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Rent control ban moving through Illinois legislature

  By Patrick Butler Jawanza Malone of the Lift the Ban Coalition, a grassroots group that has been trying for over a year to repeal the State law barring rent controls in Chicago, said things are looking better than ever. “We anticipate a vote on not one but two bills coming out this session” of […]


Strong resistance to move to appoint County Assessor

By Dan Kolen Chicago’s mayoral race, machine politics, and regressive property assessment all stood at the center of a move to unseat reformer and Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi from office once his first term ended. State Representative Rob Martwick (D-19th, Northwest Side) introduced HB 3605 to turn the assessor’s position from an elected position […]


Ward totals in February mayoral election show interesting variations

By William S. Bike Gazette Chicago-endorsed mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle move on to the April 2 general election after finishing in the top two spots with the highest vote totals in the Feb. 26 election, but results were not necessarily consistent in the six wards that comprise this […]


Competitive City Treasurer race features local State Rep, North Side Alderman

By Rick Romano The City Treasurer race has not been considered competitive for more than a decade, but now two candidates—Near West Side 10th District State Representative Melissa Conyears-Ervin and North Side 47th Ward Alderman Ameya Pawar—are vying for the post. In the first electoral round on Feb. 26, Conyears-Ervin received 224,183 votes for 44.3%, […]


New restaurant Tria, opens in Bridgeport

The Bertucci family, owners of Fabulous Freddies Italian Eatery in Bridgeport, has opened a new, full-service regional Italian dining concept, Tria, located a level above Freddies restaurant at 701 W. 31st St. Tria’s take on Italian food touches on authentic dishes from different regions of Italy. The inspiration for Tria came after a Bertucci family […]


Streetscape improvements, new el station underway in West Loop area

By Igor Studenkov Two major infrastructure and transportation projects are poised to affect the West Loop significantly. The Fulton Market Streetscape Improvement project will renovate the portion of Fulton Street running through the community to make it more friendly to pedestrians and cars. The Damen/Lake Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Green Line el station will add […]


Byrne Interchange construction to last until 2022; graffiti cleanup to come

By Nawal Dairi The rebuilding of the Jane Byrne (formerly Circle) Interchange that features I-90/94 (the Kennedy Expressway and the Dan Ryan Expressway) and I-290 (the Eisenhower Expressway), begun in 2013 and originally projected to be completed this year, now may last until 2022, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). This is the […]


Pilsen activist Byron Sigcho-Lopez for Alderman of the diverse 25th Ward

In the Feb. 26 election, there were five candidates vying for the seat abandoned by long-time Alderman Daniel Solis.


Conyears-Ervin for City Treasurer

Leading up to the Feb. 26 election, Gazette Chicago endorsed Melissa Conyears-Ervin for City Treasurer.


Our choice for New Mayor of Chicago: Lori Lightfoot, a reform candidate who will lead and reform this City

Then there were two. From a field of 14 mayoral candidates aspiring to take on the myriad challenges facing the City of Chicago after eight roller coaster years of the Rahm Emanuel administration, only two remain: Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle.


Acevedo, Sigcho-Lopez square off for 25th Ward aldermanic seat

The 25th Ward, which covers parts of Pilsen, the Near West Side/Taylor Street, the South Loop, and Chinatown, is the only ward in this area in which no candidate received more than 50% of the vote on Feb. 26.


Parking regs in South Loop undergoing change

By Rick Romano Parking regulations in the South Loop/Near South area of the 3rd and 4th Wards are in various stages of change. Those changes follow Wintrust Arena’s initial impact on the area and an ongoing parking and traffic assessment related to Soldier Field events. 3rd Ward and Wintrust Josh Ellis, a local resident, board […]