Quantcast

Tag Archive

Certain Area Bike Sharing Locations Becoming More Likely

By Sam Charles

With Chicago’s new bike sharing program set to be unveiled in Spring 2013, the Chicago Department of Transportation has been taking suggestions from residents about where they’d like to see bike sharing kiosks. To date, there have been more than 50 suggestions for kiosks to be placed within Center Square Journal’s coverage area. The most Read the Rest…

Overall Votes, Votes For Obama Down Between 2008 and 2012

By Sam Charles

Although redistricting might have had an impact, the 32nd, 40th, 44th and 47th wards all saw decreases in total votes cast between the 2008 General Election and the 2012 General Election, along with the total votes cast for President Barack Obama, according unofficial results released by the Chicago Board of Elections. Only one area ward, Read the Rest…

Area Early Votes Exceed 14,000

By Sam Charles

According to statistics released by the Board of Election Commissioners for the City of Chicago, four area polling places saw a total of 14,170 ballots cast through Nov. 1. Early voting in the city, which lasted for 14 days as opposed to the normal 18, ended on Saturday, Nov. 3. Early voting in Chicago did Read the Rest…

Ravenswood Station Zoning Plans Pass City Council; On Track For TIF Funding

By Sam Charles

After approval from the City Council Zoning Committee on Oct. 25, a city ordinance to develop the northwest corner at the intersection of Ravenswood and Lawrence avenues was given the green light at the most recent council meeting, passing with a 49-0 vote. The project, which will bring a Mariano’s grocery store, Sears Auto Care Read the Rest…

Trash Talk: 32nd Ward Joins Garbage Grid

By Patty Wetli

Today’s the day grid-based garbage collection rolls out in the 32nd Ward (see map)–welcome, neighbors, to this brave new world. During the week of Sept. 17, 65,000 households will join the grid, which, according to the Department of Streets and Sanitation, “changes collection routes from non-linear ward geography to a system of routes bordered by Read the Rest…

Bike Camp Trains Next Generation of Riders

By Patty Wetli

This week, the tennis courts at Revere Park (2509 W. Irving Park Rd.) are alive with the sound of skidding tires instead of thwacking balls, having been transformed into a cycling course for Bike Camp while a group of young riders practice their turn signals, emergency braking and other critical skills. “We’re getting them ready Read the Rest…

Stop, in the Name of Law

By Patty Wetli

Illinois law requires drivers to stop when pedestrians are present in a striped crosswalk, even in the absence of a stop sign or traffic signal. As a gentle reminder that it’s not OK to mow down people as they attempt to cross the street, signage has popped up across the city, including locations in the Read the Rest…

New Normal in City Services Is Doing Less With Less

By Jason Kreke

There is a new normal in city services: doing less with less. At last week’s meeting of the 47th Ward Council, held at Bethany Retirement Community (4950 N. Ashland Ave.), Ald. Ameya Pawar outlined the financial challenges facing the city and the effect that will have on services in the ward. In response, the Council Read the Rest…

47th Ward School Supply Drive

By Patty Wetli

Nothing softens the blow of “back to school” like a new box of crayons (with built-in sharpener) and some glue paste, but for many neighborhood students, the cost of these items puts a strain on the family budget. Which is why the 47th Ward Office is partnering with Common Pantry and Ravenswood Community Services to Read the Rest…

Affordable Housing Issue Continues to Divide Northcenter Residents

By Patty Wetli

“There is no zoning change.” At a meeting hosted by the Northcenter Neighborhood Association (NNA) Tuesday night at Revere Park, Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) reiterated his statement that no deal exists to approve a 71-unit affordable housing rental complex proposed for the site of the former Illinois Battery, 2437-53 W. Irving Park Rd. “The zoning Read the Rest…

Affordable Housing Proposal Stirs Up Tempest at 47th Ward Council Meeting

By Patty Wetli

We don’t know who Scott Borstein is, but he’s not a popular man in Northcenter these days. Nearly a year ago, Borstein filled out a form proposing an affordable housing development at 2437-53 W. Irving Park Rd., site of the abandoned home of Illinois Battery. Neighbors just now got wind of the paperwork and after Read the Rest…

Pawar and O’Connor: Ward Transition Will Be Seamless

By Patty Wetli

In the nearly 30 years that Ald. Pat O’Connor has represented the 40th Ward, he’s been through two previous ward remaps. “It’s not a really well-defined process,” he said. But he and Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) were clear on one matter while speaking to a gathering of 50 area residents Tuesday night at Amundsen High Read the Rest…

Aldermen O’Connor and Pawar to Jointly Address Neighborhood Groups

By Patty Wetli

Last spring’s ward remap process shifted a number of Lincoln Square residents from Ald. Ameya Pawar’s 47th Ward into the 40th, represented by Ald. Patrick O’Connor, creating a limbo of sorts for neighborhood groups wondering which ward office to approach regarding services and improvements. Wonder no more. Pawar and O’Connor will both address a joint Read the Rest…

Neighbors Air Concerns Over Noise, Rodents and Asbestos as Walls of Ravenswood Hospital Set to Come Tumbling Down

By Patty Wetli

Asbestos abatement is set to begin on the vacant Ravenswood Hospital (4550 N. Winchester) in early July, and demolition will follow sometime around Labor Day. Robert Nauert, director of finance and personnel at Lycee Francais Chicago, which purchased the property, and Bill Beaman, vice president of American Demolition Corp., charged with oversight of the abatement Read the Rest…

Ald. O’Connor Seeks to Reassure Transplants From 47th Ward at Town Hall

By Patty Wetli

While the new ward boundaries will likely be used to determine voting precincts in the upcoming November elections, it’s still unclear when residents mapped out of the 47th Ward will find themselves completely integrated into the 40th. “There’s not a date where they switch the light and the map is changed,” said Ald. Patrick O’Connor Read the Rest…

Spread the word