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Protesters urge Sen. Durbin to prevent cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security

By Kaley Fowler

November 12, 2012

As part of a nationwide movement urging lawmakers to preserve social programs, two protests took place outside the Kluczynski Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn St., on Nov. 8 and 9, the latter resulting in 19 arrests.Demonstrators called on Sen. Dick Durbin to denounce policies that extend tax cuts to the wealthy and asked him to block cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.If Congress doesn’t formulate a plan t...

Jesse Jackson Jr. leaves future uncertain

By Editorial Board

October 29, 2012

Early voting in Illinois began Oct. 22, which means U.S. House Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-2nd) has secured a spot on the ballot regardless of whether he will be able to perform his duties if re-elected.Jackson was on medical leave this summer and received treatment for bipolar disorder at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. On July 28, about 7 weeks into his leave, his staff finally released a statement detailing his whereabouts a...

Gala celebrates LGBT progress

By Kaley Fowler

February 17, 2012

Dressed to the nines and eager to celebrate their progress, LGBT advocates attended Equality Illinois’ annual “Justice for All” gala Feb. 11 at the Chicago Hilton, 720 S. Michigan Ave., to show their support for the gay rights movement.This year’s gala emphasized Equality Illinois’ agenda by focusing on the accomplishments in securing gay rights on both state and federal levels.Equality Illinois, the state’s oldest ...

Cost of Community Care

By Gregory Cappis

October 24, 2011

Government plans to reduce current expenditures may only shift costs to other government agencies.Mental health patients are slated to lose three out of the nine state psychiatric hospitals and half of Chicago’s 12 community mental health care centers, according to government reports. The plan would lay off hundreds of staff members and disrupt the lives of patients.The treatment of people in need would be severely alte...

Quinn-tessential proposals

By Gregory Cappis

October 24, 2011

People excited about a casino in Chicago will have to wait a while longer.At a news conference on Oct. 17 Gov. Pat Quinn announced he will veto a gaming bill that would allow for five new full-functioning casinos across the state—one in Chicago—and slot machines at race tracks and airports.The economically stricken horse-racing industry has preached many times that it cannot survive if it cannot install slots. Balmoral Park’s w...

Nittany Lions upset Hawkeyes on the mat

By Contributing Writer

March 14, 2011

by: Nadar Ihmoud, Contributing WriterThe University of Iowa Hawkeyes entered the 2011 Big Ten Wrestling Championships with momentum. They completed the 2010-2011 regular season with a conference championship and were favored to win the tournament crown.However, they ran into the Penn State University Nittany Lions, who upset them to win their first wrestling title in the school’s history and their first conference wrestling...

‘Coming out of the shadows’ rally at Daley Plaza

By Cristina Aguirre

March 14, 2011

Chicago's immigration rights advocates marched from Union Park to Daley Plaza on March 11 for "Coming Out of the Shadows: Undocumented. Unafraid. Unapologetic" rally. Advocates marched on the 5th anniversary of the pro-immigrant mega-marches of 2006. The Chronicle goes to Daley plaza and talks to a few Chicago youth who are coming out of the shadows....

Loyola stuns UIC at the buzzer

By Etheria Modacure

February 17, 2011

The University of Illinois at Chicago Flames (7-21, 2-14) has dealt with close defeats throughout this season. Losing to Loyola University (15-12, 6-10) on Feb. 16, added more turmoil to their season.With 4.6 seconds left, the Ramblers pushed the ball up court, and guard Courtney Stanley drained the game-winning three pointer at the buzzer in overtime.The Flames had just taken a two point lead, 66-64 when forward Dipanjot S...

Police forces may be redistributed

By Contributing Writer

November 22, 2010

by: Heather McGraw, Contributing WriterChicago Police Supt. Jody Weis is proposing to shift more manpower to high crime areas, to the dismay of some in lower-crime neighborhoods who are afraid they willbe shortchanged.The proposal was announced at the City Council budget hearing on Oct. 19, but the recent retirement of more than 100 officers reignited the debate leaving some aldermen up in arms.“The Chicago Police Department is currently reviewing resource allocation and...

Quinn wins, Republican race unsettled

By SpencerRoush

February 8, 2010

After a few surprises, a couple of close calls and low voter turnout for the Illinois primaries, some candidates are looking ahead to November, while others may have to wait several weeks to know if they should continue on the campaign trail.On Feb. 2, approximately 26 percent of Illinois’ registered voters went to the polls. There are a few reasons why analysts are saying the voter turnout was lower than previous years,...

Negative ads cause primary controversy

By SpencerRoush

February 1, 2010

With the Illinois primary a day away, more and more political advertisements are being broadcast on radio air waves and during nearly every  TV commercial break. Some candidates use advertisements to try to inspire people to support them so they can change Illinois and renew the economy, while others rely on negative information to smear their opponents.During this primary election season, many candidates have created negativ...

Blago’s trial may skew votes

By SpencerRoush

December 14, 2009

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s alleged unethical actions in the governor’s office have been at the center of political jokes since his arrest on Dec. 9, 2008. During the past year, Blagojevich has sat on the couch of almost every major TV talk show and he continues to make headlines.  But these headlines and his upcoming trial may be a hindrance to his fellow Democrats who are running for office next year, according to...

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