The Columbia Chronicle

‘One Tree Makes a Difference’ this Arbor Week

By mlekovic

April 27, 2009

Chicago school children in all 50 wards were bound together by a unique ribbon project that honored trees on Arbor Day, April 24.More than 2,000 fourth graders wrote passages on green ribbons about why trees are important to them. They were hung on an elm tree proudly named Triumph, after President Barack Obama’s triumphant victory speech on Michigan Avenue, according to Gina Tedesco, spokeswoman for the Morton Arboretum, whic...

Heroin deaths on the rise

By Ashley Badgley

April 27, 2009

Chicagoland is reeling from a spike in heroin deaths over the past several months. The drug—a new kind with a higher potency—is making its way from Asia, Central America and South America to the city and being distributed throughout the area.In Will County alone, there have been 12 deaths this year from heroin use and abuse, said Will County coroner Pat O’Neil. In 2008, the county recorded 14 deaths from heroin and tw...

VIDEO: Chicago Protesters come out for Tax Day Tea Party

By Cristina Aguirre

April 20, 2009

The economic downturn, government spending and bailouts have caused thousands of protestors across the country to join in for the annual tax day “tea parties."Hundreds of people rallied in Chicago’s Federal Plaza, 50 W. Adams St., holding signs aimed towards President Barack Obama’s economic administration policies. Other protesters were more concerned about their children’s future.Barbara Griffin, who was affected...

Latino homelessness populates Chicagoland

By mlekovic

April 20, 2009

Latino homelessness in Chicago and surrounding suburbs has been growing at a rapid pace, and with the economic downfall, fewer individuals are able to find a job and get back on track.The Council on Latino Homelessness and the Chicago Community Trust sponsored a one-day symposium on April 14 at the Federal Reserve Bank, 230 S. LaSalle St. The event was established in 2005 as a result of several community-based organizatio...

Hospitals’ tax exemptions don’t even out

By Ashley Badgley

April 20, 2009

Chicagoland hospitals are getting up to three times more money in tax exemptions than they give in charity care, according to a report released on April 10.The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability issued the report, which estimated hospitals received $498.5 million in tax exemptions for charity care and only provided $175.7 million for their patients.“The information comes from financial data reported by the hospital...

Group helps ‘STOP’ mental center closures

By mlekovic

April 20, 2009

Chicago’s mental health centers have been in a spiral of confusion for the past few weeks about whether or not some would be closing due to a $1.2 million cut in state funding.In early April, four of the city’s mental health centers were in danger of being closed to the public. All four of the health centers are located on the South Side, and community groups rallied in protest against the closures.“The administrati...

Hard times hit Streetwise

By Kelly Rix

April 20, 2009

For the past 16 years, Streetwise vendors have been selling newspapers, and more recently magazines, on the sidewalks of Chicago. But the publication might go under if it doesn’t receive an influx of money soon.“We’ve got declining ad revenue, we’ve got declining donations and we’ve got declining buyers of our magazine,” said Pete Kadens, vice president of Streetwise’s board. “It’s been the perfect financial s...

Program offers more than just work

By Ashley Badgley

April 20, 2009

It’s 7 a.m., and the sun barely peeks from behind the clouds on a cold and rainy Chicago morning. The only bright spot is a herd of fluorescent sweatshirts inside a cube-shaped building that resembles a hybrid storage center and ballet studio. “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” starts rattling the walls of the stark, white building, and 23 joyful Chicagoans are singing and preparing for another day of work.The fluorescent sw...

Side streets still in disrepair

By Spencer L. Roush

April 20, 2009

Harsh, unpredictable Chicago winters and asphalt don’t mix. And this year, due to lack of funding, the Chicago Department of Transportation can’t keep up with repairing potholes on the 3,800 miles of city streets, often leaving side streets at the bottom of the city’s to-do list.In response, some Chicagoans are getting out their cameras and taking a walk around their neighborhoods looking for the most weather-beaten, ...

Medicinal marijuana waits for smoke to clear

By mlekovic

April 13, 2009

A bill to legalize medicinal marijuana seemed likely to be passed in the  Illinois Senate earlier this year, until it was abruptly halted in late March due to lack of votes.Bill SB1381 was put on hold by its chief sponsor, Sen. William Haine (D-Alton), because it didn’t receive enough votes to pass in the state Senate. In addition to halting the legislation, its sponsors and staff are trying to include four additional amendme...

Holocaust museum to open in Skokie

By Evan Minsker

April 13, 2009

In the United States, there are more than 20 museums memorializing the Holocaust. This week, Skokie, Ill., will join the likes of Washington, D.C., New York and Los Angeles with the opening of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center.The public grand opening of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, is scheduled to take place on April 19. The sold-out event is headlined by keynote ...

 

Olympic Village may close lakefront

April 13, 2009

If Chicago is chosen to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, large portions of the city's lakefront path could be closed to the public for about a month because of plans for a private beach for athletes ...

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