News Archive

Open seat in 25th Ward; incumbent faces one challenger in 27th Ward

With the retirement of 25th Ward Alderman Danny Solis, the race to succeed him is wide open. In the 27th, incumbent Walter Burnett and a newcomer will battle for the seat.


Third and Fourth Ward incumbents facing battles

By Patrick Butler Incumbents in both the 3rd and 4th wards will be fending off challengers in the upcoming aldermanic elections. 3rd Ward  The 3rd Ward’s Pat Dowell said, “I’m optimistic or I wouldn’t be running, I just want to make sure that, at the end of the day, I’m the one who’s still standing.” […]


11th Ward features one-on-one race; 12th Ward free-for-all has many candidates

By Rick Romano Aldermanic races in the 11th and 12th Wards both feature incumbents trying to keep their seats and challengers trying to take their place. The candidates weighed in on questions about how they view approaches needed for infrastructure improvement, neighborhood revitalization, and crime prevention as well as specific issues related to their wards. […]


Bridgeport residents informed of church closings, consolidations

By Nathan Worcester Bridgeport-area residents on Nov. 28 braved the snow and cold to gather at St. Barbara Catholic Church to learn how the Archdiocese of Chicago’s “Renew My Church” initiative would affect their parishes. Less than two months later, on Jan. 19, another snowstorm heralded another meeting at St. Barbara. The Archdiocese had finished […]


Four in spirited battle in 28th Ward; Reilly unopposed in 42nd

By Peter Winslow Four candidates are making a strong push to become the next 28th Ward alderman. In the 42nd Ward, Alderman Brendan Reilly is running unopposed. 28th Ward First-time candidate Miguel Bautista looks to improve areas of the 28th Ward with an emphasis on bridging the gap between ward constituents and the political system. […]


Holy Family, Notre Dame to combine

By Nathan Worcester Disappointment and some anger stirred in the pews of Holy Family Catholic Church after Bishop Robert Casey, the Archdiocese of Chicago’s episcopal vicar for the Little Italy/Near West Side area, announced that Holy Family Parish will be combined with Notre Dame de Chicago Parish. The church and parish, which date to 1857, […]


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 […]