45th Ward Update

45th Ward Update

http://ward45.org/mar-24-2017-update/

Grab your grass skirts, Hawaiian shirts, and leis for St. Edward School’s annual Big Red Auction this weekend.

This year’s theme is Lei’d Back Luau. There will be plenty of dancing and mingling with great company. Attendees will have opportunities to win great prizes during a live and silent auction.

The event will take place on Saturday, March 25, from 6:30 PM to midnight in Buckley Hall, 4447 N. Lowell.

More information is available online.

John Ronan Announced as Architect for New Independence Library

On Sunday, March 19, John Ronan Architects was unveiled as the …

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Metra to construct $1.2 million Improvements at Grayland Station

Metra to construct $1.2 million Improvements at Grayland Station

https://metrarail.com/about-metra/newsroom/metra-construct-12-million-parking-lot-grayland-station

Metra today announced plans to construct a commuter parking lot at the Grayland Station on the Milwaukee North Line.

The project will add a 68-space parking lot on the east side of Kilbourn Avenue, between Milwaukee and Patterson avenues in Chicago. The Grayland Station, where more than 300 commuters board every weekday, currently has eight parking spaces.

“We understand that our commitment to providing excellent service is not confined to our trains,” said Metra CEO/Executive Director Don Orseno. “This parking lot will improve the experience for our …

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Work to Begin on Jefferson Park Master Plan

Work to Begin on Jefferson Park Master Plan

Big news in the effort to revitalize Jefferson Park! The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) has awarded a contract to Teska Associates to develop a master plan to enhance the area surrounding the Jefferson Park Transit Center.

I first announced the effort to craft a master plan in the fall of 2015, when I secured funding from the RTA to cover 80% – or $125,000 – of the costs of the analysis. The remaining costs for the master plan will be covered using funds from the Jefferson Park Tax Increment Financing …

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NW Side Mixed-Income Apartments Offer Hope For Disabled Neighbors

NW Side Mixed-Income Apartments Offer Hope For Disabled Neighbors

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170320/jefferson-park/jefferson-park-mixed-income-apartments-disabled-veterans-full-cirle

Northwest Side Mixed-Income Apartments Offer Hope For Disabled Neighbors

Alex Nitkin · DNAinfo Reporter

 

JEFFERSON PARK — Sandy Kleinhans is out of options.

Last year, a health scare abruptly ended Kleinhans’ 36-year career as a bank teller and publishing assistant. Her doctor urged her long ago to go on disability leave, warning that a full-time job was a serious risk for someone whose condition makes showering and dressing a two-hour process every morning.

Born with a rare joint disorder that severely limits her movement, Kleinhans now spends most of her time …

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$36 million in improvements for 45th Ward schools

$36 million in improvements for 45th Ward schools

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170117/jefferson-park/prussing-annex-st-cornelius-pre-k-farnsworth-schurz-turf-field-hitch

Prussing Annex, New Pre-K Center Announced To Ease Crowded NW Side Schools

Alex Nitkin · DNAinfo Reporter

 

CHICAGO — A six-classroom annex at Prussing Elementary School, 4650 N. Menard Ave., and a new pre-kindergarten center are among a suite of improvements designed to ease overcrowding at Northwest Side Schools by summer 2018, Ald. John Arena (45th) announced Monday.

The alderman crystallized plans that district officials had teased in December, when they announced they’d dedicate more than $50 million toward area school improvements and additions in 2017.

Of that sum, about $4.3 million will pay for …

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Alderman Arena and CDOT Commit to Fixing Intersection

Alderman Arena and CDOT Commit to Fixing Intersection

http://chi.streetsblog.org/2016/11/16/after-noah-katzs-death-ald-arena-and-cdot-commit-to-fixing-intersection/

 

After Noah Katz’s Death, Ald. Arena and CDOT Commit to Fixing Intersection

Noah and Rachel Katz. Photo courtesy of the family

In the wake of the crash that tragically took the life of two-year-old Noah Katz and injured his mother Rachel, 39, as they crossed the street on Sunday afternoon in Portage Park, safety improvements are planned for the intersection.

At about 4:10 p.m. Sunday, Noah and Rachel were crossing east in the crosswalk on the south leg of the southernmost intersection of Giddings Street and Central …

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CAN TV Interview

CAN TV Interview

Were you unable to tune in last night to catch me live on CAN TV? Well, you can watch the whole conversation by clicking the link.

http://cantv.org/watch-now/political-forum-5/

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45th ID Endorsed Candidates

45th ID Endorsed Candidates

Divvy Has Arrived In Portage Park, Finally

Divvy Has Arrived In Portage Park, Finally

By Heather Cherone | July 13, 2016 6:45am

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PORTAGE PARK — Far Northwest Side residents can finally hop on a sky-blue Divvy bicycle in Portage Park.

Crews installed two new bicycle-sharing stations Tuesday at Montrose and Knox avenues near the Montrose station on the CTA Blue Line, and at Milwaukee and Cuyler avenues in the Six Corners Shopping District outside the Portage Theater.

Six Corners business owners have been petitioning city officials since December 2013 to bring the bike-sharing service to the area around Irving Park Road and Cicero and Milwaukee avenues, and boost their efforts to bring …

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A Portage Park ‘Pearl’: Music, Tech Hub Highlights Booming ‘Hood, Rahm Says

A Portage Park ‘Pearl’: Music, Tech Hub Highlights Booming ‘Hood, Rahm Says

By Heather Cherone | July 13, 2016 7:35am

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https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20160713/portage-park/portage-park-pearl-music-tech-hub-highlights-booming-hood-rahm-says 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, second from right, and Ald. John Arena (45th), right, help cut the ribbon Tuesday on the Hangar, a film and video production facility. [DNAinfo/Heather Cherone]

PORTAGE PARK — The future of Chicago’s entertainment industry is taking shape in an overlooked industrial corridor nestled along the Kennedy Expressway in Portage Park, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday.

Emanuel, joined by Ald. John Arena (45th), celebrated the first birthday of 2112, which bills itself as Chicago’s only music and technology business incubator. Its name is a homage to …

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