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June 9, 2019

Fire Reported at Chicago Storage Unit Facility: Officials

Fire Reported at Chicago Storage Unit Facility: Officials

Authorities responded to reports of a fire in a self-storage unit facility in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood Sunday morning, fire officials said.

The incident, which was reported around 7:53 a.m., occurred at CubeSmart Self Storage, located at 6201 of S. Harlem Ave., police confirmed.

Fire officials originally said five to six units on the north side of the building were on fire and then it quickly spread.

At least 20 storage units were damaged by the fire and several more may have suffered smoke damage, Deputy District Chief Curtis Hudson said.

No injuries were reported, authorities said.

No further information was immediately available.

Published at Sun, 09 Jun 2019 17:47:59 +0000

Port of Chicago wants more funds to fix aging infrastructure

Port of Chicago wants more funds to fix aging infrastructure

CHICAGO — The inclusion of $35 million in funding for state port districts in Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s budget is “awesome” but more money will be needed to repair the Port of Chicago’s aging infrastructure, a port executive said.

The Illinois Ports Association had requested $250 million for all 19 Illinois port districts, including $100 million for the Illinois International Port District that oversees the Port of Chicago on the city’s South Side, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Clayton Harris, the international district’s executive director, said that while the funding isn’t enough, he’s pleased the General Assembly has started to recognize the ports’ significance as a contributor to the state’s economy.

“It’s nowhere near what we need – but it’s awesome,” said Harris, a former prosecutor and state transportation official who has run the district since 2016. “We were never in the conversation before.”

Pritzker signed the $40 billion state budget on Wednesday.

There’s a laundry list of issues that need to be addressed at the Chicago port. The international district wants to renovate the Lake Calumet dock wall and pave the roadway between the dock wall and the transit sheds. Old rail needs to be removed and new transit sheds built. The fire suppression system needs to be replaced and around a mile of extra rail is required.

“We run from one patch to another,” Harris said.

The Illinois International Port District has struggled in recent years. A 2013 audit discovered messy record-keeping and a lack of general oversight. Without any tax money, the district had $34.4 million in liabilities and an operating deficit of $1.1 million in 2015.

This year, it’s projected to have $18.8 million in liabilities and a working income of $800,000, after efforts were made to clear and rent out district land and properties. And the state annulled a nearly four-decade-old $15 million loan, Harris said.

District board member Paul Chialdikas said the fortunes of the port have improved as Chicago has become a more desirable location for shipping, because goods can go both east and west.

“If we invest properly and build the infrastructure properly, we can win,” Chialdikas said.

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Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com

Published at Sat, 08 Jun 2019 15:18:00 +0000

Chicagoland Shakedown: Why It's Impossible to Run a Business Without Breaking the Law

Chicagoland Shakedown: Why It's Impossible to Run a Business Without Breaking the Law

Istria Cafe is a small business in Chicago, one of the most over-regulated cities in America. PJTV’s Alexis Garcia interviews the Pribaz brothers, the owners of Istria Cafe, to show you how regulations are destroying businesses and jobs. Would you believe that it is almost impossible to run a business in Chicago without violating rules and regulations, and paying extraordinary fines? From utilities, to health care Alexis Garcia tells you why some businesses might not survive in the down economy.