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A-Paddling We Will Go

Intrepid reporter reluctantly accepts his assignment to enjoy new beach sport on a gorgeous summer day Forget swimming and jet skiing. Give the yacht a break. There’s a new way to take on the tempestuous waters of Lake Michigan. It’s not exactly surfing or kayaking. It’s not exactly propelling a gondola, but it’s a hybrid […]

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On the Record

Chicago Doctors Sound Off on a Key and Controversial Switch in Patient Care You go to the doctor. You sign in at the reception desk and have a seat. There are, of course, stacks of old magazines. There’s usually bad artwork on the wall. And, most likely behind the receptionist counter, there are shelves of […]

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Snakes on a Plain

The snakes have escaped from Lincoln Park Zoo. And by all accounts, zoo officials have been complicit in this little scheme. Specifically, we are talking about a silky emerald green species known as the “Smooth Green Snake.” The ones we saw were between one and two feet long, and perhaps 2/3 the circumference of a […]

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Bill Clinton in Chicago

Eleven years after leaving office and it’s still the economy for former president Bill Clinton. He’s in town with his Clinton Global Initiative for a summit on jobs and spurring growth in the U.S. economy. He also had kind words for the city’s current mayor – his former White House staffer: Rahm Emanuel. “I predict […]

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An Old Train Line Transformed

City Looks To Create Vibrant Public “Skypark” Where Freight Used To Pass I am standing right below a viaduct at the corner of Marshfield and Bloomingdale on the Near Northwest Side. Above me, I can hear the approaching rumble of… joggers. OK, so it’s more like a pitter-patter. Actually, I can’t really hear anything. But […]

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Next Stop: The Produce Aisle

CTA buses are often packed like sardines. But one retired vessel from the CTA fleet is packed to the gills with produce. Once on board, you’ll find everything from pineapples, to mangoes, to collard greens, to onions. Last Thursday, a line formed around the bus’ first stop of the day – the Herbert Spencer Math […]

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Chicago River’s New Direction

Venture along the banks of the Chicago River in certain areas, and it’s like you’re miles away from the city. At River Park, near Foster and California Avenues, the scene is bursting with wildlife and recreational activity. Kayakers are paddling down the waterway. Mallards and geese are floating around. An angler reels in about a […]

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Durbin, Kirk: Federal Money Should Help Pay for Chicago River Cleanup

Republican Senator Mark Kirk said on Sunday he hopes Congress can come up with a package that would help pay for cleaning up the Chicago River. He cites EPA numbers that would put that cost at about $242 million. This, despite the fact that both parties, especially Republicans, in Washington have called for major spending […]

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No Raining on Rahm’s Parade

Chicago Tonight Producer Paris Schutz attended Rahm Emanuel’s event on Saturday: the free family concert at Butler Field in Grant Park. Here are his observations: Chicago’s first lady to-be, Amy Rule, walked toward the hospitality tent at the Petrillo Bandshell. “What a day,” she proclaimed. I wanted to interject, “you forgot to say ‘brutal,” but […]

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The Long Search For Cars Abandoned On Lake Shore Drive During Blizzard

  Chicago Tonight Producer Paris Schutz was out Wednesday in the aftermath of the blizzard, as motorists were recovering from the Lake Shore Drive closure Tuesday night. Here are his observations: City emergency officials are trying to rectify a chaotic situation along the lakefront. Some motorists who abandoned their cars on Lake Shore Drive still […]

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