JULY 2015

Two years after fire, St. Basil prepares to reopen sanctuary

A fire caused by a candle so severely damaged St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church two years ago that services have had to be held in the basement since then. Services soon will move back upstairs to a fully restored worship space.

When politics fail, it’s time for elected officials to examine outside plans

The politicians have done a poor job in attempting to solve the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) financial woes for decades, but this year the situation has reached crisis proportions.

Abreu’s Amigos; Farmers Markets; ward11.org

AARP Experience Corps is looking for volunteers age 50 and over who are willing to tutor students. The program serves children in kindergarten through third grade in the Chicago Public Schools. Many students progress a year or more in their reading level with the help of AARP Experience Corps tutors.

11th Ward plagued by sudden upsurge in violence recently

Police are continuing to investigate at least three recent violent attacks in the 11th Ward, including one described by a victim as “racially motivated.” Yet Alderman Patrick D. Thompson said detectives told him that, based on what they have learned so far, no evidence supports charging any of those they have already arrested with a hate crime.