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Immigrant advocates halt Loop traffic, demand end to deportations

Immigrant advocates halt Loop traffic, demand end to deportations

February 24, 2016

An activist coalition condemning a nationwide wave of deportations shut down the eastbound highway entrance ramp outside the Chicago Field Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, at 101 W. Cong...

Pfleger tells tale of two cities

Pfleger tells tale of two cities

February 8, 2016

If Father Michael Pfleger could hijack a tourist bus to prove that Chicago is a tale of two cities—one where the North Side and Downtown look nothing like the West and the South sides—he would seize the o...

Gender-specific colleges should be gender inclusive

May 5, 2014

As American society slowly becomes more inclusive of the LGBTQ community, the inevitable conflicts between existing policies and personal needs will arise. In the case of gender-specific colleges, the struggle is how and when to admit transgender students.While women’s colleges may have reservations about admitting someone outside the biological definition of female, there should be a place for transgender women because they ...

Heart failure meets its match

Heart failure meets its match

March 3, 2014

Heart attack survivors may be able to better ward off heart failure with a new development in heart attack recovery treatment.According to a study published Feb. 19 in Science Translational Medicine, a pig...

Illegal immigrants await green lights for temporary licenses

By Will Hager

January 28, 2013

Illinois is on the verge of becoming the most populous state to allow undocumented immigrants to apply for temporary driver’s licenses in an effort to boost safety and reduce traffic accidents statewide.SB957 cleared both the Illinois Senate and House of Representatives, leaving it in the hands of Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to decide whether to sign it into law. The legislation will be effective 10 months after it is signed, whi...

Minimum wage should be living wage

By Editorial Board

December 10, 2012

The Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago, a union of restaurant and retail workers, started a campaign called #FightFor15 on Nov. 15 to raise the minimum wage to $15. To emphasize their argument, WOCC members rallied for their cause on Black Friday near shoppers, according to the union’s website.Illinois’ minimum wage is currently $8.25 per hour—$1 more than the federal minimum—but still may be too low to live o...

Illinois Dream Fund aids undocumented students

By Hallie Zolkower-Kutz

November 5, 2012

Undocumented students CAn now apply for college scholarships through the Illinois Dream Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to assisting students who don’t have U.S. citizenship.The commission charged with raising money for the Dream Fund was formed in February and has raised  $500,000, according to the Associated Press.It will award scholarships of up to $2,000 for students at two-year colleges and $6,000 for students who are at...

Chicago native extends Wolves winning streak to three games

By Nader Ihmoud

October 18, 2012

Contributing Writer: Joshua LindseyChicago native and Chicago Wolves’ defensemen Zach Miskovic propelled his team to victory against the Peoria Rivermen with a game-winning overtime goal  Oct. 17.This 3-0 start marks the first time since the 07’-08’ season that the Wolves have started off the season winning three games in a row.“I was excited,” Miskovic said. “Obviously it’s my home town and my parents and ...

Being ‘welcoming’ requires more than an ordinance

By Editorial Board

September 24, 2012

The Chicago City Council passed the aptly titled “Welcoming City Ordinance” on Sept. 13 to make the city friendlier for undocumented immigrants. The ordinance stops police officers from holding undocumented immigrants for immigration authorities in most circumstances. The city is not actively protecting undocumented immigrants, but resources willnot be used for the purpose of detaining and deporting. This is a step in t...

‘Potluck: Chicago’ stirs diversity

By Alexandra Kukulka

November 21, 2011

by Tim ShaunnesseyContributing WriterThe London-based art organization motiroti, whose mission is to overcome immigration conflict through the arts, made its Chicago debut at Columbia Nov. 15 in a series of workshops and activities titled “Potluck: Chicago.” Potluck’s focus was on promoting collaboration and diversity in the arts world, and the programs served to introduce motiroti to the Columbia community. The group i...

New federal guidelines give hope

By Vanessa Morton

September 6, 2011

Sgt. Alfredo Nunez, 24, returned to Chicago on Aug. 28 after serving 11 months in Afghanistan. Despite fulfilling his duties overseas, he is now confronted with another war in his own country.Reunited with his loved ones, he is joined by his sister and three brothers—one of whom also serves in the Army—in a fight to save their father from deportation.“They are trying to deport my father for coming here more than 20 year...

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