March 2015

PDNA meeting reveals changes for South Loop/Near South area

The South Loop/Near South area is about to offer something for just about everybody if big changes planned come to fruition.

CivicLab analyzes 25th Ward TIFs

Supporters say tax increment financing districts (TIFs) fight blight. Opponents such as Tom Tresser of CivicLab portray the controversial TIFs as a “hidden tax” that can redistribute wealth from ordinary taxpayers to the politically favored few.

Runoff in 11th Ward; incumbent aldermen win other area races

Voters decided on Feb. 24 which candidate would represent them in six of the seven wards in this area, but the 11th Ward will go to a runoff, with voters there picking their new alderman on Tuesday, April 7.

Rep Jobs; BCA Benefit; One Book, One Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago has an exhibition called Puppets! that runs through Saturday

Carmichael’s Steak House to close

Following months of speculation, Carmichael’s Steak House management announced via email and Facebook that the restaurant will close on Friday, March 20.

Governor Rauner’s salvo against dues raises National Nurses Union ire

By Mara Perlow Governor Bruce Rauner recently issued Executive Order 15-13, directing State agencies to cease exacting “fair share” fees from State employees and prohibiting agencies from enforcing fair share contract provisions. Fair share legislation, which became law in Illinois in 1984, requires that State employees in a job covered by a union collective bargaining […]

March for Kids raises funds, awareness for Mercy Home

Volunteers will be out in force on Chicago area streets and at St. Patrick’s Day parades and celebrations throughout March, collecting donations and raising awareness to help Mercy Home for Boys & Girls save children from abuse through the March for Kids campaign.

Local churches to host St. Joseph’s Tables in March

Several local Roman Catholic parishes will host St. Joseph’s Tables, a centuries-old tradition of thanksgiving to commemorate the saint. St. Lucy’s Parish, 3022 S. Wells St., Sunday, March 22, noon to 3 p.m., after the 11 a.m. Mass. Blessing of the table at noon. Free will donations welcome. Call (312) 842-6115.

$350 million Superloop streetcar system being studied

An old mode of transportation not seen in Chicago since the 1950s may be coming back if the Chicago Streetcar Renaissance (CSR) group has its way.

Economic development pro Carla Agostinelli heads WLCO

The West Loop Community Organization (WLCO) recently hired Carla Agostinelli as executive director. She replaces Martha Goldstein, long-time executive director who retired after 13 years of service.

City enacts Dog ban in Maggie Daley Park

The opening of Maggie Daley Park brought with it a dog ban sanctioned by the Chicago Park District. As a result, the Grant Park Conservancy (GPC) held a meeting recently to discuss the matter with local residents. More than 200 attendees learned about alter-natives for dog owners in the area.

LISC honors locals with CDNA Awards

Organizations that worked on two local projects were among eight organizations honored for their achievements in community development and architectural design on Feb. 17 at the 21st annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards (CNDA), organized by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago.