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Fate of Roosevelt Square development remains uncertain as CHA, Related Midwest drag their heels

Nearly 17 years after the Chicago Housing Authority through Related Midwest began to redevelop the Near West Side’s ABLA Homes public housing developments into the Roosevelt Square mixed-income development, workers have either demolished or renovated most of the old public housing.


Controversy swirls around GPAC leadership change

By Marie Balice-Ward Earlier this year, Bob O’Neill left the presidency of the Grant Park Advisory Council/Grant Park Conservancy amid Chicago Park District allegations about improper fundraising, sales of event permits, and installation of exercise equipment in the park. O’Neill vehemently denies any and all wrongdoing, adding, “I was not raised that way and did […]


New West Loop office building faces scrutiny

By Nawal Dairi A New-York based developer, Thor Equities, plans to construct an 18-story office building at 800 W. Fulton St. that will stand 300 feet tall. Although the City has approved zoning for the project, community members have raised raise height and traffic concerns. Thor Equities declined to comment on the new development.  Nearby […]


Italian-American community leader Dominic DiFrisco passes away

By Nathan Worcester As mourners filtered into the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii on the morning of May 1, a familiar voice issued from the building’s speakers: “And now, the end is near, and so I face the final curtain…” Frank Sinatra’s legendary rendition of My Way was a fitting accompaniment for the funeral […]


More blood donations needed from minorities, say blood centers

By Sheila Elliott A statewide coalition of blood banks has banded together to alert all Illinois communities about the increased need for donated blood, particularly in minority communities. The Illinois Coalition of Community Blood Centers (ICCBC) took that message to Springfield recently, letting State lawmakers know that blood centers always need blood donations from all […]


Google finance hub expansion will be coming to West Loop

By Nathan Worcester The City recently announced Google had selected Chicago and the West Loop for its new finance hub. The move comes as part of the tech giant’s multi-billion-dollar national expansion plan. It also hit the West Loop just months after Google announced it would lease 132,000 square feet in a 12-story building under […]


Restoration Associates can help after fire, flooding, or other emergencies

By Eva Hofmann When it comes to fire or water damage, time is of the essence. The experts at Restoration Associates, 2601 S. Archer Ave., have the know-how and equipment to mitigate your disaster faster. A licensed general contractor specializing in the restoration, reconstruction, and rehabilitation of structures, Restoration Associates manages projects from beginning to […]


UIC Call Me MISTER program to bring diversity to classrooms

By Madeline Makoul In an effort to increase teacher diversity in elementary schools, a program at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Education, Call Me MISTER, encourages African American and Latino men to become educators. The program envisions creating the next generation of exceptional male teachers to serve as role models in their […]


Mercy Home leader named to Irish American Hall of Fame

The Rev. Scott Donahue, president and CEO of Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, recently won induction into the Irish American Hall of Fame. Located at the Irish American Heritage Center on the North Side, the Irish American Hall of Fame recognizes and honors contributions by Irish Americans to society in the arts and humanities, business and […]


Three students earn DiFiore scholarships

Officials at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii awarded scholarships in honor of the late Antoinette “Toni” DiFiore, life-long resident of the Near West Side and member of the shrine, at the 11 a.m. Mass on April 28. In the DiFiore contest, run by the shrine and Mrs. DiFiore’s nephew Vincent Arpino, DDS, young […]


McKinley Park Council creates development plan

A gathering two years ago of concerned neighbors in McKinley Park to brainstorm ideas to make their neighborhood more viable has turned into a full-fledged effort with a formal current conditions report designed to fuel a comprehensive development plan. Along the way, the McKinley Park Development Council formed and engaged with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency […]


Governor strikes down ‘right-to-work’ exploitation

Gov. JB Pritzker on April 12 signed the Collective Bargaining Freedom Act (SB 1474), protecting the right of employers, employees, and their labor organizations to collectively bargain and ensuring that the State of Illinois complies with the National Labor Relations Act.  In 2015, the Village of Lincolnshire passed a so-called “right-to-work” ordinance that was struck […]