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Around Rogers Park: Arson on Touhy – One Dead, all Homeless

 

A tragic fire in the 1700-block of Touhy Avenue destroyed a 15-unit apartment building in the early morning hours of June 5. The fire resulted in the death of one of the building’s residents, Maria Silva, who died after attempting to jump from the burning building. Even worse, the fire appears to have been deliberately started by a woman who has now been charged with murder and aggravated arson, according to an ABC-7 report filed June 7.

Due to the extensive smoke and fire damage, the entire building had to be evacuated and is currently vacant. The Rogers Park Builders Group, along with many other individuals, non-profits and business organizations, contributed money to help displaced residents find new places to live and rebuild their lives. Donations can still be made to help victims of this tragic event through Northside Community Resources. Their website is: https://www.northsidecommunityresources.org/donate/

 

Around Rogers Park: Chicago Math and Science Academy Ranks #1 Charter School in Illinois

 

U.S. News and World Report ranked the Chicago Math and Science Academy the number one Charter School in Illinois, with an overall ranking of 69th of all high schools in the state. This would be an impressive achievement under any circumstances, but is all the more remarkable, given that the student body is 98% minority and is drawn largely from within the Rogers Park community. Many of the students at the Academy are from low and moderate-income families, and a significant number are either immigrants and refugees, or are the children of immigrants and refugees.

The success of the Academy would seem to prove that your zip code need not determine your destiny. Many graduates of the Academy have been accepted to some of the best colleges and universities in the country and have gone on to successful careers, in STEM-related fields and other endeavors.

Rogers Park Builders Group has been a proud supporter of the Chicago Math and Science Academy, most recently presenting the school with a $1,000 check as part of the Giving Tree campaign to upgrade technology. Congratulations to the Academy for their great accomplishments and the well-deserved recognition they have received from U.S. News and World Report.

 

Around Rogers Park: Summer in the City – Rogers Park-style

 

Summer in Rogers Park always goes by much too quickly. By the time anyone reads this article, the summer will be almost over. For Rogers Parkers, summer is a time to enjoy many of life’s small pleasure – hanging out in outdoor cafes with friends; spending weekends at any of the neighborhood’s beautiful beaches, or buying seasonal produce at the Glenwood Sunday Market.

 

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Around Rogers Park: Loyola University Grant to Wellness Clinic at Gale Academy

 

Speaking of Loyola University, this venerable institution has once again stepped up to the plate with a major donation to Gale Academy for the construction of the SMART Health and Wellness Clinic at the Gale Academy Elementary School. Loyola’s $25,000 donation was the amount of money needed to begin construction of this important project, and represents the largest one-time donation ever made by the university. This grant demonstrates pretty clearly the degree to which Loyola University is committed to the Rogers Park community, and cares about the children who live here. The Health and Wellness Clinic will be an important community resource, not just for the students at Gale Academy, but also for their families and other community members.

According to Alderman Joe Moore’s June 28th email newsletter, “Heartland Health Centers will be the medical provider at the clinic, offering sustainable, academically-focused care, in fidelity to the SMART model. Ginn Group Consulting CEO, Melanie Ginn, developed the SMART model in collaboration with CVS Health.”

Rogers Park Builders Group also supported the Health and Wellness Clinic with a $2,000 donation. Individual members of RPBG donated additional money, bringing the total RPBG contribution to about $5,000 for the clinic.We applaud Loyola for their incredibly generous contribution, and celebrate the planned addition of the clinic to Gale Academy for the benefit of the entire Rogers Park community.

 

 

RPBG Support of Local Schools

Sullivan High School

RPBG and it's members support local schools, including Sullivan High School.

 

The Rogers Park Builders Group consists of property owners, developers and other real estate professionals in the East Rogers Park area of Chicago, whose mission is to promote responsible property management, ownership and development in our community. Since 1992, we have worked with community partners with the goal of improving our community.
 
Starting three years ago, our organization took on a special interest in our local schools, and we have engaged in a multiyear plan to offer financial support in the area of arts, sports and capital improvements.

 

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New Incentives for Affordable Housing


Photo courtesy of Community Investment Corporation

All too often, in Chicago and Cook County, local governments seem to believe that every housing problem can be solved by levying more costs on property owners and making their lives more difficult! This can been seen in the relentless property tax increases and ever-growing list of mandates, fees and penalties that apply to property owners who do not strictly follow all of the rules that the city and county seem to take pleasure in constantly expanding.

 

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As I See It: The Allure of Other Shores – Indiana, Michigan and Beyond



In the late ‘60s, before it was common for middle-income families to travel long distances for vacations, my parents and their friends would gather (often over their Saturday night Bridge Club dinners) and discuss their upcoming vacation plans.

 

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RPBG Gives Back - A Sustained Commitment to Improving Our Community

 

 

May 2018 Meeting Donation

RPBG and individual members giving Gale Academy Principal Augustine Emuwa $5000 to support their campaign for an on site health clinic - a project that should boost attendance and productivity of its students.

 

The Rogers Park Builders Group has given back to the Rogers Park community since its inception. But, in recent years, this giving has increased significantly. While we continue to support a broad range of organizations and events, we have created a dedicated funding stream for educational initiatives that focuses on giving to local Chicago Public Schools. This initiative sets aside approximately $7,500 per year for a three-year period, beginning in 2017. To the extent our budget will allow us to continue to make these funds available beyond this three-year period, we will make every effort to do so.

 

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Ups and Downs - Spring 2018



If you look at a chart of the Dow Jones Industrial Average over the last ten years, you see an almost unbroken upward trajectory that started early in 2009 at the depth of the Great Recession, and continued until nearly the end of January of this year.

 

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Something New

 

Although it’s been slow to arrive, spring is finally here. That means it’s also time for a new Newsletter, the quarterly Rogers Park Builder. For many years, the Builder was laid out, printed and physically mailed to our readers. As technology changed, we changed too, converting our physical delivery system to email-only.

 

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New Concepts, Old Traditions

 

RPBG members and guests discuss screening policies at the RPBGs first Best Practices Workshop at our March meeting

RPBG has started the year off with a bang. With Mike Glasser once again serving as President of the organization (this is his second time in the role), the organization has already presented two events that have been both well attended and well received.

 

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