Having led the drive to get Lollapalooza to pay its fair share of taxes, Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer isn’t about to see that cash—some $160,000—squandered. (Hey, it happens… too often!) At Tuesday’s board meeting, she introduced her plan for the windfall: a summer jobs program for kids ages 14 to 18.
“There will be 75 young people who will work this summer who otherwise would not have had a summer job,” Gainer told the Sun-Times, and the bad economy is only exacerbated in poor, violence-plagued neighborhoods.
Meanwhile, the city Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events inches ever closer to completing its much-ballyhooed 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan, preparing to release a draft in July and solicit public comments at a series of town hall meetings
According to the department press release, these confabs will take place at Malcom X College at 6 p.m. on July 24; the South Shore Cultural Center at 6 p.m. on July 25; St. Augustine College/Essanay Studios at 10 a.m. on July 28, and the Chicago Cultural Center (still standing, but who knows for how long?) at 6 p.m. on July 31.
“Additionally, very soon a summary of the data gathered during public engagement will be available for viewing at www.chicagoculturalplan2012.com,” the press release adds. “The final Chicago Cultural Plan will be introduced to the public in October.