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Need I say MOORE?

I have cut and pasted the recent words of one of our own, Dave P. I found his comments insightful and right on..."I myself am in favor of an alderman who takes his duty seriously, and actually shows up for meetings and committees that he is on, when it isn't an election year.

I favor someone who doesn't need their name to be the biggest font on the page when advertising something. I also do not like that everything with...

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I have cut and pasted the recent words of one of our own, Dave P. I found his comments insightful and right on..."I myself am in favor of an alderman who takes his duty seriously, and actually shows up for meetings and committees that he is on, when it isn't an election year.

I favor someone who doesn't need their name to be the biggest font on the page when advertising something. I also do not like that everything with his name on it proudly proclaims....FREE! (though I know that helps fuel the whole "democrats care for poor people, republicans only care for the rich" battle cry they've been using forever.

I wouldn't mind an alderman who at any time in the past 20 years would have worked on the pension mess, instead of kicking it down the road. But I guess goose liver and other stupid stuff is more of a priority.

I wouldn't mind an alderman who actually read anything he passed, like that awesome parking meter deal that everyone knew sucked...but he did what the mayor wanted anyway.

I also wouldn't mind if he actually listened to the community when he asks for feedback...instead of just taking it and publishing a 20 page report on why he's going to do what he wants regardless.

There are a million of them, but what it boils down to for me:

parking meter deal
pension mess
parking garage
poor schools

The problem is, so many people believe that that the longer a politician has been around, the better it is for us. The known is better than the unknown. Tenure leads to having "pull" and clout. Well, clout died with Daley, its time to move on.

I think we need to start voting out incumbents at all levels, and if the new guy/gal doesn't perform, vote them out the next election cycle, etc etc.

Politicians on both sides are playing all of us for fools."

The last time Don ran against Joe he only lost by several dozen donuts. Let's keep our fingers crossed that he beats Joe this time. If for no ther reason... change is good. Need I say MOORE?

  • mclnoh RE Broker & Photographer

    "Latching on to this dude's post...."
    Who's latching on, I'm simply agreeing with the "dude", as more and more 49th Ward residents and voters are.

  • Barton G The Official Barton

    I once again want an Alderman who gets things done and not an Alderman who constantly bellyaches, allies with losers like Fioretti, Arena, Waugespack and always is on the losing end of the City Council vote. Why waste money on an Alderman who thinks their job is to oppose, complain...

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    I once again want an Alderman who gets things done and not an Alderman who constantly bellyaches, allies with losers like Fioretti, Arena, Waugespack and always is on the losing end of the City Council vote. Why waste money on an Alderman who thinks their job is to oppose, complain and buck City Council and then end up going home to the Ward empty handed? That might provide good lecture material for pontificating in front of students and a new book or two on everything that's wrong in politics but it won't serve the people in the Ward. I want an Alderman who serves us and doesn't simply feed his academic ego. I want an Alderman who listens to us and not a fringe group of malcontents, angry former employees or some guy from the northern suburbs who doesn't give a hoot about Rogers Park and never did. Those are examples of more egos interested in feeding their anger but have no interest in our needs or in serving us.

4 days ago

Updated 11 min ago

The CTU Head Speaks Out on Joe Moore

Jesse Sharkey has stepped up to fill in for Karen Lewis as she battles a serious illness.

Chicago Magazine interviewed Mr. Sharkey for the December issue. One of the points he addressed was our alderman's actions to block the public from having a voice in the issue of an elected school board.

Q: Which aldermen are standing in the way of an elected school board?

A: Joe Moore [49th Ward, in Rogers Park] is one of them. I’m furious with...

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Jesse Sharkey has stepped up to fill in for Karen Lewis as she battles a serious illness.

Chicago Magazine interviewed Mr. Sharkey for the December issue. One of the points he addressed was our alderman's actions to block the public from having a voice in the issue of an elected school board.

