On Aug. 7, school officials, parents, students and community members gathered on the grounds of St. Catherine-St. Lucy School for a ribbon-cutting ceremony held to celebrate the installation of a small park on the school's playground.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot proposed last month an end to the city's punitive practice of suspending driver's licenses over unpaid parking tickets and said she would support legislation to change state law, moves that are likely to bring relief to tens of thousands of mostly black, low-income motorists and lead to a reduction in bankruptcy filings here.
During a housing affordability workshop held July 23 at 345 Art Gallery, 345 N. Kedzie Ave., officials with the Metropolitan Planning Council brainstormed with East Garfield Park residents about ways to manage the gentrification happening in the West Side community.
A developer is looking to refurbish the former U.S. Bank building at 6700 W. North Ave. and its surrounding parking lots. The development would include 126 upscale apartment units and possibly space for a new branch library and childcare center.
In May, officials with Loretto Hospital, 645 S. Central Ave., announced that were laying off an unspecified number of employees and consolidating services at the nearly century-old safety net institution.
On June 6, the Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Council — a body made up of city transportation officials, regular cyclists, community activists and representatives of cycling-related community organizations throughout the city — met on the 11th floor of City Hall to discuss some of the major biking-related issues on the West Side.
While maternal mortality rates decline across other developed nations, the maternal mortality rate in the United States continues to rise — despite outpacing all other countries on health care spending per person.