Mar 16

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Relocating to Chicago in late May -- Should I consider Bronzeville?

I'm new here on EveryBlock, and thought this would be a great place to get some insights on Bronzeville as I consider what part of Chicago I’d like to live.

ABOUT ME:
I grew up in a small suburb outside of Cleveland Ohio. In 1986, we were one of the first black families on our street, and as the years and the make up of the neighborhood changed, I always found myself enjoying being in very diverse crowds. I moved...

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I'm new here on EveryBlock, and thought this would be a great place to get some insights on Bronzeville as I consider what part of Chicago I’d like to live.

ABOUT ME:
I grew up in a small suburb outside of Cleveland Ohio. In 1986, we were one of the first black families on our street, and as the years and the make up of the neighborhood changed, I always found myself enjoying being in very diverse crowds. I moved to Washington DC once I graduated from college and worked in inner city schools in both the DC Public and Charter School systems. It was here that I developed a passion for working in Urban Education.

After 7 years, I was offered a position at a University on Long Island New York. It’s been a great job, but after 2 years here, I’ve found it to be incredibly isolating and devoid of diversity. I've also developed a real love for Chicago, because its closer to home, both geographically and in feel, the opportunity here for what I do, and the availability of rental housing.

THE FACTORS OF MY RELOCATION
After an aggressive campaign to find a new job, I was offered a position with CPS at a school in West Englewood. I have also been encouraged to apply for a Central Office position in CPS that will be posted soon that a contact believes that I would be good for.

The main areas that I have seen places that I am interested include 46th and St Lawrence, 45th and S. Prairie, and 42nd and S. Michigan. The blocks themselves don’t look bad, and these are great places.

I don’t mind living in a neighborhood that is in transition — I’ve done so in Washington, DC and I know how to handle myself in a large city, but I’m wondering where that transition is in these particular places. Are there still a lot of problems in terms of loiterers and property crime, or is it mostly relegated to the main streets? What should I be on the look out for when evaluating this area?

Thanks for reading my post. I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

  • Mike Spikes Rogers Park Newbie

    Merrill -- Oops, something told me to Google Sagamore Hills before I made that post. I automatically thought "hmmm... not that familiar, so it must have been on the westside of town" Sorry about the mixup! And thanks for the invite!

    Denver, thanks for your insights on the neighborhood. I...

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    Merrill -- Oops, something told me to Google Sagamore Hills before I made that post. I automatically thought "hmmm... not that familiar, so it must have been on the westside of town" Sorry about the mixup! And thanks for the invite!

    Denver, thanks for your insights on the neighborhood. I don't mind not being all that close to retail. One of the things I've loved about Chicago is the fact that it's a place that you can get around pretty easily (as long as your not doing it around rush hour on Fridays) by car. And growing up in the midwest, I'm a total car-loving guy, and I rely on it as my sole mode of transport. My main concern is that wherever I choose to live is relatively safe, and QUIET. It dosen't have to mimic the country, but I don't want weed-smoking parties happening every day. The occasional block party is cool, but I work for a living. It also helps to know that there are a group of neighbors out here who are trying to make their neighborhood better, and I'm eager to become part of that group, which is non-existent where I live now.

  • Hi Mike,
    My husband I are new to Chicago and currently renting in Uptown. We are searching for a house and have come across beautiful, affordable homes in the "gap" area of Bronzeville. Since you posted almost a year ago, I wanted to check in to see how things are going? Did you move to Bronzeville? Is the neighborhood safe? Thanks so much!

3 days ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Article: Emanuel must close the deal with voters

Yearning for a Sally Field moment on election night in which he could gush, “You like me, right now, you like me!” Rahm Emanuel was forced to rasp, “For those who voted for someone else . . ."

Yet Chicago's mayor on the whole has pushed the city onto the right course, taking important steps to ease budget deficits, build a thriving downtown, enhance Chicago Transit Authority train service and bolster Chicago Public Schools, to name just a few of...

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Yearning for a Sally Field moment on election night in which he could gush, “You like me, right now, you like me!” Rahm Emanuel was forced to rasp, “For those who voted for someone else . . ."

Yet Chicago's mayor on the whole has pushed the city onto the right course, taking important steps to ease budget deficits, build a thriving downtown, enhance Chicago Transit Authority train service and bolster Chicago Public Schools, to name just a few of his accomplishments. But he did not close the deal with voters on Feb. 24 with an outright win.

