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New School In Dunning OK'd By CPS Board; Ebinger, Prussing To Get Annexes

Ald. Anthony Napolitano (41st) personally thanked the board for its vote to build on Ebinger Wednesday, but he vowed to "keep the quest going" to get a similar addition for Dirksen Elementary School, 8601 W. Foster Ave., now operating around 160 percent capacity.

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The school is slated to open at the intersection of Irving Park Road and Oak Park Avenue in time for the 2019-20 school year.

Taft principal Mark Grishaber has lobbied hard in support of the alderman's proposal for a "Taft South," arguing that it could be the only way to relieve the school's overcrowding without stripping the resources that have helped Taft, 6530 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., climb to level 1 status.

At the same time, students and teachers at Steinmetz College Prep High School, 3030 N. Mobile Ave., have questioned why the $75 million school is being built at all, when the neighboring Steinmetz is hemorrhaging enrollment and enduring bone-deep budget cuts.

Also on Wednesday, the board passed a resolution calling for the commission to start designing annexes for Prussing Elementary School, 4650 N. Menard Ave., and Ebinger Elementary School, 7350 W. Pratt Ave., both announced earlier this year.

Also on Wednesday, the board passed a resolution calling for the commission to start designing annexes for Prussing Elementary School, 4650 N. Menard Ave., and Ebinger Elementary School, 7350 W. Pratt Ave., both announced earlier this year.

    New School In Dunning OK'd By CPS Board; Ebinger, Prussing To Get Annexes
    DOWNTOWN - The Chicago Public Schools Board of Education voted Wednesday to kick-start the design process for a "middle school project" in the Read-Dunning area, whose enrollment and attendance boundaries have yet to be decided. The city's Public Building Commission unveiled its intention to build the school, which would hold about 1,300 students, at a Jan.
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  • This project will be partially funded through the Reed-Dunning TIF. The remainder, yes, they intend to borrow.

    They've dithered with this portion of the property since 1991 when the state transferred it to the city and the TIF was created.

    https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dcd/supp_info/tif/read_dunning_tif.html

    Now the city is under a 9/11/2017 deadline to...

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    This project will be partially funded through the Reed-Dunning TIF. The remainder, yes, they intend to borrow.

    They've dithered with this portion of the property since 1991 when the state transferred it to the city and the TIF was created.

    https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dcd/supp_info/tif/read_dunning_tif.html

    Now the city is under a 9/11/2017 deadline to transfer it to CPS through a 99 year lease. See page 2: https://www.cpsboe.org/content/actions/2014_02/14-0226-OP1.pdf

    It has become a major boondoggle since the proposed transfer of the North end of this portion of the property to the Chicago Park District for an athletic field failed two years ago.

    That fast approaching deadline has created constantly changing plans driven by personal agendas, including the involvement of Taft High School's principal.

    Undesirable outcomes result from the "need to do something" when facing a deadline.

  • More money spent, more congestion, and more segregation through selectivity. Just what Chicago does not need.

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Ace Hardware

Did anyone hear about a robbery at ace hardware on harlem and foster tonight right before closing?

  • No, didn't realize there was a robbery there. Hope no one was hurt.

  • Yes, this is true. It was a knife point. Nobody was hurt and I heard the guys that work there chased him but not sure if the person got away.

  • To bad a good guy with a conceal carry wasn't there.

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