The Columbia Chronicle


Occupational hazards behind the lens

September 24, 2008

Dan Thompson heard glass being shattered all around him. At first it was just empty storefronts, but then protesters started smashing bank windows, a Macy's storefront and marked and unmarked cop cars."They...


Boy wins $50,000 playground for school

September 22, 2008

It's not every day a child says they left behind a legacy. But that's what happened on Sept. 15 when 11-year-old Jose Flores helped unveil the $50,000 playground he won for his former elementary school ...


Funding cuts hit substance abuse centers

September 22, 2008

Haymarket Center, 120 N. Sangamon St., is the largest nonprofit substance abuse treatment center in Chicago. In the past two months, however, the agency, which primarily serves Chicago's homeless popul...

Autism bill victim of political feuds

By Kelly Rix

September 22, 2008

When Mary Kay Betz found out her 2-year-old son had autism, she was told he might never speak and would likely end up institutionalized. Refusing to give up hope, Betz said she sought out the best treatment possible for her son.Her persistence paid off, and after years of intensive therapy, Betz said her son Riley, now 8 years old, is basically "recovered" and behaves like most other children his age.But his success came ...

MetraMarket plans unveiled

By Meha Ahmad

September 22, 2008

Metra commuters will soon be able to sample foods from France, order coffee from Italy and even buy groceries from CVS in a new European-style market before taking a ride on the commuter line rail trains.Metra, city leaders and project developer U.S. Equities Realty broke ground on Sept. 18 in the West Loop on a multimillion dollar retail development project slated to be completed by summer 2009.Seeking to bring a European fee...

Parents weigh pros and cons of measles vaccine

By Eve Fuller

September 22, 2008

Illinois ranks higher than any other state in the country for measles cases, and public health authorities believe a decrease in child vaccinations could be to blame.Chicago, specifically, has reported 32 cases of measles, more than any other year since 1994, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Illinois.Citing religious or philosophical reasons, parents are not getting their children vaccinated, according to fin...

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Washed out

September 22, 2008

While strong storms battered the Chicagoland area on the weekend of Sept. 13-14, many city events, festivals and their vendors suffered.Amid the storm's record rainfall, topping off at 8 inches of rain ...


City reflects on massive rainstorm

September 22, 2008

The largest rainstorm in Chicago's recorded history hit the city, northeastern Illinois  and northwestern Indiana on Sept. 12, 13 and 14,  when the flood gates were opened  billions of gallons of untre...

Gay-friendly school proposed

By Joel Alonzo

September 15, 2008

A new gay-friendly high school has been proposed for Chicago and, if accepted, will join the likes of New York’s Harvey Milk High School as a safe place for LGBTQA (lesbian, gay, transgendered, questioning and allied) students.“This is not simply a gay high school,” said William Greaves, Director and Community Liaison of the city of Chicago on Human Relations’ Advisory Council on LGBT Issues. “It is a place wher...

Center works to fill cultural health gap

By Meha Ahmad

September 15, 2008

When Jenny Patino went to therapy for the first time at the age of 15 for depression, she said the therapists didn't help her with her problems and only made them worse."The therapists didn't know how families work in the Latino community," said Patino, 22, a member and former political correspondent of Columbia's Latino Alliance. She said a patriarchal family and overbearing father were the root of her depression."Had we had...

Cheating for charity


By John Lendman

September 15, 2008

Nonprofit writing and tutoring center 826CHI has a simple but effective mission: make a wide variety of services not only accessible to Chicago grade school students, but free of charge as well.Funding ...


Celeb chef helps fight child hunger

September 15, 2008

A West Side community center was full of energy on Sept. 9 as Kids Cafe, a program that will feed healthy meals to needy children, launched a new location at the Marillac Social Center.Award-winning ch...

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