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Chicago small business owners celebrate soda tax repeal

Chicago small business owners celebrate soda tax repeal

After months of facing plummeting sales since the Chicago-area’s contentious penny-per-ounce tax on soda and sweetened beverages was enacted, small business owners were finally able to rejoice with the Cook County Board’s decision to repeal the tax Oct. 11. The board voted 15-2 to repeal the tax on sweetened beverages starting Dec. 1. The vote […]

Poor nursing home care persists despite new administration, more staff

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Poor nursing home care persists despite new administration, more staff

Residents were wearing old and oversized clothes. Some had no shoes or only one on. One resident had personal belongings overflowing from her dresser onto the floor. Paint buckets, janitor wastebaskets and medicine carts cluttered the hallways. Residents had little space to roam. They were packed tightly around small dining tables and in a dreary […]

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Columbia College students, faculty reflect on mental health, therapeutic solutions

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Columbia College students, faculty reflect on mental health, therapeutic solutions

“When I was diagnosed, they thought it was genetic… but for me, it comes in waves,” explained Nicholas Swanton. “There’ll be times where I’m fine, functioning normally, but then something will trigger an episode,” he continued. Swanton, 20, a Cinema Arts and Science major concentrating in Screenwriting at Columbia College Chicago, recalled periodic dips in […]

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Rogers Park wellness studio hosts yoga clothing swap

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Rogers Park wellness studio hosts yoga clothing swap

A shared passion for health and wellness brought people together in Rogers Park for Centered Studios‘ first yoga clothing swap. The day’s activities featured food, music, complimentary auricular acupuncture treatments (on the ear), psychic readings and demonstrations on how to make yoga mat spray. Health coaches Camille Houseknecht, 26, and Natalie Zenner, 34, demonstrated how to […]

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Increase in mental health resources needed on college campuses

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Increase in mental health resources needed on college campuses

Tiffany Walker first started seeing and hearing things as a 20-year-old college student. Unable to get the help she needed, Walker said she had to drop out. “I had my family, but that wasn’t enough,” Walker said. Speaking at a press conference with Walker last month, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) said Walker’s experience […]

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Museum exhibit showcase environmental activism, artistry

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Museum exhibit showcase environmental activism, artistry

  Terry Evans still remembers the day when she saw a woman’s hand turning “greasy black” after wiping her car. Evans, a photographer and visual artist, reflected on that day from two years ago and how it changed her personally. She became an activist fighting pollution and petcoke, a grimy byproduct of steel-making that’s still […]

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‘Untold’ debuts during DocYourWorld 2016’s Sexual Assault Panel

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‘Untold’ debuts during DocYourWorld 2016’s Sexual Assault Panel

  A father and daughter team debuted their documentary, Untold” during Columbia College Chicago’s two-day Doc Your World festival in May. Leah Zeiger, 20, a dance major at the college, was in an abusive relationship as a teenager. She told that story with her father, David Zeiger, 66, a professional film director and producer from […]

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