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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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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

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Friday, May, 27, 2016

Racing's Greatest Weekend

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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

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Monday, March, 14, 2016

Buick Presents Cascada to Midwest Automotive Media Association

Buick Vice President of Marketing Tony DiSalle spotlighted the all-new Buick Cascada during the Midwest Automotive ...

Monday, February, 29, 2016

Chevy Inspires Kindness in #DayItForward

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6/25/2016 10:12:03 AM

Want to help support local troops and their families? Chicagoland’s car dealers are firing up the grill on Saturday, July 16 to host USO BBQ for the Troops fundraisers. Find a BBQ Near you: www.DriveChicago.com. #BBQ4Troops

6/24/2016 3:35:13 PM

A day at the park...Honda Ridgeline style. #UltimateTailgate

6/24/2016 11:31:25 AM

I think we can all agree that The Chicago Auto Show is the best in the nation! Let's show our support by voting

6/24/2016 11:31:04 AM

#FanFriday! Great photo via @chicagoland_cruisers

6/22/2016 11:13:18 AM

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, July 16. Chicagoland car dealers are on a summertime mission to help raise money for the USO of Illinois and our local troops! Visit www.DriveChicago.com for more details and learn how you can help. #BBQ4Troops

6/21/2016 2:48:00 PM

The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, that debuted at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, gets a "totally tubular" review

6/21/2016 11:09:03 AM

#TakeMeBackTuesday! The Chevrolet Camaro 1967 was revealed at the 59th Chicago Auto Show

6/21/2016 9:12:47 AM

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6/20/2016 1:15:11 PM

The Chicago Auto Show Changed their cover photo.

6/20/2016 12:17:58 PM

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6/25/2016 8:00:48 PM

RT @ChiAutoShow: Who doesn’t love a good BBQ? On 7/16, attend a @USO_of_Illinois #BBQ4Troops event at a dealer near you! https://t.co/E0eSz

6/25/2016 11:58:01 AM

Who doesn’t love a good BBQ? On 7/16, attend a @USO_of_Illinois #BBQ4Troops event at a dealer near you! https://t.co/E0eSzO49Re

6/24/2016 7:54:12 PM

The Frank's Bar In Lincoln Park Daily is out! https://t.co/thljLJrEDp Stories via @MightyVine @ChiAutoShow @RLCarriers #chicago

6/24/2016 3:36:17 PM

A day at the park... @Honda Ridgeline style. https://t.co/iP0Z2gNT1Z #UltimateTailgate #HappyFriday

6/24/2016 11:34:11 AM

#FanFriday! Thx to @chicagoland_cruisers for this great photo. https://t.co/p51ccfkw9W

6/23/2016 6:25:53 PM

RT @tweetAprilRose: Promise I'll be good if I get one of these! The new Ford GT ?? 600hp @ChiAutoShow @979TheLoop https://t.co/iRdNSmv9Ey

6/22/2016 1:48:00 PM

Save the Date: 7/16. Help us support local #troops at @USO_of_Illinois #BBQ4Troops events! Visit https://t.co/I8YFZZ217r.

6/21/2016 6:35:13 PM

It's not too soon to start planning for next year's @ChiAutoShow! Check out these reasons to attend: https://t.co/xOikaepF2Y #auto #CAS17

6/21/2016 2:21:10 PM

RT @craftymomof3: Thanks for the recent follow @ChiAutoShow @Authoramp @PinzonRobert Happy to connect :) have a great Tuesday. >> https://t