Q: Which aldermen are standing in the way of an elected school board?

A: Joe Moore [49th Ward, in Rogers Park] is one of them. I’m furious with Joe Moore. He’s shown himself to suck up to power like nobody’s business. [In Illinois,] up to three measures can get on the ballot. Joe Moore made sure there were three trivial measures so he could do the mayor’s bidding and not allow an elected school board on the ballot—a measure that’s really important to people.

The full article is here: http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/December-2014/Meet-Jesse-Sharkey-the-New-Karen-Lewis/

Does anyone know how many teachers reside in the 49th ward?

  • mclnoh RE Broker & Photographer

    By the way, BG, your EB picture is very appropriate for a "bootlicker". Are you a "bootlicker"?

  • Rob

    All I need to know about Gordon is that he has let Craig Gernhardt be involved in his campaign. The fact that his supporters use language like "bootlickers" here just reinforces my notions, and the fact that he won't come here himself solidifies them.

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Updated 35 min ago

MOORE IS SO MUCH LESS... anyway you look at it.

I catagorize this under "Neighborhood Improvement"

Cairo and others- if you knew me, you would clearly understand that I am no one's "mouthpiece." No this is really way Moore than trying to get Don Gordon elected. It's Moore about eradicating the disease known as "business as usual." And anyone who doesn't appreciate the need for change, should take an overall look at our government, from to to bottom.

I do support term limits and would even do so if my...

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I catagorize this under "Neighborhood Improvement"

Cairo and others- if you knew me, you would clearly understand that I am no one's "mouthpiece." No this is really way Moore than trying to get Don Gordon elected. It's Moore about eradicating the disease known as "business as usual." And anyone who doesn't appreciate the need for change, should take an overall look at our government, from to to bottom.

I do support term limits and would even do so if my friend and neighbor Don Gordon were in office as long as "way Moore than necessary" has been there. To be even Moore clear, if Joe Moore were at the top of his game, and had a real list of significant accomplishments; I'd still want him out of office.
Change is good... Fresh clear ideas which aren't self-serving are good.

Joe has had his run. So please, no Moore, Moore. Enough already!

Please, no Moore!!

bd

  • Barton G The Official Barton

    Mother Olson your spelling is atrocious. I hope Jack doesn't let his Dog Spot play around a burning candle stook.

  • Barton G The Official Barton

    ^^^stICk.......ugh, now you've got me doing it too.

55 min ago

Updated 51 min ago

  • Joe Lake Facebook, Twitter, Klout, EveryBlock, Yahoo Groups

    From the Huffington Post article, "Yet every election one of Rahm's puppets -- Alderman Joe Moore [49th Ward] has managed to bump the Elected School Board question off the ballot."

2 days ago

Updated 54 min ago

Are birdbaths & birdfeeders illegal?

My husband & I own a condo in a courtyard building & have a large garden patio we frequently use. Our complex is mostly owner-occupied, but there is 1 rental in our building & an agent getting ready to show the unit threatened to call the cops on me today.

Could someone really report me to the police for setting out a tiny birdbath & a small handful of nuts & seeds on my patio while I am sitting outside...

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My husband & I own a condo in a courtyard building & have a large garden patio we frequently use. Our complex is mostly owner-occupied, but there is 1 rental in our building & an agent getting ready to show the unit threatened to call the cops on me today.

Could someone really report me to the police for setting out a tiny birdbath & a small handful of nuts & seeds on my patio while I am sitting outside watching the wildlife with my pets? I completely understand that just tossing out scraps attracts pests, but the food & water is only set out for as long as I am out there & then I promptly clean up any leftovers. This is also done on my very own property & there are no rules against it in my association by-laws, nor have any neighbors complained.

If this is truly against the law, I guess I'll stop, but I just don't know the extent to which this is an issue. I've been doing this for months & didn't think anything of it. There's a tree right outside our kitchen window that the sparrows & squirrels always hang out in & my pets really enjoy watching them, so I figured offering them a little treat while we're outside would be OK as long as I wasn't making a mess.

