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January 23, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Riding the CTA doesn't have to be so taxing. Workers in Cook County can set aside a portion of their income before taxes to pay for their CTA card under the Transit Ridership Improvement Program. The incentive program benefits employees, who don't pay taxes on the amount of money used to purchase the card, and employers, who are paid $30 for any new employee who signs up for the benefits, according to the Center for Neighborhood Technology, a local environmental group that helps administer the program. Enrollment for businesses to receive incentives ends Feb. 10. There's a complex formula to determine how much money a commuter can save by enrolling.
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NEWS
March 6, 2012 | By Taylor Ervin, RedEye
Since Mayor Rahm Emmanuel took office last year, the city has increased the amount of data that it has released to the public. Enterprising software developers have taken that data and turned it into useful mobile phone applications like Plow Tracker and Buster, the CTA bus and train tracking app, but a recently launched website called openchicago.org hopes to takes the idea one step further. The social media site, which launched about two weeks ago, aims to connect local software developers with aldermen and other developers in their area to create hyperlocal neighborhood specific applications.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 2012
*** (out of four) Tasking Keanu Reeves with narrating and conducting interviews for a documentary almost seems like a challenge to audiences predisposed to questioning the actor's intelligence. As if “Side by Side” director Christopher Kenneally wants to ask us, “Oh, really? What makes you so smart?” This fast-paced doc about the movie industry's transition from using film to digital technology contains an impressive range of interview subjects with more than enough authority to speak as experts.
NEWS
October 10, 2012 | By Zach Stafford, @zachstafford and For RedEye
Before I came out, I used to peer out through a window - a chat window on my computer. From the comfort of my digital closet, AOL Instant Messenger, MySpace and numerous other sites were where I learned what it meant to be gay in my teen years. The people I met online, the conversations I had, the information I absorbed through hours upon hours surfing the Internet - it all helped me eventually become comfortable with myself and find my community. Like most gay people these days, I was gay online before I was out in a physical sense.
NEWS
November 5, 2012 | By Mick Swasko, @mickswasko and RedEye
New regulations on city limo drivers could force a shutdown of on-demand car service Uber, and the company isn't taking it lying down. Under a proposed change to city ordinances made by the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, Uber's limo services, Uber Black, would no longer be able to use electronic measuring devices to calculate fare--a staple of the company's service--nor would they be able to charge based on time or distance....
NEWS
December 6, 2012 | By Mick Swasko, @mickswasko and RedEye
Chicago is set to have a big year for bank heists. After passing 2011's total of 115 total bank robberies in August, Chicago's FBI field office now expects to surpass another benchmark: 200 bank robberies for 2012, a high number for a one-year period. Currently, 197 robberies have happened in Chicago and its five collar counties, well shy of 2006's record of 284. "We fully expect to exceed that 200 mark, [since] over the last 10 years, December has averaged the highest number of bank robberies in a month," said Joan Hyde, a spokeswoman for the Chicago-area FBI field office.
NEWS
January 8, 2013 | By Nikki Lynette, @nikkilynette and For RedEye
In 2012, we heard a lot about Chicago's startup community. Entrepreneurs are thriving here like never before, and people all over the world are taking notice. I'm a musician who's never had an actual job, so aside from my love for GrubHub and Groupon, I never really cared about the start-up scene. That is, until I became a part of it. When it comes to being social in Chicago, we have a well-established hipster scene, a punk scene, a hip-hop scene, etc. Now, I can tell you we can officially add one more to that list: the startup scene.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2013 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye special contributor
***1/2 (out of four) Daft Punk has always made music that contemplates our relationship with technology, and much of what they foresaw has happened: Our loves are digital (i.e. OkCupid) and so is our music (i.e. Skrillex). The French electronic duo has become one of the most influential musical acts of its generation while limitless amazement about the future has mostly receded in favor of a digital culture interested in re-blogging random scraps of our past - say, a “Soul Train” video tweaked for a modern audience, as was done recently with DP's single “Get Lucky.” In that context, Daft Punk's potentially perplexing fourth album, “Random Access Memories,” is a perfect continuation of the group's mission.
NEWS
July 31, 2013 | By Ryan Smith, @ryansmithwriter and For RedEye
If I told you we're on the brink of a brave new world filled with self-driving cars, memory implants, asteroid mining and government-funded humanoid robots, you'd probably tell me I was hitting the bong and/or the Syfy channel. I can hear the naysayers already: "C'mon dude, 'Pacific Rim' wasn't a documentary. " But while we've spent the past couple of weeks obsessed with other people's babies (of the Royal, Kardashian and Beyonce varieties) and Anthony Weiner's unfortunate taste in sexy pseudonyms, most of us have missed out on the mind-blowing science news about all the aforementioned technological wonders likely to become reality within the next decade.
NEWS
August 20, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Two Chicago private school employees are scheming on a thing that's "Sabotage. " Duane Freeman and Mike Ferbrache didn't expect a remake of the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" video--which was directed by Spike Jonze in 1994--to get much attention beyond their students and faculty at Francis W. Parker K-12 School in Lincoln Park. It was just a fun way to showcase the school's librarians in a new light for an annual variety show for the students in May. Until last week, the near shot-for-shot redo of the cheesy cops and robbers style video sat on their Vimeo page, collecting a couple thousand views.
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