2 days ago

Updated 47 hours ago

Big news from the near west side

http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2014/07/22/illinois-medical-district-approves-300m-gateway-project.php

The Illinois Medical District Commission has approved a plan to construct a $300 million development that will include a hotel, retail space, office space, a residential tower, and a parking structure. The Epstein-designed project totals 1.16 million square feet, made up of a 10 story, 225-room hotel; 92,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space; 16 story, 200-rental unit apartment building; 224,000 square feet of multi-family housing; 100,000 square feet of laboratory space; 88,000 square foot medical office building;...

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http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2014/07/22/illinois-medical-district-approves-300m-gateway-project.php

The Illinois Medical District Commission has approved a plan to construct a $300 million development that will include a hotel, retail space, office space, a residential tower, and a parking structure. The Epstein-designed project totals 1.16 million square feet, made up of a 10 story, 225-room hotel; 92,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space; 16 story, 200-rental unit apartment building; 224,000 square feet of multi-family housing; 100,000 square feet of laboratory space; 88,000 square foot medical office building; and 40,000 square feet of "urban farm greenhouses". The IMDC has been working for years to find a suitable project to fill nearly 9.5 acres of vacant land, hoping to bring more life to the district dominated by hospitals and medical facilities, and after a request for proposals, have approved this plan. The $300 million tab will be picked up by the project's developers. Construction is slated to begin in spring of 2015.

  • Do you know where this will be?

  • NAFSBUC Walking my Fitbit and Flatcoat 10k steps/day

    On the vacant land at Ogden/Damen/Harrison near Stroger Hospital

Jul 19

Fwd: FW: Entry-Level Firefighter/EMT Exam Application

The City of Chicago is pleased to inform you that the application period for the entry-level Firefighter/EMT exam started July 16, 2014 and will run through September 16. This is the period of time when applicants can sign up for the exam, which will be administered on December 13 and 14, 2014. In 2006, the age to sit for the exam was 19 and the age to enter the academy was 20. We have lowered the age to sit for...

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The City of Chicago is pleased to inform you that the application period for the entry-level Firefighter/EMT exam started July 16, 2014 and will run through September 16. This is the period of time when applicants can sign up for the exam, which will be administered on December 13 and 14, 2014. In 2006, the age to sit for the exam was 19 and the age to enter the academy was 20. We have lowered the age to sit for the exam and enter the academy to 18. It is our hope that younger individuals who get on the eligibility list will be motivated to attend college and stay out of trouble and will find a sense of opportunity about their futures.

Attached is the job announcement, as well as the FAQ’s, which provides all of the key information about the application process and the exam. In case you’d like to cut-and-paste the link to the application website, here it is: www.cityofchicago.org/FireApplication. The website also contains links to additional information.

During the posting period, applicants can call (312) 744-4976 or email fire-application@cityofchicago.org with any questions or concerns, and they can also seek assistance in Room 100 in City Hall.

We have also modified the way candidates can apply for Veterans Preference. Applicants may apply for Veterans Preference at any time, even after the posting has closed. There is no longer a cutoff date for the submission of documents showing eligibility for Veterans Preference. However, the later the preference is applied for, the later it will be applied. Detailed instructions on how to apply for the Veterans Preference are included in the attached FAQs.

Fire Commissioner, Chicago Fire Department

Commissioner, Department of Human Resources

Jul 18

Site Maintenance - 7/19 at 9 p.m.

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Jul 17

Bringing chess back to the city of Chicago

The Near West Side is one of the neighborhoods being considered as a home for the Chicago Chess Center:

http://dnainfo.com/chicago/20140717/downtown/chess-players-want-central-downtown-club

Jul 10

Thank You, IVI-IPO

I thank IVI-IPO for giving me the Saul Mendelson Award for Social Justice last night. When I read the very brief synopsis of his life and what he was able to achieve, I am truly humbled. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1998-03-16/news/9803160089_1_mr-mendelson-pancreatic-american-labor-council

Jul 06

Updated Jul 07

Any good news in West Garfield Park?

I bought a property here ten years ago and have not seen much improvement. I live in the building. I hope that the Lot Program, or whatever it is called, which allowed EGP residents a shot at buying vacant lots for a buck moves into WGP. There are at least 6 vacant lots on my block. Gardens!

