December 2014

First Raised Bike Path; Tollway Jobs; Roundups

Armour Square Park at 3309 S. Shields Ave. offers fitness classes and athletic programs. Stop by the park or call (312) 747-6012 for more information.


Burnett supports marijuana dispensaries; community groups express opposition

Despite opposition from community groups and residents, Alderman Walter Burnett advocates opening medical marijuana dispensaries in the 27th Ward.


CPS moves into TAMS building in Bridgeport

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has found a new use for the building that houses the Teachers Academy of Mathematics and Science (TAMS) at 501 W. 35th St., and work crews have renovated the structure extensively in recent months.


Investigation sought on election judge confusion over robocalls

Outraged officials from Mayor Rahm Emanuel on down are demanding a thorough investigation into the election day robocalls that may have kept close to 2,000 election judges away from the polls, mostly on the South and West sides.


Museum Campus transportation meeting discusses Lucas Museum

A recent public planning meeting at Spertus Institute was supposed to focus on how to make the Grant Park Museum Campus as user-friendly as possible.


UI Health fights mental illness, launches Center on Depression and Resilience

The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, part of the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System (UI Health), recently announced an initiative to combat depression and help remove the nationwide stigma surrounding mental illnesses.


Community continues to fight against metal shredder

Community organizations in Pilsen are using various strategies to prevent a metal shredding plant from being built near Loomis Street and Cermak Road, citing concerns about pollution, traffic congestion, and safety.


Condo owners, businesses divided over landmarking

The Randolph/Fulton Market Association held a community meeting on Nov. 12 at Alhambra Restaurant, 1240 W. Randolph St. The main topic of discussion was the City’s proposal to landmark an area within the Fulton Market Renovation District.


Live music plan dead at Racine restaurant site

A group whose members planned to open a restaurant and nightclub on Racine Avenue has given up on the site, after more than a month of negotiations failed to produce an agreement with a community group and Ald. Jason Ervin (28th
Ward).


Josephine J. Pelc, longtime crossing guard, passes away

A neighborhood school crossing guard for 25 years, Josephine J. Pelc (nee Leonardi) was well known to generations of Near West Side parents and children.