City council honors Jackie Robinson West players

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The full Chicago City Council is meeting Wednesday for the first time since July.

One of their first orders of business was to honor the city's little league heroes.

Aldermen gave a standing ovation to the Jackie Robinson West Little League team and praised their hard work.

Aldermen also considered a proposal to put the brakes on real estate developers and their efforts to do away with SRO's, or single-room-occupancy buildings.  "If someone can get a permit to change them from SRO's to condos or apartments overnight, without any input from the community or alderman - we'd like more time to work through those with community organizations to see what they'd like to see done," said 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack.

Alderman Anthony Beale wants to raise the speed limit on one road in the 9th ward, where speed cameras have caused the issuance of 40,000 tickets. "There are no accidents, no people around, no parks, no schools and so I just figured we needed to change the speed limit and alleviate most of those tickets," said Beale.

Several aldermen say speed cameras are at the top of the list of complaints they receive from constituents.

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2 comments

  • Edward Douglas

    I am so sick of hearing about this…IT’S RIDICULOUS! Did these kids do a science project to find a cure for cancer, invent a new power source, stand up for liberty and freedom? No! They won some baseball games. It shows the state of our society as a whole, when we worship pro athletes that contribute nothing but entertainment to the world, but also encourage kids to do nothing better than this. When was the last time the media and the useless waste of space city of Chicago council and hack mayor honored kids that have done something that really should be recognized?

  • FEDUP1967

    Its time for these children to go back to real life and resume a familiar pattern in school and home. Yes we in Chicago are proud of their accomplishments but as a parent, I would want my kid back home and to get back into a normal routine. The city should be encouraging all neighborhoods to start up more baseball leagues so all boys and girls can participate in baseball and hopefully become champions themselves! These kids should be looked at with pride and be acknowledged as Little League Series champs, and hopefully they will get the title again next year! But now it is time for school and to move on!