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††††††††††††††††† Volume V†††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††News and Commentary†††††††††††††††††††††††† Issue III

By Robert Bank

Last Chance for New Jefferson Park Library?

Itís not that Iím angry that Alderman Levar was stealing one of my campaign ideas when I ran against him in í07; Iím angry that he never followed through with it. That idea was, to build a new library on City-owned land, across from the Copernicus Center (former Gateway Theatre). Ald. Levar announced at a meeting, just after his í07 victory, that he too would like a new Jefferson Park Library; but then he took the easy way out, claiming that, thereís no money for it. Funny, that SEVEN (7) Chicago Branch Libraries have been built, or are being built through-out the city since Ald. Levar claimed, thereís no money. How did seven other Aldermen find the money ! ? Whatís our Aldermanís excuse for not getting the job done?

 


Funny, that SEVEN (7) Chicago Branch Libraries have been built, or are being built through-out the city since Ald. Levar claimed, thereís no money.

How did seven other Aldermen find the money? Whatís our Aldermanís excuse for not getting the job done?

 


The City purchased the property on the 5201 W. Lawrence block, for $1.2 million dollars, after harassing the former owners with everything from weed citations and department of revenue fines, to eminent domain seizure; all for a failed and unpopular seven-story, then later a ten-story condo project plan, that would have been directly across the alley from single-family brick bungalows. When Veteran Square developer, Jim Kozonis reneged on his earlier promise to re-imburse the City for the purchase, the City was stuck with its own weedy lots. Recently, the City agreed to sell half the $1.2 million dollar property for $1 dollar, yes thatís O-N-E - D-O-L-L-A-R, to the Copernicus Center. In return, the Copernicus Center promised to professionally landscape the lot and use it as an auxiliary parking lot.

Fortunately there is still enough property to build a library almost as big as the Sulzer Regional Library on Lincoln Avenue; unfortunately, the City of Chicago is currently in a financial meltdown, and Levarís statement that, thereís no money, might be true now. Shockingly, the City is trying to sell the remaining property, in one of the worst real estate markets in recent history!

One last chance to save this parcel for a future library, is at the Mayorís Budget Hearing, where Mayor Daley invites the public a chance to meet and speak with him, and officials from various City departments. The next area meeting will take place at North-Grand High School, 4338 W. Wabansia, on September 16, 2010 at 7:00p.m. You can register to speak between 6:00 and 7:00p.m. So save the date! This may be the last chance for a while, for the public to meet with Budget, and Library officials, and have some hope of getting the ball rolling for a new Jefferson Park Library.

The SEVEN Chicago Branch Libraries built since Alderman Levar said, Thereís no money :

Richard J. Daley Branch Library ††††††3400 S. Halsted,††† ††††††††††††††††† 11th Ward

Dunning Branch Library†††††††††††††† ††††7455 W. Cornelia††† ††††† ††††††††††† 36th Ward

Edgewater Branch Library††††† †††† ††††††1210 W. Elmdale†††††††††††††††††††† 48th Ward

Greater Grand Crossing Library†† †††††1000 E. 73rd St.††††††††††††††††††††††† 5thWard

Little Village Branch Library††† ††††† †††††2311 S. Kedzie††††††††††††††††††††††† 24th Ward

Whitney Young Branch Library†††† †††††7901 S. King Dr.††††††††† ††††††††††† 6thWard

Beverly Branch Library†††††††††† ††††††††††† 1962 W. 95th St.††††††††††††††††††††† 19th Ward

 

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City of Chicago 2011 Preliminary Budget Hearing

September 16, 2010 at North-Grand High School

4338 W. Wabansia Avenue

6:00-7:00 pm Register to speak

7:00 Public Hearing with the Mayor

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