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  PASSAGES Donald Ratner

Donald Ratner, a lifelong Chicagoan who was a leading figure in Chicago business and philanthropy, passed away Jan. 19, 2020 due to complications from prostate cancer. He is survived by his husband, Dr. Bruce Gober, with ...


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  Andersonville at Home online event and fundraiser to replace Midsommarfest

CHICAGO ( June 5, 2020 ): In light of the City of Chicago's recent announcement to issue no special events permits through Labor Day 2020, the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce ( ACC ) has officially canceled ...


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  Morrison hosts virtual talk on 'Celebrating Pride 2020'

Cook County Commissioner Kevin B. Morrison ( 15th District ) hosted a "Celebrating Pride 2020" virtual discussion June 5 with community leaders on various issues impacting the LGBTQ community. Panelists included The Pinta Pride Project Inc. ...


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  Andersonville Farmers Market online ordering starts today for pickup June 10

The Andersonville Farmers Market ( AFM ) will officially open its 11th season Wed., June 10, for shopper pick-up at 3-7 p.m. on Catalpa Avenue between Clark Street and Ashland Avenue. The market has moved locations ...


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  Activists protest Spyners Pub over owner's racist post, past comments

Over 100 Spyners Pub patrons and community members gathered June 4 in front of the pub, 4623 N. Western Ave., to protest against owner and general manager Maureen Sullivan's racist Facebook posts and past racist comments ...


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  The U broadcasting Sky games June 6, 13

The U is filling the void left by the postponed WNBA season by rebroadcasting old Sky games, The Chicago Sun-Times noted. The U, which is the Sky's broadcasting partner, started airing games May 30. Games continue ...


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  'Drag March for Change' June 14

The "Drag March for Change" is slated to take place Sunday, June 14, 5-7 p.m., starting from the corner of Halsted Street and Belmont Avenue, 800 W. Belmont Ave. Participants will lead a peaceful ( non-violent ...


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  Lightfoot, partners launch 'Together Now' to rebuild neighborhoods

On June 5, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot joined Chicago Community Trust President & CEO Dr. Helene Gayle and local partners to announce the launch of Together Now: Chicago's Fund to Rebuild Our Neighborhoods. In collaboration with ...


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  PASSAGES Carl Ross Mowery

Carl Ross Mowery, J.D.—a resident of Chicago's Lake View neighborhood who was born in Fairbury, Illinois—passed away peacefully May 30. He was 64. After graduating from Illinois Wesleyan University and John Marshall Law School, Carl went ...


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  CMSA refusing donations from Spyners after racist message

Two days after the owner/general manager of Lincoln Square spot Spyners received major pushback on social media for what many said was a racist message, a local LGBTQ sports organization condemned the post—and said it will ...


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  Queer candidate holding town hall with Equality Illinois on June 18

Queer political candidate Karla Bailey-Smith will hold a virtual town hall with Equality Illinois Public Policy Director Mike Ziri on Thursday, June 18, at 7:30 p.m. They will talk about legislative history, goals and celebrating Pride ...


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  STREAMING THEATER REVIEW Improv House Party

Playwright: Second City ensemble. At: Second City online, at SecondCity.com. Tickets: Free. Runs through: June 13 All of Chicago's theaters, along with those across the rest of the country, remain shuttered due to COVID-19, but ...


News

  Latinx community organizations condemn anti-Black attacks

As Latinx community organizations from across the Chicagoland area, we are coming together to issue the following statement regarding the blatant attacks perpetuated by some groups of non-Black Latinxs against Black people in the last few ...


News

  47th annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards postponed

June 3, 2020 — Chicago — The 2020 Non-Equity Jeff Awards program has been postponed. Originally scheduled as a virtual gathering for Monday, June 8, the organization that promotes and recognizes theater excellence has joined other ...


News

  Cook County Commissioner Morrison to hold Virtual Town Hall recognizing Pride Month

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. —June 3, 2020—In honor of Pride Month, Cook County Commissioner Kevin B. Morrison will host a live Pride Virtual Town Hall on Friday at 11:00 a.m. For everyone's safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, many ...


