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Crawford Coal Plant
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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.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

After Pressure From Residents, Hilco Warehouse Traffic Will Not Be Allowed To Drive Through Residential Streets, Alderman Says

As part of changes to the Plan Development, diesel trucks going to and from the site will not be allowed to travel through residential portions of the neighborhood, Ald. Michael Rodriguez said.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

City Officials Will Offer Updates On Controversial Hilco Site During Community Meeting Thursday

The Department of Buildings, Department of Water Management and Chicago Department of Public Health will discuss activities at the former Crawford Coal Plant starting 6 p.m.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Hilco Agrees To Pay $370,000 After State Sues Over Smokestack Fiasco

Hilco must pay $370,000 to a Little Village wellness organization working to address asthma in the area and continue dust mitigation efforts for the remainder of the site's demolition.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Little Village Activists Slam Developer Hilco In New Billboard 6 Months After Dust Disaster

Activists are concerned the Target warehouse being developed at the old Crawford Coal Plant will bring more polluting diesel trucks to an area already inundated by truck traffic from nearby industry.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

City Council Approves Plan To Scrap Tax Breaks For ‘Bad Actor’ Developers — But It Won’t Apply To Hilco

The ordinance gives the city a way to penalize companies that violate rules and development agreements. But it will not apply retroactively to Hilco, responsible for the demolition that covered Little Village in dust.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Ordinance Creating Process To Revoke Tax Incentives From ‘Bad Actor’ Developers Moves Forward

It’s unclear if the measure would allow the city to claw back incentives already awarded to firms like Hilco, the developer who oversaw the demolition that covered Little Village in dust.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Lightfoot Defends City’s Actions On Little Village Smokestack Demolition: ‘I Don’t Believe We Were Negligent’

During a virtual town hall as part of a “Lens on Lightfoot” event, the mayor maintains the developer is at fault but vows such an incident won’t happen again.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Ordinance Creating Process To Revoke Property Tax Incentives From ‘Bad Actors’ Set To Advance

The ordinance was born after a demolition at the old Crawford coal plant — a site owned by developer Hilco — sent dust across Little Village.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

3 Months After Little Village Dust Disaster, Hilco Implosion Terrifies New Jersey Neighbors: ‘What They Did Was Unconscionably Wrong’

A loud blast sent a massive dust cloud across a New Jersey neighborhood. This time it happened with no notice, panicking neighbors who feared a terrorist attack in nearby New York City.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Hilco Starts Final Phase Of Crawford Coal Plant Demolition Despite Outrage From Neighbors

All demolition work is expected to be completed by September, clearing the way for a 1-million-square-foot logistics facility for Target.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Hilco Outlines Final Demolition Plans For Crawford Coal Plant Site, But Residents Want Developer Gone

Little Village residents and activists criticized the developer for its “aggressive timeline” and wondered why the project is continuing while coronavirus is still a concern.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Hilco To Start Building Target Warehouse Friday Despite Plans By Mayor To Rescind Construction Permit

The development company plans to host a virtual community meeting to talk about the demolition of the remaining seven-story structure at the old Crawford coal plant site.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

More Demolition Work Planned At Old Crawford Coal Plant As City Says Another Building Poses ‘Imminent Danger’

The latest demolition work comes after Hilco contractor Heneghan Wrecking completed demolition of the turbine building last week, which the city also called an imminent threat.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

After Little Village Coated In Dust Cloud, City Pitches New Ordinance To Avoid Future Demolition Disasters

As part of the ordinance, set to be introduced Wednesday, the city will require implosion applicants to notify residents within 1,000 feet, post a large sign and hold public meetings.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

As Little Village Demolition Restarts, Dust Seen Billowing At Hilco Site In New Video

After a dust cloud descended on Little Village, city officials said a few bricks would be removed at a time when demolition resumed. But new video shows large parts of the building being torn out.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

After Dust Disaster, Hilco Will Restart Demolition At Little Village Site Next Week

Mayor Lori Lightfoot indefinitely stopped work at the site after an April 11 implosion covered Little Village homes in a cloud of dust.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Little Village Neighbors Push Back On City’s Plan To Allow More Demolition At Hilco Site: ‘There Is No Trust Here’

A structurally unsound turbine building is dangerous and needs to come down, Department of Buildings Commissioner Judith Frydland said.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Email Strings Show City Officials Warned of Health Risks Before Little Village Demolition Fiasco

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration has blown deadlines to disclose internal communications, violating state public records laws. City Hall’s decision-making process prior to the implosion remains shrouded.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

City Changes Story On Hilco Building Permit In Little Village, Saying It Was A Mistake

After it was revealed the city issued the building permit despite a stop work order, the city first said their hands were tied. Then they changed their story.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop
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