  • I'm an agent and would never have even thought to speak to you that way!

  • Reid Hyams X-ART Entertainment, Music Industry / Owner

    I'm also a real estate agent and totally agree with Laura, which is why I told you to contact the agents managing broker.

27 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

WitchCraft Christ apologizes to Whites for Chicago Black on Black crime ..

The failure of rich blacks, educated blacks, hood blacks, black politicians, black preachers, and rich black athletes to publicly own up to the Chicago Black crime problem.

  • WitchCraft Christ King of Sorcery,Necromancy,Shadows,Death

    Is there not 1 black person who will also stand with me right here right now on E.B. Rogers Park? Why are blacks afraid in Chicago to stand up and take responsibility for Chicago black crime and the other problems that come with it.

  • WitchCraft Christ King of Sorcery,Necromancy,Shadows,Death

    White people are correct when they say "if I/we speak up to speak out against black crime blacks will call us racist.

21 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

in defense of weeds.

so, i have learned more than i wanted to know about the chicago "weed" ordinance. i deny that i am or was in violation of the ordinance.

as i understand it, one key provision is that weeds are "untended", and then gives a couple arbitrary heights, and says anything over 4' must be cut back in the winter. no specific species are mentioned, and it is up to the discretion of the hearing officer, who may or may not know...

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so, i have learned more than i wanted to know about the chicago "weed" ordinance. i deny that i am or was in violation of the ordinance.

as i understand it, one key provision is that weeds are "untended", and then gives a couple arbitrary heights, and says anything over 4' must be cut back in the winter. no specific species are mentioned, and it is up to the discretion of the hearing officer, who may or may not know anything about wildflowers or native food plants.
i deny that i am or was in violation of the ordinance.
yes, many native plants have sprung up on my farm. yes, i let a lot of them grow, thrive and even seed.
BUT, nothing is allowed to stay unless it serves a purpose.
i do weed my weeds.
i eat my weeds.
i feed my weeds to my critters.

so, if i can eat it, i let it grow. if it makes an edible seed, i let it grow.
if pollinators frequent it, i let it grow.
if birds eat the seeds, i let it grow.

we harvested 2 kinds of mustard for human use.
we harvested a couple bushels of amaranth.
green corp kids harvested 4 big burlap bags of poor mans pepper, and a large pile of lambs quarters. (which grow beyond the arbitrary height of 4')

my chickens have feasted on an armload of fresh weeds 3-4 times a week since spring. their favorites gets sorted out where they are out of place.
when something threatens a crop, i pull it out.

read more-https://www.facebook.com/MoahsArk/posts/774485855906429

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18 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Rogers Park transgender woman, her landlord both file lawsuits

According to a lawsuit filed Nov. 4, Michelle Roberts, 6413 N. Glenwood Ave., is suing her landlord, Zoran Knezev, over a number of violations, including having too many renters in the building.

  • WitchCraft Christ King of Sorcery,Necromancy,Shadows,Death

    I thank the Windy City Times for their un-biased update. The community deserves to know what is going on.

  • WitchCraft Christ King of Sorcery,Necromancy,Shadows,Death

    I have also asked the C.P.D Cyber Crimes Unit, The F.B.I, and M.S.N.B.C EveryBlock to monitor all responses to this thread for cyber-hate crime activity. All URLs who post here on this thread are being monitored for "hate crime activity". If you don't believe me then post a hate message and find out what happens.

