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14:12 // 9 months ago
November 18, 2013
I ran back inside, ran in the basement, not 15 seconds later our basement windows were sucked in and everything was twirling about. Everything was white and all I could hear was snapping … Things were dropping on top of me and splitting in two.
Washington, Ill. resident Ryan Bowers • Discussing how he hid in his basement, despite rarely taking heed of tornado warnings, and survived the deadly tornado in the city. ”I have to believe that 90 percent of those people who survived were probably in their basement, taking cover, or at church,” said the city’s mayor, Gary Manier.
20:47 // 10 months ago
November 17, 2013

Millions affected by major storms, tornadoes in the Midwest

  • 53M the number of people who are at risk from today’s storms throughout the Midwest. A tornado has already been reported in Peoria, Ill., causing significant damage. source
15:23 // 10 months ago
May 30, 2013
bobbycaputo:

Chicago Sun-Times Lays Off Entire Photo Staff

The Chicago Sun-Times has laid off its entire photography staff, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune. Twenty full-time staffers received the grave news at a meeting on Thursday morning, leaving them jobless.
Moving forward, the newspaper will be strictly working with freelance photographers, a move that is expected to further cut down on costs in this already financially troubled industry.
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Can we talk about how terrible this is?

bobbycaputo:

Chicago Sun-Times Lays Off Entire Photo Staff

The Chicago Sun-Times has laid off its entire photography staff, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune. Twenty full-time staffers received the grave news at a meeting on Thursday morning, leaving them jobless.

Moving forward, the newspaper will be strictly working with freelance photographers, a move that is expected to further cut down on costs in this already financially troubled industry.

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Can we talk about how terrible this is?

15:25 // 1 year ago
May 24, 2013
Abstinence-only education is now illegal in Illinois. A bill passed two days ago by the state senate will require that schools with sex education classes include units on birth control. Schools can opt out of sex education altogether if they so desire (as they can now), and they’ll still have to teach that abstinence is the only absolute, surefire way to prevent pregnancy and STIs, but now they’ll have to provide information on contraceptives as well. The governor is expected to sign the bill. source

Abstinence-only education is now illegal in Illinois. A bill passed two days ago by the state senate will require that schools with sex education classes include units on birth control. Schools can opt out of sex education altogether if they so desire (as they can now), and they’ll still have to teach that abstinence is the only absolute, surefire way to prevent pregnancy and STIs, but now they’ll have to provide information on contraceptives as well. The governor is expected to sign the bill. source

16:46 // 1 year ago
January 30, 2013
17:08 // 1 year ago
January 8, 2013
I scratched the ticket, then I kept on saying, ‘I hit a million!’ over and over again. I jumped two feet in the air, then ran back into the store and tipped the clerk $100.
46-year-old Urooj Khan • Discussing his initial joy after winning $1 million from a scratch-off lottery ticket. The joy turned into something sad and dark recently, after Khan was found to be fatally poisoned just a day after receiving his check.  While coroners described his death as natural causes initially, investigators took a closer look at the request of a relative. “They had concerns that it was deemed a natural cause of death and wanted us to look harder,” said Cook County, Illinois, Medical Examiner Stephen Cina. “And we did.” After an investigation, they found that Khan had died of cyanide poisoning. The office may exhume his body as a result of the ne findings, which is now being reclassified as a homicide.
8:48 // 1 year ago
November 22, 2012
I just find it is so painful at this point for me not only to know he won’t be in the Congress but to know he is still struggling with a serious very serious mental health issue.
Rep. Bobby Rush • Discussing the fate of Rep. Jesse Jackson III, who is about to resign from Congress in the wake of a federal investigation and a series of mental health issues that have prevented him from having an active role in Congress for nearly six months. Rush is taking the situation hard. “He just said, ‘Bobby I’m not going to be with you anymore. I can’t carry this thing through,’ and that was it,” he said, noting that “he sounded very, very sorrowful.”
12:10 // 1 year ago
November 6, 2012
22:21 // 1 year ago
September 19, 2012

Three major strike victories for Chicago teachers

  • one The Chicago Teachers’ Union earned a double-digit increase in salary over the next three years, which — while not including the jump in base pay they were hoping for, will help teachers’ costs of living over the next few years.
  • two The union also got the city to agree to limit how far a new teacher-evaluation system goes in using standardized testing as a key factor. The city wanted it to count for 40 percent of the evaluation; the union talked it down to 30 percent.
  • three The union also secured a recall policy in the case of closing schools, offering 12 weeks pay or 40 weeks in the reassignment pool to teachers waiting to find new jobs. If there is an opening at the school where their students were reassigned, the teachers can follow those students. source
9:30 // 2 years ago