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By Eva Hoffmann No matter who wins, the 10th State Legislative District, which covers parts of the Near West Side, West Side, and West Loop, will have a new Representative in January. Derrick Smith recently held the seat but was convicted in June 2014 of bribery charges. Pamela Reaves-Harris defeated Smith in the March 2014 Democratic pri- mary and became 10th District State Representative. After only one term, however, she decided not to run again. Melissa Conyears won this year's Democratic primary, and Mark Spognardi won the Repub- lican primary. The two will face off on the Nov. 8 ballot. Melissa Conyears was born and raised on the West Side. She noted she was raised by a single mother who encouraged her lead- ership skills and motivated her to strive for a better life. Conyears holds an MBA in human resources By Marie Balice-Ward Republican challengers hope to defeat two longtime incumbent Democratic Congressmen on Tuesday, Nov. 8, as August O'Neill Deuser is taking on incumbent Bobby Rush in the 1st District and Jeffrey A. Leef aims to defeat incumbent Danny K. Davis in the 7th District. 1ST DISTRICT Incumbent and Democrat Bobby Rush has served in Con- gress since 1993. "I consider my major accom- plishments to include the land- mark Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, an ef- fective congressional response to an unprecedented wave of con- sumer product safety recalls be- tween 2006 and 2007," Rush said. "Through advocacy I have led efforts to fund major infrastruc- ture projects in the district such 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 November 4, 2016 FREE Vol. 34, No. 7 By Susan S. Stevens Tempers are sky-high among peo- ple who live both east and west of the Illinois Medical District (IMD) because of loud helicopters that neighbors said disobey Vertiport Chicago instructions to fly along railroad tracks rather than over res- idential areas. Vertiport Chicago is located at 1339 S. Wood St. in the IMD area. One area resident passed out flyers, urging people to contact the Gazette to express their concerns. More than one dozen did. The area "sounds like a war zone," said Rebecca Hendrick, a resident of Bowler Street in the Tri- Taylor area and professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. "Helicopters fly low and directly over the neighborhood" way too often, she said. "The helicopter noise is too damn loud and way too frequent," said Floyd Bednarz of Flournoy Street. "I can't even carry on a con- versation when one flies overhead." He counted 12 fly-overs between 5:45 and 6:30 a.m. one day. On a re- cent morning when it was raining, "nothing. They couldn't fly, so there was peace and quiet," he said. "One of the main reasons for us purchasing a house in this neigh- borhood was that our street was so quiet," said Lazar Milanov of Bishop Street. "Not any more," he added. Milanov said he spoke with Ald. Ja- son Ervin (28th), and the alderman Helicopter noise tests patience of neighbors along Taylor Street area Continued on page 12 INSIDE Other highlights: Urban Forum experts concerned about possible 'jobless economy.' See page 3 Work starts on $300 million IMD Gateway project. See page 14 Investigation continues on Heart of Chicago fires. See page 16 AT&T and City Year support Phillips Academy High. See page 16. Gazette endorses Hillary Clinton for President. View full list of Endorsements. See page 26. Community celebrates Columbus Day. Read more in Around the Neighborhood. See page 20. Tenth State House District to have yet another new Representative Republican challengers hope to defeat two Democratic Congressmen Continued on page 6 Melissa Conyears. Bobby Rush. Continued on page 11 VOTE 2016

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