Posts tagged "alderman brookins"

The Bastardization of the Bud Billiken Parade

The Bastardization of the Bud Billiken Parade
The Bud Billiken Day Parade is on August 9, 2014 and this will be the 85th year of the parade. The parade has grown to be the largest parade in the country who”s focus is to promote education. Over the next couple of weeks practically every major intersection will have a “dance troupe” with individuals... Read more »

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 »

Is Chicago Seeing REDlining in Retail

Is Chicago Seeing REDlining in Retail
Last week LJ at The Sixth Ward Blog posted this article. The article from the Atlantic Magazine titled “Retail Redlining: One of the Most Pervasive Forms of Racism Left in America.”  The article centers around the response the Village Administrator from Olympia Fields received at a recent conference. In the article the Village Manager recounts a conversation... 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 »

Black World Cinema: Marley

Black World Cinema: Marley
Thurdsay December 6,2012 7pm ICE Theaters Chatham 210 W 87th St Admission: $6.00     Marley, USA/UK 2012, 145 min. Director: Kevin McDonald For nearly half a century, Bob Marley – the musician, the revolutionary, the legend – has influenced various populations at a global level that remains unparalleled. Marley’s passing in May 1981 not... Read more »
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Chatham: Are Community Organizations Relevant Anymore

Chatham: Are Community Organizations Relevant Anymore
. My counterparts at the Sixth Ward Blog recently wrote a post http://thesixthward.blogspot.com/2012/11/direction-communication-cooperation.html but I felt that I needed to say something. The presence of community based organizations in the 6th ward made it a target during the last City of Chicago ward remapping. While Alderman Beale (9th) picked up several organizations, it may end... 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 »

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 »
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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 »