April 2015

Kozlar, Thompson go down to the wire in 11th Ward race

“A new perspective” will face “solid experience” in the first runoff election in the history of the 11th Ward when John Kozlar faces Patrick Daley Thompson April 7.

Historic Union Street teardown surprises local community

Liberty Union LLC, owners of a 146-year-old former German school, Romanian synagogue, and Baptist church building at 1352 S. Union Ave., surprised the community by tearing the building down on Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7. Community activists Lori Grove and Mary Gerace, who tried to save it from the wrecking ball and who long have offered plans to repurpose the building, have taken up the new task of looking for ways to make sure the building is not forgotten.

Governor’s budget cut proposals will harm children, activists charge

Programs for low-income Chicagoans and their children are on the chopping block in the Fiscal 2016 budget proposal by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, who has said in a statement that his office made a budget that the State “can afford.”

Near West Side residents speak up on what they want in Roosevelt Square

A new master planning team is listening to the hopes and dreams of residents, potential residents, and neighbors of the Roosevelt Square redevelopment project.

Drivers are urged to plan ahead as interchange, flyover work proceeds

Despite dire predictions, construction on the Jane Byrne Interchange, formerly known as the Circle Interchange, so far has not created as many problems as originally feared, according to local business and residents groups.

Yoshida Art; Extra School Days; Roundups

The Art Institute of Chicago has an exhibition called Puppets! that runs through Saturday, June 6. Enjoy puppet performances and puppet-making workshops as well as Puppets Alive!

Letter: ‘Irreplaceable loss’

Dear Editor: With the recent demolition of the German schoolhouse formerly at 1352 S. Union St., designed by the notable architect Augustus Bauer in 1869, I wish to share with your readers comments previously sent to me by scholars that clearly demonstrate its irreplaceable loss:

Chicago Run-Off 2015: Mayor & 11th Ward Alderman

The weeks since the Feb. 24 election have seen a spirited campaign.

Summer camps provide activities for youngsters and a break for mom and dad

Summer will soon be here, and youngsters and teens will be looking for something to do. A variety of organizations provide summer activities to occupy them, and give mom and dad a break as they know that their youngsters are well cared for.