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Homan square not so off-the-books

By Metro Editor

March 9, 2015

An inconspicuous warehouse in Chicago has captured the world’s attention.Homan Square, 3379 W. Fillmore St., is a former Sears Roebuck & Co. warehouse owned and operated by the Chicago Police Department since 1999. It houses the Evidence and Recovered Property Section and is open to the public. Homan Square is the only CPD facility “where members of the public can collect evidence recovered during a now complete c...

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is forced into a runoff by Jesus

Emanuel forced into runoff

February 25, 2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is ready for round two against Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, after conceding that he would not reach the 50 percent of the vote needed for reelection on Feb. 24.The t...

Transgender people deserve insurance coverage

By Editorial Board

November 17, 2014

Aetna, an insurance company that participates in the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program, announced Oct. 31 that it would cover surgical gender reassignment procedures for federal workers beginning in 2015.Aetna is one of many insurance companies to cover sex-change operations in recent months. Medicare, the federal insurance program for retired and disabled individuals, announced July 2 that it will offer coverage for s...

Nick Puetz, co-founder, president and director of photography for Pink Hippo Productions operates one of the company’s cameras during production.

Alumni introduce Pink Hippo Productions as outlet for graduates

November 10, 2014

Two Columbia alumni have banded together to launch Pink Hippo Productions, a Chicago-based digital video and film production company. Pink Hippo Productions is not your average cinema company, as it prefers to hire recent grads of Chicago film schools, according to founders Nick Pue...

Alderman Fioretti running for mayor

Alderman Fioretti running for mayor

September 22, 2014

Alderman Bob Fioretti (2nd Ward) made a formal public announcement at East-West University Sept. 13 that he will be running for mayor  of Chicago in February 2015.If elected, Fioretti said his main f...

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Activists want mental health clinics reopened

September 8, 2014

Two years after half of Chicago’s mental health clinics closed, several aldermen and the Mental Health Movement, a group dedicated to advocating for the mentally ill, are calling for the clinics to reop...

Internet exercises get mixed reviews from fitness experts

Online workouts are not guaranteed to give desired results

By Zareen Syed

April 7, 2014

With the help of online gurus and free home-workout YouTube channels, fitness fiends can get exercise instruction and motivation from the comfort of their own homes.However, these increasingly popular on...

Chronicle staff earns top honor

Chronicle named best newspaper in Illinois

March 3, 2014

The Columbia Chronicle was named best in state and collected 18 other awards from the Illinois College Press Association Feb. 22. The Chronicle, which was categorized as a non-daily at a college...

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...

Public funding, private brewing

By The Columbia Chronicle

September 4, 2012

The construction of a microbrewery in the Motor Row District has been approved by the Community Development Commission, a group that allocates tax increment financing funds. The brewery is the leading edge of the effort to cultivate a nightlife district on Chicago’s Near South Side.The Broad Shoulders Brewery is slated for 2337 S. Michigan Ave., one of many vacant buildings in the area. Construction of more restaurants, ba...

Film, video professor retires after 33 years

By Lisa Schulz

April 2, 2012

Traditional retirements are often sad occasions with teary send-off speeches. At Columbia, however, they involve a review of 33 years of accomplishments in a 45-minute film of award-winning clips ranging from 1970s documentaries to comedy sketches starring Stephen Colbert.Dan Dinello, professor in the Film & Video Department, and a distinguished scholar, journalist and author, showcased his work March 22 for faculty, sta...

Officials unite

By Gregory Cappis

December 5, 2011

To ensure students focus more on their schoolwork and less on safety, Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Police Department are using a new technique to help put schoolchildren’s minds at ease.The departments are collaborating with the use of the strategic control computer program, CompStat, to help deter crime in and around schools. The program is already being used by the CPD and will now be used to target crime trend...

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