October 2012

West Loop development to include park

A building project on the Chicago River is bringing a new public park and river walk to the West Loop area — along with renewed scrutiny on Chicago’s tax increment financing (TIF) program.

Amendment may remove public workers’ pension protection

If approved by voters, Constitutional Amendment #49, which will be on the November 6 ballot, could empower the Illinois General Assembly to modify pension benefits for State employees, including those at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and allow other legislative bodies in Illinois to modify pensions of public employees, including City of Chicago workers, “any way they want,” said Jack Hall, president of the Illinois Central College Annuitants’ Association.

Italian American Sports Hall of Fame sale pending; museum likely to remain

A Minnesota-based businessperson of Iranian heritage identified as Jasmir Nasarin wants to buy the 44,000-square-foot National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (NIASHF) building, according to Dennis O’Neill, executive director of Connecting 4 Communities, a neighborhood group serving residents and businesses in the Taylor Street, Tri-Taylor, Roosevelt Square, and University Village communities. The building is located at 1431 W. Taylor St.

IDOT officials seek ways to improve the Circle expressway interchange

Several dozen local business and community leaders and highway engineers got their first look at five preliminary concepts for relieving the bottleneck where the Eisenhower, Dan Ryan, and Kennedy Expressways merge at the Circle interchange on the Near West Side.

Constitutional Amendment #49 a ‘catastrophic’ attack on public workers

Public employees in Illinois have faithfully contributed their share to public pension plans from the moment they were hired.

New elevator expands Notre Dame accessibility

Full accessibility now is part of Notre Dame de Chicago’s hospitality. Having completed its elevator addition on the west side of the historic church at 1334 W. Flournoy St. in July, Notre Dame now sees many visitors and elderly people taking full advantage of the modern convenience.

More details worked out on cold storage facility revival

The Sterling Bay real estate and development company and the Randolph/Fulton Market Association (RFMA) have worked out more details regarding a proposed commercial office and retail business development at 1000 W. Fulton St., a facility that has been used for cold storage.

Fr. Costello new Notre Dame associate pastor

Notre Dame De Chicago Parish recently welcomed a new associate pastor, the Rev. Daniel Costello, who previously served six years at St. Thomas of Canterbury Parish in Uptown.

Michigan Ave. Reconstruction; Farmers Markets; Round ups

The Arts of Life, a non-profit arts studio for adults with and without disabilities, will host its fourth annual Half Acre Charitable Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, Nov. 3….

Park to be named for jazz great Fred Anderson

Second Ward Alderman Robert Fioretti’s proposal that a new park planned for 16th and Wabash Streets be named for jazz titan Fred Anderson has been approved by the Chicago Park District. Fioretti also obtained City Council approval for using tax increment financing to pay for constructing the park.

Free building energy analysis now available for landlords

The Energy Savers program by the nonprofit organizations CNT Energy and Community Investment Corporation (CIC) includes a free building energy analysis available for landlords.

Letter: The choice facing workers

The election this November will be one of the most important in the lives of today’s workers. As CEO of a company that employees more than 5,000 people, I know that the outcome will affect each and every one of them.