May 20

Updated 5 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)

  • @Beeb. I am sorry to hear that you are being harassed by your neighbor. But harassment is not the same as loss of privacy. I do not in any way condone harassment! But we must face the fact that privacy IS dead. As has been pointed out by the examples...

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    @Beeb. I am sorry to hear that you are being harassed by your neighbor. But harassment is not the same as loss of privacy. I do not in any way condone harassment! But we must face the fact that privacy IS dead. As has been pointed out by the examples in this thread and as we experience each day, "big brother" IS watching us. Our only viable recourse is to insist on the ability to watch back. This is not for our amusement! It is for our freedom and safety. We will not have to trust what our elected leaders say they are doing if we can watch what they are actually doing.

    As an aside, I totally fail to see the relevance of the "Bernie Sanders" sign that you mentioned.

  • @Richard Price I see your point. However, I don't know giving the ability to "watch back" is all that good. It may seem like it would help us, but I believe there are too many people out there who would then use the ability to "watch back" to do criminal...

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    @Richard Price I see your point. However, I don't know giving the ability to "watch back" is all that good. It may seem like it would help us, but I believe there are too many people out there who would then use the ability to "watch back" to do criminal things. Or for someone like my neighbor, to scrutinize and and then harass someone who is just living their lives.

    I'm glad you asked about the mention of the "Bernie Sanders" sign. I know when people read things they make mental assumptions about the people mentioned. The way I spoke about him, some might think my neighbor is a white elderly male of conservative beliefs and politics. Though I don't want to say anything more specific about him that would expose his identity here (and harm HIS privacy) I wanted the readers to know this man is not an old conservative curmudgeon. No. He's a supposedly enlightened modern liberal who leans all the way to socialism. To me, my neighbor's beliefs and behavior provokes a worry about the kind of totalitarian mindset some liberals have.

Nov 02

Updated 2 days ago

Dropped Calls Due to Airplane Traffic

Happening to anyone else in Portage Park/Jeff Park? Over the past two weeks we've noticed issues with calls on our cell phones dropping-out due to airplane traffic. We know it's on our end because some of the calls were between us and other states, in areas without any air traffic. Each time it happens, there's an airplane we can see and hear in the sky. Something must have changed because this was never an issue until recently; different frequencies or...

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Happening to anyone else in Portage Park/Jeff Park? Over the past two weeks we've noticed issues with calls on our cell phones dropping-out due to airplane traffic. We know it's on our end because some of the calls were between us and other states, in areas without any air traffic. Each time it happens, there's an airplane we can see and hear in the sky. Something must have changed because this was never an issue until recently; different frequencies or blocking service signals from cabin to the ground?
As a call dropped just now, I got an earful of sharp-pitched tones pulses through the phone, and sure enough, there was a plane passing by.
It's bad enough that air traffic kills broadcast TV signals and can rumble folks from their sleep, but having it affect our otherwise reliable phone communications is not only nettlesome, it's a safety issue.

  • NWSide Colleen 17-year Jefferson Park resident, neighbor, parent

    Lots of unintended consequences for sure!

  • The signal interference we get is from low-flying air planes. Those huge metal-clad bodies and the air turbulence they create in passing interrupts linear digital signal paths. What is transmitted from point A gets knocked off course before reaching point B which drops our cell calls and digital antenna t.v. signal. But we can listen to local radio through our tuner with zero interference.

May 06

Updated May 07

    Parking reduced at Montrose-Cicero site at alderman's request
    by BRIAN NADIG The number of parking spaces for a planned 16-unit apartment building at 4812 W. Montrose Ave. has been reduced from 16 to 11 to allow for green space. Several residents who live near the site said that they were surprised to only recently learn of the reduction given the parking and traffic concerns which the community has raised over the years about the site's redevelopment.
    http://nadignewspapers.com

Apr 22

Updated Apr 29

Car parked on apron but in street

I've lived on Belle Plaine near Portage Park for around 8 years and the entire time there's been a long car parked in front of the driveway on Berteau and Lockwood. It's an illegal parking spot because the car blocks parts of the sidewalk as well as parts of the roadway.

I used to walk around it when walking my kids to the school, sometimes slipping on the ice on the apron next to the garage door. Now, every time...

