The Columbia Chronicle

Poetry ‘Bomb’ blows attendees away

By Sean Stillmaker

March 16, 2009

Schools stretching across the state made their way to the Vic Theatre on March 8 for the final round of a fiercely fought poetry slam.Louder Than a Bomb, hosted by Young Chicago Authors, is Chicago’s largest team-based youth poetry competition and this year had the largest turnout in its nine-year history. The slam was also filmed by HBO and will be a part of a seven-episode series airing on April 5.“It sort of exploded and...

Wabash construction in last phase

By Ashley Badgley

March 16, 2009

Chicago has been changing the face of Wabash Avenue since 2007, and the construction is in its final stages. Construction from Wacker Drive to Harrison Street is complete, but work from Harrison Street to Roosevelt Road, on the west side of the street, is ongoing.The purpose of the Wabash Avenue project is to make the street look better and be a safer and more pleasant environment for the city, said Brian Steele, spokesperso...

‘Loan sharks’ in murky waters

By Kelly Rix

March 16, 2009

When falling on hard times, many of Chicago's poorer residents turn to payday loans when no other sources of income are available. But if Sen. Dick Durbin and consumer advocacy groups have their way, the entire payday loan industry could go the way of dinosaurs.Durbin introduced the "Protecting Consumers from Unreasonable Credit Rates Act" which, if passed, will limit the amount of interest on all consumer credit products, ...

Freedom museum closed, now going mobile

By Sean Stillmaker

March 9, 2009

After three years, Chicago’s Freedom Museum permanently closed its doors on March 1 at its Tribune Tower location, 435 N. Michigan Ave, but its mission and civic education will continue.The Freedom Museum is dedicated to informing the public about the value of freedom and focusing on the role the First Amendment has played in protecting our freedoms in the past, present and future, according to its mission statement.The ...

Clearing up taxes

By Ashley Badgley

March 9, 2009

Some Chicago aldermen are requesting more transparency and better access to the city’s tax increment financing information. This is in an effort to provide more knowledge and trust in Illinois government for the city’s residents, said Alderman Manuel Flores (1st Ward).Alderman Flores and Scott Waguespack (32nd Ward) proposed the Sunshine Ordinance in order to make TIFs, public investment funds from communities that are ...

Recognizing a fashion legend, Marshall Field’s

By Sean Stillmaker

March 9, 2009

The Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., held the second of a three-part series highlighting the role Marshall Field’s store had in the Chicago fashion scene.On March 3, Timothy Long, Chicago History Museum curator of costumes, hosted a lecture describing the contributions the store made in the fashion world.Marshall Field began his company after dissolving partners in 1881. The department store was then acquired by th...

Illinois colleges not using discounted tuition program

By Ashley Badgley

March 9, 2009

For the past two years, Illinois residents could have taken advantage of a collaborative program allowing them to attend one of 140 colleges in other Midwestern states with major discounts. But, even though Illinois joined the program, no colleges in the state have yet implemented it.An agreement between the participating states and institutions, the Midwest Student Exchange Program provides students attending certain schoo...

Nonprofit venue raided

By Kelly Rix

March 9, 2009

What seemed like just another event at AV-Aerie, a nonprofit resource center and performance venue, ended abruptly after seven city investigators “raided” the space on Feb. 27 and slapped the owners with two citations and a cease and desist order.Marshall Preheim, founder and director of AV-Aerie, 2000 W. Fulton St., was cited by the city’s Department of Business Affairs and Licensing for operating without the required ...

Cycling culture expands with No. 1-rated race

By Sean Stillmaker

March 2, 2009

The ever-evolving bike culture in Chicago can now add another title to its list as the No. 1 bike racing criterium on the USA Cycling national calendar.USA Cycling, a sport bicycle racing promoter and race administrator, sanctions 2,500 competitive bike races but only hand-picks 30 to 35 races to be part of the national calendar, said Andrea Smith, spokesperson for USA Cycling.The Chicago Criterium bike race, which debuted o...

Oasis coming to ‘food desert’

By Kelly Rix

March 2, 2009

Residents in Chicago's historic South Side Bronzeville neighborhood, long considered a "food desert," will be getting a new grocery store in the coming year.The Milwaukee-based chain Roundy's Supermarkets has signed a lease to build a new 60,000 square-foot supermarket at 39th and State streets, near the site of the now-demolished Robert Taylor homes and Ida B. Wells public housing projects."Bronzeville is a vibrant neighborh...

Daley goes viral with YouTube

By Bethany Reinhart

March 2, 2009

Following in the footsteps of Pope Benedict XVI and Queen Elizabeth, Mayor Richard M. Daley has formally launched his own YouTube channel.Daley first created his YouTube.com account in 2006 but never used or showcased it. Partnering with Google allowed Daley and members of his staff to redesign the channel and officially introduce it to the public.At a press conference at Google Chicago Headquarters, 20 W. Kinzie St., on Feb....

ESPN made just for Chicago

By Ashley Badgley

March 2, 2009

Chicago is set to be the first city with its own ESPN website.ESPNChicago.com will be launched in April and is the pilot for more ESPN expansion. The website plans on highlighting all of Chicago sports, covering everything from high school to professional athletics.For the past decade, ESPN has received a large response from its Chicago-based radio station, ESPN 1000. Hundreds of thousands of people visit the radio’s we...

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