Northtown/Rogers Park Mental Health Clinic Funeral

Northtown/Rogers Park Mental Health Clinic Funeral

On Monday, July 16th, 9:30 a.m. at the corner of Howard and Paulina Streets, the handful of mourners included ex-clients of the Northtown/Rogers Park Mental Health Clinic, members of the Northside Action for Justice, and well-wishers who grieved for and laid to rest a casket symbolic of the clinic at its former home at 1607 West Howard Street. The tear-stained mourners hung a wreathe inside the door of the building to remind the community of its significant loss. The mourners were too grief-stricken to celebrate the ceremonial ground breaking of a four million dollar project for Howard Street beautification that Alderman Joseph Moore staged during the funeral.

The Rogers Park Business Alliance and Alderman Joseph Moore hosted a ceremonial ground breaking for decorative street lighting, stamped crosswalks, landscaped planters and 68 new trees with tree grates priced at $4,000,000. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, State Representative Kelly Cassidy and representatives from Howard Street Special Service Area #19 and the City of Chicago Department of  Transportation also attended. The politicians’ group convened at the Willye White Park Fieldhouse, 1610 W. Howard, to greet the park’s new supervisor, Jerry Wallace, and enjoyed a complimentary breakfast, courtesy of Pete’s Grill.

Alderman Moore did not acknowledge the mental health clinic’s group, but Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky personally acknowledged the clinic’s mourners, stating hope in upcoming ACA (Obama’s health plan).

Sadly, street beautification trumps mental health.

–Kathy Powers
7/18/12

–John Powers, Photography

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