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During a June 10 press conference, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said more than 300,000 people in Chicago did not receive a federal stimulus check, many of whom were undocumented, from mixed-status families or dependent adults.

Chicago Resiliency Fund to provide $1,000 to those who didn’t receive a federal stimulus check

June 18, 2020

Like many college students, junior journalism major Kaya Lane did not receive federal coronavirus relief funding. Lane said she believed she was eligible for the $1,200 federal stimulus check but never recei...

Supreme Court ruling protects LGBTQ workers from discrimination; advocates say fight for equal rights is not over

Supreme Court ruling protects LGBTQ workers from discrimination; advocates say fight for equal rights is not over

June 18, 2020

Following an unprecedented Supreme Court decision, LGBTQ employees are now federally protected from discrimination in the workplace, serving as an important step toward equal rights. On Monday, June 15,...

Drag March for Change addresses intersectionality of race, sexuality, gender

Drag March for Change addresses intersectionality of race, sexuality, gender

June 17, 2020

Led by local Chicago drag queens and kings, thousands marched across Boystown in full drag with glamorous makeup, voluminous wigs and sky-high platform heels—but it was not part of the neighborhood's...

Protesters take precautions on the streets during a global pandemic

While hundreds and thousands of people gather for protests in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement, safety precautions are essential to prevent contracting or spreading the coronavirus.

By Ryan Rosenberger, Staff Reporter

June 16, 2020

When social activist and University of Illinois student Fionna Ek attended a rally in Champaign-Urbana to protest the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, she could not s...

Central Camera, 230 S. Wabash Ave., remains boarded up until owner Don Flesch has the means to rebuild. As of Friday, June 12 Flesch raised $200,095 of a $250,095 goal through GoFundMe.

Columbia community shares memories after fire destroys beloved Loop camera shop

June 12, 2020

Before its destruction, more than 1,000 film and digital cameras lined the walls of Central Camera, offering mere elbow space to walk through. Lenses, filters and tripods could be seen on shelves at...

Chicago tenant unions fight for those struggling to pay rent

Chicago tenant unions fight for those struggling to pay rent

June 5, 2020

For two months, Danielle Limonez struggled to pay rent, barely getting by once the coronavirus pandemic began. Limonez, a senior television major, was laid off March 27 from her position as an ou...

Outside the police station on Division Street, protesters were met with police and a military vehicle blocking both sides of the street.

Thousands gather for peaceful Lakeview protest

June 5, 2020

Nearly 5,000 protesters gathered in Wrigleyville Tuesday, June 2, with organizers and supporters providing water, food, sunscreen and masks. Demonstrators demanded justice for George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony M...

A group of protesters destroy a police vehicle, slashing its tires and jumping on the dash to shatter the glass.

Columbia buildings damaged, thousands march downtown for George Floyd protests

May 31, 2020

Residents in the South Loop woke up to businesses and buildings damaged by broken glass, looted storefronts and spray-painted messages after protests escalated and riots broke out Saturday night. ...

Lightfoot sets citywide curfew, calls on National Guard as protests escalate

Lightfoot sets citywide curfew, calls on National Guard as protests escalate

May 31, 2020

Protesters demanding justice for the death of George Floyd flooded the streets of downtown Chicago for the second day in a row on Saturday, May 30. Beginning in Federal Plaza at 2 p.m., hundred...

Camryn Tabiolo, a sophomore filmmaking student at Columbia who came back to Hawaii during the state-wide shutdown, often goes on a walk with her family and dog, Finn, in Ewa Beach, Hawaii.

A Columbia student on what it’s like to be in Hawaii during the pandemic

May 19, 2020

Camryn Tabiolo returned home to Hawaii after Columbia's campus closure to find her father, a hotel director, and her brother, who worked for Enterprise, furloughed due to the statewide shutdown. ...

Political pandemic: scope of local and national politics altered due to coronavirus

Political pandemic: scope of local and national politics altered due to coronavirus

May 19, 2020

This week, Illinois legislators are set to return to Springfield for the first time since early March, but the circumstances in which they do will be quite different. Both chambers are schedule...

(From left) Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) have all been floated as potential running mates for Joe Biden.

Biden’s VP pick likely ‘inconsequential’ in 2020 but could indicate future of Democratic Party

May 18, 2020

Joe Biden's running mate choice will have little impact on the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, some political analysts say. However, the presumptive Democratic Party nominee’s announc...

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