What started as a probe into the nonprofit organization that has managed Cook County Health’s (CCH) medical research grants for decades has ended with the county severing ties with the organization.
Area residents opposing Digital Realty’s proposed data center at 321 W. 21st St. in the South Loop community want to know when this project will become an agenda item for Chicago Department of Planning and Development and the City Council.
Ed Bachrach of the Center for Pension Integrity (CPI), who is leading a movement to get the City of Chicago to operate under a city charter or constitution, also is part of a group taking on an additional challenge: pension reform in the City of Chicago.
Members of the family of Pilsen resident Salvador “Sal” Herrera have dedicated themselves to finding the people responsible after he was shot to death in the Near West Side community on Oct. 15, about a mile from his home.
An iconic Bridgeport movie house of the past has a new, reimagined life.
Pete Falknor, director of operations for the now re-opened Ramova Theater at 3520 S. Halsted St., summed up the historic building’s resurgence, saying, “We took a property that was probably slated to be torn down and turned it into a place that already has attracted thousands of people.”
The annual Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle and related events are scheduled for Friday, March 22, through Sunday, March 24.
A recent memorial Mass to celebrate the life and accomplishments of the Rev. George A. Lane, S.J., who in the 1990s helped save from demolition and restored to service Chicago’s second oldest Catholic church, known at the time as Holy Family Church, brought together hundreds of former parishioners, friends, family members, and preservationists in the Church of the Holy Family. The structure was founded by the Rev. Arnold Damen, S.J., in 1857.
In the 41 years of Gazette Chicago’s existence, Chicago has seen five mayors before current Mayor Brandon Johnson: Harold Washington, Eugene Sawyer, Richard M. Daley, Rahm Emanuel, and Lori Lightfoot. Two academics with a University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) connection, Dick Simpson and Betty O’Shaughnessy, have edited a new book that analyzes these five’s impact on the city: Chicago’s Modern Mayors.
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In an era when transatlantic travel was still dangerous, Italy caused a sensation by announcing its participation in the upcoming 1933 Chicago Century of Progress World’s Fair would include an unprecedented formation flight from Rome to Chicago led by renowned aviator Italo Balbo. A new book, Italo Balbo’s Flight to the 1933 Chicago World’s Fai rby Don Fiore has been published by Arcadia Publishing. To obtain the book, log on to www.arcadiapublishing.com.
Community activist Ann Caruso, a former member of the Armour Square Park Advisory Council, continues to work for improvements to the park located at 3309 S. Shields Ave in the Armour Square/Bridgeport community.
The City’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) recently issued what it refers to as a directed listing to purchase and redevelop the old Stockyards Bank Building at 4150 S. Halsted St. as well as a parcel of land at 821 W. Exchange Ave. offered to support use of the bank building.
Patrick, “Pat” Butler, a Gazette Chicago reporter and lifelong Chicagoan who was one of the deans of Chicago journalism, passed away on December 14 at age 83.
Sandra “Sandy” Testore (nee Mruk), longtime manager of the Foot Clinic at 1226 W. Taylor St., passed away on Dec. 15, 2023, at age 81 at home with her son, David, at her side.
Louis J. “Louie” Phillips Sr., a long-time resident of the Chinatown and Bridgeport communities, died on Jan. 5. He was 68 years old.