Chicago 2nd Ward runoff election forum video

There's a runoff election April 7. If you watch TV, you've might have heard about the mayor's race. But if you live in the 2nd Ward, mail carriers bring daily reminders about the aldermanic runoff.

Candidates Alex Pattison and Brian Hopkins squared off March 24 at Columbus Elementary school, in a debate moderated by the Chicago Tribune's Hal Dardick and Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business.

Thanks to CAN TV for video of the event, and to principal Wendy Anne Oleksy, organizer Steve Niketopolous and EVA co-sponsors the Noble Square Home Owners Association, the Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association and the Wicker Park Committee.

Photos from the event are on the EVA Facebook page.

If you haven't voted in the redrawn ward, look up your polling place.

Developer rehabs St. Boniface plan

St. Boniface Church and the John Hancock Center mark the Chestnut Street skyline west of Eckhart Park.

East Village Association board minutes for March 9, 2015 submitted by Michael VanDam

New board, committee appointments

2nd Ward Aldermanic Debate

East Village Association will co-sponsor a March 24 debate at Columbus Elementary School, 1003 N. Leavitt. The format will offer more leeway with questions and responses, because only the two runoff candidates will be participating. Board members discussed ways EVA could help increase voter turnout.

Social Media

Board members explored creating an East Village Facebook group in addition to the EVA Facebook page. While it lacks the power of in-person interaction, a group might add to neighbor input outside monthly meetings. A subcommittee will explore social media opportunities.

Planning, Preservation and Development

No additional information is available on the ground-floor tenant moving into the Amber Building, 1620 W. Chicago Ave.

St. Boniface Church neighbors have been informed the church at 1358 W. Chestnut St. may be converted into 112 apartments for low-wage workers. The rehab plan, presented in a meeting with Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. (27th Ward), has twice the unit count of a previous plan for senior housing. Scott Rappe will obtain an update.


McKnight will spearhead an initiative to get more local businesses to join EVA. Board members considered a “welcome packet” or small flyer explaining EVA and how to join.

New Business

Patio license renewal season is occurring now: The board needs to work with Ald. Proco Joe Moreno (1st Ward) to ensure that Division Street businesses adhere to plans filed with the city.

Speaker suggestions for future EVA meetings are welcome.

Attendees at West Town Bakery & Diner: Gladys Alcazar-Anselmo, Rich Anselmo, David Burns, Dan Johnson, Neal McKnight, Greg Nagel, Stephen Rynkiewicz, Tom Tomek, Michael VanDam, Bob Zwolinski.

Chicago 2nd Ward runoff debate


Candidates in the Chicago runoff election for 2nd Ward alderman will face off March 24 at Columbus Elementary School. 1003 N. Leavitt St.

Crain’s Chicago Business political editor Greg Hinz and Chicago Tribune reporter Hal Dardick will moderate the forum.

Candidates in the April 7 election are the top two vote-getters in the six-way Feb. 24 primary race

  • Brian Hopkins - former aide to Cook County Commissioner John Daley.
  • Alyx Pattison - lawyer, local school council representative , former aide to Rep. Jan Schakowsky.

The format will allow open-ended questions with follow-up, as well as direct questions between the candidates. Propose questions for the panel at

The event is sponsored by the East Village Association, the Noble Square Home Owners Association, the Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association and the Wicker Park Committee.

Ward boundaries stretch from Lake Shore Drive to Oakley Boulevard and Huron Street to Wrightwood Avenue. Mayoral candidate Robert W. “Bob” Fioretti is the incumbent.

Bring your neighbors: The debate will start at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. Parking is available in the school lot across from the entrance. Please enter the building on the west.

CAN TV will be covering the event live. It will be seen on cable channel 27 and streamed at

Check your registration status, find your voting place and learn about early voting at the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners website.

East Village Association officers 2015-2016

Another week, another election: East Village Association members will vote Monday, March 2, for the group's president, vice president, treasurer and secretary.

There'll also be details on the runoff for 2nd Ward alderman. EVA will co-sponsor a debate between finalists Brian Hopkins and Alyx Pattison March 24 at Columbus School, 1003 N. Leavitt St. Crain's Chicago Business political editor Greg Hinz will moderate. The city runoff election is April 7.

Talcott preschool applications 2015-2016

By Sachin Master

Wondering what the first or next step in your toddler’s education should be? Check out the preschool program at Talcott Fine Arts & Museum Academy. Learn more about the program and application process here.

Talcott will host a special open house for families from 5 to 6pm on March 17 at the school, 1840 W. Ohio St. To attend, email your name, preferred email and phone number.

CPS Ready to Learn representatives will be on hand to take applications from 8 to 11am March 31. The preschool program is not attendance boundaries and is open to anyone in the EVA community.