  • There is something called the "Large Lot" program which offers vacant lots for sale for 1 dollar with a maximum purchase of 2. You have to live at and own a property on the block where this is being offered. EGP started taking applications for lot purchases on July 1st. If that is where you reside, I wouldn't waste any time!

  • Taj's page are envirnoment dose not define who we are.

    Thank you so much.
    I'm on it now!

Jul 04

KICS Cup is an Annual International Youth Soccer Cup

7/21-7/26 at Dunbar Park. We will need Field Marshals (the person who checks team rosters/player passes before the game), concession help and hospitality help.

KICS Cup is an annual international youth soccer cup to the heart of the city focused on competition, camaraderie and cultural exchange. Our mission is to offer soccer opportunities for youth locally, nationally and internationally through programs like the Chicago KICS Cup and the Chicago KICS Community League while also improving infrastructure here in the city. This years' tournament should be exciting with 80-100 teams from Italy, Ghana, Ethiopia, China, Mexico, Guatemala, Canada, Colombia, Puerto Rico and the US.

More details at www.kicscup.com .
Our promotional video can be seen at https://vimeo.com/90064622

Jun 30

Best One-Woman Think Tank

I am deeply honored to have been included in the Chicago Reader's annual "Best of Chicago" edition as the Best One-Woman Think Tank. Here is a link to the article. http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/best-one-woman-think-tank/BestOf?oid=13795522

Jun 29

Updated Jun 30

Madison/Green - Did this building get approved?

HI..just saw this on Everyblock:

http://chicago.everyblock.com/building-permits/jun25-permit-issued-new-construction-6222755/?utm_campaign=digest&utm_medium=email&utm_source=digest

A 17 story building got a permit for construction for Madison/Green. Did I miss that this got approved?

  • It sounds like this was the project. But I hadn't heard about the approval or voting meeting, either.

    http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130828/west-loop/west-loop-high-rise-will-stand-17-stories-tallest-neighborhood

    I wouldn't be so concerned about high buildings if anyone in the area had a plan to limit them to closer to the Loop, but planning seems to be non-existent here. There needs to be a more defined commercial vs residential zone in the West Loop and that isn't happening, either.

  • That was another Burnett deal with Taxman, the developer. Right after Taxman got the green light from the city (basically Burnett), he turned around and sold the land, meaning a completely different looking structure can now go in as long as it doesn't exceed the approved height limits, etc

Jun 26

Updated Jun 27

West Loop boom!

Did anyone else hear a big "boom" around 4am this morning June 26? It's cool out, so my windows are open, and it made me jump out of my skin!

May 28

Updated Jun 25

Found intact black male pitbull

This guy is definitely someone's pet. Very sweet and good on a leash. Found at Central Park & Franklin. Please let me know if you know of anyone missing him.

Jun 20

Updated Jun 20

Pete's Fresh Market

I visited Pete's and I was impressed. The store is a lot bigger than I thought it was. I didn't get to really shop like I wanted because I had my 4 year old twins with me. Pete's does not have the kid friendly carts where I can put both kids in one cart. Instead they have kid sized carts for kids to push. My kids enjoyed them but I didn't enjoy chasing them. LOL I will go back minus my kids!

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    My neighbor and I had a good time there. At last! There is a really nice grocerystore nearby. That other new store whose name starts with an M....will have a run for their money that is for sure.

Jun 19

Updated Jun 20

Pete's Fresh Market

Just walked to the new Pete's on the SE corner of Western & Madison. It's beautiful inside! What a fantastic addition to the neighborhood! Come out and support our new grocery store!!

Jun 19

Updated Jun 20

North Lawndale in the News, in a Good Way

North Lawndale has submitted its bid, in partnership with the University of Illinois, for the Barack Obama Presidential Library!

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-obama-library-illinois-chicago-uic-20140616,0,1443868.story

  • To the people of North Lawndale. No matter what you are doing in life or where you are doing it, people will look at you differently now. They will see you as a member of that over-looked community; a poor community that had the confidence to work for such a...

