- Yesterday the board of Chicago Public Schools, claiming poverty and a huge deficit, voted to raise property taxes to the highest legal level they could. And how will they, in part, be spending this money?
"Jamiko Rose, executive director of the community group Organization of the North East, was hired to the new $152,000 position of Chief Family and Community Engagement Officer."
- In an article about rebuilding a mixed-income housing development near the former Cabrini-Green site:
"The worst criticism I’ve heard so far comes from, of all people, another developer. Peter Holsten, whose North Town Village replaced some Cabrini units, said the Atrium Village plans would “generate a lot of traffic for an intersection [Division and Wells] which already doesn’t work.”
Holsten, president of Holsten Real Estate Development Corp., also said he’s talking with village officials in Lincolnwood about taking over the forlorn Purple Hotel, 4500 W. Touhy. But he has a twist in mind. Holsten, experienced in both housing and retail developments, said he wants to keep the existing building and add things around it. He might have a hard time selling that idea to a town that wants the decaying property gone forever."