The Columbia Chronicle

Restaurant Week satisfies hungry Chicagoans

By Kaley Fowler

February 6, 2012

With more than 6,000 restaurants in the city, finding somewhere to eat isn’t terribly difficult. Deciding on a restaurant, however, can be more problematic. That’s where Chicago Restaurant Week comes in.Chicago will hold its fifth annual Restaurant Week, a 10-day showcase of more than 230 restaurants throughout the city and suburbs, from Feb. 17–26. Eateries will offer special prix fixe menus priced at $22 for lunch ...

End of an era in 50th Ward

By Cristina Aguirre

April 11, 2011

Having lost the bid for re-election to what would have been his 11th term, Alderman Berny Stone (50th Ward) said he still has some things he wants to say about Chicago and the changing face of its City Council.Stone was drawn into a run-off race in the Feb. 22 general election after nearly 40 years representing the 50th Ward. On April 5, the longest-serving alderman in the City Council lost his seat when challenger Debra Silverstein took nearly 62 percent of the vote. Stone won 38 percent of the 9,629 ballots cast, according to the Chicago Board of Elections.

Some wards still in play

By Darryl Holliday

March 7, 2011

50th Ward considers changeThe race in the 50th Ward has been heating up ever since the Feb. 22 election. Alderman Bernard Stone, who won 37 percent of the ward vote, and Debra Silverstein at nearly 34 percent, have traded barbs and continue to make their case for why they should be chosen to represent the North Side neighborhood of West Ridge—one of the most diverse areas in the city.The 10-term alderman was first electe...

Second term win for 2nd Ward incumbent

By Heather McGraw

February 28, 2011

Alderman Bob Fioretti (2nd Ward) will begin his second term in office in May after winning a majority vote in the recent municipal elections, beating out fourother candidates.Fioretti received 55 percent of the votes on Feb. 22, allowing him to avoid a runoff election in April. Genita Robinson came in second in the election, with nearly 31 percent of the vote, followed by Melissa Callahan, with more than 4 percent. Jim Bosco, ...

Windy City wards up for grabs

By Darryl Holliday

February 21, 2011

In an election season with a record number of candidates filed, some Chicago residents won’t have a choice in the elected representative of their ward.Out of the 50 aldermanic elections taking place citywide on Feb. 22, seven candidates will run unopposed, leaving many Chicagoans, for better or worse, with at least four more years of the same leadership.The reasons for such unimpeded campaigns range from common petition...

Election rundown: city clerk candidates

By Heather McGraw

January 31, 2011

Chicago City Clerk Miguel del Valle is leaving office after four years to run for mayor, which leaves the position open to new candidates with new ideas.The two candidates vying for the job are Illinois State Representative Susana Mendoza and Commissioner Patricia Horton of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.The city clerk is essentially the record keeper for the city of Chicago, according to Kristine Williams, sp...

Election Rundown: 2nd Ward aldermanic race

By Darryl Holliday

January 29, 2011

A historic election will take place in Chicago on Feb. 22 that could alter the city up to the highest levels of government. According to the Chicago Board of Elections, the races for mayor, alderman, city clerk and city treasurer have drawn the highest number of candidates on record.“This will be the beginning of the post-[Mayor Richard M.] Daley era, which means a fundamental change in politics and government,” said Dick...

Group helps ‘STOP’ mental center closures

By mlekovic

April 20, 2009

Chicago’s mental health centers have been in a spiral of confusion for the past few weeks about whether or not some would be closing due to a $1.2 million cut in state funding.In early April, four of the city’s mental health centers were in danger of being closed to the public. All four of the health centers are located on the South Side, and community groups rallied in protest against the closures.“The administrati...

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