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Voyage is an original devised piece by Cock and Bull Theatre. 

Voyage is a psychosexual theatrical odyssey. A devised production created by Cock and Bull, that explores our innate human desire to heal ourselves, and the lengths we go in order to be cured. Voyage takes place in two distinct periods of history, 1799 and 1969, when medicine and psychotherapy were still vast, unexplored frontiers. Cock and Bull utilizes fantastical realism, heightened design, video, and puppetry. Embark on this Voyage at Chicago’s Chopin Theatre.

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College of DuPage (ECWd) – In a recent document dump from the College of DuPage, there were several emails leading to questions of impropriety with public funds. We have kept quiet on many aspects of it as to avoid the appearance of interference with the criminal investigation.

College of DuPage – Documents show Savage and Birt campaigned with public funds

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INSIDE THE CHI from Joseph Le

by admin on June 16, 2015

in Chicago

INSIDE THE CHI from Joseph Le on Vimeo.

Fragmented memories of my urban explorations in Chicago.

Experimental editing style inspired by Leonardo Dalessandri’s “Watchtower of Turkey”: https://vimeo.com/108018156.
Shot with the Nikon D5000 (http://goo.gl/3j8grM).

Thank you Alex Au (https://vimeo.com/user614975) for being a good host and Halemah Ibrahim (https://instagram.com/haluvalife/) for the inspiration. Also, shout out to my bro Vinh Le (https://vimeo.com/vinh291) for constructive criticism and letting me borrow 35 + 50 mm prime lenses.

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Tips and news for backpackers and locals seeking an urban adventure


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Super-Fan Starts Kickstarter page to bring them to Naperville.

Chicago, June 3, 2015 – Over 20 years ago, the Great Seas restaurant opened on Lawrence Avenue in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago. It sold many popular Korean and Chinese dishes, but none more infamous than their original-recipe spicy chicken wings. These spicy chicken wings quickly began to steal the show, proving to be so popular that the sauce that they were coated in became a product in itself and was sold in bottles to eager customers. A sister restaurant, Take Me Out, eventually opened to serve the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, focusing on only a few menu items, namely the chicken wings, as it was clear that they were developing a ‘cult’ following.

Nowadays, these wings are so famous that at New Year, the streets are full of people carrying boxes of them home for their celebrations. Some travel from one side of Chicago to another just to pick them up. However, perhaps the biggest testament to their success is the fact that a Kickstarter campaign to bring them to the suburb of Naperville has started up. This campaign was created by wings super-fan Chris Yoon, who has been eating at Great Seas since he was a child. It has the backing of the people of Chicago, as the wings are regarded as a source of culinary pride for the city. The general consensus is that they should be available everywhere.

It isn’t often that an eatery is beloved to the extent that there are campaigns to replicate its menu items. Great Seas’ notorious chicken wings are proof that viral status can be achieved without the help of the internet. Chicago clearly can’t get enough of them.

You can support Chris Yoon’s Kickstarter campaign by going to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1746994429/chicken-wing-restaurant

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Chicago Roman Candle Streetwar

by admin on June 3, 2015

in Chicago

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By Jodi S. Cohen and Stacy St. Clair, Chicago Tribune
contact the reporters Colleges and Universities College of DuPage U.S. Senate Illinois General Assembly William Cunningham University of Illinois at Chicago

The Illinois Senate approved a bill Saturday that would cap severance packages for the state’s community college presidents and prevent them from receiving the kind of pricey buyout deal that sparked outrage at the College of DuPage earlier this year.

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At least one person was injured in the 3:55AM raid, which broke up when offenders saw that cops had arrived.

But the damage had already been done at the store, which is located on the corner of Halsted and Addison—just a half-block from the 19th district police headquarters.


Employees were working hard to restock the store’s shelves when we visited at sunrise. The candy aisle appeared to be particularly hard hit, with huge boxes of Butterfingers, Starburst, and other sweets stripped bare. Racks of beef jerky and bagged snacks had been reduced to barren pegboard.


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DuPage Co., IL. (ECWd) –

This morning, the Downers Grove Township Refuse Committee held a meeting without posting a notice and an agenda as required by law – then tried denying they were a committee until one of their own members said she thought she was on a committee.

Downers Grove Township holds illegal committee meeting

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adSince print media’s invention, classifieds have remained the most popular trading method. Whether it is announcements of vacancies or advertisements of products, classifieds have dominated the market and are still doing so. The only difference is that now, it’s growing quickly and can be seen more online. While classifieds still occupy a space in the newspapers, posting advertisements has become a more common practice today.

Online classifieds are the new face of trade. There are currently numerous websites that are meant exclusively for classifieds. This new trend of trading has proved beneficial to companies as they can now reach more people instantly without worrying about monetary concerns.

