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Host a Youth Artist this Summer from Brazil!

The Neighborhood Connection Project (NCP) is asking for you to consider this tremendous opportunity from our artistic partner Green Star Movement (GSM) to host a high school student from Brazil. Full information is below. NCP Questions? Please ask. Jac Charlier, jac.charlier@gmail.com or Gina Metelica, gina.metelica@gmail.com.

GSM is looking for homestay hosts for 2 high school students (ages 16-18) from Brazil. The students will have a 14 day program in Chicago focused on exploring community engagement through the arts in the...

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The Neighborhood Connection Project (NCP) is asking for you to consider this tremendous opportunity from our artistic partner Green Star Movement (GSM) to host a high school student from Brazil. Full information is below. NCP Questions? Please ask. Jac Charlier, jac.charlier@gmail.com or Gina Metelica, gina.metelica@gmail.com.

GSM is looking for homestay hosts for 2 high school students (ages 16-18) from Brazil. The students will have a 14 day program in Chicago focused on exploring community engagement through the arts in the United States. While in Chicago, the youth artists will complete full-time apprenticeships at Green Star project sites. This is a merit based exchange program for students that have demonstrated leadership in their local community, excelled in the classroom and at a Green Star Movement project site(s) in Brazil this past Winter. This program is sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation and the American Consulate in Brazil.

Upcoming Youth Homestay Hosting Opportunities:
July 18 - July 31, 2015 - Brazil-Chicago Youth Exchange Program

Why become a homestay host?
● Forge life-long friendships
● Learn about new cultures, new cuisine, and new languages
● Be a tourist in your own town
● Introduce your kids to bright, motivated, curious international “siblings”
● Meet emerging young leaders making an impact in government, civil society, and innovations abroad (over 300 delegates have gone on to serve as heads of state!)
● Contribute directly to strengthening U.S. foreign relations

If interested in more information please contact Kamelia Hristeva at kamelia@greenstarmovement.org or at 773-793-3676.

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FAiR Coalition: Call to Action for All FAiR Supporters - Due by Friday, May 1

**The Call to Action instructions are in the first posting below this top post. You can also go to FB or www.fairchicago.org*

Greetings FAiR Members and Supporters,

We have done it again! YOUR voice demanding action from our elected officials has helped move SB 636 and SB 637 out of the House Rules Committee and into the House Transportation Committee. Well done! Pat yourselves on the back and then fire up your phone and computer again...This week, we focus on...

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**The Call to Action instructions are in the first posting below this top post. You can also go to FB or www.fairchicago.org*

Greetings FAiR Members and Supporters,

We have done it again! YOUR voice demanding action from our elected officials has helped move SB 636 and SB 637 out of the House Rules Committee and into the House Transportation Committee. Well done! Pat yourselves on the back and then fire up your phone and computer again...This week, we focus on the next steps to keep these bills moving forward for a full vote in the House.

The House Transportation Committee must vote the bills out of committee to eventually be read (and a final vote taken) by the full House. The committee members need to vote it out of Transportation by FRIDAY, MAY 8. If the bills are still in committee on that date, it's likely that they are dead. Once again, our collective voice and our action is ESSENTIAL RIGHT NOW.

FAiR asks that all members and supporters --city and suburban-- call and email the 9 members of the IL House Transportation Committee AND call and email Mayor Emanuel (phone calls pack more punch and yet both a phone call and email are needed now). While the members have a direct impact through their votes, we know that the mayor can (and does) lobby for legislation. When you call, ask to speak directly with the elected official. If they are not available, leave a message stating exactly what you want. Because this is so time-sensitive, we ask that you do this by Friday, 5/01.

It is incredible that we have had such an impact in such a short amount of time! Let's keep up the pressure and momentum to continue moving forward!

Questions? Please ask. Jac Charlier, jac.charlier@gmail.com

  • Jac Charlier AKA Citizen Jac Citizen-led solutions for better community

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    If you wish to review the legislation and track its progress, click on the two links below. They will take you to the IL General Assembly website and directly to the legislation.

