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Lin-Manuel Miranda reminds Congress Puerto Rico still needs help

Grammy nominees show improvement in award diversity

By Ariana Portalatin

November 27, 2017

Thousands marched in Washington, D.C., during the Nov. 19 Unity March for Puerto Rico, including “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who continues to urge a neglectful Congress to make the humane decision to increase...

Bubbly Creek, part of the South Fork of the Chicago River, had been victim to pollution in the past. However, recent efforts to clean up the river could be threatened by a recent oil spill. 

Bubbly Creek oil spill not anything new

November 6, 2017

An oil spill caused by an unknown source has occurred in Chicago’s Bubbly Creek—the southern fork of the Chicago River’s south branch—but the spill should have been be expected for the Great L...

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and 19 mayors from five different continents exchange ideas for waterway development projects Mar. 13.

19 worldwide mayors ban together against EPA cuts

March 13, 2017

Mayor Rahm Emanuel was joined by 18 mayors from 11 different countries for an Urban Waterways Forum to exchange ideas for waterway development projects to create economic growth and higher environmental...

The City’s “Great Rivers Chicago” plan provides for a series of improvements in water quality, river access and recreational facilities completed by 2040.

Long process of improving Chicago rivers continues

September 6, 2016

The city’s new project, “Great Rivers Chicago,” includes plans to make the Chicago, Calumet and Des Plaines rivers “inviting, productive and livable by 2040,” according to the project’s web...

Father Pfleger says Chicago change starts with youth

February 8, 2016

Columbia’s Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Black Student Union conducted a Q&A with Father Michael Pfleger Jan. 3 in Ferguson Hall at the 600 S. Michigan Ave. Building. Students and faculty li...

Education bill should aid disadvantaged students

By Editorial Board

December 7, 2015

ince George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 into law, it has been heavily criticized by teachers, education leaders and parents for overtesting students, limiting teachers’ freedom to modify curricula and inadequately measuring student success. Lawmakers hope to revise NCLB through the Every Student Succeeds Act, released on Nov. 30. The House of Representatives and the Senate will vote on the Every Stu...

The Chicago City Council has introduced an ordinance to restrict the retail sale of dogs from large-scale commercial breeders.

City cracks down on puppy mills, pet stores

February 17, 2014

To combat canine illnesses, overpopulated pounds and rising euthanization rates, an ordinance introduced to the City Council Feb. 5 would crack down on puppy mills by banning the retail sale of dogs ra...

Alleged hazing prompts lawsuit, investigation

By Contributing Writer

November 26, 2012

by Doug Pitorak & Liz Earl, Contributing WriterA 14-year-old boy at Maine West High School in Des Plaines, Ill., was allegedly sexually assaulted by his soccer teammates Sept. 27 in a hazing incident, according to a lawsuit filed by his parents Nov. 19 on his behalf.The boy’s mother, who asked to remain anonymous, held a press conference Nov. 19 with her lawyer to announce the complaint.The lawsuit claims the victim, a f...

City announces plan to renovate riverwalk

By The Columbia Chronicle

October 22, 2012

The promenade surrounding the Chicago River will undergo a facelift next year.Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a plan Oct. 8 to expand the century-old Chicago Riverwalk trail to Lake Street past its current end at Dearborn Street.“[The Chicago Riverwalk] is going to be sort of a signature project for the city and for Chicagoans,” said Peter Scales, a Chicago Department of Transportation spokesman.Scales said the project will be fi...

‘Right to Know’ act brings vital data to students

By Editorial Board

October 1, 2012

Earlier this year, Sens. Marco Rubio and Ron Wyden introduced the Student Right to Know Before You Go Act, which would provide prospective college students with coordinated data about post-graduation employment rates and average salary. If passed, the bill would improve students’ ability to choose their college and major while considering how they will pay off student loans based on their anticipated income.“At best, the inf...

Reclaiming Chicago’s Water: Officials plan water treatment plant improvements

By Chris Loeber

April 23, 2012

Built around a river that was once solely a means of industrial development and transportation, the city is taking steps to improve the quality of its waterways as officials hope to make them attractive for recreational use.The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago plans to install new technology at two local water treatment plants that will lead to cleaner waterways, including the Chicago River, by 2015...

Carp study offers options, but solutions still far off

By Gabrielle Rosas

February 6, 2012

Asian carp are once again at the center of a statewide debate. A privately funded study offers three different plans to stop the spread of Asian carp into Lakes Michigan and Erie—yet all of them require the re-reversal of parts of the Chicago River.States surrounding the Great Lakes should consider all other options before settling on these plans sponsored by the Great Lakes Commission and several other groups. There are other...

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