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    To the people of North Lawndale. No matter what you are doing in life or where you are doing it, people will look at you differently now. They will see you as a member of that over-looked community; a poor community that had the confidence to work for such a thing as the Presidential Library. To embody that Audacity of Hope.
    Your North Lawndale Presidential Library Committee came from the community, working for the community. Their hard work in satisfying the Obama Foundation’s Qualification requirements is something you can be proud of. No matter where we are, we can say with pride that we’re from North Lawndale.
    And to all of the North Lawndales and Bed-Stuys and Comptons across the country, you can hold your head up with pride too. We are one of the most, historically poor neighborhoods in Chicago. We are working for greatness, with the expectation of being successful and we’re teaching our children to do the same.
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/North-Lawndale-Presidential-Library/366984393416815

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Congratulations, Paul, Charles, Marcus, and everyone else who worked on the bid, in spite of all the naysayers. I wish you the best of luck.

May 05

Updated Jun 14

Any update to the daytime parking ban from the West Loop 1:30 - 3:30pm weekday ban?

http://www.gazettechicago.com/index/2013/12/day-tripper-parking-ban-in-west-loop-gets-mixed-reviews/

I can't believe Fioretti hasn't had to answer exactly WHEN this ban will be over, other than to say about West Loop residents, "... although they appreciate the program for preventing day trippers from gobbling up all their parking spaces...". Well Bob, now WE can't park here, so no, it hasn't helped anything. At least before, with the ghost "daytrippers" (that no one seems to have ever seen) gobbling up all the spaces, we had a CHANCE to park in our own neighborhoods. Now friends/family have to park blocks away if they don't want to pay. I wonder if Bob cut a sweetheart deal to force WestLoopers to pay the garages and meters. The ban certainly isn't helping businesses.

  • I didn't see these articles, thanks Carlos! What a disgusting attempt to collect revenue. Fioretti knows EXACTLY what's going on. Aldermen know what's going on everywhere due to the amount of people contacting their office, so they're obviously doing nothing about this on purpose. Why not just take the signs down? Corruption at it's finest.

  • A couple of years ago after Alhambra and City Winery opened I attempted to have my street, Willard Court zoned for permit parking (we're the only house on the block). I was told due to the area being commercial, it wasn't allowed. This residential thing is a fairly new phenomenon and until the zoning is changed most of the West Loop still considered a commercial zone.

Jun 14

Watch out for traffic jams because of Kennedy work

Saw on TV that traffic from the espressways will be diverted to streets. If you are driving this week end not only stay off the expressway but be prepared for major arteries to be more conjusted. I heard Western, Cicero, Elston, Eisenhower expy were mentioned as alternative routes.

Jun 09

Hello neighbors! Join us at our bi-monthly CAPS meet AND more!

We meet regularly at the M.L. K. Boys and Girls Club at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Sacramento from 6:00pm from about 6:45pm. On Saturday June 7th, 2014 from 12pm-1pm, several community residents who attend CAPS, along with our CAPS community organizers, and some of our beat cops greeted neighbors in the 3100 Block of West Warren Boulevard. We rang doorbells, passed out community help info (Men's free health screening, free summer lunches, Day and Summer Camp, area Houses of Worship invites, etc). Please join us on Saturday, June 14th, from 10am-1pm at the corner of Kedzie and Lake for the commencement of the 2nd year Fresh Market. Fresh homegrown fruit and vegetables, live local entertainment, and vendors.

Jun 06

Be Sure to Watch the 9:00 News on Channel 9

The WGN TV 9:00 News (Channel 9) will do a feature on turnaround schools in Chicago on Monday, June 9, 2014.

Jun 04

Turnaround Updates

Please find below links to the latest articles regarding the turnarounds.

CPS Needs to Revise its Ethics Policies to Mitigate Conflicts of Interest
http://valeriefleonard.com/StayingintheLoop/nfblog/?p=1971
Gresham Elementary Turnaround Could Lead to Civil Rights Lawsuit by NAACP
http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140604/auburn-gresham/gresham-elementary-turnaround-could-lead-civil-rights-lawsuit-ny-naacp

Making profits off school turnarounds
http://socialistworker.org/2014/06/02/making-profits-off-turnarounds

Community groups charge possible conflict of interest in Chicago school turnarounds
http://www.bobbosphere.org/2014/05/28/community-groups-charge-possible-conflict-of-interest-in-chicago-school-turnarounds/#.U41AA_302Lc.facebook

28 Days Left to Hear Inspectors General Reports on CPS, AUSL Conflicts of Interest
http://valeriefleonard.com/StayingintheLoop/nfblog/?p=1975

Community Groups to Board of Education: Nullify Vote to Turnaround 3...

