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Santa Fe Grape Distributors have long history of assisting local winemakers

By Marie Balice-Ward Residents who enjoy making their own wine can count on Santa Fe Grape Distributors to help. The company, at 3500 S. Racine Ave., offers grapes and grape juice during the distribution season that runs from Monday, Sept. 10, through Monday, Oct. 15. The late Paul Alleruzzo founded Santa Fe Grape. His son-in-law, […]


Eric Pulia works to better Tri-Taylor in variety of ways

By Robert Kingett The Tri-Taylor community has a host of residents and business owners ready and willing to do whatever they can to keep the area thriving. One of these is Eric Anthony Pulia, a 30- year-old University of Illinois at Chicago graduate, police officer, Illinois Army National Guard member, and 28th Ward Republican Committeeman. […]


Malcolm X College continues to boost health sciences

By Peter Winslow Since its official opening on Jan. 7, 2016, the new Malcolm X College building continues to provide myriad resources to surrounding communities and to prospective and current students across Chicago.  Malcolm X College offers two-year associate degree and certificate programs with courses in education, information technology, natural sciences, dental hygiene, and other […]


Gutierrez looks at congressional career, local political landscape

By Rick Romano Long-time 4th District Congressman Luis Gutierrez, who is stepping down from his Capitol Hill post after 26 years, said he will continue serving the cause of immigrants in the U.S. while working to help Puerto Rico, his ancestral homeland. Gutierrez, a Chicago-born son of Puerto Rican parents who emigrated to the U.S. […]


UIC expert assesses TIFs in new report

David F. Merriman, the James J. Stukel Presidential Professor of Public Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, has worked with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy to publish a report, Improving Tax Increment Financing (TIF) for Economic Development. Merriman concluded that “in most cases, TIF has […]


Public housing museum moves forward, despite appearances

Even though the former Jane Addams Homes public housing building at 1322 W. Taylor St. remains boarded up, those working on the project have taken steps inside the structure toward making it a museum, explained Lisa Lee, executive director of the National Public Housing Museum. Workers put up orange plywood in place of the building’s […]


Condos will soon become rental units at River City

After a three-year condominium deconversion negotiation at River City, owners finally agreed to a $90.5 million offer by Marc Realty and partner Wolcott Group. The buyers will sweeten the offer for the 448-unit residential portion of the mixed-use building at 800 S. Wells St. by $1 million if all owners produce their units’ closing documents […]


Oi named new principal at St. Therese School

A local elementary school with a long record of academic successes has turned to in-school talent for its future leadership. Lisa Deborah Oi, a veteran teacher and assistant principal has been named principal of St. Therese’s Chinese Catholic School at 247 W. 23rd St., which is a part of the Archdiocese of Chicago school system. […]


UIC moves up in national rankings

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) moved up in the annual Best Colleges rankings published in September by U.S. News & World Report, climbing to number 61 from 73rd among top public schools in the nation and rising to number 129 from 145th among all national universities. UIC also placed among the top 15 […]


Significant numbers in Illinois struggle to get enough food

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) and the Heartland Alliance’s Social Impact Research Center paint a picture of households and children struggling with food security in Illinois. The Illinois Hunger Coalition (IHC) is using this recent research to inform and expand its work to #EndHungerNow and end hunger’s underlying causes, especially in light of […]


Plan Commission ok’s redevelopment of Salvation Army site

The Chicago Plan Commission on June 21 approved Cedar Street Commercial’s plan to rehabilitate the former Salvation Army Freedom Center complex, located at 1515 W. Monroe St., as part of its redevelopment of a 3.18 acre plot mostly bounded by west Monroe Street, south Laflin Street, west Adams Street, and south Ashland Avenue. Cedar Street […]


Two proposed City ordinances aim to improve public and affordable housing

A group of five aldermen led by Christopher Taliaferro (29th Ward) and Susan Sadlowski Garza (10th Ward) at the June 27 City Council meeting introduced the “Our Home, Chicago” legislative package.