August 2012

August 2012 CAPS

The Gazette encourages you to participate in your local C.A.P.S. Programs during 2012.
Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (C.A.P.S.) meetings in the 1st, 2nd, 9th, 10th, 12th, and 13th Districts, areas covered by the Gazette, include:

Educational variety, quality available in local communities

The communities within the Gazette’s coverage area and those nearby offer excellent choices for primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, and specialty schools. Whether looking for a school for yourself or your child, you can find excellent educational variety close to home.

National Nurses United NATO protest kicks off push to tax securities trades

National Nurses United (NNU), the nation’s largest nurses union and professional association of registered nurses, is calling for a tax on securities trades to pay for a variety of unmet societal needs.

Cold storage Fulton St. building may become office, retail site

Sterling Bay Co. has proposed a new development for the property at 1000 W. Fulton St., which has served as a cold storage facility since 1923. Sterling wants to develop the site for offices and retail and commercial businesses within a ten-story “East” building with 380,000 square feet and a five-story a “West” building with 125,000 square feet.

Old Wrigley Bridgeport plant likely to be new retail facility

It has been six years since the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. Bridgeport plant shut down, but the 100-year-old behemoth on South Ashland Avenue may be poised for a revival.

Arts make significant economic impact in City, local communities

Local communities no longer have to choose between economic development or a focus on arts—not with arts organizations and their audiences contributing more than $2.2 billion a year to the Chicago economy, according to a recent Arts Alliance Illinois (AAI) study, Arts & Economic Prosperity IV.

Montefiore School to remain open

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has no plans to close Montefiore Elementary School, located at 1310 S. Ashland Ave., said CPS press secretary Mariell Sanilvilus when asked if the 83-year-old special school for troubled boys still is in danger of being shut down.

State House panel votes to oust Smith

The Illinois House select committee on discipline on July 19 voted 11-1 in favor of expelling State Representative Derrick Smith (D-10th) over allegations that he accepted a $7,000 bribe earlier this year in a Federal Bureau of Investigation sting. Smith allegedly accepted the payment for writing a recommendation letter for a daycare center he thought was seeking a $50,000 State grant.

RFMA, West Loop celebrate new CTA el station

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has opened a new Morgan Street station on the Green and Pink Lines on Lake Street.

Nurses point out a great idea through Robin Hood Tax

Economists and progressive political leaders worldwide have been discussing the Financial Transaction Tax, popularly known as the Robin Hood Tax, for a few years, but it took a group of protesting nurses who are members of National Nurses United wearing Robin Hood hats to bring it to the attention of Chicago.

Letter: Neighbor argues against dormitory

Dear Editor: I am writing in rebuttal of your editorial on July 6, 2012. I find your point of view misguided, wrong, and flat-out reckless because you failed to discuss the real issue, whether the Newman Center is the right fit for the immediate community that will be mostly impacted.

Letter: Neighbors support Newman dormitory

Dear Editor: Thank you for covering the Newman Center proposed development on Union Street. We, with our four children, live on Emerald Avenue and are in support of a five-to-six story Newman Center development.