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Governor Signs Landmark Legislation on Women’s Equality Day to Guarantee Women the Right to be Both Mothers and Employees CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced he has signed a landmark new law that will fight the widespread but often overlooked practice of discrimination against pregnant women in the workplace. The law provides job protections for pregnant women and requires that reasonable accommodations be made in the workplace so expectant mothers can continue working without fear for their health or the health of their child. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensuring full equality for women in Illinois.

Quinn signs maternity bill

September 8, 2014

Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation on Aug. 26 that will protect and guarantee pregnant women’s rights to employment. Quinn collaborated on the bill with State Representative Mary Flowers and State Senator...

Story Week receives 3-year grant

By Megan Purazrang

January 24, 2013

Columbia’s Fiction Writing Department was granted new funding support for this semester’s Story Week Festival of Writers, an event that draws a diverse group of writers to the campus to help student writers find a voice through readings, conversation and author Q-and-As.Beginning this semester, the department will receive $9,000 annually until 2016 from the MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foun...

Chicago presents myriad ‘Nutcrackers’

By Alex Stedman

November 26, 2012

In 1816, German author E.T.A. Hoffmann wrote “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” a mystical tale about a young girl and her toy nutcracker’s endeavor to defeat a malevolent seven-headed rodent ruler.It would later inspire the libretto for Tchaikovsky’s cherished “The Nutcracker” suite, first performed in 1892 and now a Christmas staple. Chicago’s array of ballet and music venues have produced multiple renditio...

Questions raised, not salaries

By Lisa Schulz

October 24, 2011

President Warrick L. Carter and Louise Love, interim provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, announced in emails this week that falling enrollment eliminated the possibility of across-the-board raises for full-and part-time faculty and staff members for the 2011–2012 academic year.Cautioning that the school was “not in a crisis situation,” Carter stated that the decision resulted from a 300-student decrease i...

Staff union resolves pay negotiations

By Drew Hunt

December 13, 2010

After months of negotiations between the United Staff of Columbia College and the college administration, the two parties have come to terms on the details of a pay increase for all unionized staff. The agreement includes a 1 percent increase in salary, retroactive to Sept. 1, as well as 1 percent bonus to come on Jan. 15, 2011.Earlier this year, the college offered non-unionized staff and full-time faculty an identical pay i...

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