VIDEO: Where does all that snow salt go?

By Siyao Long While snow salt does its job, some people worry about the lingering pollution of the white residue it leaves behind.  The salt ends up in the sewage system and goes to water treatment plants. But there’s no special treatment process to remove the salt, according to Antonio Quintanilla, who works for the Metropolitan […]

The Road to recovery: mom and daughter bond to defeat eating disorder

(Photo credit: Flickr/ Charlotte Astrid)

By Priyam Vora “I just wanted to look pretty. I wanted to be accepted. I wanted to be thin.” These are 26-years-old Ashley Ice’s words when she speaks about the eating disorder that she battled for six long years.  And she was thin – so thin that her young heart was failing.

10th Ward Residents Vote: Ban Pet Coke Now

By Sarah Kramer and Lizz Giordano Residents of Chicago’s 10th Ward voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to ban the storage of petroleum coke, a byproduct of the oil refining process. Nearly 86 percent of  voters favored the ban in Chicago’s Southeast Side 10th Ward. The referendum vote is non-binding, but it’s another loss for Koch Industries-owned KCBX […]

Parental panic and gender politics collide in “A Kid Like Jake”

Cinderella scene from "A Kid Like Jake"

By Elizabeth Elving Midway through Daniel Pearle’s “A Kid Like Jake,” a pregnant woman is asked if she’s hoping for a boy or a girl. It doesn’t matter, she says, as long as it’s healthy. But we already know this to be misleading. The play’s expectant couple live in a world where toddlers are touted […]

New-home sales remain at a six-year high

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By Yasufumi Saito U.S. new-home sales in January almost held the high level in more than six years, showing a modest upbeat in the housing market that exceeded Wall Street’s estimate.

Chuy to workers: I will be your mayor


By Meg Anderson Standing before his supporters Tuesday night, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia said he looks forward to April’s run-off election  and promises to keep Chicago’s working class at the forefront of his mind if elected mayor. “This city deserves a mayor who will put people first, not big money’s special interests. I will be that […]

VIDEO: Garcia supporters celebrate first-ever runoff

By Joe Musso Chicago mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia silenced the political doubters Tuesday night.  At the end of an Election Day with lower than usual voter turnout, Mayor Emanuel failed to receive the majority needed to prevent an April 7 runoff.  Garcia obtained 33.9 percent of the vote and will face off with the incumbent six weeks from […]

Affordable tickets, quality hockey a winning combo for Wolves

By Sara Romano Wolves’ season-ticket holder Grace Garritano can remember the first game she and her husband Rob ever attended. It was Game 7 of the 1998 Turner Cup championship series. The couple was up in the “triple-upper nosebleed seats” of a sold-out Allstate Arena. And the Wolves defeated the Detroit Vipers to clinch the […]