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Women’s workspace to spread its ‘wings’

Women’s workspace to spread its ‘wings’

February 15, 2019

The Wing, a women-focused workspace, is set to open a Chicago location, its first in the Midwest, this year.The Wing has been active since October 2016 and has approximately 6,000 members in five location...

Illinois budget gridlock threatens state worker paychecks

Illinois budget gridlock threatens state worker paychecks

February 6, 2017

State employees may find their paychecks on hold if a court grants Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s recent motion to put a halt on state worker payments, unless a budget passes by Feb. 28. T...

Editor’s Note: Enrollment plummet proves need for administrative wake-up call

Enrollment plummet proves need for administrative wake-up call

By Editor-In-Chief

October 3, 2016

Columbia’s enrollment dropped for the seventh consecutive year, as reported in The Chronicle’s Front Page story. At 8,120 students—the decline began after 2008 when the college had 12,464—our enroll...

Transgender people deserve insurance coverage

By Editorial Board

November 17, 2014

Aetna, an insurance company that participates in the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program, announced Oct. 31 that it would cover surgical gender reassignment procedures for federal workers beginning in 2015.Aetna is one of many insurance companies to cover sex-change operations in recent months. Medicare, the federal insurance program for retired and disabled individuals, announced July 2 that it will offer coverage for s...


Activists want mental health clinics reopened

September 8, 2014

Two years after half of Chicago’s mental health clinics closed, several aldermen and the Mental Health Movement, a group dedicated to advocating for the mentally ill, are calling for the clinics to reop...

College credit system needs revision

April 28, 2014

From 2013–2014, full-time Columbia students coughed up $22,132 for tuition, a number that will increase to $22,884 in the next academic year. Students are looking to maximize the value of their education, but each semester, many full-time students are charged for credits they do not use— an extra $668 many can’t afford to waste.All full-time Columbia students are billed a uniform price for 12 to 16 credit hours. Any stud...

Quinn cancels union contract

By The Columbia Chronicle

December 3, 2012

a move that has shocked unions across Illinois, Gov. Pat Quinn terminated the state’s contract with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31, the state’s largest public employee union, on Nov. 20.The union had been in contract negotiations with the state since its contract expired in June, but failure to resolve issues regarding retirement benefits and health care for union members ha...

Mental health closings displace patients

By Managing Editor

November 19, 2012

An estimated 484 mental health patients have gone missing since the city consolidated 12 publicly funded mental health clinics into six facilities in April, according to a recent report.The report, published Oct. 24 by AFSCME Council 31, the union representing the city’s mental health employees, shows that 5,337 patients were being treated by the city-operated clinics before the closings. By July, the Chicago Department ...

Activists rally in support of Gov. Quinn’s proposal to close Tamms Correctional Center

By Kaley Fowler

April 9, 2012

Because it uses solitary confinement as a means of punishment, the Tamms Correctional Center in Tamms, Ill., has been a controversial topic since its opening in 1998. Now, a proposal from Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration may require the facility to close, prompting a greater push from anti-Tamms activists.In his 2013 budget plan, Quinn proposed closing Tamms to save taxpayers $26.6 million annually. While Quinn’s concern i...

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