6 days ago

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Establishing Bronzeville as New African American Base

The more things change the more they remain the same, I wonder in light of the recent killings of our young men and disrespect of the first Black first family, do we need to start that conversation of creating our base again much like the old Bronzeville model. In that we had as close to complete independence as we ever had. Now this concept is not new(China Town, Pilsen, Little Italy, Greek town, etc.,etc.). There is a good argument at least to think about .

  • In reference to your 61st and Cottage Grove comment, here is the website to the racist monsters running that new Squash facility http://www.metrosquash.org/......how dare they!? Such horrible people!

    And as for the developers of the "upscale hotel" just check out these evil bastards! http://www.poah.org/portfolio/illinois/illinois-all.htm

    Now I hear they are redeveloping and old hotel that has been abandoned for 20 years, the nerve of these racist bigots! http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dcd/provdrs/afford_hous/news/2014/jul/historic-strand-hotel-proposed-for-conversion-i-nto-affordable-a.html

  • FitMom Neighborhood Blogger

    Good news, there is a meeting scheduled tomorrow with the University of Chicago. I hope to see you all there, I'm sure you have much to say. Take your comments straight to the source.

    We are pleased to inform you that the University of Chicago would like to provide an...

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    Good news, there is a meeting scheduled tomorrow with the University of Chicago. I hope to see you all there, I'm sure you have much to say. Take your comments straight to the source.

    We are pleased to inform you that the University of Chicago would like to provide an update to our community, regarding the Obama Presidential Library proposal as they approach the final stages of the selection process. Please also review the message below from the University to get an overview of the status and visit the links in the message.

    Mr. William Towns, Assistant Vice President from the Office of Civic Engagement at the University will be joining us to present the update. You are invited to atttend the meeting, and participate in a discussion regarding the library proposal, and provide your thoughts and input to the process.

    Date: Saturday December 20th

    Time: 10:00AM

    Location: Blackwell Israel Samuel AME Zion Church, 3956 S. Langley Avenue

    Topic: Obama Presidential Library Update

4 days ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Turn Tax Money Back into Blighted City Neighborhoods

The 3rd ward could use the tax money. But it looks like we are getting a basketball arena and an EL stop for McCormick Place convention goers instead. Oops!

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http://www.suntimes.com/news/otherviews/31617165-452/turn-tax-money-back-into-blighted-city-neighborhoods.html#.VI8uUyvF_w-

The talk around City Hall is that we’re broke and the sacrifices we have made over the last few years, the increased fines and fees, and the shuttering of schools and mental health clinics are needed. But that narrative ignores what many agree is...

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The 3rd ward could use the tax money. But it looks like we are getting a basketball arena and an EL stop for McCormick Place convention goers instead. Oops!

Here's a portion of the article:

http://www.suntimes.com/news/otherviews/31617165-452/turn-tax-money-back-into-blighted-city-neighborhoods.html#.VI8uUyvF_w-

The talk around City Hall is that we’re broke and the sacrifices we have made over the last few years, the increased fines and fees, and the shuttering of schools and mental health clinics are needed. But that narrative ignores what many agree is an area that needs reform: TIFs.

The city has an estimated $1.4 billion in TIFs — a program few voters comprehend in full — just waiting to put our fiscal house in order. This is money stripped from our property taxes in the name of economic development, but at the cost of our most basic and essential city services.

TIFs — Tax Increment Financing districts — were originally designed to improve blighted areas. They have become a slush fund for all manner of private development, enriching some at the cost of many. When a TIF is declared in an area, that means revenue generated for schools, parks, and social services are frozen for at least 23 years, despite inflation or normal wear and tear.

Our central business district is hardly blighted. Yet, the Loop, Near North Side, Near South Side and Near West Side have taken nearly $1.56 billion of the $2.45 billion in TIF dollars spent from 2004 to 2008. Only $4.8 million was spent collectively in Pullman, Riverdale, Roseland and West Pullman, far South Side communities where blight is prevalent and economic development scarce.

Yet, the non-blighted South Loop is to be the home of a new hotel to which $55 million in TIF money will be contributed. This hotel, mind you, is owned by the Marriott Corp., an international company with more than $12 billion in revenue last year.

  • Sheila A. Donovan Have been an owner at the Stratford since 2001.

    I am white. I live in Bronxville. Been here almost 14 years. My building has a nice variety pack of people, from age 100 (yes!) to newborn. We have singles, widows and widowers, families. Straight and gay. Democrats and a few Republicans. Blacks, Filipinos, whites, Hispanic, Chinese, East Indians.Teachers, doctors, sales people, flight attendants, police, firefighters, City of Chicago employees, CTA employees, an interior architect, a minister, entrepreneurs, artists, poets, musicians. A regular United Nations. We all get along and enjoy each other. Integration is great!

  • Vee E. Digital Media Distribution

    Fioretti was my alderman before the redistricting. I found him to be approachable, responsive, available to his constituents and not afraid to oppose any mayor. I was seriously considering Amara because it would have been nice to see fresh, younger energy in the Mayor's office, but since she's out, I'm all-in for Fioretti.

35 hours ago

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Weekend 2: Pounding the Pavement for Bob Fioretti for Chicago Mayor

Hi all you good people of the 3rd ward! We'll be back at door knocking and spreading the good news about Bob Fioretti being Chicago's next mayor! If you are interested in joining our team, we'd love to have you. Please email me here so that we can get you the details for this weekend!

http://chicago.everyblock.com/users/42111/contact/8d5b07/

  • West loop realist Teacher political operative

    Thanks Erica Rahm and Chuy are a team and must be defeated . Cops hate them both.

