14 hours ago

Don't fear the Opossums

They fear humans , they will not attack your pet or childen and they are 99% IMMUNE to Rabies. The only mammal that is such. Better than rats and they eat all that Pilsen garbage in the alleys,.
"Opossums benefit humans in many ways, helping control a number of unwanted pests. Although opossums are nonaggressive, nocturnal creatures that generally aren't dangerous, they are often nuisances that dig in the garbage, take up residence under a porch, raid a well-tended garden or wreak havoc in the chicken house.":http://homeguides.sfgate.com/possums-eat-dangerous-81806.html

Nov 02

Updated 2 days ago

Aldermen - Lazy & Coasting?

Not being from Chicago, I had never heard of an Aldermanic system before. From what I have been able to gather, it seems like a crooked, well paid figurehead position, more than an active position, especially for some who have been in office for many many years. Am I way off?

The one thing I reached out to Alderman Danny Solis's office about (safety at Throop Park after 6 stitches in my sons head) I got completely blown off about.

Any opinions?

  • Blue Line L Douglas Park B train

    Jorge, you wouldn't accept corp. contributions or you just haven't yet received them? Also, the Dunkin Donuts and Subway in the neighborhood are franchisees, local owners who chose an established model to do business. and the DD on Paulina had already been in the neighborhood for several years (they moved from the L station) and hires local residents.

  • Blue Line, The Dunkin Donuts (2) in Pilsen are family owned, & managed by Pilsen residents. They bring employment, stability to the community, and a well named Brand (& tasty donut) to the community. Subway is now the largest franchised business in the country now, passing McDonalds, this is a plus for any community they open in. You would think that someone running for Alderman would be aware of the diversity, investment, & community involvement of many businesses in the 25th Ward.

2 days ago

OUR Chicago Animal Care and Control

was forced by Chicago residents to kill over 7,000 animals in 2013:

Free and Low cost spay/neuter is available at PAWS Lurie Clinic, Little Village.
http://www.pawschicago.org/spay-neuter-clinic/

Please TRY TO find a solution before surrendering your
pet to a Chicago KILL Shelter.
OTHER Kill Shelters:
Animal Welfare League
Anti Cruelty Society.

Our local Humane Society of the U.S. chapter can assist some zip codes
with medical for their pets.
Anti Cruelty Society has a Charity Clinic.
Animal Welfare League, Chicago Ridge has a low cost vet clinic
open 6 days per week.

2 days ago

Pit Bull/ Pit Bull Mix spay neuter surgery special offer!

HALF price S/N surgery for Female and Male Pit Bull/Pit Bull Mix at ANTI CRUELTY SOCIETY NOW.
Free Parking in their garage!
Please understand the health of longevity of your Pit depends on YOU getting that pet spayed(F) or neutered(M).
Give your Pit Bull or Pit Mix the GIFT this holiday season of s/n.
CALL NOW:
http://anticruelty.org/spayneuter-clinic-and-pet-health/spay-neuter-clinic/

Nov 11

Updated Nov 13

UIC/ Jesus "Chuy" Garcia host forum on Race & Inequality

"The panel discussion, sponsored by UIC's Great Cities Institute and the UIC Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, will follow remarks by author Andrew Diamond on his new book, "City on the Make: Race and Inequality in Chicago." "

UIC Student Center East, Room 302, at 750 S. Halsted St. Thursday Nov. 13 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

http://progressillinois.com/news/content/2014/11/10/uic-host-forum-race-inequality-chicago?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ProgressIllinois+%28Progress+Illinois%29

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Troy - here's what you wrote: "That said, I'm looking forward to hearing from both candidates in the coming months."

  • West loop realist Teacher political operative

    A vote for a fringe candidate is a vote for Rahm. That's the garcia plan....dilute for Rahm.

Nov 10

FREE 2nd Ward Flu Clinic

Make plans to head out to the 2nd Ward Flu Clinic on Wednesday, November 12th from 9:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. at Old St. Mary's Church, 1500 S. Michigan. Help protect yourself and others from the flu virus this winter.

