The Columbia Chronicle

Election Series: Mayoral candidate platforms

By Heather McGraw

February 14, 2011

As city elections draw near, many voters find it difficult to stay informed on the mayoral candidates’ platforms.In a poll conducted by the Chicago Tribune and WGN released on Feb. 10, the top four candidates in the race are former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, with 49 percent; attorney Gery Chico, with 14 percent; Carol Moseley Braun, founder of Ambassador Organics, with 10 percent; and Chicago City Clerk Mig...

Ugandan LGBTI advocate brings somber message to Columbia

By Samuel Charles

February 7, 2011

Within a week of fellow Ugandan lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex advocate David Kato’s murder, Frank Mugisha brought a sobering message to Columbia during his Jan. 31 visit.At the Ferguson Lecture Hall in the Alexandroff Campus Center, 600 S. Michigan Ave., Mugisha told students that because of the Ugandan government’s strictly conservative anti-homosexual policies, he and other activists have banded together to form Sex...

Election rundown: city clerk candidates

By Heather McGraw

January 31, 2011

Chicago City Clerk Miguel del Valle is leaving office after four years to run for mayor, which leaves the position open to new candidates with new ideas.The two candidates vying for the job are Illinois State Representative Susana Mendoza and Commissioner Patricia Horton of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.The city clerk is essentially the record keeper for the city of Chicago, according to Kristine Williams, sp...

Election Rundown: 2nd Ward aldermanic race

By Darryl Holliday

January 29, 2011

A historic election will take place in Chicago on Feb. 22 that could alter the city up to the highest levels of government. According to the Chicago Board of Elections, the races for mayor, alderman, city clerk and city treasurer have drawn the highest number of candidates on record.“This will be the beginning of the post-[Mayor Richard M.] Daley era, which means a fundamental change in politics and government,” said Dick...

C3 plows path in winter weatherization education

By Contributing Writer

December 6, 2010

by Peter Mandas, Contributing WriterThe Chicago Conservation Corps held its fourth annual graduation ceremony on Dec. 2, celebrating its students’ efforts toward environmental protection. Mayor Richard M. Daley was in attendance to congratulate 1,500 student participants from more than 80 Chicago schools for their work in environmental service projects.As a nonprofit organization aimed at educating city residents on energy...

Future mayor hopefuls debate issues

By Meghan Keyes

December 6, 2010

There are 20 candidates for mayor of Chicago. Half of them attended the first public forum since the filing deadline for mayor has passed.The 10 discussed their campaigns and plans in front of a nearly packed Illinois room at the University of Illinois at Chicago, 750 S. Halsted St., on Dec. 1.Notably missing from the forum were former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, former Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Park Dis...

City envisions new mayor, old mayors named Daley

By Darryl Holliday

November 15, 2010

With the midterm election over, public discussion has shifted focus toward the mayoral race.On Nov. 9, the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., hosted “Who’s the Boss?: Chicago’s Next Mayor,” a conversation exploring Chicago’s political landscape from the 1950s to the near future.Moderated by Laura Washington, a Chicago Sun-Times columnist, the panel included Dawn Netsch, professor emeritus of law at Northwestern University and former Illinois Comptroller; political anal...

Alderman proposes watchmen department

By Darryl Holliday

September 20, 2010

The term “forensic audit” is mildly deceptive, though according to a growing number of city and state leaders, it could be exactly what Chicago needs.Alderman Scott Waguespack (32nd Ward) has most recently elevated the issue of a comprehensive audit through calls to open Chicago’s books.According to Adam Andrzejewski, founder and CEO of For the Good of Illinois, the issue is poised to be an important factor in upcoming ...

End of a father-son run city, a new beginning

By Michael Ranieri

September 13, 2010

Rumors continue to circulate throughout the city regarding who will step up as the next mayor of Chicago. Since 1955, the Daley family has almost exclusively held the mayor’s office, but the time for change is beckoning.Mayor Richard M. Daley announced on Sept. 7 he will not run for re-election in 2011, after serving as mayor since 1989. Politicians around Chicago have yet to announce bids for election, but the list of p...

Adding a touch of Green, Pink to West Loop

By Michael Ranieri

September 7, 2010

The lives of West Loop residents living and working between Ashland Avenue and Clinton Street are to be brightened by a shorter walk come mid-2012.The Chicago Transit Authority and Chicago Department of Transportation are collaborating to bring citizens more stops along the Green and Pink el lines. Local businesses around the site said they are looking forward to increased business activity and residential growth, but some of...

Sarah Palin: Her Early Career

Sarah Palin: Her Early Career

By By Wikipedia

December 12, 2009

Motivated by concerns that revenue from a new Wasilla sales taxwould not be spent wisely,[32] Palin was elected to the citycouncil of Wasilla in 1992. She won 530 votes to 310.[33][34] Sheran for reel...

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