The state legislature ended the two-week fall veto session Thursday afternoon without taking floor action on a few tax incentive packages for Illinois-based companies and a bill for stricter gun sentencing.
Austin and Galewood community members unveiled their draft
"sustainability roadmap" Wednesday evening, detailing ways in which they will take action to strengthen their neighborhoods.
new community-based planning initiative on the West Side is taking
place in Ald. Deborah Graham's 29th Ward. Prior to Wednesday's meeting, residents
and other community stakeholders held two "visioning sessions" where
they floated ideas to be included in their plan on how to make their
neighborhoods more economically, environmentally and socially
sustainable. Check out Progress Illinois' full coverage of the first
visioning meeting here.
A lawsuit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court Thursday involving the piles of petroleum coke, or petcoke, that have been stored at sites along the banks of the Calumet River on Chicago's Southeast Side.
Chicago Planning Commission approved the Noble Charter School
Network's zoning request Thursday, paving the way for a new high school to be built across the street from Prosser Career Academy in the
Belmont Cragin neighborhood.
The proposal to develop the new charter school at 5357 W. Grand Ave., the current site of a shuttered lumberyard, now heads to the city council's zoning committee. The proposed high school would still need final approval from the school district.
members, who are appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, approved the zoning
change for the proposed ITW David Speer Academy charter school despite
opposition from Ald. Nicholas Sposato (36th) and Northwest Side
residents who said the new school is a risky investment for the
community and bad urban planning.
Lourdes Garcia is resolute in her belief that genetically modified foods sickened her two small children.
had allergies, ADHD and the baby had a tumor,” said Garcia, a native of
Brazil who has lived in Chicago for 20 years. “I had to just find out
what the problem was, and that’s when I started doing research”
That research led her to genetically modified organisms or GMOs,
which she believes contributed to her children’s poor health. So she
changed the family’s diet, opting for more organic foods instead. Over
time, her children’s health improved.
“All the health problems
they had no longer exist,” Garcia said of her sons, now 14 and 19. “To
me, food was food, and all the food was good. But I was wrong.”
The Chicago City Council's Public Safety Committee voted Monday to make a number of changes to the city's gun control ordinance in order to get in line with the state's recently-passed concealed carry legislation.