Local Pollution Hotspots, Coming Industrial Development IDed in UIC Study

Published July 14, 2020

"Identifying Environmental Hazards within Southwest Chicago" comes from a research team at the University of Illinois at Chicago's School of Public Health and tallies pollution sources and impact across the Southwest Side.

  • "Identifying Environmental Hazards within Southwest Chicago" looks at local emissions sources and their impact across the Southwest Side.
  • Research team from the University of Illinois at Chicago releases study in partnership with the Southwest Environmental Alliance.
  • Analysis notes how City of Chicago planning and policy portend more industrial businesses moving into area.

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McKinley Park Named Connected Community for Statewide Internet Program

Published July 10, 2020

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The McKinley Park Development Council lands the Illinois Connected Communities program for McKinley Park, which will work to expand broadband access and literacy in the neighborhood.

  • McKinley Park Development Council lands Illinois Connected Communities program to bring better broadband to the neighborhood.
  • Statewide initiative is first planning step toward participation in the $420 million Connect Illinois program.
  • McKinley Park is one of 12 communities in first cohort of statewide program.

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Aquinas Literacy Center Lands State of Illinois Grant, Scopes September Reopening

Published July 9, 2020

Free English language learning in the McKinley Park neighborhood gets a boost from a renewed Illinois state grant for Aquinas Literacy Center, which hopes to reopen its doors on September 8.

  • McKinley Park neighborhood literacy center lands $53,500 from Illinois Secretary of State to support adult English language learning.
  • Aquinas receives grant for third year in a row, at steadily increasing funding levels.
  • A planned reopening of the literacy center for English language learning and tutor training is slated for September 8.

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Dozens of McKinley Park Businesses Receive Jumbo Federal Paycheck Protection Loans

Published July 8, 2020

Many enterprises in the McKinley Park Community Area and adjacent Central Manufacturing District have received large federal Paycheck Protection Program loans, resulting in the retention of over 1,000 local jobs, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.

  • Local enterprises receive large, forgivable loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration to retain local jobs.
  • Data release lists 30 McKinley Park recipients of loans of at least $150,000.
  • Over 1,000 neighborhood jobs to be saved, says data.

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McKinley Dog Park Announces Fund-Raising Campaign

Published July 7, 2020

The McKinley Dog Park seeks the public's help in funding some basic necessities for operations and cleanup at the dog-friendly area in McKinley Park, the only one of its kind on the Southwest Side.

  • McKinley Dog Park Advisory Council asks public for help funding basic cleanup and operations.
  • Only dog-friendly area on the Southwest Side has been open since early 2020.
  • Online donations to channel funds straight to dog park necessities like poop bags.

Read more: McKinley Dog Park Announces Fund-Raising Campaign

 
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