Oct 12, 2007
Chicago Reporter’s 35th anniversary (Clean Water Act, too); Ex-offenders making honey; Legislature overrides governor on safe streets; MegaMall Merchants recovering from arson; Access Living blends universal access and green design
The Chicago Reporter reports that for the third year in a row, the Chicago metro area had more high-cost home mortgages than any other metropolitan area in the nation. African-American and Latino homebuyers were disproportionately targeted with high-cost mortgages, regardless of income levels, CR reports.
CR Online extras report on the impact of high-cost mortgages on a neighborhood in Roseland and the decline in FHA loans in the Chicago area in recent years.
Chicago Reporter celebrates its 35th anniversary Tuesday, October 19, with the John A. McDermott Documentary Film Festival featuring excerpts from classic Chicago social documentaries — and the winning firm from a new documentary competition named for the magazine’s founder. At the Chicago Cultural Center; reception is at 5:30 p.m.; admission starts at $35.
A beekeeping and honey manufacturing business operated by the North Lawndale Employment Network has won an innovation award from Social Ventures Network, a national network of social enterpreneurs. The NLEN subsidiary Sweet Beginnings trains and employs ex-offenders and chronically unemployed residents operating its apiary and manufacturing natural honey and honey-based personal care products which are sold in boutiques and Whole Foods stores. Contact Redessa Harris, 773-536-4230.
The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation is celebrating the Illinois House override of an amendatory veto by Governor Blagojevich of the Complete Streets Law. The law required state-funded roads to include routes for pedestrians, bicyclists and other vulnerable users. Blagovich changed the charge to IDOT from “shall” plan for needs of non-motorists to “may,” thereby gutting the measure, CBF said. The Senate voted to override the amendatory veto on Oct. 3; the measure now becomes law.
CBF holds the third annual Herron Memorial Ride and Walk on Saturday, October 14, honoring pedestrians and bicyclists who have been killed in traffic, and raising funds for CBF’s afterschool bike repair programs and the Northwest Chicago Drive With Care campaign. The event starts at 9:30 a.m. at the North Avenue pedestrian bridge.
CBF contact: Margo O’Hara, 312-427-3325 x 224
It’s the 35th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, and Environment Illinois is marking it with a report revealing that about half of industrial and municipal facilities in Illinois discharged more pollution into the state’s waterways than their Clean Water permits allowed. The average facility exceeded its pollution permit amount by 530 percent, according to “Troubled Waters.” Contact Max Muller, 312-291-0696 x 211
Arson is suspected in a fire last month that hit Logan Square’s MegaMall, located on the 2500 block of N. Milwaukee, which is home to 100 small businesses, most owned by immigrant families. The MegaMall Merchants Committee has established an emergency relief fund for 14 family businesses located in the mall structure that burned to the ground.
Contact Abdi Maya, MegaMall Merchants Committee 708-369-4821; John McDermott, Logan Square Neighborhood Assocation, 773-384-4370 x38 or 773-617-3949; Rev. Sandra Castilla, Church of the Advent, 773-235-1161
Universal and Green. Access Living‘s newly renovated offices are among the first in the world to integrate universal access and green design. They’ll be shown off in a tour on Tuesday, October 11 at 10 a.m., which follows an 8 a.m. panel discussion featuring national experts and local leaders, at Access Living, 115 W. Chicago, 4th floor. Contact Gary Arnold, 312-640-2199 (tty: 312-640-2102)