The Columbia Chronicle

Lolla to stay a while

By Kelly Rix

November 17, 2008

All eyes were on Grant Park on Nov. 4 as President-elect Barack Obama delivered his acceptance speech from Hutchinson Field. Now, Chicago's front yard will continue to draw hundreds of thousands of visitors each summer thanks to a 10-year contract extension with the Lollapalooza music festival.The Chicago Park District Board voted in favor of the contract on Nov. 12, which means Grant Park will host the three-day music extrav...

 

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...

 

Art gallery celebrates change

November 10, 2008

Without a Sen. John McCain supporter in sight, an art gallery on the South Side passionately celebrated President-Elect Barack Obama’s win the night of Nov. 4.Bryant Johnson, curator and owner of Steele Life...

Illinois Republicans feeling blue in Chicago

By John Lendman

November 10, 2008

On Election night, Illinois Republicans were already planning their comeback at English Restaurant, 444 N. LaSalle St., even before the final results came in declaring then-Sen. Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States.Hosted by the Cook County Republican Party and Illinois for McCain, English was transformed into a who's who of Illinois Republicans with supporters and donors rubbing elbows with Republican Pa...

Referendum results

By Bethany Reinhart

November 10, 2008

Chicagoans headed to the polls in record numbers to vote on several influential referendums on Nov. 4. Among those referendums were the Illinois Constitutional Convention, an option to adopt an election official recall process and the Bronzeville Affordable Housing Act.Passed: Bronzeville Affordable Housing ActThe passage of this referendum will ensure that Mayor Richard M. Daley and the Chicago 2016 Olympic Committee will protect a...

 

GOP reacts to election losses

November 10, 2008

Chicago’s Young Republicans hosted an election night party with Cook County Commissioner Tony Peraica at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., to watch the results and give young conservatives a...

Political musical chairs

By Eli Kaberon

November 10, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama’s move from Capitol Hill to the White House leaves Illinois with only one member in the U.S. Senate; Sen. Dick Durbin. While Obama was chosen by millions of voters across the country to be elected to the nation’s highest office, the decision of his replacement in the Senate will lie in the hands of one man—Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. And many are sounding off about how the governor wil...

History

By Kelly Rix

November 10, 2008

Long before the election night rally opened its gates, the excitement was already brewing on the streets in anticipation of what most hoped would be a Sen. Barack Obama victory. Street vendors selling Obama T-shirts, pins and other memorabilia lined Michigan Avenue as thousands of people descended on the South Loop to watch the rally.The gates to Hutchinson Field, which was open only to ticketed guests, opened earlier than originall...

Democrats take lead in Illinois

By Kaitlyn McAvoy

November 10, 2008

Last week’s elections presented the wins for Illinois races including Cook County State’s Attorney, Illinois United States Senate and other Chicagoland congressional positions.In the race for Cook County State’s Attorney, Democrat Anita Alvarez came out victorious. Alvarez won over Republican opponent Tony Peraica and Green Party candidate Thomas O’Brien.Alvarez is replacing former Cook County State’s Attorney Rich...

Chicagoans celebrate peacefully

By Kaylee King

November 10, 2008

In the days leading up to then-Sen. Barack Obama’s rally, murmurs of riots circulated through office buildings, classrooms and other workplaces throughout the city. But on the actual night, the issue seemed to vaporize into the warm autumn air.Prior to the event vendors sold colorful pins adorned with rhinestones, T-shirts that read "Yes we can!" and visitors sported homemade outfits supporting the man of the night—Obama...

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