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I've lived on Belle Plaine near Portage Park for around 8 years and the entire time there's been a long car parked in front of the driveway on Berteau and Lockwood. It's an illegal parking spot because the car blocks parts of the sidewalk as well as parts of the roadway.

I used to walk around it when walking my kids to the school, sometimes slipping on the ice on the apron next to the garage door. Now, every time I drive down Lockwood from Montrose, the car is there, sticking at least a foot into the street, Lockwood.

I've contacted the police twice, and waited a while to do this because it's a pretty lame thing to do, but I'm tired of stopping each time there is a car going in the opposite direction on Lockwood. It's also unlike the neighbors around here. Or maybe not.

In any case, nothing's happened, and I suspect it's because the homeowner is a city worker. There's often an SUV with MV plates in front of the house. Any suggestions about how to deal with this? I can always let it go.

  • Joan M. Back in Lincoln Square and liking it.

    Someone should register a site named Chicago Parking Fails, or some such, and post photographs with short descriptions, including addresses.

    Not something I would do, you understand ;-). Just a random thought.

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    I had a problem with people parking in alley thanks 16th district cops for taking care of problem now keep it up

Apr 20

Updated Apr 20

New Water mains

Does anyone know the details on the new water mains that are going in on Menard near Addison/Irving Pk? Are these mains going to branch into east / west streets and eventually hook into the houses...sort of like they did the gas lines?

  • Yes. They have to upgrade the bigger mains first before they tie them in to the smaller ones

Apr 07

Updated Apr 19

Chicago Fire soccer fans - Northwest side group forming

Do you enjoy watching soccer and getting to the Chicago Fire games? New group forming called Nation of Fire #NationOfFire to hold Chicago Fire soccer watch parties and related events in Avondale, Portage Park, Jefferson Park, Dunning, Irving Park, Norwood Park and everywhere in between. let's get together to support the Men in Red, Major League Soccer (MLS)

www.chicago-fire.com

    Chicago Fire
    Colorado Rapids FC Dallas Houston Dynamo LA Galaxy Minnesota United FC Portland Timbers Real Salt Lake San Jose Earthquakes Seattle Sounders FC Sporting Kansas City Vancouver Whitecaps FC
    http://www.chicago-fire.com
  • PUB OK April 21, 6pm we'll be throwing a Chicago Fire soccer watch party - wear your Fire gear - there will be prizes

  • Andrew, does your group have a Facebook page or group? If so and you create an event on it for this, feel free to post it as a visitor on PPNA's page and we will share it.

Apr 15

Updated Apr 19

Has anyone had their trash bins stolen?

We had 3 garbage bins and were down to 1. Why would anyone steal garbage bins? What possible value can they have and how do I get more?

Thanks.

Portage Park area

  • robin in WRP I support a 28th Amendment 4Free & Fair Elections!

    Over the years, we have had 1-4 garbage cans. They just come and go

  • Check for construction crews. Mine have all been stolen and wrecked by neighboring workers. I called the alderman and if they replaced mine the workers must have taken those also.

Apr 12

Updated Apr 17

Will the Binnys at 6 corners hurt other local liquor store sales?

With all the negativity about the Starbucks at Central and Irving hurting 2 local coffe shops, will the new Binnys hurt the Buisness of the local stores in the area? What does the PPNA think about this Binnys is a national chain.

  • joanie 20+ year Resident of Jefferson Park

    Binny's has an extensive collection of wines from all over the world. I shop there before every major holiday and their customer service is top notch. One many occasions they have a sommelier who is knowledgeable about the wines and pairings on duty.

    The two Binny's locations that I patronize are in Niles and Thatcher Woods. Prefer the store in Niles, bigger selection.

  • i have to agree with paul with the construction of the homes, I stopped by for the open house awhile back just to see what I will never probably live in. it is lacking in a few areas including lack of trim, I found some corners of the walls imperfect,...

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    i have to agree with paul with the construction of the homes, I stopped by for the open house awhile back just to see what I will never probably live in. it is lacking in a few areas including lack of trim, I found some corners of the walls imperfect, especially the border wall at the top of the stairs and did find some imperfections in fit and finish overall.

