The Columbia Chronicle

Pickpockets target holiday shoppers

By Mandy Treccia

December 1, 2008

Every year, Jennifer Reed, a resident of Aurora, Ill., and her friends start their holiday shopping the week before Thanksgiving with a trip to the stretch of stores on State Street. But this year’s outing had a sour ending when Reed was at Macy’s on Nov. 22 and discovered her wallet went missing.Reed started to panic. Her friend told her to retrace her steps. Reed remembered taking her wallet out of her purse as she ...

Metra teams with Google Transit

By Mandy Treccia

December 1, 2008

Metra has joined CTA on the Google Maps bandwagon, utilizing more efficient commute navigation tools throughout the Chicagoland area.Metra has partnered with Google Transit, a public transit trip-planning feature of Google Maps, to make it easier for commuters to plan their trips directly from the website on a computer or cell phone, instead of various paper schedules and station maps.On Nov. 14, Metra launched its new Go...

A budding bike-tropolis

By John Lendman

December 1, 2008

With plans to transform Chicago into an all-encompassing bikeway network, the city of Chicago is ambitious-to say the least.The city's Bike 2015 plan seeks to increase bicycle use by making it safer and more accessible to cyclists so that all trips less than 5 miles are eventually by bike, according to the 150-point strategy plan.In 2008, Chicago's Department of Transportation's Bicycling Ambassador program took on 75 of those benchma...

Chicago focuses on AIDS epidemic

By Kelly Rix

December 1, 2008

On Dec. 1, all around the globe, people will commemorate World AIDS Day for the 20th consecutive year, focusing on both the progress and the challenges faced in fighting the epidemic more than 20 years after it emerged.This is the fourth year Chicago has had a collaborative citywide program to commemorate World AIDS Day and the first year multiple events are taking place throughout the city over the span of several days. T...

Bedbugs bite Chicago

By Kelly Rix

December 1, 2008

Most people remember being told as children to "sleep tight and don't let the bedbugs bite." But since the late 1990s, these nocturnal, blood-sucking pests have been making a worldwide comeback and are leaving many Chicagoans with sleepless nights and lots of itchy bites.Bedbugs were prevalent in the United States through the World War II era, but virtually disappeared after the use of synthetic pesticides, like DDT, became wi...

City Council approves 2009 budget

By Mandy Treccia

November 24, 2008

Chicago City Council members voted 49-1 to pass a difficult 2009 budget, hit hard by low funds and a declining economy, on Nov. 19.The $6 billion budget, which Mayor Richard M. Daley unveiled on Oct. 15, calls for 635 city employees to be laid off, the elimination of 1,346 vacant jobs, six partial government shutdowns around the holidays—including the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve—and the hi...

Not just a ‘California thing’

By John Lendman

November 24, 2008

More than 5,000 protesters gathered at Federal Plaza, 50 W. Adams St., on Nov. 15 to rally against the recent passing of Proposition 8, which halted same-sex marriages in California. A diverse blend of participants-gay and straight alike-congested the Loop, representing Chicago as one of more than 200 cities in all 50 states holding local demonstrations in a simultaneous national protest.The Chicago Gay Man's Chorus opened the...

Cabbie blues

By Kaylee King

November 24, 2008

Holiday shoppers clamoring for cabs in the city may have to find alternate ways of transportation to various shopping spots come Black Friday on Nov. 28.Peter Enger, secretary of the United Taxi Drivers Committee Council, said the group gave Mayor Richard M. Daley a two-week ultimatum to show interest in a proposed 16 percent cab fare increase and filed a petition with more than 1,300 cab driver signatures to get an on-th...

Homeless youth get to speak out

By Kelly Rix

November 24, 2008

On a chilly Monday night, about 200 people packed into the Second Unitarian Church, 656 W. Barry St., to give Chicago's homeless youth a chance to be seen and heard.Now in its fourth year, "Change Please" is an annual art and talent show that features artwork, poetry, music and spoken-word performances by a group of homeless and formerly homeless young people who are members of H.E.L.L.O.-Homeless Experts Living Life's Obst...

Back to the stacks

Back to the stacks

November 17, 2008

The Chicago Public Library wants young people to know there is more to the library than old books.Starting Nov. 17, the library will launch a new ad campaign targeting people who are in the post-college ...

Bidding on a piece of Chicago’s history

By John Lendman

November 17, 2008

Throughout the city of Chicago, vibrant street pole banners observing the year's sports victories, museum exhibits and culture-infused art fairs and festivals line the streets, avenues and parkways.These 77-by-31-inch vinyl snapshots of moments in Chicago's history will be auctioned off as part of Chicago's Sharing It Banner Auction held in the lobby of the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington St., on Nov. 19 from noon to ...

Chicago ending free trolley service

By Mandy Treccia

November 17, 2008

The city of Chicago announced plans on Nov. 4 to end its free trolley service on Jan. 4, 2009 after funding was cut from the city’s 2009 budget.Federal congestion relief grants—money provided to the city by the federal government to help ease traffic congestion—funded the service until 2004 when the city took over and contracted Chicago Trolley Co.Brian Steele, spokesperson for the Chicago Department of Transportation, said...

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