January 2009

2008: Year in Review

January 2009 – If you like news, you do not have to wait long for news to be made in the ten neighborhoods of this community. Some of the city’s biggest news stories of 2008 happened right here.

MLK Concerts, Capital Punishment Forum

January 2009 – News, notes and events from Around the Neighborhood.

New 9th district police station opens in Bridgeport

January 2009 – The long-awaited unveiling of the new state-of-the-art Deering/Ninth District police station in Bridgeport was held Dec. 13 in the building’s community center.

Jones location, enrollment may change

January 2009 – The Chicago Board of Education has announced a plan to build a new facility that will relocate Jones College Prep to the lot directly south of the current school instead of renovating the present structure as originally planned. The existing school likely will be sold for development, and enrollment may be opened to neighborhood youngsters.

IVI-IPO Want TIF Reform

January 2009 – Finding a way to curb the growth of tax increment financing (TIF) districts in Chicago and reform the system used to create them was the focus of a recent forum sponsored by the South Loop-based Independent Voters of Illinois Independent Precinct Organization (IVI-IPO).

Sheridan Park to receive $1 million field renovation

January 2009 – A $1 million revitalization of Sheridan Park’s baseball fields will begin this autumn, capping a decade of community efforts to use the space more effectively, soften the rock-hard surface, and stop sand from blowing into neighbors’ houses and onto their cars.

New West’s 1555 Wabash to be on Project Xtreme

January 2009 – The 1555 Wabash building in the South Loop, developed by New West Realty, is going to be on the season premiere of the Do It Yourself Network’s Project Xtreme! on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 9 p.m.

Pilgrim Baptist to rise from the ashes

January 2009 – Three years after fire gutted the historic Pilgrim Baptist Church, the congregation is making plans to rebuild the 118-year-old Dankmar Adler/Louis Sullivan landmark at 3301 S. Indiana Ave. Members also are adding a new social services building and a cultural center.

Skinner Park details addressed at meeting

January 2009 – In its third and final playground design meeting, the Skinner Park Advisory Council (SPAC) met with representatives of the Chicago Park District (CPD) to finalize the design for Skinner Park’s playground. CPD Project Manager Beth Tomlins and Area Manager Elizabeth Garza were on hand to address changes.

Mortgaging the Future

January 2009 – Bailouts of the financial services sector and the auto industry and the election of Democrat Barack Obama show that the country is moving away from a privatization-based, free-market economic system to one more like that America experienced from 1933 to 1981. All this while Chicago is moving in the opposite direction.

A Heroes Breakfast; Teachers for Energy; Local Roundup

January 2009 – What’s happened and what’s coming up around the neighborhood in January.

James X. Murphy, former owner of Mid-City Cellular, dies at 65

January 2009 – James Xavier (“Jim”) Murphy, a local business leader and philanthropist with long-time ties to this community, died Oct. 6. He was 65 years old.