Richard Mondragon (bottom row, center), BDC Board President, poses for a photo with fellow Berwyn residents as Northalsted Market Days. Photo courtesy of the BDC.
By Jocelyn Cano
Over the last seven years the city of Berwyn has become a popular neighborhood among members of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community.
This growth is due to a marketing push starting in 2009, when the Berwyn Development Corporation (BDC) started the “Why Berwyn?” campaign. Advertisements were placed in multiple Chicago neighborhoods such as Andersonville and Lakeview. In 2016 alone, the city spent $70,000 on this marketing campaign.
Recently, Williams Institute of UCLA named Berwyn “#3 in suburbs for same-sex couples” in the Chicagoland area, just behind Oak Park and Evanston.
According to a US Census reported by UCLA from 2000 to 2010, Berwyn had a 41 percent increase in households reporting same-sex couples. Continue reading
By Emily Lapinski
In cooperation with the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, Berwyn South School District 100 leaders have now openly committed to creating an inclusive environment for students, families and staff regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
The implementation of this policy started this past August after a summer of preparation and planning. According to the District 100 website taking on this policy was in response to students in both the middle and elementary schools in the district coming out as transgender.
Berwyn’s South School District is a racially, ethnically and socioeconomically diverse community, and it is nice to see it join the nationwide push for inclusion in schools.The North Berwyn district has yet to officially implement this policy and Morton High School District 201 has a variation of the policy in place. Continue reading
Pictures: Map of the 24th District (left) and Republican candidate Andy Kirchoff (right).
By Rich Bodee
Political season is upon us and in a few weeks we will be electing our newest batch of representatives from each political district.
Two candidates are Republican Andy Kirchoff, who is running against Democrat Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez for the Illinois 24th District House seat.
Typically, an Illinois state representative will represent around 108,000 residents in their district. The 24th District encompasses much of Berwyn and Cicero, as well as parts of Riverside and Brookfield. Continue reading
By Nayah James
Parents of Piper Elementary School students and the schools’ neighbors have been competing for a scarce Berwyn commodity – on-street parking.
At certain times of the day, particularly around school dismissal, residents can’t find parking near their houses on the 2400 block of Kenilworth.
Third Ward Alderman Marge Paul brought the issue to the South Berwyn (District 100) School Board recently.
“The principal at Piper Elementary School has tried to alleviate some of the parking issued raised by the residents,” she said. “Residents found it hard to find street parking in front of their homes during the week.”
Neighbor David Minch was a little more direct in his criticism in an interview this week. Continue reading
A new group of journalism students will be covering Berwyn this fall. Start looking for fresh news and features about your town in mid-October.