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Relieve overcrowding with more parolees

January 27, 2014

During his annual Christmas visit to Cook County Jail, the Rev. Jesse Jackson announced a plan to sue the county, calling for greater release of pre-trial detainees to electronic monitoring. The proposal could potentially save on the cost of room and board for inmates, but the plan needs supervision to prevent backlash.Electronic monitoring consists of fastening a tracking anklet to a nonviolent inmate and sending him or her...

First Illinois appellate judge seeks to inspire

By Dannis Valera

December 10, 2012

For the first time in history a judge of Latino descent joined the Illinois Appellate Court bench.Judge Jesse Reyes won the seat earlier in March defeating four opponents. Before winning the seat, Reyes served as a judge on the Cook County Circuit Courts for a decade. He was fascinated by the work of appellate judges.“I realized that the appellate court really has an input in the law in this state,” said Reyes. “I wou...

Chronic Relief: A look into the risks, rewards and laws of medicinal cannabis

By Kyle Rich

December 10, 2012

By Kyle Rich and Nader Ihmoud, Assistant Sports & Health EditorsAfter being bedridden for 1,000 days, Mike Graham’s nurse gave him a choice: Use medical cannabis or continue taking the same medication and eventually die from those drugs—if his disease didn’t kill him first.“I didn’t want to be a criminal, but I didn’t want to die either,” Graham said.Graham, an Illinois resident who uses marijuana as medi...

Columbia begins food drive on campus

By Ivana Hester

December 3, 2012

Columbia is joining the fight against hunger by holding two food drives for the Greater Chicago Food Depository.The Building Owners and Managers Association of the Chicago Food Drive, which the college is participating in for the first time, started Nov. 19 and will run through Dec. 14. Columbia’s radio station, WCRX-FM, will host the second drive, the 10th annual Holly Jolly Trolley Food Drive, on Dec. 6.The BOMA Food D...

Coalition forms to oppose concealed carry

By Dannis Valera

December 3, 2012

A coalition launched Monday, Nov. 26, in opposition to the possibility of Illinois lifting the ban on carrying concealed weapons, in light of the Illinois legislative veto session.They are dubbed the Stop Concealed Carry Coalition and are made up of several community leaders, religious leaders, political leaders, and victims of mass shootings.“We need to make sure Illinois leads this nation by saying conceal carry is not...

Underground hip-hop veteran visits Chicago

November 12, 2012

“Rap won’t save you,” the mantra of the Twin Cities rap collective Doomtree, is repeated in song lyrics and printed on all of its merchandise.Founding member Andrew Sims, however, credits rap for much of his success. Listening to mainstream and underground hip-hop artists, such as the Wu-Tang Clan, helped him cope during a tough childhood, when his musician parents often left Sims to watch over himself and his young...

Cook County allocates $2 million to violence prevention

By Hallie Zolkower-Kutz

November 5, 2012

Cook County officials will not pursue a tax on bullets, as Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle suggested in her Oct. 18 budget proposal. Instead, the county will allocate $2 million to health care and nonprofits with experience in violence prevention and community outreach.The updated proposal, presented Oct. 31, still contains the $25 firearm tax that was in the original proposal, but the 5-cent bullet tax that c...

Wine ‘taps’ into trend

By Trevor Ballanger

October 15, 2012

Red wine swirls in the bowl of the glass, releasing a dark, fruity aroma. Its flavor is luxurious and complex. But this wine didn’t come from an expensive glass bottle but from a keg, not unlike those found at frat parties.Paul Tanguay, a Chicago-based sommelier who co-founded Tippling Bros.’ beverage consulting company, is the man responsible for serving kegged wine and cocktails at Tavernita restaurant, 151 W. Erie S...

Park curfew violates free speech rights

By Editorial Board

October 8, 2012

A Cook County judge dismissed the cases of 92 Occupy Chicago protesters arrested in October 2011 for violating the city’s 11 p.m. curfew while trying to “occupy” Grant Park. The judge decided in favor of the protesters Sept. 28, stating that the curfew ordinance violates the First Amendment right of assembly if it is enforced selectively.The court opinion, written by Judge Thomas More Donnelly, said the curfew ordinance wasn’t enforc...

Obama confirms withdraw from Afghanistan

By Heather Scroering

May 22, 2012

By Heather Schroering, Valeria Fanelli, Kaitlyn Mattson & Julieta SholinyanPresident Barack Obama, speaking at the end of the two-day NATO summit in Chicago,  laid out several steps he said would lead to a successful transition from foreign to Afghan military control of the embattled country.The president repeated the promise to return 33,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of the summer. He added that NATO leaders a...

Cook County would be better off on its own

By Samuel Charles

November 28, 2011

Last week, a proposal was made in the Illinois state legislature that asked for the separation of Cook County from the rest of the state.I’m serious.As much as I’d like to burn every bridge between Cook County and the rest of the yokels who call Illinois home, this bill will, sadly, never pass. But let’s pretend for a minute it actually has a chance.In a few ways, this idea makes some sense. I mean, think about it: Co...

Cannabis Ticketing

By Vanessa Morton

November 7, 2011

A proposed ordinance, if enacted, would change the way Chicago regulates marijuana possession, potentially raising revenue for the city and allowing police to focus on more serious crimes.Alderman Danny Solis (25th Ward) introduced the ordinance at a City Council meeting on Nov. 2, which would, in effect, decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. The “marijuana ticketing ordinance” would allow police to ticket those caught ...

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