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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.

There’s Precedent: Elected School Board Would Make Matters Worse

By Mike Fourcher

Next week voters in a patchwork quilt of precincts across Chicago will be asked at the bottom of their ballots to vote on a referendum that promotes an ill-conceived activist fantasy. The non-binding measure asks, “Shall each member of the Board of School District 299, known as the Chicago Board of Education, be elected by voters of Read the Rest…

Library Hours Restored, Mayor Announces

By Patty Wetli

One of the most contentious issues of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s first budget cycle concerned the slashing of funding for Chicago Public Libraries. Longtime CPL Commissioner Mary Dempsey resigned and hours at neighborhood branches were cut on Mondays. Today, with the mayor standing behind him, CPL’s new commissioner, Brian Bannon, announced that the full eight hours Read the Rest…

Mayor Announces DePaul as College Partner for Lake View STEM Program

By Patty Wetli

The pieces of Lake View’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program are beginning to fall into place, with DePaul University announced today as the high school’s early college partner. “The kids at Lake View in 11th and 12th grade will get the opportunity to take college courses for free at DePaul,” said Mayor Rahm Read the Rest…

The NATO Protesters Are Coming! The NATO Protesters Are Coming!

By Patty Wetli

And you thought you were going to escape all the NATO shenanigans by avoiding downtown. Forgot that the mayor lived in the ‘hood, didn’t you? On Saturday, May 19, the Mental Health Movement, which has been protesting Mayor Emanuel’s decision to shutter half of the city’s mental health clinics, is calling on its NATO sisters Read the Rest…

The Remap Process Was A Joke On Voters

By Mike Fourcher

Do you feel like you dodged a bullet? If you live on the North Side and between the river and the Lake, you probably did because you have a new, relatively compact ward that follows most neighborhood boundaries. But elsewhere, just about every other ward in town got horribly gerrymandered by yesterday’s City Council remap. [Click Read the Rest…

Old Town School of Folk Music Celebrates Opening of New Facility

By Patty Wetli

The Old Town School of Folk Music, already considered the largest community arts school in the U.S., just got bigger. Twenty-seven thousand square feet bigger with the opening on Monday, Jan. 9, of the new East Building at 4545 N. Lincoln Ave. Signaling the importance of the expansion to the city at large, Mayor Rahm Read the Rest…

EXCLUSIVE: Internal Public Library Memo Details Policy Changes

By Patty Wetli

While Mayor Rahm Emanuel and library employee union leaders wrangle over library hours, a memo to library employees, obtained by Center Square Journal from a reader, shows that the Chicago Public Library system has altered several other policies to compensate for the loss of staff, seemingly aimed at slowing circulation to a manageable level. Following Read the Rest…

Libraries Closed on Mondays, Sulzer to Remain Open

By Patty Wetli

The effects of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2012 budget cuts are already being felt at Chicago Public Libraries. Branches will now be closed on Mondays, as well as Sundays. Only the Harold Washington Library Center and the system’s two regional libraries, Woodson and Lincoln Square’s Sulzer branch (4455 N. Lincoln Ave.), will remain open seven days Read the Rest…

Preview of Old Town School’s New Building

By Paul Wilson

For the past 15 months, the biggest project in Bau Graves’ life has also been the biggest distraction. From his office in the second-floor at 4544 N. Lincoln Ave., the executive director of the Old Town School of Folk Music has had a front-row seat to the school’s $18 million expansion across the street. “It’s Read the Rest…

Library Supporters to Mayor: ‘No More Cuts’

By Patty Wetli

They came to City Hall in strollers and Baby Bjorns, dressed in princess and tiger costumes. Though many of them were scarcely old enough to talk (much less vote), Chicago’s infants and toddlers had a message for Mayor Rahm Emanuel: “Fund the library fully.” OK, those were the grown-ups’ words, but the children were on Read the Rest…

Does Anyone Care About The 19th District?

By Mike Fourcher

At last week’s first 47th Ward Council meeting, thirty-five concerned neighbors sat in the basement of the Ravenswood United Church of Christ, ready to discuss pressing community concerns with Ald. Ameya Pawar. For forty-five minutes Pawar discussed meeting logistics, answered questions about pedestrian safety and TIF spending, and then he asked if anyone had any Read the Rest…

Does Anyone Care About The 19th District?

By Mike Fourcher

At last week’s first 47th Ward Council meeting, thirty-five concerned neighbors sat in the basement of the Ravenswood United Church of Christ, ready to discuss pressing community concerns with Ald. Ameya Pawar. For forty-five minutes Pawar discussed meeting logistics, answered questions about pedestrian safety and TIF spending, and then he asked if anyone had any Read the Rest…

Neighbor Groups Respond To Proposed Police District Closure

By Mike Fourcher

Leaders of neighborhood organizations in Lakeview and Roscoe Village are expressing concern today about Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed closure of the 19th Police District, 2452 W. Belmont Ave. This morning the Mayor released his proposed 2012 Chicago budget, which includes a reduction of 1,300 personnel in the Police Department, 10 positions from the CAPS Implementation Read the Rest…

Report: Emanuel Would Close 19th Police District

By Mike Fourcher

The Sun Times is reporting this morning that Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed 2012 city budget will recommend closure of the Belmont Police District, also known as the 19th District. The closure would be part of a broader belt tightening that proposes closure of two of police districts, the 13th, which is just south and west Read the Rest…

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