Happy Birthday to us...Lincoln and Washington too, Homage to winter, Dirty tricks 10th District race, Lots of police news,Rats, No phones at WPB, Joe Lake moves and MORE!

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Though our first story went up in the beginning of December 2009, Our Urban Times official birthday is February 1.

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Lincoln and Washington birthdays: Chicago Public Libraries closed

All Chicago Public Libraries, including Harold Washington Library Center, Woodson Regional and Sulzer Regional Libraries will be closed on both February 12 and 17 in honor of two of America's early presidents.

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In Defense of Winter

It has been an especially brutal winter here in Chicago, and I have seen many of my Facebook friends threatening to move somewhere warmer within the next year. I would like to speak in defense of winter, because it cannot speak for itself and no one else is going to at this point. Here are a few reasons why I enjoy winter:

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In Defense of Winter II

Don’t get me wrong.
I am, counted among their number,
the complainers,
the movers,
the snowbird wanna be’s.

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Who is misrepresenting the truth in 10th District Illinois State Representative's race: Accusers or accused?

Former 28th Alderman Ed Smith, current 28th Alderman Jason Ervin and Pamela Reaves-Harris, who is running for the 10th District Illinois State Representative Democratic slot are accusing Eddie Winters of misrepresenting the truth about his domestic background. Reaves-Harris, backed by both Smith and Ervin, is running against Winters in the Mar.

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Illinois 10th District State Representative Candidates: Meet them at the Wicker Park Committee's Wednesday meeting

All of the Democratic candidates for the Illinois 10th District State Representative seat, except for the incumbent Derrick Smith, scheduled at the Wicker Park Committee's (WPC) Feb. 5, Wednesday night meeting.

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Twitter: 14th District part of new Chicago Police Department social media pilot

In May 2013, the Chicago Police Department (CPD) initiated a three district pilot program to have personnel in those districts learn and use Twitter for the purpose of communicating with the public.

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Concerned about gangs and their activity in the 12th Police District?: Education Opportunity

If you want to know more about gangs and their activities in the 12th District and on the University of Illinois Chicago campus (UIC), a "Community Gang Education and Awareness Course" put on by Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez may be an opportunity for you. The course is put on in conjunction with the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and the UIC Police Department.

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9-1-1 and 3-1-1 calls: When and what plus 911 anonymity guide

Call-takers on 9-1-1 are required to ask callers reporting gang and drug related incidents whether they would like to remain anonymous, according to the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC).

The Chicago Police Department (CPD) 911-dispatcher and the officer receiving the call do not see the caller's name or address. Thus the person reporting a crime may inform the call-taker that he/she wishes to remain anonymous.

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Logan Square pest controller chooses to transport vs terminate rats at O'Hare

Logan Square Pest Control, whose owner is Carl Easter, contracted with American Airlines to exterminate rats at O'Hare Airport. However, according to a statement Easter made in the Sun-Times, he chose to transport instead of terminate.

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Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce and SSA #33 temporarily without phone service

Phone service and internet connections for the Wicker Park & Bucktown Chamber of Commerce and Special Service Area (SSA #33), 1414 N. Ashland, are temporarily not in service. The outage began on Thurs., Jan. 30, and it continues.

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Joe Lake leaves Chicago but not its political scene -- he dons his cape of justice again

Joe Lake, former Wicker Park and Bucktown resident, has physically crossed Chicago's borders to reside in the northwest suburbs, but he is not leaving the city's political scene anytime soon, he said Sat., Feb. 1..

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"Rose and the Rime" energetic and fun at the Chopin Theatre

Charming, fun, exuberantly energetic, dark, funny, blindingly sunny, happy and sad are but a few of the words to use when talking about the House Theatre's new production of Rose and the Rime at the Chopin Theatre

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PSA video contest for high school and college students

Last call for submissions to the Illinois Partners for Clean Air Shoot for the Skies Public Service Announcement (PSA) Video Contest. Submissions are due in just six weeks, with the deadline being Fri., Mar. 14 at 5 p.m.

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