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...

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

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...

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...

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...

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