For the April 7 runoff, Emanuel has to drop the tired message that he's unpopular because he has made difficult decisions. Closing 49 schools in one fell swoop was a tough decision, for instance, but it was the wrong one.

Instead Emanuel must persuade skeptical residents that his choices are in their best interests, even if they are difficult and sometimes painful. There should be no doubt he cares deeply about our children's future or the job prospects of the ordinary citizen. But many voters see a politician who is closed-minded, someone who is not just “a little hardheaded,” to use President Barack Obama's generous description, but a lot.

Chicago needs a decisive chief executive to wrestle with the heavyweight challenges that lie ahead, including underfunded pensions, too much debt and too much violent crime. Emanuel's opponent in the runoff, Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, has not shown he has the leadership to direct this sometimes fractious city. Garcia also has offered little about how he would address pressing fiscal woes while keeping his promise of hiring 1,000 more police officers. To his credit, Emanuel already has said Chicago may have to hike property taxes as a last resort to replenish its pension funds.

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20150228/ISSUE07/302289990/emanuel-must-close-the-deal-with-voters

  • anything the mayor does in the next few weeks has to be seen in the light of his effort to get reelected

  • now you seen emanuel backing away from the top go getters and trying to focus on the little guy,but it's too late.

11 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

3rd and 4th Ward Aldermanic Election Results: What Happened?

I haven't seen much on the aldermanic election results for the 3rd and 4th, so I thought it would be good to spark a little dialogue.

In the 3rd ward race, did you notice that former Water Reclamation Commissioner, Patricia Horton, managed to secure roughly 30% of the votes, despite an arrest and virtually no campaign.

In the 4th ward race, anti-Burns sentiment seemed to be all around. I even attended a 4th and 5th ward aldermanic forum where Burns...

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I haven't seen much on the aldermanic election results for the 3rd and 4th, so I thought it would be good to spark a little dialogue.

In the 3rd ward race, did you notice that former Water Reclamation Commissioner, Patricia Horton, managed to secure roughly 30% of the votes, despite an arrest and virtually no campaign.

In the 4th ward race, anti-Burns sentiment seemed to be all around. I even attended a 4th and 5th ward aldermanic forum where Burns was boo'd and attendees cried out for a new alderman. Burns still managed to win with 55% of the votes.

So what happened? Do these numbers signify anything? Is there a message in this for the elected aldermen? Had folks really come out to vote, would the results be different?

What say you?

  • Geez Louise Bronzeville resident

    In 3rd Horton got 27%, Dowell got 73% and won all the precincts. Looking at the results, she was the fourth highest winning percentage of the aldermanic races not in a runoff. An impressive win I think.

37 hours ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Wilson: I’ll Vote For Garcia But May Endorse Emanuel

(CBS) – Willie Wilson continues to be a potential kingmaker in the Chicago mayoral race.

The African-American businessman, who was knocked out of the contest in the Feb. 24 primary, says he had private meetings over the weekend with the two candidates who will be on the April 7 ballot: incumbent Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.

Wilson tells CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov he’s already decided he’ll vote for Garcia. That’s based in part, he says, on...

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(CBS) – Willie Wilson continues to be a potential kingmaker in the Chicago mayoral race.

The African-American businessman, who was knocked out of the contest in the Feb. 24 primary, says he had private meetings over the weekend with the two candidates who will be on the April 7 ballot: incumbent Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.

Wilson tells CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov he’s already decided he’ll vote for Garcia. That’s based in part, he says, on his dissatisfaction with public school closings under Emanuel’s administration and also the city’s continued use of red-light cameras.

“My personal vote is for anybody except for this mayor,” Wilson said Sunday.

Still, he said, he could end up publicly endorsing Emanuel, depending on what members of his own community tell him. Wilson insisted his personal vote is separate from who might be best for the city as a whole.

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2015/03/01/wilson-ill-vote-for-garcia-but-may-endorse-emanuel/#.VPRVxH4ljPc.facebook

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Burglars hit apartments near East 53rd Street and Drexel Avenue

Burglars hit apartments near East 53rd Street and Drexel Avenue

On February 17, burglars broke into homes on the 5300-block of South Drexel Avenue at 6:55 a.m. A similar incident occurred on February 21 and February 24...