  • Erica in Bronzeville 12 yrs in Bronzeville; Ready for a Brighter Day

    Thanks, West Loop Realist! I'd love to meet you and have you join us with our canvassing!

28 hours ago

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Mayoral candidates secure endorsements

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With little more than two months before the mayoral election, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia picked up key endorsements last week, while in an interview with The Gate, Ald. Bob Fioretti stressed support for neighborhood schools and TIF reform.

On Sunday, Dec. 14, two Latino candidates in the 2011 election made endorsements, with Gery Chico backing Emanuel and Miguel del Valle supporting Garcia.

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With little more than two months before the mayoral election, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia picked up key endorsements last week, while in an interview with The Gate, Ald. Bob Fioretti stressed support for neighborhood schools and TIF reform.

On Sunday, Dec. 14, two Latino candidates in the 2011 election made endorsements, with Gery Chico backing Emanuel and Miguel del Valle supporting Garcia.

“I have watched Rahm Emanuel make the tough calls,” Chico said, according to reports. “This is not an easy job. This is serious stuff. You cannot decide on one day, ‘Hey I’m going to be the mayor,’ start a campaign and off you go.” Chico, currently chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education, made his endorsement in a Little Village candy shop.

Earlier that day, Emanuel cut the ribbon at a new 22-acre park on a former industrial site at 2800 S. Sacramento. The park features soccer fields, basketball courts, baseball diamonds and a skate park.

A few miles north in Humboldt Park, former City Clerk del Valle appeared with Garcia outside one of the 50 schools closed by Emanuel last year.

“Chicago desperately needs a mayor that is going to pay attention to the neighborhoods,” del Valle said. “We need a mayor who is going to see the connection between the quality of public education, between unemployment, mental health issues and many other issues.”

Garcia released his education platform outside Dyett High School in Washington Park, where community protests recently forced CPS to reverse a decision to close the school. He called for “giving the school system back to the people through an elected school board,” reducing standardized testing, putting a moratorium on new charter schools, expanding early education, and reducing class sizes.

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chuy Garcia, Hispanic candidate for Mayor of Chicago:

    Are highly paid Jewish professors teaching at the Illinois tax payer funded University of Illinois in Chicago, conspiring with Hispanics to disenfranchise and displace African-Americans in Chicago?

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28 hours ago

Updated 27 hours ago

In the mayoral money race, the rich—that is, Rahm—gets richer

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel has raised $1.4 million for his reelection bid—and that's just in the last few weeks.
The haul includes more than $500,000 that he received on December 12 alone, according to campaign finance records filed this week. Emanuel already had $8.7 million sitting in his reelection fund before the latest round of donations.

None of his rivals is anywhere close.

Cook County commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia received a...

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel has raised $1.4 million for his reelection bid—and that's just in the last few weeks.
The haul includes more than $500,000 that he received on December 12 alone, according to campaign finance records filed this week. Emanuel already had $8.7 million sitting in his reelection fund before the latest round of donations.

None of his rivals is anywhere close.

Cook County commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia received a boost last week in the form of a $200,000 donation from the American Federation of Teachers, national parent of the Chicago Teachers Union. That follows $52,600 donations from each of those unions in November and $16,000 from the campaign account of CTU president Karen Lewis.

Along with $250,000 Garcia received earlier this month from SEIU Healthcare, the contributions have brought his campaign fund up to about $700,000.

Emanuel's other top challenger, Alderman Robert Fioretti, had about $259,000 on hand at the end of September and has reported raising about $77,000 since.

The huge disparity between the mayor and everyone else—and the wealthy donors who've made it possible—allow Emanuel's foes to cast him as a man of the people in investment banking and private equity.

Of course the mayor's campaign sees it differently.

"Mayor Emanuel has extensive support for his reelection from both organized labor and the business community," campaign spokesman Steve Mayberry wrote in an e-mail. "In fact, of his top 14 contributors, seven are labor unions who support the Mayor's tireless efforts to create jobs in Chicago."

But millions more came from rich supporters with access to the mayor and city government.

Dec 06

Updated 29 hours ago

New Mariano's Store 3800 S. Dr. King Jr.

The architect Phillip Johnson presented plans, renderings and gave details on the project. They have the renderings.
Highlights
-Breaking ground in March 2015
-Completion December 2015
-The store will be 75,000 sq feet
-38th Street will be reopened
-Rhodes Ave will be reopened
-Inner King Dr. at Pershing Rd will be closed off
-Entrance will be on King Dr.
-Parking for 300+ cars
-landscaping and art displays to hide parking lot
-Exterior to feature roving art gallery
Best,
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  • It is the inner city FGFM not Naperville.

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    Feel free to move to 26th Street if you think that it's so great, but you might not like the reception you get from the locals.

4 days ago

Updated 34 hours ago

Neighborhood

How safe is the area around cottage grove...from 39th to 50th---east/west?

  • I walk my dog frequently between 35th and 47th on cottage. I've done it for 3 years and have never had a problem. It's all about personal perception. Bronzeville isn't the best area but I don't feel that its unsafe. Violence and crime can happen anywhere. Those women who got...

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    I walk my dog frequently between 35th and 47th on cottage. I've done it for 3 years and have never had a problem. It's all about personal perception. Bronzeville isn't the best area but I don't feel that its unsafe. Violence and crime can happen anywhere. Those women who got beat up were out past 1am walking alone. Imo, you take your chances when you do things like that. I've walked my dog at 1am occasionally, out of necessity, in Bronzeville and have never had a problem. Decide for yourself. Each person will have a different idea of what is "safe."