Oct 22

Updated Oct 23

Construction on Lots located S. Jourdan Ct.

Morning All,

Just wondering if anyone had some insight: Our office is located at 1932 S. Halsted and our office overlooks S. Jourdan Ct. where two empty lots are located. We've noticed a lot of digging happening and were curious if anyone knew what sort of plans have been made for said lots. I realize we could probably ask one of our maintenance men, but I thought I'd reach out to the community first.

Side Note: it looks like they...

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Morning All,

Just wondering if anyone had some insight: Our office is located at 1932 S. Halsted and our office overlooks S. Jourdan Ct. where two empty lots are located. We've noticed a lot of digging happening and were curious if anyone knew what sort of plans have been made for said lots. I realize we could probably ask one of our maintenance men, but I thought I'd reach out to the community first.

Side Note: it looks like they were removing some sort of tanks as well. We know that there use to be houses on that location that were lost in a fire, but we're curious what these giant tanks were used for. My co worker did a brief permit history search but couldn't find much info.

Thanks in Advance and have great day everyone!

  • Those lots have been dirty eyesores for years - glad something is happening with them

  • Amanda Noble Sq/Wicker Park/ Ukrainian Village

    Just the short time we've been here, we totally agree. Eyesore indeed. Just wondering what could be going on. It's not the most ideal place for say apartments..

    I keep thinking maybe parking? Extension of the park right there? Something to do with the school? Or an art performance I don't understand.

Oct 13

Please do not allow your cat out unfixed!

Please help TRAP NEUTER RETURN Volunteers.
We are self funded and receive no help from the city of Chicago, only grief for this arduous work..
Residents who allow their cats out unfixed are
responsible the surging population and euthanization of thousands and cats and kittens per month at Chicago Animal Care and Control and Animal Welfare League, both are KILL shelters and severely
understaffed.
Anti Cruelty Society is also a KILL shelter.
FREE and low cost Spay and Neuter packages...

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Please help TRAP NEUTER RETURN Volunteers.
We are self funded and receive no help from the city of Chicago, only grief for this arduous work..
Residents who allow their cats out unfixed are
responsible the surging population and euthanization of thousands and cats and kittens per month at Chicago Animal Care and Control and Animal Welfare League, both are KILL shelters and severely
understaffed.
Anti Cruelty Society is also a KILL shelter.
FREE and low cost Spay and Neuter packages are available
at PAWS Lurie Clinic, Little Village
3516 W 26th St, Chicago, IL 60623
(773) 521-7729
Please help us and sign on as a Colony Caretaker.
You will get all the support you need from
PAWS Community Outreach
kholmes@pawschicago.org

SUPPORT TRAP NEUTER RETURN.
It has been very effective in many areas of of Pilsen.
We need your help!

Oct 13

Please adopt from Chicago Animal Care and Control

They are waiting for YOU!
Adoption Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,
Thursday & Friday
12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
& 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: 2741 S. Western

Saturday and Sunday - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
(*No Adoption services, everyday between the hours of 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Aug 05

Updated Oct 12

to clear any allegations or doubts about Nuevo Leon Restaurant

Nuevo Leon Restaurant priority is their customers health and satisfaction. Let me assure ever one that all products at Nuevo Leon are made fresh daily from scratch, multiple times a day , everyday. With that said it only makes sense that when a inspection is being preformed at 9 am and you have fresh product (grated cheese, diced tomatoes; Chile rellenos or fresh cut meats) you are not going to get an good temperature reading. That is when time control...

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Nuevo Leon Restaurant priority is their customers health and satisfaction. Let me assure ever one that all products at Nuevo Leon are made fresh daily from scratch, multiple times a day , everyday. With that said it only makes sense that when a inspection is being preformed at 9 am and you have fresh product (grated cheese, diced tomatoes; Chile rellenos or fresh cut meats) you are not going to get an good temperature reading. That is when time control is practiced over temperature control and it is a legit practice .The way we do things at Nuevo Leon defeats science unbelievable but true. To much volume can not keep up. Always fresh never frozen. We receive products daily 7 days a week twice a day . Nuevo Leon will continue to improve and make all corrections to comply to today's modern ways even though it might change the taste of certain dishes as well as tradition. I am a father first than a business man and I do understand all your concerns and fears for you and your family's health in your choice of food that you eat. REMEMBER THIS my customers and employees are my family and Nuevo Leon will not put you in any harm or danger.thank you all and have a blessed day. The Gutierrez Family.

