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Chicago Police Department to Host Social Media the Internet and Law Enforcement Conference

Chicago – The SMILE Conference to be held May 9-11, 2011 The SMILE Conference brings together a widely respected group of law enforcement professionals, public information officers and neighborhood watch members to help add another vital weapon to their arsenal – social media. Additionally, SMILE attendees will receive the latest …

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Some Chicago schools ban some lunches brought from home

To encourage healthful eating, some Chicago schools don’t allow kids to bring lunches or certain snacks from home — and some parents, and many students, aren’t fans of the policy A Little Village Academy student cringes at an enchilada dish served at his school. Many students throw away their entrees …

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Farming on water: Stackable, sustainable, in the city

Former meatpacking plant poised to become aquaponic farm, with startup food firms, brewery planned Melissa Harris John Edel is turning a former meatpacking plant on the edge of Chicago’s old Union Stockyards into an indoor farm. In the basement, microorganisms are eating tilapia waste, converting it into fertilizer for the …

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Judge eviscerates P2P lawyer: “I accepted you at your word”

As a lawyer, you know it’s going to be bad when a federal judge summons you to his courtroom at nine in the morning to talk about your “ill-considered lawsuit” that has “abused the litigation system in more than one way.” Federal judge Milton Shadur, who keeps a “Now, 3 …

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How a Gov. Shutdown Would Affect Chicago

Residents will still get mail and the federal court system will remain open thanks to filing fees they collected, but the IRS might need to suspend processing for paper-filed tax returns. The Federal Housing Authority also might not be able to guarantee new home loans, and the Small Business Administration …

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The Chicago Way: City Hall Hired 139 Ex-Cons in Two-year Span

Carjackers, drug dealers, cop shooters. What have they all got in common? They’re now working for the City of Chicago. I’m wondering how much time Obama pal Tony Rezko has left to serve in prison. No doubt Mayor Rahm will do his old boss a favor and hire him when …

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Chicago Lawyers Caught Between Clients and Country

By JAMES WARREN Published: April 7, 2011   Jeffrey Colman, a Chicago lawyer, got a collect call Tuesday from a convicted murderer at Menard Correctional Facility in downstate Chester. A nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization providing local coverage of Chicago and the surrounding area for The New York Times. If only …

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Neil Gaiman at home in the big city

Neil Gaiman has long had a fascination with cities. What got him started was an encounter with Free Live Free, Gene Wolfe’s complex novel set in Chicago. It got Gaiman thinking how cities, too, can be characters in a story. “Gene made Chicago somewhere magical,” Gaiman said. “That was the …

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Medicare fraud: Authorities crack down on scams targeting seniors

By Judith Graham, Tribune reporter6:27 p.m. CDT, April 7, 2011 Day after day, the delivery trucks arrived at the building on Chicago’s North Side, bringing walkers, hospital beds and wheelchairs to residents. But there was a problem: Most of the older men and women getting the equipment were healthy and …

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Chicago gun restrictions survive House vote

SPRINGFIELD — House lawmakers today defeated a measure that would have taken away Chicago’s ability to regulate how people store guns, a prelude to an expected spring showdown over a push to allow people to carry concealed weapons. The debate put on display the Capitol’s traditional regional fight over gun …

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Homeland Security outreach facing criticism

Homeland Security outreach facing criticism The Associated Press 4:28 p.m. CDT, April 6, 2011 chibrknews-homeland-security-outreach-facing-criticism-20110406 The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is “taking it to the streets.” Or at least that’s the motto behind a new pilot program aimed at combatting the negative image that some community groups have about …

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‘Rhymefest’ Smith may challenge results

Che ‘Rhymefest’ Smith: ”We concede nothing” April 6, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — A vote challenge is looming in the city’s 20th Ward race. Aldermanic candidate Che ”Rhymefest” Smith is alleging massive vote fraud in the race. With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Ald. Willie Cochran had 53 percent of the …

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April 5th DuPage County Election Results « DuPage Libertarians

DuPage County Proposition / Referendum results. Voters voted 79% in line with DuPage Libertarians recommendations, many tax raising and government expanding propositions have been blocked! This is a victory for DuPage County! via April 5th DuPage County Election Results « DuPage Libertarians.

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After spike, homicides drop slightly in March

Homicides dipped slightly in Chicago in March after having increased the previous month by 18 percent, according to statistics released today. While homicides dropped across the city by 1.4 percent, 10 police districts saw a double-digit drop in homicides, the department said. Total crime dropped by 8.1 percent across the …

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