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Ride of Silence: Chicago

Ride of Silence: Chicago

Many cyclists around the globe have fallen or been injured while riding a bicycle. And in honor and memory of those people, major cities around the world do a bike ride called “The Ride of Silence”. The ride is generally 10 miles or so and passes by those that have been killed in the City of Chicago or which ever […]

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Wild Winds and High Waves

Wild Winds and High Waves

For the past week we have been experiencing an amazing warm spell of high 70s and 80s. Today marked an unusual high of 52 along with strong winds and a very choppy Lake Michigan. Portions of the Lake Front Trail had waves lapping at it and cyclists getting wet and having to brave through a potential wash out.

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Chicago Welcomes Going to Pot
A Community’s Public Health Response to the Heroin Epidemic

A Community’s Public Health Response to the Heroin Epidemic

The number of drug overdose deaths in Illinois has been rapidly and consistently increasing over the past decade. HERO, HELPS, and the Southwest Coalition for Substance Abuse Issues are hosting a community forum aimed at creating a dialogue among public officials, law enforcement, health care providers, educators, and the public, allowing everyone involved to learn more about the drug overdose […]

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Chicago School Closings: Racism?

Some marriages seem particularly convenient.  CTU President Karen Lewis joined with Rainbow PUSH Coalition Rev. Jesse Jackson to proclaim that racism is at the heart of the Chicago Public School closings.  Jackson presumably has at least one reason to want to instigate confrontation with the Mayor.  Lewis, as central castings’ Queen of Hearts, has no love lost for the Mayor either and so shouts her racism accusations as […]

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Spring Showers Slow Rush Hour
#NotBuyingIt Leads Fight Against Offensive T-Shirts

#NotBuyingIt Leads Fight Against Offensive T-Shirts

After a successful #NotBuyingIt campaign on facebook and twitter, MissRepresentation.org has partnered with body image experts at Emer.ge to create a new app to digitally fight companies that use sexism to sell products. The goals of the smart phone app are 1) to call out sexist media and promote positivity, 2) to organize like-minded activists, 3) to get the attention of companies, and 4) to […]

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Emanuel, Parks and Recreation

Emanuel, Parks and Recreation

Mayor Rahm Emanuel launched an ambitious public works program on Thursday that includes a goal of renovating over 300 playgrounds citywide. The project is titled, with apparent limited appreciation for irony, “Chicago Plays”. Chicago Plays has a 5-year implementation schedule that starts with 50 playgrounds slated for refurbishment by November 2013. The project looks to be a key plank in Mayor Emanuel’s city development agenda. “Throughout Chicago, we’ll […]

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500 Campaign: Chicago is Outraged About the Death of 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins

500 Campaign: Chicago is Outraged About the Death of 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins

The recent death of 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins has prompted outrage across the city of Chicago. The baby, who was shot 5 times while having her diaper changed in the front seat of her father’s minivan, passed away Tuesday morning at Comer Children’s Hospital. The bullets were intended for the infant’s father, Jonathan Watkins, who was gang affiliated, according to the […]

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