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Building On General Iron Owner’s Property Collapsed With Asbestos Inside — But The Company Didn’t Tell The City For Months

The asbestos doesn't pose an immediate health risk, officials said. The city will cite Reserve Management Group, which is suing to open a fifth scrapper on-site, for building and health code violations.

South Chicago, East Side

Southside Recycling Sues City Again To Open In East Side — Just Days After Federal Judge Rejected Similar Suit

The planned metal scrapper's new lawsuit, like its prior suit, seeks more than $100 million in damages and a permit allowing the facility to open on the Southeast Side.

South Chicago, East Side

New Police Program Helps People On Drugs Get Substance Use Treatment Instead Of Jail Time

The Narcotics Arrest Diversion program was launched at a West Side police district in 2018. Soon, it'll be citywide. "It has long been obvious that we cannot arrest and jail our way out of this."

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Teens Who Created Austin Harvest Aim To Make It A Year-Round Fresh Market

The teen-led Austin Harvest project has reopened its fresh markets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The youth want to make it available year-round.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Racism Is A Public Health Crisis, Mayor Lori Lightfoot Declares

The mayor's declaration follows a report that showed Black Chicagoans suffer massive health disparities rooted in historic inequities.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

After EPA Told Chicago To Halt South Side Metal Scrapper Permit, General Iron’s Owner Sues City For $100 Million

Southside Recycling is suing the city, alleging officials broke their agreement to help move General Iron’s operations to East Side.

South Chicago, East Side

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.

Citywide

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.

Citywide

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
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