  • ^Lol, science

  • dcabmazh

    This a complaint on a personal level about Cristobal Vargas, brother of Araceli Ortiz, wife of Daniel Gutierrez from the Restaurante Nuevo Leon in Pilsen. He also goes by the names of Santiago Ortiz aka Santiago Vargas or Cristobal Ortiz.

    I posted the lines below on 800notes.com with the intention...

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    This a complaint on a personal level about Cristobal Vargas, brother of Araceli Ortiz, wife of Daniel Gutierrez from the Restaurante Nuevo Leon in Pilsen. He also goes by the names of Santiago Ortiz aka Santiago Vargas or Cristobal Ortiz.

    I posted the lines below on 800notes.com with the intention of warning other possible victims. I am one of them. I met him online, which is were he finds possible prospects for his frauds. I completely understand that it is my own responsibility and mine alone for signing anything on his behalf, but the way he cons and convinces is the part
    that I find completely unethical and immoral. Aracely knows about his behavior and has acted as an willing accomplice.

    "Cristobal Vargas from Chicago is after single women and has committed fraud with at least 10 victims. He gets them to sign for loans, cars, apartments, etc and then takes off on them. He is a Mexican individual, Cris Vargas, or Cristobal Vargas aka Santiago Vargas or Santiago Ortiz, living at 5105 W 31 place, Cicero, Illinois." As far as I know, his latest cell phone number is 773-543-6127.

    Aracely, please take responsibility of your actions that support your brother.
    Stop him, do something. Don't let this go on any longer.

Sep 27

Updated Sep 29

Lead Work Area Poison signs now on S Blue Island

Two days ago Lead Work Area Poison signs mysteriously appeared on the metal posts supporting the viaduct on S Blue Island north of 16th. (No information on who to call if community residents have questions. Nothing.) Yesterday when walking my dogs I found two dead birds one block north of where these signs are located. Who owns this viaduct and who is conducting the lead work?

  • That viaduct is in the process of being torn up. I understand that there will be some drainage work done in advance of a future re-build of the viaduct. (Currently, there are several truck strikes a week in the viaduct and the roadway needs to be lowered.

    The entire neighborhood...

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    That viaduct is in the process of being torn up. I understand that there will be some drainage work done in advance of a future re-build of the viaduct. (Currently, there are several truck strikes a week in the viaduct and the roadway needs to be lowered.

    The entire neighborhood is contaminated with lead and other heavy metals. Some parts of the neighborhood are actual SuperFund sites: http://epa.gov/region5/littlevillagepilsen/

    This stuff is a larger issue when dust is being made and stirred up. Even than, it's not acutely toxic - so it wouldn't be something that did in the pigeons. Lead builds up in the system over time and children are especially susceptible - so you just don't want to hang out in dust clouds or let kids play around them.

    BTW - There are two viaducts. Union Pacific owns the north one and part of the south one and BNSF has the remainder of the south viaduct. (It looks like BNSF manages the maintenance on the entire south one.) If you are still concerned, they both have community relations people who you can talk to. I've worked with BNSF and got immediate responses and they were really nice to work with.

  • Emdash 25th ward resident

    Hey there, Gary.

    Thanks so much for responding. Your feedback is so helpful. Last month, work on the the drains on the viaduct north of 1550 S Blue Island was completed. I recall viaduct work completed on the south viaduct--16th Street near Peoria--last year.

    I am familiar with the environmental...

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    Hey there, Gary.

    Thanks so much for responding. Your feedback is so helpful. Last month, work on the the drains on the viaduct north of 1550 S Blue Island was completed. I recall viaduct work completed on the south viaduct--16th Street near Peoria--last year.

