The Columbia Chronicle

Riding with the Rat Patrol

By Sophia Coleman

February 27, 2012

A bike lays abandoned in one of Chicago’s desolate alleys where it remains untouched for months. Dirt, leaves and garbage collect at its wheels. A grungy-looking boy wearing a tattered denim jacket studded with spikes and bike gang insignias rides a giant tricycle with a large metal basket attached behind the seat. He picks up the bike, finagles it into the basket and rides off into the depths of the city.To him, one person...

Student Engagement expects new clubs in spring semester

By Lisa Schulz

January 23, 2012

Avoiding networking opportunities with fresh faces in class during the start of a new semester is effortless. Becoming a member of a student group, meeting new people and even starting a club can be just as easy.Student Engagement held an Open House Jan. 17 in The Loft, 916 S. Wabash Ave. Building, a student space on the fourth floor filled with chairs and beanbags, a projection screen, a plasma TV and a curtain wall to cr...

State program aims to maintain jobs

By Darryl Holliday

December 6, 2010

A plan meant to create jobs in Illinois has been issued a new lease on life. Gov. Pat Quinn announced a six-week addition to the “Put Illinois to Work” program on Nov. 30, which will prolong it through Jan. 15, 2011.According to the governor’s office, more than 26,000 jobs were created in the state since the April 2009 implementation of “Put Illinois to Work,” a collaboration of the Illinois Department of Human Services and ...

Flood victims remain in need of aid

By Darryl Holliday

November 8, 2010

Despite nearly $300 million in federal aid, some Chicago residents are still in need of relief after floods turned parts of the city’s West Side into an official disaster area during the summer.Nearly a month after a state of emergency was declared in suburban Westchester, Ill., a declaration from President Barack Obama on Aug. 19 made federal funding for recovery efforts available to residents in Cook, Carroll, DuPage, Jo...

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