Showing posts from November, 2019

Englewood Brews

[ VIDEO ] This new company is expected to open up shop in a space located across the street from the Whole Foods Market Englewood store at 63rd & Halsted Streets. I've been wanting to share this video and an article from Block Club Chi which reports that the owners are hoping to raise money to further build out their space in Englewood. As with the Whole Foods store in Englewood that opened in 2016 best wishes to Englewood Brews owners Lesley Roth and Steve Marchese.

CTA capital budget includes investment in the Red Line Extension

Got this e-mail this week from CTA regarding the Red Line extension On November 20, 2019, the Chicago Transit Board approved a $1.57 billion operating budget that preserves existing bus and rail service levels, while continuing the agency’s unprecedented efforts to modernize its infrastructure and improve the CTA travel experience for customers. CTA’s 2020 capital budget includes a commitment to invest $310 million into the $2.3 billion Red Line Extension (RLE) project, which will extend the Red Line south by 5.3 miles and include four new, fully accessible stations at 103rd Street, 111th Street, Michigan Avenue, and 130th Street. This is the single most significant funding contribution that CTA has ever made towards the RLE project, and will fund work efforts, including engineering and design activities, to help position the RLE project to receive federal funding. The 2020 Budget Recommendations book is posted on CTA's web site under Finance & Budget and is availabl

State's Attorney Kim Foxx kicks off her re-election bid

[ VIDEO ] I saw this video over at Capitol Fax last night and I retweeted her campaign kick-off vid on Twitter. Before she was first elected in 2016 defeating incumbent Anita Alverez, I really didn't know much about her. This video is a good introduction to her if you know little about her background. Of course we should know her or any candidates background before they get elected to a public office. Is Kim Foxx your vote next year for re-election as State's Attorney? Are there any reasons why you wouldn't support her?

WTTW: CPS Enrollment Declines By 6,000 Students

CPS enrollment figures were released on Friday CPS on Friday announced a 20th-day enrollment total of 355,156 students for the 2019-20 school year. That’s down from last year’s total of 361,314, but based on the graduation totals and enrollment rates, the drop-off is actually smaller than CPS projected with its own data model. “We’re pleased that more students are enrolling in kindergarten, matriculating to higher grades and graduating, which serves as a testament to the hard work of our dedicated educators and school communities,” said CPS CEO Dr. Janice Jackson. “While there are signs of encouragement, we are fully committed to supporting school communities that are struggling with enrollment by providing additional resources through equity grants and a budgeting approach that promotes stability.” Here are some numbers from a few local schools in Wards 6 & 9. You can check out enrollment figures for a CPS school near you here. Harlan High School 300 Frank I Bennett El

About that search warrant raid on Ald. Carrie Austin

Over the summer Ald. Carrie Austin (Ward 34) saw her offices raided by federal authorities on a search warrant and if I recall this Sun-Times article was the first time she spoke out about it. After the ceremony, Austin said she is confident the ongoing federal investigation won’t end with any indictments — either of her or her relatives, employees or associates. What makes her so sure? “Faith. … I try to live my life above board. If I haven’t, then I have to reckon that with God — not man,” she said. She said she doesn’t believe she is under a “federal cloud.” “I haven’t been charged with anything,” she said. “They’re looking to see if am I associated with something. I am not.” Austin maintained her innocence despite being reminded the feds don’t get a warrant to raid a politician’s ward office without convincing a judge there is probable cause that a crime has been committed and evidence of that crime is inside. “They were investigating,” the alderman said. She de

BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois Community Care Fair

I got one of these flyers from people passing them out to random people on 95th. I'm guessing this is related to the offices BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois plans to open at the former Target store on Marshfield Plaza on 119th street. Either way here's another local event to take advantage of. BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois Health Care Enrollment and Wellness Community Care Fair Christ Universal Temple 11901 S. Ashland Ave Chicago, Illinois Saturday, November 23, 2019 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM This event is open to everyone.