April 2012

AACA Event; Testa Leed Certified; Roundups

The African American Contractors Association will host a membership and awards reception on Thursday, April 19, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Marmon Grand, 2230 S. Michigan Ave…

Activists win battle to shut Fisk, Crawford coal plants

Environmentalists in Pilsen, Little Village, and throughout the city claimed a major victory recently when Midwest Generation announced it would shut down the two coal-fired power plants it operates within city limits.

Office building planned near Old St. Pat’s despite opposition

Developers have proposed a new office building for 625 W. Adams St.—but not without opposition from some West Loop community members.

Watkins ousts Collins while Smith wins despite arrest

The two biggest surprises of election night occurred in races in which the incumbents had come under heavy criticism for questionable activities. In one race, the surprise was that the incumbent lost. In the other, the surprise was that the incumbent won.

Gov. Quinn provides funding, names new IMD commissioners

“The IMD and the institutions in the district have long been supportive of Rush’s campus development plans,” the Rush government affairs office said in a statement issued to the Gazette. “Rush’s campus plans are well established and underway, and we do not see any issues with the IMD impeding those plans.”

Students demand stores’ help in fighting junk food proliferation

Carrying signs demanding “healthy food” and “we want more from our corner store,” several dozen students from Wendell Phillips High School and Wells Preparatory Elementary School converged March 16 on Vegas Food and Liquor, 330 E. Pershing Rd.

Hull-House Assn. gone; protest at landmark museum

The house where Jane Addams created social work by aiding immigrants remains open as a museum, but her main heritage, a large social services agency, has shut down.

Coyote moves to Near West Side

Since coyotes have been spotted in the Loop, it was only a matter of time before one of their growing number discovered a hospitable community in and near the Illinois Medical District (IMD). Now it has.

NATO summit in May already stirring up emotions in Chicago

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will hold meetings in Chicago on Sunday and Monday, May 20 and 21, in McCormick Place. About 5,000 summit attendees, including President Barack Obama and 50 other heads of state, will come together in an attempt to solve global dilemmas.

CPS changes mind on Crane, wants health sciences school

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) administrators appear to have changed their minds about closing Richard T. Crane Technical Preparatory High School. CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard recently announced a plan to make Crane Chicago’s first public high school dedicated to preparing students for careers or for post-secondary education in the health sciences.

Classic activism brings success in decade-long Fisk/Crawford fight

Grassroots activism and pressure on business and government officials still can work, as groups opposed to the Fisk coal-fired power plant in Pilsen and the Crawford plant in Little Village have proven. After a decade long battle Midwest Generation, the plants’ owner, announced the dirty duo would be shut down.

Local churches commemorate Holy Week/Easter with array of services

The record-high temperatures the area has experienced prior to and in early spring have caused the beautiful Easter lilies to bloom earlier than usual. This is a reminder that Easter is just around the corner. Holy Week is one of the most important times of the year for many religions, which is why community churches commemorate this time with many special events.