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Residents wary of water privatization

By The Columbia Chronicle

December 3, 2012

Several aldermen and community activists have expressed concern about the possible privatization of the city’s water services, which would increase water costs for residents.Because the 2013 city budget called for privatizing 34 jobs in the Department of Water, some have suggested that the city’s entire water program will soon follow.“Privatization has failed with the parking meters and will fail in any other sector of ...

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...

Debate haunts development of last piece of river land

By The Columbia Chronicle

November 26, 2012

Construction on the last undeveloped plot of land along the downtown banks of the Chicago River will begin March 2013, despite concerns regarding traffic safety and population density in the area.Wolf Point, a 4-acre plot of land along the river near the Merchandise Mart, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, will become home to two office buildings and a residential tower, according to Greg Van Schaack, senior vice president of Hines...

O’Hare soars to top of green movement

By The Columbia Chronicle

November 12, 2012

As city officials seek to improve energy and emissions policies downtown, O’Hare International Airport is setting its own national and international benchmarks forenvironmental consciousness.At the fifth annual Airports Going Green Conference, held Nov. 5–7 at the Westin River North Hotel, 320 N. Dearborn St., O’Hare was recognized for its promotion of clean energy use and its plan to implement energy-efficient cargo l...

Prentice slated for demolition

By The Columbia Chronicle

November 12, 2012

The Commission on Chicago Landmarks has sealed the fate of the old Prentice Women’s Hospital, 333 E. Superior St., despite opposition from preservationists.The decision to demolish the hospital and allow Northwestern University to move forward with its plan to construct a new medical research facility in its place was announced Nov. 1 during the commission’s meeting.The Commission voted June 1 to suspend its decision re...

Biggert admits defeat

By The Columbia Chronicle

November 7, 2012

After conceding defeat in the 11th Congressional District, Judy Biggert admitted defeat to Bill Foster after a hard-fought campaign that saw hundreds of millions of dollars in negative attack ads and super PAC contributions.According to Illinois Sen. Kurt Dillard, Biggert ran one of the classiest campaigns in Illinois history."Sometimes the map wins," Dillard said. “We can be immensely proud of our friend and congresswoman. I have seen ...

Judy Biggert campaign update, 11th District

By The Columbia Chronicle

November 6, 2012

With polling places having closed at 7 p.m. CST, the 11th district congressional race between Democrat Bill Foster and Republican Judy Biggert is predicted by some to be the closest congressional race in Illinois.The 11th district has been remapped in 2010 to include DuPage, Kane, Will and Kendal counties. After the remapping, the district, which now includes Aurora and Joliet, is rumored to favor Foster.Biggert is battli...

Outcome hinges on undecided, experts say

By The Columbia Chronicle

November 5, 2012

This presidential election has proved to be the most expensive in American history, and both candidates have spent a lot of time and money trying  to persuade undecided voters in key swing states.Undecided voters are the most important demographic in the 2012 election, according to Claudia Telles of Chicago Votes, an organization that educates 18–35-year-olds on the importance of voting.Telles noted that some voters who ar...

Absent mayor, active community

By The Columbia Chronicle

October 29, 2012

As the City Council’s Nov. 15 deadline to approve the 2013 budget looms, a group of aldermen is seeking to narrow the divide that has emerged between the council and the public that emerged after Mayor Rahm Emanuel cancelled the traditional public budget forums.The Progressive Caucus of the Chicago City Council, which was formed in 2011, is composed of core City Council members including aldermen Bob Fioretti (2nd), John Ar...

Sister cities shared traits spark cultural dialogue

By The Columbia Chronicle

October 22, 2012

A recent celebration of Pakistani art underscored how members of Chicago’s cultural associations are trying to forge a relationship between the international community and the city.In 1960, Chicago welcomed Warsaw, Poland as its first sister city, which led to the creation of the Chicago Sister Cities International program. Since then, 27 additional cities have joined the ranks.One of Chicago’s newer sister cities, Lahore,...

Activists oppose historic hospital demolition

By The Columbia Chronicle

October 15, 2012

Time is drawing near for a decision on the fate of the old Prentice Women’s Hospital.In a little more than two weeks, preservationists will choose between Northwestern University’s need to enlarge its biomedical research facilities and those who argue  that the old Prentice is such a key element of Chicago’s architectural history that it must not be demolished.The building, which is at 333 E. Superior St., and was b...

Dialogue key to preventing violence

By The Columbia Chronicle

October 8, 2012

In response to planned public housing closures, an increase in homicides and a consistently high unemployment rate, the Social Justice Initiative at the University of Illinois at Chicago organized an Oct. 1 discussion at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 S. Halsted St.The panel, which included The Rev. Jessie Jackson, Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams and UIC criminal justice and gender and women’s studies professor...

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