April 2009

Harry Potter: The Exhibition in Chicago

April 2009 – The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, opens the world premiere of Harry PotterTM: The Exhibition on April 30, 2009.

Armour School gets creative

April 2009 – Bailouts, layoffs, and cutbacks are part of everyone’s lives these days, but inner city public schools feel budget cuts particularly deeply. Despite the current economic crisis, teachers and administrators at the Philip D. Armour School at 33rd Place and Morgan Street in Bridgeport remain dedicated to upholding high educational ideals. In fact, the challenging times have increased their drive to find new and creative ways to provide a quality education to their students, including reaching out to the business community.

Better Business Bureau Warns Cash Gifting Pyramind Schemes Flourishing Online

April 2009 – Online promotions promising easy wealth by joining a cash gifting program or gifting club are flourishing on the Internet. With many families struggling to make ends meet in the current economy, the Better Business Bureau warns that cash gifting is not a legitimate way to make a few extra dollars, and in fact, is nothing more than a pyramid scheme.

Free oral, head, and neck cancer screenings at UIC College of Dentistry

April 2009 – The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry will offer free screenings during Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week, Tuesday April 28, between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. The College is located at 801 S. Paulina St., Chicago.

Relief fund established for earthquake victims in Italy

April 2009 – The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) has established a special Abruzzo/NIAF Relief Fund to help the victims and their families who perished from the recent earthquake in the town of L’Aquila and other small towns in central Italy in the region of Abruzzo.

Mike Hughes: ‘On a mission from God’

April 2009 – John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd started their “mission from God” on the southeast corner of 91st Street and Burley Avenue in the movie The Blues Brothers. Canaryville’s Mike Hughes began his in 2005 on the opposite corner at Our Lady of Guadalupe School.

Olympics prove financial disaster in other cities

April 2009 – We all remember Mayor Richard M. Daley and Pat Ryan [Chicago 2016 chair] telling us what an honor it would be to have the 2016 Summer Olympics in Chicago. We heard them tell us it would put Chicago on the world map!

State pensions may be merged; expected to affect many locally

April 2009 – Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias has proposed combining the investments of the five State-funded pension systems into one single system in an effort to cut administrative costs and fight potential fraud and abuse.

Troubled CCIL taps old friend Rick Roberts for new strategy

April 2009 – Suffering from mounting debts and high-level personnel changes, the Chicago Christian Industrial League (CCIL) is undergoing one of the more difficult periods in its 100-year history.

Peabody School to remain open, but Abbott mourns as shutdown looms

April 2009 – Officials are planning a celebration at Peabody Elementary School, which will remain open in the fall despite being on the Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) original shutdown list. The news is not so good at Abbott Elementary School, however.

New leadership for South Loop Neighbors

April 2009 – To say that the South Loop has changed during the past decade is more than an understatement. The district has undergone a transformation from a neighborhood dotted with pockets of residential buildings, surface parking lots, and commercial areas to today’s everexpanding landscape of highrises, loft condos, shops, and hot-spot restaurants. Over the years, the advocacy group South Loop Neighbors (SLN) has worked quietly behind the scenes to ensure the neighborhood retains its integrity, history, and sense of community in the face of development.

Wanted: Fest organizer, grant writer, ‘people person’ to run UVA

April 2009 – The Near West Side’s organization of residents, businesses, and institutions, the University Village Association (UVA), seeks a successor to Executive Director Christopher Provenzano, who has resigned.