October 2008

Dog area raises controversy in Skinner Park discussions

OCTOBER 2008 – The Skinner Park Advisory Council met with Chicago Park District (CPD) officials Sept. 3 to review the new rendering for the park’s configuration. On hand for the public forum from CPD were Manager Beth Tomlins, Area Manager Elizabeth Garza, and Planning Coordinator Janis Taylor.


Turner, Raoul law improves legal representation for arrested youth

OCTOBER 2008 – The General Assembly unanimously passed an Illinois Senate bill guaranteeing that minors consult with an attorney prior to their first detention hearing (Senate Bill 2118), and Governor Blagojevich signed it into law on Aug. 15.


South Loop group hopes to make Chicago fair trade city

OCTOBER 2008 – To many, “fair trade” is a phrase used by coffee shops, boutiques, and other specialty stores to portray a good image. The South Loop-based Chicago Fair Trade organization, however, is doing its best to show Chicago how becoming a fair trade city benefits both local consumers and producers around the world.


Catherine Maritato celebrates her 100th birthday

OCTOBER 2008 – The year 1908 was memorable for many reasons: workers dropped a ball signifying the new year in New York City’s Times Square for the first time; Mother’s Day was first observed; Henry Ford produced his first Model T automobile on Sept. 27; the local Near West Side team, the Chicago Cubs, won the World Series; and Catherine Teresi Maritato, the fifth child (there would be nine) of Rosaria Sunseri and Giacomo Teresi, was born on Sept. 30.


Road to college presidency began in Bridgeport

OCTOBER – From his spacious office overlooking bustling State Street and the stately Harold Washington Library, Robert Morris College (RMC) President Michael P. Viollt recounted his journey from a childhood in Bridgeport to heading RMC’s eight campuses throughout the State of Illinois.


Columbia set to purchase land for media center

OCTOBER 2008 – The empty lot at the southwest corner of 16th and State Streets is closer to becoming the new home for the Columbia College Media Production Center (MPC), the school’s first new construction project. The Chicago City Council recently unanimously passed a bill to allow the City to sell the 39,000 square foot parcel to Columbia for $200,000.


Veterans hospital opens new facility

OCTOBER 2008 – The Jesse Brown Veterans Administration Medical Center at 820 S. Damen Ave. recently opened an inpatient bed tower and surgical center with 200 beds, seven operating rooms, an outpatient surgical center, a dialysis center, and a chapel. On May 27, the center began moving patients from its original 1953 building to the new tower, and the first surgery in the new facility took place June 16.


Patrolmen’s Credit Union to move

OCTOBER 2008 – The Chicago Patrolmen’s Federal Credit Union will move its headquarters down the street from its current location at 1359 W. Washington Blvd. The institution has hired McHugh Construction to create a new, larger space, and work began a few months ago.


A welcome new museum for Taylor Street

October 2008 – The public housing museum is a winner all around—historically, educationally, and financially.


Bridgeport Art Walk to be held last weekend of October

October 2008 – Artists on the southern fork of the Chicago River are opening their doors to curious neighbors and art lovers alike in celebration of Chicago Artists’ Month with the Bridgeport Art Walk.