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Kristen Rich

krich@mail.bradley.edu

Every vehicle that I have ever owned (and I've owned a lot of vehicles) has let me down.
There was the petite Skylark that died every time I turned left, the Cadillac with failing power steering and the Taurus with windshield wipers that never shut off. The only vehicle I ever owned that didn't give me a headache was the obnoxiously blue Astro Van that it beat out any classic teenager's hand-me-down minivan as the most embarrassing vehicle to drive to school.

As humiliating as they were, these are the cars that brought me to Bradley University in 2005 to pursue a degree in Public Relations, the trunk loaded with laundry baskets full of clean clothes and economy packs of Kraft macaroni and cheese. They took me to sorority brunches, intramural softball games and late night coffee runs.

 I currently drive a 1994 Plymouth Voyager and though it is not a pretty car, it gets me to and from my internship, my part-time job and it even gets me to class on those rainy, snowy and lazy days. It has its own flaws, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will make it May, when I will finally graduate and hopefully begin a career in the public relations industry.

Now, I may not know the difference between a four-cylinder and six-cylinder engine or even how to use a tire gauge, but I definitely know cars with character and that is what I plan to share with everyone when the Chicago Auto Show comes around.

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Tuesday, July, 26, 2016

A Guide to Safety Features in Cars Today

Safety technology has evolved since the standard seat belt was included in most automobiles around the 1960s. ...

Wednesday, July, 13, 2016

Chrysler Says, "Hack Away!"

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is offering a "bug bounty" financial reward for discovery of potential vehicle ...

Friday, June, 24, 2016

A Day at the Park, Ridgeline Style

  Honda introduced Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA) members to the new 2017 Ridgeline truck ...

Thursday, June, 02, 2016

MAMA Spring Rally Roundup

Each spring, car manufacturers and auto writers flock to Elkhart Lake, Wis. to partake in the annual, ...

Friday, May, 27, 2016

Racing's Greatest Weekend

Memorial Day, time to sit back, enjoy the smell of new-mown grass, remember those who fought so hard to protect our ...

Thursday, May, 19, 2016

Nissan Leaf Charged Up for 2016

While the completely redesigned Chevrolet Volt and soon-to-be produced Bolt garner most of the electric-car media ...

Friday, May, 13, 2016

Ford GT a Sellout!

Ford received 6,506 fully completed applications from people around the world in the one-month window to apply to ...

Wednesday, April, 20, 2016

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Honda is encouraging safer driving habits with a social media campaign titled #PhoneDownEyesUp. The campaign ...

Wednesday, April, 13, 2016

Ford Now Accepting Applications for GT Supercar

For the first time, 2015 Chicago Auto Show goers were able to see the Ford GT supercar in person at the show and ...

Wednesday, March, 30, 2016

Cars are the Star of the Big Apple

Automakers lit up the Big Apple last week with an assortment of flashy vehicles that debuted during the New York ...

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7/27/2016 10:03:03 AM

Our local troops give so much to our country, so now it’s our turn to give back to them. Please continue to participate in our change drive by stopping by your local dealer and dumping your spare change for the troops! Visit www.DriveChicago.com for more details. #BBQ4Troops

7/27/2016 9:23:49 AM

The Chicago Auto Show Changed their cover photo.

7/26/2016 4:53:26 PM

#LaunchBlast ~ Transportation

7/26/2016 1:44:35 PM

You may be surprised to learn which safety features come standard in cars today

7/25/2016 11:28:03 AM

We hope you 'Find New Roads' this week. #MondayMotivation

7/25/2016 10:18:01 AM

This is the last week to participate in our change drive by donating your spare change to help our troops! Please visit www.DriveChicago.com to find a dealer near you! #BBQ4Troops

7/23/2016 9:32:02 AM

Time is running out! Make sure to enter the Ultimate Backyard BBQ for the Troops contest! http://bit.ly/298YfOf

7/21/2016 9:44:03 AM

Fill in the blank! If I had access to the production version of this Acura Precision concept car, I would _______

7/19/2016 9:54:02 AM

Can you guess the name of this red sports car from the '88 Chicago Auto Show? #TakeMeBackTuesday

7/17/2016 4:47:25 PM

This year, local dealerships made the USO of Illinois #BBQ4Troops events bigger and better than ever - via ABC 7 Chicago & Ravi Baichwal ABC7

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7/28/2016 12:46:22 AM

#WCW with Chrysler 200 Spokesmodel | @ChiAutoShow 2014, Chicago, IL @fiatchrysler_nahttps://t.co/BUhwAwnd9O

7/28/2016 12:44:26 AM

#WCW with Chrysler 200 Spokesmodel | @ChiAutoShow 2014, Chicago, IL @fiatchrysler_nahttps://t.co/1bn9OX0T3t

7/27/2016 7:35:48 PM

#WCW with Dodge Durango Spokesmodel | @ChiAutoShow 2014, Chicago, IL @fiatchrysler_nahttps://t.co/lq7taz8u3f

7/27/2016 7:34:05 PM

#WCW with Dodge Durango Spokesmodel | @ChiAutoShow 2014, Chicago, IL @fiatchrysler_nahttps://t.co/U3MEvCDO9N

7/27/2016 10:48:01 AM

#WackyWednesday! The Hyundai Elantra Coupe "Zombie Survival Machine" with a carbon fiber plow & 148 hp. https://t.co/boTx7bxPyn

7/27/2016 9:47:41 AM

RT @marksweettweet: Performing the needle through balloon trick at the #AutoShow. #Chevy #magic https://t.co/LrZziB6Pap

7/27/2016 12:11:59 AM

Can you say "coup," boys & girls? @Porsche expands @ChiAutoShow presence. Sits out @NAIASDetroit => https://t.co/JohOu1itmu

7/26/2016 11:55:53 PM

The latest Chevy Parts Daily! https://t.co/AqtuoidLot Thanks to @CLTMotorSpdwy @ChiAutoShow #letsboracing #nascar

7/26/2016 4:58:06 PM

#LaunchBlast Transportation.@ChiAutoShow shares great blog post on standard safety features. LT says YES for safety! https://t.co/e8xNt8VJHK

7/26/2016 2:14:34 PM

RT @ChiAutoShow: You may be surprised to learn which safety features come standard in cars today. https://t.co/BQkqxSsarq