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Mauricio Peña

Pilsen, Little Village and West Loop reporter

mauricio@blockclubchi.org

Developer Wants To Scrap Office Building To Build Apartments After City Lifts Housing Ban In Part Of Fulton Market

Instead of an 11-story office building, LG Development wants to build a 20-story apartment building on Lake Street, a zoning application shows.

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City Council Lifts Residential Ban In Fulton Market, Opening Door To West Loop Housing Boom

Long off limits for residential projects, the approval now means new developments are allowed within the Kinzie Corridor Overlay District, bounded by Ogden Avenue, Carroll Avenue, Hubbard Street, Halsted and Wayman streets.

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City Council Approves $5 Million Sale Of Washburne School Site To St. Anthony Hospital

The Little Village site will become home to a hospital, a trade school, affordable housing, restaurants, retail and more.

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Free Pet Food, Toys Available At Pop-Up Friday In Pilsen

The pet food pantry is from 10 a.m.-noon Friday at Chicago Animal Care and Control, 2741 S. Western Avenue.

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Developer Unveils 7-Story Office Building In West Loop, The Latest Plan For The Booming Area

Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. (27th) said the neighborhood was “blessed” developers' interest hasn’t tempered during the pandemic.

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19-Story West Loop Condo Tower, 12-Story Near West Side Apartment Building Get Key City Approval

The 19-story condo building is planned across from Mary Bartelme Park and the 12-story apartment building is planned near Union Park.

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Little Village Neighbors Call For Police Reform, Investment In La Villita Kids During Adam Toledo Peace Walk: ‘Adam Didn’t Have A Chance’

About 1,000 people marched and called for justice for Adam Toledo, 13, and Lydia Jimenez, 17. They want the city to invest more in communities like Little Village so they can save and heal young people.

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Adam Toledo Shooting In Chicago: Here’s What You Need To Know And What Will Happen Next

Officials are urging a police oversight agency to quickly investigate the fatal shooting. The agency will make recommendations about what should happen to the officer who shot Toledo.

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Downtown Businesses Board Up, Expecting Unrest After Adam Toledo Video Released

“All is calm for now but you never know. Plus, we’ll see what happens next week in Minnesota. I’m just as worried about that,” one officer said.

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Video Appears To Show Adam Toledo Wasn’t Holding Gun When He Was Shot By Cop, Refuting Claim Of Prosecutor, Cop’s Lawyer

The Cook County State's Attorney's Office backtracked on a previous claim 13-year-old Toledo was holding a gun when he was fatally shot by a police officer.

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‘I Saw A Child With His Hands Up’: Chicago Reacts To Video Of Police Shooting 13-Year-Old Adam Toledo

Footage of the March 29 shooting shows the seventh-grader with his hands raised before an officer fatally shot him.

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Video Shows Chicago Police Shooting 13-Year-Old Adam Toledo As He Raised His Hands (NO VIDEO IN STORY)

Immediately after commanding Toledo to show his hands, the officer shot the boy at close distance. Toledo’s hands were raised when he was shot, the footage shows.

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Adam Toledo Video Shows Chicago Police Shooting 13-Year-Old As He Raised His Hands (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

Immediately after commanding Toledo to show his hands, the officer shot the boy at close distance. Toledo’s hands were raised when he was shot, the footage shows.

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Video Of Police Shooting 13-Year-Old Adam Toledo To Be Released Thursday

The city has prepared for potential unrest in the wake of the video’s release, though memorials and protests in Toledo's honor have been peaceful.

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After More Than 20 Years Of Work, Community Farm Coming To La Villita Park Next Year: ‘It’s A Dream Come True’

The farm, which once was the site of a roofing manufacturer, will have a worker-owned cooperative portion, a community fruit orchard and bilingual Spanish-English urban agriculture training.

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After Viewing ‘Heartbreaking’ Video Of Police Shooting 13-Year-Old, Adam Toledo’s Family Asks City To Delay Public Release Of Footage, Agency Says

The slain seventh-grader's family viewed body camera video of his death Tuesday and reportedly asked a police oversight agency to delay releasing the footage to the public. It will be made public eventually.

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A Drive-In Movie Theater Saved Pilsen’s ChiTown Futbol During The Pandemic — And It’s Sticking Around Even As Soccer Facility Reopens

Since opening last year, nearly 30,000 tickets have been sold for public and private events at Pilsen drive-in ChiTown Futbol, the owner said. Former scorekeepers and referees were able to stay employed by directing traffic and delivering food to cars.

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A Year After Botched Hilco Implosion, Little Village Neighbors Demand Protections For South And West Side Neighborhoods: ‘We Just Want To Breathe’

On the one-year anniversary of the Hilco smokestack implosion Sunday, activists and community members gathered to look back at the botched implosion and amplify the need for environmental justice against polluting industries.

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Adam Toledo, Holding A Gun, Was Told To ‘Drop It’ Before Cop Fatally Shot 13-Year-Old, Prosecutors Allege

It remains unknown whether Toledo pointed or shot the gun before he was killed in Little Village on March 29. Video of the high-profile shooting could be released next week. The man allegedly with Toledo that night was charged with three felonies Saturday.

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Adam Toledo’s Family Slated To Watch Video Of Cop Fatally Shooting 13-Year-Old Next Week, Lawyers Say

City officials say they will publicly release the police camera footage of the March 29 shooting, but not before Toledo's relatives have had a chance to see it.

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