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by Ellyn Fortino
3:47pm
Fri Oct 16, 2015

Chicago Seniors Sue Landlord Over Plan To Sell Affordable Housing Properties

Chicago seniors living in three affordable housing buildings sued their landlord Presbyterian Homes on Friday over its plan to sell the properties and force out residents next year.

Residents of the three subsidized-rent senior apartment buildings, operated by Evanston-based Presbyterian Homes, filed a class action lawsuit Friday in Cook County Circuit Court in an effort to prevent their "lifetime leases" at the properties from being broken.

Over 100 residents at the three independent living facilities on Chicago's North Side -- Crowder Place, Devon Place and Mulvey Place, which are known collectively as the Neighborhood Homes -- were notified by Presbyterian Homes in mid-August that the buildings would be sold, reportedly to a market-rate developer, due to financial reasons and residents would have to move out by November 2016. 

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
10:57am
Wed Feb 11, 2015

Chicago's 32nd Ward Aldermanic Candidates Trade Jabs At Lakeview Forum

The two aldermanic candidates in Chicago's 32nd Ward race traded barbs throughout a Tuesday evening political forum, with incumbent Ald. Scott Waguespack coming under attack for his "personality conflicts" and challenger Elise Doody-Jones taking heat over her residency.

A pro-Mayor Rahm Emanuel super PAC's involvement in the 32nd Ward race was also discussed at the candidate forum, hosted by the South Lakeview Neighbors at the Athenaeum Theater, 2936 N. Southport Ave.

Chicago's 32nd Ward includes parts of Bucktown, Lake View, Lincoln Park, Logan Square, Roscoe Village and Wicker Park.

Waguespack, who has held the 32nd Ward seat since 2007, is a member of the city council's Progressive Reform Caucus. Doody-Jones is a small business owner who formerly served as treasurer of 1st Ward First, an independent political organization in Chicago's 1st Ward that supports the ward's current alderman, Joe Moreno.

Doody-Jones presently resides in the neighboring 1st Ward but says she will move to the 32nd Ward, if elected. She was asked about her residency at the top of Tuesday's forum, to which Doody-Jones explained that her Logan Square home is located just outside the ward's remapped boundaries.

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by Anthony Burke Boylan
5:12pm
Mon Jun 16, 2014

Chicago Bike Week Highlights The City's Growing Love For Biking Over Driving

This year's Chicago Bike Week will be the biggest ever, experts say, thanks to greater public awareness, higher parking meter rates and gas prices, declining car ownership and more biking infrastructure in the city. Chicago Bike Week 2014 kicked off June 13 and runs through June 20.

The number of people biking to work tripled between 2000 and 2012, according to a report by the Active Transportation Alliance, a non-profit organization that encourages alternative transportation. And increasingly bike trips are utilitarian in nature, including trips to grocery stores and other errands, the study showed.

“Chicago’s new biking infrastructure like the new cutting edge bike lanes and Divvy bike sharing program have played an important role in making biking a more welcoming alternative for more people,’’ said Ted Villaire, communications director for the alliance, known as ActiveTrans. “Certainly, strong support from the city of Chicago has made a difference in getting more people to try out biking.’’

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by Anthony Burke Boylan
3:50pm
Fri Jun 6, 2014

Lakeview Uses Tax Funds To Connect CTA Riders, Residents With Locally-Sourced Foods — And Each Other

A different kind of street market opened in Lakeview Thursday night, as the Low-Line Market started a five-month stint of selling locally-sourced foods to CTA commuters and area residents alike.

It’s the second season for the market, which features a selection of vegetables, fruits, breads, meats and ready-to-eat fare within convenient reach of CTA commuters and locals. Brown Line commuters can hop off at the Southport stop on their way home for easy access to the locally-sourced foods. 

“Lakeview prides itself in being a sustainable, walkable and transit-friendly neighborhood with a strong sense of community,” said Heather Way Kitzes, executive director of the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce. “We’re excited about how the Low-Line Market connects our community with the people who grow and produce our food, while creating a unique experience for CTA commuters that improves access to wholesome foods.’’

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by Anthony Burke Boylan
5:51pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Chicago Neighborhoods, Businesses Look To Encourage Increased Bike Riding With Deals

Leaders in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood are hoping to encourage more bike traffic by having local businesses attract riders with discounts. Anyone interested in learning about the program or offering input can come to a workshop meeting this Tuesday evening.

The program is a continuation of the Lakeview Area Master Plan, a product of the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce and Special Service Area 27, a body that uses local property taxes for projects beneficial to the neighborhood. The plan, which was launched three years ago, aims to make Lakeview more appealing to shoppers, visitors and residents by making it greener, more bike- and pedestrian-friendly, and adding public art and green spaces.

A bike friendly business district will incorporate discounts at local businesses for riders and improved infrastructure from bike lanes and racks to stations where riders can make minor bike repairs, put air in their tires and fill up water bottles. Businesses that sign up for the program will get branded logo decals to place in their windows informing people of their eligibilty for discounts if they patronize the store and show their bike helmet.

“Biking is good for business,’’ said Heather Way-Kitzes, executive director of the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce. “People stay closer to home, they spend more time in the area, they move at slower speeds and have a greater awareness of the businesses around them.

“The faster they pass by, the less likely they are to end up at your cash register.’’

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by Aaron Cynic
5:04pm
Mon Dec 2, 2013

Workers Push Back Against Walmart During Black Friday Protests

Hundreds demonstrated outside Walmart stores across the country on Black Friday to protest what they say are “poverty wages” and poor working conditions for workers of the retail giant. Organizers with the group OUR Walmart say more than 110 people were arrested at various Black Friday demonstrations in cities across the country, according to the protest organizers, in cities including Sacramento, St. Paul, Seattle and Chicago. In total, demonstrations took place in 46 states across the country.

“We cannot wait any longer. That’s why I’m standing up today – for my coworkers, my family and my community,” said Myron Bird, a worker from Walmart’s Lakeview location in Chicago. Bird was arrested with nine others at the Chicago store for participating in civil disobedience and blocking the street.

Quick Hit
by Aaron Cynic
4:46pm
Thu Nov 14, 2013

Chicago Walmart Workers Take Part In National Series Of Strikes

Less than a week after Walmart workers in Los Angeles went on strike and a day after Seattle workers at the retail giant walked off the job, Walmart employees at three locations in Chicago staged a strike of their own.

Employees from stores in Lakeview, Evergreen Park and Chatham staged walkouts in the early afternoon Wednesday and later descended on the South Side Chatham location for a rally. The series of strikes are part of a larger campaign by OUR Walmart, which is tied to the United Food & Commercial Workers Union. The group is calling for a nationwide protest against Walmart on Black Friday and has built a website to help organize workers and community supporters. The Nation reports that more than 400 Walmart workers walked off the job in a similar protest against the company last year.

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