As reported today by the Sun-Times, our thanks go out to CTU President Karen Lewis for her well-placed concern for the health and safety of the children at Juarez H.S. and the community at large posed by the just-approved metal shredder set to arrive just across the street:
CTU President Karen Lewis blasts metal shredder site across from Pilsen school
BY DAN MIHALOPOULOS Staff Reporter February 27, 2014 5:23PM
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis injected herself into a long-running neighborhood zoning fight on Thursday, alleging students at a public high school would face danger from a newly approved metal shredder in Pilsen.
On Friday, a city panel endorsed the plan, which also was backed by Ald. Danny Solis (25th). Lewis said she was concerned because the shredder site is close to Benito Juarez High School.
“That ‘s an environmental hazard for the students and the people who work in that building and should not be tolerated,” she said. “It’s right across the street from Juarez.”
She also pointed out that the Internal Revenue Service last year raided the Bridgeport headquarters of Acme Refining. That’s at the same address given to city officials by Brett Baron, a 50 percent investor in the Pilsen plant. Baron has said he has no ownership stake in Acme, where he works in the family business. Continue reading SUN-TIMES: CTU President Karen Lewis blasts metal shredder site across from Pilsen school