August 2016

Ald. King, Comdr. Klich address South Loop concerns

Safety issues took center stage at the 4th Ward town hall meeting on July 18 held by Alderman Sophia King. Also speaking were 1st Police District Commander Robert Klich and Sergeant Athena Mullen.

Life insurance companies under the microscope in Illinois to pay benefits

Some life insurance companies reportedly have made hundreds of millions of dollars by not paying benefits to Illinois residents, according to the Illinois Treasurer’s Office. Legislation that offers a method to provide citizens with funds they have due is awaiting Governor Bruce Rauner’s signature.

Parental incarceration takes toll on children, Casey report finds

The saying is all too familiar: Do the crime, do the time. In America’s age of mass incarceration, however, children who have committed no crime are doing the time by suffering the consequences of their parents’ sentences and the nation’s tough-on-crime practices.

Chinatown considers new SSA for beautification, economic development

Two years after community leaders made the Chinatown Community Vision Plan public, community officials, particularly from the Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, are paving the way for a special service area…

Lies, lack of policy, and crudity: Donald Trump receives the Republican nomination

Last month, both major political parties held their nominating conventions. The Democratic convention made history by nominating Hillary Clinton as the first woman nominee for President. We find the Republican convention to be the one causing the greatest concern…

St. Adalbert’s parishioners appeal to Rome, as music school eyes site

After repeated attempts to persuade the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago to reconsider its plans to close St. Adalbert’s Church at 1650 W. 17th St., a small group of parishioners battling to keep the 102-year-old church open is taking its case all the way to Rome.

ATN: August 2016

Addams/Medill Park, 1301 W. 14th St., will host Reggae Fest Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 13, from noon to 9 p.m. Enjoy food, beer, islandthemed drinks

Excellent education, strong curricula highlight local schools’ offerings

Local schools are the bedrock of a good education. There are many educational options in this area that provide parents with the confidence to know that their youngsters are learning in a great environment.

New playground dedicated at Wright Court

Community leaders and elected officials including Ald. Patrick Thompson (11th), Ald. Danny Solis (25th), and County Commissioner William Daley (11th) helped about 50 volunteers from Radio Flyer, Anthony Fusco of the Chicago Community Development Corporation (CCDC), and residents of the Barbara Jean Wright Court apartments dedicate a new playground at 1354 S. Morgan St. during a July 21 ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Recycling plant coming to Stockyards area

Officials expect work on a $40 million recycling plant to start this fall at Packers and Exchange Avenues in the Stockyards Industrial Park, according to Ald. Patrick D. Thompson (11th Ward).

Violent storm causes damage

More than one resident of the Near West Side says a late-July storm was the worst in at least a half-century, with high winds causing damage as far south as Bridgeport and Chinatown. No injuries were reported.

Changes may come for new 31st Street CTA bus route

After a group of Pilsen, Chinatown, and Bridgeport residents called the planned 31st Street bus route a “slap in the face,” Chicago Transit Authority president Dorval Carter Jr. said it just might be possible to make some “tweaks” once the route is “up and running.”