Monthly Archives: September 2020

Chicago Keeps Going

All is not lost and there is optimism in the air. Despite the incredible challenges we have all been facing, Chicago is still going.  From new buildings to great educational performances, creative ways of maintaining and even growing local businesses, Chicagoans are trying to stay afloat.

The Pullman National Monument recently conducted a ceremony marking their progress on what will eventually become a new tourist attraction in Chicago’s South Side.   On the spot that passenger railroad cars were being built, the area is being renovated with over $34m in public and private funds.  Once complete it will become a visitors center for the national monument.

In the Southern Illinois University (SIU) system most students are back learning.  Some are in class, others, off and still others are in a hybrid program.  Through this, there is much optimism that there will be an ability to contain the spread of the virus.

When it comes to education it seems that Chicago figures are positive.  Over 82 percent of students graduated in five years last spring – which was 2% higher than last year. The 2019-20 graduation rates are said to have “shown resilience” and according to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot:

“This is incredibly great news when you consider the challenges we all faced this past year, especially our students.”

Local Job Creation During Tough Times

There are so many industries that have suffered with the impacts of the coronavirus.  Many thousands have lost their jobs.  Here we take a look at some of the industries that are slowly bouncing back.

While public transportation everywhere has definitely taken a hit during the coronavirus pandemic as people self-isolate and avoid crowds, there is some good news for the industry.  The Chicago Transit Authority is working hard in this area and has recently created more jobs in the industry as the city slowly re-opens.

Currently, the CTA is recruiting mechanics and bus drivers.   Plus, bus operators are also welcome to apply.  The CTA has not had vacancies for the latter position since before the stay at home order went into place in the state of Illinois back in March.

Then there is the Green Era Renewable Energy and Urban Farming Campus which is seeking to build up the South Side of Chicago with job creation, renewable energy and fresh food.  The campus is getting some fiscal aid from the state in the form of $2 million via the Rebuild Illinois program.

This has helped it reach its goal of fundraising for the $32m project it is developing on the brownfield 9-acre land site.