June 2016

Redevelopment plans announced for old Cook County Hospital

The Cook County Board on May 11 approved plans to lease and redevelop the old Cook County Hospital, located at 1835 W. Harrison St., into apartments, a hotel, retail facilities, restaurants, and parking. The lease plan is part of the board’s efforts to upgrade its Cook County Health and Hospitals System central campus within the Illinois Medical District; it follows plans to construct a new Central Campus Health Center.

Law makes it difficult to recall governor in the State of Illinois

With the unprecedented State budget impasse going past its tenth month, a variety solutions have been brought up to resolve Illinois’s stalemate, including concerned citizens creating petitions to recall Governor Bruce Rauner. Public dissatisfaction with the governor’s performance has grown from 31% at the time of his inauguration to 50% in March 2016, according to the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Five-hundred unit residential project for Pilsen now unlikely to be built

Anti-gentrification activists support plans by Ald. Danny Solis (25th) to prevent construction of more than 500 rental housing units in Pilsen in an area bounded by 16th and 18th Streets, Newberry Avenue, and Peoria Street because of high density and high rents.

Chicagoans are ready for Summer in the City fun events

Summer is a particularly special time of year in Chicago, when a variety of events provide fun for everyone. School is out, and there are plenty of things to do for both youngsters and adults. Take advantage of the season through the Gazette’s annual Summer in the City guide, which will help you enjoy unique activities and events while making the most of summertime fun.

Hope Café offers hope to ex-felons, outreach and food for community

Society often shuns people who have been convicted of crimes and spent time in prison. Once released back into the community, they find the possibility of obtaining a job is practically non-existent.

Police arrest three in McGuane park shooting

Police arrested three suspects and confiscated a gun believed used in a 4:45 p.m. May 19 shooting in McGuane Park at 29th and Halsted Streets, according to Ald. Patrick D. Thompson (11th Ward).

RFMA meets officials on Lake St. plan

The Randolph/Fulton Market Association (RFMA) recently met with Congressman Danny Davis and Cook County Commissioners Robert Steele and Richard Boykin to discuss RFMA’s Lake Street Economic Development Plan.

With government help lacking, private individuals and entities step up to improve community

Another month — actually another year — has come and gone with the State of Illinois government remaining dysfunctional. Governor Bruce Rauner is hugely unpopular, the Illinois State Legislature is even more unpopular…

Letter: Congratulations to GOP’s Carl Segvich

Dear Editor: Congratulations to Carl Segvich. I am glad that Carl Segvich held on to his 11th Ward Republican Committee job.