Mar 16

Updated 14 hours ago

John Kozlar did great tonight!

I am now voting for Kozlar. He was concise and appropriately stopped Thompson from going on a political rhetoric rant. What is up with Daley Thompson and wanting to raise our property taxes? I know he can afford to pay a property tax increase, but many of us cannot. Let's show up and make a real change around here!!!

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Loomis Bridge. . .

What is going on? The north(-ish) bound lanes are blocked every morning. But the south-bound lanes are open. Ashland is way crowded. When will the work be done?

  • They took down the chain link fence and put lights on the tops of the fence poles. There were people making sure no one was using the sidewalk over the bridge for the last few days. I have a feeling it was for whatever they are filming in the area.

  • 1331st enemy of "dibs"

    I talked to two guys this morning. One was "security" and the other a worker. I don't think they'll block traffic any more but the northbound sidewalk remains closed because the fence is down as Radio Relay said. It certainly has nothing to do with repairing the bridge itself.

Mar 17

Updated Mar 19

11th Ward Viaducts **please read**

Hi all- Just a quick update regarding viaduct health and safety concerns. I was invited to a meeting with Congressman Lipinksy (senior member of the Illinois delegation on the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure), BNSF, UP, Norfolk Southern, & other officials to discuss the crumbling and unsanitary viaducts. This was coordinated by Patrick Daley Thompson and I must say we had a productive meeting to discuss next steps for our communities. I would like to add that I...

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Hi all- Just a quick update regarding viaduct health and safety concerns. I was invited to a meeting with Congressman Lipinksy (senior member of the Illinois delegation on the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure), BNSF, UP, Norfolk Southern, & other officials to discuss the crumbling and unsanitary viaducts. This was coordinated by Patrick Daley Thompson and I must say we had a productive meeting to discuss next steps for our communities. I would like to add that I invited Mary Mitchell from the Sun Times and folks were surprised to have press on board during this meeting/tour. I realize there is a lot that goes into voting for our next alderman. I am still committed to seeing more women in leadership (discussed at length with Patrick and I foresee more engagement with women at the table for community planning), but in the meantime, let's get someone in office who will help to push for some important changes in our communities. If you have not signed the petition, you can do so at www.chicagoviaduct.com. Special thanks to all the volunteers who are on the ground and monitoring viaduct conditions for a safer community. I have met with all the volunteers on the team and I am impressed with the dedication to push for important changes. #health #safety #chicago #leanin #notafaid http://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/7/71/445570/11th-ward-aldermanic-hopeful-seizes-viaduct-issue

  • I am so glad you are pressing the railroads and city to maintain these viaducts properly. We lived very close to the 16th and Wood one for a few years. That one and others are like the place that time forgot. Filled with trash and large debris, any paved road gone, one even had an open sewer under it. It's unacceptable for any part of the infrastructure to be allowed to deteriorate so badly.

  • Michelle Fennessy Twitter @drfennessy

    Thanks Kasia. So far I have recruited a bunch of residents near University Village area and we have designated viaduct monitors to keep an eye out for "issues"- lights out, debris, dead animals, trash. We also ensure at least bi-weekly calls to street and sans for routine sweeping. This week...

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    Thanks Kasia. So far I have recruited a bunch of residents near University Village area and we have designated viaduct monitors to keep an eye out for "issues"- lights out, debris, dead animals, trash. We also ensure at least bi-weekly calls to street and sans for routine sweeping. This week a bunch of us showered Ald Balcer's office with requests for power washing. Spring is here and if these are not power washed at least quarterly then the odor is enough to kill you. Nancy Plax and Antonio Gonella are working on setting up mural plans etc. I am still hammering railroads for work. UP is on my hit list right now. They have every excuse in the book to avoid any little repair. There has to be something to enforce public nuisance issues via heavy fines, etc. What ever happened to being sponsor of community engagement and working to make things better. This is exactly why I believe we need strong leadership in place. I have tried to stay out of the main stream politics because in the end I just want a safer neighborhood and would love to see more community-exchanges happening between Bridgeport and Village areas. I have heard from Mr. Kozar via twitter and we tried to setup a meeting but my schedule is very tight these days. In fact, I would love to get a chance to meet JK personally and get to know him. I think he's cute, but don't tell him I said that! I don't think he has skillset "right now" to pull heavy-hitter politicians and rail executives together with the intent on fixing something. Regardless of who wins this election, our next alderman should know the community is full of active citizens who will forever be double-checking to ensure our issues our addressed. Let's all make it a point to do it. Call 311, pull peeps together, engage your neighbors to work on a community project, or join a non-profit group.

