CHICAGO (CBS) — Residents and community leaders in Little Village on Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of the implosion of the Crawford coal plant.
They held a march and a vigil near the site of the botched smokestack implosion at the Crawford Generating Station at 35th Street and Pulaski Road. The implosion sent a huge toxic cloud of dust and debris over the neighborhood.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Illinois: Average Infection Rate Falls To Lowest Point Since Late March; Vaccinations Still Lagging From April Peak
The implosion was led by Hilco Development Partners. The smokestack and power plant were demolished to make room for a new Target warehouse.
Activists said Hilco put profits over people. They want to have a say in the development process, and they want Target to ensure jobs for people in the surrounding community.READ MORE: Illinois Launches 'Time For Me To Drive' Tourism Campaign As State Prepares To Fully Reopen Next Month
“We need good jobs; green jobs; long-term, sustainable jobs. We need green space. We need access to the river. We need to remediate the contamination. We need a Green New Deal. We need to act. We need to restart the Department of the Environment,” said Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th). “That’s real justice.”Chicago Bears Single-Game Tickets Go On Sale Wednesday Night
But residents on Sunday said they want more safety measures going forward.