January 2013

Eventful, newsworthy year in area’s ten communities

The people and organizations in the ten communities served by Gazette made much news in 2012, reinforcing this area’s status among Chicago’s most interesting and vibrant places to live and work.

City privatizes Water Dept.’s call center jobs

In a move the City claims will save $100,000 in 2013 and $500,000 in both 2014 and 2015 as well as improve service for those calling about water bills or water problems, 31 Water Management Department call center workers will lose their jobs as of Jan. 4.

New Federal rules designed to streamline healthcare payments

The Obama Administration recently issued new rules designed to cut red tape for doctors, hospitals, and health plans, potentially saving up to $9 billion over the next ten years and helping local healthcare institutions.

PDNA addresses possible DePaul sports arena for South Loop

The Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance (PDNA) on Dec. 5 held a community meeting at Second Presbyterian Church to make residents aware of a possible new DePaul University Arena being considered for the South Loop…

New 12th District Police station now in operation

A new 12th District police station is open, replacing the old 12th and 13th District stations and combining their operations.

Mercy Hospital’s Sr. Sheila Lyne, president/CEO, announces retirement

Sister Sheila Lyne, RSM, recently announced her plan to retire as president and CEO of Mercy Hospital & Medical Center and Trinity Health. She will continue as CEO until the organization names a successor and completes the transition.

Roosevelt opens new athletic facility

Roosevelt University has opened its new Lillian and Larry Goodman Center, a two-floor athletic facility at 501 S. Wabash Ave.

Local group pushes for library name change

A group wanting to create a historical society for the Taylor Street area has decided its first objective will be to get the Chicago Public Library (CPL) Theodore Roosevelt Branch name changed to the Little Italy Branch.

St. Malachy teacher Zack Ruelas receives Golden Apple Award

Zack Ruelas, a third grade teacher at St. Malachy’s School, 2252 W. Washington Blvd., was named one of ten 2012 Golden Apple Award winners in the Chicago area.

Fr. Don Craig leaves St. Mary’s of Bridgeport

The Rev. Don Craig, former pastor of St. Mary of Perpetual Help Church, came back on Dec. 2 to say good-bye to his former parishioners.

McGuane Park baseball registration open

McGuane Park Baseball is accepting registration for the 2013 baseball season. Register online at www.mcguanebaseball.com/register.

St. Therese principal wins technology award

Phyllis Cavallone-Jurek, principal of St. Therese Chinese Catholic School, was named along with four other educators as a winner in Tech & Learning Magazine’s 25th annual Leader of the Year program. The contest recognizes individuals who exhibit leadership in education technology, often working with tight budgets and limited resources.