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The Chicago Police Department recovered firearms sold from the above gun stores between 2009-2013, making up nearly 20 percent of the illegal firearms used in crimes in Chicago.  

Saving Chicago’s Youth: In the aftermath of tragic losses, communities create alternative approaches to gang intervention

November 10, 2014

Wearing a suit jacket, slacks and a blue tie with yellow stripes, Ronald Holt, commander of the Chicago Police Department’s Special Activities Unit, looks like a normal businessman or typical high-r...

Quinn bows out: ‘It’s clear we do not have enough votes’ | The Columbia Chronicle

November 5, 2014

After a highly contested battle for the top job in Illinois, incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn loses to businessman Bruce Rauner. This is the first time in over a decade that a Republican will be governor in Ill...

24-Hour Night a spooky success

24-Hour Night a spooky success

November 3, 2014

For Columbia students, Halloween is more than just one evening. 24-Hour Night, an annual two-day celebration, took place Oct. 29–30 and featured several student-led events, including a haunted house. Rachel Anderson, coordinator of Student Activities and Leadership, helped...

Gov. Pat Quinn discusses the $6.2 million grant that the state awarded to Columbia for the 2014–2015 academic year to improve curricula and pay for construction costs. Quinn visited the Conaway Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., on Oct. 28. He is up for reelection Nov. 3.

Illinois grants Columbia $7.2 million

November 3, 2014

As the gubernatorial race gets down to the wire, incumbent Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is vocal about his administration’s commitment to higher education. Quinn appeared on campus Oct. 28 to announce that the state government would give the college a $7.2 million grant to improve...

Mike Fornari (left) and Caleb Hiltunen (right) perform with Friday Pilot’s Club on Oct. 8 at Rock Against Rape.

Rock Against Rape concert educates through music

October 13, 2014

In an ongoing effort to raise awareness about sexual assault on campus, the office of Student Activities and Leadership hosted its second Rock Against Rape concert Oct. 8 at the Quincy Wong Center in the 623 S. Wabash Ave. Building. More than 180 people filled the venue for the con...

For the second consecutive year, Columbia is hosting the Wabash Arts Corridor Crawl on the first day of this years’ Parent’s Weekend, which will take place Sept 19—20. According to Mark Kelly, vice president for Student Success, the college wants to expose parents to all the community has to offer.

Columbia invites parents to WAC crawl

September 15, 2014

This year’s Wabash Arts Corridor Crawl, an annual art and performance festival sponsored by the college, will be bigger than ever . The WAC Crawl will take place Sept. 19—the first day of Pare...

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...

Women teamsters, politicians support Quinn

September 8, 2014

Chicago women involved in various teamster organizations showed support for Gov. Pat Quinn Sept. 5 at Grant Park. Supporters also rallied for increased minimum wage and better treatment of workers . Quin...

Quinn signs campus-wide smoking ban




Joanna Debska, 26, an accounting major at University of Illinois at Chicago, said she thinks there should be a compromise between the two extremes, such as enforced smoke-free zones.

By Features Editor

September 2, 2014

College smokers have something new to wheeze about this semester.Gov. Pat Quinn signed the Smoke Free Campus Act Aug. 17 to ban smoking on all state-funded public college and university campuses, part of Q...

Go tax yourself

By Managing Editor

February 24, 2014

By 2014 it’s pretty common knowledge that America is fat.The obesity rate has been ballooning for years, people aren’t getting enough exercise and First Lady Michelle Obama has made it her personal crusade to convince kids to eat their veggies. The current state of physical health in the U.S. is laughable, but the nation’s Body Mass Index is ultimately determined by its citizens, not its government.In Illinois’ late...

Medical marijuana won’t destroy Illinois

By Gabrielle Rosas

December 3, 2012

Illinois can’t be the California of the Midwest. That title was awarded to Michigan in 2008 when it became the first state in the region to legalize medical marijuana. Proposal 08-1, an initiative to allow marijuana cultivation and use for certain medical conditions, received more than 63 percent of the popular vote, according to ProCon.org. I’m certain that kind of response would never happen in Illinois, but nevertheless, our...

Editor’s Note: Students’ careers start here

By Heather Scroering

November 26, 2012

More than two years ago, college adviser Bob Blinn visited my class to caution us young artists in a truthful yet slightly berating manner. He said that if we hadn’t already started working to jump-start our careers by reading industry journals and networking with other artists, we’d be done for. Before leaving, he asked us to fill out a checklist of specific steps he’d covered, and the survey proved to be very fright...

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