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Combatting winter tourism lull

By Hallie Zolkower-Kutz

December 10, 2012

As winter sets in, Chicago will amp up its tourism efforts to encourage travelers to visit the city during cold weather months.The plan will expand on the city’s summer tourism initiatives, which included TV spots and digital advertising. The summer initiative generated $207 million in revenue, according to a Nov. 14 press release from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office.Emanuel and ChooseChicago.com, the city’s official tourism ...

Climate action tour calls for fossil fuel divestment

By Brandon Smith

December 3, 2012

Fossil fuel corporations have made a powerful enemy—and he can “Do the Math.”Bill McKibben, author and co-founder of 350.org, a climate activism website, spoke Nov. 28 at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., as part of his nationwide “Do the Math” tour that serves as a call to action to stop environmental degradation caused by oil, gas and coal companies.Chicago was the 15th stop on the 21-city tour t...

Reintroducing Student Government Association

By Alexandra Kukulka

November 26, 2012

Columbia has had a Student Government Association for more than a decade, but the organization, along with many other campus groups, struggles to grab students’ attention. However, it’s still pushing to be a voice for the student body, according to SGA President Cassandra Norris.Norris, a senior journalism major, said she believes that approximately 40 percent of the campus doesn’t know the organization exists, and many of ...

Debate haunts development of last piece of river land

By The Columbia Chronicle

November 26, 2012

Construction on the last undeveloped plot of land along the downtown banks of the Chicago River will begin March 2013, despite concerns regarding traffic safety and population density in the area.Wolf Point, a 4-acre plot of land along the river near the Merchandise Mart, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, will become home to two office buildings and a residential tower, according to Greg Van Schaack, senior vice president of Hines...

LGBT hall of fame inducts new members

By Hallie Zolkower-Kutz

November 19, 2012

The Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame honored twelve inductees for their contributions to the advancement of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender communities Nov. 12 at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark Street.Three organizations were also honored at the ceremony: The Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus, a group focused on HIV and AIDS prevention; the Chi-Town Squares, a dance group that brings LGBT and non...

Meet Columbia’s safety specialist

By Alexandra Kukulka

November 12, 2012

As Columbia’s campus continues to expand, a newly created position in the Office of Campus Safety & Security has been filled.Susan Rizer is the college’s new environmental health and safety coordinator, a job created just for her. She has been charged with carrying out the College Safety Plan, which requires her to visit each department and conduct safety assessments, to discover what safety hazards are present.Acco...

Obesity necessitates health initiatives for Illinois schools

By Kyle Rich

November 12, 2012

In grade school, students are now taught more than just the standard reading, writing and arithmetic. Thanks to federal wellness programs, students are also learning how to be healthy.Chicago Public Schools recently updated its Local School Wellness Policy and will join other urban school districts this year in revisiting these policies overall, as outlined in an Oct. 24 press release.CPS will receive $4.4 million from the...

Athlete Profile : Charles Tillman

By Kyle Rich

November 12, 2012

Age: 31College/Team: Chicago BearsCharles “Peanut” Tillman has been a crucial piece of the Chicago Bears’ record-breaking, history-making defense this year. Not only has Tillman racked up 37 tackles at the cornerback position in the first 10 weeks of the season, but he is a turnover machine who forces fumble after fumble and puts points on the board by running interceptions for touchdowns.Tillman recently set a care...

Crime Commission awards gang-violence reduction efforts

By Hallie Zolkower-Kutz

November 12, 2012

Individuals, organizations and law enforcement professionals who have contributed to violence prevention in Chicago were honored on Nov. 7 during the Stars of Distinction 2012 Awards Dinner sponsored by the Chicago Crime Commission.The dinner, held at the Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe St., brought together law enforcement officials and community groups to collaborate on methods for decreasing gang violence in the cit...

Jesse Jackson Jr. re-elected by landslide despite absence

By Emily Ornberg

November 6, 2012

Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has been re-elected in Chicago’s 2nd Congressional District, leading the polls by more than 70 percent with approximately 102,300 votes against Republican Brian Woodworth and Independent Marcus Lewis. Jackson, who is the son of civil rights leader and former presidential candidate Jesse Jackson, has easily won each election in the largely Democratic district since 1995. This will be Jack...

Update from Romney event at the Wit Hotel

By Hallie Zolkower-Kutz

November 6, 2012

Dan Rutherford, Ill. Treasurer and chair of the Illinois chapter of Mitt Romney’s campaign, addressed a crowd gathered at the Wit Hotel, 201 N. State St., for the Romney party sponsored by the Chicago Young Republicans.Rutherford began his speech by saying that it is a unique time for Illinois. He is proud to have a president from Illinois, “but it’s time to change that,” he said.Rutherford believes there were two ...

Day Of the Dead Celebrations

By James Foster

November 5, 2012

Chicago celebrated the Day of Dead in a variety of ways on Friday. Residents of Pilsen staged their annual procession. At Columbia students and faculty took to the streets in costumes that culminated in a fashion show.[kml_flashembed publishmethod="dynamic" fversion="10.1.8276" useexpressinstall="true" movie="http://@columbiachronicle.com/soundslides/DOD_publish_to_web/soundslider.swf" width="500" height="440" targetclass="flashmovie"][/kml_flashembed]...

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