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Features Where to Get Stuff Fixed, by Magda Krance Things fall apart. Or stop working, come loose, get dinged, rip, or simply lose their luster. Luckily, scores of Chicago businesses specialize in making the old and the nicked-from apparel to appliances to watches and wood-seem new again. A guide to the best. The Church vs. … Read more

Playing Lardball

Despite efforts of reformers, Cook County government remains larded with patronage jobs jealously guarded by clout-wielding bureaucrats. Identifying the problem is easy. Fixing it has proved maddeningly difficult.