    I personally did not like the openness of the kitchen blending to the living room, but I guess it is ideal for someone that does entertaining as it is also equipped with several bathrooms.

Apr 14

The lawsuit states that the owner made numerous requests to Arena during a 27-month period

The lawsuit states that the owner made numerous requests to Arena during a 27-month period
Hmmm, where have I heard that before?
http://nadignewspapers.com/2017/04/14/permit-to-be-issued-for-castle-along-the-kennedy-despite-arenas-objection-owner-filed-lawsuit/

Arena’s chief of staff Owen Brugh said that there were concerns that the slope of the planned driveway might cut into tree roots on a neighboring property. Say whaat?!

    Permit to be issued for "castle" along the Kennedy despite Arena's objection; owner filed lawsuit
    Full Copy of Lawsuit can be view HERE by BRIAN NADIG After several years of delay, a driveway permit for the three-story mansion that is known by many as the "castle" along the Kennedy Expressway is being issued. A lawsuit filed late last year claims that Alderman John Arena (45th) would not sign off on the permit.
    http://nadignewspapers.com

Jan 11

Updated Apr 13

mr submarine blown and bent sign

beware of falling sign, there is debris below and in the street.

any other neighborhood wind damage to report?

  • Too bad Mr Sub isn't in 36th Ward where Alderman Villegas is about to open a new season seeking ballot proposals for how to spend his annual $1 million for projects in the ward.

  • i would be curious to know how much the sign not being there has effected their sales.

    there is lot of traffic on cicero and a sign might have prompted impromptu visits

May 19 2016

Updated Apr 12

Tub/Shower Regrouting & Caulking

Seeking good, reliable and fairly priced service to remove old grout and caulk from our tub/shower tile surround and redo with new. Previous owner's crappy DIY job on the tile and grout (not all even rows and planes) requires a patient professional effort. Anyone have similar work done to satisfaction and can give recommendations?

Apr 11

Updated Apr 12

Getting to Blue Line at Addison

In lieu of the Addison bus, does anyone utilize Uber to get to the Addison Blue Line Stop each day commuting to work? How about Irving or Montrose? Bus ride is probably cheaper, but with a ride share does anyone feel it worth the additional cost to Uber to the train station each day?

  • robin in WRP I support a 28th Amendment 4Free & Fair Elections!

    If you use Pool during evening rush hour, it's usually $2.50

  • Nor64 28 year resident of PP.

    Depending on Where you live go to Jeff Park station and get the Blue line...I used to take the Austin Bus and it would drive right into the station.

Mar 29

Updated Apr 07

    Zoning Committee adjourns before voting on Northwest Hwy project
    by BRIAN NADIG In a surprise move, the City Council Zoning Committee at its March 27 meeting adjourned without taking action on a proposal for a five-story storage warehouse and a residential development at 5150 N. Northwest Highway. The adjournment occurred after committee member Alderman Ed Burke (14th) said that there was no quorum to conduct business.
    http://nadignewspapers.com
  • So what if he's a Republican. The city needs a change. Remember, all the failing cities and states have been democrat(libs) controlled for 50,75,100 years in some cases? Why is it so hard to understand that the dimms (libs) have driven the city into the ground. When you look abroad, all the countries the libs run are all broke too.

  • Mike Bayne Dunning area New to the area and have 2 children.

    @St. Peter

    I can only assume that for some reason your TV remote control won't let you change the channel, and it's been stuck on CNN for the past 10 years. Pity, maybe you should invest in some new batteries or perhaps get off the recliner and change the channel by hand.

Mar 30

Updated Apr 07

Thinking about buying in Portage Park

Hi Folks!

My wife and I (+ 2 young children) are looking at houses in Portage Park. We've seen a few not too far from Gray Elementary and was wondering how that area is (mainly in terms of safety).

We had visited a couple other houses near Reinberg Elementary but got turned off when we saw quite a bit of graffiti on garage doors in the alleys.

Any feedback on Gray Elementary would be welcome as well.

Thanks!

