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Anti-Obama LaRouche Supporter Sees Republican Candidates as No Alternative

Anti-Obama LaRouche Supporter Sees Republican Candidates as No Alternative

Anthony Defranco, 55. Volunteer for the LaRouche Political Action Committee. From Chicago, but is currently standing on the corner of 75thand Main St. in Downers Grove, Illinois, handing out flyers. q. So what brings you out to this major intersection on an 85 degree day? a. Mostly because we’re on the verge of World War […]

New Home for a “Non” Refugee

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New Home for a “Non” Refugee

She wears a bright green tunic and black leggings with a zebra print. Her lightly highlighted hair sits on top of a gold jacket with a fur collar. She smiles a pink-lipped smile and when she speaks of Afghanistan, her dark, lined eyes go wide. “Our country is a backward country and we need more […]

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In the Blood: One Photographer’s Need to Go Around the Globe

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In the Blood: One Photographer’s Need to Go Around the Globe

Ivan Lo, a humanitarian photographer, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2007. Just two months ago, he was back in Afghanistan with a cane under his arm, popping medication in order to continue taking pictures. Ivan was just 23 when he was diagnosed with Chronic Eosinophilic Leukemia after returning from a trip to Afghanistan, where he […]

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Poverty, Addiction Fuel Opium Cultivation in Afghanistan

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Poverty, Addiction Fuel Opium Cultivation in Afghanistan

A recent study from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime found opium cultivation up 7 percent from 2010, and that the most insecure regions in Afghanistan were responsible for 95 percent of its opium cultivation.

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Illinois Union Bargaining Rights May Be On The Table

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Illinois Union Bargaining Rights May Be On The Table

Carrie Leljedal’s son Lynn is a social boy who likes to spend time on Facebook and play the videogame Warcraft, like many other 23-year-olds. Except that Lynn has Sturge-Weber syndrome, a debilitating disorder that causes him to experience constant seizures and requires him to have a personal care assistant. A resolution proposed last Thursday by […]

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Arrest Doesn’t Always Equal Conviction and Senator Wants That Clear

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Arrest Doesn’t Always Equal Conviction and Senator Wants That Clear

The state of Illinois should not allow employers to check an applicant’s criminal history if the job seeker was arrested but not convicted, according to a set of recommendations released late last year by the Illinois Disproportionate Justice Impact Study Commission. The report also recommended that Illinois county clerks and third-party background search firms doing […]

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Bill Would Keep Sick Restaurant Workers Away From Your Food

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Bill Would Keep Sick Restaurant Workers Away From Your Food

When Luis Deleon feels sick, he still has to go into work as a cook at a Chicago restaurant. “There’s been a bunch of different times where I had to work when I was sick and I could have really used a day off, but that would have affected my paycheck,” Deleon said. The 27-year-old […]

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