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Historic Lockport theater may undergo renovations

An historic downtown Lockport theater could soon be getting a face-lift to help restore it to its former glory. City officials recently discussed awarding a $10,000 grant to the owner of the Roxy Theatre building to pay for some of the renovations.

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All Stars Project Lead Conversation on Chicago Afterschool Development

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle made welcome remarks at the 2016 All Stars Project of Chicago Afterschool Development Conference on Thursday, October 20.

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Gilda's Club hosts a laugh fest for charity

The Associate Board of Gilda's Club of Chicago hosted its 13th annual "Night of a Thousand Noogies" benefit Oct. 15 at Park West. Members of The Second City performed their signature sketch comedy and improv with emcee T.J. Shanoff as he interviewed notable Chicagoans onstage. The event raised funds for Gilda's Club, a nonprofit that provides free cancer support for anyone affected by the disease.

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New Aurora zoo manager aims to be 'constantly improving'

Margaret Bowen loves reptiles … especially the scaly, slithery species most of us, including yours truly, would just as soon avoid at all costs. That is a good thing since the 35-year-old Aurora woman is the new manager of Phillips Park Zoo. In fact, ask her why she got into this business in the...

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Experienced development directors a hot commodity

The Chicago office of Facing History and Ourselves began searching for a major-gifts officer in June. It has yet to hire someone. "I was hoping we'd have an easier time," says Maureen Loughnane, Chicago office director at Facing History, which aims to stop racism, anti-Semitism and bullying through education. Despite a steady stream of "really good" applicants and seven interviews, the right candidate has yet to walk through the door.

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National Funders Boost Culture-Led Neighborhood Development in Chicago

Creative minds have the power to re-envision our world, imagining equitable futures full of possibility. Queen Victoria recognized the power of artists, warning: “Beware of artists. They mix with all classes of society and are therefore most dangerous.” They build, construct, sculpt, speak, write, sing, dance, paint, constantly reinventing beauty and blurring the lines that too often divide us.