    SB 636: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=636&GAID=13&DocTypeID=SB&LegId=84599&SessionID=88&GA=99

    SB 637: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=637&GAID=13&DocTypeID=SB&LegId=84600&SessionID=88&GA=99

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    If you wish to review the legislation and track its progress, click on the two links below. They will take you to the IL General Assembly website and directly to the legislation.

    SB 636: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=636&GAID=13&DocTypeID=SB&LegId=84599&SessionID=88&GA=99

    SB 637: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=637&GAID=13&DocTypeID=SB&LegId=84600&SessionID=88&GA=99

    Phone and email #1 - Due Friday, 5/01

    Contact all 9 members of the House Transportation Committee:
    John D'Amico, Chair, (217) 782-8198, johnd@ilga.gov
    Daniel V. Beiser, Vice-Chair, (217) 782-5996, dvbeiser@sbcglobal.net
    Michael Unes, Republican Spokesperson, (217) 782-8152, repunes@gmail.com
    Avery Bourne, (217) 782-8071, bourne@ilhousegop.org
    Dan Brady, (217) 782-1118, dan@rep-danbrady.com
    Tim Butler, (217) 782-0053, tbutler@hrs.ilga.gov
    Natalie A. Manley, (217) 782-3316, repmanley@gmail.com
    Martin J. Moylan, (217) 782-8007, staterepmoylan@gmail.com
    Al Riley, (217) 558-1007, rep.riley38@sbcglobal.net
    Request that they vote to move SB 636 and SB 637 to the House for a floor vote.
    Stress that this is urgent as the legislation needs to pass before one of the diagonals closes in August and the new runway opens up in October.
    Tell them the effect that the new flight paths have had on your life.
    Follow up with an email to each representative that includes the FAiR Coalition Save the Diagonals flyer (attached to this email - an updated PDF version of the flyer specifically for this effort - the JPG version of the flyer is for social media posting only). You may also wish to mention who your representative is, especially if she/he is a cosponsor of the bill, and if you are a constituent of either Marty Moylan or John D'Amico, both on the Transportation Committee.

    Questions? Please ask. Jac Charlier, jac.charlier@gmail.com

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    **Continuation from top post of the Call to Action**

    Phone calls and emails Part 2 - Due Friday, 5/01

    Contact Mayor Rahm Emanuel
    Phone: 312-744-3300
    Email: https://webapps1.cityofchicago.org/eforms/ (this is a form you’ll have to fill out with name/address as well as complete a “captcha” at bottom)

    **When calling, please insist...

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    Phone calls and emails Part 2 - Due Friday, 5/01

    Contact Mayor Rahm Emanuel
    Phone: 312-744-3300
    Email: https://webapps1.cityofchicago.org/eforms/ (this is a form you’ll have to fill out with name/address as well as complete a “captcha” at bottom)

    **When calling, please insist that the person speaking take a message--leave your name, phone number, and your statement.
    Ask that Mayor Emanuel use his influence to lobby that SB 636 and SB 637 be passed out of Transportation Committee for a full House vote.
    State that you will hold the mayor accountable for the quality of life of communities around O’Hare affected by jet noise and pollution.
    Follow up with an email via the city’s official form (at website above). Adding a short personal note makes your email even more powerful.

    We need each and every person affiliated with FAiR to make these phone calls and send emails by Friday, 5/01.

    Ask your friends and neighbors who may not be FAiR members to do this too.

    It is incredible that we have had such an impact in such a short amount of time! Let’s keep up the pressure and momentum to continue moving forward!

    Questions? Please ask. Jac Charlier, jac.charlier@gmail.com

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How the 100-Year-Old North Park Village Went From Loathed to Loved

Learn more about North Park Village's past and future at Saturday's centennial kick-off celebration. The event will feature a series of brief lectures and tours of the grounds, 1-5 p.m., North Park Village, H Building Community Room, 5801 N. Pulaski Rd.

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This group quickly identified 160 acres of farmland bounded by Peterson, Bryn Mawr, Central and Crawford (now Pulaski) avenues, where North Park Village would come to stand.

  • Hey, Every Block, it's bounded by Central PARK, not Central, which is somewhat further west.

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Apply Now for Summer 2015 Neighborhood Connection Project After School Matters Teen Apprenticeships

Greetings My Neighbors!

