The University of Chicago Medical Center submitted its application to the state this week for a large expansion project, including the creation of a Level 1 adult trauma center on its Hyde Park medical campus.
Community organizers scored a major victory last month when the University of Chicago Medicine announced plans to reopen a Level 1 adult trauma center at its Hyde Park campus. Progress Illinois looks at what comes next for the project and the activists who led the five-year trauma center campaign.
With the Obama presidential library set to come to either Jackson or Washington parks in Chicago, a South Side group is seeking help in crafting a proposed community benefits agreement (CBA) to ensure local residents and businesses are not displaced by the possible gentrification that could come with the project.
The Bronzeville Regional Collective, comprised of South Side organizations and community development advocates, has created a seven-point CBA blueprint for the Obama library development.
"We don't want to see the South Side become what Lincoln Park was in the '60s and '70s," said Bronzeville Regional Collective member Anton Seals Jr., who is also on the South Shore Planning and Preservation Coalition's board.
The nine activists with the South Side trauma center campaign who were arrested Wednesday after staging a sit-in at a University of Chicago administrative building are appearing in bond court Friday morning, according to the Trauma Care Coalition.