18 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

State of CPS Meeting

Yesterday I attended the State of CPS meeting held at Blaine Elementary.

Following an introduction by a PTA representative, Alderman Tom Tunney stressed the importance of neighborhood schools in keeping families from moving to the suburbs. He also stated how the CPS students continue to improve compared to national average even though all the cuts.

Then the state representative of the area commented on the governor's use of our schools as a negotiation piece to pass his turn around agenda....

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Yesterday I attended the State of CPS meeting held at Blaine Elementary.

Following an introduction by a PTA representative, Alderman Tom Tunney stressed the importance of neighborhood schools in keeping families from moving to the suburbs. He also stated how the CPS students continue to improve compared to national average even though all the cuts.

Then the state representative of the area commented on the governor's use of our schools as a negotiation piece to pass his turn around agenda. She explained how Chicago's pension system is funded without state contributions. Surprisingly the Tax Dollars from Chicago are routed to other school districts. At one time this was sustainable but due to changes in the economy it was said it is no longer viable.

Next Senator Cullerton explained how parity is needed in the pension system for teachers state wide and that the state as a whole should assist with funding the pension and not exclude CPS.

This then lead into the revising of the Illinois school funding formula, which currently benefits suburban schools with access to greater resources which contribute less in property taxes.

Senator Cullerton mentioned a Senator from Decator has proposed a bill to adjust the formula which will not only for improve conditions at CPS but small underfunded rural school districts.

Following the senator was Forrest Claypool. He began by saying how the state funding for CPS is 27% less than the average funding for schools in the state. He felt that if the formula were corrected and CPS would receive the average per student funding as the rest of the state we would no longer be operating as a deficit.

The meeting was very informative and I would recommend whether you have Children or Not to pay attention to the situation as the decisions made now will affect not only our taxes now and in the future but also our friends and neighbors who work for CPS who may be out of a job if real solutions are not pursued.

  • Aldermen are allowed to choose to use TIF funds to bailout the CPS crisis in lieu paying for ward projects. You can urge Sposato to spend most of his ward's TIF money to bailout CPS though you can also say good bye to any chance of a new high school in Dunning.

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

6111 Newport !

Broken window alarm going on at home there and no cops to respond in the scanner ! Dispatcher is looking for a car to respond now for 10 minutes!

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    Pretty soon their shortage will be in their neighboorhoods and affect their families then where will they go.Police get with it you must live in the city others are mobile and can move to a safer environment. Get the crime under control.

  • BIGBUFF1 IRVING PARK BOSS

    We all should meet up for a drink tonight..

Feb 02

Updated 5 days ago

School and Oconto robberys

They got 1 guy 😜

  • Tmc

    I was wondering if he lived in the neighborhood too. How did you find out they caught him?

  • BIGBUFF1 IRVING PARK BOSS

    My Uncle owns the bar over there he talks to cops..

Jan 31

Active shooter on rooftop

In the 19 Th district 2738 pine grove , happening now ! Swat is on the way

Jan 28

Updated Jan 30

Another attempt robbery

Male black tall skinny clean shaved black hoodie red markings on 3200 Octavia , tried to take a woman's purse ! Man walking dog stopped him and he fled on foot happening now 1:00 pm !

  • I would rather know the truth about what is happening in our community. That way I will make sure when I am walking around that I am aware of my surroundings.

  • The 16th District is too large and they simply don't have the manpower to cover the edges of their huge area. Many cops have been sent to the West and South sides to help those ailing districts and resources here are spread too thin. The crooks and the street gangs know this too and you're seeing the results of this now. Best strategy to protect yourself is to move if that's an option available for you. I did.

Jan 29

Updated Jan 29

7031 W. Cornelia man robbed

A elderly man was hit over the head and then Robbed ! Happening now at 2:02 Pm Friday !

