their ground games Saturday, using rallies and other events to persuade supporters to vote early and to get their friends and neighbors to join them. In Arlington Heights, Ill., about 100 people attended a rally with Tammy Duckworth and Brad Schneider, two Democrats trying to deduct incumbent Republican freshmen. […]

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Religion Meets Politics at St. Xavier Debate Viewing Party

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Religion Meets Politics at St. Xavier Debate Viewing Party

Will presidential candidates’ religion matter in next month’s election? Does the religion of voters? Should religion matter at all during an election? In a recent study by Pew Research, one-fifth of the U.S. public – and a third of adults under 30 – are religiously unaffiliated today, the highest percentages ever in Pew Research Center […]

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African-American Politicians Calling for More Minority Contracts for Englewood “Flyover” Project

African-American politicians are demanding more minority participation in the $133 million Metra bridge construction project in Englewood, calling the lack of jobs for blacks “an absolute travesty.” The Metra railroad bridge known as the Englewood Flyover project is designed to carry the Metra Rock Island trains over a set of tracks used by Amtrak and […]

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