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Chicago Blackhawks Rested and Ready, Eyeing Stanley Cup Championship

Chicago Blackhawks Rested and Ready, Eyeing Stanley Cup Championship

The Chicago Blackhawks are four wins away from a rare and precious thing in Chicago sports: a championship. Blackhawks gear seems to suddenly be everywhere in a city starved for a winner. Chicago sports fans have seen just one Super Bowl champ since that game’s inception in 1967. Since 1918, Chicago’s two baseball teams have […]

A Sudanese Survivor: Refugee’s Journey From “Lost Boy” to Self-Sufficiency Inspires Others

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At first glance, seeing him sip a Stella Artois at a bar in the Loop, one would have no clue about the harrowing journey of the well-dressed man sporting a gray textured button-down, black dress pants, a shiny watch on his left hand and an earring in his left ear. Based on his appearance, it […]

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Higher Education Bill to be Heard in Committee Today, Could Cover Full State Tuition for Best Students

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Feb. 25, 2009 – Tens of thousands of Illinois students who maintain a “B” or better grade point average could receive scholarships covering the costs of college tuition and related fees under legislation introduced to the Illinois General Assembly, though opponents of the legislation say it’s too costly. Though it’s unclear whether the proposal — […]

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Increased Pell Grant Funding Proposed in Stimulus Package to Offset Higher Education Costs

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Feb. 11, 2009 – College students from low-income households stand to benefit most from the educational provisions in the economic stimulus package, but paying for college will remain a daunting task for many Illinois families. The House of Representatives’ version of the economic stimulus package designates $15.64 billion for Pell Grants, with an additional $1.47 […]

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Board to Study How Cook County Awards Contracts to Women and Minorities

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Dec. 24, 2008 – Looking to save money and increase efficiency in the way minority and women-owned businesses secure contracts, Cook County Commissioner Elizabeth “Liz” Doody Gorman (17th) proposed eliminating a county department earlier this month. Gorman’s move to approve two ordinance amendments that would eliminate the county’s Department of Contract Compliance elicited a request […]

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Ordinance to Bring More Winter Classic Revenues to Wrigleyville

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Dec. 16, 2008 – Baseball season may be nearly four months away, but Wrigleyville rooftop owners are among the Lakeview businesses looking to cash in on the first hockey game ever played at Wrigley Field. Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) last week paved the way for rooftop owners by introducing an ordinance that would allow fans […]

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Enthusiasm, Patience and Long Lines: Today is the Last Day to Vote Early in Chicago

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Oct. 30, 2008 – Thinking they could cast a quick vote over their lunch hour, many Chicagoans working Downtown are finding the same unwelcome sight they hoped to avoid on Election Day: long lines. Standing outside the Cook County Administration Building Wednesday at 69 W. Washington St., home of the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners […]

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