February 2013

Round Up; New Bike Lane; NAIF Scholarships

An all-schools reunion will be held at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2, for All Saints/St. Anthony, Bridgeport Catholic Academy, Immaculate Conception, St. Bridget, St. David, St. George, St. John, St. Mary of Perpetual Help, and Nativity of Our Lord at Nativity of Our Lord’s church hall.

Bus rapid transit may come to Western, Ashland

Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) officials intend to decide in the coming months whether to build bus rapid transit (BRT) systems on Western and Ashland Avenues, as a result of a $1.6 million Federal Transit Administration grant study.

Concealed carry gun ruling stirs controversy; aldermen opposed

The debate over gun control has ramped up throughout the nation ever since the December 2012 shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Chicago residents and politicians are addressing a related issue that recently came to the forefront in the State of Illinois: concealed carry or the right for individuals to carry firearms in public places.

Parishioners, historians hope to save St. James Catholic Church in Bronzeville

While time may be running down for St. James Catholic Church, many still hold out hope that the more than 130-year-old gothic structure in Bronzeville will be saved from the wrecking ball.

Current Jones school building saved, but not for neighborhood school use

Many residents of the South Loop wanted Jones College Prep’s current building to be saved — and it will be.

Simpson Academy for Young Women at cutting-edge of support

The Simpson Academy for Young Women may sound like a fancy 19th century finishing school, but this specialized Chicago public school at 1321 S. Paulina St. is about as cutting-edge as it can be.

School commission: advisory body or charter front group, union wonders

According to the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the City’s education system provides more than 500,000 seats for a student population of about 400,000. With enrollment data showing that 50% of public schools in Chicago are underused and nearly 140 are more than halfempty, CPS wants to consolidate or close underused schools.

Prologue suspends efforts for new Bronzeville high school

Prologue, a multi-site, community-based high school and general equivalency degree (GED) program, has withdrawn its request for a zoning change to allow it to open a new school for at-risk students in the former Griffin Funeral Home at 3232 S. King Dr.

Pilsen residents want job opportunities and green space

Now that the Fisk Power Plant is closed, residents of Pilsen and Little Village want its land used for green space, including public access to the Chicago River, and clean industries that bring in living-wage jobs. Residents voiced their opinions during recent community meetings.

High tech helps design Public Housing Museum

A 3-D laser scan of the bricks, concrete, plaster, and steel of ABLA Homes’ remaining building will help architects plan its conversion into the National Public Housing Museum.

St. Anthony Focal Point project progresses

The City’s Department of Housing and Economic Development Community Development Commission last month approved selling the vacant lot at 31st Street and Kedzie Avenue for $1 to Chicago Southwest Development Corporation (CSDC).

BRT: Transportation improvement or another boondoggle?

Bus rapid transit (BRT), featuring lanes in the middle of major thoroughfares dedicated for buses only, may seem like a new idea. Older residents of our community, however, may remember how Chicago’s streetcars traveled down the middle of major streets until 1957.