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Dispatches from Olive Garden's #BreadstickNation

Waiting in a line roughly 50-people deep for a free half sandwich is one of the least dignified things I've done recently (that I can remember).  That said, I don't have all that much dignity to begin with and an Olive Garden breadstick sandwich isn't just any sandwich—it's a sandwich on a breadstick. Show More Summary

A Sad Ending For Uptown Man

A body discovered this morning in Lake Michigan near Fullerton was identified as that of Dionysus Ames, a bipolar man who walked away from an Uptown group home last winter. Thresholds reported that he was missing from his home at the Lorali (1039 West Lawrence) last January, and CPD put out a Missing Persons report about him. Show More Summary

New Video Of Sandra Bland Arrest And Details of Hanging Death Released

New details have emerged in the hanging death of an Illinois civil rights activist in a Texas jailhouse, including a disturbing video of the traffic stop that led to the woman's arrest. [ more › ]

Extra Extra: More Illinois Kids Live In Poverty Now Than Pre-Recession

A new report show more Illinois children are living at or below the poverty line than before the recession. [ more › ]

Suburban Snow Removal Czar Literally Phones It In From Florida

As the rest of Chicago suffered through an endless snowstorm this past winter, one man handsomely paid to coordinate snow removal in Oswego opted to do it from the relative comforts of sunny Florida. [ more › ]

Metra's New Universal App Is Great—If You Have A Smartphone

Metra's universal ticketing app will be a great way for riders to switch seamlessly between buying tickets on CTA, Pace or Metra—but only if they have a smartphone. That could leave some populations, namely the poor and elderly, out in the cold. [ more › ]

Blago’s Legal Team Weasels Him Out Of Some Convictions On Appeal

An appeals court just overturned several of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich's convictions. [ more › ]

The Flags Are Coming Down. What Now?

The Charleston church massacre was an act of terror that left a deep emotional scar on the country. It shook our faith and, for many African Americans, made us wonder out loud if there was any safe space left. The tragedy was a tipping point that led to the Confederate flag coming down from the South Carolina State Capitol. Show More Summary

Rauer's Anti-Madigan Mailers Show Political Strategy

With Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's major political cash reserves, his campaign can continue, even six months after he was sworn in as governor. Capitol Fax's Rich Miller takes a look at the situation: House Speaker Michael Madigan told reporters earlier this month that he'd had a "frank discussion" with Gov. Show More Summary

Sweet Corn Is Now Illinois' Official State Vegetable, Plus 6 Other State Symbols

There's no more debate-- sweet corn is officially the state vegetable, as decreed by unanimous support in the Illinois legislature as well as a signature by Governor Bruce Rauner himself. Like many wise school children before them, fourth-grade...Show More Summary

Start Your Weekend Off With A Jolt At CoffeeCon

Whether you are already a coffee aficionado or you've just graduated from drip to the world of great coffee, CoffeeCon has something to offer you. [ more › ]

Around Town: In The Pink

  Today's Around Town is seeing pink. [ more › ]

School Bus Plays Hooky, Crashes Into South Side Apartments

An empty school bus crashed into an Englewood apartment building Monday afternoon and was found abandoned by authorities. [ more › ]

Illinois Is Handing Out Video Gambling Licenses For Bars To Shady Criminals

Since Illinois legalized video gaming in bars, the Illinois Gaming Board has approved licenses for individuals with criminal pasts, in sharp contrast to its stated mission. [ more › ]

Riot Fest Releases Daily Line-Ups For Chicago

We're still waiting on set-times, but at least now we know who's playing on which day. [ more › ]

City Fired Investigator Who Found Police At Fault In Shootings, Records Show

The city has fired an independent police investigator who found that several police officers' shootings of civilians were unjustified. [ more › ]

Today's Weather: Under The Sun

Pack your sunglasses and prepare for a bright, sunny day—one of the first we've had all week without the threat of rain. [ more › ]

Free Will Astrology: Week of July 23, 2015

By Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): The Latin motto “Carpe diem” shouldn’t be translated as “Seize the day!” says author Nicholson Baker. It’s not a battle cry exhorting you to “freaking grab the day in your fist like a burger at a fairground and take a big chomping bite out of it.” The proper translation, […]

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