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VIDEO: Millennials prioritize mortgage over marriage

By Beth Lawrence

“First comes love. Then comes marriage.” But for many young adults, that old saying may no longer be true. What comes after love might be a house.

A new study by the financial brokerage firm Redfin shows that 38 percent of millennials – the generation born between 1980 and 2000 — would put off marriage or a honeymoon in order to finance a mortgage.

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VIDEO: Connecting Chicagoans to important resources

By Beth Lawrence and Meg Rauch

In this edition of Medill Newsmakers, we take a look at two important resources to help Chicagoans and their families. First, we explore the preschool enrollment process. Many preschool spots in Chicago go unfilled every year, and parents and teachers say this is because the process of enrollment can be complicated and tedious. Improving communication from the city about how to better inform parents about enrollment is underway, and we’ll hear from one organization committed to helping all parents, especially those in low-income communities, navigate this process.

Next, we’ll explore a job training program that helps Chicagoans find and keep programs. Graduates of the Cara Program are able to find better permanent jobs with higher wages than others in the job market. We’ll hear from one of the program’s directors about why this is the case and how other struggling Chicagoans can find work through Cara.

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Lunar New Year celebrations kick off in Chicago

By Beth Lawrence

Lunar New Year, also called Chinese New Year, is one of the most celebrated holidays in China. The Chinese Fine Arts Society is bringing that celebration to Chicago with the city’s second annual Chinese New Year celebration.

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VIDEO: Nazi bomber lands at Museum of Science and Industry

By Beth Lawrence

This month the Museum of Science and Industry is offering a rare and up-close look at a piece of history that’s usually out of reach. The German Stuka, one of only two remaining in the world, normally hangs in the rafters. For now, the museum has landed the bomber on its main floor to be viewed, cleaned and scanned with new 3D technology.

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VIDEO: Humboldt Park residents save feral cats, reduce population

By Beth Lawrence

According to the ASPCA there are an estimated 70 million stray cats in the United States. In the winter, stray cats need more energy to grow thicker coats and gain weight, but their food sources are more limited.

One Chicago resident is helping these cats, but it’s not by helping them get adopted.

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VIDEO: Chicago libraries to lend WiFi hotspots

By Beth Lawrence

Next month Chicago Public Library patrons will be able to check out WiFi hotspots the same way they check out books.  The city will be starting a free wifi pilot program at three locations before expanding to others.

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VIDEO: Safety tips help keep horseback riders from injury

by Beth Lawrence

Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe was in the hospital recently after he was thrown from a horse while vacationing in Tanzania. McAuliffe was admitted for a punctured lung and seven broken ribs and remained hospitalized for three nights before returning to work. Injuries like his are not uncommon for horseback riders. A riding instructor provides some tips so you can stay safe around horses.

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VIDEO: Taxi prices to surge

By Beth Lawrence

Taxi rides could soon be more expensive in high traffic hours.

Just before leaving office, Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill that would allow traditional taxi companies to begin using surge pricing. Surge pricing allows ride-sharing apps to charge higher prices during peak hours.

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