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Being ‘welcoming’ requires more than an ordinance

By Editorial Board

September 23, 2012

The Chicago City Council passed the aptly titled “Welcoming City Ordinance” on Sept. 13 to make the city friendlier for undocumented immigrants. The ordinance stops police officers from holding undocumented immigrants for immigration authorities in most circumstances. The city is not actively protecting undocumented immigrants, but resources willnot be used for the purpose of detaining and deporting. This is a step in t...

Campus untouched by NATO protests

By Sophia Coleman

May 21, 2012

Columbia’s campus came through unscathed, despite being caught in the middle of the NATO protests that unfolded between May 18 and May 21 and witnessed a clash between a few thousand demonstrators and police officers.No damage was done to the school’s property, according to Bob Koverman, vice president of Campus Safety and Security. He said the campus had prepared for the event by closing two weeks early and had a sol...

Protesters march to oppose NATO, several arrested

By Kaley Fowler

May 20, 2012

Several months of planning came to fruition on May 20 as thousands of protesters gathered and marched in opposition of the NATO Summit.In compliance with a permit issued April 4 by the Chicago Department of Transportation, the Coalition Against the NATO/G8 War & Poverty Agenda hosted an anti-NATO rally in Grant Park followed by a march to McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lakeshore Drive. Although order was maintained during the...

Officials unite

By Gregory Cappis

December 5, 2011

To ensure students focus more on their schoolwork and less on safety, Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Police Department are using a new technique to help put schoolchildren’s minds at ease.The departments are collaborating with the use of the strategic control computer program, CompStat, to help deter crime in and around schools. The program is already being used by the CPD and will now be used to target crime trend...

Browser tab mobs no longer threat

By Lisa Schulz

November 7, 2011

Somewhere buried beneath 12 Internet browser tabs lies the user’s long-lost, original intention of commanding a computer to hum to life. Several hours and many tabs later, an exasperated sigh comes from the typical, modern-day Web surfer. If only there was a quicker way to catch the best waves in the infinite website sea.With a similar thought, three Columbia graduates and one student applied to be part of MentorMob.com,...

Occupy Chicago 2011: Michigan Avenue Protest

By Brent Lewis

October 11, 2011

A rush hour protest erupted from five different parts of the loop. All with different agendas, but with the overall same goal, to create change in the city of Chicago. Members of unions, Occupy Chicago and many other organizations flooded the streets of Chicago, October 11, 2011, from five different areas all to meet up at the Art Institute's Modern Wing.[kml_flashembed publishmethod="dynamic" fversion="10.1.8276" useexpressinstal...

Change creates commotion

By Heather Scroering

September 18, 2011

The teams that will manage the college’s prioritization process and its timetable were announced at a town hall meeting on Sept. 15 led by President Warrick Carter and Anne Foley, vice president of Planning and Compliance and project manager of the prioritization process.According to the timetable presented at the meeting, final decisions about programs that might be cut will take place during March and April of 2012. This ...

Journalism students scoop professionals

By Samuel Charles

May 1, 2011

Father Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Parish, 1210 W. 78th Place, was suspended by Cardinal Francis George of the Archdiocese of Chicago on April 27. The decision to suspend Pfleger stemmed from the public dissent he showed the cardinal when he was asked to leave St. Sabina after 30 years of service.Pfleger declined all interviews with the mainstream media, but a Columbia journalism class was able to interview him on April 28...

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...

City offers unique program for gang-affected youth

By Darryl Holliday

October 24, 2010

The city is putting a new philosophy into action with high school youth affected by gang violence.The Chicago Police Department’s Gang School Safety Team, which initially began among 25 schools in CPD’s Area 1 this March, is expanding to include schools in Area 2 as well. Combined, the two areas cover the entire South Side.The program is a unique collaboration between CPD, Chicago Public Schools and the Cook County Juv...

Battle over city police

By Darryl Holliday

September 19, 2010

Chants of “More police, no Weis” could be heard blocks away from Chicago’s police headquarters at 3510 S. Michigan Ave., during a rally on Sept. 15, at which members of the Chicago Police Department displayed their disappointment with Police Superintendent Jody Weis.Led by the Fraternal Order of Police, the rally drew hundreds of officers, potential mayoral candidates and city residents to demand that Weis resign immediately.A range of issues were presented, from the shortage of city poli...

Alleged system of torture faces its days in court

By Patrick Smith

April 11, 2010

In the coming months, two different court cases, one civil and the other criminal, will bring to trial former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge, and those under his command, for 19 years of alleged abuse of suspected criminals and of the justice system itself.Burge was fired by the Chicago Police Department in 1993 because of the alleged torture of suspects while he was commander of the police department’s areas 2 and 3. A...

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