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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...

Improvements to suburban transit could boost

Improvements to suburban transit could boost economy

March 17, 2014

Plans to improve the transit system in a western suburb could draw more people to the city and encourage economic development.Melrose Park’s Broadway Avenue Corridor, located on Broadway Avenue from No...

Union Station renovates to increase passenger capacity

By Mark Minton

September 10, 2012

Station since 1984 and has a sort of landlord-tenant relationship with Metra, the largest commuter train company in Chicago.Amtrak has already relocated several of its offices to a newly renovated building attached to the station. It is working to market the available spaces surrounding the Great Hall, Union Station’s historic waiting room, and more of the unused office spaces in the adjacent eight-story building.Accord...

Activists aim for increased gun rights

By Contributing Writer

March 19, 2012

By Kayla Unnerstall, Contributing WriterWhile cooking breakfast for her mother and cousin, Radie heard the sound of shattering glass come from the basement of her house on Chicago’s South Side. Instinctively, she grabbed the handgun that never leaves her side while at home and headed downstairs to investigate. As she reached the basement, she found two burglars armed with tire irons. One man raised his weapon and advanced toward h...

Far to host Wii Fit Night

By Nader Ihmoud

November 14, 2011

The end of the semester is approaching, and students can find themselves overwhelmed by school-related stressors. Columbia’s Fitness, Athletics and Recreation group is inviting students to Wii Fit Night to forget their worries.FAR will host the event on Nov. 17 at The Loft in the 916 S. Wabash Ave. Building, from 6 – 8 p.m. Event Coordinator Megan Smith said there will be only one Wii game console available. Two to fou...

Separation of Church and State

By Vanessa Morton

November 7, 2011

by Samantha Bohner, Contributing WriterSame-sex couples may have a harder time adopting and fostering children if a proposed bill is passed in the Illinois Senate.Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Decatur) proposed Senate Bill 2495 on Oct. 12, that would amend the state’s Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act to allow religious organizations like Catholic Charities, a global network of charity groups, to turn down an...

Roll back free rides for seniors

By Editorial Board

January 31, 2011

Seniors in Illinois have enjoyed free rides on public transit since former Gov. Rod Blagojevich implemented the program in 2008, but those days may be numbered. The Illinois General Assembly recently passed a bill that would roll the program back so only those who qualify for the state’s Circuit Breaker program—low-income seniors and people with disabilities—would be eligible for the free-ride passes. All other seni...

Cathy Santonies rock Chicago

By Brianna Wellen

January 31, 2011

Punk rock female band The Cathy Santonies have worked to prove they can play as well as the men—if not better—by bringing the riot grrrl sounds of underground culture to the forefront. Radio Santoni, on bass and lead vocals, and guitarist Mojo Santoni started as garage band singer/songwriters and hit their stride in the past year and a half when guitarist Jane Danger and drummer Chip completed their outfit.After playi...

Railroad bridge repairs postponed until spring

By Meghan Keyes

October 4, 2010

For Metra Union-Pacific North Line passengers, longer travel times and fewer trains were the rule after Metra began a construction project requiring it to function on a single track, causing delays and requiring the numbers of trains to be reduced.However, on Sept. 30 the whole project was postponed until spring 2011.Originally, Metra said to anticipate minor adjustments. When the adjusted timetable took effect on Aug. 22, commute...

SGA to combat financial burdens

By Katy Nielsen

September 20, 2010

An anti-graffiti campaign, a new student center and a partnership with Metra are some of the Student Government Association’s initiatives, which were presented at its first meeting for the coming year on Sept. 14.The SGA will also work to increase student enrollment, maintain a clean campus, fill its Senate seats and add more bike racks.SGA President John Trierweiler, senior broadcast journalism major, said he is optimis...

Comedic madness all through March

By Luke Wilusz

March 8, 2010

While March Madness swings into full gear in the world of college basketball, a local improv group has adapted the tournament concept to a different kind of sport.The ComedySportz Theatre, 929 W. Belmont Ave., started its seventh annual March Madness Improv Tournament with a show on March 4. The improv company treats comedy as a competitive sport, with two teams vying for the audience’s laughter and applause. Four teams...

The ins and outs of discussing protection

By Ivana Susic

February 8, 2010

Each year in the United States approximately 8 million people under the age of 25 will contract a sexually transmitted infection.  Formerly known as sexually transmitted diseases, STIs result from unprotected sex practices.Researchers have discovered safer sex involves more than insisting on condom use.  The fear of facing sexuality head-on  often keeps people from speaking up about protection.  How a conversation about safe sex is initiated  has been shown to have an impact on ...

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