The Columbia Chronicle

Illinois on its way to legalize civil unions

 

By John Lendman

October 20, 2008

While 2008 has become a landmark year for legalizing same-sex marriages from Massachusetts to California, Illinois has been struggling to pass a civil union bill more than a year and a half in the making....

New eco-friendly Chipotle opens in Chicago suburb

 

By Kaylee King

October 20, 2008

Giant stuffed burrito fans in suburban Chicago can now say they've given back to the environment.A new Chipotle location in Gurnee, Ill., features a 6-kilowatt wind turbine and other green initiatives that wi...

CTA joins iGo for ‘green’ venture

By Kaylee King

October 20, 2008

Not owning a car in the city has just become a whole lot easier.The CTA and iGo Car Sharing announced Oct. 10 they will begin a new partnership encouraging commuters to leave their cars at home and acquire a Smart Card that allows both CTA riders and iGo car-renters to access trains and buses, as well as rentable cars throughout the city."We see ourselves as a less-miles solution, and this just makes it easier for our membe...

Gas, wind working together

By Andy Harvey

October 20, 2008

The absence of a comprehensive energy plan for the past 40 years is the reason why businessman T. Boone Pickens said the United States is having such economic trouble.With gas prices tied to foreign importation and a weakened dollar, many people don't know how the United States can repair the economy. But Pickens has a plan he believes, with the support of the government, can reduce the amount of foreign oil Americans impo...

Green films on the big screen

By Kelly Rix

October 20, 2008

The 44th Annual Chicago International Film Festival blows into the Windy City Oct. 16 to 29, and brings with it a new program with an environmental focus that hopes to stir up winds of change.The Green Screen program, which makes its debut this year, will showcase six films that address a range of environmental topics from around the world, including urban gardening, deforestation and global warming.Cinema Chicago, the year-...

CeaseFire an imperfect solution to violent city

By Sara Harvey

October 20, 2008

By the time this gets published, the news may have already changed.Sometimes it's difficult to stay current when you're a weekly newspaper. You have to choose your stories carefully. When writing this on Oct. 16, I saw a story in the Chicago Tribune about two members of CeaseFire, Juan Johnson and Harold Martinez, who were charged on Oct. 15 following a gang bust on the Northwest Side.The article didn't give any details about...

Too young for breast cancer?

By Kelly Rix

October 20, 2008

In December 2001, 28-year-old Tina Koral was looking forward to the future. Recently engaged, she was in the midst of planning a wedding and had a successful career as a senior research associate for the American Medical Association. Then, one day, she noticed something troubling-a pea-sized lump in her right breast. Everything changed.Koral, of Glen Ellyn, Ill., did what most women would do in her situation-went to see a doctor. Her doc...

Illinois seeing Green

By Kelly Rix

October 13, 2008

With the upcoming presidential election, most American voters, it seems, are only seeing red and blue. But in Illinois, the Green Party is poised to challenge the state's democratic machine.Thanks to Rich Whitney, the Green Party's candidate for the last governor's race-who won 10 percent of the vote in 2006-the Illinois Green Party is now considered an established party, according to state election law. This makes it muc...

 

The art of democracy

October 13, 2008

With expansive brush strokes and a keen eye for substance, the artist community has always been on the forefront of addressing an infinite canvas of social and political issues. Ranging from the environ...

 

Farmstand in the city

October 13, 2008

Crunched between towering skyscrapers and bustling traffic sits a small shop in the Loop specializing in serving fresh, locally grown food.Chicago's Farmstand market, 66 E. Randolph St., opened its door...

Organ donor registry challenges students

By Sean Stillmaker

October 13, 2008

While registering students to vote becomes prevalent before election time, health officials are seeking students to register a part of them closer to their heart-and other organs.Illinois college students began the second annual statewide competition last week, called Campus Challenge, to register students to be organ donors. The challenge is sponsored by Donate Life, which is a nonprofit agency that coordinates organ and ti...

Time to take out the trash

By Brett Marlow

October 13, 2008

Something smells funny in Chicago, and this time it's really the trash.A report released by the Inspector General's Office on Oct. 7 said an investigation from May to September found that workers, garbage truck drivers and laborers for the Bureau of Sanitation weren't working as many hours as they should in 10 city wards. Instead, they were working less than six out of the eight hours they were to work each day.The report sai...

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