Explore our content

All types | All dates | All authors
All categories

Pages

Quick Hit
by Michael Joyce
6:44pm
Mon Nov 9

Protesters Speak Out Against The Gentrification Of Chicago's Albany Park Neighborhood

As a sign reading "Barnett Capital, Here Displacement is Strictly Business" flapped in the chill November wind Saturday, protesters stayed warm by chanting, passing out flyers, and getting signatures for a petition against displacement in the Albany Park neighborhood.

Residents of 4834 N. Springfield Ave., many of whom are Centro Autonomo members, say they were given a 30-day notice to move out of their building by it's new owner, Barnett Capital LLC.

Residents claim that this eviction is in retaliation against their attempts to get repairs done on the building and form a tenants' union.

When ownership of the building changed hands in August of 2014, the tenants saw an opportunity for needed changes to be made to the property.

"We got notice before that there were certain code violations, and once the building was sold, we saw it as a perfect opportunity to have those taken care of," explained Barbara Suarez, an organizer with Centro Autonomo. "We brought a building inspector in, he recorded various code violations, including a furnace in the back room, which should be in a separate room by itself."

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
4:48pm
Mon Nov 9

Chicago Ald. Cardenas, Activists Protest Activation Of Archer Avenue Speed Camera (VIDEO)

Chicago Ald. George Cardenas (12th) spoke out Monday against the activation of a controversial speed camera in his ward.

The speed camera is located in the McKinley Park neighborhood at 3200 S. Archer Avenue, near the Mulberry Playlot Park at 3150 S. Robinson St.

On Monday, the photo enforcement device began issuing warnings to speeding drivers. After a 30-day warning period, tickets will be issued, and drivers caught going 11 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit will face $100 fines.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and proponents of speed cameras say the devices, located near parks and schools, enhance children's safety. But opponents argue that speed cameras are less about safety and more about generating revenue for the city.

"There's no justification whatsoever for this camera being here except (for) ticketing people on their way home, or on their way to work or from work," Cardenas said at a morning press conference in front of the Archer Avenue speed camera near Paulina Street.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
6:45pm
Fri Nov 6

Chicago Students, State Reps. Rally For A CPS Budget Solution (VIDEO)

Chicago Public Schools students rallied Friday evening at the Thompson Center, where they called on Gov. Bruce Rauner and state lawmakers to come to a budget solution in order to avert deep cuts and layoffs at CPS.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
3:48pm
Fri Nov 6

'Political Will' Missing In Improving Chicago's Public Housing, Thought Leaders Say

There is a lack of "political will" to improve the state of public housing in Chicago, participants at a roundtable discussion on the "future of public housing" argued Friday morning.

At the discussion, attended by a few dozen thought leaders in the nonprofit, academic, community development and affordable housing arenas, Breann Gala with the Metropolitan Planning Council pointed to the sluggish pace of Chicago's Plan for Transformation -- a huge undertaking launched in 2000 to relocate public housing residents to mixed-income housing units.

"There was momentum under [former Chicago Mayor Richard M.] Daley, for better or worse, whether people liked it or not, there was something happening," she said. "And I feel like now ... we're just kind of stalled in this conversation."

Pages