March 2010

Apply for Chicago Property Tax Relief

The City of Chicago urges homeowners to apply soon for the Chicago Property Tax Relief program, which provides grants of up to $200 for homeowners hit hardest by increases in their property tax bills.

March C.A.P.S.

The Gazette encourages you to participate in your local C.A.P.S. Programs during 2010. Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (C.A.P.S.) meetings in the 1st, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, and 21st districts, areas covered by the Gazette, include…

Variety of fine arts events scheduled for this area

By William S. Bike ART The American Academy of Art, 332 S. Michigan Ave., (312) 461-0660, ext. 103, will present student art shows from Thursday, March 4, through Friday, April 23. Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave., hosts First Fridays at the Flat Iron every first Friday of the month from 6 to […]

Stair Climb; City Council Meeting; Murder on Skid Row

Round-ups, meeting, tax help and more in this month’s ATN…

CTA Archer Garage closes amid economic concerns

As part of the Chicago Transit Authority’s recent cutbacks, on Feb. 7 the 103-year-old Archer Garage at 2600 W. Pershing Rd. ceased operations. Also last month, the CTA cut service by implementing less frequent runs on 119 bus routes and seven of the CTA’s eight rail lines; reducing hours on 41 bus routes by starting service later, ending service earlier, or both; and eliminating nine express bus routes around the city. In addition, the CTA has removed its oldest buses from service to lower operating costs further.

Fires damage Greektown, Bronzeville

Born in a small village in Greece, Bill Siannas came to the U.S. in the 1960s with the dream of becoming a successful businessperson. His dream came true 35 years ago when he and his younger brother, Jim, became the proud co-owners of Athens Grocery in Greektown, one of the few Greek grocery stores in the Midwest. So when Siannas was driving in to work on Feb. 1 and heard a morning radio report that a fire the night before had ravaged his store, he was “devastated and heartbroken,” he said.

State payment delays create a crisis at UIC

For eight years the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) has endured much from the State of Illinois: budget cuts, flat operating budgets or miniscule increases, cash rescissions (give-backs to the state) and, until one finally was created this year, no capital budget for infrastructure, according to UIC Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares.

Taylor Street Archives continues to add history

Taylor Street Archives (TSA) founder and editor Vince Romano recently began upgrading the TSA website to make it more visually appealing. He also continues to collect stories and information from Italian-Americans with ties to the Taylor Street/Little Italy community, which he adds to the site on an ongoing basis.

Shamrocks for Kids to benefit Mercy Home

Throughout March, Mercy Home for Boys & Girls’ and Jewel-Osco’s Shamrocks for Kids program will feature fun and Irish-themed activities while raising funds to help children.

‘No Reservations’ musical comedy set at St. Gabriel

No Reservations, a musical variety show, will be performed three weekends in March at the St. Gabriel Parish Theater at 4522 S. Wallace St.

Mayor worries about Oregon, not St. Matthew’s

With the State of Oregon facing a $2.5 billion deficit, voters there recently passed two ballot initiatives that would raise taxes on those in the upper income tax bracket and on corporations in an effort to close the budget gap. Apparently feeling that the rich people and the corporations of Oregon needed a champion, Chicago’s own Mayor Richard M. Daley decided to comment on a situation 2,000 miles away…

Eat for health with Seattle Sutton

Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating (SSHE) offers scientifically designed and taste-tested meal programs to help customers achieve various health goals. The company operates a location in the South Loop at 1130 S. Wabash Ave.