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Developing culture for neighborhood vitality

By Chris Loeber

March 18, 2012

While efforts to revitalize under-resourced neighborhoods can take the form of large-scale projects to stimulate the economy, some developers choose to take a more community-driven approach by encouraging cultural growth.Theaster Gates, an urban planner and noted artist, has been working since 2005 to develop the Greater Grand Crossing community on Chicago’s South Side. He works closely with residents to help them build...

What to do with G8 funds?

By Vanessa Morton

March 12, 2012

While the G8 summit was supposed to boost Chicago’s economy and status as a world-class city, not everyone was disappointed by the March 5 announcement of its relocation to presidential retreat Camp David.Occupy Chicago reacted by holding a “No G8 Victory Party,” at Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St., that evening.The decision to move the summit is “a direct response to the overwhelming rejection of the summit and the...

City keeps peace with Nobel summit

By Vanessa Morton

March 5, 2012

While Chicago prepares for the G8 and NATO summits this May, there is another upcoming event that will mark new ground for the city.History will be made April 23–25 when Chicago is scheduled to host the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, an international gathering three weeks before world leaders and NATO officials make their appearance this spring.“They’ve had it every year for 12 years in a different city, bu...

City balancing act

By Vanessa Morton

February 21, 2012

As thousands of protesters, delegates and reporters descend on the streets of Chicago this May during the G-8 and NATO summits, the city must find a way to handle the volatile mix without showing a repressive side to the public.Hoping to bask in the spotlight as it hosts both summits for the first time, Chicago plans to use the opportunity to boost its status as a world-class city and give an exponential boost to its econo...

Separate but not equal

By Vanessa Morton

January 30, 2012

After months of planning, private meetings and public hearings on the current re-districting process, a new ward map has been approved, determining where the city’s political boundaries will be placed.In order to reflect population changes recorded in the U.S. census, the process of redrawing district boundary lines of the city’s 50 wards is required every 10 years.The final proposal came after Mayor Rahm Emanuel called for ...

Obama campaign visits Chicago

By Vanessa Morton

January 17, 2012

With his first term in office nearing an end, President Barack Obama began his fight for re-election as he made his first campaign stop in his home city.Long lines sprawled out of the University of Illinois at Chicago Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, on Jan. 11, for a chance to hear the president speak about his plans and hopes for the future of the country.But the president’s trip back home wasn’t filled with warm welcome...

Youths want justice

By Vanessa Morton

December 12, 2011

Chants of “Reduce the population with youth participation!” and signs that read “Put me on a bracelet, I still won’t make it!” filled the Cook County Building as youth advocates made their way to the office of County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.The young advocates rallied on Nov. 30 to call attention to Cook County’s juvenile justice system.The support was organized by the Audy Home Campaign, which is led by you...

City makes way for the homeless

By Vanessa Morton

December 12, 2011

New measures are in the works as Mayor Rahm Emanuel and various agencies and organizations come together in an extensive effort to curb homelessness.Emanuel joined the Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness on Dec. 2 to announce “Plan 2.0,” an initiative to “recalibrate” former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s plan to end homelessness in the city.“Chicago’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness has made great strides in creating ...

Crossing city lines

By Vanessa Morton

December 5, 2011

As Chicago residents anxiously wait for officials to unveil a new map that will determine the city’s political boundaries for the next 10 years, a series of public hearings are being held so aldermen can gain perspective from their communities on the current re-districting process.Alderman Danny Solis (25th Ward), chairman of the City Council’s Hispanic Caucus, led an open discussion at Velasquez Westside Technical Ins...

Security for transit

By Vanessa Morton

November 29, 2011

In an effort to create a more efficient and safe rail system, the Chicago Transit Authority recently unveiled its newly installed security cameras at various train stations across the city.CTA President Forrest Claypool joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Police Department Superintendent Garry McCarthy and other city officials on Nov. 21 to announce that the installation of 1,735 new state-of-the-art security cameras at 78 C...

Disabling fraud

By Vanessa Morton

November 29, 2011

An increase in illegal use of placards to park in spots for the disabled has caused Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his administration to propose a new ordinance that could help stifle the ongoing activity.The mayor introduced the ordinance on Nov. 16, during a City Council meeting. The plan would include an increase in fines and penalties to Chicago motorists caught displaying stolen, fraudulent or changed placards.“The abuse of th...

First-year victory

By Vanessa Morton

November 21, 2011

After months of heated debate, protests and changes, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s first 2012 proposed budget plan sailed through the City Council on Nov. 17.Emanuel’s balanced $8.2 billion budget passed in a landslide as the Council voted unanimously in support 50-0. The plan fills a $635.7 million budget deficit through spending cuts and an increase in initiatives that will save the city money without increasing property or sale...

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