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Is MeterSave cause of lead in drinking water?

By Peter Winslow The drinking water supplied to thousands of Chicago residences contains elevated and potentially dangerous levels of lead. Within the past few months, the Chicago Department of Water Management (DWM) sent letters to homeowners affected by possible elevated lead levels; most of those receiving notice live in the city’s southwestern portion. Part of […]

Lightfoot wins big locally; Conyears-Ervin and Sigcho-Lopez embrace new roles

By William S. Bike Chicago’s lineup of elected officials is going to look very different after the April 2 election. Former Federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot, endorsed by Gazette Chicago in both the February and April elections, beat Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, with 386,039 votes for 73.7% for Lightfoot and 137,765 for 26.3% for […]

New Epiphany Center for the Arts is slated to open in November

By Nathan Worcester Despite local residents’ concerns about liquor sales and hours of operation, the Epiphany Center for the Arts (ECA) is moving closer to completion. “We are now taking reservations for events from November 1 and beyond,” ECA developer David Chase said, noting his “target for a final occupancy permit is August/September.” Chase is […]

South Loop School expands into new building for more students

By Dolly Duplantier Beginning in fall 2019, South Loop Elementary School will expand to its new location at 16th and Dearborn Streets. For the first time in approximately ten years, the school will have enough space to accommodate its growing population. Parents have complained for years about overcrowded conditions at the existing school located at […]

UI Cancer Center works to reach local communities through grant

By Jane Lawicki Through a $1.5 million grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation and collaboration with suburban Wellness House, residents on Chicago’s West and South Sides now can benefit from no-cost cancer screening and survivorship programs through the University of Illinois Cancer Center.  The center’s community-based programs will reach traditionally underserved and at-risk communities to […]

Skinner West Elementary School annex opens

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Alderman Walter Burnett of the 27th Ward, and other dignitaries cut the ribbon recently on the 36,000-square-foot annex at Skinner West Elementary School. The four-story annex, located at 1260 W. Adams St., has 22 classrooms, including an art room, computer room, and science lab, as well as a multi-purpose room that can […]

Bridgeport teen wins Boys & Girls Clubs’ Youth of the Year

Joshua Houston may well be one of the area’s few high school athletes who is both an avid poet and rugby player. Which the UIC College Prep student and Louis L. Valentine Boys & Girls Club member believes only could have helped him form the well rounded personality that won him this year’s Chicago Boys […]

Judge Jesse Reyes running for IL Supreme Court

Illinois First District Appellate Court Judge Jesse Reyes has announced he will run in the Democratic primary for a seat on the Illinois Supreme Court. The primary will be held on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. “As a descendant of immigrants and a product of a blue collar family, I know of the struggles many people […]

Newman Center schedules Holy Happy Hour

The St. John Paul II Newman Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago will host Holy Happy Hour Monday, May 20, 5:15 to 8:15 p.m. at Lagunitas Brewing Co., 2607 W. 17th St. There will be a $10 cover charge, cash bar, pizza, and live music provided by the Rev. Connor Danstrom, director of […]

Starbucks plans draw opposition, support in Bridgeport

Starbucks may be a popular national brand, but the approved plans for building a new 2,300- square-foot Starbucks store and retail complex in a vacant lot at the southwest corner of Halsted and 31st Streets in Bridgeport has drawn both opposition and support. Opposition is driven primarily by Bridgeport Alliance, a grassroots group of residents […]

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 […]