Who says Illinois is broke?
The total cost of the project was $1.6 million. Of that amount, $260,000 was raised by parents with the Field of Dreams committee, $750,000 came from an Illinois Green Infrastructure grant and $600,000 came from open-space impact fees, according to Ald. Michele Smith’s (43rd) office. None of the funds came from the Chicago Public Schools.
“The $600,000 in open-space impact fees we were able to secure represents excellent coordination between state and city officials and irreplaceable members of the community … good things happen when people work together,” Smith said …
A Chicago Police Board hearing shut down early after Black Lives Matter activists took control of the room, chanting and calling for the firing of Chicago Police Officer Dante Servin, who shot and killed an unarmed black woman in 2012.
“What if it was your son or your daughter?” the brother of the slain woman, 22-year-old Rekia Boyd, asked the police board during the 7:30 p.m. hearing at police headquarters, 3510 S. Michigan Ave., Thursday night.
The activists, who represented the #BlackLivesMatter and #SayHerName movements that call for an end to police violence against people of …