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EDITORIAL: Gun violence issues need systemic solutions

EDITORIAL: Gun violence issues need systemic solutions

January 24, 2019

On Jan. 17, freshly-inaugurated Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a new bill into law targeting illegal gun trafficking. A similar bill was vetoed by former Gov. Bruce Rauner last year on the ba...

OPINION: ‘Just leave’ logic harms survivors

‘Just leave’ logic harms survivors

By Bridget Ekis

January 20, 2019

There were 42,924 domestic violence survivors in Illinois in 2018, according to the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence.Even with the Me Too movement present in our culture, society still does not ...

Bela Urbina, a 15-year-old student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, speaks to the 1,000 protesters gathered at the Florida Capitol for the Rally in Tally in Tallahassee, Fla., Monday, Feb 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

Chicago students plan gun violence walk-out

March 5, 2018

Chloë Hancock, a senior at Jones College Prep High School and vice president of the Chicago Students Union, said social movements often start with students, and the teens from Parkland, Florida, who are t...

Protests break out in Puerto Rico as frustration grows

‘One Day at a Time’ shows continued success in new season

February 5, 2018

While Congress debated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and immigration policies, Netflix released its second season of “One Day at a Time” Jan. 26, a comedy about a lively Cuban-American ...

Illegal gun trading is not a right

May 9, 2016

Legislation that was due to be introduced in the Illinois House the week of May 2 could significantly decrease illegal gun sales and trade in Illinois, according to an April 28 Chicago Tribune article.The legislation is backed by Democrats in the Illinois House and Gabby Giffords, a former Arizona Congresswoman who survived a 2011 assassination attempt and is now a major advocate for restrictions on gun trade and sales. It is...

The Harold Ramis Film School will teach students to create comic film and video.

Second City film school to emphasize humor in filmmaking

February 22, 2016

The Second City will be adding the Harold Ramis Film School—the world’s first comedy-focused filmmaking program, which opens in September 2016—to its newly constructed training center. The film schoo...

Social media sites not responsible for enforcing gun laws

February 15, 2016

Social media giants Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are taking the regulation of illegal activity on their sites into their own hands through recently announced measures.To prevent unlicensed gun trading through Facebook and its sister company Instagram, Facebook has banned private sales of guns on the platforms, according to a Jan. 29 New York Times article.Twitter has suspended more than 125,000 accounts affiliated with ...


Former addict finds success on stage

September 15, 2014

“Methtacular,” a show that explores the life of a gay man addicted to crystal meth, is gearing up for its final two weeks at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave., in Boystown.The one-man show follows the ...

Columbia names new CFO

By Assistant Campus Editor

June 4, 2014

Michelle Gates, senior associate vice president of financial affairs at Emerson College, was named Columbia’s Chief Financial Officer June 4, bringing the school’s three-year search for a permanent CFO to a close.Gates’ appointment fills one of two open positions in the college’s upper-level administration, the other vacant position being vice president of Development. Gates will assume her duties July 14, and will rep...

Medical marijuana

Packing bongs, not heat

February 3, 2014

Illinois residents eligible to receive medical marijuana may have to choose between the right to own a handgun and their prescriptions.The Illinois Department of Public Health proposed on Jan. 21 that...

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...

Activists aim for increased gun rights

By Contributing Writer

March 19, 2012

By Kayla Unnerstall, Contributing WriterWhile cooking breakfast for her mother and cousin, Radie heard the sound of shattering glass come from the basement of her house on Chicago’s South Side. Instinctively, she grabbed the handgun that never leaves her side while at home and headed downstairs to investigate. As she reached the basement, she found two burglars armed with tire irons. One man raised his weapon and advanced toward h...

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