    I am familiar with the environmental issues represented at the Loewenthal Metals site on W. Cullerton. I am grateful for the closing of Fisk on Cermak. We deserve and need better air and soil.

    Many thanks for offering to share contact info at BNSF. The viaduct in question (the one with the Lead Work Area Poison signs) is the north one, so I will reach out to Union Pacific.

    Thanks again!

    Kristen

  • Kristen, in case you haven't signed the viaduct petition yet:

    http://youtu.be/9vLeI9m3cVc

    Or go to: chicagoviaduct.com

    Please share it with neighbors!

Sep 27

Updated Sep 27

What happens to kittens dumped onto the streets?

Rarely is a volunteer able to collect them. Why, because of the cost of saving them.50% or more die within a few weeks. They are often sick and need vetting and meds.Many kittens have PAN LEUK, a swift killer virus, very contagious as these kittens had.(Not contagious to humans but to un-vaccinated adult cats and other kittens). Residents who allow their cats outdoors UNFIXED are responsible for the sick and dying litters born in the alleys and yards all summer....

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Rarely is a volunteer able to collect them. Why, because of the cost of saving them.50% or more die within a few weeks. They are often sick and need vetting and meds.Many kittens have PAN LEUK, a swift killer virus, very contagious as these kittens had.(Not contagious to humans but to un-vaccinated adult cats and other kittens). Residents who allow their cats outdoors UNFIXED are responsible for the sick and dying litters born in the alleys and yards all summer. Also the high percentage of bad Chicagoans who simply abandon their cats who are unprepared to live on the streets. Cats can produce as many as 3 litters per year. Sure ,you say you are a cat/animal lover.. as so many people say they are. Then do something and either donate or help with community outreach and be vigilant in your area. Fosters are needed at PAWS Lurie , Little Village,.for some of the abandoned kittens they have taken on. Who is going to help us volunteers because the city does not and does not care about the current homeless cat epidemic in Chicago. HELP THE FEW CHICAGO VOLUNTEERS working out on the mean streets everyday. !:http://www.gofundme.com/eudx3s

  • 2 died of complications form Pan Leuk. 2 are holding steady.The foster has incurred a huge bill but at least 2 will post probably survive. To the Pilsen resident who dumped these kittens at 3 weeks old on a Cook County Registered Caretakers doorstep..I wish you a living hell for...

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    2 died of complications form Pan Leuk. 2 are holding steady.The foster has incurred a huge bill but at least 2 will post probably survive. To the Pilsen resident who dumped these kittens at 3 weeks old on a Cook County Registered Caretakers doorstep..I wish you a living hell for the rest of your short life. The Caretaker called me and said "HE SAYS HE WILL KILL THEM IF YOU DON'T TAKE THEM". From my view 50% of the Chicago population are criminal. ABandoning an animal is a crime. Felony animal abuse offenders are prsecuted daily in Cook County. Ride with me one day!:http://www.pawschicago.org/tnrforms/cook_county_feral_cats_ordinance.pdf

Sep 20

Updated Sep 24

CATS OR RATS?

http://scratchingpost.treehouseanimals.org/ear-tips-hot-press-new-community-cats-book/?_ga=1.59850733.1935994719.1407261222

In October of last year, Anne contacted Tree House to inquire about our Cats at Work (CAW) program whereby Tree House relocates feral cats in need to caregivers who want to support a feral colony. Anne and her husband Doug had been battling rats in East Lakeview for years, and losing. When a rat ran over Doug’s foot, that was the last straw. By the time I met Anne to do a site visit and review details of the...

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http://scratchingpost.treehouseanimals.org/ear-tips-hot-press-new-community-cats-book/?_ga=1.59850733.1935994719.1407261222

In October of last year, Anne contacted Tree House to inquire about our Cats at Work (CAW) program whereby Tree House relocates feral cats in need to caregivers who want to support a feral colony. Anne and her husband Doug had been battling rats in East Lakeview for years, and losing. When a rat ran over Doug’s foot, that was the last straw. By the time I met Anne to do a site visit and review details of the program, she had already done copious research on feral cat colonies and was ready to take the next step.

