Jun 19

Updated 40 min ago

Irving Park Rd (Bet. Harlem & Cumberland)

Since last fall, I became outwardly concerned with the state of Irving Park Rd near my home. Our Illinois Route 19 acts much like highway, between Harlem Ave. and Cumberland Ave. There are two cemeteries on each side of it, which are Acacia Park Cemetery and Irving Park Cemetery. Cars ZOOM BY with little concern for the pedestrians and bikers. Anyone who would pull a traffic report would note that deadly accidents and bumper to bumper accidents are not a...

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Since last fall, I became outwardly concerned with the state of Irving Park Rd near my home. Our Illinois Route 19 acts much like highway, between Harlem Ave. and Cumberland Ave. There are two cemeteries on each side of it, which are Acacia Park Cemetery and Irving Park Cemetery. Cars ZOOM BY with little concern for the pedestrians and bikers. Anyone who would pull a traffic report would note that deadly accidents and bumper to bumper accidents are not a stranger here! Two of my neighbors were KILLED over the past two years, one on a bike and one in the car. This year, someone just DROVE THROUGH the rusted-out fence into Irving Park Cemetery. Often KIDS on bikes, MOTHERS with strollers and ELDERLY with their shopping carts either struggle through the gravel and mud filled paths, where used to be once concrete sidewalks on "both" sides of the road, or they maneuver their equipment into the street. These both northern and southern sidewalks used to be functional until they were abandoned in the late 1960's or so. If anyone would talk to the CROSSING guard by N. Pioneer Ave, ours is Kristen, would learn of the frequent dangers of crossing the street. She will be back in the fall when the school restarts and would appreciate having traffic lights installed, too. The requests to fix these sidewalks have bounced around various public offices with mixed results. I PLEA with all concerned citizens to assist me with getting this overdue safety issue resolved by contacting all politicians overseeing or soon-to-be overseeing this area. Hearing from the community-at-large vs. one neighborhood mother is far more impactful I am told. Thank you!!!

Please e-mail your support for the sidewalks to:

Senator Mulroe at senatorjohnmulroe@att.net;
Representative Martwick at repmartwick@gmail.com;
Alderman Sposato at info@aldermansposato.com; and
Alderman Cullerton at Timothy.Cullerton@cityofchicago.org.

  • Hello Neighbors and Friends!

    IDOT has written a comprehensive draft of recommendations for the Irving Park Rd. corridor between Ozanam Ave. and Pioneer Ave. These recommendations along with their support are pending IDOT management approval. I asked that the IDOT's approved package be shared with all of our four politicians...

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    Hello Neighbors and Friends!

    IDOT has written a comprehensive draft of recommendations for the Irving Park Rd. corridor between Ozanam Ave. and Pioneer Ave. These recommendations along with their support are pending IDOT management approval. I asked that the IDOT's approved package be shared with all of our four politicians (State Senator Mulroe, State Rep. Martwick, Alderman Cullerton (Ward 38) and Alderman Sposato (Ward 36)) and us, not just State Senator Mulroe. A part of these recommendations includes an outstanding 2011 recommendation for Pioneer Ave./Irving Park Rd. intersection. Note that all of the pedestrian safety recommendations, the old and the new, are the responsibility of the city, thus ought to be funded by the ward menu dollars, which require the approval of the area alderman. As of 9/23/2014 city reporting, neither Ward 36/Sposato or Ward 38/Cullerton has any menu dollars left and the state dollars found by Alderman Cullerton and being transferred to the city by State Rep. Martwick to cover the Irving Park Cemetery's sidewalks did not transfer yet. Thus, most likely, there will be no changes to the corridor this year. Since we are being remapped from Ward 36/Sposato to Ward 38/Cullerton next year and aldermanic elections are coming up then, the timing of changes if any is unknown. We might have to restart our action next summer, so it is imperative that we get and hold on to the IDOT's comprehensive recommendation. I will send an update once we get the paperwork. In the meantime, please keep on spreading the news about the petition and let me know if you have any ideas about how to proceed. We are not alone, we are supported by our friends at Active Transportation Alliance.

    http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/obm/supp_info/CIP_Archive/Aldermanic%20Menu/WardDetail2014.pdf

    http://www.activetrans.org/mission-vision

    http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/the-safety-of-irving?source=c.em.cp&r_by=10822104

  • Re: The Irving Park Rd Safety Petition--The Release of IDOT's Recommendation

    Hello Neighbors and Friends!

    About three weeks ago, IDOT drafted a comprehensive recommendation to address the safety issues, as identified by our Irving Park Rd. Safety Petition. However, this draft has not been yet approved for its release outside...

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    Re: The Irving Park Rd Safety Petition--The Release of IDOT's Recommendation

    Hello Neighbors and Friends!

    About three weeks ago, IDOT drafted a comprehensive recommendation to address the safety issues, as identified by our Irving Park Rd. Safety Petition. However, this draft has not been yet approved for its release outside of the agency. The recommendation package consists of the following components: the September 2014 traffic study and crash report for the intersection of Pioneer Ave. and Cumberland Ave. (received by us), the 2011 recommendation for the intersection (received by us), the vehicle crash report for the corridor addressed by the petition (not apart of the IDOT draft but was promised), and the comprehensive recommendation for the corridor, adapting the "premium" 2011 recommendation for the intersection and adding parking lanes in the front of homes/businesses and a turning median onto P streets to narrow the four-lanes corridor by the cemeteries into a safer two-lanes passage, consistent with the Irving Park Rd.'s layout to the east of the cemeteries. The recommendation is what it is at this point in time. We doubt that it will dramatically change. It is our tax dollars that made it possible, and we have the right to access it under the Freedom of Information Act. I am asking all of the petition supporters to contact our local leaders (see below) to make a request of them to support the release of the "complete" IDOT recommendation package, so we can move forward with our task.

    Thank you!

    State Senator G. John Mulroe at senatorjohnmulroe@att.net,773-763-3810
    State Rep. Robert Martwick at repmartwick@gmail.com, 773-286-1115
    Ald. Timothy Cullerton Ward38@cityofchicago.org, 773.545.3838
    Ald. Nick Sposato at info@aldermansposato.com, 773-836-0036

    PS
    Please sign the petition if you have not done so already. We need you. http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/the-safety-of-irving?source=c.em&r_by=10822104

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Early Voting Begins Tomorrow

To find the nearby voting place and any days/time restrictions, please click the link below. Vote wisely: the choice is either the maintenance of the old status quo, which earned us bottom state ratings, or voting for the change to restore our hopes for a better tomorrow. God bless!

http://www.chicagoelections.com/en/early-voting.html

  • I'm no fan of Quinn, but Rauner doesn't seem to have much of a plan beyond cutting taxes. Everyone needs to take a hard look a what is going on in Kansas. Brownback cut taxes hard and revenues collapsed. http://www.forbes.com/sites/beltway/2014/07/15/whats-the-matter-with-kansas-and-its-tax-cuts-it-cant-do-math/

  • Missy Old Irving Park resident held hostage by a mutt

    I am guessing Rauner wants to be compared to Mitch Daniel in Indiana - whatever it is he did it seemed to work at turning around their economy (or the metrics anyway that you can report on). I don't like comparing Illinois to other states. Indiana and Kansas are both bad examples as neigher one has a large power house city like Chicago (including surrounding suburbs). Hard to tell if what they did will have same impact (good or bad).

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