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Residents, city officials take back streets

By The Columbia Chronicle

October 8, 2012

With the number of homicides in Chicago topping 400 deaths on Sept. 29, city leaders organized a rally against violence in the 31st Ward in conjunction with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Alderman Ray Suarez.At the head of the march were Emanuel, State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, Chicago Police Department Superintendent Garry McCarthy and Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard. After parents, teachers and children of the ...

Former Rep. Derrick Smith seeks reelection in wake of federal investigation

By The Columbia Chronicle

October 1, 2012

After he was caught on tape allegedly accepting a $7,000 bribe, Rep. Derrick Smith (D-10th) was arrested and voted out of the Illinois House of Representatives 100-6 on Aug. 17. Despite the charges against him, Smith plans to run for re-election, leaving policy makers divided.During a Sept. 26 pre-trial status hearing, Smith’s representation sought additional time between future hearings to allow his client more time to o...

Housing deception

By The Columbia Chronicle

September 24, 2012

Even As the housing market slowly revives throughout the country, Chicago’s publicly funded housing developments continue to struggle. Members of the city’s public housing community came together to speak out against the Chicago Housing Authority’s redevelopment  plan at a Sept. 12 board meeting at CHA headquarters, 60 E. Van Buren St.The Far South Side housing complex Altgeld Gardens has become a shell of its former se...

Privatization factors into youth homelessness

By The Columbia Chronicle

September 24, 2012

As the city looks to decrease spending, programs that combat teen homelessness have undergone a reduction in staffing and funding.Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Aug. 23 that privatizing transportation services for the homeless would save the city $1.7 million, which would affect 17,000 at-risk youths on the streets or living with other families. This came after the Illinois House of Representatives voted to decrease the budg...

Senate hearing looks to expose domestic extremism

By The Columbia Chronicle

September 24, 2012

In response to the Aug. 5 attack on a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis. that left six dead and four wounded, members of the U.S. Senate and the victims’ families are seeking to strengthen laws already in place for prosecuting hate crimes in America.Members of the Council on American-Islamic Relations arranged a viewing of the Senate’s hearing on hate crimes and domestic extremism at their headquarters, 28 E. Jackson Blvd., on Sep...

Iraq is crumbling to pieces

By The Columbia Chronicle

September 17, 2012

When Tariq al-Hashimi, fugitive Iraqi vice president and senior Sunni official, was convicted and sentenced to death on Sept. 9, it became clear that U.S. influence on the country has quickly faded since our troops withdrew in December 2011, leaving  a foreign policy disaster in their wake.The Iraqi government, led by Shiite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, issued a warrant for al-Hashimi’s arrest Dec. 19, 2011, the day after...

Chicago residents’ newest neighbors

By The Columbia Chronicle

September 10, 2012

A mild winter and poor garbage upkeep throughout the city’s neighborhoods have led to a dramatic increase in Chicago’s brown rat population, according to Chicago ecologists.Complaints to City Hall have risen drastically, forcing crews to respond more quickly to 311 calls regarding the rat problem. Calls this year have risen from 12,375 in 2011 to 15,895—a 28 percent increase, according to Matt Smith, spokesman for th...

Illinois power plants cause environmental alarm

By The Columbia Chronicle

September 4, 2012

Illinois power plants have resorted to releasing massive amounts of extremely hot water into Illinois rivers and lakes, causing fish populations to rapidly decrease, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.Although Chicago power plants have not asked for any special variances to release coolant water the Chicago River system is still being affected.With temperatures rising to 100 degrees Fahrenheit this sum...

Turkey: A window into the eastern world for NATO

By Contributing Writer

May 16, 2012

By Austin MontgomeryAfter joining NATO in 1952, Turkey has become responsible for providing a key link between the western NATO members and the Muslim world.With a population that is 98 percent Muslim, Turkey is also one of the only predominantly Muslim countries with a westernized democratic style. With long term goals ranging from integrating all of the western Balkan and Euro-Atlantic countries to providing government ...

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