The Columbia Chronicle

Remapping hits city streets

By Darryl Holliday

September 19, 2011

A person could live his or her whole life in one Chicago home and still have lived in several different wards.Following the release of Census data in February and congressional redistricting that occurred in June, Chicago’s City Council will redraw many of the city’s ward boundaries as required by law by December 1.Every 10 years, legislators recast the invisible lines that define the state map in an effort to equalize pop...

Chicago’s power ordinance investigated

By Darryl Holliday

April 25, 2011

Despite federal regulations imposed under the Clean Air Act, some Chicago politicians and environmental advocates find that more stringent enforcements are needed for the city’s particular air quality needs.As part of an ongoing saga, the Chicago Clean Power Ordinance took another step on April 21 when the controversial proposal was heard before the City Council Health Committee and the Energy, Environmental and Public Util...

New ruling on Plan B One-Step in Illinois

By Heather McGraw

April 18, 2011

A recent Circuit Court ruling in downstate Sangamon County threatens women's abilities to receive emergency contraception.Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich pushed through legislation in 2005 that required all pharmacists to carry Plan B. This legislation later became known as “The Rule.”Pharmacies will now have the option to refuse stocking and selling the medication after a ruling by Judge John Belz, of the 7th Judicial Ci...

End of an era in 50th Ward

By Cristina Aguirre

April 11, 2011

Having lost the bid for re-election to what would have been his 11th term, Alderman Berny Stone (50th Ward) said he still has some things he wants to say about Chicago and the changing face of its City Council.Stone was drawn into a run-off race in the Feb. 22 general election after nearly 40 years representing the 50th Ward. On April 5, the longest-serving alderman in the City Council lost his seat when challenger Debra Silverstein took nearly 62 percent of the vote. Stone won 38 percent of the 9,629 ballots cast, according to the Chicago Board of Elections.

Second term win for 2nd Ward incumbent

By Heather McGraw

February 28, 2011

Alderman Bob Fioretti (2nd Ward) will begin his second term in office in May after winning a majority vote in the recent municipal elections, beating out fourother candidates.Fioretti received 55 percent of the votes on Feb. 22, allowing him to avoid a runoff election in April. Genita Robinson came in second in the election, with nearly 31 percent of the vote, followed by Melissa Callahan, with more than 4 percent. Jim Bosco, ...

Aldermen resolve to hold companies responsible

By Darryl Holliday

February 14, 2011

According to some city aldermen, many private companies are taking advantage of workers and city taxpayers through unethical low bidding for service contracts.The Responsible Contractor Resolution, aimed at ensuring workers receive fair wages, was introduced at Chicago’s City Hall on Feb. 9. Aldermen Ricardo Munoz (22nd Ward), Rey Colon (35nd Ward) and Sandi Jackson (7th Ward) held a press conference with members of Servi...

Photographer Vivian Maier goes viral

By Matt Watson

January 24, 2011

John Maloof didn’t know what street photography was when he purchased several boxes of Vivian Maier’s photographs at the RPN Sales Inc. auction house in 2007. Maloof, a 29-year-old former Chicago real estate agent, now lives by the term.Eighty of Maier’s photos are currently on display at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., in an exhibit called “Finding Vivian Maier: Chicago Street Photography,” wh...

Aldermen propose taxi surcharge

By Darryl Holliday

November 29, 2010

A new ordinance introduced on Nov. 17 that could potentially generate more than $70 million in revenue for the city has some taxi drivers fed up.Co-sponsored by Aldermen Edward Burke (14th Ward) and Carrie Austin (34th Ward), the ordinance would impose a $1 surcharge on each taxi ride within the city limits.This is in addition to the 50 cent surcharge added when gasoline prices rise above $2.70 a gallon for seven consecutiv...

Police forces may be redistributed

By Contributing Writer

November 22, 2010

by: Heather McGraw, Contributing WriterChicago Police Supt. Jody Weis is proposing to shift more manpower to high crime areas, to the dismay of some in lower-crime neighborhoods who are afraid they willbe shortchanged.The proposal was announced at the City Council budget hearing on Oct. 19, but the recent retirement of more than 100 officers reignited the debate leaving some aldermen up in arms.“The Chicago Police Department is currently reviewing resource allocation and...

City takes up trauma center crisis

By Darryl Holliday

November 15, 2010

After public outcry from residents, Chicago aldermen introduced a resolution on Nov. 3, that urges public health officials to address the lack of trauma care on Chicago’s South Side.The resolution, sponsored by Alderman Willie Cochran (20th Ward) and others, calls for the city’s Committee on Health to take public comment and testimony from the Chicago Department of Public Health and other sources addressing the need for...

Putting his money where his mouth is

By Samuel Charles

November 1, 2010

In 1893, what is now Chicago’s 20th Ward was the landscape for the famous Chicago World’s Fair, which gave a look at the flourishing city and all its grandeur, but it has since become one of the most impoverished and crime-ridden neighborhoods in Chicago. Now, a Columbia alumnus is attempting to change the ward, making it safer for residents, helping the youth and creating more opportunities for those who call it home.C...

Budget reductions meet resistance

By Darryl Holliday

November 1, 2010

Ways to save the city more than $200 million are hitting a wall of controversy in Chicago’s City Council.As city budget committee meetings move forward, many city officials are crying foul over a report laid out by Inspector General Joe Ferguson on Oct. 25.The budget options report—the first of its kind from the current inspector general’s office—contains 24 options various city departments could implement to save...

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