Illinois

12:43pm

Mon April 1, 2013
The Salt

Sandwich Monday: The Chili Bomb

Chili Bombs with a side of Totally Unnecessary Cheese Sauce.
NPR

The problem with chili has always been this: When you try to eat it with your hands, you get terrible burns and weird looks from the snooty side of your family at the 2007 Chillag Family Reunion. Speaking of which — why don't you guys just go back to your solid gold houses and your Harvard "utensils" and leave me alone? I am who I am.

Anyway, the great Wiener and Still Champion in Evanston, Ill., has solved this problem with the Chili Bomb. It's chili, mixed with melted cheese, wrapped in cornbread and fried.

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12:46pm

Fri March 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Illinois Man Charged With Stealing 42,000 Pounds Of Muenster Cheese

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 9:38 pm

Seems cheese crime is booming: Today we get news that an Illinois man is being charged with trying to steal 42,000 pounds of Muenster cheese from a Wisconsin creamery. Last year we had news of the "mozzarella mafia," which was smuggling American cheese into Canada and selling it for a third of the price.

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12:06pm

Wed March 27, 2013
The Salt

Why Illinois Is Roaring Mad About Lion Meat

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 9:44 am

An Arizona restaurant sold lion meat burgers in 2010 in an attempt to drum up business during the World Cup soccer tournament held in South Africa.
Matt York AP

When we heard a few weeks ago that Illinois was considering banning lion meat, our first thought was, who's eating lion meat? And why Illinois?

Turns out, lion meat has been gaining traction among adventurous foodies who argue that the meat can be an ethical alternative to factory-farmed animals — if the meat comes from American-raised circus and zoo animals that were sent to the slaughterhouse in their old age.

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6:30am

Sat March 23, 2013
Education

School Closures Pit Race And Poverty Against Budgets

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 6:49 pm

Jean De Lafayette Elementary School is one of 50 schools slated to be closed in Chicago. Cities across the country are facing similar decisions, and opposition to the closures is growing.
Scott Olson Getty Images

In Chicago, parents are fighting to prevent the city from closing 54 public schools. The Chicago Teachers Union is planning a rally against the cost-cutting proposal next week.

School closings are nothing new, but in a growing number of districts around the country, what was once seen as a local decision to close schools has now morphed into a politically charged campaign.

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6:28am

Tue March 19, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Honolulu, Chicago Campaign To Host Obama's Presidential Library

Originally published on Tue March 19, 2013 6:37 am

President Obama arrives on Capitol Hill earlier this month.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

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