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Judge Denies Motion in Soldier's Security Guard Attack Case

Matthew De Leon, 23, of the 4900 block of West Eddy Street in Chicago, was charged late Tuesday with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, aggravated battery in a public place and aggravated battery a peace officer. He was held in lieu of $250,000 but bonded out Friday.

    Judge Denies Motion in Soldier's Security Guard Attack Case
    A U.S. Army soldier left a North Side court building Tuesday after making his second appearance in front of a Cook County Judge to face charges of viciously punching a River North security guard outside of...
    http://www.nbcchicago.com

  • Good. De Leon deserves the max penalty and then some. The only thing this scumbag is sorry about is having been caught on video and not getting away with it.

27 hours ago

Updated 51 min ago

Now what's the problem with Starbuck's Six Corners?

Hi all - just saw this note in DNA Info -

A separate proposal to build a Starbucks drive-thru in the Six Corners Shopping District was also due to come before the board on Friday, but that decision was delayed until July due to "issues about landscaping," according to a spokesman for Ald. John Arena (45th).

I keep hearing that the other SB was approved for Irving Park and Central but I was wondering what happened with the one planned for Six Corners - now delayed until July? Jeez, enough already....

  • Don Harper How's this for short?

    The community is getting new businesses coming to the area in spite of our crooked politicians. If you knew me you would know that I am generally not a negative person as other posts of mine will attest. I have lived in this area for over thirty years and have...

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    The community is getting new businesses coming to the area in spite of our crooked politicians. If you knew me you would know that I am generally not a negative person as other posts of mine will attest. I have lived in this area for over thirty years and have done plenty for our block as well as my neighbors. When there are street clean ups we always participate and all look out for each other. Do you work for Arena or on the city payroll in some form. Totally understandable that they have people sitting on here monitoring these sites to defend them constantly. I have the guts to use my name. So not hiding behind some shadow.

  • Z

    Don, have you contacted the Inspector General? Perhaps before you accuse someone of lining their pockets you should have factual evidence they have do so.

    http://chicagoinspectorgeneral.org/get-involved/fight-waste-fraud-and-abuse/report-fraud-or-corruption/

3 days ago

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Zoning board unanimously approves drive thru for the Starbucks at Central and Irving

We are so excited to see the Starbucks coming to this eyesore of a lot and how it will benefit the area with other economic development opportunities.

  • Don Harper How's this for short?

    If all the people sticking up for Portage Grounds would support them then there would be no problem. As a proud boomer, I have no problem with Millenials that support a neighborhood, care about their neighbors and take care of their property. Trust me, I live next to another boomer...

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    If all the people sticking up for Portage Grounds would support them then there would be no problem. As a proud boomer, I have no problem with Millenials that support a neighborhood, care about their neighbors and take care of their property. Trust me, I live next to another boomer that treats his property like it is a dumping ground. Just saying...don't lump everyone in an age bracket with good or bad. Starbuck's is overrated, but I love using my app and having my coffee ready when I get there and pick it up.

  • From what I heard the PPNA had over 400 signed petitions against the Starbucks so just from that the portage grounds should have nothing to worry about.

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Starbucks Drive-Thru, Possible 'Sandwich Chain' Approved For Portage Park

...to grant developer Sumac a permit to build the drive-thru at the intersection of Irving Park Road and Central Avenue, facing the southwest entrance to Portage Park. Managers of a "national sandwich chain" have expressed...

...proposal also drew opposition from Robert Quezada, the owner of Portage Grounds, whose cafe at 5501 W. Irving Park Road stands on the same block where the Starbucks would be built. Quezada and the owners...

...same block where the Starbucks would be built. Quezada and the owners of Perkolator Cafe, 6032 W. Irving Park Road, have both aired fears that the Seattle-based chain could scoop away their customers...

    Starbucks Drive-Thru, Possible 'Sandwich Chain' Approved For Portage Park
    CITY HALL - A long-brewing proposal to build a Starbucks coffee shop with a drive-thru in the west Portage Park neighborhood cleared a crucial hurdle on Friday, laying the groundwork for construction to begin by summer.
    https://www.dnainfo.com

  • "national sandwich chain"*

    *please don't mean subway...please don't mean subway.

    :)

  • PortageRules Love Portage Park!