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Article: Preckwinkle will remain neutral in April 7 runoff election

County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Monday she is “staying out of” the April 7 mayoral runoff, despite her close ties to her floor leader, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, and her difficult relationship with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

“My position hasn’t changed…I’m staying out of it,” Preckwinkle said before joining Emanuel and Garcia at Pulaski Day ceremonies at the Polish Museum of America, 984 N. Milwaukee Ave.

“In the first round, I had a colleague of four or five years in Bob...

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County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Monday she is “staying out of” the April 7 mayoral runoff, despite her close ties to her floor leader, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, and her difficult relationship with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

“My position hasn’t changed…I’m staying out of it,” Preckwinkle said before joining Emanuel and Garcia at Pulaski Day ceremonies at the Polish Museum of America, 984 N. Milwaukee Ave.

“In the first round, I had a colleague of four or five years in Bob Fioretti; a contributor in Willie Wilson — actually a significant contributor; my floor leader; and a mayor who I’ve tried to work with for the past four years. And I decided to take no position. And that’s where I still am.”

Garcia, who sat one seat away from Preckwinkle at Monday’s ceremony, took her neutrality in stride.

“How can anything be a blow if we’re doing so great?” Garcia said, referring to a new poll that shows the race a statistical dead-heat.

“I welcome any new endorsements. I will seek them. I’m also raising money and building our troops on the ground for a victory on April 7.”

http://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/7/71/407463/preckwinkle-will-remain-neutral-april-7-runoff-election?utm_source=Chicago+Sun-Times&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=287815_Preckwinkle+to+stay+out+of+mayor%27s+race&ID=287815_Preckwinkle+to+stay+out+of+mayor%27s+race&dm_i=2JCP,662V,2L0ZHE,DCSH,1

4 days ago

Updated 33 hours ago

Article: Mitchell: Why I'll miss mayoral candidate Willie Wilson

Chicago mayoral candidate Willie Wilson talks to his room of supporters with his wife Janette (right center) at the Swissotel Chicago after his loss Tuesday evening. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times
I’m going to miss me some Willie Wilson.

After all, he’s probably the last of his kind.

Frankly, I’ve never seen a black politician bold enough to bow his head, like Wilson did, in a room full of white power-brokers and ask the Good Lord for help. While the act might...

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Chicago mayoral candidate Willie Wilson talks to his room of supporters with his wife Janette (right center) at the Swissotel Chicago after his loss Tuesday evening. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times
I’m going to miss me some Willie Wilson.

After all, he’s probably the last of his kind.

Frankly, I’ve never seen a black politician bold enough to bow his head, like Wilson did, in a room full of white power-brokers and ask the Good Lord for help. While the act might have seemed foolish to some, it was a clear indication to me that Wilson understood where his strength comes from.

You can’t say that about most politicians.

The sky could be falling. Lake Michigan could be washing across Lake Shore Drive and the typical politician would pretend to be in complete control.

Wilson’s campaign, though raw and at times dysfunctional, put a spotlight on black achievement, something I believe should have been focused on a lot more during the campaign.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/7/71/395742/ill-miss-mayoral-candidate-willie-wilson

  • Paul Zickus B & R Bridgeport Armour School 1965 - VN 1971

    It WAS refreshing to hear Willie get REAL ... I kinda like him!

2 days ago

Updated 35 hours ago

Article:Sneed: Rauner has called Wilson to lobby for Rahm — twice

Sneed hears Gov. Bruce Rauner has called former mayoral candidate Willie Wilson twice to encourage him to endorse Mayor Rahm Emanuel in April’s runoff election.

Rauner and Wilson are expected to meet Saturday. Wilson supported Rauner in his gubernatorial campaign last year, and in turn Rauner appointed him to his transition committee.

Translation: You can bet Wilson will flex his muscles now that he is in the catbird seat.

Backshot: Wilson used his wealth to propel himself to third place...

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Sneed hears Gov. Bruce Rauner has called former mayoral candidate Willie Wilson twice to encourage him to endorse Mayor Rahm Emanuel in April’s runoff election.

Rauner and Wilson are expected to meet Saturday. Wilson supported Rauner in his gubernatorial campaign last year, and in turn Rauner appointed him to his transition committee.