That time has arrived once again. Applications are now being taken online by After School Matters for the Summer 2015 (paid) teen apprenticeship positions to work on the Neighborhood Connection Project. NCP will run from the last week of June through the first two weeks of August. New apprentices will be notified late May/early June if they have been selected. Please apply now. Do not wait! Questions? Contact Jac Charlier (jac.charlier@gmail.com) or Gina Metelica (gina.metelica@gmail.com).

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Greetings My Neighbors!

That time has arrived once again. Applications are now being taken online by After School Matters for the Summer 2015 (paid) teen apprenticeship positions to work on the Neighborhood Connection Project. NCP will run from the last week of June through the first two weeks of August. New apprentices will be notified late May/early June if they have been selected. Please apply now. Do not wait! Questions? Contact Jac Charlier (jac.charlier@gmail.com) or Gina Metelica (gina.metelica@gmail.com).

When completed this summer, NCP will be the largest outdoor bricolage mural on Chicago's NW side. NCP is a citizen-led initiative to build community by repairing and beautifying the Metra underpass located at Kinzua, Hiawatha and Lehigh. More information on NCP can be found on Facebook or by contacting Jac Charlier or Gina Metelica.

Hope to see you at NCP this summer!

Green Star Bricolage (GSM) - Neigbhorhood Connection Project (NCP)
Visual Art/Mural
Description: Help create the largest piece of public art on the northwest side of Chicago! Teens work together to design and install a mosaic mural. Participants will learn aspects of design, mirror cutting, mosaic, sculpture, painting and photography. Design, create, and work with professional artists to install a Bricolage mural (an intricate combination of mosaic, sculpture, painting and photography). Participation in a Green Star project can produce positive effects on an individual, community, and neighborhood.
Instructor(s): Erin Bourne, Kamelia Hristeva, Neta Levinson
Schedule: 6/29/2015 - 8/14/2015 [M Tu W Th F (9:00AM-1:00PM)]
Location: NCP
6701 N LEHIGH Avenue
Chicago, IL 60646 Directions

To start your summer 2015 After School Matters Application to become a paid teen apprentice on the Neighborhood Connection Project click here: https://youthreadychicago.cityspan.com/Web/sms/OnlineEnrollment/chicago/Application.asp?Term=Summer2015

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CHICAGO - Chicago Park District and North Park Nature Center to celebrate 100th year of village. 1 p.m. H Building. 5801 N. Pulaski Rd. Contact: Zvezdana Kubat. 312-742-4791. Jessica Maxey-Faulkner. 312-742-4786.

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CHICAGO - Metra Board of Directors board meeting, 10:30 a.m. 547 W. Jackson Blvd. Contact: 312-322-6900.

CHICAGO - President and CEO of Choose Chicago Don Welsh speaks at City Club of Chicago 12 p.m. Maggiano's Banquets. 111 W. Grand Ave. Contact: 312-565-6500.

CHICAGO - Sentencing of former state Rep. Derrick Smith, convicted of accepting a bribe from someone seeking a state grant. 10 a.m. Dirksen Federal Building, 219 S. Dearborn St. Before U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman, Courtroom 1425. Contact: 312-353-5318.

CHICAGO - The Riverboat Board to meet. 9 a.m. Bilandic Building. 160 N. LaSalle St. Contact: Mary Boruta. 312-814-6190.

CHICAGO - University of Illinois-Chicago holding reception for Water in Art online exhibition of contemporary art focused on society's relationship with water. 7 p.m. Doug Fogelson Studio. 1821 W. Hubbard St. Contact: Brian Flood. 312-996-7681.

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Burglars target Northwest Side homes, police say

...case, the victim was only gone for 10 minutes. Thieves targeted a home in the 5700-block of North Jersey Avenue around 10:30 a.m. on April 4, another in the 3300-block of West...

...of North Jersey Avenue around 10:30 a.m. on April 4, another in the 3300-block of West Ardmore Avenue between 6 p.m. and 6:10 p.m. on April 5, another in the...

...between 6 p.m. and 6:10 p.m. on April 5, another in the 5700-block of North Drake Avenue between 7:10 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. on April 14 and yet...

