- Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale
- Englewood, Chatham
- Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore
- Lakeview, Boystown, Wrigleyville
- Lincoln Park, Old Town
- Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park
- Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale
- Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop
- Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park
- Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town
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.
‘Clean Air’ Ordinance Rejected By Environmental Groups Gets City Council Approval
The ordinance sets up a more involved review process for industrial companies wanting to open in the city. No environmental groups supported it, saying it "falls far short of what our communities deserve."
‘Weakened’ Clear Air Ordinance For Heavy Polluters Moves Forward — With No Support From Environmental Groups
The proposal expands the city's role in approving permits to open industrial businesses with minimal community input. "We’re really relying on agencies that have failed ... to be the backstop to industrial polluters coming into more neighborhoods."
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.
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.
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.
Feds Suspend Investigation Into Approval Of Southeast Side Metal Scrapper’s Permit
The U.S. EPA's investigation is on pause after federal and state environmental regulators began "informal resolution agreement discussions" last month.
Nearing Their 4th Week Of A Hunger Strike, Activists Take Fight Against Southeast Side Scrapper To City Hall
Breanna Bertacchi, Chuck Stark and Oscar Sanchez will complete their 21st day without food Wednesday, as Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th) joined the hunger strike and former Gov. Pat Quinn lent his support.
City Says Federal Probe Into East Side Metal Scrapper Permit Has Its ‘Full Support’ Despite Rejecting Prior Discrimination Investigation
City officials have downplayed a civil rights complaint filed by Southeast Siders and rebuffed requests from a federal department to delay Southside Recycling's permit review. Now city lawyers are telling the feds following civil rights laws "is of great importance."
Feds Asked To Test Air Pollution At Site Of Planned Southeast Side Metal Scrapper
Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth and Reps. Robin Kelly and Jesús "Chuy" García want the feds to test the two recycling facilities operating where Southside Recycling is trying to open.
Aldermen, Students Fast For A Day In Solidarity With Southeast Side Hunger Strikers Trying To Block Metal Scrapper
More than 75 educators joined the one-day fast to block Southside Recycling from opening, too. The initial hunger strikers completed their 12th day without food Monday.
Hunger Strike To Stop East Side Scrapper Grows As More Activists Urge State, City Leaders To ‘Do Right By … Our Community’
The hunger strikers are supported by several politicians, including Ald. Jeanette Taylor, who participated in a successful hunger strike to reopen Dyett High School, and U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush.
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.
Feds Investigating State EPA For Approving Permit For Southeast Side Scrapper Planned By General Iron Owner
The Illinois EPA approved plans for Southside Recycling despite community outrage, saying the agency couldn't consider feedback or General Iron's past violations during its review.
General Iron Officially Closes Lincoln Park Facility As Company Owner Works To Set Up Shop In East Side
Reserve Management Group plans to move essential equipment and most existing employees to establish Southside Recycling in East Side this year, but the company is facing setbacks to obtain an operating permit.
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.
East Side Activists Bring Fight Against General Iron To Mayor Lightfoot’s Block: ‘We Need To Breathe Just Like Everybody Else’
"We are a dumping ground, we are the garbage can of the city," one Southeast Side resident said. "They don’t care about us, they don’t want to keep us safe or breathe the same clear, privileged air they breathe.”