Archive for May 2013

Alderman Fioretti to Speak At Next Meeting

Alderman Fioretti to Speak At Next Meeting
“I’m serving both” said Ald. Bob Fioretti when asked about managing the early implementation and transition to the 2012 Ward Remap.  With issues on zoning and infrastructure continuing to surface in Lincoln Park, the Sheffield Neighborhood Association has Ald. Fioretti slated to speak at their next meeting June 4th 2013. Ald. Scott Waguespack’s 32nd Ward... Read more »

Can Women Have It All?

Can Women Have It All?
To imagine another five words that might have raised more questions with such unsuspecting simplicity is a challenge.  It’s a confusing question: “Can women have it all?” Beyond the subjective interpretation of exactly what, “have it all” might mean to a particular person—the question also begs for an answer about “women” specifically. Are we to... Read more »

WALGREEN’S DESIGN, PARKING AND LOADING ZONE QUESTIONED BY SHEFFIELD NEIGHBORS

WALGREEN’S DESIGN, PARKING AND LOADING ZONE QUESTIONED BY SHEFFIELD NEIGHBORS
Sheffield community neighbors are raising questions to the Advisory Committee of the Armitage-Halstead Landmark District about parking provisions, loading zone requirements and design of the new Walgreens currently under construction at the corner of Armitage and Dayton. Over the years the Sheffield Neighborhood Association (SNA) has worked to promote preservation and keep renovation and new... Read more »
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Why Debate Torture Beyond Morality?

Why Debate Torture Beyond Morality?
Does America stand for anything?  If torture is criminal and immoral then why does it matter whether it works or not?   Does a collateral damage analysis change the depraved means of torture to justify the ends? If morality is the foundation of law—not expedience or convenience—then avoiding another attack on the United States cannot justify... Read more »

More Ward Remap Problems in Sheffield

More Ward Remap Problems in Sheffield
A zoning problem is festering with neighbors and Smashburger—a new tenant in a remapped sliver of Sheffield—which is now being schlepped off to 2nd Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti. Despite the fact that the city has issued the required building permits and Smashburger is nearing completion of their tenant improvement build-out, the neighbors whose parcels border... Read more »

Neoliberalism: Chicago's Disposable Youth

Neoliberalism: Chicago's Disposable Youth
      Imagine giving voice to those teachers, parents, principals, aldermen, state lawmakers and the larger public interest in their reports on school closures.  The audacity of well-respected former judges going beyond the narrow determination of whether CPS has complied with state law. Now, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and CPS Officials have... Read more »
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Neighborhood Improvement Funds Become Indirect Campaign War Chest

Neighborhood Improvement Funds Become Indirect Campaign War Chest
Brazenly, Chicagoan’s are seeing some incumbent politicians attempting to put their self interest ahead of voters on important decisions about zoning, permits, signage, traffic and the distribution of neighborhood improvement funds to the tune of $66 million. According to attorney Ted Wrobleski, who serves as First Vice President of the Sheffield Neighborhood Association (SNA), “the... Read more »

POLITICKING CONTRACEPTION

POLITICKING CONTRACEPTION
As a father of three, the most impetuous being my 15 year old daughter, Plan B emergency contraception offers me a modest sense of assurance that our lives will not be unexpectedly complicated by her youthful and probable sexual self exploration. Putting the moral politicking and naïve policy making aside, this dad will deal directly... Read more »