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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Illinois could wince if federal government shuts

Fear mongering is the use of fear to influence the opinions and actions of others towards some specific end. If the federal government shuts down this Friday, few Illinois residents are likely to feel an immediate impact, but certain key services could still be halted. Testing for some heavy metals …

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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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US atom smasher may have found new force of nature

By Fabrice Coffrini | AFP News US physicists are to announce Wednesday that data from a major atom smasher lab may have revealed a new elementary particle, or potentially a new force of nature, the New York Times reported. A spokeswoman from the US Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator …

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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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Chicago Area Gas Prices Spike Over $4 Per Gallon, Nearing Record

Chicago is seeing additional market pressures that are contributing to the steep climb in local prices and may even mean record breaking prices according to petroleum analyst Patrick DeHaan. The current record price for Chicago was set in July, 2008 when the average price of regular gasoline hit $4.35 per …

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