Gazette Chicago 08 05 2016 E Edition Page 1

By Marie Balice-Ward Safety issues took center stage at the 4th Ward town hall meeting on July 18 held by Alderman Sophia King. Also speaking were 1st Police District Commander Robert Klich and Sergeant Athena Mullen. "I am happy to have a ward that has diverse demographics, as- sets, and offerings," said King after noting she has been alderman for three months. Her first initiative was to extend the Safe Passage program, which provides safe routes for students traveling to and from school. King is working with 3rd Ward Alder- man Pat Dowell on this initiative and others. "Jobs and engagement oppor- tunities are needed for youths," she said. She also feels "communities need to take responsibility and join CAPS," the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy program in which local civilians work with police to stop crime. "Positive voices move away negative aspects," she added. King's other priorities include safety, affordable housing, good schools, parity "in all matters," and youth engagement. Other issues raised during the meeting included safe driving, noise pollution from the many fes- tivals in Grant Park, park cleanli- ness, the Black Lives Matter move- ment, the South Loop's shortage of parking, and a billboard. During the meeting's open mic session, a Printers Row business owner voiced her concern about a homeless individual who sleeps in front of area storefronts. "A re- straining order has been pro- cessed, but he continues to sleep in front of our doors," she said, noting the man allegedly has threatened several people. "We have called the police many times, but he continues to return." Outreach Team Klich explained the police homeless outreach team addres- ses these issues. An audience mem- ber, Ron Gordon, who works with the group People United for Action, 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 August 5, 2016 FREE Vol. 34, No. 4 Other highlights: Parental incarceration takes toll on children, Casey report finds. See page 3. Recycling plant coming to Stockyards area. See page 38. Changes may come for new 31st Street CTA bus route. See page 39. INSIDE New playground dedicated at Barbara Jean Wright Court apartments. See page 38. By Rachel Hinton Two years after community leaders made the Chinatown Community Vision Plan public, community officials, particularly from the Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, are paving the way for a special service area (SSA) to ad- dress recommendations for beauti- fication and economic develop- ment. The Chinatown Community Vision Plan provides a framework for future decision making to im- prove the community. It resulted from two years of work led by the Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community (CBCAC), Chinatown considers new SSA for beautification, economic development Continued on page 8 Gazette Back to School Guide of educational institutions. See page 24. Gazette editorial examines Donald Trump nomination. See page 22. By Dan Kolen Some life insurance companies reportedly have made hundreds of millions of dollars by not pay- ing benefits to Illinois residents, according to the Illinois Treasur- er's Office. Legislation that offers a method to provide citizens with funds they have due is awaiting Governor Bruce Rauner's signa- ture. Since 2011, unpaid life insur- ance benefits surpassed $550 mil- lion among 20 insurers in Illinois, according to an audit conducted by the Illinois Treasurer's Office. House Bill 4633, the Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits Act, passed in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly in May. It would require life insurance companies to use the Death Master File, a Life insurance companies under the microscope in Illinois to pay benefits Ald. King, Comdr. Klich address South Loop concerns Continued on page 6 Continued on page 14 Photos courtesy CMAP, Chinatown Vision Plan SSA advocates believe the district would help beautify Chinatown, improve it economically, and fit into the area's Vision Plan.

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