News

  Brave Space Alliance: The rebellion must be for all of us

These are momentous times for our people, our movement, and our collective liberation. Yesterday, on June 2nd, there were rebellions against policing and the state in all 50 states, and most major cities around the country. ...


News

  All officers now charged in George Floyd case

The former Minneapolis Police officer who pressed his knee into George Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes has now been charged with second-degree murder—and the three other officers on scene during his killing are charged with ...


News

  Center on Halsted boarded after anti-LGBT threats

Center on Halsted was boarded May 31 after receiving anti-LGBT threats, organization officials said. Center CEO Modesto Tico Valle announced the development on social media on June 2. He said that the threats were from anti-LGBT ...


News

  Planned Parenthood Illinois Action launches series on 2020 election

CHICAGO—Planned Parenthood Illinois Action (PPIA) is launching a series of virtual panel discussions focused on the 2020 election. The first panel in the 2020 Election Issues Forum series is titled "Black Women's Vote, Power & Accountability" ...


News

  Chicago Aldermanic Black Caucus issues statement on looting, civil unrest

June 3, 2020 ( Chicago, Il. ) After a weekend during which lives and property were lost throughout the city's west and south sides, the Chicago Aldermanic Caucus issued the following statement: "The Chicago Aldermanic Black ...


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  Spyners Pub owner posts racist screed on Facebook, apologizes later

Amidst almost a week of protests in support of #BlackLivesMatter in Chicago and other locations across the United States, Spyners Pub owner/general manager Maureen Sullivan posted a racist screed on Facebook that has since been deleted. ...


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  U.S. Rep. Quigley part of blood-donation resolution

U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley ( D-Illinois ), Adam Schiff ( D-New York ), Carolyn Maloney ( D-New York ), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ( D-New York ), Chris Pappas ( D-New Hampshire ), Barbara Lee ( D-New York ...


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  U.S. Rep. Quigley releases Pride Month statement

U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley ( D-Illinois ) released the following statement in honor of LGBTQ+ Pride Month, which is observed every June in the United States: "During Pride Month we honor the trans individuals, people of ...


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  Remembering a leader: Larry Kramer

We lost a great leader this week with the death of Larry Kramer. Larry was an accomplished man and activist who earned a degree from Yale, an Academy Award nomination as a screenwriter, two Obie Awards ...


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  Quigley highlights need for nondiscriminatory blood donation guidelines

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley ( D-IL ), Adam Schiff ( D-CA ), Carolyn Maloney ( D-NY ), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ( D-NY ), Chris Pappas ( D-NH ), Barbara Lee ( D-CA ), Deb ...


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  Dance for Life going digital Aug. 10-15

Chicago Dancers United ( CDU )—which works to improve the lives of dance professionals through holistic wellness programs and provide financial support to those diagnosed with critical health needs—announced that Dance for Life 2020 will shift ...


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  North Side protest draws thousands

Thousands of Chicagoans gathered on the North Side in the late afternoon of June 1 for a demonstration in response to the killing of George Floyd the previous week. The event was also a response to ...


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  'ABC 7 Celebrates Pride: Fun and Fabulous' to run June 28

Although the Chicago Pride Parade will not take place this year, the celebration of the LGBTQ+ community will continue on ABC 7 during an hour of musical performances, tributes, highlights of past parades and celebrity appearances. ...


News

  Equality Illinois to air statewide Pride broadcast

For the first time in Illinois history, LGBTQ people everywhere in the state can celebrate Pride together during a statewide Pride celebration broadcast organized by Equality Illinois on June 13. Hoping to gather and engage thousands ...


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  Democratic National Committee releases Pride Month statement

Democratic National Committee ( DNC ) Chair Tom Perez, LGBTQ Caucus Chair Earl Fowlkes, Treasurer Bill Derrough and Secretary Jason Rae released the following joint statement on the start of Pride Month: "This year's LGBTQ Pride ...


