Gazette Chicago 12 01 2017 E Edition Page 1

By Rick Romano While a specific site plan remains a year away, a recently announced proposal to convert a long-aban- doned rail yard in South Loop into an innovation center may trans- form the South Loop and sur- rounding area, the city, and the state while creating and strength- ening partnerships among several universities. Governor Bruce Rauner and Uni- versity of Illinois System President Timothy Killeen in October an- nounced plans for Discovery Part- ners Institute, (DPI) a public-pri- vate research partnership led by the U of I System and expected to grow on part of a 62-acre parcel bordered by Roosevelt Road, Clark Street, 16th Street, and the Chicago River. "DPI will help drive economic growth for generations," Rauner said. "It combines our State's most valuable resources in education, technology, and business so we can attract venture capital to build the businesses and jobs of the future." Killeen said the effort will add to Chicago's innovation infrastruc- ture "at the kind of scale that can massively accelerate progress and economic development in our state." He also pointed to the Uni- versity of Illinois System's "long, rich history of pioneering innova- tion and a legacy of service to Illi- nois and to this global city." Noting the proximity of the By Madeline Makoul In an effort to improve training and promote economic develop- ment, the City is moving forward with a plan for a new $95 million combined police and fire training academy. The new Police Safety Train- ing Academy, proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, has been a long- standing goal for the mayor, said Anthony Guglielmi, chief communi- cations officer for the Chicago Police Department (CPD). The new facility will allow for both in- door and outdoor training, diver- sifying training beyond what the Chicago Police and Chicago Fire Department (CFD) currently have at their 40-year-old facilities. "The new public safety train- ing academy is part of the City's commitment to providing first responders will the best-in-class training as part of broader reforms to ensure first responders have the tools, tactics, and training needed to be successful in their challeng- ing work," Guglielmi said. Officials expect construction to start in 2018, so funding plans al- ready are in the works. The facil- ity will sit on 30.4 acres at 4301 W. Chicago Ave in West Garfield Park, an acquisition that will take up to $10 million of the proposed $95 million budget. Part of the proceeds from the $104.7 million sale of the Chicago Department of Fleet and Facility Management 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 Innovation center proposed for South Loop, will create partnership among universities OTHER HIGHLIGHTS Chinatown SSA Tax debated at City Council hearing. See page 4. See what else is happening "Around the Neighborhood." See page 12. Gazette Chicago's annual Holiday Wish list touches on our city, state, and nation. See page 16. UIC Flames men's soccer team captures its second straight Horizon League title. See page 8. LICNA may take city to court over Roosevelt Square Plan for $95 million police and fire academy moves forward Continued on page 9 Community churches help celebrate the spirit of season. See page 34. December 1, 2017 Vol. 35, No. 8 By Susan S. Stevens A community organization wants the courts to delay construction of a new Roosevelt Square project until it receives answers to some unanswered questions. The Little Italy Chicago Neigh- borhood Association (LICNA) an- nounced at its Nov. 16 meeting that it was asking an attorney to seek a temporary restraining or- der (TRO) to delay the start of con- struction of a new library with six stories of apartments above it. Continued on page 6 Continued on page 2 CHICAGO The Museum of Science and Industry's Christmas Around the World and Holiday of Light exhibit is just one of the many indoor and outdoor events to enjoy this holiday season. Enjoy our "Christmas in Chicago" guide to all the fun for the entire family, beginning on page 18. Extend the hand of friendship through a Spirit of Giving. See how you can have an impact. See page 30.

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