February 2017

Five vie to represent 4th Ward as Alderman

Voters in the 4th Ward will head to the polls on Tuesday, Feb. 28, for a special election to choose their alderman. Former Alderman Will Burns resigned last year, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed Sophia King until the City could hold the election. Five candidates are running. The 4th Ward includes parts of the South Loop, Bronzeville, Kenwood, and Hyde Park communities.

Redevelopment brings opposition, charges in Pilsen

After several attempts to meet with the owners and developers of a controversial retail building at 917 W. 18th St., members of the Pilsen Alliance are moving ahead without them.

‘Keeping the Promise’ ordinance gains support

Two Chicago organizations have teamed with City officials to propose the Keeping the Promise ordinance to help reduce homelessness, expand affordable housing throughout Chicago, and reform the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) so it works better on behalf of the Chicago’s most vulnerable residents.

Plans to redevelop Ickes announced, while opponents fear funds diversion

When the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) demolished the South Side’s former Harold L. Ickes Homes public housing development in 2010 to make way for a new mixed-income community, it promised to replace the units occupied at the time with affordable housing. Seven years later, no new units occupy the still vacant 11 acres that once held Ickes.

UIC’s Putna to play Major League Soccer; team wins league tournament

Real Salt Lake selected University of Illinois at Chicago senior goalkeeper Andrew Putna with the 48th overall pick in the third round of the 2017 Major League Soccer SuperDraft, held Jan. 17.

Enjoy Valentine’s Day at local eateries and specialty shops

Going out for a nice meal or giving a gift of edible delicacies is an integral part of Valentine’s Day. With great restaurants, bakeries, and other food shops in our community ready to meet your needs, your Valentine’s Day here will be one to remember.

ATN: February 2017

A Child’s Space, 1020 S. Wabash Ave., offers date night and Saturday care, not only for existing clients but for anyone. It will be open for date nights until midnight on…

‘Pied Piper of Pool’ Van Eck brings billiards to local boys and girls clubs

There was a time when youngsters — especially if they were girls — were not exactly encouraged to hang around pool halls. Times have changed, however, especially at the Valentine Boys and Girls Club, 3400 S. Emerald Ave.; Little Village Boys and Girls Club, 2801 S. Ridgeway Ave.; and True Value, at 2950 W. 25th St. thanks in large part to Tom Van Eck.

Override of Rauner voter bill veto fails in House

The Illinois House of Representatives failed to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of Senate Bill 250, which would have automatically registered Illinois residents to vote whenever they had any business with a State agency, such as renewing a driver’s license or a state ID, or dealing with the State’s Departments of Human Services, Healthcare and Family Services, Employment Security, and Aging.

Gerald Scott McCarthy endorsed for Alderman of Fourth Ward

The 4th Ward special election scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 28, is one of those rare elections that features five good candidates, so voters in communities stretching from the South Loop through Bronzeville to Kenwood and Hyde Park face a tough choice.

Aquinas Literacy Center seeks new location

The Aquinas Literacy Center at 3540 S. Hermitage Ave. celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, but just before the holidays the Archdiocese of Chicago informed management it would not renew the center’s lease because it wants the space for parish ministries. The literacy center must leave the Blessed Sacrament Parish complex by June 30.