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...a.m. and 7:45 a.m. on April 14 and yet another in the 5600-block of North Bernard Street between 10:30 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. on April 17.Police do...

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Police warn of Northwest Side burglaries

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in the 5700 block of North Drake between 7:10 and 7:45 a.m. on April 14

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and in the 5600 block of North Bernard between 10:30 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. on April 17.

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FAiR Coalition: **URGENT Request Action Alert for All Seeking Solutions to O'Hare Noise**

**The full text of this open letter to FAiR members can be found on Facebook, Nextdoor.com, Reddit (ChicagoNWSide) and our FAiR website at www.fairchicago.org.**

Greetings Neighbors, Citizens, Chicagoans and Suburbanites and FAiR Coalition Members,

The FAiR Coalition's victory this week with the passage of legislation in the IL State Senate was a great success. Well done citizens of our proud movement!

Now, onto the next step so our combined efforts are not short lived - we must secure the passage...

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**The full text of this open letter to FAiR members can be found on Facebook, Nextdoor.com, Reddit (ChicagoNWSide) and our FAiR website at www.fairchicago.org.**

Greetings Neighbors, Citizens, Chicagoans and Suburbanites and FAiR Coalition Members,

The FAiR Coalition's victory this week with the passage of legislation in the IL State Senate was a great success. Well done citizens of our proud movement!

Now, onto the next step so our combined efforts are not short lived - we must secure the passage of the Senate legislation in the IL House. The legislation (two pieces of legislation to be exact, Senate Bill (SB) 636 and SB 637) will allow up to ten operational runways at O’Hare and will prohibit the demolition of the diagonals. These two pieces of legislation are currently in the IL House Rules Committee (having been put there after passage in the IL Senate), where they could easily die (legislative death = not being allowed to move out of the Rules Committee). Our collective voice and our action is ESSENTIAL RIGHT NOW.

FAiR asks that all members and supporters make two phone calls AND send two emails (phone calls pack more punch and yet both a phone call and email are needed now) to your state representative. When you call, ask to speak directly with your state representative in Springfield. If they are not available, leave a message stating exactly what you want. Because this is so time-sensitive, we ask that you do this by Wednesday 4/22.

To read a brief synopsis of the legislation before you call, click on the two links below.

SB 636: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=636&GAID=13&DocTypeID=SB&LegId=84599&SessionID=88&GA=99

SB 637: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=637&GAID=13&DocTypeID=SB&LegId=84600&SessionID=88&GA=99

Go FAiR - a citizen-led movement to build community....

Jac Charlier
jac.charlier@gmail.com

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Early Voting For Chicago Runoff Election Begins Monday

39th Ward – N. Park Village Admin Bldg 5801 N. Pulaski

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Chicago Board of Elections – 69 W. Washington St., Lower Level Conference Room

1st Ward – Goldblatts Building 1615 W. Chicago

2nd Ward – Access Living 115 W. Chicago

3rd Ward – Chicago Bee Library 3647 S. State

4th Ward – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center 4314 S. Cottage Grove

5th Ward – Jackson Park 6401 S. Stony Island

6th Ward – Whitney Young Library 7901 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.

7th Ward – Jeffery Manor Library 2401 E. 100th St.

8th Ward – Olive Harvey College 10001 S. Woodlawn

9th Ward – Palmer Park 201 E. 111th St.

10th Ward – Vodak/East Side Library 3710 E. 106th St.

11th Ward – District 9 Police 3120 S. Halsted

12th Ward – McKinley Park 2210 W. Pershing

13th Ward – West Lawn Park 4233 W. 65th St.

14th Ward – Archer Heights Library 5055 S. Archer

15th Ward – Gage Park 2411 W 55th St

16th Ward – Lindblom Park 6054 S. Damen

17th Ward – Thurgood Marshall Library 7506 S. Racine

18th Ward – Wrightwood-Ashburn Library 8530 S. Kedzie

19th Ward – Mount Greenwood Park 3721 W. 111th St.

20th Ward – Coleman Library 731 E. 63rd St.

21st Ward – Woodson Regional Library 9525 S. Halsted

22nd Ward – Piotrowski Park 4247 W. 31st St.

