Gazette Chicago 10 06 2017 E Edition Page 1

related to CHA land in the area now known as Roosevelt Square. Current plans call for a new Taylor Street library at Taylor and Ada Streets to replace the existing By Susan S. Stevens and Pat Butler Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) officials, representatives of rede- veloper Related Midwest, and Alderman Jason Ervin (28th Ward) on Sept. 18 discussed plans for a new community library with several floors of public housing included in the building, parking issues, and a requirement for 1,085 units of CHA housing to replace some of the 3,596 public housing apartments lost in the area since 2000 when the CHA began its Plan for Transformation. The discussion occurred at a community meeting called by the Little Italy Chicago Neighbor- hood Association (LICNA) at the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. About 270 people at- tended. The meeting covered issues By Igor Studenkov Allegations of voter fraud have been a hot topic since the 2016 presidential campaign. As a can- didate, Donald Trump made mul- tiple claims that the voting system is "rigged" and that there is "large scale voter fraud" in presidential elections. On May 11, President Trump launched the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. It was charged with investigating "vulnerabilities" in the federal election system that could allow individuals ineligible to vote to cast a ballot illegally. Opponents see the commission as yet another tool in efforts to suppress voting nationwide, which have increased in recent years. Now, Rev. Jesse Jackson, foun- der and president of Chicago- based Rainbow PUSH coalition, has teamed up with civil rights at- torney Barbara Arnwine to launch the Commission for Voter Justice. Jackson described it as some- thing that would counterbalance Trump's narrative and address what he and Arnwine see as the real issues affecting the voting pro- cess: voter ID laws and other ef- forts to make it harder to register to vote and cast a ballot. CVJ will push for automatic voter registra- tion, universal early voting, and re- storing voting rights for ex-felons. When asked for evidence of voter fraud, the Trump campaign INSIDE 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 Roosevelt Square library/housing mix riles local community OTHER HIGHLIGHTS Debate continues over an additional tax on Chinatown. See page 3. CTA to continue 31st Street bus through March 2018. See page 6. Activists demand rent control, more affordable housing. See page 16. Rev. Donald V. Becker, Near West Side icon, passes away at age 89. See page 30. Developments like Park Works stir gentrification concerns in Pilsen community. See page 19. River City, University Center signal changing South Loop landscape Rainbow PUSH, activists push back on Trump's voter fraud commission Continued on page 13 Stressful times make it difficult to stay focused in Trump era. See Editorial page 26. October 6, 2017 Vol. 35, No.6 By Rick Romano Proposed changes to two South Loop buildings signal an evolv- ing economic landscape and the area's continuing residential and commercial growth. River City, the mixed-use struc- ture at 800 S. Wells St., has 449 con- dominiums and street-level busi- nesses. Condo owners are weigh- ing a $100 million buyout to covert the building to apartments. Officials from three local in- stitutions recently sold University Center, the housing at 525 S. State St. for their schools' students, gar- nering more than $200 million while the site remains primarily student focused. From condos to apartments At River City, the $100 million purchase offer comes from Marc Realty Capital, which previously has offered $81.47 million and $92.2 million to buy the site. Nei- ther of those earlier offers gained the approval minimum of 75% of owners required by Illinois statute. Condo association attorney Kelly Elmore of KSN, a condo spe- cialty practice in Chicago, said of- ficials will know the vote total af- ter the Tuesday, Oct. 24, deadline. "With a lot of owners out of town, this takes a lot of time," El- more said. Marc Realty Capital and the condo association both declined to comment, but a real estate ex- pert and area community group representatives offered their views regarding the transaction. They Continued on page 10 Continued on page 8 CHICAGO Photo by Troy Heinzeroth LICNA board member Regina Scannicchio (right) extends a handshake to Mary Baggett, president of the ABLA Local Advisory Council, as the two agree to work together on Roosevelt Square issues at a September 18 meeting.

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