May 2015

Medical marijuana OK, but not on Fulton Market, say neighbors

Some residents and business owners in the West Loop’s Randolph Street and Fulton Market community oppose a planned marijuana dispensary at 1105 W. Fulton Market. They object not to the idea of a dispensary but to its location, as many prefer a proposed Lake Street dispensary site.

$26 million grant funding freeze hitting families where it hurts

Austerity measures from the Illinois executive mansion now affect thousands on the streets of Chicago, even before the new State budget is passed.

Neighborhood groups point to tight budgets in fighting BRT

Those for and against Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on Ashland Avenue continue to debate its merits even as the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) reported a 2014 three percent decline in ridership—including an eight percent tumble in rides by bus customers—resulting in reduced revenues for the CTA and a potential 45 percent decrease in State funding in 2015.

Neighbors strategize on fighting Fulton-Randolph landmarking

The Chicago Landmarks Commission is considering designating several blocks of Fulton, Randolph, and Lake Streets, plus some connecting streets, as a Chicago Landmark District. The City has cited the need to preserve Fulton Market, Chicago’s oldest food market district, which dates to 1850. Most of the buildings the City would landmark date from 1880 to 1929.

Thompson wins 11th Ward aldermanic seat; Emanuel takes five local wards

In the only aldermanic runoff election held in this community, Metropolitan Water District Commissioner Patrick Daley Thompson defeated community activist, Canaryville Little League president, and law student John Kozlar to become 11th Ward Alderman.

Midtown Center celebrates 50th anniversary of helping youth

Al Castaneda of Chicago grew up in the Pilsen neighborhood in the 1960s and 1970s, a time when the neighborhood suffered from gangs, drugs, and violence.

Burns hopes Shops and Lofts to spur new developments

Alderman Will Burns of the 4th Ward said things are going well with Shops and Lofts at 47, the first project combining new retail and housing in Bronzeville in more than 50 years.

IMD Gateway developers vow only market-rate housing

All the housing will be upscale in a planned multi-purpose Gateway to the Illinois Medical District’s west side, and parking and traffic in the surrounding area will be limited, according to Ald. Jason Erwin (28th Ward) and developers.

Irish Art; Fashion 2015; Roundups

Beginning Saturday, May 9, Active Transportation Alliance will host cycling classes at 9 W. Hubbard St. The classes are open to adults and teenagers and provide 1.5 hours of classroom instruction and 1.5 hours of…

Old St. Mary’s debate team wins varsity championship

March Madness means basketball and brackets to a lot of people, but this year the halls and classrooms of Old St Mary’s School (OSM) in the South Loop enjoyed a different sort of competitive glee.

Silence is deafening as governor cuts programs

Checks and balances. Due process. Reasoned debate. Compromise. These are terms we were all taught in civics class when we learned about how democracy is supposed to work in the United States. Where was all this when Governor Bruce Rauner pushed through $26 million in social service grants recently?

Letter: Why landmarking is wrong

Dear Editor: With Chicago facing a financial crisis, Randolph/Fulton Market leaders want Mayor Emanuel to withdraw his Fulton Market Forced Landmarking plan. It is not supported by our community and would jeopardize almost $200 million in new economic development for Chicago not including new tax revenues, jobs, businesses and residential units.