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July 02, 2020

Culver’s Coming to Pullman in Latest Milestone for Neighborhood’s Revitalization

The first fully freestanding Culver’s in Chicago is headed to the city’s historic Pullman neighborhood. The first sit-down restaurant to open in the community in many years will be built on a vacant lot at the corner of 111th Street and Doty Avenue, adjacent to the thriving Pullman Park Shopping Center and a new Amazon distribution center opening in the fall of 2020.

Ant-Cruelty Society and Alderman Beale Partner in Pet Food Giveaway

-- The Anti-Cruelty Society will deliver Wednesday dry cat and dog food to 9th Ward Alderman Anthony Beale’s Community Service Office to serve the Roseland and Pullman neighborhoods, as well as to Breakthrough Urban Ministries in East Garfield Park.

The food delivery complements The Anti-Cruelty Society’s Friends Who Care Program that provides pet food for people in need so they are able to keep their pets. With the expansion of the program due to COVID-19, the Society has provided more than 350,000 pet meals since April 2020.

June 08, 2020

Some Alderman Still Resentful A Week After Looting, Critize Mayor Lightfoot

Some Aldermen Still Resentful A Week After Looting, Criticize Mayor Lightfoot

By Dana KozlovJune 8, 2020 at 6:50 pm

June 01, 2020

Residents Assess Damage in Aftermath of Looting on South Side, Loop

Paris Schutz | June 1, 2020, 8:35 pm

Ald. Anthony Beale, 9th Ward, lamented the weekend’s staggeringly high crime statistics: 27 homicides, 92 shooting victims from Friday night to Sunday night.

Beale has called for 3,000 National Guardsmen to be deployed to keep peace in the neighborhoods, even as Gov. J.B. Pritzker has ordered 250 more Monday to be deployed across the state; he send 375 to Chicago on Sunday.

“They’re trying to protect downtown at the expense of the communities, while we’re fighting for resources,” Beale said. “There was nothing in place for the South Side, West Side or North Side, so that’s why you see chaos happening right now.”

May 30, 2020

Aldermen Calling for 3,000 National Guardsman & 8PM Curfew to Protect South Side

Aldermen Calling for 3,000 National Guardsman & 8PM Curfew to Protect South Side

April 29, 2020

Chicago Grants Approval for Another Amazon

“This is another huge step in the continuing renaissance in the Pullman community,” 9th Ward Alderman Anthony Beale told Bisnow. “Crime is declining, and that’s because we’re bringing hope to the community, whether it’s new shopping or hundreds of jobs coming in.” Amazon said it is anxious to get the facility up and running before the holiday season, he added, and the statewide shutdown orders have made that goal even more important.

Read more at: https://www.bisnow.com/chicago/news/industrial/city-grants-approval-for-another-amazon-fulfillment-center-104139?utm_source=CopyShare&utm_medium=Browser

April 26, 2020

Ald. Anthony Beale Joins Volunteers To Give Away Masks On Far South Side

April 01, 2020

Pullman Community Center provides athletics and academics

The Pullman Community Center has become an important fixture in the year and a half since it opened. It began with a vision from 9th Ward Alderman Anthony Beale to build an indoor baseball facility, but the vision later mushroomed into the center it is today. By Tia Carol Jones

April 01, 2020

COVID-19 and Pullman’s promises: Alderman says the neighborhood will bounce back

CHICAGO — A month ago, the Pullman neighborhood was promised big money, big development and jobs. Then COVID-19 hit hard.

The South Side neighborhood’s $20 million community center was shut down along with its schools. Small businesses are also struggling.

But 9th Ward Alderman Anthony Beale said his community is hitting back. By Joe Donlon

April 08, 2020

City imposes curfew on liquor sales

Liquor stores in the city will have to close at 9 p.m., starting Wednesday. Grocery and convenience stores that sell beer, wine and liquor will not be required to close early, so long as they stop selling packaged goods at 9 p.m.

