Posts tagged "21st ward"

Will MegaChurches Squeeze Out Chatham Residents

Will MegaChurches Squeeze Out Chatham Residents
Two weeks ago, the Chicago Public Schools approved a charter for Horizon Science Academy at 8522 S Lafayette. The school is reported to  have signed a lease that would pay an affiliate of  Fellowship  Missionary Baptist Church who’s pastor is Charles Jenkins, $1.0 million in yearly rent.  Mr. Jenkins  is a trusted advisor to Mayor... Read more »

Novel Idea: Give Parochial Schools Charters

Novel Idea: Give Parochial Schools Charters
Last week the Chicago Public Schools approved 7 new charter schools. Most of the charters approved are in neighborhood that have adequate schools and in some cases such as in Chatham high performing schools. The Concepts Charter School – Horizon Science Academy to be located at 8522 S Lafayette has ties to several  religious organizations... Read more »

The Bridge to Nowhere is Getting Close to Chatham

The Bridge to Nowhere is Getting Close to Chatham
Today, the Chicago Public Schools approved an application for Concept Schools, a charter school management company to open up a charter high school at 85th Lafayette. This application comes in light of the fact that 10 years ago taxpayers footed the $35 million bill for Simeon Vocational High School which will be less than a... Read more »
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Is This The Swan Song For Jewel-Osco

Is This The Swan Song For Jewel-Osco
The rumors had been flying for several months that Supervalu, the parent company of Jewel and Save-A-Lot stores was looking to sell the chains. Supervalu had previously announced that they were going to close over 200 stores nationwide. Today, they announced that Jewel-Osco would be sold. http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-supervalu-to-sell-jewelosco-othe5-chains-to-cerberusled-group-20130110,0,1454046.story There had been rumors that the 87th Street(Dan Ryan)... Read more »

Is the Tax Payer Financed Bridge To Chatham Back On

Is the Tax Payer Financed Bridge To Chatham Back On
Back in 2009 I brought up a proposal that was on the table at the time. The proposal was to build a one way bridge over the Dan Ryan at 85th Street that would bring traffic from Lafayette Street the 21st ward from businesses such as Walmart over into the 6th ward to prevent gridlock... Read more »

Walmart: 9 Months Later

In January of this year Walmart opened a supercenter in the West Chatham community at 8331 S Stewart. The store opened after several years of intense negotiations with the city of chicago, Labor unions and Walmart. My counterparts at the 6th Ward blog covered the opening. Subsequently, Walmart opened a market store in the West... Read more »
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End of Summer Events in Chatham and the Southeast Side

End of Summer Events in Chatham and the Southeast Side
There are plenty of events going on in the community that are FREE or nearly free. Festivals Saturday August 18,2012 11am-7pm 79th Eberhart Block Party 79th Eberhart Saturday August 18, 2012 11am-4pm Children of Chatham-Back to School Gala 79th Rhodes Saturday August 18, 2012 10am-3pm ICE Theaters- Community Day 210 W 87th Saturday August 18,... Read more »

GCA Meeting: Alderman Michelle Harris and Anthony Beale Sold Me Out

GCA Meeting: Alderman Michelle Harris and Anthony Beale Sold Me Out
The Greater Chatham Alliance(GCA) meeting was held today at St. James Lutheran Church in Chatham. The crowd turnout was greater than expected and the meeting had to be moved from the basement to the Sanctuary. After going over organization business, Alderman Roderick Sawyer was given the floor to address two issues. The opening on a... Read more »

The Walmart Era has Begun on the Southside

The Walmart Era has Begun on the Southside
It’s official,the Walmart era has begun. The Walmart Express store opened approximately 6 months ago, in West Chatham,with a lot of fanfare that included a visit from Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Yesterday the Walmart Superstore opened with the same fanfare. I wasn’t there for the rah rah speeches but went to see what was the hoopla... Read more »
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Will a Remap Compromise Make Anyone Happy: Not in the 6th Ward

Will a Remap Compromise Make Anyone Happy: Not in the 6th Ward
Black Caucus Map, Latino Caucus Map, Taxpayer Map. How bout a Mickey Mouse map because that’s what it all starting to sound like.The facts are plain and simple but the alderman cannot seem to find a way to come to a agreement that will make the citizens of Chicago happy and withstand legal challenges for... Read more »