  • Cyndie, as others have noted, safety and perception of safety are somehwat subjective and relative...with that said, if you review the Chicago Tribune crime map which shows number and location of shootings throughout Chicago from 1/1/14 through present date you will see that thus far this year there have been...

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    Cyndie, as others have noted, safety and perception of safety are somehwat subjective and relative...with that said, if you review the Chicago Tribune crime map which shows number and location of shootings throughout Chicago from 1/1/14 through present date you will see that thus far this year there have been 9 shootings in Kenwood, and 5 of those occurred in the area of 47th & Cottage Grove Ave.

    This may or may not be an acceptable number to you but for some perspective compare # of shootings in the following areas over the same time frame:

    Bridgeport: 4
    Logan Square: 32
    Lincoln Park: 3
    Rogers Park: 40
    Near South Side: 1
    Near North side:17

35 hours ago

Fioretti Proposes Ways to Reduce Crime Before Police Department Budget Hearing

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http://bobfioretti.com/fioretti-proposes-ways-to-reduce-crime-before-police-department-budget-hearing/

Chicago, IL – Mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti today proposes three changes to the budget that would help reduce crime.
“I believe we need a holistic approach to making our streets safe. More police are only the start and we should be looking at other ways to make our streets safe and neighborhoods strong,” said Fioretti.
1. Funding for after school programs and summer programs ($1 million each) is grossly insufficient....

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Chicago, IL – Mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti today proposes three changes to the budget that would help reduce crime.
“I believe we need a holistic approach to making our streets safe. More police are only the start and we should be looking at other ways to make our streets safe and neighborhoods strong,” said Fioretti.
1. Funding for after school programs and summer programs ($1 million each) is grossly insufficient. Increasing afterschool to $5 million will provide after school programs to another 10,000 youth. Funding summer programs to $15 million will provide programs to another 15,000. This should be a priority.

2. Increasing beat cops will provide more security to communities is possible if the $100 million to be spent on police overtime was reduced to $50 million and the $29 million is received from CHA, CTA and CPD as expected, then at least $21 million can be used to put more officers on the ground in high crime areas. This is a small step to getting the number of officers up so that we are making our streets safe.

3. The federal government (Housing and Urban Development) has moved to stop funding supportive services to support long-term housing. This year the federal government cut $3.3 million to agencies in Chicago. The City Budget does replace $500,000 leaving a gap of $2.8 million. Groups have suggested using part of the $5 million being given to the Rainy Day Fund be switched to fill the gap in supportive services and after school programs.

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2 days ago

Free Redbox DVD Rental Promo Code!!!

Just text PJOHNSON to 727272 by 12/22 and get a free DVD Rental :)
Spread the word!!!

2 days ago

Free Redbox DVD Rental Promo Code!!

text PJOHNSON to 727272 by 12/22 and get a free DVD Rental :)

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

WHY?

Why aren't there protests and shirt wearing for the times when a black teenager kills another black teenager. This happens everyday in southside of Chicago, but it a white, latin, Asian, just hurt a black kid it is called racism. Im sick of theses people not knowing all of the story before they go and do shameful acts. Yes it is sad that it happens, but Brown was robbing someone before he got shot and was trying to get a...

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Why aren't there protests and shirt wearing for the times when a black teenager kills another black teenager. This happens everyday in southside of Chicago, but it a white, latin, Asian, just hurt a black kid it is called racism. Im sick of theses people not knowing all of the story before they go and do shameful acts. Yes it is sad that it happens, but Brown was robbing someone before he got shot and was trying to get a gun from the police officer. Why don't people all around Chicago put a hands up shirt and walk around the southside of Chicago to protest on there own families. Someone knows these people doing the shooting but because they are family they don't and when they die, "they were always good kids, right"

  • Juan from South Loop 13 year South Loop resident

    Its not a shot at police in general. We know its a hard job and many do great work. We also know some have issue, like the ones playing "Sweet Home Alabama" at a protest last week.

  • William Carter Legacy Preservation Committee We want to restore mural in Carter Elem. School.

    In agreement with Juan: Regarding this country, a person is innocent until proven
    guilty, remembering even John Wayne Gacy had his day in court. Also it is tragic
    that so many Black men are shooting other young Black men with little respect
    for human life. The African-American community should be...

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    In agreement with Juan: Regarding this country, a person is innocent until proven
    guilty, remembering even John Wayne Gacy had his day in court. Also it is tragic
    that so many Black men are shooting other young Black men with little respect
    for human life. The African-American community should be outraged and vocal
    about putting an end to this madness as the gun violence continues. Only two
    days ago four teenagers were shot on 57th and Michigan which is on the same
    block as William Carter School, the youngest thirteen years old. That is why
    the William Carter Legacy Preservation Committee is working to have the mural
    inside the school restored since it was created by the late Dr. Margaret Burroughs,
    the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Carter School Students only to
    have it HARMed when the new principal had it whitewashed during the summer, 2000.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Safety

What plans are in place to make this city a safer place to live?

  • West loop realist Teacher political operative

    Typical comment by a Rahm supporter . Anything that doesn't go with their agenda is crackpot. Typical left wing cover.

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    If you say so.

2 days ago

Best Game in Town: Rats as a Political Issue?