Translation: You can bet Wilson will flex his muscles now that he is in the catbird seat.

Backshot: Wilson used his wealth to propel himself to third place in Tuesday’s mayoral election with 10 percent of the vote, and both Emanuel and his challenger, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, are courting him.

On Thursday, Wilson announced he was retracting the promise he made on the eve of Election Day that he would endorse Garcia in the event of a runoff.

Wilson said he will consult with his supporters to determine whom he will endorse.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/7/71/401685/sneed-rauner-called-wilson-lobby-rahm-twice

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    That is why we see black politicians from President Obama down to aldermen and state representatives get wealthy and prosper as black communities are being systematically disenfranchised.

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    As a byproduct black males have been caught up in a sub culture of gang affiliation and drug dealing in order to survive.
    That is why prisons are filled with young black men and the police and fire departments and the unions in Chicago are filled with racist white guys.

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THE WATCHDOGS: Rahm Emanuel falls short on promised police, fire disability fixes

Mayor Rahm Emanuel. | AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast
In the wake of revelations about abuses in the city of Chicago’s fire and police disability programs, Mayor Rahm Emanuel promised reforms.

But two and a half years later, little has come of those promises, a Chicago Sun-Times examination has found.

Some injured cops, firefighters and paramedics have returned to duty or retired since Emanuel vowed to crack down on abuses in the wake of a Sun-Times investigation that found some of them were collecting tax-free disability checks even as they had gotten other jobs.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news-chicago/7/71/401959/watchdogs-rahm-emanuels-promised-police-fire-disability-reforms-fall-short

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5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Article: Garcia faces obstacles and opportunity in bid to woo black voters

If Jesus “Chuy” Garcia is to be elected mayor of Chicago over Rahm Emanuel, he’s going to need to find a way to persuade black voters to trust him — not an easy sell given the historic tensions between the city’s African-American and Hispanic communities.

Those tensions are not talked about much in polite circles — and probably aren’t well understood in white Chicago — which is why I proceed here with great trepidation.

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If Jesus “Chuy” Garcia is to be elected mayor of Chicago over Rahm Emanuel, he’s going to need to find a way to persuade black voters to trust him — not an easy sell given the historic tensions between the city’s African-American and Hispanic communities.

Those tensions are not talked about much in polite circles — and probably aren’t well understood in white Chicago — which is why I proceed here with great trepidation.

But everyone who knows the omnipresent role of race in Chicago politics recognizes this is the subtext on which the April 7 runoff election could well be decided, so we might as well start putting it out there in the open.

Whether you regard it as prejudice or the natural outcome of people pitted against each other for scarce economic opportunity, it’s fair to say that some blacks harbor resentment toward Hispanics in much the same way that some whites resent blacks.

“It’s unspoken. It’s completely real. It exists,” agrees one Chicago Latino who knows the territory. “It is an issue [Garcia] is going to have to overcome.”

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/7/71/397012/garcia-faces-obstacles-opportunity-bid-woo-black-voters

  • south loop realist political activist

    Chuy marched with the stand up don't shoot liars. It never happened. He like Preckwinkle is an enabler of minority crime. He and her believe those in jail are there because of profiling. Tell them to stop committing crime. I hate Rahm but chuys enabling loses my vote.

  • R4A

    Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck are always good write in candidates. I for one have abandoned the notion that a known devil is better than an unknown devil or choosing the better of 2 evils. I always vote base on those who died for me to vote so I can't...

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    Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck are always good write in candidates. I for one have abandoned the notion that a known devil is better than an unknown devil or choosing the better of 2 evils. I always vote base on those who died for me to vote so I can't justify not voting. But that does not mean I have to choose which poison I drink. Sometimes I choose neither until the day comes where I have a person that deserves my vote. So, if you hate Rahm don't vote for him. Otherwise, you are left saying I hate him but I voted for him anyway because I hate the other guy even more. Humbly speaking that is a very strange statement to me when you really think about it. You vote based on the level of hate you you have for a candidate. You can simply write in the name of someone you love and work towards making that a reality for you one day. Personally, I could not stomach voting for the known devil and then getting upset when the devil came out knowing I voted for that person even though I did not like them for the job. So,when someone saids "you voted for him/her" I say no, I voted for Mickey Mouse. It is liberating for me. If more people did this, then who knows Mickey Mouse might just win! I think he would do a much better job. Try South Loop Realist. You just might like it.