Apr 03

Updated Apr 05

Tree roots in sewer line

Almighty plumbing tried to come out to my house today to clear the line, but only were able to clear it a little because the tree roots were so bad. They are telling me I need to use a "warthog" which is like a chainsaw that will grind away at these roots. He wants $1500 more to do this and clean the catch basin. (this is in addition to the $325 I just paid for routing the sewer line)

Does anyone have any experience in this?

  • As Deutsch suggests - annual maintenance rodding will resolve your sewer line issues.

    Sandy also shares good intel - roots only infiltrate sewer lines to get water; root killer treatments make your sewer line inhospitable to roots and tells the root system to seek moisture elsewhere.

    Trees are more blessing...

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    As Deutsch suggests - annual maintenance rodding will resolve your sewer line issues.

    Sandy also shares good intel - roots only infiltrate sewer lines to get water; root killer treatments make your sewer line inhospitable to roots and tells the root system to seek moisture elsewhere.

    Trees are more blessing (storm water control, air cleansing, beauty, shade, wildlife) than curse (fall raking) -- that is, unless you've got diseased or troublesome trees (like non-native Norway Maples which drop whirly-gigs & seeds that collect in gutters) or they're impinging on your sidewalks &/or foundation. In few cases would I ever recommend tree removal unless truly necessary.

    FWIW, if you'd like another plumber's opinion, can try Mike @ Father & Son
    Address: 3815 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 Phone: (773) 267-7383
    Mike is super nice and charges very reasonably -- like $125 to rod sewer line (*in summer weather). Great service, quick, clean, and dependable. Highly recommended on EB by Tami* originally -- now us too.

    Found Yelp! reviews under a weird business name, https://www.yelp.com/biz/a-father-and-son-municipal-jet-o-matic-plumbing-and-sewer-serv-chicago

  • Thanks everyone. I'm really glad I asked. I ended up finding a company that came out within hours. I have three very large trees that are causing the problem, and these roots are very aggressive! They did hydrojetting and used the warthog and the pipes were crystal clear in the...

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    Thanks everyone. I'm really glad I asked. I ended up finding a company that came out within hours. I have three very large trees that are causing the problem, and these roots are very aggressive! They did hydrojetting and used the warthog and the pipes were crystal clear in the video they took. A night and day difference between what the first guy did. It took a crew of 3 men 5 hours to complete the pipes, and a separate crew came to clean my catch basin. Since my pipes were backed up sewage had been accumulating and it took the, quite a while to get it all out. YUCK.

    I've tried pouring the root killer in the past and it hasn't worked. I was also told even if I cut the trees down the roots keep growing! It's really a nightmare.

    I went with a company called FLO MAX, and were very professional and quick to get my problem solved, and were 1/2 the price of my first quote.

Mar 28

Updated Mar 30

Water tastes/smells like chlorine

Hello! My husband and I just moved to the area and noticed tonight out water tastes/smells like chlorine. We use a Brita and this hasn't been an issue in the past week (since we moved in). Has anyone else noticed this or has this been an issue before? Thanks in advance!

  • Sean Creative Strategist and Beer Maker

    Just to add. If you have a large cooler you can leave it filled with water overnight and the chlorine will leave. Same as if you boiled it for 20. But chloroamine will remain. For that you need to add potassium metabisulfite to your water. That's coming from a brewer. It's overkill. Buy a filter..or boil or leave water out.

  • Pedro... Yes, I know... (it is a poison!), I was totally shocked to find out that Hinckley adds fluoride to their water. Maybe they're into overkill from the influence of the Dental Association.
    Hinckley's Water Quality Report shows "Processing (Treatment) Steps for Natural Water (Spring and Artesian) Products... Fluoride is...

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    Pedro... Yes, I know... (it is a poison!), I was totally shocked to find out that Hinckley adds fluoride to their water. Maybe they're into overkill from the influence of the Dental Association.
    Hinckley's Water Quality Report shows "Processing (Treatment) Steps for Natural Water (Spring and Artesian) Products... Fluoride is added that results in Fluoridated Spring Water and Fluoridated Artesian Water...."
    See complete info on all their products at https://www.hinckleysprings.com/files/nonbrand/waterqualityreports/Spring_Water_Quality_Report_22417.pdf
    I'll have to find information on the best whole house filter since our bodies still absorb all the chemicals through our skin when we are bathing or showering.

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