Musical instruments on planes: If it fits, it flies

By Ezra Kaplan

Traveling artists will have an easier time flying with their musical instruments following a Department of Transportation rule change requiring all airlines to allow musicians to carry instruments just like any other piece of baggage.

“At DOT, we know how important instruments are to musicians and are committed to doing everything we can to ensure that they are not damaged while being transported on airlines,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. Continue reading

VIDEO: “Chuy for Chicago” campaign targets young voters

By Rachel White

Engaging Millennials in the electoral process has been a difficult task for many candidates running for office.  One mayoral candidate has made targeting young people a focal point of his campaign.

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VIDEO: CTA bids farewell to oldest model rail cars

By Janel Forte

With a push for modernization within its fleet, the CTA is retiring its oldest model of rail cars – the 2400 series.CTA held a fan-fare studded final ride for the cars, which had been in service for 38 years. The train took its final laps around the Loop and its original routes before being taken out of service.

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VIDEO: Oscar nominations spark debate on diversity

By Michaela Meaney

The Oscar nominations are in and the results? A lack of diversity, say some critics. Entertainment professionals at Second City give their opinion on the lack of diversity and what that says about the industry as a whole.

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VIDEO: American Red Cross: A Century of Service

By Joe Musso

The American Red cross is celebrating 100 years of service to the Chicagoland area.  Last Wednesday, contributors lined up in the Union Station Great Hall to donate blood as their way of commemorating a century’s worth of giving back.

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First measles case confirmed in Illinois

By Margaret Anderson

Measles, a disease once eradicated in the United States, but recently emerged at Disneyland, is now in Illinois, the Illinois Department of Public Health revealed Tuesday.

The patient, who has not been identified, became ill in mid-January and is now in recovery, said Melaney Arnold, spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Public Health. Continue reading

Experts cite Ebola’s indirect cost, urge public-private partnerships

By Jin Wu

Chicago health care and economic experts said the indirect cost of Ebola is enormous and partnerships between public and private sectors could be a solution for “the market failures” in Ebola prevention and treatment.

Dozens of people attended a public conversation called “The Cost of Health Crisis” Wednesday night at Chicago’s Harold Washington Library, discussing about the economics of pandemics, in this case, Ebola. Continue reading

VIDEO: Booties “pawtect” pets from cold and ice-melting salt

By Tanni Deb

Walking your dog during winter can be painful for your pet because the snow and salt on the streets can torment its paws. Dr. Linnea Olson, a veterinarian at the Burnham Park Animal Hospital, says boots are a great way to protect not just animals’ feet, but they also have added benefits for their health.

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Report offers lifeline out of deficit hole

By Meredith Wilson

The recent study by the Fiscal Futures Project of the University of Illinois dangled the state over a 2016 operating budget deficit of $9 billion, a black hole $3 billion deeper than previously anticipated.
But, buried in the same report are solutions to yank it back from the brink. Continue reading

Charlie Hebdo ‘survivors’ issue’ quickly sells out in Chicago

By Yanqing Chen, Ellen Kobe, Meghan Tribe and Andersen Xia

Dozens of people lined up at two Chicago-area newsstands hoping to get one of the copies of the “survivors’ issue” of French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo (WARNING: Cover image may be offensive to some) before dawn Friday morning. Within minutes, both City Newsstand in Portage Park and Chicago-Main Newsstand in Evanston sold out the 12 copies made available to the public. Continue reading