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September 3, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA today logged its 1 millionth Ventra card tap as it continues to usher in its new fare payment system. The CTA began officially using the system last month and it is now available to Chicago area university students, Chicago Public Schools students, CTA employees and some Chicago Card Plus users. All CTA and Pace riders will be able to use Ventra on Sept. 9. "With just six days until Ventra is fully available to all CTA and Pace customers, hitting the 1-million mark underscores how quickly customers are taking to the new Ventra system," CTA spokeswoman Tammy Chase told RedEye by e-mail.
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May 7, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA has finished retrofitting its older rail cars with security cameras, the agency said today while touting a 26 percent decrease in serious crimes in the first three months of the year. The CTA said it has added security cameras to its 2600- and 3200-series cars, which run on the Red, Purple, Brown, Orange and Blue lines. There are now 23,000 cameras systemwide, the CTA said. Cameras already were installed on its new rail cars, the 5000-series cars that run on the Red, Purple, Pink, Green and Yellow lines.
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April 3, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Most protestors have a rallying cry. Matt Farmer's is more of a song. Farmer, an attorney, musician, and education policy writer from Rogers Park, has been critical of Chicago's plans to close more than 50 public schools this year. On Sunday morning, he put pen to paper and wrote a song to express that frustration. "Nine times six / Fifty-four / Schools gettin' closed / Like never before," the song, posted to YouTube at midnight on Monday, rhymes. "It's time to fight back / Rahm has gone too far. " The song takes jabs at Mayor Emanuel for vacationing in Utah during the closure...
NEWS
April 8, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
Now that the snow has melted and the sidewalks and streets are actually visible, it's time to lace up those running shoes. RedEye has compiled a list of April races to run in Chicago. (Information subject to change.) April 12 > > Be the Match 5K The plug: "Help raise critical funds to help patients with blood cancers, like leukemia and lymphoma, take the next step toward a life-saving marrow transplant. " Course: Montrose Harbor Cost: $30 pre-registration; $35 the day of the race Registration available: Until the race starts > > Race to Wrigley 5K The plug:...
SPORTS
April 29, 2013 | By Evan F. Moore and For RedEye
Interscholastic sports are supposed to bring people together. That was just one of the things I learned when I played in high school. Last weekend, some of the parents at Walter Payton College Prep reportedly didn't want their kids to play a night baseball game in Roseland against Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep. According to the Sun-Times, one of the parents used the time honored, racially-charged phrase, "The area isn't as good as it used to be. " When I first heard about Payton's forfeit, I thought, "What are they scared of?"
NEWS
June 25, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA will launch its new payment system Ventra in August, the agency said Tuesday. In August, Chicago Card Plus users, registered Chicago Card users and students participating in the CTA's U-Pass schools program will be able to transition to Ventra. In September, all CTA riders will be able to use Ventra, the agency said. The CTA will accept Chicago Cards and other passes through the end of the year. Ventra will replace the current Chicago Card system. The CTA also is phasing out its disposable passes.
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May 7, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA has finished retrofitting its older rail cars with security cameras, the agency said today while touting a 26 percent decrease in serious crimes in the first three months of the year. The CTA said it has added security cameras to its 2600- and 3200-series cars, which run on the Red, Purple, Brown, Orange and Blue lines. There are now 23,000 cameras systemwide, the CTA said. Cameras already were installed on its new rail cars, the 5000-series cars that run on the Red, Purple, Pink, Green and Yellow lines.
NEWS
April 15, 2013 | By Gina Chinino and For RedEye
The phrase "two guys opened a floral shop" sounds like the punch line to a bad joke. But helping low-income students in Chicago is a serious mission for entrepreneurs Steven Dyme, 22, of Wilmette, and Joseph Dickstein, 23, of the West Loop. The recent college graduates co-founded socially conscious floral service Flowers for Dreams, based out of Evanston, and have made it their goal to give back to the community. "We're trying to help bridge this educational gap in low-income schools, which is so important in trying to build this...
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January 28, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
UIC's extreme weather policy is listed on its website.  A previous version of the story misattributed it to a spokesman. As Chicago's temperatures dropped to record lows again this week, its college students wanted to know (and looked to social media for an answer): Do we have to go to school today? And for the most part, the answer was yes, you do. That response inspired a controversial Twitter firestorm from some students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, after students received an email Sunday telling...
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February 28, 2013 | Erin Vogel, @Eringejuice and For RedEye
Roosevelt University students and faculty are leading a letter-writing campaign to urge U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk to combat violence by pushing for more counselors, not armed police, in Chicago schools. More than 15 Roosevelt students, including 22-year-old psychology major Nathan Lustig, have been working to collect signatures from their classmates as well as their family and friends. They will deliver the signed letters to the senators sometime in mid-March. The letters ask the...
