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Illinois Civil Union tax loophole fixed: Couples get joint tax-filing

Illinois Civil Union tax loophole fixed: Couples get joint tax-filing

In a big reversal from the Illinois Department of Revenue, couples who have entered into civil unions will be able to jointly file their 2011 state tax returns. Illinois recently moved to offer statewide protections supposedly equal, but separate, to marriage with the passage of the ‘Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act.’ The…

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Talking Chicago & LGBT issues with singer Kaya Jones and designer Traver Rains: Celebrities come to Boystown for day long benefit

Talking Chicago & LGBT issues with singer Kaya Jones and designer Traver Rains: Celebrities come to Boystown for day long benefit

Lakeview sister establishments Taverna 750 and Scarlet Bar Chicago are gearing up to celebrate their four year anniversary, Sunday Dec. 4, with a star-studded, day-long fundraiser sponsored by Belvedere (RED). Using their anniversary as a way to raise funds and awareness for charities of choice, proceeds will benefit Project (Red) and Test Positive Aware Network…

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We got the beat—Jackie Beat’s Holiday Show Comes to Hydrate

We got the beat—Jackie Beat’s Holiday Show Comes to Hydrate

With songs like “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Syphilis,” the cocaine-fueled rewrite of “Let It Snow,” and the pregnancy confessional “Santa’s Baby” —drag darling and Second City alum Jackie Beat serves up the quintessential antidote to cloying holiday cheer with her new Christmas extravaganza, Jackie Beat is…The Nutcracker. Jackie, lead singer of the…

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Former Borders to become a Walgreen's

Former Borders to become a Walgreen’s

Hirsch and Associates, LLC, a River North-based architecture, planning and design firm, announced on its Facebook page today that the former Border’s Books at the Clark, Broadway and Diversey intersection will be converted into a Walgreen’s. According to the post, the  new, two-story, Wellness Experience store, is a new concept that will be larger and…

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Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus says 'It Gets Better'

Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus says ‘It Gets Better’

The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus has released a powerful “It Gets Better” video featuring co-chairs Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), and Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI). All are openly gay members of congress, a strong message in itself. Each of the lawmakers use details from their personal coming out…

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Proposed development riling up residents

Proposed development riling up residents

A newly planned residential and commercial development located at Halsted and Bradley—just steps away from the heart of Boystown’s popular bar and restaurant district—has prompted a spirited grassroots initiative to vocalize the concerns of the community regarding the gleaming, 15-story glass and metal structure. “The residents of the community that will be adversely affected by…

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Breaking down the DOMA Repeal Vote, Part 2: Why it matters to the movement

Breaking down the DOMA Repeal Vote, Part 2: Why it matters to the movement

In part 1 of “Breaking down the DOMA Repeal Vote,” we looked at the difficult legislative path ahead for the “Respect for Marriage Act” (RFA) that the Senate Judiciary Committee passed last week which would repeal the anti-gay “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA). With all the roadblocks and uncertainty around the actual passage of the…

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Breaking down the DOMA Repeal Vote, Part 1: Where the bill goes from here

Breaking down the DOMA Repeal Vote, Part 1: Where the bill goes from here

Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 10-8 to pass the “Respect for Marriage Act” (RFA). This legislation, introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), would repeal the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA), which bans federal recognition of same-sex marriages. The vote was down strict party lines, with the 10 Democrats voting for repeal of…

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Previewing Chicago's first affordable LGBT senior housing

Previewing Chicago’s first affordable LGBT senior housing

Curbed Chicago has some preliminary information about plans for LGBT-friendly senior housing in Boystown: A loose rendering of the proposed affordable LGBT Senior Home at 3600 N Halsted has been brought to light by the man with the right connections, Skyscraper Page’s Spyguy. Read more: Previewing Chicago’s First Affordable LGBT Senior Housing – Rendering Reveals…

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Chicken wars

Chicken wars

I can’t say I was astonished to see a large “for lease” sign in the windows of Crazy Chicken (Broadway & Barry), which recently opened this summer only to shutter by the fall. While it may have offered a variety of flavorful treatments to its chicken, it couldn’t compete with the majestic calorie bomb of…

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