Dec 16 - Today in Best Game in Town, the mayoral race gets a bit of the “I told you so” when it comes to a serious issue in Chicago - rats. Alderman Bob Fioretti is running for mayor and as alderman, he had been criticizing the Emanuel administration for not doing enough to curb the growing rat population in some Chicago neighborhoods. He even had ideas, according to a DNA Info article dated last March, Fioretti wanted the mayor...

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Dec 16 - Today in Best Game in Town, the mayoral race gets a bit of the “I told you so” when it comes to a serious issue in Chicago - rats. Alderman Bob Fioretti is running for mayor and as alderman, he had been criticizing the Emanuel administration for not doing enough to curb the growing rat population in some Chicago neighborhoods. He even had ideas, according to a DNA Info article dated last March, Fioretti wanted the mayor to implement a rat birth control method that was being tested in some other cities. Well, this week, the city is doing just that. On the line with us is Alderman Bob Fioretti, who is running to unseat incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Take a listen here:

https://soundcloud.com/afternoonshiftwbez/best-game-in-town-rats-as-a-political-issue?in=afternoonshiftwbez%2Fsets%2Fafternoon-shift-tuesday

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Reputable Moving Companies

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4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Emanuel's Third Commercial Touts $13-an-hour Minimum Wage

A last minute appeal to the working folks!

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http://politics.suntimes.com/article/chicago/emanuels-third-commercial-touts-13-hour-minimum-wage/mon-12152014-945am

Two weeks ago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel persuaded the City Council to raise Chicago’s minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2019 to help him shed the “Mayor 1%” label and undercut the progressive base of his strongest challengers.

Now, the mayor has made that historic vote a cornerstone of his latest television commercial.

The 30-second spot stars Sharita Wilson, an African-American, single mom in Hyde...

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A last minute appeal to the working folks!

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http://politics.suntimes.com/article/chicago/emanuels-third-commercial-touts-13-hour-minimum-wage/mon-12152014-945am

Two weeks ago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel persuaded the City Council to raise Chicago’s minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2019 to help him shed the “Mayor 1%” label and undercut the progressive base of his strongest challengers.

Now, the mayor has made that historic vote a cornerstone of his latest television commercial.

The 30-second spot stars Sharita Wilson, an African-American, single mom in Hyde Park, who is struggling to raise her two kids on the $8.25-an-hour minimum wage.

Wilson talks about getting her paycheck, looking at the meager amount and saying to herself, “Oh my God. That’s not even gonna cover half of my bills.”

She bemoans having to worry every day and how “draining” it is trying to “live a normal life” with “so much on your back.”

Then, she talks about the City Council vote and the role the mayor played in it.

“$13 an hour, I could buy my kids Christmas gifts that they want,” Wilson is quoted as saying.

The ad closes with what Emanuel hopes will seal the deal with African-American voters who helped put him in office but abandoned him in droves after he closed a record, 50 Chicago Public Schools.

“Actions speak louder than words. And his actions show he wants to fight for us,” Wilson is quoted as saying.

Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd), a mayoral challenger, cast one of 44 votes in favor of the $13-an-hour minimum wage even though he wanted to go all the way to $15 an hour.

Fioretti’s campaign consultant Michael Kolenc turned the commercial's closing line against the mayor.

“Actions do speak louder than words, and the mayor's actions show he only has regard for struggling families during an election season,” Kolenc was quoted as saying in an emailed statement.

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Dec 10

Updated 4 days ago

We NEED You: 3rd Ward & the Bob Fioretti for Chicago Mayor Campaign!!

Hi all! I am the 3rd ward captain for the Fioretti for Chicago campaign! THIS SATURDAY, December 13, we will be launching our efforts by Pounding the Pavement and meeting with registered voters within the ward, and WE NEED YOU TO JOIN US!

"Door knocking" and canvassing are A LOT of fun because it gives you a chance to meet new neighbors and share why you are supporting the Fioretti campaign. Details to come on where we will be meeting...

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Hi all! I am the 3rd ward captain for the Fioretti for Chicago campaign! THIS SATURDAY, December 13, we will be launching our efforts by Pounding the Pavement and meeting with registered voters within the ward, and WE NEED YOU TO JOIN US!

"Door knocking" and canvassing are A LOT of fun because it gives you a chance to meet new neighbors and share why you are supporting the Fioretti campaign. Details to come on where we will be meeting Saturday morning.

But if you are interested in joining us, please let me know. Coffee and donuts on me for those who come out! Chicago is ready for a change, and we need your help to make that change come true!

Get ready for Fioretti and let me know if you will be joining us on Saturday!!!

  • Erica in Bronzeville 12 yrs in Bronzeville; Ready for a Brighter Day

    thatblows1 thanks for inquiring. We had a small group of volunteers on Saturday, knocking on doors and getting the word out. We met with quite a few neighbors and provided them with donuts and coffee. We even got a few who are interested in volunteering and posting a sign in...

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    thatblows1 thanks for inquiring. We had a small group of volunteers on Saturday, knocking on doors and getting the word out. We met with quite a few neighbors and provided them with donuts and coffee. We even got a few who are interested in volunteering and posting a sign in their yard or window. So we're off to a good start, but yes we will continue to canvass every weekend (10 more weekends to go!) leading up to the election on Feb 24!!

    Anyone interested in joining our team, please send me a note here: http://chicago.everyblock.com/users/42111/contact/8d5b07/

    Hope to see you soon! #ReadyforFioretti #Bob2015 #Letsgo3rdward

  • Go Fioretti!!!

5 days ago

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Dec 10

Updated 6 days ago

Bronzeville needs one Alderman

The dilution of our voice and power needs to end. We need for our unique problems and issues to have one representative.