23rd Ward – Clearing Library 6423 W. 63rd Pl.

24th Ward – Douglass Library 3353 W. 13th St.

25th Ward – Chinatown Library 2353 S. Wentworth

26th Ward – Humboldt Park Library 1605 N. Troy

27th Ward – Eckhart Park 1330 W. Chicago

28th Ward – West Side Learning Center 4624 W. Madison

29th Ward – Amundsen Park 6200 W. Bloomingdale

30th Ward – Kilbourn Park 3501 N. Kilbourn

31st Ward – Portage Cragin Library 5108 W. Belmont

32nd Ward – Bucktown-Wicker Park Library 1701 N. Milwaukee

33rd Ward – Horner Park 2741 W. Montrose Ave

34th Ward – West Pullman Library 830 W. 119th St.

35th Ward – Independence Library 3548 W. Irving Park

36th Ward – West Belmont Library 3104 N. Narragansett

37th Ward – West Chicago Library 4856 W. Chicago

38th Ward – Hiawatha Park 8029 W. Forest Preserve

40th Ward – Budlong Woods Library 5630 N. Lincoln

41st Ward – Roden Library 6083 N. Northwest Hwy.

42nd Ward – Museum of Broadcast Communications 360 N. State

43rd Ward – Lincoln Park Library 1150 W. Fullerton

44th Ward – Merlo Library 644 W. Belmont

45th Ward – District 16 Police 5151 N. Milwaukee

46th Ward – Truman College 1145 W. Wilson

47th Ward – Welles Park 2333 W. Sunnyside

48th Ward – Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway

49th Ward – Pottawattomie Park 7340 N. Rogers

50th Ward – Warren Park 6601 N. Western

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FAiR Coalition Success: Two new measures pass IL Senate seek to address O’Hare noise problem

Two months ago the FAiR Coalition (www.fairchicago.org) a 1,900+ citizen-led Coalition launched our Save the Diagonals Campaign. You can see our Campaign flyer at www.fairchicago.org. Thanks to our efforts, we are partnering with elected officials to move legislation through the Illinois Legislature to do just that - Save the Diagonals and keep all options on the table to find solutions.

The following is from Senator John Mulroe. We thank him and Senate President John Cullerton for their support of our...

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Two months ago the FAiR Coalition (www.fairchicago.org) a 1,900+ citizen-led Coalition launched our Save the Diagonals Campaign. You can see our Campaign flyer at www.fairchicago.org. Thanks to our efforts, we are partnering with elected officials to move legislation through the Illinois Legislature to do just that - Save the Diagonals and keep all options on the table to find solutions.

The following is from Senator John Mulroe. We thank him and Senate President John Cullerton for their support of our draft legislation. Both passed the IL Senate 52-0 and now go to the IL House!!!!

For more information, contact Jac Charlier at jac.charlier@gmail.com.

We are better together. We are FAiR!

Two new measures seek to address O’Hare noise problem

SPRINGFIELD – In response to a growing number of complaints and concerns that Chicago O’Hare International Airport’s noise levels have become unbearable for surrounding communities, State Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago) has introduced two companion proposals intended to address the issue.

The O’Hare Modernization Act was passed in 2000 with the intention of increasing efficiency and safety of the airport by adding multiple parallel runways to accommodate the greater number of East-West travelers. The number of noise complaints in January 2015 was 39,500, whereas the number of complaints the previous January was 1,357 prior to the opening of a new parallel East-West runway.

Under the new proposals, O’Hare would keep the existing runways intact, including the existing diagonal runways, which allowed air traffic to be more evenly distributed. Currently the diagonal runways are only running at roughly 3 percent capacity. The effect of not using these diagonal runways, was to force 97 percent of the air traffic and noise to communities directly east and west of the airport, resulting in the increased number of noise complaints.

See the full statement on our FAiR Coalition Facebook page....

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Last Chance to Vote Early

North Park Village Administration Building, 5801 N. Pulaski;

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Roden Library, 6083 N. Northwest Hwy;

Independence Library, 3548 W. Irving Park;

Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn; and the

Chicago Board of Elections, 69 W. Washington, Lower Level Conference Room.

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