    Agreed. My fear is that the people who buy the sandwiches, drinks, chips will leave their garbage all over the park. nothing worse than seeing half eaten pizza and their boxes all over the place. I'm all about developing this spot, but, this could go very wrong with the possible mess.

15 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Missing Package

We order something from Home Depot that was delivered to an address on the 4200 N. Menard Ave block. It was delivered today but not there when I got home.

Has anyone here had issues with packages being stolen?

  • Deutsch portage36

    Two weeks ago, i had a package from restoration hardware on my front porch. I saw a gypsy kid walk up my front stairs, and he was leaning towards my delivery, ready to take it. I told him to beat it, and he mumbled a few words, and ran away....

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    Two weeks ago, i had a package from restoration hardware on my front porch. I saw a gypsy kid walk up my front stairs, and he was leaning towards my delivery, ready to take it. I told him to beat it, and he mumbled a few words, and ran away. I saw that there was a green mini van waiting for him at the corner, and he hopped in. The gypsy kid looked to be about 11 or 12 years old. There are gypsies out there stealing packages. Be on alert.

  • There is also the problem of delivery person incorrectly reading address and leaving packages next door. I receive packages for different streets even, sometimes same address but wrong street. So, not always a theft, sometimes delivery person cannot read...

4 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Oppose AT&T’s plan, even if you don’t own a landline

Many people aren’t aware that AT&T is pushing legislation that would eventually scrap the most affordable, reliable phone service for people who need it most.

Here’s why you should oppose AT&T’s plan, even if you don’t own a landline:
It poses a serious public safety concern. Too many people — including seniors, low-income families and rural residents with bad cellphone reception — still rely on landline service as their most affordable, reliable connection to 911, medical monitoring services and home...

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Many people aren’t aware that AT&T is pushing legislation that would eventually scrap the most affordable, reliable phone service for people who need it most.

Here’s why you should oppose AT&T’s plan, even if you don’t own a landline:
It poses a serious public safety concern. Too many people — including seniors, low-income families and rural residents with bad cellphone reception — still rely on landline service as their most affordable, reliable connection to 911, medical monitoring services and home security systems.

With the Illinois Telecommunications Act set to expire July 1, AT&T’s legislation (SB 1381/HB 2691) would allow the company to end service to 1.2 million business and residential landlines once the Federal Communications Commission gives final approval. And it would axe Illinois’ best local phone deals, the Consumer’s Choice calling plans, which are under a state-mandated rate freeze.

https://goo.gl/7CW64x (Rockford Star Article)

  • Weebis SWCC Vet. (Ret.)

    Amen. I agree. The landline should be kept available. At least you know the Feds have to get a judge to sign off on tapping your landline, whereas any government agency can hack your cell phone and even clone it.

  • Michael McDonough Resident of BelCragin

    In some cases they're already able to watch us through our own flat screen television sets

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Yoga with Merril tonight!

Yoga tonight & every Tuesday at:
Farlow's Playroom
4222 N Milwaukee Ave.
6:45 -8
$15-packages available
Free for JPSM Volunteers/Vets/chronic depression
Www.YogaWithMerril.com

2 days ago

Updated 20 hours ago

Landline

If your comcast cable goes out you have no phons service
Do not let AT&T do away witb landline service. Seniors will be hurt.

  • For sure! When comcast first came out with phone service, the cable-phone unit had a battery for backup. Within months they stopped including batteries. I asked why and the response was something to the effect of, 'it's a liability issue because we would have to eventually replace all the batteries...

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    For sure! When comcast first came out with phone service, the cable-phone unit had a battery for backup. Within months they stopped including batteries. I asked why and the response was something to the effect of, 'it's a liability issue because we would have to eventually replace all the batteries so now we don't include them.' Comcast is, in effect, saying, 'Don't count on our service to be as reliable as traditional service or count on it being there in an emergency.' I don't have comcast phone service but I do have my cablemodem on a UPS powerstrip and I recommend anyone who wants to avoid power related issues for computers, internet, cable, etc., get one. You can get 2-prong (ungrounded) one's for ~$30.

  • Please, call a special AARP Illinois Telecom Hotline, 844-220-5552, and tell your legislators to reject SB 1381 *and* HB 2691.