A report released by AIM Group, the world’s leading consultancy in classified advertising and interactive media, revealed that the industry’s revenue worldwide is drawing near the $100 billion U.S. mark and is continuing to grow progressively while moving to a digital business, a significant change from the usual one-time print business companies have grown accustomed to.

Classified Intelligence Report shows that classifieds generate $92.1 billion in sales worldwide. According to Peter M. Zollman, editor of the report and AIM Group’s founding principal, classified advertising revenue is growing progressively worldwide. He added that with margins as high as 80% at major classified websites, classified advertising is a great business to take part in. Millions of dollars are also invested in existing classified companies by investment groups.

The shift from print to digital will only continue. The crossover between e-commerce and classifieds, use of instant messaging, emerging niche services, mobile growth and use of Big Data are some of the trends in the classified industry that continue to drive profits. AIM Group’s report also revealed the must watch apps and sites in the world.

The revenue estimate was derived from original and existing research in 22 countries that produce 80% of the worldwide GDP. While the 92.1 billion revenue estimate is quite lower from the $100 million projected 10 years ago, the industry of classified advertising still shows a great growth potential. Countries included in the research are The Netherlands, Argentina, China, Australia, India, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Spain, Canada, Sweden, Indonesia, Russian Federation, Italy, France, Mexico, Turkey, United States, South Korea, Germany, Switzerland and Japan.

The report also covered over 200 companies worldwide, including Craigslist, Backpage, Adfora, OLX, Gumtree, AutoTrader, EBay Classifieds and Kijiji.

About adfora.com

Adfora free classifieds was launched in 2010 in the city of Los Angeles. Adfora is the ultimate destination for free online classifieds. It provides simple, but effective solutions to the complexities involved in recruiting, buying advertising and selling things. Adfora allows individuals to easily post free classified ads in 48,000 cities across the United States. What sets Adfora apart from the competition is its unique features such as “Apply for jobs” which allows people to apply for jobs listed on Adfora, “Automated Applicant Tracking System” for employers to track resumes and candidates, “Car Payment Calculator” to help people estimate cars loan payments, “Send offers” on items and much more. With an aim to simplify the lives of the online community, the site continuously seeks new methods to enhance everyone’s user experience. Adfora monitors and filters all content posted to the site to ensure that users find only quality and appropriate listings. Whether you’re looking to post free classifieds in Los Angeles or searching for an apartment in New York, Adfora is the perfect place to be.



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How Important is Your Identity, to You?

by admin on April 21, 2015

in Sponsored

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…How important is your identity, to you? Did you know you are walking around with your identity and financial information AT RISK?

Introducing a product that with keep your private information and identity SAFE: Cloak-It Card & Passport Covers.


The SECRET to securing your identity and credit data? Learn all you can about NFC Chip Cards: keep your credit and debit cards shielded! And, don’t forget about your passport!

Your search for the perfect RFID Shield is finally over! You now have an alternative to sleeves that disintegrate, are not effective and seams that come undone.

The premium materials, design and workmanship of Cloak-It Sleeves & Passport Protector Holders meet your needs and are within the standards on electromagnetically shielded sleeves for protecting from unauthorized NFC (Near Field Communication) intrusion and theft.

With the inner layers of copper paper and aluminum, the exterior made for durability, you’ll be pleased with these user-friendly sleeves.

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This Value Pack of Electromagnetic Shielding Sleeves includes 10 Sleeves for standard size credit cards, Driver’s License, School I.D., Access Cards, Transit Passes, etc. PLUS 2 standard-size US Passport sleeves.

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Stop the Clot Chicago 5K Run/Walk

by admin on April 21, 2015

in Chicago


Join us Mother’s Day Sunday, May 10th at Montrose Beach to help us fight the battle against blood clotting disorders in Chicago. Cost $28/Adult includes timed racing bib, fresh flower, t-shirt, gourmet pancakes, live entertainment, henna, raffle and more



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green_safety_sipper1_1…Did you know, FEMA states each person needs at least one gallon of clean, potable drinking water each day?

…Look around you, at the people in your daily world. How many gallons of filtered drinking water would it take to get just those people precious to you through the next 24 HOURS?

