Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Brigdeport gets a library before South Shore!

The Bridgeport library that bears the name of the late Mayor Richard J. Daley will be replaced by a bigger and better new one, thanks to a $15 million plan advanced Monday amid allegations of political favoritism.

Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) demanded to know why the city is using a general obligation bond issue to replace a 20-year-old library at 3404 S. Halsted with a larger one on the same block when she's still waiting for a library to be built in her ward.

"What bugs me is that it's taken me ten years to get a library. That's half the time" the Bridgeport library now being demolished has been open, Hairston said.

"The South Shore library hasn't been replaced in 40 years. Development goes faster in the mayor's neighborhood ward. They should do better with appropriating resources."

Hairston said the Mayor Daley-chaired Public Building Commission has finally chosen the corner of 73rd and South Chicago as the site for a Greater Grand Crossing Library. The commission is preparing to issue a so-called request-for-proposals (RFP) for construction, but, funding is still up in the air, she said.

"The PBC is partially funding it. I will have to see where the rest of the money is coming from," Hairston said.

Referring to the Bridgeport library, the alderman said, "We'll see which one gets built first."

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