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  NATIONAL Court ruling, Trevor Project, trans man killed, George Floyd statements

A federal district court ruled that the U.S. Social Security Administration's ( SSA's ) refusal to consider the claims for survivor's benefits by same-sex spouses who were unable to be married for nine months because of ...


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  WORLD Zambia pardon, fashion house, HIV+ mayor, Costa Rica marriage

Zambia's president pardoned a gay couple sentenced to 15 years in prison in November under colonial-era sodomy laws in a case that caused a diplomatic conflict with the United States, Reuters reported. Japhet Chataba, 39, and ...


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  SHOWBIZ Trans movie, Diana Ross, GLAAD study, celebrities take stand

The Netflix original documentary Disclosure will launch Friday, June 19, a press release noted. Directed by Sam Feder and executive produced by Laverne Cox, Disclosure shows how the fabled stories of Hollywood deeply influence how Americans ...


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  COVID-19 Commissioner holds virtual panel on supporting abuse survivors

Due to the significant increase in calls to the Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Cook County Commissioner Kevin B. Morrison ( 15th district ) hosted a virtual panel May 29 focused on supporting ...


News

  Pritzker activates National Guard at Chicago's request

In response to a City of Chicago request, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker activated 375 Illinois National Guard soldiers for state active duty to assist the Chicago Police Department in protecting the city and its residents. The ...


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  THEATER Larry Kramer (1935-2020), polemicist and playwright

Larry Kramer was an angry man and he made sure people knew it. The language of his public discourse—the hundreds of articles he wrote and speeches he made, his novels and plays—drips with venom, insult, sarcasm, ...


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  Global Pride event announces first wave of speakers, artists

A worldwide LGBTQIA+ Pride event has announced the first wave of speakers and artists appearing at the online event Saturday, June 27, and is expected to attract up to 300 million viewers, an InterPride press release ...


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  Ann Hampton Callaway Live Stream Birthday Celebration May 31

Tony nominee Ann Hampton Callaway presents a special birthday celebration live stream May 31 at 7 p.m. Eastern, 4 p.m. Pacific. Tickets are $25 and ticket buyers will also receive a download of Ann's new inspirational ...


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  EXCLUSIVE Trans Minneapolis city councilmember talks about violence, George Floyd

In 2017, Phillipe Cunningham ( a DePaul University graduate ) made history when he became one of the first openly transgender men to be elected to public office in the United States. He defeated a two-decade ...


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  Latino coalition calls for health protections for communities of color

Chicago, IL — As Illinois prepares to move into Phase 3 of its reopening plan, too many glaring health and economic disparities remain unaddressed for the state's communities of color. The Illinois Latino COVID-19 Initiative calls ...


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  Jeff Awards Nominee Night cabaret concert online June 1

The Non-Equity Jeff Awards Nominee Night concert, a version of the annual event at Sidetrack to showcase Jeff Award nominees, will be broadcast without charge Monday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m. at www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VZs3TQGefc . The annual ...


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  Report: Same-sex weddings boost state economies $3.8 B since marriage equality ruling

More than half of all married same-sex couples in the United States married after the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which extended marriage equality nationwide in June 2015. Wedding spending by these 293,000 ...


News

  Lightfoot announces 'Open Streets' plan

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot joined commissioners Gia Biagi and Rosa Escareno from the Chicago Departments of Transportation ( CDOT ) and Business Affairs and Consumer Protection ( BACP ) to announce Chicago's 'Our Streets' plan to ...


News

  Chicago House to present Impact of COVID-19 on trans communities May 29

CHICAGO, IL — Transgender people, who traditionally experience barriers accessing safe and affirming health care and having their concerns listened to and understood, are facing new challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To address the specific ...


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  Lightfoot, CPDH: Chicago will open cautiously June 3

On May 28, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) announced that Chicago is on track to transition to phase three of the "Protecting Chicago" framework and will begin ...


