May 2011

Letter: Medicaid reform

Dear Editor: Earlier, I wrote expressing the need for quick action on thoughtful reforms, cuts, and revenue enhancements to solve our current budget crisis. I ended my opinion piece with a call of action to the General Assembly to support policies that would help our state find its way out of this mess through progressive legislation and bipartisanship.

Tour De Cure; Lighthouse Dinner; Farewell to Founder

The American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure Bike the Drive will be held Sunday, May 29. Call (888) DIABETES, ext. 6568, or log on to This year marks the event’s 20th anniversary.

Spring is perfect time for home, garden spruceup

Do your home and garden need some sprucing up? Now is the perfect time for that “spring cleaning,” both indoors and outdoors.

City’s Clean Power Ordinance stalls; but anti-lead ordinance advances

Supporters of the Chicago Clean Power Ordinance experienced a setback last month when two Chicago City Council committees delayed a vote on the issue.

Fulton River area locals object to Rednofive club

Fulton River District residents gathered April 12 for a meeting at City Hall to discuss problems caused by patrons of the Rednofive club at 440 N. Halsted St. About 35 people attended, including members of the Fulton River District Association; Alderman Walter Burnett (27th Ward), 13th Police District Commander Frank Gross; City Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection Deputy Commissioner Edward Paddock, who served as moderator; and Neighbors of River West members. Rednofive sent four representatives, plus legal counsel.

Pension change proposals raise constitutional issues

The State legislature is considering proposals to reduce pension benefits for current State employees, but Eric M. Madiar, chief legal counsel to Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton and the Senate’s Parliamentarian, said welching on public pension promises is not an option for Illinois.

West Loop alley turns out to actually be private property

Property owners on Ada and Throop Streets just north of the 1300 block of west Madison Street recently discovered that the alley north of Madison does not belong to the City. It belongs to real estate broker and developer Jason Vondrachek, who recently blocked off the alley to begin constructing a mixed-use building whose parking structure will abut the adjacent buildings’ property lines.

Pilgrim Baptist to rise again; alley will reopen by September

The Jan. 6, 2006 fire at Pilgrim Baptist Church took only 18 minutes to reduce the historic building at 3300 S. Indiana Ave. to three exterior walls, turn the interior to ashes, and crumble part of the back wall. At a recent community meeting, however, church officials shared the good news that plans to rebuild the structure are complete and construction will begin this summer.

Nativity pastor recalls success, prepares to serve Chicago Police

The Rev. Daniel Brandt’s day starts at 7:30 a.m. at Nativity of Our Lord Roman Catholic Parish at 653 W. 37th St. The minute he gets out of bed he pushes a button on his “wonderful one-cup coffee maker,” checks his e-mails, reads his newspapers, and prepares for morning Mass.

Bar/restaurant opens at Sox’ U.S. Cellular Field

The Chicago White Sox have opened a new bar and restaurant at Gate 5 of U.S. Cellular Field on 35th Street.

American Cancer Society Hosts 40th annual Walk & Roll fundraiser

Walkers, skaters, and cyclists will unite Sunday, May 15, in Grant Park’s Upper Hutchinson Field for the American Cancer Society’s 40th annual Walk & Roll.One of the society’s largest annual fundraisers in Illinois, the family friendly Walk & Roll hosts teams of friends, families, and co-workers who honor or remember loved ones who have had cancer by raising money ahead of time and then taking part in a five-mile walk, ten-mile in-line skate, or 15-mile bike ride.

Fashion show to fund charity for homeless

The third annual Dangerous Curves Ahead charity fashion show and women’s expo will be held Saturday,May 14, at the Zhou B Art Center at 1029 W. 35th St. from 6 to 10 p.m.