March 2011

City and State employee pensions face the chopping block

Phrases like “ticking time bomb” and “political tsunami” are being used to describe the pension situation for City, County, and State employees, as record-breaking government deficits put longstanding benefits in the cross hairs of budget-cutting proposals.

STEM school to open on Near West Side in September

Parents eager to send their children to an academically excellent school on the Near West Side will have a new opportunity with the September opening of a magnet school in the former Jefferson Elementary School building.

Park Fundraiser; Flower Power; Late Night Catechism

The Mary Barteleme Park Advisory Council will host a fundraiser on Friday, April 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. at 210 N. Racine Ave. A $50 ticket will include…

Monument to honor Chopin proposed for Grant Park

Frederic Chopin never set foot in Chicago during his lifetime, but he will be coming to Chicago to stay if Voytak Putz and his associates have their way.

Snow causes more than $1 million in damages to First Baptist Church

Last month’s blizzard wreaked havoc on the First Baptist Congregational Church at 1613 W. Washington Blvd., a national and Chicago historic landmark building. Current estimates show the damage exceeds $1 million, though final estimates still are being determined.

City holds hearing on Clean Power Ordinance

“All we want is the right to breathe,” Little Village resident Kim Wasserman-Nielo told an ad hoc City Council hearing on a Clean Power Ordinance that would require the city’s last two coal burning electrical generating stations, one in Pilsen and one in Little Village, to clean up or close down.

Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii celebrates 100th anniversary

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, located at 1224 W. Lexington Ave., celebrates its 100th anniversary as a spiritual center this year.

Busted budgets used as excuse for class war

Public employees perform vital work. They are our police and firefighters. They are our teachers at the elementary school, high school, and University levels….

Top real estate producer Eugene Fu shares secrets to success

Succeeding in real estate is no small feat, even in the best of times. These days, it requires a combination of courage and creativity.

Shamrocks for Kids benefits Mercy Home

This month, local residents can become part of the solution for youngsters in crisis by supporting Mercy Home for Boys and Girls’ Shamrocks for Kids campaign, now in its 16th year.

East Pilsen Business Alliance forms

Many business owners in East Pilsen kept hearing the same thing from first-time customers.

Gazette Honored for coverage of St. Matthew’s

St. Matthew Lutheran Church honored Mark J. Valentino, editor and publisher of the Gazette, and his newspaper at a St. Valentine’s dinner Feb. 13 for articles by reporter Miriam Cintron and editorials about the City’s levying large fines against the parish because of alleged building code “violations.”