The Columbia Chronicle

Keeping Chicago’s beaches clean

By Sean Stillmaker

September 29, 2008

The Alliance for Great Lakes kicked off its annual inaugural beach cleanup on the North Shore on Sept. 20.Volunteers gathered along the coastal areas of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin and swept the beaches of garbage and debris. Last year alone, more than 4,100 volunteers participated, according to the Alliance's website.The 42nd Ward Democratic Party joined the Alliance, sponsoring the Oak Street Beach clea...

Streets become parks for a day

By Kelly Rix

September 29, 2008

This fall, some streets and historic tree-lined boulevards of Chicago will be temporarily transformed into public recreational space through a new program called Sunday Parkways.On Oct. 5 and 26, cars will temporarily take a backseat to bicyclists, walkers, joggers, skateboarders and stroller-pushers in an effort to promote physical fitness, family fun and a stronger sense of community."The street will be open to everyone, a...

Fire destroys Chinese artifacts

 

By Meha Ahmad

September 29, 2008

Along a street lined with Chinese antique stores, past the Lucky Lantern shop and Emperor's Choice restaurant is a community that displays its culture and traditions with pride. But in the heart of Chic...

 

‘Die-In’ protests Iraqi civilian casualties

September 29, 2008

While business suit-clad employees carried on their daily routines passing through the buildings surrounding Federal Plaza, at the corner of West Adams and South Dearborn streets,  around noon on Sept. 22,...

 

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...

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...

 

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...

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