Thousands Attend Protest Over School Closures

(Chicago, IL)  --  Chicagoans are speaking out about the city's plan to close 54 schools.  Thousands of people attended a rally on Wednesday at Daley Plaza, many holding signs that read "Strong Schools Equals Strong Neighborhoods."  More than 100 protesters were taken into custody, ticketed and released.

Ministers Call For Moratorium On School Closings

(Chicago, IL)  --  A group of Chicago ministers are calling for a moratorium on school closings.  They delivered a letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office on Wednesday asking for the plan to be delayed because of the impact it will have on African-American neighborhoods. Mayor Emanuel responded that it would be unconscionable to allow the schools to continue to fail their students and not do something about them.

Family Of Man Killed By Police Files Lawsuit

(Chicago, IL)  --  The family of a man shot to death by Chicago Police is suing.  The officers were doing surveillance near Ryan Rogers' apartment last Tuesday when they tried to stop Rogers from driving away and he accelerated toward an officer.  According to the lawsuit, Rogers didn't know the men were officers and local authorities weren't notified that surveillance was being conducted in the area.

Bulls Halt Heat's Win Streak

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Bulls have ended the Miami Heat's win streak at 27 games following a 101-97 win in Chicago.  Last night Carlos Boozer tallied 21 points and 17 rebounds for Chicago, which has won three in-a-row.  The Bulls take next take on the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday.

Lawndale Theater On List Of Beautiful Abandoned Places

(Chicago, IL)  --  A historic building on Chicago's West Side is on Buzzfeed's list of 33 most beautiful abandoned places.  The Lawndale Theater is 27th on the list.  The theater opened in the 1920s and was reportedly run by a member of Al Capone's gang before closing in the 1960s.

Retired Chicago Bulls Player Dies

(Chicago, IL)  --  A legendary player for the Chicago Bulls has died.  Team officials say retired center Tom Boerwinkle passed away Tuesday at the age of 67 from complications from leukemia.  Boerwinkle played ten seasons with the Bulls and holds the franchise record for most rebounds in one game. 

Forbes: Cubs Fourth-Most Valuable MLB Franchise

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Chicago Cubs have arguably the richest history in baseball and now "Forbes" says they're among the game's richest franchises period.  A new valuation of all 30 Major League Baseball franchises ranks the Cubbies fourth overall with an estimated value of one-billion-dollars.  With an estimated operating income of 32-million-dollars the Cubs are the most profitable team in baseball.

Spin-Off Series Could Follow Hot 'Chicago Fire

(Undated)  --  The success of the television show "Chicago Fire" may result in a spin-off series that  would also be set in the Windy City.  The website Deadline-dot-com says honchos at NBC-TV are looking to expand the Dick Wolf-produced firefighter drama.  Early reports say the spin-off would focus on Chicago cops.

Hair Salon Trend Taking Shape In Chicago

(Chicago, IL)  --  Winds of change are happening in Chicago when it comes to the beauty world's hottest and hippest trend: blow-dry bars.  The "Sun-Times" says the hair salon fad that's all the rage nationally is finally taking shape in the Windy City.  Blow-dry bars are stand-alone salons where customers can get their hair styled and blow-dried without the hassle of a cut or coloring.  Since 2008 four blow-dry bars have opened in Chicago but only two have survived.

'Today' Co-Host Adopts From PAWS Chicago

(Undated)  --  A co-host from NBC-TVs "Today Show" is adopting a furry friend from a Chicago animal rescue.  Personality Hoda Kotb was introduced to her new pal -- a five-month-old Cockapoo named Goldfish -- on yesterday's show.  Goldfish comes direct from the PAWS Chicago rescue facility.


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