April 2014

St. John Cantius completes organ fundraising

A donor who wishes to remain anonymous has contributed more than $45,000 to endow the St. John Cantius Organ Fund fully. The fund fell just shy of its overall goal of $2 million last year; that figure included the amount spent to acquire, restore, and install one of the largest organs in Chicago after rescuing it from its spot under a leaky roof in an unused church. The “new” organ culminates a 25-year restoration of St. John Cantius.

Plan Commission gives OK for Halsted Street heliport, one of two in community

Helicopters likely will be landing and departing from two sites in this community by fall…

Skateboard park on track before TIF funds expire

“Sidewalk surfers” and Chicago Park District personnel are racing against time to get a three-acre skateboard park installed on the south end of Grant Park by year’s end.

DiMuccios baffled over City actions on old Circle Center Cleaners land

Jim and Barb DiMuccio look at their retirement nest egg and see nothing but empty land they pay taxes on. Last year, the City demolished the building they owned, which was located at 1417 to 1431 W. Roosevelt Rd. and had contained Circle Center Cleaners.

Travis complains of irregularities in 26th District Illinois House race

State Representative Christian Mitchell won re-election in the Democratic primary for the 26th District seat by a narrow margin, with his opponent refusing to concede and complaining to the Chicago Elections Board about irregularities.

Harrison St. Closing; St. Matthew Break-in

Thieves recently broke into St. Matthew Lutheran Church and stole two computers and cash saved to purchase food for the El Comedor Soup Kitchen…

Why the rush on building two heliports in this community?

What exactly has been the rush concerning the two heliports planned for this community? Both of them have sped through the approval process before most people in the community even knew they were being considered.

Bridgeport singer, actress in Senior American Idol competition finals

Joan Harzich Sipich, a lifelong resident of Bridgeport, has made it to the finals of the Orland Township Senior American Idol competition at age 82.

Dr. Perez named surgical director for breast health at Mercy Hospital

Mercy Hospital and Medical Center has named a new surgical director for the Sister Sheila Lyne Comprehensive Breast and Women’s Healthcare Center. Claudia Perez, DO (Doctor of Osteopathy), a board-certified general surgeon, will focus exclusively on breast surgery.

Jans Antiques relocating to Evanston

If you recently visited Jans Antiques, 225 N. Racine Ave. at Fulton Street, you probably noticed that owner Jan Seymour is moving a lot of inventory — literally.

Local churches commemorate Holy Week with a variety of events

After a long, cold winter people look forward to the Easter season — one of the first religious holidays of the year when families come together and enjoy each other’s company…