  • WitchCraft Christ King of Sorcery,Necromancy,Shadows,Death

    Since The Windy City Times has been covering this story and since it appeared on E.B. Rogers Park Michelle and I have suffered comments from people in Rogers Park who said we are wrong and/or just don't like us, or our relation-ship. From previous comments directed at Michelle and I we believe Rogers Park has a strong, connected, homo-phobic community, and a racist element too

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Updated 12 hours ago

A Jew for Jesus for Mayor

I was going to sit this election out, but not anymore.

http://www.garciaforchicago.com

  • Dan 21-year Rogers Park resident

    Larry, Thank you for the link to Mr. Garcia's website. I am signing up to make monthly donations. Jesus Garcia will need an outpouring of support and donations from citizens if he is to have any chance against the Mayor and the massive amounts of money he has collected from his constituency of millionaires, billionaires, and the well-heeled.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Dan - have you considered http://my.amaraforchicago.com/?

2 days ago

Updated 12 hours ago

New to RP. Seeking dentist &/or GP

Looking for a General Practitioner who is on the ball. Leaning towards a woman doc (just 'cause) unless the guy you know is stupendous. Need someone REALLY thorough, who is current on journals, feels comfortable prescribing if need be.

Tried one RP guy who didn't "believe" in Fibromyalgia and sent me out to 3 specialists just for meds.

Also need a dentist. I have good teeth. ;-)

  • I've been going to Dr. Chipp at Ridge Dental Center for over a year now. He's both knowledgeable and personable. I had my first cavities filled at 28 and was nervous about it and he said that was totally okay and he explained everything before he did it. Most medical doctors I have been to don't have such a good bedside manner.

  • Dr.Tran at north broadway dental is great and is more than accommodating when it comes to scheduling!

3 days ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Loyola University Enters Bar Business, Opens Pub in Student Center

Ireland’s is named after George Ireland, coach of the 1963 Loyola men's basketball team that famously won the NCAA national championship and competed against Mississippi State in the well-documented "Game of Change."

  • Need for a Change 20 years in Rogers Park

    Is this scheduled to be one of the Alderman's "Follow me on Friday" stops? No, he will probably wait until just before election to try to get the local student vote.

  • No students will be drinking here. I can't imagine. If you have a legit ID, why would you drink at the beverage equivalent of a cafeteria? Open until 10pm, whoo hoo! If you don't have a legit ID, you're obviously not trying to get served on campus.

39 hours ago

Updated 17 hours ago

New Grocery on Ridge

What's taking so long for that store to get up & running? Has anyone heard when they expect to open?

  • I know it's in the 50th Ward, and I think it's great that the store is finally opening--it has a good reputation, and Jewel needs competition--but I'm concerned about the flashing free-standing sign in the parking lot. Is it legal under current signage ordinances? For years, that long block of Ridge has peacefully housed an electrical factory that has never made the block seem overcommercial--but a flashing sign can do that.

  • JCV My head hurts.

    I'm less concerned with a lighted sign than a giant empty storefront but yes, it would be good if they could work to minimize its obnoxiousness.

3 days ago

Updated 18 hours ago

10,000 students and 2 libraries!?

Hi! As a West Ridge/Rogers Park resident we have lots to discuss. 1st off, where is the dividing line of the two parts of town? 2ndly, being that I have no idea where the line is we have an education problem. There are 12 public schools in our area and only 2 libraries. Over 10,000 students have access to only about 10 computers. We need another library to make our community stronger educationally and as a viable resource for students...

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Hi! As a West Ridge/Rogers Park resident we have lots to discuss. 1st off, where is the dividing line of the two parts of town? 2ndly, being that I have no idea where the line is we have an education problem. There are 12 public schools in our area and only 2 libraries. Over 10,000 students have access to only about 10 computers. We need another library to make our community stronger educationally and as a viable resource for students to get the help they need. If adding another school to the system is not an option this needs to be addressed immediately. Our children are suffering as a lack of resources is not available. How do we achieve this goal?

  • That said, Kang Chiu led the team that made the new RP library a reality. He has never lost interest in making it a better place for all users, and deserves our thanks. He's a real asset to the community.

