Bank robbed near Loyola, suspect caught on Red Line

North Community Bank
A man who robbed a bank Friday near Loyola University Chicago’s downtown campus was arrested when the red dye pack in the bank loot exploded at the nearby Chicago Avenue Red Line stop.

 Here is the story from Chicago Tribune:

A man who had just robbed a Near North Side bank was arrested in the Red Line subway this morning after a dye pack exploded, police said.

The dye pack went off at the Chicago Avenue stop after the man had robbed the North Community Bank at 800 N. State St., authorities said. The suspect was later arrested at the Clark and Division, holding a bag covered with dye, police said.

Firefighters were called to the subway at the Chicago Avenue stop after the pack exploded and trains were rerouted, authorities said. As of 11:45 a.m., normal service had resumed, according to a CTA spokeswoman.

No injuries were reported.

– Pauline Lacson

McDonald’s closes outlet at Loyola Red Line station

No Fish Filets this Friday for Loyola University Chicago students at the Lake Shore Campus in Rogers Park.

The McDonald’s Express located next to the Loyola Red Line ‘L’ stop closed Thursday due to Loyola’s  plans to carry out the construction of a well-lit plaza with retail stores on the site.

More details in the following CBS Chicago story:

The popular McDonald’s Express adjacent to the Loyola Red Line ‘L’ stop has closed, as plans move ahead to upgrade the CTA station and redevelop the land around it.

As recently as earlier this week, the McDonald’s at 6536 N. Sheridan Rd. was still booming. But the Rogers Park News community site reported Thursday that a sign had appeared in the window reading: “Thank you for your business. We are now closed. Please visit us at the Granville and Broadway McDonald’s.”

The exterior signage, including the iconic Golden Arches, had also come down.

The McDonald’s franchise that had been located in the Sheridan Road building shares a common owner with location at Broadway and Granville Avenue mentioned on the sign, Rogers Park News reported.

Loyola University last year announced a plan calling for the demolition of the building that housed the shuttered McDonald’s, which is located just to the north of the CTA station entrance. The building also houses a BMO Harris Bank branch.

Loyola is seeking to replace the building with an open plaza. An artist’s rendering from April 2011 shows that the plaza would include a new entrance to the station built into the elevated embankment on which the trains run, and new building that juts out from the embankment.

The rendering shows building would be separated from Sheridan Road by a plaza with space for pedestrians and outdoor seating or dining.

No retail tenants for the new plaza have been announced, but McDonald’s reportedly says it will not be returning to the site, according to community blogger Gerald Farinas.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) announced last July that federal funding had been geared toward upgrades at the Loyola station, located at the south end of the Rogers Park neighborhood.

Durbin last year announced $18.5 million – including $11 million in federal funding – that will be used to upgrade the “dilapidated” Loyola station and begin an environmental study on a broader extension and modernization of the Chicago Transit Authority’s Red and Purple lines.

Durbin said at the time that the funds would be used for upgrades to the viaduct over Sheridan Road, a new station entrance, and a plaza to provide more space between pedestrians and vehicular traffic.

Loyola said in its news release that it planned to contribute an additional $2 million for the open plaza.

Upgrades are also planned elsewhere along the North Side stretch of the Red Line. Last fall, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans for a major upgrade to the once-glorious Wilson Red Line ‘L’ stop in Uptown, which will include new elevators and a rehab of the exterior.

Broader plans are also under discussion to renovate, or even completely rebuild, the old concrete embankment on which Red and Purple Line ‘L’ trains run from Wilson Avenue northward.

– Ana Córdova

Deadline today for Loyola student research awards

The Loyola University Libraries is accepting applications through today for its Research Paper Awards, which will recognize students during Loyola’s Weekend of Excellence in April.

Undergraduate students at Loyola University Chicago have the opportunity to get recognized and rewarded for their original research papers.

First and second place winners will be awarded  $500 and $250, respectively, for their hard work in completing their original research papers.

Here is a portion of the story from Inside Loyola:

Jeannette Pierce, head of references services at the Cudahy Library and Klarchek Information Commons, says this award was created to recognize students’ work beyond the classroom.

Pierce adds, “This award hopes to highlight some of the best of this scholarship, and also emphasize the relationship between that work and the library resources that made it possible.”

Eligible submissions are original research papers 2,100 to 7,000 words in length, written by only one author, that were completed within calender year 2011 as part of a Loyola course. Applicants must be currently enrolled in the University.

Additionally, a bibliography or works cited page should be attached to the paper, and the majority of sources used must be from the Loyola University Libraries. These can include, but are not limited to, primary sources, books, newspaper or journal articles, statistics from data archives, or government documents. Interlibrary loans are also acceptable.

To complement their paper, students must submit a one- to two-page statement detailing their research process, what types of library resources and services were used, what was conducting an extensive research project like, and any difficulties encountered during the process.

Students must also submit a brief letter from the Loyola professor who taught the class for which the research paper was written. The letter should explain the quality of the paper’s research and writing, and verify the applicant was enrolled in the course and wrote the paper to fulfill course requirements. The course name, number, and semester must be in the text.

The papers will be judged by a panel of librarians, Loyola professors, and members of the Friends of Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. Librarians on the selection committee are: Dr. Elizabeth Myers, director of the Women & Leadership Archives; Stephen Macksey, reference librarian; and Dr. Yolande Wersching, head of the Lewis Library.

All materials must be submitted either in print or electronically to Carol Franklin, library administration in Cudahy Library, room 133 or by e-mail to cfrankl@luc.eduby the deadline, March 2, 2012, at 5 p.m. Again, only undergraduate students currently enrolled in the University as of spring 2012 are eligible.

Winners will be notified April 13, 2012.

Pierce says, “The Libraries are excited about providing students with this additional opportunity for recognition that they can share with their faculty, friends, and family, and include on their resumes or applications for grants, fellowships, or graduate study.”

– Esther Daniela Castillejo