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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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Thursday, October, 16, 2014

Preparing Your Vehicle for the Long Chicago Winters

Yes, I know fall has just begun. If you're a Chicagoan, you know that means winter is right around the corner. ...

Friday, October, 10, 2014

Subaru Fights Accidents With EyeSight

When Subaru introduced the all-new 2015 Legacy at the Chicago Auto Show this past February, much mention was made ...

Tuesday, October, 07, 2014

Chicago Auto Show Stars Hit the Road at MAMA Rally

This year's Midwest Automotive Media Association's Fall Rally featured a number of 2014 Chicago Auto Show ...

Monday, October, 06, 2014

MAMA Fall Rally Picks

Each fall, approximately 70 MAMA members flock to Autobahn Country Club of Joliet for the chance to jump behind the ...

Saturday, October, 04, 2014

Z06 Officially Fastest Production Chevy Ever!

Chevrolet continued the recent tradition of making manufacturer news at Midwest Automotive Media Association Rally ...

Friday, October, 03, 2014

SUVs for Everyone the '14 MAMA Fall Rally

Given the opportunity to test more than 70 vehicles on the street, track and trail at the recent Midwest Automotive ...

Thursday, September, 25, 2014

All-new 2015 Ford Edge Available Early Next Year

Will the 2015 Ford Edge be the most popular utility vehicle among Millennials next year? Ford sure hopes so.

Wednesday, September, 24, 2014

Volkswagen Beetles Out To Prove They Can Win

The No. 34 Rockstar Volkswagen Beetle GRC made is world debut at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show this past February with ...

Wednesday, September, 17, 2014

Hyundai Continues the Fight against Childhood Cancer

Since Hyundai launched its Hope On Wheels program in 1998, the automaker has been able to rise $87 million for the ...

Tuesday, September, 16, 2014

National Child Passenger Safety Week is Underway

This week, communities across the nation will participate in National Child Passenger Safety Week by hosting local ...

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10/19/2014 2:00:01 PM

Want to win two tickets to the 2015 Chicago Auto Show? Vote for your favorite show design in the comments below: Red, Blue or White

10/19/2014 11:49:04 AM

Alshon Jeffery and a few other Chicago Bears players supported us and attended the Chicago Auto Show last year, today we're supporting them #BearDown

10/18/2014 11:20:01 AM

We’re in need of your help, #CAS fans! Which design do you prefer for the 2015 Chicago Auto Show? Blue, White or Red? We are awarding one random fan two tickets to the show

10/18/2014 10:42:04 AM

As of earlier this week, the 2015 Honda Civic Si Coupe is on sale nationwide. Remember when Honda brought one gamer's custom design to life at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show

10/17/2014 10:28:07 AM

The first generation Ford Mustang appeared at the 1965 Chicago Auto Show. #FlashbackFriday

10/17/2014 9:30:01 AM

We want your help on selecting the 2015 Chicago Auto Show design! One random winner will win two tickets to the show. Blue, White or Red? Let us know

10/16/2014 10:19:23 AM

#CAS Fans, we need your help! Tell us which design is your favorite and it could end up as the 2015 Chicago Auto Show ad! We'll award two tickets to one random fan. Ready, go!

10/15/2014 12:24:02 PM

Does your car have a name? If so, share it with us

10/14/2014 11:14:45 AM

Here’s an insider peek – on a napkin, may we add! – at the very first sketch of the current Chicago Auto Show logo. Only four more months until the nation’s largest auto show

10/14/2014 11:14:45 AM

Here’s an insider peek – on a napkin, may we add! – at the very first sketch of the current Chicago Auto Show logo. Only four more months until the nation’s largest auto show

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10/19/2014 11:36:04 AM

@ChiAutoShow white

10/18/2014 9:26:53 PM

@ChiAutoShow blue one!

10/18/2014 6:57:23 PM

@ChiAutoShow go w/blue. Hope that helps. Have a great show. jt

10/18/2014 5:25:08 PM

@ChiAutoShow Red!!!

10/18/2014 5:22:43 PM

@ChiAutoShow Red!!!

10/18/2014 2:30:59 PM

@ChiAutoShow blue design, bottom left. Love that view of the car

10/18/2014 1:09:07 PM

@ChiAutoShow the red car

10/18/2014 1:02:24 PM

@ChiAutoShow Top left

10/17/2014 4:58:59 PM

@MolisePRChicago Thanks! Have a great weekend.

10/17/2014 4:56:50 PM

@ChiAutoShow @FordMustang Awesome shot.