  • So grateful to hear your story and so sad that it is such a struggle to give our community a gift like a library. Thank you Kang Chiu and thank you to all who worked with you to get our library as advanced as it is. I'm wondering what advancements we can make to better our library even more or to add another location in our neighborhood.

2 days ago

Updated 19 hours ago

Cher Cancels Remaining "Dressed to Kill" Tour Dates

February 4, 2015 Fargo, ND Fargodome

This article has 1 other Chicago location (Show)

January 11, 2015 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena

  • Cold it is, so maybe February isn't the best time to go. But Fargo is really pleasant, and nothing to do with the rural scenes depicted in the films. It's a vibrant, charming city.
    The other thing about the Dakotas is that their winter light is much crisper and brighter than it is east of the Mississippi, so winter affects you differently there.

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    I had an oportunity to spend a few hours in Fargo last summer. They've done some.nice things with their downtown.

25 hours ago

Updated 20 hours ago

24th Police District Provides Update on Recent Arrests and Activities

Below is the most recent summary of 24th District Police activity:

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/156019_322.htm

38 hours ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Assault at Chase and Damen

My daughter was walking her dogs about 7:15 tonight, and she witnessed 3 teens assault a 4th teen at Chase and Damen. They knocked him down and were kicking and beating him, and stole his phone. She was screaming for help, and her dogs were barking, but they didn't stop. No one came out to help. The boy was able to get up, though his face was bloody, and he was hurt. He asked her to walk him to UNO,...

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My daughter was walking her dogs about 7:15 tonight, and she witnessed 3 teens assault a 4th teen at Chase and Damen. They knocked him down and were kicking and beating him, and stole his phone. She was screaming for help, and her dogs were barking, but they didn't stop. No one came out to help. The boy was able to get up, though his face was bloody, and he was hurt. He asked her to walk him to UNO, where he is a student. She didn't have a cell phone with her, so he said he would find his Principal, who would call the police. She watched him go into the school, and we called the police to report the assault as soon as she got home. The dispatcher said that the would send police to the school. Jerks.

  • I would encourage whomever is organizing discussions with UNO to include the Benedictine Sisters in this matter. They still own that property and are located on the campus. http://www.osbchicago.org/contact.htm

  • Mr. Rogers Neighbor

    I second that.. morning traffic especially, is a much bigger mess than anything i can recall from St. Scholastica. A lot of parents just stop and let their kids out regardless of traffic- effectively blocking both directions and backing it up for blocks. Some of those tearing up the side...

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    I second that.. morning traffic especially, is a much bigger mess than anything i can recall from St. Scholastica. A lot of parents just stop and let their kids out regardless of traffic- effectively blocking both directions and backing it up for blocks. Some of those tearing up the side streets and alleys are commuters trying to get around the mess, not necessarily parents. I now avoid this stretch anywhere near this time of day.

    As for the crime association, drug dealing is not new to that area.. What may be new is a fresh client base from UNO. Which may have nothing to do with the incident in question.

22 hours ago

Wheaten Terrier found

Found yesterday at the lakefront near Montrose. No collar. Not chipped. For inquires please contact Kate at (312) 480-0781. Thank you!

Also posted on People's Pooch Park

4 days ago

Updated 23 hours ago

Idea for Gale School (and other RP schools for that matter!)

Joe -- I saw a great idea in today's Trib that might be useful at Gale School given the focus it now has by CPS: "Tools of the Mind Learning". It had great results in a NYC study with 79 classrooms -- especially in "highest poverty schools". Will you commit to the Ward to getting this implemented in RP?

Excerpts from the article:
Training teachers to promote structured play among kindergarteners yields improved reading, vocabulary and math scores that persist...

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Joe -- I saw a great idea in today's Trib that might be useful at Gale School given the focus it now has by CPS: "Tools of the Mind Learning". It had great results in a NYC study with 79 classrooms -- especially in "highest poverty schools". Will you commit to the Ward to getting this implemented in RP?

