Parents, activists to city: Probe Pilsen high school roof damage

March 14, 2017

“Community activists and parents of students at Benito Juarez High School called on the city to investigate how a chunk of the Pilsen high school’s roof was ripped off during a violent windstorm Monday night. Speaking to reporters across the street from the school, Byron Sigcho, director of the Pilsen Alliance, urged the city’s Department […]

Chicago needs rent control, Pilsen Alliance statement

  “In the past 10 years, rapid gentrification in Pilsen has forced about 10,000 low-income people to leave the neighborhood, said Byron Sigcho, co-director of the Pilsen Alliance community group. “There’s so much speculation there that it’s just going to get worse,” he said Original article: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/realestate/20170309/CRED0701/170309863/rep-will-guzzardi-proposes-rent-control-for-chicago For more information please check out this interview: […]

After Roof Blows Off Juarez School, Pilsen Parents Demand Answers From CPS

PILSEN — After a section of a roof at Benito Juarez Community Academy blew off in high winds Monday night, parents at the school are demanding answers from Chicago Public Schools leaders. At the Pilsen school Wednesday, Juarez parents said the roof, which was installed less than 10 years ago, showed signs that it might not have been installed […]

Pilsen protesters say 25th Ward schools hit hard by $46M CPS budget freeze

CHICAGO (WLS) — Protesters say Pilsen schools are among the hardest hit by recent budget cuts by Chicago Public Schools. CPS announced last week it was freezing $46 million in discretionary funds in response to Governor Bruce Rauner’s $215 million cut to the district’s schools. As a result, Benito Juarez High School administrators learned they […]

Redevelopment brings opposition, charges in Pilsen

After several attempts to meet with the owners and developers of a controversial retail building at 917 W. 18th St., members of the Pilsen Alliance are moving ahead without them. The group also expressed concern over campaign contributions that Alderman Danny Solis (25th) allegedly has received from developers. Owners of the existing building hope to […]