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Neighbors’ Growing Frustration With Lathrop Homes Redevelopment

By Geoff Dankert

The Chicago Housing Authority’s planned redevelopment of the Lathrop Homes public housing project seems to have stalled. But nobody knows for sure since CHA hasn’t held public meetings in months and aldermen aren’t getting any answers either.

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.

32nd Ward Alderman Unhappy With Lathrop Plans, Process

By Sam Charles

As redevelopment planning for the Julia C. Lathrop Homes moves forward, local officials are dismayed by the Chicago Housing Authority‘s approach at gathering community insight. The CHA and its chosen property developer, Lathrop Community Partners, have proposed three potential plans that would nearly double the number of housing units, going from the current 925, the vast majority 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…

Campaign Reports: Local Aldermen With Clout Raise More Money

By Sam Charles

State and municipal campaign committees’ quarterly finance statements were due Oct. 15, and not surprisingly, area Aldermen and Democratic Ward Committeemen with the most clout finished the period with the biggest political wallets. Many area aldermen who double as Democratic Ward Committeemen, including Tom Tunney (44th), Richard Mell (33rd), Patrick O’Connor (40th) and Scott Waguespack (32nd) have Read the Rest…

Density a Hot-Button Issue as Initial Plans for Lathrop Redevelopment Revealed

By Patty Wetli

With the cancellation of a planned Sept. 27 meeting to introduce redevelopment plans for the Lathrop Homes, combined with Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) posting initial designs online (see below), the board members of Hamlin Park Neighbors (HPN) are concerned the train is about to leave the station without them and have decided to play a Read the Rest…

South Lakeview Neighbors Vote To Support People Spot

By Mike Fourcher

About fifty members of the South Lakeview Neighbors gathered in the St. Alphonsus Catholic Church basement last night to meet the church’s new pastor, vote to support the return of the Lincoln and Wellington Aves. People Spot and to sort through the nitty-gritty of city life with 32nd Ward Ald. Scott Waguespack. The group welcomed Read the Rest…

RV Neighbors Board Votes To Oppose Day Care Center Zoning Change

By Mike Fourcher

Last night, in a unanimous voice vote, Roscoe Village Neighbors (RVN) agreed to oppose the rezoning of the Lorente Dress Factory, 1825 W. Newport Ave., which would have allowed the creation of an expanded daycare center. The building’s owner, John Sears, has proposed creating a two-floor daycare center that could occupy as much as 18,000 Read the Rest…

New Ward Maps Released But When They Take Effect, Nobody Knows

By Patty Wetli

The ward remap process was messy, but just because the city’s aldermen finally reached agreement on the boundaries for their political districts doesn’t mean the confusion has come to an end. The newly-released maps, which are a study in creativity, are being used by the Board of Elections in November; voters should have been notified Read the Rest…

Proposed Zoning Change Draws Opposition From Roscoe Village Community

By Patty Wetli

The qualities that attracted John Sears to the 1800 block of West Newport as a potential home for his daycare business — it’s quiet and safe — are the very reasons that area residents oppose his plan. It’s quiet and safe, and they want to keep it that way. During a recent community meeting held Read the Rest…

Taking It to the Streets: Lakeview Unveils Its People Spot

By Patty Wetli

This is what happens when you try to hold a press conference unveiling a new “People Spot” in said People Spot’s space, ie, the street: A rumbling Streets & San truck pulls up alongside your shiny new parklet and drowns out the speaker. Score this round of man vs. machine to the machine, though the Read the Rest…

Join the 32nd Ward Clean-Up Meet-Up on Lincoln Avenue

By Patty Wetli

Lincoln Avenue, between Southport and Ashland, is set for a makeover this weekend courtesy of an army of volunteer beauticians — that means you. On Saturday, July 28, the 32nd Ward Clean-Up Meet-Up crew will pick up litter, pull weeds, scrape and paint light poles and bike racks, sweep and maybe even trim a few Read the Rest…

CTA Conceals Identity of Potential Buyer of Vacant Lot Next to Paulina Station

By Geoff Dankert

A new chapter in the saga of the long-vacant plot of land next to the CTA’s Paulina Brown Line station is about to begin, following word that a prospective buyer has reached a tentative agreement to purchase the property from the transit agency. Roscoe View Journal has learned that the sale agreement for 3400 N. Read the Rest…

Police Target Building Owners in New Drive to Evict Hamlin Park Gang Members

By Geoff Dankert

The 2100 block of West Fletcher Street could be found in almost any neighborhood on the North Side of Chicago. Older frame houses mix with new brick-front homes. Sidewalks bear colored chalk markings left over from a child’s game of hopscotch. In fact, there’s very little to tip off a casual visitor that this area Read the Rest…

Primary Night Brings No Local Surprises; Very Low Turnout

By Mike Fourcher

While Republican Presidential candidates treated Illinois like a bellwether state, Roscoe View-area voters mostly yawned and skipped the polls yesterday, resulting in possible record low turnout. City-wide, only 23.9% of registered voters bothered to vote, according to the Chicago Board of Elections’ unofficial tally. But the Roscoe View-area set even lower standards with only 20.4% of voters Read the Rest…

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