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Neighbors Conflict On Wrigley Renovations: We Have A Seat At The Table; No, We Don’t

By Geoff Dankert

None of the neighborhood groups with a stake in the future of the ballpark are directly represented at conversations between the Cubs and the city of Chicago. Instead, their interests are being represented by 44th Ward Ald. Tom Tunney. That seems to suit some neighbors just fine. Others, not so much.

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.

Source: Target In Talks To Purchase Lincoln-Belmont-Ashland Building

By Mike Fourcher

Target Corporation is close to purchasing the former LaSalle Bank Building at 3201 N. Ashland Ave., a source close to the situation has told Roscoe View Journal. The property at Lincoln, Belmont and Ashland Aves., once planned as the mixed-use Lakeview Collection, has been in limbo and disrepair since Wachovia and Wells Fargo Banks foreclosed 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…

Lakeview’s New School Street Park on Schedule for 2013 Opening

By Jason Kreke

As early as fall 2013, residents of West Lakeview could be celebrating the opening of the much-anticipated School Street Park, 1230 W. School St., Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) said at a meeting Wednesday night. About 20 residents attended the forum, held at Shiel Park fieldhouse (3505 N. Southport Ave.), to view initial designs of the Read the Rest…

Ald. Tunney on Wrigley Renovations: ‘No Agreement Has Been Reached’

By Patty Wetli

Not so fast, Ricketts family. In a posting to his website, Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) puts the kibosh on reports that a deal is nearing completion between the city and the Cubs regarding renovations to Wrigley Field. “It is true that negotiations are underway, but no agreement has been reached,” states Tunney. His message continues: Read the Rest…

Lake View’s STEM Program: Looking for Pioneers

By Patty Wetli

As the excitement settled following last week’s announcement of Lake View High School, 4015 N. Ashland Ave., as one of five newly-designated STEM schools, questions began to surface. How does my student apply? What’s the curriculum? Will my kid be high school for six years? These and a host of other issues were raised and Read the Rest…

Auction, Lawsuits End Dreams of Leo’s Coney Island

By Geoff Dankert

For the first time in months, people filled the dining room at Leo’s Coney Island, 3455 N. Southport Ave. But patrons weren’t there to order the diner’s signature Detroit-style coney dogs or its Greek salads. They came hoping to snag bargains on booths and bar stools, plates and pots, signs and silverware. On March 5, Read the Rest…

STEM Announcement a ‘Tipping Point’ for Lake View High School

By Patty Wetli

CPS announced Lake View High School as one of five new STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) schools with a curriculum that will focus on preparing students for careers in information technology, offering them the opportunity to earn college credit, up to an associate’s degree

Ward Remap Field Hearings: Residents Tell Aldermen ‘Time to Go Back to the Drawing Board’

By Patty Wetli

Last night, 500 Chicagoans packed an auditorium to fire-marshal capacity at the DePaul Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave., in protest against City Council’s ward remap proposals. One thing was clear: There are some angry people in Lincoln Park. And Lakeview. And Logan Square, Back of the Yards, River North and Montclare. For more than Read the Rest…

Detailed Maps: Where Northcenter, Lincoln Square, Winnemac Park End Up With The Remap

By Mike Fourcher

Last Friday the Chicago City Council Latino Caucus and the Black Caucus introduced new ward maps that would create new wards on the north side. Both maps would move the northern boundaries of the 47th Ward, home of Ald. Ameya Pawar, south of Foster Ave. and move a South Side alderman north to cover Logan Read the Rest…

Detailed Maps: Where Roscoe Village, South & West Lakeview Would End Up On New Ward Maps

By Mike Fourcher

Last Friday the Chicago City Council Latino Caucus and the Black Caucus introduced new ward maps that would create new wards on the north side. Both maps would move the 32nd Ward, home of Ald. Scott Waguespack, south of Diversey Ave. and move a South Side alderman north to cover Logan Square, Roscoe Village, and Read the Rest…

IG Report Reveals Ald. Tunney’s Barrage of Questions For Police

By Mike Fourcher

During city budget hearings Alderman often submit lists of sharp questions to city departments. As department heads angle for funds for their programs, it is the best time for city legislators to get details on how the city is working. Normally those questions and their answers are not made available to the public, but this Read the Rest…

Supt. McCarthy Addresses Police District Consolidation Concerns

By Patty Wetli

With Mayor Emanuel’s budget all but guaranteed city council approval, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy had no need to sell residents on his proposal to consolidate several police districts, including the 19th and 23rd. Despite petitions and complaints, the closings and mergers were in effect a done deal. Instead, his appearance at a community forum Tuesday Read the Rest…

Five Aldermen And Superintendent To Brief Community On 19th District Changes

By Mike Fourcher

Five area Aldermen are organizing a community meeting with Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy next Tuesday in the Lakeview High School Auditorium, 4015 N. Ashland Ave., at 6:30 p.m. next Tuesday, November 15. The meeting will address the planned merger of the 19th and 23rd Police Districts in 2012. Despite the merger plans, Chicago police Read the Rest…

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