By Phoebe Tollefson
With an average City Colleges of Chicago graduation rate of just 13 percent and student complaints of expensive enrollment mistakes that delay graduation, Mayor Rahm Emanuel still touts his plan to make community college education free for qualifying applicants.
Lesley-Anne Camilotes is a good example of what can go wrong. Under her adviser’s guidance, the radiology student at Truman College completed the coursework and paid approximately $475 for a higher level math class she did not need to graduate, simply because she tested into it. She is now paying for and completing the required course, a semester behind schedule.
By Andersen Xia & Thomas Yau
A day before the slain civil rights leader’s birthday, parishioners accuse the “establishment” of giving the public a watered-down version of the non-violence movement, claiming vestiges of racism continue to pervade American society. Continue reading
By Jessica T. Gable
On a darkened stage in Chicago’s Columbia College Dance Center on Jan. 16, four lifelike puppets bound to tiny wheelchairs stared out across the sea of empty seats with a gaze that seemed too penetrating to come from something inanimate. Continue reading
By Janel Forte
Chicago’s Pedway is a series of tunnels, bridges and concourses spanning over 40 blocks downtown. Completely enclosed, it allows pedestrians to avoid inclement weather. During the winter months especially, businesses see a hike in profits.
By Ezra Kaplan
After a year of consistently declining stock value, Airbus announced a new company record for planes delivered in 2014. Boeing also broke a company record after delivering nearly 100 more planes than Airbus during the year. Continue reading
Delta Air Lines Inc.‘s stock shot up 7.26 percent after the release of its fourth-quarter report on Tuesday morning, despite its net income’s swinging down to a loss of $712 million dollars in the December quarter, or 86 cents loss per diluted share, from the year-ago earnings of $9.89 per diluted share.
The adjusted non-GAAP net income, however, was $649 million, or 78 cents per diluted share, beating the consensus forecast of 75 cents, according to Zacks Investment Research.
By Matt Yurus
Speaking before Karen Lewis and other city leaders at City Club of Chicago Tuesday, mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia reminded voters that his “priorities are very different from those of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.”
Garcia argued that his plans for education, policing and financial reforms would bring steady improvements to Chicago. His tone was cautiously optimistic, acknowledging that these reforms would take time.
By Elizabeth Elving
On Tuesday, at the 8 p.m. close of regular business hours, the owners of Logan Square’s Cafe Mustache dimmed the lights and placed tea candles on each of the mismatched tables. Patrons shut their laptops and switched from coffee to beer. The music faded out, and the talk turned to sin.
The Seven Deadly Sins storytelling series has been a regular event at the coffee shop for two years. At each session, seven performers tell a story related to one of the seven deadly sins. The stories can be funny, filthy, or heartbreaking, personal or fictional, so long as they fit the premise. Continue reading
By Margaret Anderson
Plywood boxes are stacked in a warehouse at Cook County Facilities Management waiting for a call from the medical examiner’s office, where they’ll be the last home for those who died on the street.
Each time a homeless person is buried, the cost to Cook County is $474. There are over 6,000 homeless braving the Chicago winter, but the city has beds for only 3,000, said Matt Smith, the communication director for the Department of Family and Support Services.
By Grace Eleyae
While on his nationwide tour, President Obama spoke about a plan to institute free community college education to students with a C-average or better. Locally, this benefit will soon be seen in the City Colleges of Chicago, with Mayor Emanuel’s recent announcement of the Star Scholarship — great news for students in a system where many are dependent on financial aid.