Safe drinking water is vital for survival. There are unpredictable things which could happen, from being stranded somewhere to a natural disaster hitting your area. Storing or carrying water supplies is nearly impossible and, there is also the possibility of the water to become contaminated. How can YOU insure to be prepared at all times?

blue_safety_sipper1_1Introducing: the new Safety Sipper™ – A personal water filter that is available for purchase online. Generally, water filters tend to be big, bulky and often require a power source. Nothing is needed for the Safety Sipper™ and it will filter up to 1,000 liters (That is 250 gallons)! The Safety Sipper™ is ideal for travel, hiking, camping, food storage, sports, outdoor enthusiasts, men, women, children and the elderly. The Safety Sipper™ personal water filter is the optimal choice for EVERYONE! Anytime, Anywhere…


both_safety_sippers1_1The recently launched water filter system – ‘Outdoor Water Straw Filter’ Safety Sipper™ is drawing the attention of users with its amazing blue and camouflage colors. The product is available on Amazon.com and comes with 2 FREE eBooks one, that acts as a guide for the users and the second is a survival tips eBook. The Water Straw Filter helps in making water cleaner and purer. Sources confirmed that Outdoor Water Straw Filter has special Sterilization mechanism. Whenever any bacteria cell comes in contact in water, the filter attacks them with the help of its high poly iodine resin. It destroys the bacterial enzymes such as pathogen organisms effectively and makes the water pure. It removes the bug, sediments, dust, algae and many other granular impurities.


The Safety Sipper™ filters can help in filtering 99.999 percent of parasites in waste water and bacteria to avoid dysentery. It can filter soiled water and purify it to sippers_5make it drinkable to help avoid a number of diseases such as typhoid, dysentery and cholera. The personal water filter system can stop amoebic dysentery and associated intestinal ailment. Since it has special activated carbon it helps in reducing the bad taste, and other toxic substances including Trihalogenated Methane, chlorine, organic chemistry possessions and other injurious substances.


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In a sign of intensifying scrutiny of the College of DuPage, federal prosecutors have opened a wide-ranging criminal investigation at the embattled community college, issuing two subpoenas this week that seek documents tied to spending and other matters, according to records obtained late Wednesday.

The subpoenas, which were served to college administrators Monday, cover three main areas: administrator expenses, contracts with the college’s fundraising foundation and credits awarded to police recruits at a law enforcement academy on the Glen Ellyn campus.

College of DuPage under federal investigation

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City officials in Farmer City, Illinois are considering turning off the electricity of families with juveniles accused of vandalism.

Unlike many small towns, Farmer City controls its electricity.

The city manager, Larry Woliung, came up with the idea after 40 residents in the town had their tires slashed.

“After we’ve tried everything else, we cut your power,” Woliung said.


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The HarmonyEdge™ is the perfect product for the kitchen counter as it is in the tackle box, hunting cabin, workshop or garage. A GREAT GIFT: Grab one for your honey back at headquarters too! Nicely packaged, stylishly at home in any décor'; handy, versatile and affordable Precise, two-stage sharpening in one unit. The coarse sharpening slot masterfully brings a blunt burred blade to a great smooth edge in seconds. Follow it up with the fine ceramic slot return them to top effectiveness. After you get the burrs and rolled edges taken care of, Quick and Easy Maintenance with a couple swipes in the “fine” slot after each use and you’re always ready to slice and dice.- A fantastic gift that is guaranteed to get used, suitable for all occasions – Birthdays, Christmas, Wedding gifts and a big hit for Outdoor Enthusiast.

Convenience: This mighty little sharpener fits conveniently in your utensil / knife drawer when not in use. With its compact design, the HarmonyEdge™ will easily stow away in your fishing, camping or hunting gear. 7-3/8 long X 2-3/8 tall X 1-7/8″ wide. Out in the field where you have no access to a bench and full size sharpening stones, this gem of a sharpener gets your blades back in shape SAFELY. The rubberized handle gives you a sure grip even when there is moisture.

This is also a handy item to pack with your water filter straw, hydration bladder and emergency survival food kit and supplies. A sharp knife is just as important as having enough fuel and fresh water to drink. Precise, two-stage sharpening in one knife sharpening unit. The coarse sharpening slot masterfully brings a blunt burred blade to a great smooth edge in seconds. Follow it up with the fine ceramic slot return them to top effectiveness. After you get the burrs and rolled edges taken care of, Quick and Easy Maintenance with a couple swipes in the “fine” slot after each use and you’re always ready to slice and dice.

The Right Choice for effective, efficient, convenient, safe and reliable sharpening for your home, office, cabin, camp or fishing boat. Pick up a few today so one will always be ready and waiting when you need it. Also, stash a few in your “oops, I forgot it was your birthday/anniversary/wedding shower” gift closet – or for your friends when they start begging for one of your HarmonyEdge™ Knife Sharpener’s!

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By Diana Sroka Rickert
If you crossed C-SPAN with “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” you’d wind up with something resembling the state of Illinois.

First there’s Aaron Schock, the former congressman from Peoria who cataloged his globe-trotting adventures on Instagram and styled his Washington, D.C., office to the theme of “Downton Abbey.”

Then there’s Robert Breuder, the wine-sipping, elephant-hunting outgoing president of the College of DuPage.

 Commentary: The outrageous perks of the public sector 

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