News Archive

New railroad and traffic infrastructure improvements planned for South Loop

Two South Loop transportation infrastructure projects—one to update a longstanding Canadian National rail line, the other to accommodate increased traffic near the Wintrust Arena—will kick off in 2019.


Bridgeport area church and school closings revealed

By Nathan Worcester On the cold, snowy evening of Nov. 28, Roman Catholic clergy met with laity at St. Barbara Catholic Church in Bridgeport to discuss the Archdiocese of Chicago’s plan for regrouping of nine parishes and schools in Bridgeport, Armour Square, Canaryville, and Chinatown. Part of the Archdiocese’s “Renew My Church” initiative, the decisions […]


Economic report shows UIC’s positive impact on Illinois

By Igor Studenkov A recent study by Idaho-based Economic Modeling Specialists shows the University of Illinois System brings considerable economic benefit to the State of Illinois—and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is a big part of it. According to the study, during fiscal year 2017, the university system brought the State $7.6 billion […]


South Loop educators and residents react to proposed South Loop High boundaries

Editor’s note: After this article went to press, Cook County Judge Franklin U. Valderrama issued an order to block the Chicago Public Schools’ conversion of National Teachers Academy into a high school. The CPS said it would not appeal the ruling, and NTA will remain an elementary school and will not become a high school. […]


Blue wave becomes blue tsunami as Democrats sweep in this community

By William S. Bike The national blue wave was a blue tsunami in this area, as Democrats won every office. Every candidate endorsed by Gazette Chicago won. JB Pritzker won the governorship with 2,383,047 votes for 54.1% over Republican and incumbent Bruce Rauner, who had 1,723,775 for 39.2%; Conservative Sam McCann, who had 188,529 for […]


After a lawsuit is threatened, River City deal on again

After a lawsuit threatened to halt deconverting River City condominiums to apartments, the property sale of $90.5 million is on again and slated for Dec. 17, said Kelly Elmore, attorney for the River City Condo Association. The Cook County Circuit Court on Nov. 16 ruled against a suit challenging whether the sale agreement had reached […]


Library name official: Little Italy Branch

Ald. Jason Ervin (28th Ward) made a surprise announcement at a Near West Side meeting Nov. 14, telling a community group that officials will name the new library on Taylor Street the Little Italy Branch. The Little Italy Chicago Community Association (LICNA) formed more than a year ago to oppose plans for the library, including […]


UIC men’s soccer wins third straight Horizon League title

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Flames men’s soccer team claimed its third straight Horizon League championship with a 3-1 win over the Wright State Raiders on Nov. 10. Josiah Ash put the Flames up 1-0 with a fifth-minute goal, and Pau Mateo scored his first goal later in the half. After Wright State […]


1st and 3rd Congressional District races each feature three candidates

Congressional elections in the 1st and 3rd Congressional districts include challenges to Democratic incumbents by winners of the Republican primary and independent candidates.


Competitive races in 4th and 7th Congressional Districts

By Peter Winslow A new Congressional Representative will serve the 4th District, as longtime Representative Luis Gutierrez has retired. In the 7th, a veteran Congressional Representative faces a challenge from a construction project manager. 4th District Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, who was born in Mexico and immigrated to the United States, is running as the Democratic […]


Dems, GOP square-off for two local County Board seats

By Patrick Butler In the 3rd and 11th Cook County Commissioner districts, races feature both a Democrat and a Republican. 3rd District Longtime 3rd District Commissioner Jerry “Iceman” Butler is retiring. Bill Lowry won the March Democratic primary and hopes to succeed Butler. Attorney Lowry is president of and a partner in the law firm […]


St. Adalbert Church up for sale again; may become commercial, residential

By Jessica Villagomez After learning that the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago once again plans to sell St. Adalbert Church, 1650 W. 17th St., Blanca Torres was disappointed but not surprised. Torres, a member of the St. Adalbert Preservation Society, has been pushing for the church to remain open as a Catholic space since first […]