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Updated 3 days ago

pregnant and considering adoption for my baby

Hello, I'm considering adoption for my baby. please would not expose everything here so send me a PM for further communication or you send directed e-mails to.my e-mail :
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6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Homeless Woman under 51st Metra Underpass on Lake Shore Gone

Hi all -

A woman news reports have referred to as Christine - though who has introduced herself to me as Cary-Beth - has been living under this underpass for at least a year. She was posted about last year: http://chicago.everyblock.com/kindness/apr22-homeless-woman-51st-st-and-lake-park-ave-6099675/ when she accepted medical assistance. Recently, I noticed last Thursday that she was no longer in the area, and in fact her sleeping bag was left empty. I checked with the gas station she goes for snacks at times...

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Hi all -

A woman news reports have referred to as Christine - though who has introduced herself to me as Cary-Beth - has been living under this underpass for at least a year. She was posted about last year: http://chicago.everyblock.com/kindness/apr22-homeless-woman-51st-st-and-lake-park-ave-6099675/ when she accepted medical assistance. Recently, I noticed last Thursday that she was no longer in the area, and in fact her sleeping bag was left empty. I checked with the gas station she goes for snacks at times and they had not seen her. By Sunday, the area was swept clean of all her belongings. Does anyone know if her family members took her in, if she was taken to the hospital or a shelter, or otherwise? I pass by her often and have often chatted with her since I live nearby. Would love to know if anyone has news.

  • To Anne - yes, I agree. I wonder if those were retrieved by friends or family of hers. If she ends up needing a new comforter/chair/grocery cart I would like to help out, but longer term I hope that the court situation that put her under the viaduct resolves itself and she finds a warmer place to stay.

  • The facebook group is called Hyde Park Classics.
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/hpclassics/?ref=br_tf

4 days ago

Police send out warning following burglaries

CPD said there have been two home invasions and burglaries in the area of 53rd Street and Drexel Avenue. In each instance burglar gains entry to a home, threatens the occupants and takes their property.

The first incident was reported at 6:55 a.m. February 17 on the 5300 block of South Drexel Avenue. The subsequent events occurred at 7:45 a.m. February 21st and 24th on the 800 block of East 53rd Street.

The first incident was reported at 6:55 a.m. February 17 on the 5300 block of South Drexel Avenue. The subsequent events occurred at 7:45 a.m. February 21st and 24th on the 800 block of East 53rd Street.

4 days ago

Police warn of home invasions, burglaries in Hyde Park

...broke in, threatened the people inside and stole property. Authorities said a home in the 5300-block of South Drexel Avenue was broken into just before 7 a.m. on Feb. 17. Homes were broken into...

...into just before 7 a.m. on Feb. 17. Homes were broken into in the 800-block of East 53rd Street around 7:45 a.m. on Feb. 21 and Feb. 24. Police have not released...

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Article: Wilson 'retracts' Garcia endorsement, vows to consult supporters first

Millionaire businessman Willie Wilson on Thursday “retracted” his election eve promise to endorse Jesus “Chuy” Garcia over Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the April 7th runoff and said he would consult his supporters before making a move that, he hopes, will elect the next mayor of Chicago.

One day after meeting privately with both Emanuel and Garcia, Wilson talked openly about a subject he says has been shoved under the rug: the historic tension between blacks and Hispanics.

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Millionaire businessman Willie Wilson on Thursday “retracted” his election eve promise to endorse Jesus “Chuy” Garcia over Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the April 7th runoff and said he would consult his supporters before making a move that, he hopes, will elect the next mayor of Chicago.

One day after meeting privately with both Emanuel and Garcia, Wilson talked openly about a subject he says has been shoved under the rug: the historic tension between blacks and Hispanics.

It’s one of the reasons why Wilson is determined to seek input from some of his 48,660 supporters before making an endorsement.

He wants to know how they feel about the rivalry that has forced the two groups to compete against each other for jobs and contracts while immigration leapfrogged over the issue of economic fairness. He needs to know whether they believe Emanuel or Garcia will better deliver for the African-American community.

