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Illinois should keep tuition waivers alive

By Editorial Board

March 19, 2012

Faculty and staff at universities across the nation have enjoyed a prized benefit for years: tuition waivers. Children of parents who have worked at an Illinois public university or within the university system for more than seven years pay half-price tuition at any state school.But a recently introduced bill, waiting to be considered by the Illinois House, would get rid of this benefit altogether.Bill advocates argue that the st...

Federal government leaves Chicago to fend for itself

By Editorial Board

March 5, 2012

The G8 and NATO summits are approaching Chicago in full force, and the city is taking every possible measure to prepare. The summits are estimated to cost $40 million–$65 million, all of which the city promised in January would not be paid for with taxpayer money.But city officials recently went back on that promise and admitted that Chicago has not received any federal funds to cover the summits, even though the city has a...

City council chamber audience rules are practical

By Editorial Board

February 27, 2012

Chicago City Council meetings can get raucous. That’s why four clout-wielding aldermen, one being longtime Financial Committee Chair Edward Burke (14th Ward), are pushing a proposal that would ban certain forms of audience expression from the council chambers during meetings, including yelling, cheering and whistling, among other vocalizations.In addition, audience members would not be allowed to hold signs or placards during council meeting...

Proposed gun registration law is far-fetched

By Editorial Board

February 20, 2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed a statewide gun registry law Feb. 9 that would require handgun owners to register their firearm with the state and pay a fee of $65 for each weapon. Supposedly, the law would help police track down suspects in violent crimes and combat illegal firearm trafficking in Chicago.While a law that could help curb violence and crime as drastically as this one sounds like a great idea, Emanuel’s plan is...

Disabling fraud

By Vanessa Morton

November 29, 2011

An increase in illegal use of placards to park in spots for the disabled has caused Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his administration to propose a new ordinance that could help stifle the ongoing activity.The mayor introduced the ordinance on Nov. 16, during a City Council meeting. The plan would include an increase in fines and penalties to Chicago motorists caught displaying stolen, fraudulent or changed placards.“The abuse of th...

Chicago’s pot luck

By Samuel Charles

November 7, 2011

At the most recent Chicago City Council meeting on Nov. 2, Alderman Daniel Solis (25th Ward) introduced a new bill that would decriminalize possessing small amounts of marijuana.If passed, those caught with 10 grams or less of marijuana would be issued a $200 ticket instead of being arrested and potentially facing jail time.There really isn’t a downside to this proposal. Cops won’t waste time on low priority drug arrests, fewer...

Emanuel: Off with the head tax

By Vanessa Morton

October 10, 2011

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a new plan at the City Council meeting on Oct. 5 that would help eliminate the Chicago Employer’s Expense Tax—also known as the city’s “head tax”—which prevents many medium and small businesses from starting and growing.The proposal would accommodate a pledge Emanuel made during his mayoral campaign that would rid Chicago of a tax that requires businesses to pay an additional $4 a year...

“Motor Row” becomes “Music Row”

By Vanessa Morton

September 19, 2011

Development of a new entertainment district located in the city’s South Loop neighborhood has continued to make progress after a zoning redesignation was introduced by Alderman Robert Fioretti (2nd Ward) and passed in a City Council vote.The City Council Zoning Committee agreed on the plan during a meeting that was held on Sept. 1. The initiative will try to transform what is known as “Motor Row”—a three-block stretch...

Vaccine guards against seasonal H1N1 virus

By J_Howard

November 8, 2010

November means the beginning of many things: holiday shopping, cold weather and influenza season. This year, the flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months old and up and will protect against three strains of the flu, including the H1N1 virus.In previous years, the flu shot has been distributed on a priority basis to pregnant women, those with weakened immune systems and people aged 65 and older. The Centers for Disease ...

Summer fun may fizzle

By The Columbia Chronicle

November 16, 2009

In recent weeks, governmental budget woes have been all the buzz in this anything-but-booming economy. Mayor Richard M. Daley’s announcement of the city’s upcoming spending cuts might have some of the city’s festival and concert attendees frowning.Daley revealed his budget plans for next year to the City Council on Oct. 21. The mayor proposed a $114 million reduction in spending, in response to the city’s current $55...

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