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Chicago hopes Zell polishes civic icon
Chicago hopes Zell polishes civic icon

For more than 40 years, Martha Campbell has started her day by picking up a copy of the Chicago Tribune. As a youngster, she scoured the pages to make sure the country hadn't gone to war with the Soviet Union. As a parent, she got up hours before her three children woke to study the opinion pages and read the feature stories. Now, as a retiree, she turns to the crossword puzzle -- and also sadly tracks the stories about her beloved hometown paper's fading fortunes. "When I heard that Sam Zell was buying the Tribune, I actually felt a spark of hope," said Campbell, 61, a former consultant for a relocation firm who lives in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park. ...