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  • Postal Service wants 3 cent price hike on stamps

    You could soon pay a little more, again, for a postage stamps. The USPS says it wants to raise the cost of stamps by 3 cents, beginning in January 2014. That means a stamp would cost you $.49. Postal officials say they want to raise the price to due to the agency’s financial woes. You can still use forever stamps to send mail. The hike would go into effect January 26.

  • Mother killed, son injured in fire on Far South Side

    An 8-year-old boy is on life support, but declared brain dead after a suspicious fire that also killed his mother, authorities said. Millicent Brown-Johnson and her son Jovan were always smiling, according to family members. Those smiles are gone forever after a suspected arson fire at their home took the life of the 29-year-old mom. The 8-year-old is not expected to survive much longer. “His heart is beating but he has no brain activity,” said Michelle Jackson, Millicent Brown-Johnson’s sister. […]

  • Mayor Emanuel helps sick passenger on flight to D.C.

    Another act of heroism for Chicago’s Mayor Emanuel. According to the Sun Times, Rahm Emanuel was on a flight from O’Hare to Washington DC, when a man sitting near him started hyperventilating. A witness said, Mayor Emanuel helped the man lay out in the aisle of the plane until the flight crew stepped in to assist. Earlier this month, Emanuel came to the aid of an injured cyclist, who was blindsided by a truck on Milwaukee Avenue. He let the […]

  • Police: No suspected foul play in Illinois girl’s disappearance

    A missing girl from Central Illinois may have wandered off while acting out a scene in a popular children’s movie. Police in Watson, Illinois don’t suspect foul play in the disappearance of 7-year-old Willow Long. The girl’s mother told police she was not feeling well and laid down to take a nap Sunday morning. Willow and her brothers were watching the Disney movie “The Princess and the Frog.” Her mother says when she woke up, Willow was gone. Police believe […]

  • ‘Gun Free Zones’ proposed at some Chicago restaurants

    An ordinance to create “Gun Free Zones” at some restaurants in Chicago will go before a City Council committee today. Aldermen Brendan Reilly, 42nd Ward, and Ed Burke, 14th Ward, have proposed the ordinance to ban all concealed weapons from places where alcohol is sold. The law would require restaurants that sell alcohol to post signs banning all guns at their entrances. The ordinance exempts current or retired law enforcement officers as well as the owner or tenant of the […]

  • Sperm bank malfunction at Northwestern

    A sperm bank malfunction is at the center of a lawsuit filed against Northwestern Memorial Hospital. 40 lawsuits were filed on behalf of men whose illnesses or treatments could cause infertility. Some of their samples were destroyed in April of last year, when a tank failed to keep them frozen. The man claim Northwestern failed to respond when it knew the system failed. They also question storing all the samples in one tank, when other tanks were available. Northwestern officials […]

  • Hit-and-run driver kills man, 83, on Northwest Side

    Chicago police searched Wednesday for a hit-and-run driver who killed an 83-year-old man in the West Rogers Park neighborhood. It happened at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, in the 2800 block of West Devon Avenue. The man was in a crosswalk when an SUV ran a red light, and hit him. Witnesses say the driver never stopped. Two men chased the vehicle, but lost it. Police are looking for a red or maroon SUV, possibly a Suburban or Tahoe. The victim has […]

  • ACLU may challenge CHA’s right to drug test tenants

    The ACLU is expected to go to court today, to challenge the Chicago Housing Authority’s right to drug test its tenants. The test requirement affects people who live in mixed-income housing. According to The Sun Times, the ACLU says “testing people with no reasonable suspicion is a violation of their constitutional right against unreasonable search and seizure.” The CHA says testing is needed to fight the spread of drug use and drug-related crime in its buildings.

  • City planners look to public for input on LSD transformation project

    It’s years away, but city planners are asking for the public’s input on plans to transform North Lake Shore Drive.  Overhauling the 7-mile stretch will more than likely cost hundreds of millions of dollars and work on the project probably won’t start for at least five years. But public input is expected to help shape the plans. Civic groups are calling for lower speed limits and accommodations for quicker transit trips by adding bus-only lanes.  The plan would make Lake […]

  • Chicago gay bar ‘Sidetrack’ boycotts Russian Vodka

    One of Chicago’s most popular gay bars is joining bars across the United States and boycotting Stoli Vodka, over new anti-gay laws in Russia. Sidetrack made the announcement Wednesday on its Facebook page. It stated that “starting immediately we will not sell Stoli or any other Russian products” at their bar. As of Thursday evening, other gay bars including Elixir Lounge, Halsted’s Bar and Grill, Replay and Hydrate have also joined in the boycott.  Other bars in Hollywood, San Francisco, […]

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