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Argument over basketball game takes parents’ only child

Argument over basketball game takes parents’ only child

Basketball posters cover the walls of Tony McCoy Jr.’s room. Trophies from the sports teams he played on line the shelves, and an unorganized collection of CDs can be found throughout the room. There are enough gym shoes to equip an entire basketball team. It looks like any other teenage boy’s bedroom, except there’s a […]

Federal cuts to take away meals for Illinois seniors

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Federal cuts to take away meals for Illinois seniors

Andy Laterza’s heart functions at only 15 percent. The 81-year-old Chicagoan’s reliance on home-delivered foods is much greater that his wife’s, who also suffers from congestive heart failure. Because of the federal sequester, the Laterzas could see their weekend meals taken away, leaving them fending for themselves. “My husband’s not doing so good,” said Ann […]

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Illinois looks to ban teens from tanning

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Illinois looks to ban teens from tanning

Elizabeth Janowski, who owns a tanning salon on Chicago’s Northwest side, is just beginning to feel the financial burden of Chicago’s recent tan ban, but tanning salons all across Illinois soon could face the same hardships, thanks to a new bill being considered by the Illinois House of Representatives. In the summer time, fewer teens get […]

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Six Corners District Slowly Recovers, Fill Vacant Storefronts

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Six Corners District Slowly Recovers, Fill Vacant Storefronts

The Six Corners shopping district on Chicago’s North Side has seen business after business leave the area and replacements have been slow to come. What used to be one of the biggest shopping attractions Chicago had to offer is now an eyesore of boarded up buildings. “It used to be Chicago’s second largest shopping district […]

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Alderman Moves to Make Northwest Side Area ‘Industrial Corridor’

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Alderman Moves to Make Northwest Side Area ‘Industrial Corridor’

The Chicago Department of Housing and Economic Development (HED) has designated an area of the 38th Ward as an industrial corridor, making zoning restrictions more favorable for the businesses in the section with the hope of drawing more economic activity in. The Wright Business Park Industrial Corridor houses 111 businesses and 672 jobs, jobs Ald. […]

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28th District Senate Race Intensifies As Election Nears

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28th District Senate Race Intensifies As Election Nears

The recently redrawn 28th Senate District in Illinois serves as a boxing ring to two immensely different candidates who are ready for a fight all the way until Election Day. Two-term Democratic Sen. Dan Kotowski gave up his seat in the 33rd Senate District after the map was redrawn in 2010. He is now seeking […]

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License Costs An Issue for Mobile Food Vendors

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License Costs An Issue for Mobile Food Vendors

Officials from the Board of Health Wednesday proposed rules and regulations for mobile food vehicles, addressing major safety and fire concerns they have noticed in collaboration with the Chicago Fire Department. In July, The Chicago City Council voted 44-1 in favor of adopting an ordinance for new rules for the regulation of food truck vendors. […]

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