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Illinois Libertarians Rally in Logan Square for Gary Johnson

Illinois Libertarians Rally in Logan Square for Gary Johnson

Logan Square Auditorium was packed Saturday night with Libertarians and Gary Johnson supporters as the third-party presidential nominee and former New Mexico governor rallied alongside Libertarian U.S. Senate and state comptroller candidates. “The Cubs win the World Series, and I get to meet the next president of the United States!” Senate candidate Kent McMillen declared before […]

Corpse Flower Finally Blooms at Botanic Gardens

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Corpse Flower Finally Blooms at Botanic Gardens

People usually want to smell flowers because they have a pleasing scent, but that isn’t always the case. Last Tuesday night, people lined up outside the Chicago Botanic Gardens to catch a whiff of a flower that smells more like rotting meat. The crowds were waiting to see Alice, a titan arum – also known […]

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Improv Festival Celebrates Diversity

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Improv Festival Celebrates Diversity

The 18th Annual Chicago Improv Festival, being held this month, will bring a dose of diversity to the art form, which is traditionally better known for its famous male performers. The festival has focused on bringing more diversity into improv since its third year, when founder Jonathan Pitts coordinated with troupes from other countries to […]

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Runoffs Not Enough to Inspire Voter Turnout

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Runoffs Not Enough to Inspire Voter Turnout

Chicago’s first-ever mayoral runoff may have stirred up voters’ blood for a short time, but it wasn’t enough to significantly increase voter turnout. The election was covered on national and international news outlets including CNN and BBC, but that was not enough to overcome Chicago’s history of notoriously low voter turnout. Barely more than 40 […]

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