Friday, February 06, 2004

Progress on saving Cook County Hospital

The building is still alive!

Another vote on issuing a demolition permit was postponed and developers were allowed to give their pitches to the Cook County Board this week, as this Chicago Tribune article details.

The most uplifting part of the story was about my Commissioner, Bobbie Steele:

Commissioner Bobbie Steele, whose West Side district includes the hospital, said after the meeting that she had once believed it should go but is no longer sure.

Steele said she was "really impressed" with one of the presentations, adding that she would seek her constituents' input. Steele said she "took a beating" a few years ago for supporting a proposal to build a new traffic court on the West Side, which was unpopular in her district. The court project ultimately was canceled.

"I don't want to take a beating for tearing a building down," Steele said.


so those phone calls absolutely do matter. I'm going to continue to call (I even sent her a letter), so I hope you Cook County residents will call your commissioner as well. And why is Forrest Claypool supporting demolition? Northwest Siders: Get on the phone!

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