Aug 31

Updated Sep 09

Sudden increase of bums, crack addicts, in general riffraff & playground danger

I have been walking in portage Park in the last couple weeks and just noticed the sudden uptick significant Lee of bombs, crack addicts, and generally downtrodden rituals sleeping at the park benches in front of businesses throughout the neighborhood. Has this happened because of the increase in Texas? What's going on here ? Or neighborhood are used to be nice and clean for years ago when my wife and I moved. What to do Nallon seems like a neighborhood...

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I have been walking in portage Park in the last couple weeks and just noticed the sudden uptick significant Lee of bombs, crack addicts, and generally downtrodden rituals sleeping at the park benches in front of businesses throughout the neighborhood. Has this happened because of the increase in Texas? What's going on here ? Or neighborhood are used to be nice and clean for years ago when my wife and I moved. What to do Nallon seems like a neighborhood is going the way of Rogers Park Or uptown… Never hurts where we used to live and move because of that same reason. Also and I should probably start a new post for this one how come portage Park playground playground is so trashed? I've noticed it becoming increasingly damaged and no one seems to care park district isn't doing anything in terms of upkeep or maintenance the other day I was there with my daughter and they actually had police tape around the monkey bars it's actually dangerous for kids.

  • To contact the park director, I emailed the address on the Portage Park Website. I included my phone number in the email and he called the next day.

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    Ask him to tell me what the writing on trash can facing playground means, is it a sign in another language or a bums language or maybe a no hate club for kids?

Apr 20

Updated Sep 01

Can the city replace my sod that ComEd destroyed?

I've been calling landscaping companies to give me an estimate. When ComEd came through, they replaced the little patch of grass on the corner with clay. Nothing will grow there. One of the companies I contacted suggested that the city may replace it. Is this true? Do I call 311?

If I need to hire somebody, can anybody give me a reputable landscaping company? I tried K.C. Landscaping but the gal never came to give me an estimate. Lost my business. Another one I called said the job was too small. Thanks everyone.

Jun 16 2015

Updated Aug 26

Tornado Sirens

I heard a faint siren yesterday during the storm, it sounded like it was coming from around Belmont and Pulaski, but I couldn't really tell. It went on for a while, probably 20 minutes.

Question: Where do our sirens in the neighborhood come from? Would they come from local firehouses or police stations?

  • Superman

    The firehouse at Grace and Menard had one years ago..I really don't know why they removed it.

  • Hey, I happen to be very close to these siren's in enthusiasm, anyway. There are 4 sirens in Norridge/Harwood Heights.
    1-Oak Park & Carl Cassata (Union Ridge School)
    2-Oketo & Leland (Water Tower By Marianos)
    3-Canfield & Wilson (By T-Intersection)
    4-Cumberland & Foster (Infront Of Pannoyer)

    All 4 of these...

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    Hey, I happen to be very close to these siren's in enthusiasm, anyway. There are 4 sirens in Norridge/Harwood Heights.
    1-Oak Park & Carl Cassata (Union Ridge School)
    2-Oketo & Leland (Water Tower By Marianos)
    3-Canfield & Wilson (By T-Intersection)
    4-Cumberland & Foster (Infront Of Pannoyer)

    All 4 of these siren's are the same model, a Whelen WPS-4004. These siren's are made to sound off with a voice, then a 3 minute alert tone. These siren's were installed in 1996, so they'll be replaced sometime soon.

    HOWEVER, all siren's you said were around Belmont and Pulaski, are actually not there, the only sirens in that area are 2001-SRN's, located by Avondale and Addison, adn the secod Diversey and Kenneth.

    Either way, hope you guy's understand these better. Another fact, most siren's are owned by either the Police or Fire Department, which makes most of them in the area.

Aug 19

Updated Aug 21

Air conditioning unit distance from the property line

Are there any rules in Chicago which regulate the distance of air conditioning unit installation from the property line?

  • Andy x

    New furnaces and new hot water heaters cannot go up the chimney. They're too hot. I had a special lining put in my chimney for the last boiler we put in but that won't work anymore.

  • Furnace vent pipes must be vented out the roof if they are less than the required feet from a walkway and a property line. The city will enforce if reported. The entire city is out of code in many areas. But the citizens seems to like it that way because...

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    Furnace vent pipes must be vented out the roof if they are less than the required feet from a walkway and a property line. The city will enforce if reported. The entire city is out of code in many areas. But the citizens seems to like it that way because they do not get permits and rarely report violations they see in their neighborhoods. Even the aldermans' offices protect their "friends" if violations are reported to them Best way to get this taken care of is to call 311 and report the carbon monoxide spewing. Get a reference number and check back periodically.

Jul 20

Updated Jul 29

Neighbor parks business truck with business plates on our block

Neighbor parks his business truck plate truck on the block backing really close to the person behind him as to conceal the plate. He will do it to anyone of the neighbors. Butt usually his wifes car.
This also makes it difficult for neighbors to pull out when someone has parked behind them. What can we do to stop this?

  • PJ monitor

    From the Area, the person parking the comcast/infinity truck lives a block east and 1 block south, saw him and told him it can't park on the side streets and he continued on his way to his house real nice ! Going to start calling 911
    Have e-mailed Sposatos office and no word back, hard to get a response from him

  • Alderman Sposato is not much of an emailer. He seems to check it, but responds with a call. I have emailed him twice adn included my phone number. Both times he responded with a phone call and left a detailed voicemail. Perhaps send an email and include your phone number and he will call you,

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