By Fran Spielman 

January 27, 2020

Ald. Anthony Beale Plans Rush Job For Amazon Distribution Center In Pullman

CHICAGO (CBS) — Amazon is eyeing vacant land in Pullman for a new 40-acre distribution facility, and although the tech giant has said it has not made any final decisions yet, the local alderman is moving to expedite the approval process for the project in hopes of having the center up and running by the end of October. By Todd Feurer

September 23, 2019

One of Lightfoot’s Loudest City Council Critics Speaks Out

During her campaign, Mayor Lori Lightfoot portrayed herself as an anti-corruption crusader committed to shutting down Chicago’s political machine. Her first day in office, she signed an executive order stripping aldermen of much of their power.

June 10, 2019

Gately’s Peoples Store Neon Sign Will Live On After Fire

CHICAGO — After fire gutted the old Gately’s Peoples Store in Roseland last week, Ald. Anthony A. Beale (9th) said he’s working with members of the Gately family to save the store’s historic neon sign

October 21, 2017

Another Step In Pullman's Revival Heralded As Potbelly Opens

 Mayor Rahm Emanuel and 9th Ward Ald. Anthony Beale joined the community in celebrating the grand opening of Pullman's new Potbelly Sandwich Shop and retail center Monday.

October 06, 2017

Poe Elementary in Pullman earns National Blue Ribbon School Recognition

ALDERMAN ANTHONY BEALE, Poe Elementary School Principal Eric R. Dockery and Representative Elgie Sims, Jr. (D-34th District) joined Mayor Emanuel, CPS officials, students and their parents honoring Pullman’s Poe Elementary School for being named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education on September 28, 2017.

September 13, 2017

Pullman Crossings Is The Latest Chapter In Pullman's Turnaround - Bisnow Chicago

Fourteen miles south of downtown, a tiny South Side neighborhood has undergone a steady recovery from poverty and high crime rates, fueled in part by real estate development. That neighborhood took another step forward last week.

September 05, 2017

Planned warehouses could bring thousands of jobs to Pullman - Chicago Tribune

Months before a Whole Foods distribution center is set to open in Pullman, developers are planning more than a million square feet of distribution space next door.

The project could bring thousands of jobs to the South Side neighborhood.

Minneapolis-based developer Ryan Cos. and nonprofit community developer Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives said they plan multiple industrial buildings totaling as much as 1.2 million square feet on land immediately north of the Whole Foods facility. U.S. Bank, which owns the land, is also involved in the project.

The exact number of jobs will depend on the type of tenants that lease space, but the project could potentially create as many as thousands of jobs, according to 9th Ward Ald. Anthony Beale.

August 30, 2017

Surge Pricing Crackdown Would Stop Crazy Fares During CTA Outage - DNAinfo

CITY HALL — Aldermen Wednesday endorsed a measure that would limit ride-share companies' ability to raise their prices during an emergency like the one that shut down Brown, Red and Purple lines during the morning rush hour on Aug. 15.

Authored by Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) and endorsed by the City Council Committee on Transportation and the Public Way, the measure would cap fares for companies like Uber or Lyft at 150 percent of the average price for a ride during the seven days before the "unforeseen emergency."

January 01, 2020

Ald. Beale moves to curb surge pricing by Uber, Lyft - DNAinfo

Ride-hailing drivers would be fingerprinted — and required to rein in “surge pricing” — under a surprise crackdown that advanced through a City Council committee over the objections of Uber and Lyft.

Earlier this year, Transportation Committee Chairman Anthony Beale (9th) told the Chicago Sun-Times that a city commission charged with conducting an “independent study” of fingerprinting was poised to recommend that the city not adopt the requirement for Uber and Lyft drivers. But the committee has yet to issue its final report.

January 01, 2020

'Heads Should Roll' Over Red-Light Ticket Settlement, Alderman Says - DNAinfo

CITY HALL — "Heads should roll" over the need for the city to pay $38.75 million to settle claims it failed to allow motorists to challenge tickets issued by red-light and speed cameras, Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) said.

 

Beale, the chairman of the council's transportation committee and a long-time critic of the city's red-light and speed cameras, called the settlement "disturbing" and said the system was "corrupt from the very beginning."

July 20, 2017

Settlement of red-light camera snafu to send refunds to 1.2M motorists - Chicago Sun-Times

. . . . Ald. Anthony Beale (9th), chairman of the City Council’s Transportation Committee, was outraged that Chicago taxpayers were on the hook for nearly $40 million because somebody in the City Hall bureaucracy dropped the ball on due process. . . .

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