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Remap results: A look at West Loop, Near West Side's now-dominant Ald. Walter Burnett

The Reader profiles the man who'll run the show for the foreseeable future

01/21/2012 11:00 AM

One of the biggest winners in the wake of Chicago's new ward remap is Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. (27th), who gained a big chunk of turf covering most of the West Loop and the Near West Side. Former Chicago Journal writer and Reader reporter Mick Dumke profiles Burnett this week.


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Remap results: New majority South Loop aldermen Burns, Dowell speak up

With 2nd Ward gone, 3rd and 4th wards are taking over — here’s what to expect

01/20/2012 5:23 PM

Chicago has a brand new ward map today, and political representation in the South Loop is shaping up to be much different than it used to be. Here's what the new alderman say about their new turf and new constituents.
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Ward remap passes: 2nd Ward blown up, 3rd and 4th Wards split South Loop

Ald. Fioretti mounts last-ditch effort to delay map, but overruled by Emanuel, Burke

01/19/2012 12:00 AM

After months of backroom wheeling and dealing, the South Loop has gained a new alderman and lost another, as Ald. Bob Fioretti’s 2nd Ward has officially been blown up and banished to the North Side in Chicago's next ward remap.
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New CTA stops at Cermak, Washington and Wabash underway

Stations will both begin construction in 2013

01/18/2012 1:49 PM

As work on the Green Line’s new Morgan stop in the West Loop approaches the finish line, two more CTA stops are being planned in and around downtown Chicago.
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McCormick Place Hyatt begins expansion

Three-phase, $110 million project will add new tower, renovate old building

01/18/2012 1:48 PM

McCormick Place’s only on-site hotel, Hyatt Regency, announced Tuesday that it had begun the first phase of its expansion, starting with construction of its second tower.
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Track Chicago's snowplows

City's new website lets you watch as they work

01/12/2012 4:25 PM

The city’s first major snowfall is finally upon us, and that means snowplows are out in force. According to a press release from the city’s streets and sanitation department, all 278 of the city’s snowplows are out scraping the roads for rush hour.
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Johnson Publishing finds new home, clearing way for Columbia

Library, center for black music research to take over building

01/11/2012 2:28 PM

Johnson Publishing Co., the publisher of black-focused magazines Ebony and Jet, has found a new home in the Loop in the Borg-Warner Building, at 200 S. Michigan Ave.
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West Loop restaurant One Sixtyblue closing this weekend

Michael Jordan-owned restaurant to reopen in spring with new concept

01/04/2012 6:38 PM

One Sixtyblue, the West Loop restaurant co-owned by Michael Jordan, announced Wednesday evening that they’re closing their doors after this Saturday, Jan. 7.
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New Rush Hospital opens for business this weekend

Hospital CEO talks logistics of moving emergency room patients

01/04/2012

After years of construction and months of training and tours, Rush University Medical Center’s new building will finally start serving patients this weekend.
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Two arrested for shooting at Roosevelt el platform

Teens, 16 and 14 years old, charged in 21-year-old's shooting

12/29/2011 5:10 PM

Two teenage boys have been arrested for the shooting of a 21-year-old man at the Roosevelt Green and Orange Line el station Monday night.
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