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International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 134


August 14, 2012

The Honorable Mayor Rahm Emanuel
City of Chicago, City Hall
121 N. LaSalle
Chicago, IL  60602

Dear Mayor Emanuel,

On behalf of the 14,000 members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 134, I am writing in strong support of Northwestern University’s plans to build a new world class medical research facility where the old Prentice hospital is currently located. The new facility will allow Northwestern University the opportunity to expand and continue its innovative research which identifies the causes and cures of cancer, heart disease and other health challenges that impact all Americans — keeping Chicago in the forefront of healthcare and research.

The construction of this new facility will provide 1,000 construction jobs in the first phase and 2,500 construction jobs during the facility’s final build-out phase. Given the lag of construction work, this project will offer a major surge to all the building trades. This project is good for our union members, all of Chicago and in line with your efforts to increase economic development and job creation for our City.

We request that the City of Chicago not grant landmark status to the old Prentice Hospital building and approve a request for the demolition of the building for the new research facility. We look forward to the start of this project and appreciate your consideration of this very important project.

Thank you.


Terry Allen
Business Manager/Financial Secretary
Local 134, IBEW