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    Tobacco 21 bill rises from the ashes

    Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the Tobacco 21 bill Sunday, April 7, which raised the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21 years old. As Tobacco 21’s most affected age group, some DePaul students say they have mixed feelings about the new law. “I don’t agree with smoking because of the health concerns it raises,” said Haedy Gorostieta, a DePaul sophomore. “But I think that raising the age could cause more problems. [The legal age to purchase tobacco] has been 18 for a long time, and those who have developed the habit will try to continue to do as they please.” “Smoking just seems riskier than drinking or…

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    Chicago ranks as one of America’s most stressed out cities

    Chicagoans may have a lot more on their plate than deep dish pizza, a new study suggests. In a recent survey by Zippia, Chicago was ranked number eight on the list of the most stressed out cities in America. There were 306 cities scored, each with populations over 100,000 people. Chicago’s fate was determined by six criteria: average commute times, unemployment rate, average hours worked per week, population density, home price to income ratio and percent of population without insurance. It follows in rank behind Miami, Florida and New York City, New York, among others. It’s no secret that Americans are stressed out. Eight in 10 Americans say they sometimes…

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    Chicago-area colleges make effort to reduce food waste across campus

    Chicago-area colleges tout new programs that are saving their dining-hall food from going to waste. DePaul University students can now take food to-go in boxes that can be composted, and University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) students will soon get bargains on convenience store food that’s getting old. That’s important because colleges nationwide are throwing away 22 million pounds of food each year — as much as the weight of almost 1,700 elephants. But Chicago’s schools fail to get much notice in national surveys that judge their programs’ effectiveness.

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    Students and staff call for action after recent report on Chicago recycling

    DePaul students and staff have called for an improvement of recycling practices in Chicago, following a report that much of the city’s recyclable items have instead been sent to landfills. The increased interest in recycling follows a massive investigation by the Better Government Association (BGA) and NBC 5 Investigates that revealed that more than half a million Chicago recycling bins have been tossed in landfills over the past four-and-a-half years. The report says that a large portion of the problem is rooted in a city rule that states generally recyclable materials can be marked “grossly contaminated”— and sent to landfills—if the bin contains as little as one plastic bag or…

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    West Loop flourishes from millennial boom

    Reading the news these days, one might come to the conclusion that millennials are destroying industry after industry. But locals say that such a trend is not so in Chicago’s West Loop. “West Loop’s population has grown significantly over the last five to 10 years,” said Matt Letourneau, president of the Neighbors of West Loop (NOWL), a non-profit community organization comprised of volunteering West Loop residents. “New residents always bring new energy to an area, but millennial residents have brought even more energy than expected.” West Loop has been named the country’s “top millennial hot-spot” in a recent report by residential rental website, which says 73 percent of the…