News

  Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois recognized by HRC Foundation for LGBTQ-inclusion

Oakbrook Terrace, IL — Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois ( LCFS ), the second largest community-based provider of child welfare services in Illinois, including foster care and adoption, proudly announced that it has received ...


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  WORLD New HIV news, Catholic event, conversion therapy, Hungary anti-trans bill

A global trial stated that a new HIV drug injected every two months effectively reduces the rate of infection, and provides longer and stronger protection, than taking pills, The San Francisco Chronicle reported. The four-year trial—conducted ...


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  NATIONAL 'Drag Fest,' eating disorders, journalist attacked, NCLR event

Political activist/New York City drag staple Marti Gould Cummings and The Only Productions announced the largest digital drag festival during Pride 2020, a press release noted. More than 100 performers are scheduled to appear during "Pride ...


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  SHOWBIZ Rufus Wainwright, LGBTQ films, Billy Porter, Janelle Monae

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright unveiled the latest single from his eagerly anticipated new pop album, Unfollow the Rules, a press release noted. "Alone Time" is available now at all DSPs and streaming services; an official companion ...


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  NUNN ON ONE DRAG Miz Cracker on being an 'All Star' and using karate

Drag personality Miz Cracker drove into the spotlight by placing fifth on the 10th season of RuPaul's Drag Race. The race continues with the recent announcement that Cracker is a contestant on the fifth season of ...


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  Billy Masters

"Hate and discrimination against LGBTQ+ people started long before Trump and Pence took office. Defeating them will not solve the problem, but it is an essential first step in order to resume our march towards equality."—Joe ...


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  THE AMAZON TRAIL Is there a doctor...

It's that time again. I need to find a healthcare provider. I live in a rural community where there is a large turnover of medical professionals and a constant shortage of qualified staff. The health organization ...


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  Buff Carmichael reflects on his life and downstate activism

In this series, Windy City Times talks with activist Buff Carmichael regarding various issues and life developments. Activist Buff Carmichael has been active in downstate LGBT issues, as well as myriad other progressive causes, since the ...


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  COVID-19 LGBT nursing personnel discuss pandemic experiences

Thousands of healthcare professionals in Chicago, many of them members of the city's LGBT community, have been thrown into the frontlines of America's struggle to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Tony Amberg, a psychiatric nurse ...


Gay News

  Planning your legacy: VA benefits for LGBTQ veterans and servicemembers

Dear community: The Department of Veterans Affairs ( VA ) stands strong in supporting our LGBTQ servicemembers and veterans. As members of the LGBTQ community, we understand you may face many challenges. The last thing you ...


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  COVID-19 Preckwinkle vetoes release of patient addresses

In a rare move, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle exercised her veto power—in this instance, to overrule county board commissioners who voted, by a narrow margin, to release the addresses of confirmed COVID-19 patients to ...


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  Red Stars part of Challenge Cup, which starts June 27

The National Women's Soccer League announced May 27 that the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup, presented by P&G and Secret, will mark the return to action for all nine clubs, including Chicago Red Stars. The 25-game tournament ...


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  Chicago artists virtually unveil mural honoring LGBTQ community

CHICAGO, IL — Chicago artists Andy Bellomo and Sandra Antongiorgi have virtually unveiled a new mural that highlights queer artists of color who use their life's work to improve community well-being and create social change. "Rebirth" ...


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  Artemisia, A Chicago Podcast, features Julie Proudfoot interviewing Tracy Baim

On Artemisia, A Chicago Podcast #103, Julie Proudfoot interviews Tracy Baim, award-winning journalist and publisher, about her work in Chicago as an openly-gay journalist and SaveChicagoMedia.org, the first-ever joint local independent media fundraiser. Artemisia, A Chicago ...


Gay News

  UChicago research shows uninsured, undocumented undertested for COVID-19

CHICAGO — As Illinois seeks to reduce COVID-19 positivity rates as part of Governor Pritzker's Restore Illinois recovery plan, new research by the UChicago Poverty Lab finds that communities with high shares of residents who are ...


