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Times editorial: Officials should seize Pullman park opportunity

August 29, 2014 – 4:08 pm | 50 views

pullman101008Under-appreciated and even unheralded historical and natural treasures abound in Northwest Indiana and the southern Chicago region — assets that possess the ability to teach us valuable lessons from our past while also attracting tourism and the local revenue that follows.

That’s why a move is afoot in some political and historical preservation circles to transform the former Pullman Palace Railcar Co. and its surrounding historic company town into a national park. We support these endeavors, particularly if such a national treasure is linked via a heritage trail to the historical and natural assets of neighboring Northwest Indiana, including the Dunes National Lakeshore and East Chicago’s historic Marktown neighborhood…Please click here to read the editorial published by the Times.

Training course at PSC opens doors to manufacturing jobs

August 29, 2014 – 4:03 pm | 18 views

…The Calumet Manufacturing Careers Internship Program offers [the manufacturing] industry a pipeline of qualified employees through an extensive 10-week course that focuses on acquiring job competency.
It’s not for everyone, of course, but interns get their …

Employment opportunity: Chicago Heights city engineer

August 27, 2014 – 2:54 pm | 23 views
Employment opportunity: Chicago Heights city engineer

The City of Chicago Heights is seeking qualified applicants for the position of City Engineer.
The position requirements include but are not limited to a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Civil Engineering; …

U. of C. gets OK to build medical facility in Orland Park

August 27, 2014 – 2:08 pm | 35 views

The University of Chicago Medicine has gotten approval to build an Orland Park medical facility, the university said Wednesday.
Approval by the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board, which regulates the health industry, allows the …

Lynwood hopes to pay tribute to local player on Jackie Robinson champs

August 27, 2014 – 1:59 pm | 38 views

Village President Gene Williams said Tuesday he hopes to pay a proper tribute to the Jackie Robinson West Little League baseball team of Chicago that represented Illinois and ultimately, the United States in the recently-completed …

Poverty Is Rapidly Increasing In Suburbs Like Ferguson

August 26, 2014 – 7:38 pm | 28 views

Ferguson’s fires run counter to the narrative about suburbia, the story Americans tell themselves about strip malls and rolling lawns, about McMansions and upward mobility. Instead, the unrest in the St. Louis suburb following the …

Tribune editorial: Time to build Peotone Airport or walk away

August 26, 2014 – 2:25 pm | 49 views
Tribune editorial: Time to build Peotone Airport or walk away

State leaders are talking again about that little town 44 miles south of Chicago. Peotone. Followed by “airport.”
Peotone has been the designated site for a new regional airport for more than 20 years. On paper. …

Tribune and Sun-Times editorials weigh-in on national park status for Pullman

August 26, 2014 – 2:10 pm | 35 views
Tribune and Sun-Times editorials weigh-in on national park status for Pullman

Pullman a national park? This could be big
Dozens of attempts to revitalize Pullman, the far South Side neighborhood named for one of the nation’s first factory towns, have struggled.
There are finally some signs of life …

Sept. 13: Carts & Cocktails event celebrating sculpture park additions

August 25, 2014 – 9:01 pm | 25 views
Sept. 13: Carts & Cocktails event celebrating sculpture park additions

Press release from Governors State University:
Governors State University celebrates several new additions at the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park as well as the 45th anniversary of one of its signature works at Carts & Cocktails 2014, …