November 2015

Bridgeport park to offer river rowing access via new Eleanor boat house

The Eleanor boat house, under construction on the Chicago River in Bridgeport, in the 2800 block of south Eleanor St., will provide new water recreation opportunities.

New West Loop residential expansion plans are unveiled

Apartments and condominiums will replace two long-term West Loop institutions. Upcoming projects will transform A&A Auto Shop, 1045 W. Washington Blvd., to a condominium development and the Salvation Army’s Freedom Center at Ashland Avenue and Monroe Street to apartments.

Several new developments planned for South Loop area

Perhaps not since the 1871 Chicago Fire has the South Grant Park area gone through the kind of transformation that could be coming if four major highrise developers and their supporters have their way.

Police, privatization, and taxes discussed at 11th Ward forum

Complaints ranging from a perceived lack of police visibility and creeping privatization of public services to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed $600 million tax hike dominated the discussion at what Ald. Patrick Thompson (11th Ward) promised was the first of a regular series of community forums.

CHI activists call attention to plight of homeless with sleep-in at City Hall

Homeless activists with the Chicago Housing Initiative slept outside City Hall the night of Oct. 13-14 to draw attention to the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA), which “is currently withholding 11,000 available housing vouchers from circulation and leaving over 2,800 public housing units vacant, while 122,000 households languish on CHA’s waiting lists — 40% of whose people are disabled and ten percent of whom are elderly,” alleged Leah Levinger, the initiative’s executive director.

Star Partnership program to help City College students go to college

The City of Chicago, the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), and seven Chicago-area universities have created the Chicago Star Partnership, in which the universities have committed to providing scholarships to Chicago Star Scholars — former Chicago Public Schools students—following their graduation from the CCC.

Garibaldi Park renovations done

Workers recently completed renovations at Garibaldi Park, 1520 W. Polk St., and the park now features a rebuilt playground with new swings, slides, and climbing equipment.

City reviews Pilsen and Little Village for development planning process

A planning process for using parks, open spaces, housing, and commercial and industrial land in Pilsen and Little Village is underway by the City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD). Officials held community workshops in summer to present their analysis of existing conditions and enable residents to share priorities for development.

CHI highlights to CHA inaction; is presidential reregulation the answer?

So it has come to this. Members of the Chicago Housing Initiative (CHI), an organization devoted to preserving, improving, and expanding subsidized rental and public housing, had to sleep on the sidewalks outside City Hall to try to draw attention to the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) budget surplus…

Beware corporate scam, State officials warn

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan are warning businesses to beware of a scam targeting Illinois corporations.

Dyett activists focus on LSC, elected board

Community organizers are concerned that Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St., likely will not have a local school council for at least a year, said Jitu Brown, parent of a Chicago Public Schools (CPS) student, former LSC member, and national director of the Journey for Justice Alliance, a national network of grassroots organizations in 23 cities.

State Representative Esther Golar passes away; championed housing, education

South Side lawmaker and champion for education and housing reform Esther Golar (D-6th District) passed away on September 21 in Chicago at age 71. Golar had been hospitalized earlier in the month and later was transitioned to hospice care.