The Columbia Chronicle

Restructuring the Science Institute

By BenitaZepeda

March 15, 2010

Columbia’s Provost and Senior Vice President Steve Kapelke announced on March 1 that the Science Institute will be restructured and become part of the Science and Math Department after operating independently for about 19 years.The Science Institute, an initiative founded by Zafra Lerman, former head of the Science Institute, was launched on Sept. 1, 1991. The restructuring comes shortly after the removal of Lerman from ...

Quinn calls for tax hike

By Patrick Smith

March 15, 2010

On March 10, Gov. Pat Quinn delivered his budget address to the Illinois General Assembly in an effort to address a $13 billion dollar deficit. But critics, from Republican state lawmakers to Chicago’s Democratic Mayor Richard M. Daley, said Quinn and the state government are not doing enough.Quinn proposed more borrowing to cover the state’s bills, budget cuts and a 33 percent hike in the income tax."The problems we ...

Illinois finances need transparency

By Editorial Board

March 1, 2010

Transparency has become a buzz word in Illinois politics, especially during the state’s last primary election cycle. Both Democratic and Republican candidates used the word in radio advertisements, TV commercials and in their personal slogans. Adam Andrzejewski, a lesser-known Republican gubernatorial candidate, offered a plan with transparency and used the phrase “Every Dime. Online. In Real Time.”Even though Andrz...

Illinois top user of possibly dangerous herbicide

By Patrick Smith

March 1, 2010

Illinois is the No. 1 purchaser in the country of an herbicide that may cause breast and prostate cancer, according to Professor Tyrone Hayes from the University of California-Berkeley.Hayes gave a presentation to the Illinois General Assembly, and later to a community group in Chicago’s Blackstone Library on Feb. 24, about the grave dangers the corn herbicide Atrazine poses to humans and animals. Atrazine is produced by t...

A new perspective

By Patrick Smith

November 30, 2009

Last summer, Michael White started showing up early to parades.Without the support of a political party, the independent candidate for governor of Illinois needed to grab every opportunity he could to connect with voters and spread his message. So he scoured newspapers and the Internet to find parades throughout the state. White would then go out and walk the route before the procession began, handing out pamphlets and talk...

Students, administration rally for MAP Grants

By CiaraShook

September 21, 2009

Organizations and students throughout Illinois have been working to save the Monetary Award Program grant for the spring 2010 semester.After the $2.1 billion cut in MAP grants was carried out in early August, more than 130,000 Illinois students are scrambling to fill the gap in tuition costs.According to Student Financial Services, as many as 20 percent of Columbia students will not receive their MAP grant funding for the s...

Illinois must stop refunding big retailers

By Editorial Board

February 16, 2009

Chicago has the highest sales tax in the nation at 10.25 percent, and it would be right for taxpayers to assume this all goes to public funds. But a little-known law, now in the spotlight, gives 1.75 percent of Illinois sales tax back to retailers, amounting to $126 million a year, more than any other state, according to a study done by Good Jobs First, a Washington D.C.-based research group.The study shows that 26 states...

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