Native Wildflowers Ready to Bloom in McKinley Park with Help From Volunteer Stewards

Published May 16, 2021

With the assistance of a Chicago Park District crew, volunteers planted thousands of native wildflowers in the natural area of Chicago's McKinley Park at a stewardship event on Saturday, May 15, 2021.

  • Volunteers, Chicago Park District crew plant thousands of native wildflowers in McKinley Park's natural area.
  • Stewardship event on Saturday, May 15, 2021, is the first in McKinley Park since before the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Chicago Park District looking to hire more seasonal employees to help in natural areas.

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Protesters Assail Mayor Lori Lightfoot, MAT Asphalt at McKinley Park Demonstration

Published May 15, 2021

25th Ward Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez, Southwest Environmental Alliance accuse Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot of a corrupt relationship with MAT Asphalt in a protest in McKinley Park on Saturday, May 15, 2021.

  • 25th Ward Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez and the Southwest Environmental Alliance accuse Chicago mayor, asphalt plant of corruption.
  • Dozens of protesters gather in McKinley Park across from MAT Asphalt plant on Saturday, May 15, 2021.
  • Sigcho-Lopez references just-released UIC environmental justice study as source for outrage.

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Surrounded by "Worst of the Worst" - Environmental Justice Study Tallies Toxic Sites Versus School Populations

Published May 15, 2021

A new environmental justice study from UIC researchers highlights massive disparities across Chicago for school kids' proximity to toxic sites.

  • New citywide environmental justice study from UIC's School of Public Health shows massive disparity for school kids' proximity to toxic sites.
  • Heavily burdened areas surround the McKinley Park neighborhood on all sides.
  • Study breaks ground by establishing new methods to measure environmental justice.

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Party Over: Street Racers Routed from Riverside and River's Edge Parking Lots

Published May 14, 2021

Illegal street racing and stunt driving is seemingly coming to an end at the Riverside Square and River's Edge Plaza parking lots after a coordinated mitigation effort from the 12th Ward, 9th District police and property owners.

  • Illegal street racing, stunt driving seemingly mitigated at Riverside Square and River's Edge Plaza parking lots.
  • Big drop-off in complaints results from effort coordinated between the 12th Ward, 9th District police and mall ownership.
  • Steel swing gates, guarded nighttime access, license plate-reading cameras and new ordinances lined up to halt street racers.

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Banner, Building Permits Herald Coming Aviation Maintenance School

Published May 10, 2021

The Aviation Institute of Maintenance looks to move into the Chicago Manufacturing District's historic East District based on building permits and promotional signs at the new commercial building at 3711 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago.

  • Aviation Institute of Maintenance looks to land its newest campus in the McKinley Park neighborhood.
  • Institute operates schools nationwide to support entry-level careers in aviation.
  • Building permits and signage list the Aviation Institute of Maintenance as arriving in summer 2021.

Read more: Banner, Building Permits Herald Coming Aviation Maintenance School

 
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