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Chicago's GiveForward co-founder Ethan Austin says he's leaving

GiveForward co-founder Ethan Austin is leaving the medical crowdfunding site he helped launch in 2008. Austin made the announcement in a post on LinkedIn in recent days. He said he plans to travel to South America and study Spanish with his wife in May. "We booked our tickets this morning actually,"...

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  • Wabash Lights public art test to begin next week

    Wabash Lights public art test to begin next week

    Wabash Lights, an ambitious public art project that will add shots of color to the underside of the "L" tracks downtown, is scheduled to begin its beta test next week, six months after a crowdfunding campaign raised nearly $60,000 to make it happen. Twelve rods of LED lights have been installed...

  • Man hit by Red Line train dies in apparent suicide

    Man hit by Red Line train dies in apparent suicide

    A man died in what police believed was a suicide after he jumped in front of a Red Line train near 63rd Street early Friday afternoon, officials said. CTA officials were notified that a person was hit at the 63rd Street Station about 12:20 p.m., a spokesman said. The man was believed to have committed...

  • Data show decline in CTA crime, especially thefts, robberies

    Data show decline in CTA crime, especially thefts, robberies

    Overall crime on the CTA has dropped by 25 percent as compared to 2014 with robberies and theft the categories showing the most dramatic decreases, according to the transit agency. In 2014, there were 4,691 crimes reported and in 2015, that number dropped to 3,512, said CTA spokesman Brian Steele....

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  • Homeless shelter the Crib a refuge for young LGBT people

    Homeless shelter the Crib a refuge for young LGBT people

    Among those waiting outside a North Side shelter on a recent, bitterly cold night was Cilantra, the street name of a 23-year-old who has been scuffling since leaving his family's home five years ago. "I was pretty much running away," Cilantra said. "All we did was yell at each other." Cilantra is...

  • 5 young Chicago activists answer 5 questions about the movement

    5 young Chicago activists answer 5 questions about the movement

    RedEye asked five young activists their thoughts on the movement, recent protests and the impact they have had on Chicago.    1. In three words, how would you characterize this movement? Page May, 27, an organizer of Assata's Daughters and member of Black Youth Project 100: Unapologetically Black....

  • Zipline and baby alligator coming to Millennium Park this weekend

    Zipline and baby alligator coming to Millennium Park this weekend

    Thrill-seekers, not to mention cold-seekers, can head to Millennium Park this weekend to zip line in 20-degree weather and possibly consider, well, zipping down to Florida in search of warmer weather. The 190-foot-long zip line experience - beginning on a three-story platform set up in the North...

  • Meet Chicago's young activists behind the protests

    Meet Chicago's young activists behind the protests

    Chicago's young protesters make it hard to ignore the problems swirling around Chicago. The fresh faces of activism have taken to the streets in recent months, shutting down Michigan Avenue, staging citywide walkouts and disrupting Black Friday shopping and New Year's Day brunches to demand change....

  • Beyond the chants: What protesters think about Mayor Emanuel

    Beyond the chants: What protesters think about Mayor Emanuel

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel's job approval rating was at a record low 27 percent, according to a Chicago Tribune poll done in late January. We've seen them pump signs and chant in disapproval during protests. But RedEye asked leaders in the protest community what they thought of the city's top elected official....

  • The presidential election calendar 2016: voter registration deadlines, debates

    The presidential election calendar 2016: voter registration deadlines, debates

    If you weren't paying attention before, perhaps the nation's first primary election on Tuesday in New Hampshire, a week after the Iowa caucuses, will pique your interest in the 2016 presidential race. Will voters on the East Coast follow Iowa and give their support to Ted Cruz over Donald Trump...

  • City fails to warn Chicagoans about lead risks in tap water

    City fails to warn Chicagoans about lead risks in tap water

    More than two years after federal researchers found high levels of lead in homes where water mains had been replaced or new meters installed, city officials still do little to caution Chicagoans about potential health risks posed by work that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is speeding up across the city. In...

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