NEWS
January 28, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
UIC's extreme weather policy is listed on its website.  A previous version of the story misattributed it to a spokesman. As Chicago's temperatures dropped to record lows again this week, its college students wanted to know (and looked to social media for an answer): Do we have to go to school today? And for the most part, the answer was yes, you do. That response inspired a controversial Twitter firestorm from some students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, after students received an email Sunday telling them to bundle up for Monday's classes.
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October 31, 2013 | By Melanie Zanona@mzanona and For RedEye
The United Center may be home to the Stanley Cup champions, but some inner-city kids in Chicago have never even heard of the Blackhawks, let alone held a hockey stick in their hands. Teacher Christopher Hennessy of Haines Elementary School is working to change that, through a fundraising website called DonorsChoose.org. "Most public schools do not even have enough money for many essential items," said Hennessy, who is using DonorsChoose.org for the first time and plans on using it again.
NEWS
September 25, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
About 35 seventh-grade students stared at Christine Cuartero on her very first day of school. She had expected questions from the class at Philip D. Armour Elementary in Bridgeport - just not the ones she got. “ 'Where do you live?' 'Who are you dating?' 'How old are you?' 'What are you doing with your life?' ” she recalled the students asking. “Almost like, 'What are you doing here?' “You kind of come in with that bright-eyed, bushy-tailed feeling, like this is it, this is what I've been working toward...
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September 4, 2013 | By Ashlee Rezin and For RedEye
Too few businesses in Englewood give back to the embattled and poverty-stricken neighborhood, according to Sunni Powell, owner of Powell's Barber Shop. To kick off the start of the new school year, Powell and seven barbers from his shop at 1139 W. 63rd St. donated their time to provide free back-to-school haircuts to youths in the South Side community. Powell said giving the free haircuts, offered Aug. 27 and 28 and Sept. 3 and the rest of today, is an effort to “encourage kids to go to school and stay in school.” The first day of class...
NEWS
September 3, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA today logged its 1 millionth Ventra card tap as it continues to usher in its new fare payment system. The CTA began officially using the system last month and it is now available to Chicago area university students, Chicago Public Schools students, CTA employees and some Chicago Card Plus users. All CTA and Pace riders will be able to use Ventra on Sept. 9. "With just six days until Ventra is fully available to all CTA and Pace customers, hitting the 1-million mark underscores how quickly customers are taking to the new Ventra system," CTA...
NEWS
June 25, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA will launch its new payment system Ventra in August, the agency said Tuesday. In August, Chicago Card Plus users, registered Chicago Card users and students participating in the CTA's U-Pass schools program will be able to transition to Ventra. In September, all CTA riders will be able to use Ventra, the agency said. The CTA will accept Chicago Cards and other passes through the end of the year. Ventra will replace the current Chicago Card system. The CTA also is phasing out its disposable passes.
NEWS
September 4, 2013 | By Ashlee Rezin and For RedEye
Too few businesses in Englewood give back to the embattled and poverty-stricken neighborhood, according to Sunni Powell, owner of Powell's Barber Shop. To kick off the start of the new school year, Powell and seven barbers from his shop at 1139 W. 63rd St. donated their time to provide free back-to-school haircuts to youths in the South Side community. Powell said giving the free haircuts, offered Aug. 27 and 28 and Sept. 3 and the rest of today, is an effort to “encourage kids to go to school and stay in school.” The first day of class for the Chicago Public Schools' 2013-2014...
NEWS
October 31, 2013 | By Melanie Zanona@mzanona and For RedEye
The United Center may be home to the Stanley Cup champions, but some inner-city kids in Chicago have never even heard of the Blackhawks, let alone held a hockey stick in their hands. Teacher Christopher Hennessy of Haines Elementary School is working to change that, through a fundraising website called DonorsChoose.org. "Most public schools do not even have enough money for many essential items," said Hennessy, who is using DonorsChoose.org for the first time and plans on using it again.
SPORTS
April 29, 2013 | By Evan F. Moore and For RedEye
Interscholastic sports are supposed to bring people together. That was just one of the things I learned when I played in high school. Last weekend, some of the parents at Walter Payton College Prep reportedly didn't want their kids to play a night baseball game in Roseland against Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep. According to the Sun-Times, one of the parents used the time honored, racially-charged phrase, "The area isn't as good as it used to be. " When I first heard about Payton's forfeit, I thought, "What are they scared of?"
NEWS
April 15, 2013 | By Gina Chinino and For RedEye
The phrase "two guys opened a floral shop" sounds like the punch line to a bad joke. But helping low-income students in Chicago is a serious mission for entrepreneurs Steven Dyme, 22, of Wilmette, and Joseph Dickstein, 23, of the West Loop. The recent college graduates co-founded socially conscious floral service Flowers for Dreams, based out of Evanston, and have made it their goal to give back to the community. "We're trying to help bridge this educational gap in low-income schools, which is so important in trying to build this nation and to help...
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