Business Briefs: Hillside Zoning Meeting, Maywood Axes New Video Gambling Parlors

Wednesday, September 6, 2023 || By Community Editor || [email protected] The Hillside Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing on Sept. 12, 7 p.m., at the Village of Hillside Municipal Complex Courtroom, 425 Hillside Ave., to consider a petition submitted by two women who want to operate a salon/barbershop at 4219 Butterfield Rd. The area is zoned M-2 […]

State to Put $20 Million Toward Grants For Grocers, Research Into Food Insecurity

Gov. Pritzker recently signed a bill that would release funding designed to make food more plentiful in communities that need it. | Photo by Raul Gonzalez Escobar on Unsplash Wednesday, September 6, 2023 || By Andrew Adams/Capitol News Illinois  Communities across Illinois that lack access to nearby stores that sell high-quality food may soon see that change.  Gov. JB Pritzker on Aug. […]

‘State of the Unions’ Report Shows Increased Labor Organizing Activity

A graphic from the State of the Unions 2023 report by the the pro-union Illinois Economic Policy Institute and the Project for Middle Class Renewal at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign shows national and state organizing rates from the last decade. | Illinois Economic Policy Institute and the Project for Middle Class Renewal at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign  Monday, […]

Eight Proviso Businesses Get Share Of Nearly $400K In State Funds

The Best Western Hillside got $207,305 in Back 2 Business grant funds. | File  Sunday, September 3, 2023 || By Michael Romain || [email protected]  Eight restaurants and hotels in Proviso Township received nearly $400,000 from the state’s Back 2 Business grant program. Restaurants, hotels and creative arts businesses in Illinois that have experienced financial downturns since the pandemic were eligible for […]

After Opening New Food Truck Park, Berkeley Looks For Vendors

Berkeley village officials, including Berkeley Village President Robert Lee, fourth from left, cut the ribbon for the new Corner Food Park in Berkeley on Aug. 15. The village is now seeking more food truck tenants to setup shop in the park. | Courtesy Berkeley/Facebook   Saturday, September 2, 2023 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews  On Aug. 15, Berkeley village officials […]

Westchester Reviewing ‘Business-Unfriendly’ Video Gaming Ordinance

Westchester village officials are reviewing a video gaming ordinance that they say has deterred businesses seeking to locate in town. | File  Saturday, September 2, 2023 || By Michael Romain || [email protected]  Westchester Village President Greg Hribal, the former acting village manager who worked for the suburb for 30 years before retiring earlier this year, did not hide his frustration […]

Bellwood Aldi Shows Off New Look After June Opening

Inside the remodeled Bellwood Aldi, which reopened in late June. The store now features larger aisles,  more food offerings, and a beer and wine section. | File  August 30, 2023 | By Michael Romain | [email protected]  Shoppers at the Bellwood Aldi, 400 Mannheim Rd., may have noticed a few changes at the newly remodeled store. Bellwood Mayor Andre Harvey told […]

Black-Owned Bookstore In Danger Of Closing

A crowd gathers inside Afriware Books during a One Book, One Proviso event Village Free Press hosted in 2019. | File  August 28, 2023 | By Michael Romain   One of the oldest and most prominent Black-owned bookstores in Illinois is in danger of closing if critical funding isn’t secured soon, its owner says.  In an open letter published Aug. 26, […]

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