  • Ray

    If you have to decide to between Bronzeville, Hyde Park(Univ. of Chicago), South Loop, where do you think we finish.

  • Juan from South Loop 13 year South Loop resident

    The new ward map decreases the number of wards to 2(3rd and 4th). It will take longer to get it down to 1 alderman.

    The South Loop goes from 2 wards to 4 wards :(.

Dec 09

Updated Dec 12

FRESH Bronzeville Health & Wellness Campaign

THE BRONZEVILLE ALLIANCE is pleased to announce the launch of our new health and wellness campaign “FRESH Bronzeville.” We are taking action to build a better Bronzeville for families by improving access to healthy, affordable foods.

Please take a few minutes to visit and “Like” us on Facebook. We will update Facebook regularly with healthy holiday tips, healthy recipes, ways to get you and your family active, dates to our cooking demonstrations & events and much, much more!

https://www.facebook.com/FRESHbronzeville

  • snakedoctor bronzeville resident

    Once again the Alliance is leading the way for a healthier Bronzeville community. Keep up the good work!!!

  • Thank you! We have so much more coming to the Bronzeville community in the new year.

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Dec 10

Updated Dec 11

Fifty Recent Forgotten Chicago Events

...of the area, such as the Art Deco former Studebaker dealership at the corner of South Michigan and East 26th Street above left, demolished in the mid-1960s for a parking lot. Finally, a South Loop...

This article has 21 other Chicago locations (Show)

...University, this presentation commemorated the 25th anniversary of the closing of the Greyhound terminal at Clark and Randolph in December 1989; when it opened in 1954 this terminal was the world’s largest...

...Tuesday, November 18 at Mirabell Restaurant & Lounge, an authentic German-style landmark since 1977 at 3454 West Addison...

...discussed the history of Henry Frerk Sons seen above left, and Avondale business landmark on Belmont just east of Kedzie for more than 125 years. Also discussed was the Milford Ballroom shown above right, which...

Also discussed was the 1927 parking garage at 5050 North Broadway shown above left that would be converted to an office for Combined Insurance Company of...

...years and currently being converted to hotel above left. We discussed the odd story of 179 West Washington, an 1893 mid-rise by Handy & Cady that was converted from an office building to...

...we took a look at buildings like Architect Benjamin Marshall’s 1906 Hotel Brevoort at 120 West Madison Street, converted to an office building in 1963. Additionally, we looked at a grouping of two...

...as Chicago’s most forgotten landmark is the former U.S. Court of Appeals at 1212 North Lake Shore Drive seen above, once a lavish 1922 branch office for a Des Moines-based insurance company...

Lawrence Avenue east of Pulaski Road contains some of the most intact pre- and post-World War II commercial buildings in...

...the entrance. We also discussed the former Commercial National Bank at the busy corner of Lawrence and Western above right; the building remains a bank and its façade has been modernized, but...

...type in “Pennock, IL” in 2014 and be curiously directed to near the intersection of Pulaski Road and Wrightwood Avenue...

...Chicago’s historic Noble Street and environs, along with the rapidly changing intersection of Division, Milwaukee and Ashland. This once-bustling Noble Street corridor (once with its own streetcar line) has been substantially...

...at one of Chicago’s best and most authentic old-school bars, Podlasie Club on North Central Park just south of Milwaukee Avenue in the heart of Avondale, all of the book’s authors were present for this...

...plain site. One of the most significant movie history sites in the country is the 1200 block of North Milwaukee Avenue shown above left, the former site of Chicago resident Carl Laemmle’s White Front Theater...

...visited the site of the ambitious and never-started X/O condominium project on the 1700 block of South Prairie Avenue seen above right, including a sign still indicating parking for this doomed project’s former...

...housing, retail and manufacturing. Also discussed was the former Snappy Service System hamburger stand on Ashland near Division seen above center, whose exterior had been painted over for decades before being suddenly revealed...

...Side since World War II and the many remnants of this area, such as the Madison and Pulaski (formerly Crawford) shopping district, including the now-altered 1948 Three Sisters retail store by Leichenko...

...for tours, presentations, and articles. The lecture was conducted at co-working space CivicLab at 114 North Aberdeen Street, located in an old Chicago fire station; CivicLab is dedicated to “collaboration, education and innovation...

...a complete list of former national shoe retailer Feltman & Curme, including their former location at 4049 North Milwaukee, shown above...

...inside the store’s massive two-story former display window at the corner of Milwaukee, Cicero and Irving Park, seen inside and out above center. This tour also included a trip down the store...

Forgotten Chicago’s first walking tour exploring the fascinating communities of Cicero and Berwyn was presented to a sold-out group on Sunday, July 28, 2013. Above left, the...

...of this legendary street from Blue Island to the Dan Ryan Expressway; the buildings on Maxwell Street east of Halsted would not be cleared for another 30 years. At left is one of the many...

Dec 11

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Dec 09

Updated Dec 11

Wards 2, 3, 4: How Often Does Your Alderman Vote With Emanuel?

Is your alderman a rubber stamper who is inclined to vote with Mayor Emanuel all or most of the time??? Check out the following article and report to find out!

http://chicagoist.com/2014/12/09/new_report_analyzes_emanuels_rubber.php

  • Erica in Bronzeville 12 yrs in Bronzeville; Ready for a Brighter Day

    Here's each of the Bronzeville aldermen's % of votes with Mayor Emanuel from 2011-2014:

    Ward 4 - Will Burns: 91%
    Ward 3 - Pat Dowell - 88%
    Ward 2 - Bob Fioretti - 42%

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    Austin says Emanuel needs to be 'less arrogant, more collaborative'

  • I'm not surprised at the percentage of votes (rubber stamp) votes.

