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Chicago-Area Middle School Cracks Down On Group Hugs

Oak Park, IL (AHN) - If you need a hug, steer clear of Percy Julian Middle School. Principal Victoria Sharts is cracking down on the “extreme hugging” that has gotten out of control at her suburban Chicago school, evidenced by a rash of recent “hug lines,” causing hallway congestion and sharp increases in student tardiness.

“Hugging is really more appropriate for airports or for family reunions than passing and seeing each other every few minutes in the halls,” Sharts said.

[via AHN]

Lanes to close as ramps built for Chicago Spire

NEAR NORTH SIDE - Temporary lane closings are scheduled to start Monday on the northbound lower level of Lake Shore Drive from north of Lower Wacker Drive to Illinois Street to accommodate the construction of two ramps that will serve the Chicago Spire development, according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.

During the next month, motorists can expect more lane reductions on Illinois Street, east of Lake Shore Drive, extending into Navy Pier, the agency said. Pedestrian access will be maintained.

[via Chicago Tribune]

Chicago tries to take back its walls

CHICAGO - One minute, a red scribble of graffiti was on the cinderblock wall. The next minute, it was gone - erased by a jet-blast mixture of water and baking soda.

Nearby, a cryptic gang message had been scrawled in paint on a plastic trash can cover. Within moments, it disappeared, too - scrubbed by a citrus-based solution.

[via Peoria Journal Star]

Museum’s Grant Park plan hits new hurdle

The drive to move the Chicago Children’s Museum to Grant Park hit a new snag Friday as the watchdog group Friends of the Parks said it cannot support the plan in its current form.

“We look at the legal elements … there can’t be an above-ground structure” in the park, said Erma Tranter, the group’s president.

[via Chicago Sun-Times]

Prostitution thrives illegally in Chicago

In the Chicago area and the rest of the nation, prostitution is illegal, but it is thriving nonetheless.

A 2002 study estimated the number of prostitutes in the Chicago area to be about 16,000. The study, conducted by the Center for Impact Research, found that about a third of the prostitutes interviewed began selling themselves for money before age 15.

[via Chicago Tribune]

Chicago Starts Advanced Video Network - CHICAGO - A car circles a high-rise three times. Someone leaves a backpack in a park. Such things go unnoticed in big cities every day. But that could change in Chicago with a new video surveillance system that would recognize such anomalies and alert authorities to take a closer look.

On Thursday, the city and IBM Corp. are announcing the initial phase of what officials say could be the most advanced video security network in any U.S. city. The City of Broad Shoulders is getting eyes in the back of its head.

[via Christian Broadcasting Network]

Lawsuit Accuses Cop Of Attacking 3 Chicago Lesbians

(Chicago, Illinois) Three women filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday claiming they were physically assaulted and verbally attacked with hate messages during an altercation following this summer’s gay pride in Chicago.

The suit says the attack occurred June 24 on the Stevenson Expressway and names Chicago Police officer William Szura.


Chicago Developing ‘Suspicious Behavior’ Monitoring System

It will also be impressively Orwellian and unnecessary. I’m waiting for those famous Midwestern militias to get determined and start systematically tracking and disabling these cameras so that the rest of us can continue to go about our business w/o the prying eyes of the government.

I’m tired of traffic cameras, red light cameras, and the government’s position that you are in the public and thus not anonymous in your actions. That rhetoric worked when you were manning more human police officers to do the work, not when you decided to become lazy and act like the public are your DVR favorites for watching and scanning at a later time.

[via Slashdot]

Chicago police accused of torture, lying under oath

CHICAGO — The federal government is investigating claims that Chicago police tortured numerous murder suspects and lied about it under oath, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said Wednesday.

Fitzgerald said his investigation focuses on possible false statements and obstruction of justice connected to pending civil lawsuits over the allegations from the 1980s. Detectives in a South Side violent crimes unit are accused of dunking suspects in water, beating them and subjecting them to electric shocks to get confessions.

[via Detroit Free Press]

Shelbourne to build Chicago Spire

Shelbourne Developments, a Dublin based property company, has unveiled its plans for what will become the tallest building in North America.

The Chicago Spire, when complete in 2011, will stand at just over 600 meters and is designed by world renowned Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava.


Loehmann’s Hits Downtown Chicago

Loehmann’s will open its first downtown Chicago store at 151 North State Street next month, adding to the discount retail presence on the street, which currently houses Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx and Filene’s Basement. Located between the Chicago Theatre and Macy’s on State Street, the newly constructed 27,000-square-foot bilevel Loehmann’s will possess one of the more upscale interiors of the 61-store chain, with marble floors and private fitting rooms. It will sit below the Joffrey Ballet’s new headquarters and across from ABC Channel 7’s new studios. New York-based Loehmann’s also operates four stores in suburban Chicago, including units in Morton Grove, Northbrook, Oak Brook and Orland Park, Ill. “We’re delighted to be in the heart of downtown Chicago’s popular business district,” said Fred Forcellati, Loehmann’s vice president and creative director. “There is great energy and excitement here, and it’s exciting to be part of the ongoing revitalization of State Street.” The store will feature Loehmann’s traditional mix of designer and brand name apparel, handbags, jewelry and accessories. In addition, there will be men’s and children’s departments and an extensive footwear department carrying some 5,000 pairs of shoes. In other news, Loehmann’s has designated today Young Survival Coalition Day at the company’s 61 stores. Customers who donate $5 to the organization, which supports women under 40 who are diagnosed with breast cancer, will receive 20 percent off their entire purchase. Loehmann’s has guaranteed a contribution to the organization; however, the company did not disclose the amount. “Our young contemporary department is an important dimension of our business,” said Forcellati, adding, “We chose the Young Survival Coalition as our beneficiary because of their important work with young breast cancer survivors.

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[via Women’s Wear Daily]

Man fatally shot outside West Side apartment building

Regis McWright was shot once in his abdomen at about 8:30 p.m. on the porch of a building in the 1400 block of North Laramie Avenue in the North Austin neighborhood, authorities said.

McWright, who also handled maintenance duties there, died during surgery early this morning in Mt. Sinai Hospital, according to authorities.

[via Chicago Tribune]

1 dead, 1 injured in shooting at West Side party

AUSTIN - A Chicago man was fatally shot and another man was injured at a party in the Austin neighborhood early Sunday, police said.

Investigators are interviewing a person in connection with the shooting, which occurred at a building in the 5300 block of West Madison Street at about 1:20 a.m., Officer Marcel Bright said.

[via Chicago Tribune]

New skyscrapers are transforming Chicago

The Chicago Spire will be 2,000ft tall, contain over 1,200 flats and be completed in 2010.

The magnificent design is by celebrated Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Each of the Spire’s 150 storeys will be offset by two degrees against the floor beneath, making the building look like the twisting thread of a screw.


American Expands at O’Hare

Domestically, there will be increases to Boston, Detroit and Chicago/O’Hare, while Canada will see increased service to Montreal. The addition of destinations and more flights means that Miami will continue to show growth in 2008.”

[via Cancun Travel Central]

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