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National Teachers Academy could get South Loop Elementary gifted program

Community meeting to be held Wednesday night as decision looms


South Loop Elementaryís gifted program will be moved to another school nearby next fall, and the National Teachers Academy at the far end of the South Loop could be its new home.
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State Rep. Derrick Smith kicked out of Illinois House

Attorneys call process ďa sham,Ē vow heíll still campaign to regain seat

08/17/2012 9:47 PM

Derrick Smith, the Near West Side state rep accused of accepting a $7,000 bribe, was expelled from the Illinois House Friday afternoon by his colleagues.
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City to expand camping at Northerly Island

Programs will expand as lakefront park is renovated over next two years


Chicago kids hoping to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city to go camping wonít have to go as far soon, the city and park district officials announced Thursday morning.
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North Grant Park plans tweaked, climbing wall shortened


North Grant Park is scheduled to get a big overhaul thatíll begin as soon as this fall, but after a community meeting held last month, Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) said heís asked the park district to tweak its plans.
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Motor Row brewery gets boost from city


Broad Shoulders Brewing, the Motor Row-based business thatís planning to brew and serve beers on South Michigan Avenue, is set to start building its space.
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Union Park getting new playground

08/16/2012 5:37 PM

The West Loopís Union Park is getting a new playground this fall.
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Rusty South Loop 'L' connector getting repairs

08/08/2012 2:57 PM

A key stretch of CTA track work, which has become an eyesore for South Loop residents is getting fixed up in 2014, according to the CTA and Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd).
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Rain, Lollapalooza crowds trash turf again


After another epic deluge in the middle of Chicagoís biggest music festival, Grant Parkís turf has been trashed once again, and repairs wonít be quick.
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Pilsen power plant owner may file for bankruptcy

08/01/2012 3:27 PM

As Pilsen and Little Village wonder whatíll happen to the Fisk and Crawford coal-fired power plants after they shut down this fall, a new wrinkle has emerged that could affect what the company that owns them decides to do with the sites.
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Bash on Wabash coming Aug. 25-26

08/01/2012 3:20 PM

Bash on Wabash, the annual street festival in the South Loop, is coming back on Aug. 25 and 26 of this year.
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