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All Rallied Up and No One to Know

All Rallied Up and No One to Know

A group of local antiwar activists gathered outside the Dirksen Federal Building on the morning of June 16 to protest FBI raids on some of their leaders. The FBI raided the homes of seven of the activists in late 2010 on suspicion that they were providing aid to a Pakistani terrorist group. The press conference […]

Will Chicago Have Clean(er) Air?

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Will Chicago Have Clean(er) Air?

In a basement, brightly lit and with a short ceiling lined with Aztec style paintings, a group consisting of the young and old struggle to save the health, even the lives, of their neighbors. Ian Viteri is among the members of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization. He is short, with a smooth mop of […]

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Blagojevich Testimony: Tales of Woe and Success

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Blagojevich Testimony: Tales of Woe and Success

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich choked up, rambled, interrupted himself and even objected to a question posed by his own lawyer, albeit in jest, during hours of testimony in his corruption retrial Thursday. Blagojevich’s testimony, which started about 10 a.m. and went much of the day, sounded like the beginning of an epic tragedy- one that seemed […]

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Free Soup, Bread and Hospitality

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Free Soup, Bread and Hospitality

A small catastrophe arose in the Hideout on April 13.  As a few people dropped their donations into the almost full crockpot of cash, they turned to pick up their prize: a bowl, a spoon and just past five vats of soup.  But no spoon was in sight.  After a few moments of bemused looks […]

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Looking Back at “Put Illinois to Work”

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Looking Back at “Put Illinois to Work”

In downtown Chicago, an institution celebrated its 30th anniversary while reflecting on its latest triumph: the employment of more than 27,000 Illinoisans this year. But it wasn’t in any of the towers or myriad governmental mega-office buildings, but in their shadows, on a single floor of a rather plain office building. Past the almost unnoticeable […]

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Coffee, Black and Well Thought-Out

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Coffee, Black and Well Thought-Out

Image via Wikipedia The brew is black, but a transparent brown rings the surface where the light sneaks in. Its aroma is the comforting, sweet, burnt-caramel scent known to anyone who spends much time in a coffee shop. But the flavor is extraordinary, a unique blend of sweet and earthy notes that leaves a light […]

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