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Please find below links to the latest articles regarding the turnarounds.

CPS Needs to Revise its Ethics Policies to Mitigate Conflicts of Interest
http://valeriefleonard.com/StayingintheLoop/nfblog/?p=1971
Gresham Elementary Turnaround Could Lead to Civil Rights Lawsuit by NAACP
http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140604/auburn-gresham/gresham-elementary-turnaround-could-lead-civil-rights-lawsuit-ny-naacp

Making profits off school turnarounds
http://socialistworker.org/2014/06/02/making-profits-off-turnarounds

Community groups charge possible conflict of interest in Chicago school turnarounds
http://www.bobbosphere.org/2014/05/28/community-groups-charge-possible-conflict-of-interest-in-chicago-school-turnarounds/#.U41AA_302Lc.facebook

28 Days Left to Hear Inspectors General Reports on CPS, AUSL Conflicts of Interest
http://valeriefleonard.com/StayingintheLoop/nfblog/?p=1975

Community Groups to Board of Education: Nullify Vote to Turnaround 3 Schools, Put a Moratorium on All School Actions
http://lawndalealliance.blogspot.com/2014/06/community-groups-to-board-of-education.html

Press Statement from Chicago Citizens United to Preserve Public Education
http://www.scribd.com/doc/226431924/Comments-Press-Conference-5-27-14

AUSL Board Members' Contributions to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Election Campaign
http://lawndalealliance.blogspot.com/2014/05/ausl-board-members-contributions-to.html

The press conferences generating these stories have been announced in a number of blogs with national and international audiences. An article from the Sun-Times has been carried in the Inspector General News and a number of other blogs that reach city and national audiences, including the legal community. Indeed, this issue has gained significant traction.

Jun 03

Updated Jun 03

Pete's Fresh Market Grand Opening

Pete's Fresh Market's Grand Opening is scheduled for
June 18, 2014.

Jun 02

Community Groups to Board of Education: Nullify Vote to Turnaround 3 Schools

Chicago Citizens United to Preserve Public Education recently filed complaints to the Inspectors General for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the United States Department of Education, asking them to investigate the relationships among CPS board members and the Academy of Urban School Leadership (AUSL). The Inspectors General were asked to examine the Board of Education's last votes to turn over 3 schools to AUSL for turnaround to determine if there were any conflicts of interest among board members and AUSL;...

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Chicago Citizens United to Preserve Public Education recently filed complaints to the Inspectors General for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the United States Department of Education, asking them to investigate the relationships among CPS board members and the Academy of Urban School Leadership (AUSL). The Inspectors General were asked to examine the Board of Education's last votes to turn over 3 schools to AUSL for turnaround to determine if there were any conflicts of interest among board members and AUSL; to analyze the relationship--if any-- between political contributions to Mayor Emanuel from AUSL board members and the significant increase in the number of Chicago Public Schools turned over to AUSL on a no bid basis and to determine if AUSL turnarounds are the most cost effective solution given their less than stellar results.

"We believe that, given the fact that two of the five board members present and voting during the April meeting have apparent conflicts of interest stemming from relationships with AUSL, that the vote should be nullified", said Valerie F. Leonard, spokesperson for the group. David Vitale was the chairman of AUSL's board prior to assuming his position as President of the Board of Education. Mr. Vitale did not recuse himself from voting to turn over the 3 schools to AUSL for turnaround. Dr. Carlos Azcoitia is employed by National Louis University, which is the exclusive trainer for AUSL teachers. Dr. Azcoitia voted to reconstitute the 3 schools, but abstained from voting on the underlying AUSL management contract to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.

Read the entire article here: http://policyontheground.blogspot.com/2014/06/community-groups-to-board-of-education.html

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