Little Village Group Blasts City After Official Avoids Punishment For Botched Implosion: ‘We Demand An Apology’
Organizers and the alderperson also said the city needs to be more transparent about its mistakes by releasing the full inspector general report. “Good government should be about transparency and accountability."
Pilsen Environmental Group Calls On City To Deny New Permit For Sims Metal Shredder
Sims Metal Management was sued by the Illinois Attorney General’s office this fall for allegedly breaking air pollution laws. It's located less than a mile from three schools.
Back Of The Yards Group Gets $1.5 Million Grant To Boost Ashland Business Corridor
The money will support an effort to bring commercial projects, affordable housing and community spaces to 46th and Ashland.
Instead Of Getting Fired, City Official In Botched Implosion That Covered Little Village In Dust Gets Written Reprimand
The city's watchdog wanted the Department of Public Health official punished or fired because the official knew in advance the problems the implosion could cause, according to a report.
Amazon Workers Get Some Concessions Since December Walkouts — But No Word On Raises
The starting wage for workers at the Gage Park and Cicero delivery stations is nearly $3 less than what employees get at other area warehouses, an organizer said.
Pilsen Bar Manager Threatened With Knife After Turning Away Man For Not Having Proof Of Vaccination
The bar is asking for help identifying people who tried to steal beer and broke the bar's door after the manager refused entry to a man in the group without a vaccination card.
Weekly COVID-19 Tests, Vaccine Clinic Coming To Back Of The Yards Neighborhood Council
Testing is available at the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council Tuesdays and Fridays. The neighborhood group will also vaccinate people Saturday.
After Initially Canceling All Classes This Week, Little Village’s Spry Elementary Decides To Reopen With Some Kids Remote Learning
The reversal was announced Tuesday after CPS and the teachers union reached a deal to resume in-person learning across the district.
Little Village’s Spry Elementary Cancels Classes All Week As Teacher Says Nearly All Of School Is Quarantined
Officials said the school is closed because of “expected staffing levels." One teacher said 15 of the school's 18 classrooms are in quarantine.
Popular ’90s Pilsen Photographs Now In Permanent Collection At Harold Washington Library
Akito Tsuda's photos were in storage for decades before he began posting them on social media. Now, they’re part of a permanent collection open to public viewing.
City Acquired Pilsen’s Largest Vacant Site Through Settlement With Developer, Alderman Says
Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th), whose ward covers the site, said a debate over the lot was settled when the city got the spot for $12 million.
Student-Run Coffee Shop Inside Pilsen Church Gives Young People ‘Hands-On’ Business Experience
Holy Grounds Coffee Shop, inside Pilsen’s St. Paul Catholic Church, is run and staffed by students and graduates of the nearby Cristo Rey Jesuit High School.
CPS Extends At-Home COVID-19 Test Deadline After Drop-off Locations Overflowed With Boxes
CPS sent around 150,000 at-home tests so students could get tested before school starts Jan 3. With drop-off boxes overwhelmed, CPS new deadline to return the tests is 5 p.m. Thursday.
Gage Park School Needs Donations To Teach Kindergarteners How To Ride Bikes
Horizon Science Academy Southwest Chicago is trying to bring in a program so students can learn how to ride a bike.
A Tribute To Vicente Fernández: Little Village Honors Beloved Ranchera Musician With Free Mariachi Concert
Little Village residents listened to the mariachi band play classics from Fernandez such as "Volver, Volver" and more.
After Food Truck Fire, Owner Of Pilsen’s Taco Sublime Works To Rebuild — And Find A Permanent Location
Taco Sublime owner Khaled Simon started a GoFundMe to repair his taco truck and work toward opening a brick-and-mortar operation.
Alderman Dubbed A ‘Jacka–’ By Mayor Says Lightfoot’s Texts Are ‘Inappropriate’
Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez said it's “unacceptable” for elected officials to use names and dismiss constituents.
People’s Music School Offers Free Music Classes In Back Of The Yards, Giving Students Access To The Arts
The People’s Music School works in Uptown, Back of the Yards, Albany Park and Bronzeville to provide kids access to a quality music education who otherwise might not be able to afford it.
After Recent Murders, Pilsen Residents Split On Strategy To Address Violence
At a meeting hosted by Ald. Bryon Sigcho-Lopez Monday, some residents said they wanted more police patrols in the area, while others said they want more investment in social programs to keep youth out of gangs.
Even With 2 Broken Ribs, Pilsen Woman Brings Back Elaborate Christmas Display As A Gift To Her Community
“It keeps me going when I see people coming and taking pictures,” said Isabel Hernandez of her festive lights. “All the pain and work, it’s worth it.”