October 2013

Affordable Care Act; Evans Re-elected; Roundups

Affordable Care Act open enrollment started Oct. 1 for all individuals. Go to www.healthcare.gov to start an account and select an insurance plan in the marketplace offered to you.

Keep Affordable Care Act

In a related matter, it is clear that the community will have to fight to keep the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) as well.

Walmart concessions vital to Bronzeville community

Walmart may build a Supercenter store at the corner of 39th and State Streets in Bronzeville, and a local group, the Bronzeville Clergy Caucus (BCC), has let the City know its members expect certain community demands to be met.

West Loop residents approve Gateway

At an Aug. 27 community meeting at Merit School of Music, West Loop residents approved a 170- foot luxury apartment tower to complete The Gateway project connected to the Mariano’s retail complex bounded by Halsted, Green, Monroe and Madison Streets.

Activists want concessions on Walmart store

Walmart has begun initial talks with the City’s Department of Housing and Economic Development to build a Walmart Supercenter at the corner of 39th and State Streets in Bronzeville.

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act gears up in Illinois

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) goes into effect January 1, 2014. In an effort to help uninsured Americans find affordable and quality health plans, each state has the option to set up a statebased insurance exchange.

St. Adalbert Parish seeking funds to refurbish its church towers

St. Adalbert Roman Catholic Parish at 1670 W. 17th St., which has welcomed various immigrant groups to Pilsen for nearly 140 years, needs structural repairs on its church towers.

Activists seek immigration reform at Congressman Lipinski’s office

Neither a steady drizzle nor the fact that Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-3rd) was not there dampened the spirits of immigration reform supporters gathered for a recent rally outside Lipinski’s office on Archer Avenue.

PERRO wants green space, jobs in coal plant site redevelopment

Creating jobs, green space, and access to the river rank as the foremost goals for members of the Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization (PERRO) in redeveloping the site of the former coal-fired power plant at 1111 W. Cermak Rd.

Community waiting for Morgan/Lake truck turns signs

Business and community leaders from the Randolph/Fulton Market Association (RFMA) still are waiting for City officials to restore critical truck turns for mid-sized box trucks and delivery trucks at the intersection of Morgan and Lake Streets.

Community meets with DePaul at PDNA festival

Approximately 2,000 people attended the Sept. 7 Festival on Prairie Avenue in the South Loop’s Prairie Avenue Historic District, hosted by the Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance (PDNA).

British School opening delayed

Plans to open a new South Loop campus for the British School of Chicago have been pushed back to 2015 as a result of a merger between the World Class Learning (WCL) Group and Nord Anglia Education.