Dec 10

Should Winter Overnight Parking Ban be Scrapped? Aldermen Want to Study It

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CITY HALL — After more than 30 years on the books, Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) says it might be time to freeze the city's winter overnight parking ban.

The mayoral candidate introduced a resolution at Wednesday's City Council meeting calling for a hard look at the 34-year-old practice to see if it needs to be revised or even eliminated altogether.

Fioretti's resolution had four other signers including aldermen Scott Waguespack (32nd), John Arena (45th),...

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CITY HALL — After more than 30 years on the books, Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) says it might be time to freeze the city's winter overnight parking ban.

The mayoral candidate introduced a resolution at Wednesday's City Council meeting calling for a hard look at the 34-year-old practice to see if it needs to be revised or even eliminated altogether.

Fioretti's resolution had four other signers including aldermen Scott Waguespack (32nd), John Arena (45th), Nick Sposato (36th), Brendan Reilly (42nd) and Roderick Sawyer (6th).

Beginning every December 1st and continuing until April 1st, parking is prohibited on 107 miles of what the city considers "vital arterial streets" every early morning from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. — whether there's snow on the pavement or not.

Thousands of unwary motorists every winter end up at one of the city's auto pounds to pay the $150 in tow fees and a $20 per day storage fees to retrieve their vehicles, in addition to the $60 parking ticket for violating the ban. Historically, the city tows 8,000 to 9,000 vehicles every season, generating nearly $2 million in fees and fines for the city.

On December 1st, the first night of the ban this year, 239 vehicles were towed away.

The ban first began in 1980 as a solution to another possible snowfall of overwhelming proportions after the the historic blizzard of 1979, the fourth largest snowfall in city history.

Fioretti said he believes that advances in metrological technology have improved so much in the past 34 years that it's easier to have advanced warning when a major snowstorm is approaching.

In addition, technology in alerting people via smart phones and personal computers has made it easier to keep drivers informed.

"I think we can all understand from the 1979 snowstorm the need for the ban at the time," explained Fioretti.

Dec 08

Updated Dec 09

Wreaths of LUV

wreaths designed by LUV students,a mentoring entrepreneurship program fundraiser,22" fresh Fraser fir wreaths, decorated with pine cones,juniper and ornaments !! Let's support our young folk!! 716 E. 47th St,www.luvinstitute.org

  • Do you have to go pick it up or do they deliver the item? It's not clear on the web site. Looks like a good cause with a nicely finished product! I'll check them out for sure!:)

  • you can stop by and pick one or order on-line for pick up at the shop, they are also sold at Macy's on Dec 13 and 20 in the food court.

Dec 08

Updated Dec 09

Rahm's first reelection rally makes for a great story

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants voters to know the story of how he took office and began transforming Chicago from a decaying pit of corruption into a capital of opportunity that leaves no one behind, inspiring a rainbow coalition of children to come together and cheer—literally.
The narrative may gloss over a few facts, but Emanuel has been crafting it for four years now, and he retold it again when he officially launched his...

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants voters to know the story of how he took office and began transforming Chicago from a decaying pit of corruption into a capital of opportunity that leaves no one behind, inspiring a rainbow coalition of children to come together and cheer—literally.
The narrative may gloss over a few facts, but Emanuel has been crafting it for four years now, and he retold it again when he officially launched his reelection campaign on Saturday. He was surrounded onstage by kids of various hues who applauded and celebrated on cue.

"We are striving to make sure that everyone—and every neighborhood—is part of the city that works," the mayor proclaimed.

With no intended irony, the rally was held at a film production studio on the west side.

  • thanks for posting that Erica. One good thing about Rahm's 9 million dollar campaign is to let people know that there is an election coming up. The more turnout the better chance there will be of someone else getting elected.

Dec 09

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Dec 08

Updated Dec 09

Condo Property Management Referral

The Bronzeville Pointe Condo Association is seeking a full-service property management company for our 18-unit development. We are currently self-managed. Please share the contact information for highly qualified companies. Thanks!

Dec 08

UICC and UIC Can Bring It On Home with a Unified Bid

A joint bid with UICC and UChicago should be a forethought. As each university presents its three sites for the OPL bid, giving the Obamas a total of six sites to consider when this is suppose to be narrowed-down process. Then why not add another? A unified proposal for the one site that can stack up against the heritage of Harlem and the waterfront of Hawaii that is neutral, vacant, central, accessible and panoramic .... the Michael Reese site.
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A joint bid with UICC and UChicago should be a forethought. As each university presents its three sites for the OPL bid, giving the Obamas a total of six sites to consider when this is suppose to be narrowed-down process. Then why not add another? A unified proposal for the one site that can stack up against the heritage of Harlem and the waterfront of Hawaii that is neutral, vacant, central, accessible and panoramic .... the Michael Reese site.
Hawaii humbly acknowledged its interest in the option to have a internet connection with Uchicago. Even Columbia University has respectfully expressed to the White House that it would be happy to have at least some part the OPL as an option. [This just in today, UChicago announces multiple university collaboration for programming.]

Why haven't the two universities even considered the option of a unified bid? Is it just me, or is Chicago still so arrogant in taking it's chances that we will allow each University to maintain this all or nothing attitude? I get that the invitation is theirs. Maybe we forgot how it felt to be standing in shock at the Daley Center with our mouths wide open after the Olympic decision. People please! The universities aren't going to develop the OPL, private dollars pay for this trophy. Chicago Donors don't belong to universities.

