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Mauricio Peña

Pilsen, Little Village and West Loop reporter

mauricio@blockclubchi.org

After Hilco Dust Disaster, City Moves To Increase Fines For Polluters

For an “egregious violation,” the fine could go up to $50,000.

Cook County Set To Demolish 2 Buildings At Jail Campus In Little Village This Spring

Air quality monitoring data will be available to neighbors during the demolition work.

Vic Mensa Launches Fundraiser After Nonprofit Robbed Of Supplies For Families In Need: ‘It’s Heartbreaking’

“It’s unfortunate when the community has to pay the price for people's personal greed,” Mensa said.

Lagunitas Taproom Will Likely Stay Closed All Of 2021, Brewery Says

After closing in mid-March, the Douglas Park brewery is waiting to reopen until the coronavirus pandemic subsides, a company spokesperson said.

Man, 27, Seriously Wounded In Little Village Shooting

A man was at a gas station in the 2800 block of South Pulaski Road when a car pulled up and someone inside starting shooting, police said.

Little Village Family Doctor Looks To Expand Clinic, Open Pharmacy At Former Birdie Pak Shop

The clinic would include more than a dozen examination rooms, procedure rooms, waiting rooms, doctors' offices and a pharmacy.

Artist Czr Prz’s Ava Grey Studio Opening Studio In Pilsen: ‘This Is Huge For Us’

The 1,500-square-foot plan will bring an art gallery and a creative workspace to the corner of 19th and Wood streets.

Plans For A Little Village Medical Service Center To Be Unveiled At Community Meetings Tuesday

Oakbrook-based NAS Corporation looks to "build a second-story addition to the existing building and establish medical services" at 3925 W. 31st St., according to paperwork filed with the city.

Esperanza Health Centers Opens Drive-Thru Coronavirus Testing Site In Marquette Park

The federally qualified center is conducting tests by appointment six days a week from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the corner of Marquette Road and California Avenue.

Chicago’s Essential Workers Are Getting Sick. Employers And The City Aren’t Doing Enough To Protect Them, Advocates Say

As the pandemic continues to ravage Latino neighborhoods, local leaders are imploring the city to expand testing hours and give families cash so they can afford to stay home.

Following Botched Hilco Demolition, City Seeking Public Input On Rule Changes For Imploding Buildings

The changes were introduced two months after the implosion of the old Crawford Coal plant smokestack covered Little Village in a cloud of dust. The last day to provide feedback is Feb. 18.

Are You An Out-Of-Work Restaurant Or Bar Worker? Southern Smoke’s $4 Million Relief Fund Can Help

Despite launching in August, Southern Smoke Foundation leaders say they still have $3.6 million to help restaurant and bar industry workers in Cook County.

Little Village Coronavirus Testing Site Moved To Douglass Park

The city ended testing at Saucedo Scholastic Academy on Wednesday.

2 Wounded In Pilsen Shootings Over New Year’s Weekend

Most recently, a man was shot and seriously wounded Saturday in the 1700 block of South Paulina Street.

West Loop Bar And Liquor Store 1340 Beer Wine Spirits Permanently Closing Thursday

The liquor shop and bar will close 9 p.m. Wednesday, owners announced in an emailed newsletter.

As Chicagoans Continue To Face Hunger In Pandemic, New Little Village Food Pantry Aims To Help: ‘The Need Is Massive’

With the help of partners and donors, New Life Centers bought the building on the corner of Lawndale Avenue and 27th Street to make way for a food pantry. It will be named El Mercado.

Developer Aims To Convert Vacant Lot To Commercial Building In East Pilsen

The project would include 176 parking spaces, according to paperwork filed with the city.

Chicago Is Experiencing The Biggest Hunger Crisis In Decades Because Of Coronavirus — And The Recovery Could Take Years

Hundreds of people lined up for a Christmas meal Tuesday in Little Village, one of the neighborhoods hardest hit by coronavirus. Local food pantries are their lifeline: "It's a big help."

Little Village Kids Can Get Free Gifts Tuesday

An alderman and neighborhood groups will give away toys 3-5 p.m. Tuesday at 2701 S. Lawndale Ave.

Little Village Bar Debuts Outdoor ‘Block Party’ Pods, Part Of City-Backed Effort To Continue Outdoor Dining

The cube-shaped pods at Osito's Tap were one of the winning designs from a citywide competition that asked people to come up with ways restaurants and bars could continue to serve people outdoors.

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