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Brian Hopkins

Is CPS Undercounting COVID-19 Cases In Schools? Alderpeople Demand Investigation As Allegations Spread

CPS officials denied any wrongdoing and defended their methodology, saying the discrepancy highlighted on Twitter will be cleared up.

Citywide

Carjacking, Robbery Victims In Wicker Park Area Say City Needs To Do More To Keep Them Safe — And In The Loop

Carjackings and robberies are up significantly in Wicker Park, Bucktown and West Town. "Whether it's the Mayor's Office, the prosecutor's office or the Police Department, I just wish they would work better together," one victim said.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

The Battle For Lincoln Yards: New Map Takes Megadevelopment From The Alderman Who Fought To Build It

Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) says adding Lincoln Yards to his ward would make the community more "contiguous." Hopkins called that "utter nonsense."

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

West Town Community Groups Say Proposed Latino Caucus Ward Map Carves Up The Neighborhood

As a battle between City Council’s Latino and Black caucuses heats up to decide political boundaries for the next decade, neighborhood leaders are pushing back against the Latino Caucus' proposal.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

As Lightfoot Bargains To Pass Budget, Black Caucus Wants Cash-For-Poor Pilot Money Spent To Combat Violence Instead

Meanwhile, progressives are pushing the city to invest $10 million in mental health clinics — and they've got the support of a slim City Council majority.

Citywide

In Wicker Park, Neighbors Fed Up With Recent Crime Gather For Safety Walk: ‘People Right Now Are Scared’

About 40 people attended Tuesday’s safety walk in Wicker Park, organized by the local alderperson and police district. The event follows several high-profile shootings in recent weeks.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Sterling Bay Breaks Ground On Lincoln Yards’ First Building, A Massive Life Sciences Center

Construction on the ALLY building marks the start of transforming the area into the controversial Lincoln Yards mega-development in Bucktown and Lincoln Park.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

As Carjackings Continue in Bucktown And Wicker Park, Police Promise To Do More — But Neighbors Differ On Path Forward

Bucktown, Wicker Park and West Town have seen a surge in carjackings in recent months. “Awareness is no longer a solution to the issue,” one resident said.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Controversial Plan To Build Apartment Tower On Near North Side Abruptly Pulled Before Key City Vote

Neighbors protested the plan, saying it was too close to their building and too tall.

Near North Side, River North

Lightfoot’s Plan To Ban Alcohol Sales After 10 PM ‘Dead On Arrival,’ Alderman Says

“You can’t kneecap a whole industry of mostly independent small businesses ... because of anecdotal concerns about quality of life,” one expert said.

Citywide

Developer Proposing Apartments Claims Part Of Lincoln Park Building Is Empty — But 3 Tenants Are There

"In the end, one fact remains indisputable, which is that the claim that there are no tenants on the second floor of the building ... is not truthful," one business owner said.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Second Church Of Christ Scientist’s Conversion To Apartments Gets Key Approval Despite Neighbor Opposition

The facade of the 120-year-old church at 2700 N. Pine Grove Ave. in Lincoln Park would be preserved as part of the project.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

East Side Activists Bring Fight Against General Iron To Mayor Lightfoot’s Block: ‘We Need To Breathe Just Like Everybody Else’

"We are a dumping ground, we are the garbage can of the city," one Southeast Side resident said. "They don’t care about us, they don’t want to keep us safe or breathe the same clear, privileged air they breathe.”

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Megadevelopment Would Bring 2,600 Apartments To Moody Bible Institute Campus

The Near North Side planned development near Walter Payton College Prep would include towers topping out at 55 stories.

Near North Side, River North

Infrastructure Projects Will Shut Down Some Ukrainian Village Roads In Upcoming Months

Work includes a water main replacement and improvements to People's Gas equipment.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

City Hasn’t Rolled Out Tree-Saving Water Main Technology Nearly A Year After Pilot Program Promised

Water main work has taken place during the pandemic but it hasn't been using "cured-in-place pipe" technology designed to save trees, city officials said.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

General Iron’s Potential Reopening A ‘Final Insult’ To Lincoln Park Neighbors, Alderman Says

Final inspections before General Iron's reopening should "happen within a matter of days," said Dr. Alison Arwady, head of Chicago's Department of Public Health.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

General Iron Seeks City Approval To Reopen As Activists Urge Shutdown To Continue Through COVID-19 Pandemic

It's not clear when the city inspections will take place or when the scrapper could reopen if given the green light.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Activists Push City To Close General Iron During Pandemic: City ‘Signaling It Will Not Stand In General Iron’s Way’

After a local alderman said General Iron's reopening is "highly probable," activists from Clean the North Branch renewed their calls for the city to shut down the Lincoln Park scrapyard.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

‘Highly Probable’ General Iron Will Fully Reopen Lincoln Park Site After Investigation, Alderman Says

Neighbors and activists are planning a Tuesday news conference to again urge city leaders to keep the scrapper closed.

Lincoln Park, Old Town
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