June 2012

Gov. Quinn wants drastic changes in State workers’ pension benefits

Governor Patrick Quinn on April 20 announced his plan to alter the State’s five public pension systems…

Newman dorm, preservationists’ views differ

Maxwell Street area preservationists want to save a 143-year-old school-turned-synagogue-turned church at 1352 S. Union St., while the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) John Paul II Newman Center, a ministry program for Catholic students on secular college campuses, wants the property to build a new dormitory.

Saftey net hospitals protest has effect on Governor’s Medicaid plan

Community members and leaders of social and neighborhood service organizations gathered at St. Anthony Hospital, 2875 W. 19th St., on May 7 to rally, hold a news conference, and urge Governor Patrick Quinn and the Illinois General Assembly to look for alternatives to cutting Medicaid and restricting access to healthcare for the State’s neediest residents. Quinn has proposed cutting the State’s Medicaid contribution by $2.7 billion.

Vets protest NATO summit

Local veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars returned their Global War on Terror medals during the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit as a way of telling anyone who would listen that theirs was a failed mission.

Fisk, Crawford coal plants to shut down early, resulting in jobs loss

The day that environmental activists in Pilsen, Little Village, and throughout the city have been waiting to see for more than a decade now is closer than expected.

New IMD head Warren Ribley meets community at WCA event

The Illinois Medical District (IMD) has had a significant impact on healthcare in Chicago for more than 70 years, and more significant days may lie ahead for the world’s first urban medical district, said new IMD Executive Director Warren Ribley at the April 11 West Central Association (WCA) meeting.

Hellenic Museum provides fun for kids

The National Hellenic Museum has weekly summer programming for children ages three to ten. Little Homers: Stories & Songs, for children ages three to five and their caregivers is a weekly program on Saturdays from June 9 to Aug. 25, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. that will introduce children to the Greek language through stories and songs.

Mercy Home program provides mentors, needs volunteers

West Loop resident Justin Mayer was looking for ways to give back to the community in the hours outside his job as a product marketing manager. “I had always wanted to do volunteer work involving education or youth,” he said.

Lexington Square2 offers single-family residencies in Bridgeport

Lexington Homes has announced the opening of a new phase of single-family row homes at Lexington Square called Lexington Square2, located in the Bridgeport community.

Industrial building on Green St. to become hotel

The West Central Association (WCA) andWest Loop community members appeared to give tacit approval last month for plans to develop former industrial property on Green Street near Randolph Street into an exclusive members only hotel center.

Immediate care clinic opens

An after-hours Immediate Care Clinic staffed and run by the emergency department of the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System has opened.

Political how-to e-book published

The third edition of Winning Political Campaigns: A Comprehensive Guide to Electoral Success, a how-to e-book providing information on everything a candidate, campaign worker, or activist needs to know to conduct a successful political race, has been published. It was written by William S. Bike, associate editor of the Gazette.