August 2013

Residents protest; IDOT moves Circle flyover 26 feet; construction imminent

Residents and businesses in the Greektown and University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) area got a last chance to voice their views on the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) updated plan to reconfigure the Circle Interchange…

Plans for DePaul arena continue to spark debate

City of Chicago and Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) plans to build a new DePaul University basketball arena near McCormick Place continue to generate controversy.

Business owners question BRT practicality as project continues

Business owners in the Ashland Avenue and Western Avenue corridor continue to oppose Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), even as the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) moved into the engineering and environmental design phase for BRT’s initial portion on Ashland from Cortland Avenue to 31st Street.

PDNA, community continue to oppose street through park

Plans by a local developer to build a street through or near a park near Indiana Avenue, between 15th and 16th street, continue to face significant local opposition, according to Tina Feldstein, president of the Prairie district Neighborhood Alliance (PDNA).

RFMA pressing for Lake Street turn sign removal

Local business owners and the Randolph/Fulton Market Association that represents them still are working on getting the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) to change rules preventing all trucks from turning at two intersections near the Morgan/Lake Street Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) station.

Police determine cause of Bridgeport factory fire

It has been nearly seven months since a category 5-11 fire ripped through a vacant factory at 3757 S. Ashland Ave. on January 22, and Chicago Police have closed their investigation concerning its cause. Initially, law enforcement officials suspected arson caused the fire, according to the Chicago Police Department. The building is owned by a company that had been headed by Calvin Boender, who has been in federal prison since 2010 after being convicted of bribing former Alderman Isaac “Ike” Carothers.

African Festival; Movies in the Park; Roundups

The African Festival of the Arts will be held in Washington Park, 51st Street at Cottage Grove Avenue, Friday, Aug. 30, through Monday, Sept. 2, from noon to 10 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday through Monday.

Government bulldozers ready to roll over quality of life concerning Circle Interchange and BRT, while PDNA holds out hope in South Loop

Quality of life. In today’s ever-changing world it’s something we all place high on our list of precious commodities.

Letter: Support and excitement regarding BRT

Dear Editor: As a resident of the Ashland corridor, I am writing to express my support and excitement for the planned Bus Rapid Transit Route (BRT). I recently rode a similar system when I visited Baranquilla, Colombia, and I was impressed with how efficient and reliable BRT is, and I have seen how businesses and commuters benefit from BRT.

Letter: Appreciation for Gazette mission

Dear Editor: On behalf of the STEM Magnet Academy Community, I want to extend many thanks to you and the Gazette for publishing the success of our recent school wide Walkathon in the July addition. We really appreciate the mission of the Gazette as a community supporter and excellent news source!

Letter: ‘Disgusted’ at teacher layoffs

The Raise Your Hand Coalition (RYH) is disgusted to learn that Chicago Public Schools has laid off another 2,000 teachers and staff, bringing the total number of layoffs for the year to 3,500.

JFL football, dance teams forming

The Junior Flag Football League will host the JFL combine, a series of evaluation drills, Saturday, Aug. 10. The league begins Friday, Aug. 23, at Sheridan Park, 910 S. Aberdeen St. For more information, log on to