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Occupy Chicago 2011: Michigan Avenue Protest

By Brent Lewis

October 12, 2011

A rush hour protest erupted from five different parts of the loop. All with different agendas, but with the overall same goal, to create change in the city of Chicago. Members of unions, Occupy Chicago and many other organizations flooded the streets of Chicago, October 11, 2011, from five different areas all to meet up at the Art Institute's Modern Wing.[kml_flashembed publishmethod="dynamic" fversion="10.1.8276" useexpressinstal...

Chicago architecture opens up

By Brian Dukerschein

October 3, 2011

Chicagoans will soon be able to get a firsthand look inside some of the city’s famous and obscure architectural treasures.The Chicago Architecture Foundation will be hosting its first “openhousechicago,” a celebration of Chicago neighborhoods, on Oct. 15–16. Modeled after similar events in London and other world capitals, OHC will give the public free access to 131 sites centered around five distinct neighborhoods: D...

Consultants prioritize Columbia community

By Heather Scroering

September 6, 2011

“Create change” is a catchphrase this college embraces, and change is exactly what is about to happen at Columbia.Starting this fall semester, Columbia will implement a yearlong “strategic prioritization process” that will evaluate every aspect, academic and non-academic, of the college.“We’re evaluating programs based on how they align with our mission, our school and with each other,” said Jonathan Keiser, dire...

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, ...

Police forces may be redistributed

By Contributing Writer

November 22, 2010

by: Heather McGraw, Contributing WriterChicago Police Supt. Jody Weis is proposing to shift more manpower to high crime areas, to the dismay of some in lower-crime neighborhoods who are afraid they willbe shortchanged.The proposal was announced at the City Council budget hearing on Oct. 19, but the recent retirement of more than 100 officers reignited the debate leaving some aldermen up in arms.“The Chicago Police Department is currently reviewing resource allocation and...

Battle over city police

By Darryl Holliday

September 20, 2010

Chants of “More police, no Weis” could be heard blocks away from Chicago’s police headquarters at 3510 S. Michigan Ave., during a rally on Sept. 15, at which members of the Chicago Police Department displayed their disappointment with Police Superintendent Jody Weis.Led by the Fraternal Order of Police, the rally drew hundreds of officers, potential mayoral candidates and city residents to demand that Weis resign immediately.A range of issues were presented, from the shortage of city poli...

End of a father-son run city, a new beginning

By Michael Ranieri

September 13, 2010

Rumors continue to circulate throughout the city regarding who will step up as the next mayor of Chicago. Since 1955, the Daley family has almost exclusively held the mayor’s office, but the time for change is beckoning.Mayor Richard M. Daley announced on Sept. 7 he will not run for re-election in 2011, after serving as mayor since 1989. Politicians around Chicago have yet to announce bids for election, but the list of p...

BMX event pushed out of South Loop

By Patrick Smith

May 3, 2010

A planned BMX competition in the South Loop was successfully driven out of the neighborhood by neighbors concerned about noise, crowds and pollution.The Red Bull Stomping Ground competition was planned for May 14 and 15 at an empty lot at the corner of Wells and Harrison streets. The competition is looking for a new location after Alderman Bob Fioretti (2nd Ward) shut down the proposed event. Fioretti opposed the event and we...

Keep carp out without impacting industry

By Editorial Board

March 15, 2010

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is under intense scrutiny from six Great Lakes states and various environmental groups that  are urging the closure of major Chicago waterways due to the possible infiltration of Asian carp in Lake Michigan.The closure of the navigational locks has been avoided because of the strain some Chicagoans and Illinois politicians claim would be placed on the charter cruises, boat tours and cargo ship...

No reason to shut Scientology group out of South Loop

By Editorial Board

February 9, 2009

Although controversy surrounds the Church of Scientology, the group has just as much of a right to have a presence in the South Loop as any church.As reported in an article in the Feb. 2 issue of The Chronicle, local residents are at odds over plans for a Scientology Center to be built in the South Loop at 650 S. Clark St.Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd ward) held a community meeting to discuss a proposal by the religious group to hav...

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