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Jason Ervin

Jason Ervin
Jason Ervin

West Side Health Centers, Shelters Push For City Law To Devote More Money For Homelessness Prevention

The Bring Chicago Home campaign wants a referendum in November that would ask residents if they'd supporting increasing the real estate tax for high-end properties to support more housing services.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Voters Should Decide On Chicago’s New Ward Map, Latino Caucus And Independent Group Say As They Join Forces To Push For Referendum

The head of the City Council Black Caucus fired back that the Latino Caucus map proposal would "reduce the gains the Black community has made in Chicago."

Citywide

Alderpeople Emerge From Ward Remap Negotiations Sunday Without A Compromise

The two sides emerged without a compromise, sniping that the other wasn’t open to negotiations. If they can't compromise, Chicagoans will vote on competing proposals in June.

Citywide

After Belmont Cragin Proposal Falls Through, Chicago Fire Eyes Near West Side For Training Center And Headquarters

The new proposed site for the Fire's sports center is on Chicago Housing Authority land that was once the site of the ABLA homes. The complex would include training fields and a youth academy.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

City Could Buy Closed West Side Aldi So It Can Be Turned Back Into A Grocery Store

West Garfield Park leaders are negotiating with Aldi to buy the Madison Street location so they can bring another grocer to the space. If that doesn't work, the city could intervene to help.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

City Council’s Black Caucus Offers To Give Up A Ward To Cut A Deal In Redrawn Map Battle

The Black Caucus members have resisted demands to reduce the number of Black-majority wards as the city's map is redrawn. Now, they propose trading one majority Black ward to add a majority Latino ward.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

City Council’s Black, Latino Caucuses Urged To Compromise As Fight Over New Ward Map Continues

The Latino population has grown in Chicago while the Black population has declined. Latino Caucus members say that means there should be more majority Latino wards — but that shouldn't come at the cost of Black representation, opponents say.

Citywide

Support Grows For A Majority Asian American Ward In Chicago, ‘Unifying The Voices Of The People’

Despite differences on the city's new ward map, leaders of both the Black and Latino caucuses have now came out in support of Chicago's first majority Asian American ward.

Bridgeport, Chinatown, McKinley Park

A Special Tax District Could Fund Safety, Beautification Projects To Help A Struggling West Side Corridor Recover

Most locals support the special service area in West Garfield Park and the tax that would come with it. But some were frustrated the service provider would be based outside the community.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Medical District Zoning Changes To Expand Development Get Committee Approval

The area could undergo a shift, from being primarily a medical district to becoming a "truly mixed-use neighborhood," a city official said.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

New West Side Roller Rink And Community Plaza Is A Place ‘We Can Rest, We Can Reset, We Can Move, We Can Groove’

The community plaza and roller rink is an investment to improve safety and bring commerce back to the Madison Street corridor, organizers said.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Long-Awaited Next Phase Of Roosevelt Square Development Gets City Council Approval

The next phase of the Roosevelt Square project contains three mid-rise buildings with 207 total units and the rehabilitation of an existing building that will be the home of a museum and 15 residential units. 

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Roosevelt Square Project On Track To Deliver Over 200 Residential Units On Near West Side After Plan Commission Approval

The residential units would include market-rate, affordable and units retained for Chicago Housing Authority residents.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Proposed Liquor Store In West Loop On Hold After Neighbors Express Concerns

Neighbors said they're concerned about how close the liquor store would be to a day care, among other things.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

A West Side Vacant Lot Will Soon Become A Roller Rink And Community Plaza

The roller rink will be built along a troubled street in an effort to use public investment and community engagement to deter crime and help revitalize the area.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Garfield Park Little League Field, Gardens And Field House Getting Overhaul After Council Approves Funding

The improvements to Garfield Park are welcomed by the community. But the park's advisory council said they were left out of the planning.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Garfield Park Getting Nearly $9 Million For Upgrades To Field House, Little League Stadium, Water Gardens

Renovations are long overdue, residents say, but an advisory council was left out of the planning process.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Roller Rink Plan Aims To Reclaim Area From Violent Crime, But Some Worry It’ll Put Kids In Harm’s Way

West Garfield Park residents can weigh in on the plan at a town hall Monday night.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Long-Awaited Next Phase Of Roosevelt Square Development Met With Mixed Response From Near West Side Neighbors

Related Midwest would rehab 184 apartments from a previously completed phase and build 222 apartments across four buildings.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Will Legal Weed Be Delayed? Black Aldermen Force A Vote Next Week Because All Dispensary Owners Are White

“This is a travesty,” said Ald. Jason Ervin, the chair of City Council Black Caucus. “If equity is to be one of our north stars, this is not it."

Downtown
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