Friday, July 13, 2012



NEWS YOU CAN USE From 24th Ward Alderman Michael D. Chandler

TIF Neighborhood Improvement Program
Public Meeting

24th Ward Alderman Michael D. Chandler is pleased to announce a public informational meeting has been planned with the City of Chicago Department of Housing and Economic Development (HED) to discuss the program and grant application guidelines for the Midwest Tax Increment Finance - Neighborhood Improvement Program (TIF-NIP).
    The informational meeting is scheduled to be held on Thursday, July 12, 2012, from 6:00pm-8:00pm at John Marshall High School Auditorium, located at 3250 W. Adams Street. Entrance to the Auditorium can be obtained from Kedzie Avenue & Monroe Streets.
    “I am pleased the City of Chicago Department of Housing and Economic Development (HED) are sponsoring this important informational meeting on the TIF-NIP program. This program will provide 24th Ward residents the opportunity to find out how the program operates and how to apply for this grant funding to address needed repairs and improvements to their homes,” stated Chandler.  
     The community meeting will allow residents to ask questions as well as provide information about: 1) Grant Funding Amounts; 2)Program Eligibility Requirements; 3) Types of Eligible Home Repairs; and 4) Program Administration.
    The TIF-NIP program provides grant funding, which does not have to be repaid, for home repairs on single-family residential properties. The program is open to eligible owner-occupants of one to four (1-4) unit residential properties located only within the MIDWEST TIF DISTRICT.
    Grants are primarily used for exterior repairs; however, up to 30 percent of the grant may be used for interior repairs that are health and safety related. Grant amounts are based on the number of units per residence. The TIP-NIP is administered by the City of Chicago Department of Housing and Economic Development.
    An informational flyer on this event can also be obtained through Alderman Michael D. Chandler’s website. The website address is:

Stop in at our Constituent Service Office, 1158 South Keeler Avenue,  call 773/533-2400, or click on

Welcome To Our Church!

Apostle Larry E. Tabron, Jr., Pastor of Everlasting Love Outreach Ministries, 124 S. Cicero Ave., and his congregation welcome a visit from Bishop Daniel Lee of Way of Truth Baptist Church. (Photo by Marilyn Hampton)


       LOOKING FOR A JOB? This is a tough economy this summer, and I know that people are looking for employment. That’s why I am pleased to announce that in a coordinated effort to build job skills and foster economic self-sufficiency, the New 37th Ward Democratic Organization is partnering with a local 37th Ward business, Neighborhood Surveillance Systems to offer an Employment Seminar on Saturday, June 30, 2012, from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon, at 5346 West North Avenue. They are looking to train candidates for the possibility of employment in Customer Service, Sales and Marketing, Manufacturing and Installation positions. Call 773-889-1854 for more information. IMPORTANT – Candidates must be 37th Ward residents. This job opportunity is NOT available if you have a criminal background.
         STILL NEED TO PURCHASE YOUR CHICAGO CITY STICKER? Be sure to stop by the 37th Ward City Sticker Sale, which will be held on Saturday, July 7, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in partnership with the Office of City Clerk Susana Mendoza at my Community Service Office, 5346 West North Avenue. Call the office at 773-745-2894 for more information.
      GET READY FOR GOOD GOSPEL! Mark your calendars and get ready to join us for a spiritually sensational afternoon of music, food and fun for the entire family, during my annual “BACK-TO-SCHOOL GOSPEL FEST” Event On Saturday, August 4, 2012 at La Follette Park, 1333 North Laramie. The fun and FREE afternoon kicks off at 12:00 noon – 7:00 p.m., and will feature great music, food, entertaining activities for all, information booths and school packages and giveaways for kids to encourage them to start the school year of on the right foot! Be there early and get a good seat!!!

Need a service or have a question? Contact my ward office at 773-745-2894, or send an email:


The Children’s Theatre Company performed The Fabulous Fable Factory, by Joseph Robinette and directed by Dionne Hawkins at the Austin Town Hall Cultural Center, 5610 West Lake Street, on June 6. The story involves Monroe, who wanders into an abandoned factory and accidentally trips a lever activating a Fabulous Fable Machine. As fables are created, they are enacted and Monroe supplies the morals. Mr. Aesop and others are ecstatic at finding their “Moral Maker.” Elijah Sanders starred as Monroe and DeShawn Green was Aesop. (Photos by Walter Tidwell)

Pastor Hatch Works For Peace


            For the 22nd consecutive year, Austin Bank of Chicago awarded six $1,200 scholarships to outstanding local high school graduates accepted to colleges and universities in the fall. This expands the total amount of money given by Austin Bank to more than $100,000 over the more than two decades of the program. This was the seventh year that ABC Bank was joined by Loretto Hospital and its sponsoring corporation, Renaissance Hospital Management, Inc., in awarding five additional $1,000 scholarships to students planning to pursue careers in healthcare and medicine. This brings the total combined dollar amount of scholarships awarded this year by ABC Bank and Loretto Hospital to $12,200. Recipients of Austin Bank scholarships this year are: 
 • Teara Johnson, graduate of Austin Career Education Center, attending Malcolm X College to study Nursing. 
 • Imani Marshall, graduate of Whitney Young High School, attending Amherst College, with her career goals undetermined. 
 • Kameron Kimbrough, graduate of Providence-St. Mel High School, attending Alabama State University to study Business Management. 
 • Felicia Shaw, graduate of Providence-St. Mel High School, attending Vanderbilt University to study Political Science to pursue a career in Law. 
Precious Worsham, graduate of North Lawndale College Prep, attending Northern Illinois University to study Nursing. 
• Jamal Warren, graduate of Roberto Clemente High School, attending Northern Illinois University to study Business with a career goal of becoming an Accountant. Recipients of $1,000 scholarships from Loretto Hospital are: 
Ragine Gibbs, graduate of Michele Clark High School, attending Concordia University to study Nursing. 
Carnell P. McCoy, graduate of Michele Clark High School, attending Morehouse College to study Biology with a goal of becoming a Pediatrician. 
 • Latosha Hogan, graduate of Michele Clark High School, attending North Park University to major in Pre-Med with a goal of becoming an Emergency Room Physician. 
Iesha Wright, graduate of Michele Clark High School, attending Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville to major in Nursing. 
Dessiree Malone, graduate of Michele Clark High School, attending the University of Illinois-Urbana to major in Anthropology/Pre-Med with a goal of becoming a Physician.