The Columbia Chronicle

THE CHI-TOWN LOW DOWN: Voters the real disappointment in Chicago mayoral race

By Managing Editor

March 2, 2015

Although he held a steady lead for most of the Feb. 24 mayoral race, Mayor Rahm Emanuel fell short of the 50 percent vote needed to win the 2015 Chicago mayoral election without entering a runoff. Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia trailed behind him with a 33.9 percent following.The fact that there will be six more weeks of campaigning to win over more voters is not dissapointing, though. What is disappointing...

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is forced into a runoff by Jesus

Emanuel forced into runoff

February 25, 2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is ready for round two against Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, after conceding that he would not reach the 50 percent of the vote needed for reelection on Feb. 24.The t...

Chicago taxi driver Rocky Mmoma protests ridesharing apps, such as Uber, outside City Hall on Feb. 17 as other drivers circled the building from 6–10 a.m. 

Taxi drivers protest UberX

February 23, 2015

Taxi drivers honked their horns to protest the unregulated ridesharing industry, swarming Daley Plaza continuously, circling the block for hours until a press conference later that morning on Feb. 17 by...

Major wireless providers T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint will soon provide 4G wireless coverage to Red and Blue Line stations as part of a $32.5 million deal.

Wireless companies front bill for 4G upgrade

February 9, 2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced in a Jan. 30 press release an unprecedented deal between four major wireless competitors—T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint—and the City of Chicago to fund a $32.5...

Police Profiling: Transgender People

City Council approves new police profiling ordinance

January 26, 2015

The Chicago City Council voted Jan. 21 to expand Chicago’s preexisting ban on police profiling to include “gender identity” and “national origin,” a move aimed at protecting the city’s tra...

Nick Puetz, co-founder, president and director of photography for Pink Hippo Productions operates one of the company’s cameras during production.

Alumni introduce Pink Hippo Productions as outlet for graduates

November 10, 2014

Two Columbia alumni have banded together to launch Pink Hippo Productions, a Chicago-based digital video and film production company. Pink Hippo Productions is not your average cinema company, as it prefers to hire recent grads of Chicago film schools, according to founders Nick Pue...

New website allows citizens to rank aldermen

Aldermen Ranking

By Assistant Metro Editor

November 3, 2014

Grassroots Illinois Action launched a new campaign allowing Chicagoans to view their alderman’s “rank” compared to other aldermen based on their City Council votes online. GIA’s new website, T...

Alderman Fioretti running for mayor

Alderman Fioretti running for mayor

September 22, 2014

Alderman Bob Fioretti (2nd Ward) made a formal public announcement at East-West University Sept. 13 that he will be running for mayor  of Chicago in February 2015.If elected, Fioretti said his main f...

Supreme Court decision puts politics up for sale

April 14, 2014

Tracking money in politics has become increasingly difficult, not only because of the sheer volume of donations, but also because many of them are channeled through 527 committees or “charitable” organizations that lack any campaign contribution limits. In the 2012 election, billions of dollars flowed to candidates’ arsenals from both partisan corporate groups and individuals, significantly influencing local and natio...

Teachers want CPS to “Let Them Teach”

March 17, 2014

Angry parents, teachers and Chicago Teacher's Union members gathered March 10 outside the Teacher's Academy of Math and Science, 501 W. 35th St., to boycott the Illinois Standard Achievement Test and ...

Emanuel takes tax increase off the table

By Editorial Board

October 22, 2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced his $8.3 billion budget proposal for 2013 to the City Council on Oct. 10. According to Crain’s Chicago Business, it features no new taxes or fees, but instead relies on generating revenue through enhanced debt collection, fines generated by the city’s new speed cameras, economic growth and layoffs.After this year’s increased fees, such as those on city water use and street parking, the abse...

Celebrating artists one block at a time

By Alex Stedman

October 8, 2012

Chicago’s many neighborhoods vary in architecture, atmosphere and the art made by their residents. This diversity inspired the theme of the 13th annual Chicago Artists Month, “Art Block by Block.”Presented every October by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Chicago Artists Month celebrates the city’s thriving art community. This year the festival will explore how artists’ places of or...

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