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Neighbors Celebrate Closure Of General Iron, But Scrappers Now Unsure Where To Take Truckloads Of Metal

The morning after an explosion that forced the shutdown of the Lincoln Park metal recycling plant, scrap metal collectors showed up looking to unload.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

City Will Shut Down General Iron Following Monday Explosion, Alderman Says

A Monday morning explosion sent a plume of smoke into the air and hazardous material response teams to the controversial metal-shredding plant.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Neighbors Beg Mayor, City Council To Shut Down General Iron And Pilsen Scrapper During Pandemic

Ald. Michele Smith (43rd) said she was proud of her constituents for speaking up, but she wasn't sure how the mayor would act: "We've been calling for this place to be shut down and moved for a long time."

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Have Thoughts About Lincoln Yards Or The 78? City Seeking Volunteers For Advisory Council On Megadevelopments

The council will consist of neighborhood representatives, community leaders and others chosen by the mayor and Ald. Brian Hopkins.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Ald. Michele Smith Declares Victory In 43rd Ward Race

Smith led opponent Derek Lindblom by nearly 10 points Tuesday night.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Ald. Michele Smith Faces High-Stakes Runoff Tuesday With Derek Lindblom In Fight For 43rd Ward Seat

Both Smith and challenger Lindblom are well-financed, knowledgeable about the issues and poised to make the run-off election a tight one.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Lincoln Yards Protesters Feeling Weary, But They Have Not Given Up The Fight

"We are taking what would normally be a five-minute rubber-stamp session and we are turning it into a five-hour ordeal of shame," Hideout owner Tim Tuten said.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Ald. Michele Smith Forced Into Runoff Against Derek Lindblom In 43rd Ward

With 89 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday night, Smith had 38 percent of the vote and Lindblom had 28 percent.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

$900 Million TIF For Lincoln Yards Advances As Aldermen Blast Plan As ‘Ripoff,’ ‘Shell Game’

Lincoln Yards will do nothing to reduce economic or racial segregation in Chicago, Ald. Scott Waguespack said. “This will exacerbate the tale of two cities we are faced with."

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Hundreds Pack City Hall, Calling ‘Rushed’ Lincoln Yards Vote The New ‘Parking Meter Deal’

Editorials in the Sun-Times, Tribune and Crain's Chicago Business called on Ald. Hopkins to slow down the approval process – but it's moving ahead.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Candidates In 43rd Ward Unite, Accuse Ald. Smith’s Campaign Of Pushing Newcomers Off The Ballot: ‘It’s A Shame’

“I never understood exactly how rigged the system is against newcomers," one candidate said. "It’s a shame. It’s old-school ward politics.”

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Crowded 43rd Ward Race A Vital One As Lincoln Yards Looms Over Neighborhood

In the crowded 43rd ward race, Ald. Michele Smith looks to keep her job amid the massive Lincoln Yards development — and an exiting mayor.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

‘The River Belongs To Us’: Aldermen, Neighbors Unite In Push For More Green Space In Lincoln Yards

Sterling Bay initially considered the field of their proposed soccer stadium green space, which Ald. Hopkins called “unacceptable.”

Lincoln Park, Old Town
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