Quantcast

Author Archive

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Local Budgets Presented at WLVN Meeting

By Jason Kreke | Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Local Budgets Presented at WLVN Meeting

State Rep. Ann Williams (11th) and Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey outlined the good, the bad and the just plain ugly truths of local government budgets as they spoke to Tuesday night’s gathering of West Lakeview Neighbors, held at Mystic Celt (3330 N. Southport Ave.). Although the county budget deficit has been cut nearly in Read the Rest…

Hamlin Park Residents Focus on the Positive at HPAC Meeting

By Patty Wetli | Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Hamlin Park Residents Focus on the Positive at HPAC Meeting

Tuesday’s pre-dawn shootout between police and offenders in the 2200 block of W. Barry left Julie Balzarini shaken.”The shell casings were on the street right in front of my house,” she said. “My daughter’s bedroom is on that side of the house.” After an initial freak-out, Balzarini collected herself. “I said, ‘I’m going to the Read the Rest…

‘CTA Got This One Wrong,’ Cuts Service on #11 Lincoln Avenue Bus

By Patty Wetli | Wednesday, September 12, 2012

‘CTA Got This One Wrong,’ Cuts Service on #11 Lincoln Avenue Bus

So much for power to the people. After listening to dozens of residents’ complaints at a public hearing last week and receiving a petition signed by more than 2,000 citizens, the CTA board rejected a bid to save the #11 Lincoln bus, voting today to approve the “Crowding Reduction Plan,” which will eliminate service on Read the Rest…

‘CTA Got This One Wrong,’ Cuts Service on #11 Lincoln Avenue Bus

By Patty Wetli | Wednesday, September 12, 2012

‘CTA Got This One Wrong,’ Cuts Service on #11 Lincoln Avenue Bus

So much for power to the people. After listening to dozens of residents’ complaints at a public hearing last week and receiving a petition signed by more than 2,000 citizens, the CTA board rejected a bid to save the #11 Lincoln bus, voting today to approve the “Crowding Reduction Plan,” which will eliminate service on Read the Rest…

Daily Hero: Waiter’s Quick Actions Save Diner’s Life

By Patty Wetli | Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Daily Hero: Waiter’s Quick Actions Save Diner’s Life

Next time you eat at the Daily Bar & Grill (4560 N. Lincoln Ave.), you might want to ask to sit in waiter Chris Necker’s section. Just to be safe. On Monday, Necker, 27, was working the lunch shift when an older married couple, Daily regulars Ruth and David, claimed a table in the crowded Read the Rest…

Le Cafe Coming Soon, For Real This Time

By Patty Wetli | Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Le Cafe Coming Soon, For Real This Time

When Danielle Papakanelou and Fernando Isopo hung a “coming soon” sign on the storefront at 4655 N. Lincoln Ave. last spring (former home of Cafe Neo), the partners in Le Cafe fully intended to open by April. “Originally, I just wanted to redo the counter top,” says Papakanelou, a French Pastry School grad who envisioned Read the Rest…

Midnight Circus Wows Young and Old(er) Alike

By Patty Wetli | Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Midnight Circus Wows Young and Old(er) Alike

Ever wonder if a guy could do a headstand on another man’s head…while juggling? Yes, yes he can. If he’s part of the Midnight Circus. The blue and purple Big Top pitched itself in Hamlin Park (3035 N. Hoyne Ave.) this past weekend for four record-breaking performances of Circus in the Parks, the first year Read the Rest…

Demolition to Start on Ravenswood Hospital at End of Month

By Patty Wetli | Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Demolition to Start on Ravenswood Hospital at End of Month

Just because you haven’t seen the men in space suits doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Since late July, an asbestos abatement crew–decked out in hazmat gear–has been working inside the abandoned Ravenswood Hospital (4550 N. Winchester Ave.) to clear the building of the noxious material. With the job nearly complete, the next step is to Read the Rest…

‘We’re Out Here for the Kids’

By Patty Wetli | Monday, September 10, 2012

‘We’re Out Here for the Kids’

Cars, trucks and buses honked their horns up and down Lawrence, Foster, Western and Damen this morning, not because of a rush-hour traffic jam but to show support for Chicago’s striking teachers. Parents and neighbors delivered water, coffee and donuts to the picketers (new slogan: America’s teachers strike on Dunkin’); fire houses opened up their Read the Rest…

Teachers Strike: No School, Where to Send Your Children – UPDATED

By Patty Wetli | Monday, September 10, 2012

Teachers Strike: No School, Where to Send Your Children – UPDATED

The Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools board failed to reach agreement on terms of a new contract, resulting in the first teachers strike in 25 years. No instruction will take place at any CPS school today. Though CPS has opened 144 schools to provide half-day supervision for the district’s neediest students, parents are Read the Rest…

Get Your Dirndl On

By Patty Wetli | Sunday, September 9, 2012

Get Your Dirndl On

We ran into a bagpiper heading to march in Lincoln Square’s annual German-American Steuben Day Parade and wondered if perhaps he had mixed up his holidays. No, he laughed. German police officers don’t have a band, but the Irish do, so the Emerald Society offered up its services. “This is America,” he said, as our Read the Rest…

Lane Tech Earns Blue Ribbon Honor

By Patty Wetli | Friday, September 7, 2012

Lane Tech Earns Blue Ribbon Honor

A bright spot amidst the dark clouds looming over CPS: Lane Tech College Prep High School, 2501 W. Addison St., was named a National Blue Ribbon School in today’s announcement from the U.S. Department of Education. Lane Tech was one of two high schools in Illinois to earn the designation (the other was Jones College Read the Rest…

CPS to Parents: Contingency Plan Is for ‘Neediest Children’

By Patty Wetli | Friday, September 7, 2012

CPS to Parents: Contingency Plan Is for ‘Neediest Children’

During a town hall teleconference with parents Thursday night, Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard fielded questions about the system’s “Children First” contingency plan in the event of a teachers strike on Monday, Sept. 10. Having announced the 144 district locations that will be open to students during a potential strike, Brizard took pains to Read the Rest…

CPS Releases List of Schools Open to Students in Event of Strike: To Cross the Picket Line or Not?

By Patty Wetli | Thursday, September 6, 2012

CPS Releases List of Schools Open to Students in Event of Strike: To Cross the Picket Line or Not?

As part of its “Children First” contingency plan in the event of a teachers strike on Sept. 10, Chicago Public Schools released a list of locations open to students for supervision, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Elementary schools in Center Square and Roscoe View territory are Bell, 3730 N. Oakley, and McPherson, 4728 N. Wolcott. Read the Rest…

CPS Releases List of Schools Open to Students in Event of Strike: To Cross the Picket Line or Not?

By Patty Wetli | Thursday, September 6, 2012

CPS Releases List of Schools Open to Students in Event of Strike: To Cross the Picket Line or Not?

As part of its “Children First” contingency plan in the event of a teachers strike on Sept. 10, Chicago Public Schools released a list of locations open to students for supervision, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Elementary schools in Center Square and Roscoe View territory are Bell, 3730 N. Oakley, and McPherson, 4728 N. Wolcott. Read the Rest…

Spread the word