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  • Wooded Island is haven for birds — and birders

    Wooded Island is haven for birds — and birders
    If warblers had Outlook calendars, the month of September would be marked, "Fly south." And some would have an extra note: "Stop at Wooded Island." They do, in profusion. For anyone curious to see the colorful birds that pass through Chicago on their...
  • City employees sign up in droves for wellness program, except cops

    City employees sign up in droves for wellness program, except cops
    More than 38,000 Chicago government workers and their spouses have signed up for a new program designed to improve their health and save the city millions of dollars in health care costs, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration announced today....
  • Emanuel signs letter suggesting no food stamps for soda purchases

    Emanuel signs letter suggesting no food stamps for soda purchases
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel has refused to ban soda from City Hall vending machines and has not joined the push to limit the size of sugary drinks people can buy, citing the importance of “personal responsibility.” That philosophy apparently does not...
  • Gerry Henaghan, oversees Chicago's Special Olympics

    Gerry Henaghan, oversees Chicago's Special Olympics
    Gerry Henaghan was 9 years old when she started volunteering at the Special Olympics. "We were at Marquette Park and I had a cousin competing, so my sister and I started helping out," Henaghan says. "That was 1976." She never stopped helping, and...
  • Color your world

     Color your world
    Above the Grove Portage Trail at the River Trail Nature Center in Northbrook, the canopy of trees was taxicab yellow. With the sun pouring down from above, the colors glowed. Beneath them, we walkers gaped at the view, pointed our cameras and counted...
  • Winter agenda: Events for the season

    Winter agenda: Events for the season
    STAGE The Christmas Schooner Have yourself a City of Big Shoulders Christmas at the Mercury Theater, the current home of the beloved Chicago musical, “The Christmas Schooner.” Created by John Reeger and Julie Shannon, “Schooner”...
  • Grant Park chorus master readies singers for a busy festival summer

    Grant Park chorus master readies singers for a busy festival summer
    Having rolled out some pretty heavy artillery to mark the 50th anniversary of the Grant Park Chorus and other musical milestones last summer, what will the 2013 Grant Park Music Festival do for an encore? Quite a bit, as it turns out. Almost every...
  • Emanuel stands by rejected police sergeants contract

    Emanuel stands by rejected police sergeants contract
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel maintained Tuesday that a pension fix overwhelmingly rejected by Chicago police sergeants remains a road map to restoring financial soundness to the city's woefully underfunded pension system. “Every other aspect of this plan,...
  • Remarkable Woman: Eunita Rushing

    Remarkable Woman: Eunita Rushing
    Eunita Rushing feels at home when she's near plants, so perhaps it's no surprise that since 1999 she has been the enthusiastic president of the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, which works in partnership with the Chicago Park District to raise funds...
  • Resources for athletes with disabilities

    Resources for athletes with disabilities
    • Dare2Tri: Paratriathlon (swim, bike, run) program for youths, adults and injured service members with a physical disability or visual impairment. Includes beginner- through elite-level athletes. Has 137 members and 250 able-bodied volunteers. Visit...
  • How clout keeps court cases secret

    How clout keeps court cases secret
    On the eighth floor of the Daley Center, behind a locked metal door, is a narrow room known as the vault. Within its walls reside files that Cook County Circuit Court judges have ordered hidden from the public, something they have done hundreds of...