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Chicago small business owners celebrate soda tax repeal

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Chicago small business owners celebrate soda tax repeal

After months of facing plummeting sales since the Chicago-area’s contentious penny-per-ounce tax on soda and sweetened beverages was enacted, small business owners were finally able to rejoice with the Cook County Board’s decision to repeal the tax Oct. 11. The board voted 15-2 to repeal the tax on sweetened beverages starting Dec. 1. The vote […]

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Eastern Groove Belly Dance Studio, a Dream Realized

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Eastern Groove Belly Dance Studio, a Dream Realized

Having her own studio had always been a dream for Christina King, but the opportunity came at an unexpected time when she wasn’t actively searching to start up her own business. King, 46, is the owner of a belly dance studio in Elgin, Illinois. She has been teaching belly dance for 14 years and has […]

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Project Onward Provides Space for Artists with Disabilities

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Project Onward Provides Space for Artists with Disabilities

Project Onward started in the summer of 2004 as a Gallery 37 pilot initiative for 6 artists who had aged out of the local youth job-training organization’s program, but due to their disabilities had no opportunities elsewhere to advance their artistic careers. Gallery 37 was a guided instruction-based program which let the artists explore their […]

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Punk and Purpose: an Interview with David Anthony

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Punk and Purpose: an Interview with David Anthony

David Anthony, former music editor for A.V. Club and current managing editor for Chicago Ideas, lays bare his musical past and speaks on how he’s living his dream.   Q: Seeing how you’re a Columbia College alum, and some might say “ a success story,” I think everyone would first like to know about your […]

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Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans

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Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans

Life hasn’t been easy for Enester Amerson, a 60-year-old retired engineer from Chicago who is a U.S. veteran from the Vietnam war. Since then, he’s battled depression and life’s obstacles until he found refuge at the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans in Wheaton, Illinois. “From 2012 to 2014, I had three different jobs and I […]

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Intense negotiations to change details of the workers’ compensation reform bill

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Intense negotiations to change details of the workers’ compensation reform bill

A week after the proposed state pension cuts failed to pick up the Republican votes needed to pass, lawmakers, unions leaders and business groups made their final push in the month-long negotiation over the workers’ compensation cuts – another divisive bill in Sen. John Cullerton’s (D-Chicago) ‘grand bargain’ package intended to end the state budget […]

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A Brayzillian Savannah

When makeup artist Brayzill Stevenson, 33, was just eight-years-old, he decided that painting the half-renovated basement of his family’s Joliet home would be his first creative solo project. Without his mother’s permission, he purchased the paint himself, and threw the contents from their cans, leaving vibrant splatters all over the walls and floors. “I didn’t […]

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