Gazette Chicago 05 05 2017 E Edition Page 1

INSIDE By Susan S. Stevens The City has selected a design by Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill for a combined new Roosevelt Branch Library and apartments at Taylor and Ada Streets. At 1340 W. Taylor St., the build- ing will be on what was once the site of the Chicago Housing Autho- rity (CHA) ABLA Homes, due east of the planned National Public Housing Museum, the lone ABLA building remaining in the Roos- evelt Square redevelopment area. The CHA, Chicago Public Library (CPL), and Chicago Department of Planning and Development officials A free, 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 New Roosevelt Library building will include mixed-use residential housing Continued on page 29 OTHER HIGHLIGHTS Pilsen Alliance, tenants fight eviction notices. See page 18. Gov. Rauner's inability to pass budget harming higher ed, Illinois residents. See Editorial on page 26. Gazette name change reflects its commitment to local and city-wide issues. See page 27. Education experts weigh in on Chicago Public Schools' graduation requirement. See page 16. Open-space initiatives underway for Grant Park and other South Loop sites. See page 3. City keeps Roosevelt Road properties in limbo; Baptist church files lawsuit A Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill drawing of proposed new Roosevelt Branch Library, which also will feature housing units. Republican led efforts to repeal ACA will have local, national impacts By Susan S. Stevens A church cannot get City permis- sion to buy the building it rents. Owners of a now demolished clean- ing plant wait for the City to keep its promise to buy their land. Both properties in question sit on Roos- evelt Road, in the same block where only an apartment building for seniors, Roosevelt Place, has stood in the midst of vacant land for sev- eral years. For years, those involved have expected officials would fold the 1400 block of West Roosevelt Road into the Roosevelt Square redevel- opment project. Now Immanuel Baptist Church has filed a lawsuit, seeking to force the City to allow it to buy the one- story brick building it uses for a chapel and the three-flat next door to the west. The church pays $2,700 a month in rent and has agreed to buy the property for $750,000. The issue: 19 off-street parking places. City officials demand the church provide them, but the pro- perty does not have room. Anyway, church officials say, there is plenty of parking on the street and in a nearby lot. "Although a dispute over parking may seem trivial, this case concerns nothing less than the church's fun- damental civil rights," according to the suit, filed in U.S. District Court. Immanuel Baptist, at 1443 W. Roosevelt, has occupied the store- front since 2011. Its congregation numbers around 60, with weekly attendance about 80 and capacity for 146 people maximum. Continued on page 6 By Dan Kolen Despite Congressional Republi- cans' failure in their attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or "Obamacare") in March, many of the protections in the ACA remain on the chopping block, as both the Trump Administration and Congress still have options allowing them to weaken the law and in April ramped up another attempt at repeal. The potential impact on Chica- goans has some local people con- cerned, while others point out the pitfalls and high costs of the ACA. "It looks quite catastrophic to me," said State Senator Mattie Hun- ter (D-3rd) of possible repeal. "We would have tremendous amounts of loss, and the previously unin- sured then would probably come back out uninsured again." One item being discussed is rol- ling back on coverage for individ- uals with pre-existing conditions. "Pre-existing conditions are still in play," said Dick Simpson, political science professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. As Republi- cans threatened to repeal protec- tions for people with pre-existing conditions, Republican members of Congress faced angry constituents at town hall meetings in April. "Even Republicans are concerned about covering pre-existing conditions," Simpson said. If lawmakers repeal the ACA, 1.2 million Illinois residents would lose their insurance in two years, and Il- linois would face a $49.9 billion Federal funding loss, according to Continued on page 10 Bridgeport's Morgan Street will undergo streetscape, infrastructure renovation. See page 14. May 5, 2017 Vol. 35, No.1 CHICAGO

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