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Among Local Aldermen, O’Connor Leads Fundraising

By Sam Charles

Every three months, political committees are required to file expense and contribution reports with the Illinois Board of Elections. However, when a committee receives a contribution of $1,000 or more, they must disclose it immediately.

After Two Years of Fundraising, New Filbert Playlot Park Makes Debut

By Sam Charles

The opening of the new Filbert Playlot Park, 1822 W. Larchmont Ave., was more than enough motivation for dozens of parents and their children to brave the cold, rainy afternoon on Saturday, Dec. 15. Emily Klingensmith, president of Friends of Filbert Playlot Park, Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) and former 47th Ward Alderman Gene Schulter welcomed Read the Rest…

Community Leaders, Residents Make Final Push to Save Lincoln Avenue Bus

By Sam Charles

Community leaders and residents attended the first of two CTA budget meetings en masse Monday night to show their disapproval of the CTA’s decision to eliminate the #11 Lincoln Avenue bus. Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th), State Representative Ann Williams (11th), Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey (12th) and dozens of #11 bus riders attended the hearing Read the Rest…

Last-Ditch Effort to Save Lincoln Bus on Monday

By Sam Charles

Time is not on the side of the Lincoln Avenue bus, but that’s not stopping Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) from rallying local constituents to join him on Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. at CTA Headquarters, 567 W. Lake St., to state their case once more at the CTA’s 2013 budget hearing. Often-described as a “lifeline” Read the Rest…

Despite Elimination, Lincoln Bus Ridership Up This Year

By Sam Charles

The fate of #11 Lincoln bus may be sealed, with its final ride scheduled for Dec. 16, but statistics from the Chicago Transit Authority show that the bus has seen more than 24,000 additional riders from January – October 2012 than during the same time period in 2011. Through Oct. 31, the #11 has given Read the Rest…

Area Seniors Share Strategies To Stay Engaged, Active

By Sam Charles

When public transit services, like the #11 Lincoln Avenue bus face elimination, senior citizens are usually the first to feel the impact. But though the bus will soon no longer exist, Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) and Forward Chicago are launching a new initiative to help seniors throughout the city find ways to fully enjoy their Read the Rest…

Lane Tech Celebrates National Blue Ribbon Honor

By Sam Charles

Lane Tech High School put another notch in its belt with when it was awarded a Blue Ribbon last September, and today the school held a school-wide celebration of achievement. Featuring guest speakers Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th), State Rep. Ann Williams (D-11) and State Senate President John Cullerton (D-6), Lane Tech students and faculty gave Read the Rest…

Pawar: Mayor and CTA ‘Out of Touch’ On #11 Bus Elimination

By Sam Charles

The #11 Lincoln Avenue bus will cease to be on Sunday, Dec. 16, according to a recent clarification from the Chicago Transit Authority’s Media Relations office. But the route’s inevitable future speaks to the lack of concern shown by the Chicago Transit Authority in regard to area residents, said Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th). “The #11 bus Read the Rest…

Bell School Construction Set For Next Spring, Coonley’s Next

By Sam Charles

Expected to be completed in the next six months, the addition to Alexander Graham Bell Elementary School, 3730 N. Oakley Ave., will feature a new science lab, art room, music room, multipurpose cooking kitchen and multipurpose room. The project consists of a new addition on the south side of the existing school and specific renovations on the interior Read the Rest…

Despite Prior Objections, Riverfront Developments On Track

By Sam Charles

Within the next two years, despite community opposition, two additions to the Chicago Riverfront near Roscoe Village will be completed with the hope of garnering more attention for the body of water so frequently subjected to playing second fiddle to Lake Michigan. The Clark Park Boathouse and Kerry Wood Cubs Field, scheduled to complete construction in Read the Rest…

Ravenswood Station Ordinance Passes City Council

By Sam Charles

Fresh off its unanimous recommendation for passage by the Finance Committee yesterday, the ordinance to fully approve the development of the land at the northwest corner of West Lawrence and North Ravenswood avenues passed the city council today, with a vote of 48-1. According g to Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th), the lone “no” vote came Read the Rest…

Ravenswood Station Passes Finance Committee, Faces Full Council Vote Tomorrow

By Sam Charles

The Ravenswood Redevelopment Plan took one more step toward becoming a reality on Wednesday, Nov. 14, with its passage in the city council’s Finance Committee. The motion, set forth by Ald. Brendan Reilly of the 42nd Ward, passed unanimously. The full council will hear the ordinance on Thursday, Nov. 15. Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th), who Read the Rest…

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…

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…

Officials Present Details For New City Bike Sharing Program

By Sam Charles

In the fourth of five public meetings, Chicago Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein and other members of CDOT shed some light on the city’s planned bike sharing system to more than three dozen citizens at the Lincoln-Belmont Library, 1659 W. Melrose St. “We are going to form a dense network that can then be gradually expanded,” Read the Rest…

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