    If AT&T ends landline service, so too ends all peripheral services the infrastructure supports, including reliable and affordable medical telemetry. With the relatively few (1.2 million) customers across the state,...

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    Please, call a special AARP Illinois Telecom Hotline, 844-220-5552, and tell your legislators to reject SB 1381 *and* HB 2691.

    If AT&T ends landline service, so too ends all peripheral services the infrastructure supports, including reliable and affordable medical telemetry. With the relatively few (1.2 million) customers across the state, it's doubtful any other company would buy and maintain the network -- even if one did, cost would likely double or triple.

    "For today’s landline callers, other options — wireless service, Internet-based phones and bloated triple-play packages from the cable company — aren’t as easy, reliable or affordable as plain old telephone service. Consider this: Advanced 911 — which can trace the exact location of a cellphone — won’t be fully implemented in Illinois until 2020 at the earliest. And AT&T’s recent 14-state wireless 911 outage proves that the company is not yet able to provide a satisfactory alternative for landline customers.

    Rather than let AT&T dictate the terms, Illinois should launch a more comprehensive discussion on how to create a better, pro-consumer plan for our telecom future."

    — Julie Vahling, associate state director of AARP Illinois; Abraham Scarr, director of Illinois Public Interest Research Group; Bryan McDaniel, director of governmental affairs, Citizens Utility Board ... Source: Rockford Star Article - https://goo.gl/7CW64x

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  • Making Our Creations Come to Life!

    Ms. Gikas is asking for $585.40:
    My students need Writing Prompts Journals, sentence strips and a pocket chart, as well as various art supplies including tissue paper, pipe cleaners, butcher paper, pony beads, and yarn laces.
    Smyser Elementary School
  • This is in response to Misplaced Texan I would like to know since when it's at the school responsibility to supply the kids with all the supplies the parents have to take responsibility sooner or later when I see kids coming out of school wearing $150 $200 gym shoes and...

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    This is in response to Misplaced Texan I would like to know since when it's at the school responsibility to supply the kids with all the supplies the parents have to take responsibility sooner or later when I see kids coming out of school wearing $150 $200 gym shoes and outfits I think the parents could buy their supplies this is why we have a problem the parents want the schools to pay for everything it just doesn't work that way no more when I was going to school my parents had to buy all my supplies and the schools ran real good with no problems

  • Misplaced Texan Fourth Year In PP

    I don't think it's kids with $200 shoes that are having problems buying all the supplies.
    If you don't think CPS schools are chronically underfunded, I don't think you've been paying attention.
    At the end of the day, donate or not, that's your choice. I applaud their efforts to enrich the student experience. I suspect also, the the majority of the money still comes from the parents regardless of whether they ask for help from the community.

4 days ago

Updated 27 hours ago

Soldier Charged With Punching Security Guard Out on Bond

Matthew De Leon, 23, of the 4900 block of West Eddy Street in Chicago, was charged late Tuesday with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, aggravated battery...

    Soldier Charged With Punching Security Guard Out on Bond
    The man charged with punching a River North security guard in a brutal attack that was caught on camera last weekend bonded out of jail Friday evening, the Cook County Sheriff's Department confirmed.
    http://www.nbcchicago.com

  • This guy is nothing but a punk disgrace to are armed forces.l know who he is don't look drunk throwing the water bottle and walking away.He has DUI from when he was 17 and assault charges against his father.Problem child that his parents made him join the marine's.I hope Kim Fox gives max on all 3 charges then let the marine's finish if he makes it out of jail.

  • Bears - this guy is nothing but a punk. Enough said.

  • tjg

    Bears, I'm surprised Kim Fox even wants to prosecute him. Doubt she'll be asking the judge for a max sentence for anybody.

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Nov 10 2012

Updated 47 hours ago

"No Honking" Signs

Does anyone have "No Honking" signs in their alleys?

I really would love to get some put up in the alley behind my home. Many people honk obnoxiously when driving through the intersection. Speed-bumps would be nice too.

  • smartypants LifeLongCityGirl

    Portage....I'm going to look into that. Thank you.

  • I honk whenever I leave the alley and am about to cross over the threshold to the street.

    I do it because blind spots from the garages at the end of the alley.

    Im not really into feeling like dealing with hitting a pedestrian or some dummy riding his/her bike on the side walk.

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