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By Jackson Danbeck While the City of Chicago plans to create a bike route on Lake Street as part of an effort to reduce traffic congestion, a West Loop organiza- tion is calling for the route to be on nearby Randolph Street instead. The Randolph/Fulton Market Association (RFMA), which rep- resents businesses in the West Loop community, argues that two-way Lake Street from Halsted Street to Ashland Avenue could be dangerous for bicyclists who would have to dodge trucks unloading goods, cycle over dete- riorating roads, and ride under street lights that often do not work. Instead, the RFMA recom- mends the route be on west bound Randolph Street, where one of its three lanes could be converted into a bike route. According to the RFMA's plan, bicyclists would ride alongside planters that line the middle lane on Randolph Street and could enjoy the road's recently improved $10 million infrastruc- ture. The RFMA's route would head west along Randolph Street from An independent community newspaper since 1983. Near West/Tri-Taylor University Village West Loop South Loop West Haven Bridgeport/Armour Square Chinatown Bronzeville East Pilsen Heart of Chicago January 1, 2016 FREE Vol. 33, No. 9 Artistic expression, UI Health and Rush physicians help woman with rare disease. See page 8. Other highlights: Gazette looks back at 2015's biggest news stories. See page 3. Illegal turns from Roosevelt to Dan Ryan causing hazard. See page 23. Medical District Gateway project to break ground in mid-2016. See page 25. INSIDE Around the Neighborhood: New softball coach named at Queen of Peace. See page 16. By Patrick Butler Developers discussed plans for two South Loop highrises to mixed reviews during a recent neighbor- hood meeting at Columbia College at 1104 S. Wabash Ave. The meeting location was just a few doors away from a parking garage at 1101 S. Wabash Ave. that the developers from 11th Street Wabash LLC plan to raze to make way for a 30-story tower hous- ing 196 Hilton Suites hotel rooms and 85 extended stay Wabash Suites-31 studios, 45 one-bed- room units, and nine two-bed- room units. Both the Hilton and Wabash suites will have access to 145 park- ing spaces on the second through seventh floors. The building will also have a fitness room on the top floor for extended stay tenants and 3,500 square feet of ground floor retail space, according to the developer's lawyers, Thomas Moore and Jay Little. South Loop developments addressed at two local community meetings Continued on page 22 Sherdan Park legends inducted into Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame. See page 14. By Steve Hudomiet Fair Economy Illinois, a state- wide alliance that organizes peo- ple around issues that affect the common good, is demanding that State officials stop raising taxes on working people and gener- ate revenue through a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) on trades at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the Chicago Board of Options Exchange, and the Chicago Board of Trade. To put the demands into action, 150 activists from the Moral Mondays coalition, organized by Fair Economy Illinois, held a pro- test downtown recently. After a rally at the Thompson Center, the demonstrators shut down LaSalle Street and proceeded to the Board of Trade, where they blocked the entrances to the building. Police officers responded by arresting 41 demonstrators. Continued on page 12 Fair Economy Illinois calls for Transaction Tax, holds protest RFMA asks for Randolph Street bicycle route Developer Keith Giles is planning a 25-story, 320-unit rental apartment build- ing on what is now a ground-level parking lot at 1136 S. Wabash. Continued on page 24

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