December 2008

Food Drive; Toy Drive; Tango

December 2008 – A toy drive, food drive and a Saturday tango in this mid-month Around the Neighborhood.

Marillac House helps dreams survive all odds in East Garfield

December 2008 – A construction paper balloon decorates a poster that hangs in a hallway in East Garfield Park’s Marillac House. It reads: “I dream of a world where no one is afraid to love.” In its near century of service, Marillac House has been a source of unconditional support for its neighborhood—a dream come true for people who need it most.

Misuse of technology

December 2008 – School systems over the past two decades have seen a tremendous emphasis placed on having computers in the classrooms. At the same time our nation pushed for “accountability.” Schools had to measure up on a standardized test or face sever penalties…

Christmas in Chicago

December 2008 – 2008 Holiday Shopping and Dining Guides, the Spirit of Giving and Holiday Services.

U.S. Cellular refurbishing plan may result in shops, restaurants

December 2008 – Demolition has begun for a $15 million capital repair project at U.S. Cellular Field at the Gate 5 pedestrian ramp, just north of 35th Street.

Improvements Will Make Congress Parkway ‘gateway to the city’

December 2008 – Once the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) approves the project, Congress Parkway will experience a $19 million facelift to make the thoroughfare “a gateway to the city” that “will be as beautiful as anyone has ever seen, including in Beijing and Rio,” according to the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT).

Topping Off Makes for Extreme Television

December 2008 – The topping off of any building always is cause for much fanfare and pride for those involved in its construction. But for the construction workers at 1555 Wabash, the topping off of the 14-story South Loop condominium building became material for a new TV show, Project Xtreme, on the DIY Channel, which goes inside some of the most dangerous and specialized construction sites in the country.

Woman stabbed to death in Near West Side apartment

December 2008 – Donna Siano had wide circles of acquaintances from her job at Pompeii Bakery and from walking her Pomeranian dog around her nearby home. She also had close family members in the community.

Democratic Candidates Win Big In November Local Elections

December 2008 – The November 4 election proved it was a Democratic year across the country, and a hugely Democratic year in this area.

NSPB Elects New Officers; CME Vice Chair Discusses Futures

December 2008 – The Near South Planning Board (NSPB) elected new officers at its annual membership meeting at the Chicago Hilton and Towers Hotel recently. Guest speaker was Charles P. Carey, vice chairman of CME Group, the entity that resulted when the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) merged last year.

Burnett Touts TIFs At West Central Association Meeting

December 2008 – Tax increment financing (TIF) districts have come under increasing criticism from Cook County Commissioner Mike Quigley, Cook County Clerk David Orr, and others as governmental instruments that actually may cause taxes to increase and governmental services to decline. At the West Central Association’s recent annual meeting, 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett Jr. defended TIFs in his “state of the ward” address to the WCA.

Adapt pushes for handicapped accessibility to Subway restaurant

December 2008 – Adapt Youth Summit, a disability rights activist group, has been working since June to increase access to the Subway restaurant located at 1140 W. Taylor St. for people with disabilities. The group claims the restaurant’s owner took no action after Adapt asked that a ramp and signage be installed to facilitate access, so the group has expanded its efforts by sending letters to all Subways across the country and to Subway headquarters and by seeking legal advice.