Mar 18

Am I the only one who noticed this contribution!?

Vee Pak just donated $10,000 to Daley Thompson's campaign - this is the same Vee Pak who got Sued For Racial Discrimination By Local Workers! This is an outrage and i am disgusted by Thompson and all of his b.s.!

http://www.progressillinois.com/quick-hits/content/2012/12/06/johnson-johnson-supplier-sued-racial-discrimination-local-workers-vide

Mar 16

Updated Mar 18

Compost Collection Service is here!

Interested in composting but not have the space? Help keep organic material out of the landfill while encouraging locally grown food and businesses! contact pleasantfarms@gmail.com for info on our newly developed compost collection service. We provide the container! Rates starting at $15/month

Mar 16

Free Landlord Training Workshop

On Thursday, April 16, from 3-6 pm, the Bridgeport Citizens Group will be hosting a FREE Landlord Workshop at the 9th District Police Station at 3120 S. Halsted. Representatives from the Department of Buildings and Law, Community Investment Corporation (CIC), and the Chicago Police Department will be giving presentations focusing on helping rental property owners and managers improve management of their investments. Topics covered will include leases, rental agreements and riders, as well as the importance of background checks, rental history, and inspections. Seating is limited so reserve yours now by registering at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1FFWvhRZBvs16M81s59yeVczbgLAY51AJgMTjemGavjU/viewform or call (312) 508-8852 and leave a message if you have any questions.

Mar 03

Updated Mar 14

Bed Store on 35th Going Going Gone

I see the bed store which has been there for yours has moved from the corner of 35th and Halsted right under Bridgeport's own version of the NY Tines Square sign. It is all cleared out so it does not look like its being remodeled or anything. Can we even hope for something decent to open up? By the way for New Years we should let the ball drop from this location lol

  • Geri retired ARRT

    Even before Walgreens that corner was a Rexall drugs...with a soda fountain....if I recall. Just knock it all down and build a parking tower. It'll be a b**ch trying to find parking if halsted gets any new stores. I wish they'd let folks park in the cop's lot...I never seen...

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    Even before Walgreens that corner was a Rexall drugs...with a soda fountain....if I recall. Just knock it all down and build a parking tower. It'll be a b**ch trying to find parking if halsted gets any new stores. I wish they'd let folks park in the cop's lot...I never seen the place filled, even the top floor. And what about that bank lot on 34th? Do they really moniter it and tow? Such wasted space...a 2 or 3 story lot for the 'hood would be great. Charge a decent amount and let the bank folks validate for their customers. If I owned that corner on 35th I'd put in 1) a laundromat with a coffee bar (hello, Jackalope!!!) ...nice tables and couches to relax while you laundry spins....and a security guard; 2) restaurant with an American menu. No Chinese,Mexican,....bring back a David's! 3) a parking lot. 3) a local own new/used bookstore. I'll think of something else later.
    Some sort of "drinking well" shouldn't be a problem. The school seems far enuff away. Keep in mind the demographics of the area...not everyone is a college age person. There are plenty of 50-65 age folks who have money to spend and want to keep it local.

  • Geri retired ARRT

    And pleeeeze....not another Chinese learning center or spa/massage place. What's with all of them around here? I swear they're money laundering with so many of them. I mean, do you ever see anyone going in and out of the spas? Sure seems funny.

Mar 10

Updated Mar 10

CAPS Meeting tonite?

I did not see an announcement re a meeting tonite? Is there one and will it be at the Police station?

Mar 01

Updated Mar 07

Child care for 3 month old

My wife and I are relatively new to Bridgeport and recently had a baby. I am wondering if people have any recommendations for child care options that we can check out in and around Bridgeport? thanks!

  • Smart stuff daycare on 36 and Halsted has been wonderful to me and my family for 3 years now

  • however be forwarned about smart stuff daycare...they are very expensive and the average middle class blue collar worker cannot afford them

Mar 07

Penny Social TOMORROW! Join us!

We have hundreds of prizes to give away in our raffles - including a 42" flat screen, Sony Smart BluRay Sony Surround System - and so much more! Doors open at 11am and we start calling the penny social prizes at 12:30 sharp! Lunch is for sale - so come on out, bring friends, have fun and win prizes! Toys, jewelry, tools, household items, snacks, appliances, kitchenware and more! Inside the school building at 1040 W. 32nd Street!

Feb 18

Updated Feb 25

I am so Angry at Daley Thompson! He is a liar!!