With the upcoming plans for the future highspeed rail for Crossrailchicago.org, let's make the Michael Reese site the CrossTown Campus. Let's give both Universities a prime lakefront Institute on the Campus that connects to the OPL and effectively knocks this bid out of the ballpark so that we will "Bring It On Home".

Tune in tonight 12/8 at 8:00 pm at listen Live on WVON (1690 AM)
Dr. Carol Adams will highlight the Bring It On Home Campaign on the RhymeFest
Talk Program.

Dec 08

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Dec 06

First Raised Bike Path; Tollway Jobs; Roundups

...To learn more, visit http://www.mercy-chicago.org. The medical center is located at 2525 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 567-2000...

Kaylinn Cusic, a senior, won the 2014 Outstanding Illinois Charter School Senior Award from the Illinois Network of Charter Schools. The school is located at 2641 S. Calumet Ave.

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Armour Square Park at 3309 S. Shields Ave. offers fitness classes and athletic programs. Stop by the park or call (312) 747-6012 for more information.

...offers those ages 12 through 18 a safe and relaxing atmosphere at its Youth Center, 3528 S. Hermitage Ave. Teens can get help with homework, play sports, and interact with other teens. The center...

Career Transitions Center of Chicago, 702 W. Monroe St., has a new program and coaching director, Emily Drake. Call (312) 906-9908 or log on to www.ctcchicago.org.

Centers for New Horizons at 4150 S. King Dr. helps children, young people, and families become self-reliant through offerings at seven locations in...

Chicago Artists Coalition, 217 N. Carpenter St., is featuring two art exhibitions, Suddenly Plastic and Preview4, from now through Thursday, Dec. 18. Call (312) 491-8888.

Chicago Hope Academy will hold an entrance exam Saturday, Dec. 13, at 9 a.m. Call (312) 491-1600. The school is located at 2189 W. Bowler St.

...is on display until Sunday, Feb. 8, at the Chicago Public Library Harold Washington Center, 400 S. State St. Call (312) 747-4050 or log on to chipublib.org...

The City of Chicago has named the street in front of the Jazz Showcase club at 806 S. Plymouth Ct. for the club’s owner, Joe Segal. The honorary street sign reads “Joe Segal Way.” The Jazz Showcase has operated since 1947 and is in Dearborn Station. Call (312) 360-0234.

...Monday, Dec. 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. CivicLab is located at 114 N. Aberdeen St. Call (312) 857-6485...

...Meetings begin in the main office at both the Institute Campus for Young Men at 3434 S. Michigan Ave. and the Lourdes Hall Campus for Young Women at 1040 W. 32nd Pl. at 8...

...Men at 3434 S. Michigan Ave. and the Lourdes Hall Campus for Young Women at 1040 W. 32nd Pl. at 8:30 a.m. on the Wednesdays of Dec. 10 and Jan. 7...

Governor Patrick Quinn visited DePaul University recently to announce a grant payment of $11.4 million from the Illinois Board of Higher Education. DePaul’s South Loop Campus is located at 1 E. Jackson Blvd. Log on to www.depaul.edu.

Erie West Town Health Center will hold an Obamacare Enrollment Fair on Thursday, Dec. 11, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at 1701 W. Superior St. Call (312) 666-3494.

...day and assembly on Nov. 10 in honor of Veterans’ Day. The school is at 3537 S. Paulina St. Call (773) 535-4836...

Holy Family Church, 1080 W. Roosevelt Rd, will host John McDermott, who will sing Scottish and Irish ballads, on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 and benefit A Safe Haven Foundation, which helps the homeless. Log on to www.asafehaven.org or call (773) 435-8300.

Holy Trinity Croatian, 1850 S. Throop St., holds bingo every Thursday. Doors open at 5 p.m.; bingo starts at 7 p.m. Call (312) 534-8200.

The Hyde Park Art Center will present student work from its artist professional development initiative, the Center Program, from now through Sunday, Jan. 4. The center is at 5020 S. Cornell Ave. Call (773) 324-5520.

The organization will host Convergence 2014, featuring art and music from 19 Chicago public schools, Wednesday, Dec. 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. The center is located at 31 W. Ohio St. Call (312) 335-1996 or email info.chicago@cervantes.org.

John Kozlar, candidate for alderman of the 11th Ward, will host a forum for residents to learn more about his campaign and answer questions from community members, Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 6:30 p.m., at Powell’s Bookstore, 1218 S. Halsted St. For more information, visit www.johnkozlar.com.

Lil’ Buds Theater Co., 1206 W. Rosedale Ave., offers studio classes for youngsters. Adventures in Imagination is for ages three through six, Create...

...invited to take a tour. The center is in the Long Grove House Building at 2001 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 225-8828...

The Metropolitan Pier and Exhibition Authority had the historic landmark Harriet F. Rees house moved from 2110 S. Prairie Ave to 2017 S. Prairie Ave. to make room for McPier’s planned entertainment district. Three companies—

The Metropolitan Pier and Exhibition Authority had the historic landmark Harriet F. Rees house moved from 2110 S. Prairie Ave to 2017 S. Prairie Ave. to make room for McPier’s planned entertainment district. Three companies—

Mother McAuley High School, 3737 W. 99th St., will have an open house Thursday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m., and a test for incoming freshmen Saturday, Jan. 10, at 8 a.m. Call (773) 881-6566.

