Fischman’s Public House Scores Zoning Change For 6 Corners Bottle Shop

Fischman’s Public House Scores Zoning Change For 6 Corners Bottle Shop

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170124/portage-park/fischmans-liquors-fischmans-public-house-karamaniolas-zoning-change

CITY HALL — The owners of Fischman’s Public House got one step closer to opening their hybrid restaurant and bottle shop Monday, as the City Council’s zoning committee unanimously approved their requested zoning change.

Shanna and Gus Karamaniolas had needed the change to sell bottles and cans in the same building as the pub & grub they’re readying in the Six Corners Shopping District.

Seven months after the couple uprooted Fischman’s Liquors from its decades-old home in Jefferson Park, the couple is already busy gutting the vacant storefronts next to Portage Theater, …

Read More »

$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 …

Read More »

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/

Read More »

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

@HeatherCherone

TwitterFacebookEmailMore

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 …

Read More »

45TH Ward 4th Annual Holiday Party

45TH Ward 4th Annual Holiday Party

Get ready to have a blast at the 4th Annual 45th Ward Holiday Party. It’s an event that is Outta This World! As always, we’ll have great food by local restaurants, beer by wonderful local brewers, and music that will really get you in the holiday spirit. This year we are happy to announce the return of Davis Rogan, the New Orleans piano great who was one of the inspirations for HBO’s Treme. Davis played at the inaugural 45th Ward Holiday party. After he is …

Read More »

Ald. John Arena pshes for the governor to revive a program providing child care to low-income parents

Ald. John Arena pshes for the governor to revive a program providing child care to low-income parents

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20151109/downtown/as-child-care-advocates-rip-state-cuts-rauner-makes-concessions

By Ted Cox | November 9, 2015 12:22pm

@tedcoxchicago

CITY HALL — Gov. Bruce Rauner made major concessions on child care Monday just as protesters were demanding the revival of a state program for low-income parents at City Hall.

Faced with pressure on his action to severely curtail a state program providing child care to low-income parents, Rauner announced Monday that he’d amend an emergency order imposed this summer and revive what he called “an important program valued by members of both parties.”

Protesters, however, immediately insisted that Rauner’s compromise came …

Read More »

6 Corners group hears updates on projects, wants district to be a destination

6 Corners group hears updates on projects, wants district to be a destination

http://nadignewspapers.com/2015/10/08/6-corners-group-hears-updates-on-projects-wants-district-to-be-a-destination/

by BRIAN NADIG

Several development proposals near the intersection of Milwaukee Avenue, Irving Park Road and Cicero Avenue and the role that subsidies could play in the success of some of those projects were discussed at the Oct. 6 meeting of the Six Corners Association.

“Six Corners is on the cusp of major development,” association executive director Kelli Wefenstette said at the association’s community leaders roundtable luncheon. “In a year from now, it could look drastically different than it does now.”

Those projects call for …

Read More »

Changes at O’Hare

Changes at O’Hare

The Chicago Department of Aviation has announced several proposed changes at O’Hare Airport that are intended to reduce the impact of noise, at least at night, on our area.

First, airport officials plan to rotate which runways are used for nighttime landings every couple of weeks, giving residents some reprieve from the near-constant nighttime noise some experience now.

Second, the department will work to have the “fly quite” procedures added to pilot procedure manuals and navigation charts, as well as adding fly quiet signage along runways, so …

Read More »

After City Ignores His Pleas, Alderman Blocks Construction With His Car

After City Ignores His Pleas, Alderman Blocks Construction With His Car

JEFFERSON PARK — Ald. John Arena (45th) on Monday used his car to block city efforts to close a street — a project the alderman said he opposed because it turns over a public street to a billboard company.

City crews tore out the pavement along Wilson Avenue at Lamon Avenue, permanently closing the road in front of the Mayfair Pumping Station to traffic despite Arena’s strenuous objections.

Arena — who is often at loggerheads with city departments and Mayor Rahm Emanuel’sadministration — parked his car Monday morning across Wilson Avenue to stop the work that began over …

Read More »

Property Tax Assistance in the 45th Ward Office

Staff from Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer’s office will be at my office, 4754 N. Milwauke, on Monday, July 20, to help you with your property tax questions and issues. They will be here from 1 pm to 5 pm.

Please bring your second installment tax bill, and staff will help you review the bill and ensure that it is free from errors and you have all your eligible exemptions.

Read More »