McKinley Park Candidates Guide

Cannabis Dispensary Pitched for 35th and Ashland

Published January 27, 2023

A BLOC cannabis dispensary run by Justice Cannabis Co. seeks a home in the currently vacant commercial building at South Ashland Avenue and West 35th Street, with a public meeting slated for Monday, February 6.

  • BLOC cannabis dispensary seeks home at South Ashland Avenue and West 35th Street.
  • Location to be run by Justice Cannabis Co.
  • Public meeting set for Monday, February 6, to provide more information and answer questions.

Read more: Cannabis Dispensary Pitched for 35th and Ashland

Volunteers Join Tutor Corps to Help Immigrants Learn English

Published January 26, 2023

The McKinley Park neighborhood's Aquinas Literacy Center has trained 10 more tutors to join its corps of volunteers helping adult pupils learn English. The next training session for tutors is this Saturday, January 28.

  • McKinley Park neighborhood's Aquinas Literacy Center trains 10 more tutors to help local adults learn English.
  • Next tutor training session set for this Saturday, January 28.
  • Long waiting list of pupils shows "critical need" for more tutors.

Read more: Volunteers Join Tutor Corps to Help Immigrants Learn English

Horizon Senior Lauded as Top Charter School Student Statewide

Published January 24, 2023

Natalie Lopez, a senior at Horizon Science Academy - McKinley Park, won the statewide Excellence Award from the Illinois Network of Charter schools for her scholarship, extracurriculars and mentorship of younger students.

  • Horizon Science Academy - McKinley Park student Natalie Lopez named one of the top charter school students in Illinois.
  • Illinois Network of Charter Schools recognizes Lopez for her scholarship, extracurriculars and student mentoring.
  • Lopez setting her sights on post-secondary education and a career in healthcare, she says.

Read more: Horizon Senior Lauded as Top Charter School Student Statewide

City Names Three Finalists for Overhaul of Pershing Road Warehouse Property

Published January 21, 2023

The long-sought redevelopment of city-owned properties at 1819 and 1869 W. Pershing Road took another step forward with the pick of three finalists proposing movie studios, retail, housing and more.

  • Long-sought redevelopment of 1819 and 1869 W. Pershing Road takes another step forward with finalists' proposals.
  • Movie studio space, housing, retail and other uses proposed by three different developers.
  • Community outreach about proposals to come in February, and a decision on a finalist as soon as this summer.

Read more: City Names Three Finalists for Overhaul of Pershing Road Warehouse Property

12th Ward Alder Declines Forum, Charging Bias from Organizers

Published January 19, 2023

Incumbent 12th Ward Alderwoman Anabel Abarca won't participate in an upcoming candidate forum, citing examples of conflicts of interest for McKinley Park neighborhood organizers Neighbors for Environmental Justice and the McKinley Park Development Council.

  • Incumbent 12th Ward Alderwoman Anabel Abarca won't participate in an upcoming candidate forum.
  • Organizers Neighbors for Environmental Justice and the McKinley Park Development Council have undisclosed conflicts of interest, Abarca says.
  • Abarca and candidate Julia Ramirez will both appear at the January 26 Aldermanic Candidate Forum.

Read more: 12th Ward Alder Declines Forum, Charging Bias from Organizers

 
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