News

Council Approves Zoning Change for 11th Street Ex-Con Facility

Council Approves Zoning Change for 11th Street Ex-Con Facility

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

An east side location helping ex-cons reintegrate will continue to operate thanks to a zoning change.

The location, which doesn’t have a name, is on 11th street just north of South Grand. It’s run by Calvin Jones, who Ward 2 Alderman Gail Simpson says runs a tight ship.

“There’s no loitering around the facility,” says Simpson. “He makes sure everybody there follows the rule. He has a zero tolerance for those who do not.”

The zoning relief changed the location from business to residential, because people live there at night. The city took notice after the House of Rainbow halfway house on the north end started getting attention.

Some aldermen were surprised to learn the facility existed. Ward 7 Alderman Joe McMenamin, for example, says he used to take his daughter to concerts in the area all the time. The intersection of 11th St. and South Grand Ave. E. is known for its alcohol-free music venues that attract teenagers from around the region.

“Had I known that there were ex-cons literally next door to that location where we’re dropping off our teenagers, I would not have done so,” he says.

Simpson says that’s the point — you’re not supposed to know the facilities exist; they’re supposed to integrate into the community.

Another facility for ex-cons in Ward 3 got similar zoning relief.

Recent Headlines

9 hours ago in Local

UPDATE: Budget Plan Passes Amid GOP Outrage

Generic WTAX

$7B unbalanced; $700M bump for schools

13 hours ago in Local

Bomb Threat Unfounded at Butler Elementary School

Butler Elementary School

Butler Elementary School is back to normal after a bomb threat caused it to be evacuated for a short time Wednesday.

14 hours ago in Local

AP NewsBreak: Rauner Board Asked Builders to Lobby Lawmakers

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate businessman Bruce Rauner participates in a Republican gubernatorial candidate debate Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. The four Republican gubernatorial candidates said that they’ll be willing to work with unions if elected but differed on how to approach the relationship during a downstate debate that largely focused on pension reform, taxes and just briefly on personal issues that have dogged some of the candidates.

Good-government advocates are criticizing the head of an agency managing state construction projects for asking builders to lobby lawmakers to restore funding.

14 hours ago in Local

House Fails to Override Labor Arbitration Veto

5-18-16 Rally 1

The labor arbitration bill remains dead.

15 hours ago in Local

Another Leaders Meeting, Optimism Dissolving

capitol_north

The last days of session are a flurry of activity, if not progress.