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  • Supreme Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage
    Posted: 6/26/2015
    We are all thrilled with the Supreme Court ruling today that legalizes same-sex marriage in all 50 States ? a day that many of us thought we would never see in our lifetime.

    ?We have fought hard to secure equal rights and must continue to share in the responsibility of building a great community, society and country.
    It?s important to remember that we still have work to do. In other states you can still be fired for being LGBT. A situation that is hurtful to employees and employers alike. Youth homelessness still disproportionately affects our community and Transgender visibility and acceptance are just gaining ground in many places. HIV/AIDS is still with us and the stigma surrounding it is pervasive.

    ?This is a banner day for our community and we look forward to celebrating this and our many victories this weekend at the Pride Parade and other Pride events.

    ?Our theme this year is, ?Keep Pride Proud,? and I ask that everyone visiting our neighborhoods take pride in themselves and community ? with behavior that reflects this motto.

    Please use the CTA, walk or bike to join us this weekend, celebrate responsibly, and ?Keep Pride Proud.?
  • CTA to Provide Additional Service for 2015 Chicago Pride Parade
    Posted: 6/25/2015
    Customers are encouraged to purchase fares in advance, consider alternative routes and allow extra travel time.

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  • Alderman Announce Formation of City of Chicago LGBT Caucus
    Posted: 6/19/2015
    On Wednesday, June 17th, the five LGBT members of the Chicago City Council announced the formation of the City of Chicago Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Caucus.
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  • LGBT Caucus Calls on Gay and Bisexual Men to Get Meningitis Vaccine
    Posted: 6/18/2015
    Vaccinations available at pride festivities as health officials encourage community members to help protect themselves and others

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  • Health Advisory:Small but serious Invasive Meningococcal Disease outbreak
    Posted: 6/4/2015
    The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) urges sexually active men who have sex with men (MSM) living with HIV and MSM who have anonymous sex partners or use 'hook up' apps to identify sexual partners to get vaccinated to prevent Invasive Meningococcal Disease (IMD). CDPH and the CDC have recently identified a small outbreak of the rare but severe infection among MSM in Chicago, which can be deadly if left untreated. Since reported, CDPH has been closely monitoring each case, has determined that the outbreak is isolated to a specific subpopulation and is working with community partners to spread the word and make vaccines available to target groups and protect the health of all of Chicago residents.
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  • Purple Line Express Evening Pilot
    Posted: 6/4/2015
    The CTA has approved a six-week pilot program to test an additional evening round-trip Purple Line Express train between Davis Street and the Loop. The purpose of the pilot is to address a need for later express service for employers both in Evanston and Chicago. The pilot begins June 1 through July 10 and may continue permanently if the pilot is successful.
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  • Farmers Markets in the 44th Ward
    Posted: 6/4/2015
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  • Information on this Year's Pride Parade
    Posted: 6/3/2015
    Over the past several months, Alderman Cappleman and I have met with city leaders to discuss the future of the Pride Parade. Everyone consulted is in agreement -- if we do not see a serious improvement in behavior and the parade?s impact on our surrounding residents' quality of life this year, we will have no choice but to move the parade out of Lakeview. This is a key year for determining whether or not the Pride Parade will stay in our community.
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  • Man Charged in Lakeview Homicide
    Posted: 5/30/2015
    The Chicago Police Department has a suspect in custody for the fatal shooting of a 25-year old man on the 900 block of W. Oakdale this morning. Kristopher Pitts, of the 1100 block of N. Central Park Ave., has been arrested after being identified as the offender. Police believe the shooting stemmed from an armed robbery for a cell phone.

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  • Speed Detection Notification Sign Installation
    Posted: 5/28/2015
    The Department of Transportation will be installing Speed Detection Notification Signs on the 1500 block of Belmont. The sign is designed to flash the vehicle speed and will be in place a minimum of two weeks, but up to four weeks, for data collection purposes only.
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  • Larvicide Beginning
    Posted: 5/26/2015
    Starting this week, and continuing through the next several weeks, crews will begin dropping larvacide in catch basins throughout the City. This annual activity is done to decrease the number of mosquitoes that can transmit the West Nile virus. Crews are easily identifiable - they will be wearing orange vests and will be escorted by staff and vehicles from the Department of Water Management.
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  • Red-Purple Bypass Project Public Hearing on June 3
    Posted: 5/26/2015
    Wednesday, June 3, 2015
    6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
    Center on Halsted (Gymnasium)
    3656 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60613
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  • Filming Notice for the 3100 Block of Sheffield
    Posted: 5/9/2015
    On Tuesday, May 12th, 2015, MD Productions will be filming scenes for a film project entitled "MICHELLE DARNELL" in our neighborhood. The Chicago Film Office and the City of Chicago Police Department are working with us to ensure that this day of filming goes smoothly. There will be some parking restrictions in place during this time.
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  • Filming Notice for the 3100 block of Halsted
    Posted: 4/30/2015
    AOL/HuffingtonPost will be filming scenes for an upcoming web-series in Lakeview on Monday, May 5th, between the hours of 6:00am-8:00pm.

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  • CTA Begins Next Phase of Major Upgrade of Brown, Purple Line Work
    Posted: 4/9/2015
    Construction will require occasional weekend-only reroutes of Brown Line trains to the Red Line subway; free bus shuttles to be provided at affected stations.

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