The UIC Bid in the News
Chicago Mayoral, Aldermanic Challengers Court West Side Voters at Local Forum
From Progress Illinois:
Chicago aldermanic hopefuls running in the West Side's crowded 24th Ward race made their pitch to voters at a Tuesday night candidate forum, with many vowing to, if elected, boost employment and economic opportunities in the North Lawndale community.
...in the audience was Paul Norrington, founder of the North Lawndale Presidential Library Committee, which partnered with the University of Illinois at Chicago on a proposal to bring the Obama Presidential Library to North Lawndale. While many of the aldermanic contenders talked about the need for economic development in the ward, few addressed the "game-changing" potential library site and the future community benefits and challenges associated with it, Norrington noted.
If "we get the library, whoever the alderman is, there are also dangers that come with that, because gentrification will follow," he explained. "What are their plans on dealing with that gentrification issue? There will be plenty of opportunities coming to the ward. How will that be managed? Whoever is the alderman this next term, they're going to have a big job just because of the library, and I hope that they can focus in on that."
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Chicago mayoral and 24th Ward aldermanic hopefuls spoke to West Side residents at a Tuesday night candidate forum. Progress Illinois was there for the event. Photo from Progress Illinois. Story by Ellyn Fortino.
UIC's Two-Site Obama Library Proposal Would Build Over the Eisenhower
From DNA Info
UNIVERSITY VILLAGE — UIC wants to build over part of the Eisenhower Expy. as part of its bid to construct a two-site Obama Presidential Library on the city's West Side.
Last week, the University of Illinois at Chicago submitted a comprehensive proposal to host the Obama Presidential Library. The proposal was submitted in conjunction with the Steans Family Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving the North Lawndale community. More
A UIC rendering shows what the east-west corridor would
look like from Downtown under the university's proposal to
host the Obama Presidential Library. Photo: UIC Media
UIC Releases Ambitious Obama
Presidential Library Proposal
From Curbed Chicago
UIC hopes to connect its campus with the West Side of Chicago, going to City
Limits. The proposed development includes 2 sites--one on UIC's campus and
one in North Lawndale at Roosevelt and Kostner. The Library and related
infrastructure improvements could potentially impact an area that would reach
about 1 mile north of I-290 at its northernmost point, and about 2 blocks south of
Douglas Park at its southernmost point. Photo: Curbed Chicago
The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) has publicly unveiled its bid for the future Obama Presidential Library. In its proposal, the university wants to bring the institution to the near-south and west sides of the city in a large two-location project. The first site is on UIC's campus near the northwest corner of Harrison and Halsted and the second location is in North Lawndale, near the northeast corner of Roosevelt and Kostner. More