The National Hellenic Museum, 333 S. Halsted St., has opened two exhibitions, Periklean Akropolis: From Antiquity to Modernity, and From Memory: The Paintings of Giorgos Rigas. Log on to www.nationalhellenicmuseum.org or call (312) 655-1234.

The Randolph Street Market Festival at 1340 W. Washington St. is home to the Chicago Antique Market, Indie Designer Market, Modern Vintage Chicago, and the...

...will be held Dec. 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. The venue is at 5811 S. Ellis Ave., Cobb Hall, Room 418. Call (773) 702-8670...

St. Barbara Parish at 2859 S. Throop St. hosts bingo every Thursday night in the church hall. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and games start at 6:35 p.m. For further information call (312) 842-7979 or visit http://www.stbarbarachicago.org.

...auction, reception, dinner, and live auction. Call (312) 432-8403. The school is located at 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd. Call (312) 421-5900 or log on to http://www.ignatius.org...

St. Jerome Catholic School, 2801 S. Princeton Ave., will have an open house Friday, Dec. 5, from 9 to 11 a.m. Open enrollment begins Sunday, Jan. 25. Call (312) 842-7668.

St. Pius V Parish runs a thrift store at 1701 W. 18th Pl. from Monday through Friday and on Saturday mornings. Call (312) 226-6234. The Casa Juan Diego Youth Center at 2020 S. Blue Island Ave. is open Monday through Friday until 8 p.m. and Saturdays through 4 p.m. Call (312) 421-7647.

St. Pius V Parish runs a thrift store at 1701 W. 18th Pl. from Monday through Friday and on Saturday mornings. Call (312) 226-6234. The Casa Juan Diego Youth Center at 2020 S. Blue Island Ave. is open Monday through Friday until 8 p.m. and Saturdays through 4 p.m. Call (312) 421-7647.

St. Therese Chinese Catholic School, 247 W. 23rd St., is holding a raffle with a grand prize of $38,888, a first prize of...

...its ministry to the hungry, with a reception after the performance. The church is at 1936 S. Michigan Ave. For more information, see www.2ndprebyterian.org or call (312) 225-4951...

Shimer College on Nov. 17 co-sponsored a National Women’s Hall of Fame forum at Roosevelt University about women’s equality. For more information, contact admission@shimer.edu or call (312) 235-3555. The school is located at 3424 S. State St. Call (312) 235-3500.

The shrine is hosting a drawing for tickets to Disney on Ice-Frozen. Tickets are $25 each, and the drawing will be held Sunday, Jan. 4, for the Sunday, Jan. 25 performance at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL. Call (312) 421-3757. The shrine is located at 1224 W. Lexington St.

Help serve breakfast to the needy at Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn St., the second Saturday of each month from 8:15 to 10:30 a.m. Call (312) 409-1700.

The school is located at 1212 S. Plymouth Ct. Call (773) 534-8690.

...lighting and toy drive. A Christmas Gift Market will be held at the UVA office, 1453 W. Taylor St., from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, and 1 to 5 p.m...

...the UVA 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13 at Hawkeye’s Bar & Grill, 1458 W. Taylor St. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Your ticket gets you food, drinks...

...Senior Citizen Holiday Dinner, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at Vintage Lounge, 1449 W. Taylor St. Vintage owner Nick Raymond will serve a pasta dinner with all the trimmings. Guests will...

...Homrich, treasurer. The WCA also welcomes volunteers for its committees. The organization is located at 850 W. Madison St. Call (312) 902-4922...

Dec 04

Updated Dec 06

Aldermanic Race in 3rd Ward Unexpectedly Turns Nasty

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HYDE PARK — The 3rd Ward aldermanic race has barely started and it has already turned ugly.

Residents said they have received anonymous fliers that they say use harsh racial language to criticize Ald. Pat Dowell in what was expected to be a relatively quiet campaign.

“It was scathing — you can criticize the alderman without saying the things that were said,” said Tammi Bowden, who found the flier on Nov....

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HYDE PARK — The 3rd Ward aldermanic race has barely started and it has already turned ugly.

Residents said they have received anonymous fliers that they say use harsh racial language to criticize Ald. Pat Dowell in what was expected to be a relatively quiet campaign.

“It was scathing — you can criticize the alderman without saying the things that were said,” said Tammi Bowden, who found the flier on Nov. 17 posted on the window of her home at 3716 S. Wabash Ave.

The two-page attack on Dowell claims she “has no regard for black-on-black love” and her policies have “sold us out again for the white man agenda.”

The flier goes on some bizarre turns, criticizing Dowell for projects in other wards and presenting conspiracy theories about her trying to halt the popular Bud Billiken Parade.

Scott Kummer said he found the flier on his front gate at 3748 S. Wabash Ave. on Nov. 12. He said he attributed it to someone with a personal grudge against the alderman and promptly threw it away.

“If it was related to the election, it would not have used those inflammatory racial things.” Kummer said. “It was a real shotgun approach.”

In her bid or a third term, Dowell is facing former Water Reclamation District Commissioner Patricia Horton and Clarence Desmond Clemons in the upcoming election.

Neither returned multiple calls for comment.

Dowell said she thinks the flier is about the election and is not coming from someone outside the campaigns acting on their own.

“These were not attacks from individuals who have been wronged, this is an attack by someone who disagrees with my leadership of the ward,” Dowell said after reviewing the flier.

She said her campaign has been contacted by multiple people across the ward who claimed to have gotten the flier.
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  • MHarris Bronzeville resident for 14 Years

    Maybe she does have proof it came from an opponent. Regardless it was racist & not very truthful if you do a little research.

  • If she did she would have said so... don't you think?

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