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Ruido Fest 2017

Imagine the reverberation  from the echo of more than 1,000 souls, fans blasting out loud and making you feel goosebumps:   “Podrás imaginarte desde afuera,  Ser un mexicano cruzando la frontera  Pensando en tu familia mientras que pasas  Dejando todo lo que conoces atrás  Si tuvieras tú que esquivar las balas…”  That’s part of the lyrics of Frijolero, a classic song interpreted by the Mexico City rock band, Molotov, who closed the second day of Ruido Fest 2017 at Adams/Medill Park.   Ruido Fest has […]

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Pilsen residents share concerns at community meeting

On Thursday July 24, the Pilsen Alliance held a community meeting at the Rudy Lozano Library to discuss the organization‘s continued fight against the Pure Metal metal shredder, affordable housing and tenant issues, as well as the recent public school budget cuts. Last month, Pilsen Alliance filed an appeal in circuit court in order to […]

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Pilsen metal shredder receives approval from city zoning board

  A proposed metal shredder in Pilsen was granted a special use permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) on Friday, Feb. 21. The Pure Metal Recycling application was approved in a 3-0 unanimous vote, allowing the company to move forward in the process to establish a metal shredding facility near Cermak Road and Loomis […]

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Pilsen Residents Unite to Fight Violence

Community members say violence in Pilsen has gotten worse, come together to end crime in their neighborhood Pilsen is a close-knit community where generations of Mexican-American families have lived for over 30 years. Many of the families have experienced ups and downs with neighborhood violence, but recently, community residents say it’s gotten worse. On Saturday […]

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City Appoints Fisk and Crawford Reuse Task Force

As part of the imminent closure of the Fisk and Crawford power plants in Pilsen and Little Village, the city announced on April 25 the members of the Fisk and Crawford Reuse Task Force, a committee assigned to gather input on the future of the land where the plants currently operate. The task force will […]

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Community Groups Set the Tone on TIF Reform

“Egregious misuse of public money must end,” said Amisha Patel, Executive Director of the Grassroots Collaborative on Thursday July 28 at the Task Force on TIF Reform forum. “Of the 2.45 billion in TIF dollars spent from 2004 through 2008, the Loop, Near North Side, Near South Side, and Near West Side communities received $1.56 […]