  • Male Hispanic in a red car , took his wallet and 100 bucks in cash ! Sounds like same guys ! Be on the lookout for a red car ! From what I can gather it's 2 guys working together ! 1 male black and 1 Hispanic , hiss panic is light skinned, 150 lbs light my stash 20-30 years old ! They been doing a lot of hold ups in the area between oak park and Harlem Belmont - Addision

  • Sounds like the same guy that robbed my neighbor last week on Oketo. These guys a brazen.

  • Lou in Dunning I didn't see nothing

    I just added a thread about similar incident but a black car on 3700 block of Neva

Jan 26

Updated Jan 28

There was a home invasion today 3600 N Olcott

Two men who claim to be with the water department Forced there way in the home after the woman open the door please be careful

  • Yes I have a scanner and social media to get my news ! Problem is all this crime around here is making me so angry ! I grew up here ! It's never been like this !

  • Brian 4 real, I agree, what's going on with all these robberies and home invasions lately?

Jan 27

Updated Jan 28

Robbery at Addision and Cumberland

2 males blacks robbed bus driver 1 males is trans gender , they fled on foot towards Belmont and Cumberland

Jan 26

Updated Jan 27

Hoards of Neighbors shut out of first Zoning Change Meeting for 3655 Central Ave

Packed into the small auditorium to discuss the 3655 Central Avenue Developed by Full Circle.

The space reserved for this meeting seems awefully small for the type of crowd which can be expected at an event like this.

The room rangout with shouts when Full Circle Staff announced that a second meeting is set for February 4th at 6 pm to accommodate all those turned away, saying if we need to have a 3rd meeting we will do that.

The meeting is currently going on, stay posted for more information.

  • Who was the first public speaker? She was awesome.

Jan 26

Updated Jan 27

Strong armed robbery Barry and Neenah

Male black , Red Car , Temp plates ! Robbed woman on the street !

Jan 21

Updated Jan 26

  • That woman who was robbed on Oketo is my neighbor. The idiot also punched her in the face and pushed her down. Detectives have good leads and hopefully this guy will get caught before he kills someone.

  • Maggiemay 45 year resident @ PP

    I hope so too

Jan 01

Updated Jan 11

House Break-In

Just a heads up there was a break in on the 6100 block of Melrose. Happened late afternoon. Don't have all the details, but if you live close by please alert your neighbors and make sure to lock windows and doors.

  • cheesecake chick i want to be the person my dog thinks i am

    guy on the corner of oak park and irving park has a sign on his garage that the thief is in a Red SUV.

    wish i had caught the slimeball who broke into my house last year.....

  • How did they enter ur home cheese cake ? I want to know to try to make mine more secure !

Dec 13

Updated Dec 16

Sleigh Rides, Hot Coco, and Santa at Portage Park Tree Lighting - Big Success!!

It was an illuminating experience this Saturday at the Portage Park Holiday Tree Lighting. Families flocked to the Portage Park Playground for hot coco, sleigh rides, and an opportunity to see Santa!

The event was organized by Friends of Portage Park assisted by the Portage Park Chamber of Commerce serving up some delicious hot coco topped with whip cream. (Coco donated by Dunkin' Donuts)

After grabbing coco and pictures with Santa, guests were able to ride in a real horse...

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It was an illuminating experience this Saturday at the Portage Park Holiday Tree Lighting. Families flocked to the Portage Park Playground for hot coco, sleigh rides, and an opportunity to see Santa!

The event was organized by Friends of Portage Park assisted by the Portage Park Chamber of Commerce serving up some delicious hot coco topped with whip cream. (Coco donated by Dunkin' Donuts)

After grabbing coco and pictures with Santa, guests were able to ride in a real horse drawn sleigh; the significant tour took near 15 minutes to complete!

The Grand Finale came as everyone in the crowd sang "Santa Clause is Coming to Town." Whether it was the temperate air or the hot coco settling in, the warmth of the season was felt by all.

Sorry if you missed, Love to have you next time!

  • Obviously PORTAGE PARK Mark wasn't in attendance at the PORTAGE PARK tree lighting ceremony. ..

  • Portage Park Mark 14 year PP'er

    Obviously I wasn't! Great catch on your part!

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