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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 […]


Hall closes, DiMaggio statue removal creates a stir

By Dan Kolen and Susan S. Stevens The Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame has closed its museum at 1431 W. Taylor St., with George Randazzo, Hall of Fame founder and president, promising a “premier” new location that will include the Joe DiMaggio statue that has stood across the street since 1999. The Hall of Fame organization […]


Parishioners grapple with future in Bridgeport, Little Italy groupings

By Nathan Worcester Roman Catholic parishioners in the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Bridgeport and Little Italy groupings continue to examine what the future holds for them and their churches after Archdiocesan announcements in January. The Archdiocese on Jan. 19 made a series of public statements at a meeting at St. Barbara Church regarding the Bridgeport grouping […]


Crawford coal plant to become a $100 million distribution center

By Madeline Makoul After years of the building sitting unused, a developer is investing $100 million to rehabilitate the old Crawford Power Generating Station and turn it into a distribution center. Some community members oppose the change, however. Hilco Redevelopment Partners purchased the old Crawford coal plant, near the Stevenson Expressway and Pulaski Road, in […]


Dick Simpson continues ‘The Good Fight’ in latest political book

By William S. Bike Dick Simpson is a professor of political science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, but he’s also a “dean”—the dean of political commentary in Chicago. When the media wants a cogent comment about what is happening in current politics, Simpson is often the person to whom they turn. He has […]


Less than 50% of low-income IL kids get healthful breakfast

According to a new report disseminated by the Illinois Hunger Coalition, the number of low-income Illinois students participating in the School Breakfast Program increased during the 2017-18 school year. Yet fewer than half of the state’s low-income children participate in the program, which ensures healthy food access. For every 100 low-income students participating in the […]


Founder of local baseball academy hired as scout for Chicago Cubs

By Adam Kivel From the age of four, Keronn Walker knew baseball would be his life. His parents were going through a divorce, and as a way to keep the young Keronn busy and his mind occupied, his mother enrolled him in the local little league in Hyde Park-Kenwood and eventually became commissioner of the […]


UIC rocket team wins first place

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) recently won first place in the 30K Solid Rocket-Student Research and Developed Components category during the second annual Spaceport America Cup at the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC) at the Las Cruces Convention Center in New Mexico. The […]


Parishes to host St. Joseph’s Tables

Several area parishes will host St. Joseph’s Tables during March. Notre Dame de Chicago, 1336 W. Flournoy St., will offer a breakfast and brunch St. Joseph’s Table Sunday, March 24, in the lower hall after the 8:30 and 10 a.m. and noon Masses. Call (312) 243-7400 or log on to nddc.archchicago.org. Santa Lucia/Santa Maria Incoronata […]


Affordable housing coming to St. Vitus location

The Resurrection Project (TRP), a non-profit organization based in Pilsen and devoted to creating community ownership, will renew and develop the former Roman Catholic Church of St. Vitus, located at 18th and Paulina Streets, into affordable housing in the next two years. TRP collaborated with the architectural firm Canopy on plans to develop St. Vitus […]


St. Baldrick’s funds childhood cancer research at UIC, U of C

Youngsters battling cancer now will have access to more clinical trials because of two infrastructure grants recently awarded by the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and University of Chicago (U of C) Medicine for a combined total of $212,700. These grants will support developing more clinical trials—often a child’s […]


Library, apartments open on Taylor St.

The Chicago Housing Authority (CHA), the Chicago Public Library (CPL), Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Alderman Jason C. Ervin, Related Midwest, and other community leaders on Jan. 24 opened the Taylor Street Apartments and Little Italy Branch Library. Located on Taylor Street near Ada Street, the structure holds the library branch and 73 apartments, including 37 CHA […]