Excerpts from the article:
Training teachers to promote structured play among kindergarteners yields improved reading, vocabulary and math scores that persist into first grade, according to a new study. The technique, called ‘Tools for the Mind,’ seemed to be particularly effective in high-poverty schools.

“The active ingredient is children are taking responsibility for their own learning,” said Clancy Blair of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University, who led the study. For the two-year study, researchers divided 79 kindergarten classrooms with a total of 759 children into two groups. Forty-two classrooms were directed to incorporate the Tools for the Mind program, and 37 continued with their standard teaching practices.

Researchers assessed students’ attention, speed of processing and other measures of academic ability twice a year. The program is meant to improve kids’ control over their ability to avoid distractions, focus their attention, remember important details and regulate impulsive behavior.

Teachers organize “shared cooperative activities” designed to promote social-emotional development and improve thinking skills. They combine reading, mathematics and science activities with child-directed activities and structured sociodramatic play.

“The thing that is most important for our results is we found the biggest effects in the highest poverty schools,” Blair said. “It’s well within the budgets and the capabilities of every kindergarten classroom in the U.S.,” he said. “Closing the achievement gap is right there, we know how to do it, and there’s no excuse not to do it.”

  • Rob

    Suzanne- And just how many times has the alderman said that it is always better to contact his office as he can't assure you that he will always be able to read and respond here on Everyblock? Again- have you sent this to Principle Washington, as she is the one who will be responsible and accountable for the hard work and changes needed at Gale with this new designation?

    Your dismissal of the knowledge of someone who actually works in the CPS system is pretty good, too.

  • Barton G The Official Barton

    Rob, Nobody listens to Suzanne as is evidenced by her complete failure in managing the Ward's Republican activities. At least on EB she has a captive audience and free soapbox to see her own words in print. Sad story but a true one.

2 days ago

Updated 23 hours ago

Legal/Illegal in Chicago? Look it up...

I notice many posts where folks ask about whether something is legal or not in Chicago (birdfeeders, dog leashes, etc.). FYI - you can look it up online: http://www.amlegal.com/library/il/chicago.shtml

I've used this link multiple times and although I'm no lawyer, at least I can get some familiarity for myself of what's there and what's not. (You can get to this same link via the City Clerk's Office homepage as well.) Takes a little getting used to navigate through sections, but,...

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I notice many posts where folks ask about whether something is legal or not in Chicago (birdfeeders, dog leashes, etc.). FYI - you can look it up online: http://www.amlegal.com/library/il/chicago.shtml

I've used this link multiple times and although I'm no lawyer, at least I can get some familiarity for myself of what's there and what's not. (You can get to this same link via the City Clerk's Office homepage as well.) Takes a little getting used to navigate through sections, but, I've found the "find"/search tool here is pretty decent and I can typically find what I want in a few minutes. If it's something I'm personally involved in, I'd call a lawyer - but at least when I talk to the lawyer I have a little knowledge going into the conversation.

Cheers!

26 hours ago

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Updated 26 hours ago

Park fees increasing

This will be very impactful in the RP. Increasing park program fees will inevitably drive away at risk young people for whom parks are the only alternative to hanging on streets. They are claiming the increase is 'just a dollar per hour of programming', but that adds up very fast, esp if you have multiple children.

Another question is how this will affect the Lunt avenue lakefront parking arrangement. Currently, we pay 89k per year in ward menu money for those spaces. If the overnight rates triple as planned, that could be a game changer there as well.

Budget hearing is Dec 3rd.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-park-district-budget-met-1121-20141120-story.html

  • Craig_Gernhardt Official Account

    I find it enlightening Mr. Light Brigade is shedding light on the inner workings of our Alderman - and how he does business. Hat tip, Jim.

    Have you signed one of my petition sheets yet? I got a couple more days before we turn them in.

  • I would love to sign a petition sheet. Thank you!

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