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Have Chicagoans become more health-conscious when it comes to their snacks?

Nearly 90 percent of respondents to a recent Northwestern University study said they are happy with the Chicago Park District’s new vending machines that offer only healthy choices, the Chicago Tribune reported. Individual machines’ average monthly revenue jumped to $371 from $84 “in a little over a year,” according to the Trib.

In jab at Rauner, Quinn camp spells out impact of offshore investments on US economy

Following recent reports that Bruce Rauner is stashing money in Cayman Islands bank accounts, on Wednesday the Quinn campaign released an animated video breaking down how such investment tactics hurt public finances in the U.S, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Byrne and the Blues Brothers

Just before the City Council on Wednesday approved legislation allows the plaza next to the Magnificent Mile’s historic Water Tower to be named after former Mayor Jane Byrne, the Chicago Sun-Times published five interesting facts about the city’s first and only female mayor.

No. 5 on the Sun-Times’ list was a story about a meeting between Bryne and the late John Belushi during which the latter sough permission to film the “Blues Brothers” film in Chicago.

UIC professor's website predicts life expectancy

A new website co-created by University of Illinois at Chicago Public Health professor S. Jay Olshansky analyzes pictures of people’s faces to project their expected life spans.

Advocacy group to Sen. Kirk: Live on minimum wage for one week

Americans United for Change on Thursday challenged U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) to live on the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour for one week.

After paying taxes and covering housing costs, the average minimum-wage employee working full time has just $77 left for one week, according to a press release. Americans United for Change called for Kirk to live on that level of income after he voted in April against discussing a minimum-wage increase.

Anticipating mayoral run, Karen Lewis reschedules Hawaiian vacation

In anticipation of a potential run for mayor next year, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis rescheduled her annual Hawaiian vacation.

Lewis, who usually heads to the Pacific in December, is currently in Hawaii, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Lewis was advised to head west earlier than usual because her regular winter trip would have been just two months before the election.

Chicago’s dirtiest beaches, by rank

Curbed Chicago editor AJ LaTrace recently used Yelp reviews containing the terms “trash” and “garbage” and Natural Resources Defense Council data to compile a list of the Chicago Park District’s dirtiest beaches.

As one might expect, the beaches with the highest numbers of visitors also turn out to be the dirtiest. Montrose Beach, which is frequented by people with dogs and those hosting picnics and barbecues, topped LaTrace’s list.

Karen Lewis: Hulk > Superman

Karen Lewis, the opinionated Chicago Teachers’ Union president who might challenge Mayor Rahm Emanuel in next year’s election, made time for some lighthearted Twitter banter Wednesday night.

Ald. Moreno’s former spokesman headed to the Pacific

Matt Bailey resigned last week from his position as director of legislative affairs and communications for Alderman Joe Moreno (1st) and plans to move to the Marshall Islands.

Bailey, who served in Moreno’s office for seven years, will take his wife and two young children to the Marshall Islands later this month, according to DNAinfo.com. There, he plans to teach high school English and world history in the capital city of Majuro.

No booze on Metra Thursday due to World Cup

Metra won’t allow alcohol on its trains Thursday.

The alcohol ban comes as a result of the large crowds expected to ride Metra trains to the Grant Park viewing party of the United States’ World Cup soccer match against Germany, according to CBS Chicago. Metra typically prohibits alcohol on trains during large Chicago events, like the Blackhawks’ parade last year and the Taste of Chicago.