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6:12 am
Mon December 15, 2014

USPS Braces For Yearly Rush

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The U.S. Postal Service says today will be its busiest mailing day of the year, with more than 8 million cards, letters and packages processed in the Chicago area. 

USPS says it’s delivering seven days a week, including Christmas Day. To ensure delivery by Christmas, materials must be sent by next Saturday.

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Politics
6:58 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Chicago Aldermen Voting On City Minimum Wage

Chicago aldermen are expected to vote on raising the minimum wage today. But Illinois lawmakers might not let Chicago go as high as it wants. The debate over the minimum wage in Springfield is two-fold. One - is what is the appropriate minimum wage for Illinois. And two - is whether the City of Chicago should have a higher minimum wage than the rest of the state. Steve Brown is a spokesman for the Democratic Speaker of the House. He says leaders are trying to see if there’s support for letting Chicago set its own rate. But for now - the Speaker isn’t showing his cards. 

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Politics
6:39 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Chicago City Council Holds Special Minimum Wage Meetings

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to pre-empt state action on local minimum wages. 

The City Council is planning special meetings to raise the city's minimum wage to 13 dollars an hour. A work force committee will meet today and a special council meeting is on Tuesday.

Officials are worried business groups will push for Springfield legislation that prohibits municipalities raising their minimum wage higher than the state's.

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Business
7:11 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Shoppers Travel To Chicago For Black Friday Deals

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The head of the Magnificent Mile Association says things will start ramping up later this morning on Michigan Avenue.

But John Chikow says once they do - the area will be packed with shoppers until 8 tonight.

“You can’t buy freshly popped Garrett popcorn online, you can’t go to tea online. So shopping on the Magnificent Mile is as much about family traditions as it is about efficiency of shopping.”

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Politics
2:54 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne Dies

Former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne
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Jane Byrne was Chicago's first and only female mayor. Her daughter Kathy says her mother died Thursday at a hospice in Chicago at age 81.

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NPR Story
5:49 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Immigrant Rights Groups: Demand Oustrips Slots For Driver's Licenses

Illinois offers a "TVDL," or temporary visitor driver's license, to undocumented immigrants and non-visa seeking residents who have lived in the state at least one year, but advocates say the wait for an appointment is often too long.

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 8:45 am

Immigrant rights groups say Illinois needs to improve its program for issuing drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants. The program started last December.

When Illinois created a special drivers license for people without permission to be in the country, supporters said it would make the roads safer. In order to get one, an applicant has to have auto insurance and pass a driving test.

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Health
6:50 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Ebola Screenings Begin At O'Hare Today

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Screening for the Ebola virus begins today at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

Customs and health officials will take temperatures of passengers from three West African countries. They will use no-touch thermometers to try to halt the spread of the Ebola virus that has killed thousands.

Customs officials say about 150 people travel daily from or through west African countries to the U-S. Almost all of them land in New York, Chicago, Newark, Atlanta or Washington, D.C.

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7:08 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Robert Morris Students Receive University Funding For Video Gaming

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A private university in Chicago became the first in the nation to treat video gamers like athletes.

Thirty-five Robert Morris University students are now practicing in a classroom with 100-thousand dollars in gaming electronics and paraphernalia. Their scholarships are for the game League of Legends.

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Tourists, Wife Were Big Factors
5:47 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

George Lucas Chooses Chicago For Museum Of Narrative Art

Jim Henson and George Lucas on the set of "Labyrinth" in 1986.
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"Star Wars" creator George Lucas has picked Chicago over San Francisco as the future site of his museum of art and movie memorabilia.

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Politics
4:18 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. treated for bipolar disorder

Jesse Jackson, Jr.
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Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. is being treated for bipolar depression II, according to a news release from the Mayo Clinic.

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