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Reminder: Haunted Houses In Illinois Need Permits

By The State of Illinois

Haunted house season is returning to Illinois with all its spooky sounds, creepy corridors and shrieks of surprise. But the doors don't open without a permit to operate.

"We know people across the state are excited to visit their favorite haunted house again, and we're going to make sure that night out is safe," said Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) Director Michael Kleinik.

IDOL, the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) and local agencies all play roles in making sure dozens of haunted houses that open their creaky doors in Illinois this time of year follow rules to ensure the safety of visitors.

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Posted on September 26, 2021

Taxicab Journals

Cab #1555

I kept desperately pushing on that sound icon on the TV screen and nothing.
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Posted on January 6, 2016
Open Letter

Open Letter

Dear Asses Of Chicago Commuters:
This crowding reduction plan isn't working at all for your human.
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Posted on January 29, 2013
Life At Work

I Am A Retail Warrior: Throw The Dog A Birthday Bone!

By Jane Harper
At that point, I was kind of hoping the dog was back at home chewing up her hand-sewn Italian leather shoes.
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Posted on October 19, 2015

Recall! SAS Beef & Chicken Empanada

By The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service
They were produced without the benefit of federal inspection and bearing a label with a false USDA mark of inspection.

Posted on September 13, 2021

Nine Illinois Preservation Projects Honored

By Landmarks Illinois
"Our 2021 award-winning projects are models for what preservation can and should be: the creative, inclusive and sustainable reuse of our built environment promoting local job creation and community-driven economic development."

Posted on September 2, 2021

White Castle Inducts 13 More Cravers

By White Castle
Russ Maziarka was "raised on the Crave" in suburban Chicago.

Posted on August 26, 2021

100 Women Who Built Illinois

By Landmarks Illinois
A new database calls attention to the women who helped to create places that today are cherished by communities and property owners across Illinois; yet many remain unprotected without local landmark status or lack National Register designation that would provide opportunities for important financial preservation incentives.

Posted on August 18, 2021

Knowing Kaddish

By David Rutter
I do not pray because I doubt anyone is listening. but if I did pray . . .

Posted on August 10, 2021

A People's History Of Uptown

The project visualizes and narrates the neighborhood's stories, beginning with the displacement of the Potawatomi and other Native communities at the founding of Chicago in 1833, as well as subsequent urban renewal policies over the course of the last century that have led to disputes over land, housing, health care and education.

Posted on July 14, 2021

More Homeopathy Hokum

By Blake Murdoch, Stuart Carr and Timothy Caulfield/BMJ Open
Of the interventions advertised, few are scientifically supported; the majority lack evidence of efficacy, and some are potentially harmful.

Posted on July 1, 2021


By David Rutter
Fabulous foreign wealth and consumption teeter-totter there on the other end of dire poverty and human frailty, all fueled by conflicts so deep it's a marvel how humanity can survive itself.

Posted on June 30, 2021

Chicago Student Inventors Changing The Game

By The Chicago Invention Convention
Including Thermo-Bat!

Posted on June 30, 2021

Illinois Caverns Reopening After 10 Closed Years

By The Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Illinois Caverns, along with all IDNR-managed caves in Illinois, were closed in 2010 as a precaution again the spread of White-nose Syndrome (WNS), a fatal disease which affects certain types of cave-dwelling bats.

Posted on June 9, 2021

MUSIC - Can Making Music Remake The Mind?
TV - The Real Mayberry.
POLITICS - Top 10 Pretrial Monitoring Facts.
SPORTS - TrackNotes: Burning Down The House.

BOOKS - Against Ramp Meters.

PEOPLE PLACES & THINGS - Recall! Elk Grove Village Empanadas.

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