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  LGBT giant Larry Kramer dies at 84

The groundbreaking writer and outspoken LGBT- and AIDS-rights activist Larry Kramer died May 27 in New York at age 84. His husband, David Webster, said Kramer died of pneumonia. Kramer co-founded the Gay Men's Health Crisis ...


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  Summer weather draws crowds, and criticism, to Andersonville

Numerous Chicagoans emerged from isolation over Memorial Day weekend looking to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather. Many residents and visitors in Andersonville reportedly did not practice social-distancing guidelines, eschewing recommendations for both face coverings and ...


Gay News

  National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund mourns death of George Floyd, suggests response

Statement from National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund: "Our thoughts are with the family and friends of George Floyd during this time of grief. How many more deaths do we have to witness before race-based violence ...


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  Chita: A Legendary Celebration to stream May 29

Chita: A Legendary Celebration , Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS' one-night-only evening of song and dance celebrating the legendary Chita Rivera , returns this Friday, May 29, 2020, in an exclusive stream benefiting Broadway Cares and its ...


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  BAMtheatre starting virtual classes

In response to the stay-at-home and social distancing orders implemented by the COVID-19 pandemic, BAMtheatre has reimagined its musical theatre-focused programming through a host of virtual master classes, workshops, choirs and other activities to keep students ...


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  THEATER Pride in Place Festival brings LGBTQ theater to stay-at-home audiences

The upheaval of the Stonewall riots had barely settled before the weekend preceding Independence Day was set aside to honor the right of every citizen to love without outdated restrictions. On that date ever since, Pride ...


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  Lambda Legal holding HIV/COVID-19 event June 4

Lambda Legal will hold a virtual town hall, "HIV and COVID-19 in Illinois: Ensuring State Responses Protect Everyone Living with HIV," on Thursday, June 4, 2-3 p.m. CT. Lambda Legal Counsel and HIV Project Director Scott ...


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  IML officially cancelled for 2020

The annual International Mr. Leather ( IML ) global convention—pushed back from its usual Memorial Day weekend to Sept. 25-27 because of the coronavirus pandemic—has been officially cancelled for 2020. On the event's website, it states, ...


News

  COVID-19 Lightfoot, CDPH bolster contact-tracing efforts

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, alongside the Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ), announced, on May 26, a plan to expand contact tracing for COVID-19 cases at the community level. Since the beginning of the ...


Global-panel-looks-at-impact-of-COVID-19-on-LGBTQI-people

  Global panel looks at impact of COVID-19 on LGBTQI people

Following the release of OutRight Action International's report "Vulnerability Amplified: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on LGBTIQ People," the United Nations ( UN ) LGBTI Core Group hosted a virtual panel "The Impact of COVID-19 ...


-Costa-Rica-celebrates-marriage-equality-

  Costa Rica celebrates marriage equality

As of midnight on May 26, Costa Rica became the first country in Central America ( and the 28th United Nations member state ) to legalize same-sex marriage after a groundbreaking court ruling came into effect. ...


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  MAP releases report on LGBTQ equality in the South

The nonprofit think tank The Movement Advancement Project ( MAP ) has released a report, "LGBTQ Policy Spotlight: Mapping LGBTQ Equality in the U.S. South." The report is being released in partnership with a new PBS ...


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  AUTOS Elegant 2020 BMW 840i knows how to butter your rolls

I've been craving a grilled chicken sandwich and rolls from the Beef House Restaurant near Covington, Indiana. With a BMW 840i in the driveway, an 80-mile drive for a yummy snack no longer seemed excessive. Given ...


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  BOOK REVIEW Calamity: The Many Lives of Calamity Jane

You can call yourself whatever you want. Nobody says you can't have a different name every day, if that's your wish. Reinvent your life, create a new past, change your birth year, and tell new stories, ...


News

  Driver-service facilities to expand hours June 1

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced his office's reopening plan —starting June 1—with the first two months focused on serving ONLY new drivers, customers with expired driver's licenses/ID cards and vehicle transactions. Currently, there are ...







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