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Civil Liberties on Retreat in Chicago

By on 10.3.05 | 7:08PM

Ah, the Windy City. Where you get "cooler by the lake," two baseball teams on the same "L" line, a park running uninterrupted for miles and miles along the water, dozens upon dozens of distinct neighborhoods, one of the biggest Mexican populations, a street that looks straight out of New Dehli, highways only known by their given names, and great free music festivals. In short, it's my favorite big city, as big cities go.

That status may be quickly spoiled this week as the city Health Committee may pass a public smoking ban Wednesday, for consideration by the City Council Thursday. It would be a victory for the finicky lungs of the few over the civilization of the many.

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