January 2012

Newman Center proposes new dorm plans, reduced in size

The future of the former Fellowship Baptist Church at 1350 S. Union St. continues to engender debate. The Roman Catholic John Paul II Newman Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is under contract to purchase the property to create a five-story, 250-person dormitory—a plan scaled back from an earlier proposal that had called for a larger building and
which had sparked objections from some community residents.

Illinois poverty reaches highest point in decades, study reveals

Poverty in Illinois is higher now than it has been in decades. It grew 16% during the period from just before the recession to after the recession, according to the recent Report on Illinois Poverty released by the Social Impact Research Center at the South Loop-based Heartland Alliance. Post-recession has seen no gains for struggling families.

City wants residents to take a walk via Pedestrian Plan

A major component of a large city is its pedestrian culture, and Chicago is making that culture a priority.

Chicago Career Tech provides technology-based job retraining

For unemployed middle income workers in Chicago, there is another career option besides becoming a barista at Starbucks. Chicago Career Tech (CCT) at 177 N. State St. offers a timely solution for keeping up with fast moving technology through a job retraining initiative.

Oakwood Shores a community-driven housing success

In 2003, the sprawling 94-acre site where the Ida B. Wells/Madden Park housing project once stood began its transformation into Oakwood Shores. Now being built in phases, the mixed-income housing development located at 3859 S. Vincennes Ave. in Bronzeville is part of the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) Plan for Transformation, a redevelopment effort aimed at revamping the concept of public housing and strengthening communities.

Occupy demonstrates at UIC, misses mayor

“I can’t wait until spring,” said one Occupy Chicago member at the University of Illinois at Chicago on a cold day recently.

Restored Bourgeois sculpture moved, rededicated

Neighborhood residents, Chicago Park District officials, Alderman Robert Fioretti (2nd Ward), and other community leaders rededicated Louise Bourgeois’ sculpture Helping Hands recently in the Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens, 1801 S. Indiana Ave.

New weight loss surgery at Mercy

Mercy Hospital and Medical Center surgeon Rami E. Lutfi, MD, and his team performed the first
laparoscopic bandwith gastric plication weight loss surgery in Illinois on Aug. 22 and have since completed several more.

City to charge non-profits for water

Spending cuts, layoffs, and new revenue sources are among the many efforts the City of Chicago has undertaken to fill the City’s $635.7 million budget deficit. Also among those measures is the phased-in elimination of fee waivers for water, sewer, and other City services for non-profit organizations…

Eventful year for news in this area’s communities in 2011

The ten communities in this area create a lot of news, and the Gazette works hard to bring you complete coverage of all of it. Following are some of the highlights of 2011 in the months they were reported on in the Gazette.