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Chicago Named Best Drinking City

(CHICAGO) -- Chicago now has something to drink to -- it's been named the best drinking city in America, according to GQ Magazine.

Chicago's drinking crown was announced by the magazine on Wednesday, with GQ saying that the Windy City has bars and pubs that cater to all types of drinkers, from beer drinkers, to gin lovers, to rare-bourbon aficionados.

As the magazine puts it, Chicago has hit its "boozy stride."

"It's a full-on drinkable renaissance, which is why it's time to book your tickets, do a cleanse in preparation, and get yourself to the Windy City," GQ Magazine said.

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City to Issue Speed Warnings in Three Children Safety Zones 

(CHICAGO) -- City officials will start issuing speed warnings this week from newly installed cameras in three Children's Safety Zones around Ashmore Park, Dulles Elementary, and Chicago Vocational High School.

Beginning Wednesday, the Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) cameras at 2109 E. 87th St. and 4909 N. Cicero Ave. will deliver warnings for a 30-day period. Starting Friday, the devices near Dulles Elementary at 215 E. 63rd St. and 6330 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Dr. will provide the advisories.

Violators will be subject to a $35 fine for traveling six to 10 miles per hour over the posted speed limit in the zone, and those driving 11 or more miles over the limit must pay a $100 fine.

The first time a driver is eligible to receive a violation, they will instead receive the warning, officials said Tuesday.

Revenue collected from the Children's Safety Zones program is set to go toward after-school initiatives, anti-violence and jobs programs, and traffic improvements, among other efforts.

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Emanuel: Chicago Named Most Popular Metro Area for Families

(CHICAGO) -- Chicago tops the list of most popular metro areas families are flocking to, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel announced Friday.

In a Moving Trends Study from United Van Lines, the company analyzed domestic moves during what is considered the peak moving season: summer.

“United’s survey shows that our efforts to build the Chicago of tomorrow by investing in a diverse and highly educated workforce and recruitment of new businesses are having an impact,” Emanuel said.

“Chicago’s population is growing, our tech and healthcare sectors are thriving, and we continue to build out our legacy financial and professional service industries, all the while focusing resources on neighborhoods across the City to ensure that all Chicago residents have access to the benefits that this economic growth provides,” he continued.

The mayor also cited Site Selection magazine's decision to name Chicago the top metro in North America for corporate relocations.

In 2013, the city added more than 5,8000 residents, marking the third consecutive year of population growth, according to officials.

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Former Chicago Man Gets Prison Time for Sexually Abusing Minors 

(CHICAGO) -- A former Chicago man received a 40-year prison sentence Thursday for sexually molesting two minor girls and creating child pornography.

Edgar Hernandez, a Mexican citizen who fled to Mexico, pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of manufacturing child pornography and possessing the material.

Court records explain Hernandez lived in a Chicago apartment in 2009, when he was trusted to take care of a 7-year-old in a series of overnight visits. He took video of the incidents, which the victim's relative later discovered. An investigation revealed additional recordings of Hernandez's sexual abuse of a 15-year-old, according to he U.S. Attorney's Office.

After learning of the report, the 36-year-old fled to Mexico, taking the older victim with him. The teen was reunited with her family months later.  

Officials arrested Hernandez in 2013. He is subject to deportation upon the completion of his prison term.

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Smoking Banned at Chicago Parks

(CHICAGO) -- There'll be no more smoking at parks in Chicago thanks to a ban put in place by city officials.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the City's Park District Board of Commissioners voted on Wednesday in favor of banning smoking at city parks and harbors. Failure to comply could result in a fine of up to $500, the newspaper reported.

The ban takes effect immediately.

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