April 2011

Round-ups; Poetry Event; Music at Loyola

The Mary Barteleme Park advisory council will host a fundraiser on Friday, April 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. at 210 N. Racine Ave. For a $50 ticket…

25th Ward race goes to runoff on April 5

In the 25th Ward, Alderman Daniel Solis will face challenger Cuauhtémoc “Temoc” Morfin in the April 5 runoff election, after falling just short of the 50% of votes he needed to avoid the second round. Solis garnered 48.9% of the vote, compared with Morfin’s 27.9%, while a third opponent in February’s election, AmbrosioMedrano Jr., earned 23.1%. The ward includes Taylor Street/Little Italy, Tri-Taylor, Pilsen, Chinatown, and University Village.

Mixed reviews for Presidential Towers Walmart Market

Despite the company’s non-union stance and reputation for siphoning trade from nearby businesses, many locals are welcoming Walmart’s urban-oriented NeighborhoodMarket, slated to open in fall 2011 in Presidential Towers, 555 W. Madison St.

Haymarket Center struggles with State funding cuts

Haymarket Center, the largest not-for-profit community-based adult detoxification, residential, and outpatient substance abuse treatment facility in the City, for the second time in little more than two years has been forced to turn away clients.

New Galileo principal Macias determined to improve quality

Principal Jorge A. Macias stepped in as interim principal at Galileo Scholastic Academy of Math and Science, 820 S. Carpenter St., only a few days before school started in fall 2010. Taking quick steps to make a good school even better, he quickly secured an offer as contract (permanent) principal in November.

Whitney Young biodiesel project helps community

Last October, Anna Hernandez, a sophomore at Whitney Young Magnet High School at 211 S. Laflin St., approached Brian Sievers, a statistics and precalculus teacher, about doing a project for the school science fair on converting traditional biodiesel fuel into a more environmentally friendly energy
source. The project would involve building biodiesel processors, which resemble mini refineries, to convert used or “wasted” vegetable cooking oil and other ingredients into a less toxic fuel.

Young mother a Haymarket Center true success story

Amanda is 26 and moving into a home of her own with her son. She is a testament to Haymarket Center’s help for people with chemical dependency. “The program works,” she said. “Absolutely. I hadn’t been clean since I was 18 years old.”

City’s goal: Make Chicago greenest in United States

A Chicago Department of Environment spokesperson said the City aims to make Chicago the nation’s greenest city through its Climate Action Program (CAP).

Hunter gets new attention focused on sentencing disparities

State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-3rd) recently released a report from The Illinois Disproportionate Justice Impact Study Commission stating African Americans are five times more likely than whites to go to prison for low-level drug offenses in Illinois. The study found that people of color, particularly African Americans, are disproportionately prosecuted and sent to prison for drug crimes in Illinois.

St. Xavier, DePaul to host Catholic high school information fairs

An information fair featuring predominantly South and Southwest Side and suburban schools will be held Wednesday, April 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. Xavier University in the Warde Academic Center’s Butler Reception Room at St. Xavier’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St.

Taller de Jose gives people the tools to better their lives

Religious organizations often find themselves involved in social issues such as immigration reform, education, and even helping people obtain social services. Sometimes, they serve as a voice for or a mentor to people in need. Taller de Jose (Joseph’s Workshop), located at 3047 W. Cermak Rd., is just this kind of organization, accompanying people when they need social services and being there when they need someone to listen.

Metra’s 35th Street station to be ready by Opening Day

White Sox opening day at U.S. Cellular Field is April 7, and fans will have a new option for getting to the ballpark. Metra is opening a station at 35th Street on the Rock Island line in time for opening day.