Historic bricks tumble, Gay Marriage Bill, Pre-Fab development, Action to remove Wicker Park tables, McDermott’s retirement and more!

Bricks tumble from historic building facade on Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park

Bricks tumbled from above the awning of Propaganda T-Shirts, 1420 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park,

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Logan Square's Mike Nowak hosted Wicker Park gardeners on WCPT radio

The compact studio of Chicago Progressive Talk radio (WCPT AM/FM) was filled during Mike Nowak's gardening and environment morning show on Sun., Feb. 3. As the snow was following outside the conversation inside focused on starting plants from seed.

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Margaret McDermott announces her retirement from Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center

With determination to not have a "bucket list," Margaret McDermott, will be retiring from her post in July as CEO and Executive Vice President of Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center in the Ukrainian Village and Wicker Park area.

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Wicker Park Advisory Council takes action to end 10-year battle over drug dealers and drunks

After repeated efforts over 10 years to rid the Park of the drug dealing and drinking at Damen Ave. and Schiller St., the Wicker Park Advisory Council voted to have four chess tables removed as soon as possible. These tables have become the center for illegal activities.

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BOLT Residency applications for emerging artists due February 17

Applications for the Chicago Artists Coalition's highly competitive, juried, one-year artist studio residency program, BOLT,

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Grand Ave. new home of an instant building in West Town

Had the weather been more cooperative, there would have been an 8,000 square foot building sitting there by nightfall.

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Illinois Department of Insurance ramps up consumer protection generating income

To protect Illinois consumers, more active participation and enforcement efforts by the Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) have produced financial gains for Illinois in multi-state examinations of insurance companies. Andrew Boron, DOI Director, announced Thurs., Feb. 7, that more than $10.3 million in fines was collected by the Department in calendar year 2012.

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Historic Postal Service erodes further: No first-class mail deliveries on Saturdays

Beginning the week of Aug. 5, the United States Postal Service will cease delivering first-class mail on Saturday, according to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. Package delivery will continue on a 6-day schedule, while pickup and delivery services will also not occur on Saturday.

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Governor Pat Quinn encourages passage of the Illinois Gay Marriage Bill

Illinois Senate Bill 10, regarding gay marriage, was moved out of the Illinois Senate Executive Committee by a 9 to 5 vote on Tues., Feb. 5, with praises from Governor Pat Quinn.

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