I'm not a technophobe, but electric bikes used to make me nervous. I tried one last year and it accelerated so fast that I felt like Wile E. Coyote, about to be dumped in the dust by an Acme rocket blaster. I wondered why you would want an electric bike. Don't you want the exercise? And why would you need it in the Midwest flatlands? Vendors were in Lincolnwood this past weekend for the first ever Midwest electric or "e-bike" expo and were eager to answer all these questions.
Metra's board of directors on Wednesday will vote on whether to renew contracts with six politically connected lobbying firm for new, five-year periods for almost $2.7 million. Four of the six contracts expire at the end of the year — and all would be renewed through 2022 if the board approves them.
Attorney and former Chicago alderman Martin Oberman is retiring from the Metra board after four years, saying Mayor Rahm Emanuel has "other things in mind" for him. "The mayor has indicated he has some other things in mind he'd like me to direct my attention to," said the former Chicago alderman in an interview on Monday. Oberman noted that four years is a full term for a board member, though some members elect to stay on longer. "It's time to move on and take on a new challenge."
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".