Daley Thompson has said he was against the heliport, but I just found out he is getting money from the owner's family of the heliport to fund his alderman campaign! I live on 28th street and am against how they shoved this down our throats. And now Illinois records show that Mark Heffernan gave $1,000 to Daley Thompson's campaign. I am NOT voting for Daley Thompson. HE IS A LIAR!

Feb 23

Updated Feb 24

Kids play house (step 1-2-3).

Free to good home. Kids play house in excellent condition. The last owners left it and our association has ok'd its donation to a good home. Has cute sink in the front that hooks up to a hose and FAB kitchen for a little one. You'll need a SUV or small truck. Its made of plastic so may be able to disassemble for pickup.

  • Hi Michelle my family would love this if it's still available. Would Friday be soon enough to pick up?

  • Michelle Fennessy Twitter @drfennessy

    Hello Kasia! It's yours!!! I won't be back in the city until weekend of March 14th. Can you email gini@drfennessy.com and she can help to setup a time to meet for pickup? You'll need a small truck or something. I promise not to give this away and look forward to...

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    Hello Kasia! It's yours!!! I won't be back in the city until weekend of March 14th. Can you email gini@drfennessy.com and she can help to setup a time to meet for pickup? You'll need a small truck or something. I promise not to give this away and look forward to it going to a good home for kids to enjoy it. It's really darling. Address: 1111 W. 15th St. There is a loading dock there or we can use the side gate by racine viaduct. Gini will get you my cell number and we can text on the day you arrive.

  • Hurray! Thank you so much, I am so excited! I really wanted to get my kids one this year! I will email Gini to get everything set up, it will be no problem to bring a truck. Thank you again!

Feb 23

Standardized Test Reform

The Opt Out bill –HB 306 – is in the Illinois legislature. Passage means that parents can decide what tests their child will take. Passage of HB 306 is the first step to get our state politicians to stop wasting tax dollars on 10 to 21 tests per year. It is the first step toward making our politicians understand that we want our children to learn about art, music, social studies, and science; values and skills that help kids develop...

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The Opt Out bill –HB 306 – is in the Illinois legislature. Passage means that parents can decide what tests their child will take. Passage of HB 306 is the first step to get our state politicians to stop wasting tax dollars on 10 to 21 tests per year. It is the first step toward making our politicians understand that we want our children to learn about art, music, social studies, and science; values and skills that help kids develop the ability to cooperate, solve problems, reason, make sound judgments,and know basic civics. You can help get this bill passed by calling Rep. Acevedo (773-843-1500) or Rep. Esther Golar (773-925-6580). Help get our education system back on tract and stop paying billions to testing and grading corporations.

Feb 19

Thank you from the BCG

The Bridgeport Citizens Group would like to thank all of you who braved the cold this evening and made it out to our community forum at Nativity. We hope to make this either a monthly or quarterly occurrence featuring guest speakers and tackling the issues and concerns of the Bridgeport community. We will keep you posted on all upcoming events including our April Landlord workshop both here on EB and on our website at bridgeportcitizensgroup.org

Oct 20

Updated Feb 18

What happened to the Bridgeport Vet?

I have been calling the bridgeport vet (Wayne, now that he is alone since Larry passed away) for over a week and there is a message that says the clinic is temporarily closed. Does anyone know why? And also does anyone know if Wayne is going to open again soon? I haven't been there in awhile since my dog and then one of my cats passed on. So I am out of the loop

Feb 18

Bridgeport Citizens Group to host community meeting at Nativity

Bridgeport Citizens Group and Neighborhood Watch members are sponsoring a meeting at 6:30 pm on Thursday, February 19, in the basement of the Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, 653 West 37th Street. The hour long meeting will cover strategies designed to make our blocks safer which in turn will help maintain and increase property values. In December of 2014, researchers at the Yale School of Medicine found that participation of neighbors in strategies to reduce crime improves their quality...

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Bridgeport Citizens Group and Neighborhood Watch members are sponsoring a meeting at 6:30 pm on Thursday, February 19, in the basement of the Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, 653 West 37th Street. The hour long meeting will cover strategies designed to make our blocks safer which in turn will help maintain and increase property values. In December of 2014, researchers at the Yale School of Medicine found that participation of neighbors in strategies to reduce crime improves their quality of life and that exposure to crime declines as community participation rises. BCG members have found this to be true and will explain strategies and information that has worked well in various parts of Bridgeport. Neighbors are encouraged to bring their questions and concerns to this meeting.