Allie, Eloise and Duke had been living in a large pen in a west side Chicago neighborhood. Their former caregivers had way to many cats. Neighbors were getting angry and threatening the cats. Community Cats Coordinator Erica Roewade was able to work with the family to spay/neuter all of their cats and remove many kittens. But living in a pen was no life for feral cats. The “Rat Pack,” as Anne calls them, are thriving in their new environment whereby they are beloved by the entire block! And the rat problem: GONE.
Anne also conducted survey research on American’s attitudes toward stray cats, TNR programs, and spaying/neutering. She learned that feral cat programs have a huge impact on the caretakers of the colonies, on the neighbors, on the community, and on the cats themselves and details those findings in Community Cats.

  • I wanted to get a couple cats through one of the TNR programs. But my neighbor is very opposed to having cats around. I don't want to upset my neighbor, but the rats are a real problem. They have made a home under my garage.

    My neighbor has 2 little...

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    I wanted to get a couple cats through one of the TNR programs. But my neighbor is very opposed to having cats around. I don't want to upset my neighbor, but the rats are a real problem. They have made a home under my garage.

    My neighbor has 2 little Yorkies - I'd think a cat would avoid her yard right? I have a shepherd & I don't see cats come in my yard ever, and I know there are a couple in the vicinity.

    Could you tell me what are the drawbacks are of having neutered cats roam free? I know there is at least one unneutered cat who is definitely a pet (I know the guy who owns him), and I've seen the cat in my bushes, where anyone who knows the scent will tell you cats are using my bushes as a toilet. I really would like to get a feral or two to give a home to in my garage. Especially now, because I have a pop-up camper in there that I'm worried will soon be occupied by the rats. I may just go ahead & take in a cat or two, and if they cause any problems for the neighbor I could work with the organization to rehome them, or return them I suppose.

  • BDuggan here is the solution to your issue. Contact erica@treehouseanimals.org. There are residents who have registered colony cats in Pilsen and Bridgeport..no rats in those alleys that is for sure. Neighbors support it. Fun to be a caretaker too.http://www.treehouseanimals.org/site/DocServer/Cats_at_Work_FactSheet.pdf?docID=322

  • Thanks. I've actually been on another thread about this today. My neighbor is very opposed to me doing this, so I did some looking into the drawbacks of having outdoor cats on property, in the hopes of being able to convince her. I don't really know why the neighbor is...

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    Thanks. I've actually been on another thread about this today. My neighbor is very opposed to me doing this, so I did some looking into the drawbacks of having outdoor cats on property, in the hopes of being able to convince her. I don't really know why the neighbor is opposed to it, but I've decided I'm not a proponent of the program now, unfortunately. Unless, I could keep the cats from going out of the garage. Not sure how I'd park in there though without them getting out.
    The other thread is:

    http://chicago.everyblock.com/city-services/sep23-rat-problems-call-311-alderman-6403941/?utm_source=thanks&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=thanks

Sep 24

Help stop our homeless cat epidemic!

Trap Neuter and Return cats in your alley. People who have cruelly allowed their cats outdoors unfixed have helped create our current homeless cat epidemic in Chicago. Contact PAWS Lurie Clinic, Little Village who will set you up with all you need to TNR cats in you area. Contact Karina at PAWS Lurie Clinic kholmes@pawschicago.org
http://www.pawschicago.org/trap-neuter-return/?gclid=CMjs65y2-8ACFQxp7AodQH8Azg

Sep 24

Cats at Work! GREEN rodent control

Many residents in Bridgeport and Pilsen are Registered Colony Caretakers.
How about you? Help put Chicago's homeless and abandoned cats and give them a job!.
This is a VERY popular program so you may have to wait a few weeks
for Tree House to set you up.:http://www.treehouseanimals.org/site/DocServer/Cats_at_Work_FactSheet.pdf?docID=322

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