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Suburban train company Metra will increase fares in an effort to combat the rising costs of maintenance, leaving many Chicagoland residents displeased with the fare change.

Metra to increase fare in 2015

November 24, 2014

Metra’s board of directors approved a 2015 budget on Nov. 14 to improve and modernize its railroad service, which will include a 10.8 percent increase in all fares beginning Feb. 1, 2015.“We are conti...

Notable Native: Sue Ekkebus

By Assistant Metro Editor

November 17, 2014

When Sue Ekkebus’ son was diagnosed in high school with a blood illness that had the potential to develop into leukemia, she wasn’t about to take it lying down.She joined the Team in Training, a group associated with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, to run marathons and raise money for medical treatments. She is a licensed physical therapist assistant, a former elementary school teacher and the mother to her son, now ...

Some of the first black soldiers to serve in the U.S. Marines Corps.

First black U.S. Marines celebrated for Veteran’s Day

November 17, 2014

Before 1942 blacks were not allowed to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps. A year later Chicago-native James Reynolds became one of the first black Marines to go to war.Reynolds, now 87, served in the Marin...




The $2.7 million skate park that extends in Grant Park from the 11th Street pedestrian bridge to Roosevelt Road will be completed in November and will open in December. 

City plans to open $2.7 million skate park in Grant Park

November 17, 2014

Skateboarders will have the luxury of flying high on their boards at Chicago’s newest skate park soon to open in Grant Park. The Chicago Park District and the Grant Park Conservancy partnered to buil...

Bruce Rauner defeated Gov. Pat Quinn Nov. 4, making him the first Republican governor in 12 years since George Ryan held office. Rauner's term begins Jan. 12, 2015.

Illinois react to Rauner’s gubernatorial win

November 10, 2014

Illinois voters elected millionaire Bruce Rauner to become the state’s next governor on Nov. 4, beating out incumbent governor Pat Quinn. Rauner will become the first Republican governor the state ha...

Columbia community mourns student’s death

By Managing Editor

November 3, 2014

Jake McConnell, a sophomore cinema art + science major, died Oct. 29 in his dorm room at The Dwight, 642 S. Clark St.McConnell, a 20-year-old native of suburban Crystal Lake, Illinois, came to the college to study film and creative writing. McConnell’s death was announced Oct. 29 in a collegewide email from President Kwang-Wu Kim and Vice President of Student Success Mark Kelly. “We are deeply saddened to share news ...

The Chicago Police Department will begin randomly screening passengers of the Chicago Transit Authority on Nov. 3 as a precautionary measure against explosives.

City implements new public transportation safety measures

November 3, 2014

The Chicago Police Department and Chicago Transit Authority are set to begin random screenings of passengers for explosives on Nov. 3 in an effort to increase public safety measures on Chicago trains a...

Public health approach may help reduce violence

Public health approach may help reduce violence

October 27, 2014

Gary Slutkin, founder and executive director of Cure Violence, an organization that is geared toward reducing violence nationwide, spoke at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health on...

Mayor to invest millions more on bicycle police

Mayor to invest millions more on bicycle police

October 27, 2014

In the 2015 city budget, Mayor Rahm Emanuel allotted $2 million to expand and train Chicago Police Department officers that patrol the city on bikes. According to the 2015 budget overview, Emanuel said ...

We Day launch event

Illinois to host We Day

October 20, 2014

The We Day Illinois launch took place Oct. 14 at Farragut Career Academy High School, 2345 S. Christiana Ave. with hundreds of students in attendance to kick off the program. The event featured guest speaker...

Mayor proposed to ban box law in Chicago

Mayor proposed to ban box law in Chicago

October 20, 2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed a new city ordinance on Sept. 29 called Ban the Box, which would eradicate the current box law that creates barriers to employment for convicted felons and those with criminal re...

West Side neighborhood becomes home to Chicago’s first fitness park

West Side neighborhood becomes home to Chicago’s first fitness park

October 13, 2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Alderman Bob Fioretti (2nd Ward), who recently announced his mayoral candidacy, attended the Oct. 5 ribbon-cutting ceremony for Chicago’s first fitness park on the West Side in East...

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