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Federal Judge Rules Against Southeast Siders, Won’t Force City To Deny Metal Scrapper’s Permit

Residents sued to try to block General Iron's owner from setting up shop in East Side as Southside Recycling, but the federal court ruling effectively ends the legal battle.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

The City Won’t Say When It Will Make A Decision On Controversial Southeast Side Metal Scrapper’s Permit

It's a high-stakes decision, as Southeast Side residents and environmental activists have repeatedly called on the city to deny Southside Recycling its final permit.

South Chicago, East Side

City Defends Oversight Of Vaccine Distribution Process Despite Scandals At Loretto, Innovative Express Care

Despite multiple issues with providers vaccinating ineligible people, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the city has done a good job at overseeing the vaccination rollout.


City Delays Decision On Permit For Controversial Southeast Side Metal Scrapper

Southside Recycling twice has applied for a permit to open at 11600 S. Burley Ave. City officials now say they want to assess the environmental effects of the proposed facility and four others already operating at the same site.

South Chicago, East Side

Judge Could Temporarily Block Southeast Side Metal Scrapper As Soon As Next Month

The lawsuit filed by Southeast Side residents accuses city officials of "environmental racism" when they issued Southside Recycling the first permit to open in East Side.

South Chicago, East Side

Month-Long Hunger Strike To Stop Southeast Side Metal Scrapper Ends Near Lightfoot’s Home — But The Fight Continues

Strikers were joined by more than 100 supporters as they gathered near Mayor Lori Lightfoot's home and marched to pressure the city to deny Southside Recycling's bid to open in East Side.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

With Limited Internet Access, Elderly Chicagoans Struggle To Get Vaccinated — Even With ‘A Village’ Of Relatives Helping Them

Liz King, who lives in South Carolina, said her multi-state struggle to find a vaccination appointment for her elderly loved one left her concerned older Chicagoans are being "discounted, ignored and set aside in the whole vaccination shuffle."

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

City’s Push To Permit Scrapper In Over-Polluted Southeast Side Is ‘Disgusting,’ Activists Say — And Now They’re On A Hunger Strike To Stop It

Oscar Sanchez, Breanna Bertacchi and Chuck Stark say they will go without food "for the long haul" to block Southside Recycling from opening in the 10th Ward, which is already overburdened with pollution from various industries.

South Chicago, East Side

People In Jails, Prisons Will Be Vaccinated In Next Phase, State Confirms After Advocates’ Push

Dozens of groups demanded the state act more quickly to protect prisoners and detainees, who now are in line to be vaccinated in the second round of immunizations. The policy change is "a major victory," an advocate said.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

In Backing CPS Reopening, Health Department Studied COVID-19 In Catholic Schools — Which Presents Problems, Critics Say

A study by the city's health department monitoring coronavirus spread in the Catholic School system shows in-person learning is relatively safe, city officials said. But some educators say the study is flawed.


City Rejects ‘Incomplete’ Proposal For General Iron Owner To Operate In East Side; Metal Scrapper Must Reapply

RMG, General Iron's parent company, must refile its application to open a recycler at 116th Street and Burley Avenue after the city found numerous portions didn't meet local health requirements.

South Chicago, East Side

Southeast Siders Tell General Iron’s Owner, City: We Don’t Want Your Metal Scrapper Here

More than 300 people signed up to speak, but only a few dozen were allowed to give input during the two-hour meeting. People can weigh in on the plan to open Southside Recycling through Jan. 14.

South Chicago, East Side

Coronavirus Outbreak At West Side Shelter Reveals Risks To People Who Are Homeless

"Until we are able to find a viable housing solution, it will be very hard to come up with any public health solutions," said Richard Ducatenzeiler, executive director of Franciscan Outreach.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

General Iron’s Owner Applies For Final Permit Needed To Bring The Metal Scrapper’s Operation To East Side

News of the permit application comes one week after federal officials asked the city to withhold the final permit until an investigation into a civil rights complaint — triggered by General Iron's exit from Lincoln Park — is complete.

South Chicago, East Side

After Breaking Promise To Neighbors, City Says It ‘Missed Opportunity’ To Tell Southeast Siders About General Iron Owner’s Permit

After failing on an earlier promise to increase transparency as RMG plans to leave Lincoln Park and open a metal scrapper on the East Side, health officials made a similar pledge Monday.

South Chicago, East Side

City Officials Quietly Approve East Side Permit For General Iron Owner — Breaking Promise To Alert Public

RMG, General Iron's owner, received the first of two permits it will need to move its metal recycling equipment and most current employees and begin operating on the Southeast Side as "Southside Recycling."

South Chicago, East Side

Uptown’s Jakes Pup In The Ruf, One Of Chicago’s Oldest Hot Dog Joints, Closed By City For Health Violations

City health inspectors found "15 live roaches" in the restaurant, records show.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

City Unveils Environmental ‘Reform Agenda’ As East Side Neighbors Continue To Fight General Iron’s Plans

Though General Iron's corporate owner received state permits last month to move the scrapper to 11600 S. Burley Ave., the city is still awaiting applications for two local permits the company needs to finalize the move.

South Chicago, East Side

Town Hall On General Iron’s Planned East Side Move To Be Held Saturday

You can learn about the city's permitting process for the metal scrapper's plans and provide feedback at a virtual forum Saturday.

South Chicago, East Side

Lightfoot Won’t Commit To Keeping General Iron Closed Through Pandemic

General Iron is shut down indefinitely after an explosion in May, the mayor said. But she did not say if she would require the scrapper to remain closed once an investigation is finished.

Lincoln Park, Old Town
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