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[22 Jul 2019 | No Comment | ]

For months, Andersonville residents have been sounding the alarm over the potential loss of fully mature trees in their neighborhood.
The city said their hands were tied and the trees needed to fall so new water mains could be installed beneath them.

But despite promises to explore every option to save the trees, the city’s Department of Water Management didn’t pursue a non-invasive technology that has the potential to cut costs while saving the city’s most valuable and vulnerable trees.
The water department said that due to century-old water lines and the need …

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[19 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

City Treasurer Kurt Summers announced Monday morning he was depositing $20 million of the city’s funds in Illinois Service Federal Savings and Loan, breathing new life into the last black-owned bank in the city.

Summers reportedly has been working on the deal for over a year to invest city funds into the community bank headquartered at 4619 S. Martin Luther King Drive, which looked headed toward closure and the same fate as the city’s other black-owned banks two years ago.
Read more at DNAinfo
Read more about political investments in local banks here

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[16 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

THE LOOP — When CTA trains stopped running from the North Side into the Loop because of a death on the tracks Tuesday morning, Uber and Lyft sprung into action by raising rates.

And the city of Chicago isn’t happy about it.
“It is unfortunate that at least two ride-share companies chose to take advantage of this morning’s difficult commuter situation,” said Lilia Chacon, a spokeswoman for the city’s Business Affairs and Consumer Protection department.
Read more in DNAinfo

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[28 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]

A number of neighborhood small business owners are complaining that the city is overzealously policing sign permits, saying they’ve had to pay thousands of dollars in fines for words painted on their shop windows.

“It just seems unfair to make you get a permit for every window panel,” said Scott Toth, owner of Craft Pizza at 1252 N. Damen Ave.
Toth, who has been ticketed four times, hired a lawyer and appeared in court twice over the matter. He says he decided to remove the signs in all four windows and pay …

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[17 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th) rode the wave of soaring property values along the popular 606 trail to flip four properties, pocketing $300,000 in profit two years ago.

Now Maldonado — along with other Northwest Side aldermen — want to make it tougher for other property owners to follow his lead.
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[9 May 2017 | One Comment | ]

Spurred by the soaring number of complaints about rats, city officials launched a pilot program that used dry ice to suffocate rats underground that Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Charles Williams told aldermen in October was “effective, especially near parks and pets.”

Crews put dry ice — frozen carbon dioxide — into rat burrows and sealed the holes with dirt and newspaper. As the dry ice warmed into a gas, it suffocated the trapped rats, leaving them to decompose in the holes — away from people.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals objected to the …

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[24 Jan 2017 | 2 Comments | ]

Karin Hansen went to Harold Washington Library last week to fill out forms for her mother’s nursing home, but the man on the computer next to her came to watch pornography.
“I’m not talking soft focus, ’70s soft core here,” Hansen, of Andersonville, said. “We’re talking very explicit.”

The man wasn’t wearing headphones or using a privacy screen filter — he was recording the porn with his phone. Hansen found a security guard standing 15 feet away from her computer, but didn’t find much help when she told him about her neighbor.
“He said …

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[4 Jan 2017 | Comments Off | ]

DePaul Cinema School Grows Thanks To Hands-On Partnership With Cinespace

DePaul’s School of Cinematic Arts serves as a “pipeline” for the booming Lawndale production studio.