June 2015

Local coalition wants CTA bus service restored on 31st Street

Members of the Crosstown Bus Coalition plan to press their case for restoring the No. 31 bus route on 31st Street at the next Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) board meeting, set for 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 10, at 567 W. Lake St.


Two competing plans offered for Dyett School

A global leadership and green technology school or a visual and performing arts academy? The community will hear proposals for each to reinvent Dyett High School at a meeting June 17.


State is gambling away billions, business and policy expert says

In the heat of the battle over the State of Illinois budget and proposed $4.1 billion cuts by Governor Bruce Rauner, legalized gambling has been drawing fire as contributing to the State’s financial woes.


Retiring Alderman James Balcer looks back on government career

After 17 years as 11th Ward alderman, James Balcer is retiring from the City Council and said he has no regrets or second thoughts.


Commission approves landmark status for Fulton-Randolph

The Commission on Chicago Landmarks unanimously approved landmark status for the Fulton-Randolph Market District, despite opposition from many area property owners.


Thompson to take fresh look at Union Street property

Plans to put a St. John Paul II Newman Center dormitory on the site of the former Gethsemane Church/German School at 1352 S. Union St. may yet be considered thanks to Patrick Thompson, the new 11th Ward alderman.


Developer begins Carmichael’s demolition, offers altered plans

Demolition of Carmichael’s Steak House at 1050 W. Monroe St. began May 12, the day after a developer revealed revised plans for a $40 million apartment complex on the property.


Local soccer programs prove popular

Registration is underway and spaces are filling up fast in local summer youth soccer programs through Soccer Association for Youth (SAY), University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Soccer, and Chicago KICS.


AARP Experience Corps is looking for volunteers age 50 and over who are willing to tutor students. The program serves children in kindergarten through third grade in the Chicago Public Schools. Many students progress a year or more in their reading level…


Letter: Opposition to BRT based on traffic

Dear Editor: I am with the McKinley Park Civic Association and we are interested in your articles on the BRT [Chicago Transit Authority Bus Rapid Transit proposed for Ashland Avenue] and are very much against it.