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Lakeshore East developers still on hook for public school

Despite GEMS World Academyís move into New Eastside, Ald. Brendan Reilly says contract demands school


Despite a private schoolís move into Lakeshore East, the areaís developers are still on the hook to build the shell of a public school, according to Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd).
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Chicago Journal talks schools on WBEZ

07/26/2012 5:54 PM

Schools in and around downtown Chicago have been a big issue lately to Chicago Journal readers, and editor Ben Meyerson went on Chicago Public Radio WBEZ's new mid-day show Afternoon Shift to talk a bit about the issues.
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Construction starts on Near West park's expansion

Multi-use field slated to open at Fosco Park in mid-November


The Near West Sideís Fosco Park, located in the middle of the former Chicago Housing Authority ABLA Homes, is getting a new field that could open as soon as this November.
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Downtown Target debuts Wednesday; West Loop outpost set to open in October

Company now taking applications for store at Jackson and Aberdeen


The brand-new Target store is scheduled to open in the heart of downtown Chicago next week, but another store in the West Loop is opening up close behind it.
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House panel votes to boot Derrick Smith

Indicted state rep could still be reelected in November

07/19/2012 5:10 PM

Derrick Smith, the Near West state rep accused of taking a $7,000 bribe, could soon be kicked out of the Illinois House.
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City Winery opening Aug. 1

West Loop venue and restaurant will debut with Lewis Black


City Winery, the restaurant, concert venue and fully operational winery setting up shop in Chicago, is planning to open August 1 in the West Loop, and itís announced many of its debut entertainers.
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New retail coming to South Michigan

07/18/2012 3:49 PM

A boutique accessory shop is setting up camp in the South Loop, moving from Hyde Park to South Michigan Avenue early next month.
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Ex-state Sen. Rickey Hendon's treasurer arrested

07/17/2012 6:07 PM

Former Illinois State Senator Rickey Hendonís campaign treasurer, along with six other people, were arrested on various corruption charges Tuesday afternoon, the U.S. Attorneyís office said.
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More details on New Eastside private school

NEAR, Ald. Brendan Reilly planning meeting July 25

07/10/2012 11:52 AM

A group hoping to build a new private school in New Eastside is getting ready to to make its case to the community at a meeting, and new details on the project have emerged.
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Broken air conditioner leaves South Loop police station sweltering

City ordering part to fix unit; Holding cells still have air conditioning

07/05/2012 6:38 PM

Itís never good to be without air conditioning in the summer, but itís even worse when itís broken on a 102-degree day. But thatís what officers and visitors to the South Loopís police station were dealing with Thursday afternoon.
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