January 2011

Old Wrigley chewing gum plant in Bridgeport could be high-tech center

Bridgeport’s old Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. chewing gum plant, dark and vacant since its closing, soon may be illuminated by light-emitting diodes and microchip-generated beams.

New Jones College Prep building to be built by 2013

Jones College Preparatory High School officials, local leaders, and area residents discussed details of the school’s new building at a recent community meeting.

Changes, improvements announced for area parks

Officials recently announced several changes and improvements at local parks.

Democrats still prove dominant in this area

Much of the country may have voted Republican in the Nov. 2 election, but the ten communities within the seven wards in this area (the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 11th, 25th, and 27th) still are Democratic all the way.

New mural in East Pilsen summarizes San Jose Obrero Mission’s struggle

Homelessness, unemployment, hunger, and substance abuse are circumstances known all too well by the men who use the services of San Jose Obrero Mission, a shelter for the homeless at 1856 S. Loomis St.

City Colleges to buy Harold Washington Cultural Center

The City recently announced plans to give the City Colleges of Chicago a $1.8 million subsidy to purchase the 40,000-square-foot Harold Washington Cultural Center (HWCC), located at 47th Street and King Drive in Bronzeville.

Former public housing residents still segregated, says UIC study

Most former residents of Chicago’s demolished public housing still live in segregated, low-income neighborhoods despite using housing vouchers to subsidize their rents, according to a study by University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) researchers.

Greener South Loop Awards winners named

The Alliance for a Greener South Loop has announced the results of the organization’s second annual Greener South Loop Awards competition. South Loop businesses, buildings, and an educational institution won this year’s awards.

UIC offers robotic kidney transplantation

Surgeons at the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago are the first to offer robotic kidney transplantation to morbidly obese patients and report fewer complications among this high risk population.

New Year’s resolutions we can all agree on in 2011

In this, the beginning of a New Year, the Gazette offers some New Year’s resolutions for all of us to consider.

Mayoral Race Analysis; Roundups; $10,000 Reward

Professor Dick Simpson will speak about “What the Mayoral Race is Telling Us About Life to Come in Chicago without Mayor Richard Daley” at a luncheon hosted by the West Central Association…

Gazette takes a look back at news stories of 2010

The beat goes on in the ten neighborhoods comprising this community, as the Gazette was filled with news of interest to local residents throughout 2010.