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CPS Releases LSC Results; Waters Elem Candidate Gets Most Votes

By Mike Fourcher

Responding to a Freedom of Information Act request from Center Square Journal, the Chicago Public Schools released complete Local School Council election results this afternoon, a full week after the elections were conducted. 6,613 candidates ran for community, teacher, parent and non-teacher staff representative positions. While over 400 candidates received no votes at all, Waters Read the Rest…

Five Questions With Kathie Bock, President of Friends of Coonley

By Jason Kreke

As the president of Friends of Coonley and one of its founding members, Kathie Bock helps raise money for Coonley Elementary, 4046 N. Leavitt St., providing everything from shelving and air conditioning to new microscopes and sports equipment. In the eight years that Bock has been working with Friends of Coonley, enrollment at the school Read the Rest…

CPS Releases List of LSC Candidates

By Mike Fourcher

While every elementary school in the Center Square Journal coverage area has enough candidates to conduct LSC elections, the two neighborhood high schools, Lake View and Amundsen, do not have enough parent candidates to fill out a full council, despite an abundance of non-parent community members running for LSC at the high schools. According to Read the Rest…

Pawar Updates Chamber on Schools, Graffiti and Fisheries

By Patty Wetli

Coming up on a year since he took office, “there’s been a lot of progress and more work needs to be done,” Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) told members of the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce at their monthly luncheon, held March 22, at Coonley Elementary, 4046 N. Leavitt St. During his wide-ranging comments and the Q&A Read the Rest…

Neighborhood Schools Still Looking for LSC Candidates

By Patty Wetli

With just three days to go until CPS’ extended filing deadline on March 23, a number of schools in CSJ territory are still looking for candidates to run for Local School Council elections. We use the the term “run” loosely: Most of the positions are uncontested, so a single vote for yourself could carry the Read the Rest…

LSC Elections: Spearhead a Revolution

By Patty Wetli

While an LSC’s primary responsibilities include directing discretionary spending and hiring and firing principals, its influence can extend well beyond those parameters to bring about far-reaching, transformational change.

Residents Raise Questions About Speed Camera Plan

By Geoff Dankert

From her front window in Roscoe Village, Ann Turner watches every day as her children make their way to and from their neighborhood school. Her vantage point, a half-block from Audubon School, 3500 N. Hoyne Ave., was a huge draw when she and her husband relocated from  New York City. “We moved here specifically for Read the Rest…

Grow 47 Has a Story to Tell

By Patty Wetli

Once upon a time, Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) formed a public school initiative–Grow 47, co-chaired by Dan Hynes and Paul Rosenfeld. In 2011, they came across a golden goose: $10 million in state funding for an annex at Bell Elementary and $10-13 million in TIF dollars allocated for a Coonley Elementary annex. Now, with those Read the Rest…

Lawrence Avenue Streetscape Moves Forward

By Patty Wetli

The proposed Lawrence Avenue Streetscape has cleared an early hurdle to becoming reality: In a note to constituents, 47th Ward Ald. Ameya Pawar announced TIF task force approval for the project. Elements of the streetscape, which include wider sidewalks and a full bike lane, will extend from Clark Street to the Chicago River, with the Read the Rest…

Parents Air Concerns At Coonley About CPS Extended School Day

By Patty Wetli

A longer school day seems a done deal for Chicago Public Schools students (for six of approximately 450 elementary schools, this is already the case, with more to follow in January). How that will play out, potentially in the 2012 school year, was the focus of a passionate discussion held Tuesday night at Coonley Elementary, Read the Rest…

Pawar Education Initiative Well Received By School Leaders

By Mike Fourcher

On Friday, September 9, with great fanfare, Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) announced his long-promised local education initiative, Grow 47. Although the program has many of the hallmarks of the usual big political program roll-out, for instance it will be co-chaired by ward resident and former state comptroller, Dan Hynes, Grow 47 is being widely praised Read the Rest…

Pawar Pitches Lawrence Avenue Improvements As School Boost

By Patty Wetli

Lawrence Avenue needs to be slimmed down to improve conditions for local retail and schools, according to a presentation Tuesday morning from the Chicago Department of Transporation (CDOT) and 47th Ward Ald. Ameya Pawar. About thirty business owners and residents attended the presentation, sponsored by The Ravenswood Community Council at the Chase Park auditorium to hear the latest vision for the Read the Rest…

Non-Profit Volunteers Power And Benefit From Ribfest

By Mike Fourcher

Since 2006 volunteers have been a major component of Chicago Ribfest where an unheralded program allows hundreds of people to contribute their time so local non-profits can earn tens of thousands of dollars from the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce. “Basically we pay non profits and schools for their volunteers. [If a group can provide] 30 Read the Rest…

47th Ward Candidates Forum at Coonley Elementary

By Samantha Abernethy with photos by Brad Bretz.

We here at Center Square Journal have been snowed under with work and our own 32nd Ward Candidates Forum, so we apologize for this belated recap of the 47th Ward Candidates Forum on January 26. All four aldermanic candidates attended the forum at the Coonley Elementary School Gymnasium sponsored by Northcenter Neighborhood Association, Roscoe Village Read the Rest…

Friends of Coonley Elementary Announce Fundraiser

By Mike Fourcher

The Friends of Coonley are holding the 6th Annual Spring Fling Auction and Fundraiser on Saturday, April 2, 2011, says organization president Kathie Bock. “Our goal for this year’s fundraiser is $110,000,” says Bock. “Last year, we raised $107,000. We try to set a realistic goal and then hopefully do a bit better. Especially in Read the Rest…

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