Feb 17

Election day is coming up- meet the candidates on CAN TV

Learn more about the candidates for alderman in the 11th ward with this forum hosted by the Bridgeport Alliance: http://ow.ly/Je3ZF

Feb 04

Updated Feb 16

Video: Daley Thompson Gets Improper Tax Breaks for 12 years, Pam Zekman investigates

Just found this video of Daley Thompson cheating on taxes. Reassured he is no different than the rest. I will NOT be voting for Daley Thompson for alderman. Let's wake up people. Click link below to watch it.
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/video/9327330-daley-relative-gets-improper-tax-break/

Feb 13

FACT: Daley Thompson is a cheater.

From the Chicago Tribune investigation: "In 2009 and 2010, the federal government and states of New York and Maryland placed tax liens on his Bridgeport bungalow totaling more than $41,000. Thompson paid the federal government nearly $39,000 within two months to clear the lien. The New York lien for more than $1,000 was cleared within two years, while the Maryland lien for about $1,400 was satisfied within months, according to public records.
Thompson said the liens were the result of...

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From the Chicago Tribune investigation: "In 2009 and 2010, the federal government and states of New York and Maryland placed tax liens on his Bridgeport bungalow totaling more than $41,000. Thompson paid the federal government nearly $39,000 within two months to clear the lien. The New York lien for more than $1,000 was cleared within two years, while the Maryland lien for about $1,400 was satisfied within months, according to public records.
Thompson said the liens were the result of disputes with taxing agencies over how much he owed in taxes when he was a partner at DLA Piper. Thompson is a registered lobbyist who handles city zoning issues and some property tax appeals. If elected, he would stop handling land-use cases in the city but would consider doing property tax appeals when the city does not intervene in the case, he said."

Feb 07

Updated Feb 08

CAPS meeting Tue., Feb 10

What's happening on your block? Come to the CAPS meeting, Tuesday, February 10, 6:30 pm, at the 9th District Station. Join the Bridgeport Citizens Group and learn ways to make your block safer. Many issues raised by residents attending CAPS are worked on by BCG members through phone trees, research, and watch groups. At each beat meeting, CAPS officers discuss a topic of interest for the month, discuss updates to ongoing issues, and get new feedback and issues from residents...

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What's happening on your block? Come to the CAPS meeting, Tuesday, February 10, 6:30 pm, at the 9th District Station. Join the Bridgeport Citizens Group and learn ways to make your block safer. Many issues raised by residents attending CAPS are worked on by BCG members through phone trees, research, and watch groups. At each beat meeting, CAPS officers discuss a topic of interest for the month, discuss updates to ongoing issues, and get new feedback and issues from residents during the open forum. The BCG gives updates on current issues they are working on, plus information about upcoming court dates. The Bridgeport Citizens Group is a grassroots organization that helps residents find solutions to those issues raised at meetings. The 9th District Police station is located at 3120 S. Halsted.

  • JLB

    Hi everyone - we just heard that the location changed this month because of early voting at the 9th District station. The meeting will be at 6:30 pm in the McGuane Park Fieldhouse, 2901 S. Poplar Ave. See you there!

Feb 07

Updated Feb 07

halsted

Does any body know what happened on Halsted in bp?

  • NanSea nosy neighbor!

    I heard there was a fire but I don't know where it was exactly.

  • JLS

    32nd & Halsted. Almost at 33rd. 3rd floor. No one hurt

Feb 06

Updated Feb 07

Project Onward

Thank you Bridgeport! Last night's neighborhood meet and greet was a success. A good time was had by all. Stop by anytime to view the art. We are open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm And don't forget the Third Friday Art Walk on February 20th.

  • Where is this at?

  • NanSea nosy neighbor!

    Project Onward is located at the Bridgeport Art Center 1200 W. 35th St. 4th floor. Check us out online at PROJECTONWARD.ORG

May 07 2012

Updated Feb 05

Foster or Forever Home needed

Seriously looking for a foster or forever home for this guy. He is fixed, shots, chipped, neg/neg on FELV/FIV. He was found this winter living with a feral colony. Please send me a private message if you are interested.

Feb 04

Project Onward Neighborhood Meet and Greet

Hey Bridgeport! Come on over to Project Onward tomorrow from 2:30 to 4 at the Bridgeport Art Center. Project Onward is a nonprofit studio and gallery dedicated to advancing the careers of artists with mental and developmental disabilities. Meet the artists and see their art. You will be amazed. Free parking is available.

Feb 02

McGuane and Palmisano PAC meetings Postponed

The McGuane and Palmisano PAC meetings originally planned for this evening have been rescheduled for Monday, February 9, at 6:00 pm, in the McGuane field house at 2901 S. Poplar. Please come join us and add your input into the planning of upcoming events. Together we can make our parks a better place for the whole community

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