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Chicagoland Jewish Community Reacts to 2012 NATO Summit

Chicagoland Jewish Community Reacts to 2012 NATO Summit

Israel was not invited to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization‘s two-day summit in Chicago, following the collapse of diplomatic relations with other Middle Eastern nations. The relations between Israel and Turkey have become increasingly hostile following the 2010 Mavi Marmara flotilla incident, where pro-Palestinian activists, sailing from Turkey, attempted to reach Gaza. Israeli forces halted […]

Saturday Protests in the Loop

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Saturday saw the first major protests against NATO including a rally against the arrest of three men on terrorism charges and an impromptu evening march through the Loop. [View the story “NATO3 march M19” on Storify]

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NATO Summit Leaves Lasting Impression on South Loop Businesses

Small businesses throughout the South Loop have been widely affected by the NATO Summit and its protesters currently occupying the streets of Chicago. Chicago Firehouse Restaurant manager Danny Misio noted an increase in police presence near the Michigan Avenue watering hole, along with a decrease in traffic and revenue.  The restaurant recently added the “NATO Special” […]

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First Female Alderman Elected in 41st Ward

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First Female Alderman Elected in 41st Ward

In an extremely close race, Mary O’Connor was elected alderman of the 41st Ward with less than 2 percent separating her and challenger Maurita Gavin, according to Tuesday’s preliminary results. O’Connor received nearly 51 percent of the 12,399 votes cast, while Gavin garnered a little over 49 percent.  A mere 265 votes separated the two […]

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Despite Throat Cancer, Fioretti Will Serve The 2nd Ward Again

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Despite Throat Cancer, Fioretti Will Serve The 2nd Ward Again

Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd Ward) won a second term with 55 percent of the vote Tuesday, handily beating five opponents, according to preliminary results. Fioretti’s closest competitor for the 2nd Ward, attorney Genita Robinson, garnered about 31 percent of the 14,494 votes cast, according to the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners. Despite winning endorsements from […]

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An Examination of the Tea Party Movement

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An Examination of the Tea Party Movement

Image via Wikipedia The Tea Party has dominated political media coverage with their explicitly populist platform since 2009.  The movement was initially shaped as a result of the anger felt toward President Barack Obama’s bailout of the banking industry. The Tea Party supports reducing government spending, lowering taxes and adhering to the original interpretation of […]

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Republican Mark Kirk Defeats Democrat Alexi Giannoulias in Illinois Senate Race

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A triumphant Mark Kirk affirmed a major Republican victory at midnight Tuesday after defeating Democrat Alexi Giannoulias for the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama. “This Senate seat has just returned to its rightful owners, the people of Illinois,” said a Kirk spokesman. Over 500 Kirk supporters cheered as the results started […]

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