“There’s a lot of animosity between Hispanics and blacks. African-Americans feel Hispanics are replacing them, even though they’ve been there the longest. They’re getting more contracts and more jobs,” Wilson said.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/7/71/398906/wilson-retracts-garcia-endorsement-vows-consult-supporters-first

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Article: Emanuel on the bubble

Precinct tallies came early, as if the numbers couldn't wait to be heard. They spoke for an electorate that delivered a megadose of humility — of embarrassment, really — to a once-confident incumbent. More than half of Tuesday's voters tried to fire Mayor Rahm Emanuel. They exposed him as beatable. Toe-to-toe with Anybody But Rahm, Emanuel lost.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-emanuel-runoff-garcia-chicago-mayor-edit-0225-20150224-story.html

  • GRD GRD

    With such low turnout, hard to say what's really true here. I think many assumed Rahm would pull it off and didn't bother to come out. The runoff will give us a better idea.

    Hopefully people will get off their bums and vote.

Feb 23

Updated 5 days ago

Best and Worst of Chicago Music

I had an interesting weekend sampling the best and worst of Chicago regarding music, manners and culture.

On Sunday, after a really boring church service (one guy got up and cried!), I spent 3 and a half great hours at a Hyde Park neighborhood tavern, very nice middle aged, mostly African American crowd. There was THE best music I have ever heard on the juke box - 70s, 80s R&B, Blues, Motown, Jazz with melody. I liked it so much...

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I had an interesting weekend sampling the best and worst of Chicago regarding music, manners and culture.

On Sunday, after a really boring church service (one guy got up and cried!), I spent 3 and a half great hours at a Hyde Park neighborhood tavern, very nice middle aged, mostly African American crowd. There was THE best music I have ever heard on the juke box - 70s, 80s R&B, Blues, Motown, Jazz with melody. I liked it so much I ask a woman to dance and we did - some others danced later, nice partner dancing.

In contrast I went to the Chicago Bulls Phoenix Suns basketball game on Saturday, the best seats ever, mid court 10th row. The game was OK, but they played the absolute rock bottom worst music. Lady Gaga *&$*% violent rap &*(*&(. The cheer leaders were attractive, but in tasteless uniforms - gyrating to this terrible music they looked like low down whores!

I try to root for local Chicago teams, but I can't get behind the Bulls as the players and whole culture there seems to promote the worst, lowest class 'Hood culture.

Feb 24

Updated 5 days ago

Article: Emanuel’s ‘tough decisions’ and the future of Chicago schools

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s campaign theme, as you may have noticed, is about being “tough.”

“Rahm Emanuel has made the tough decisions for Chicago’s future and we are seeing the results,” according to one of the ever-present Internet ads that crossed my screen last night.

Looking over the record, though, it’s hard to find major “tough decisions” — where Emanuel risked political capital to go against the popular will — except one: the massive school closing of 2013.

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s campaign theme, as you may have noticed, is about being “tough.”

“Rahm Emanuel has made the tough decisions for Chicago’s future and we are seeing the results,” according to one of the ever-present Internet ads that crossed my screen last night.

Looking over the record, though, it’s hard to find major “tough decisions” — where Emanuel risked political capital to go against the popular will — except one: the massive school closing of 2013.

Getting the city’s finances in order? Whatever he’s done was accomplished with a combination of backdoor fees and fines and refinancing bond debt far into the future. Thousands of city jobs were cut or privatized, but it was done a few hundred at a time. Early in his term, Emanuel reduced library hours and closed half the city’s mental health clinics, for minimal cost savings, but the opposition those moves met ensured he wouldn’t go there again.

Pension reform? Emanuel put in place a scheme that’s likely to be ruled unconstitutional, but only after the election. It was a placeholder for whatever he’s really planning — which he isn’t talking about.

http://chicagoreporter.com/emanuels-tough-decisions-and-the-future-of-chicago-schools/#Chuy2015

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Feb 24

Updated 6 days ago

Cook County Clerk Offcie Still Discriminates Against GLBT Community

The Cook County Clerk Office is still discriminating against the GLBT Community.
On February 15th after being together for 12 years my partner Patrick and I were married surrounded by friends and family. What an exciting time filled with so much love and joy.

On February 19th we went to the office of the Cook County Clerk to turn in our marriage license and apply for copies of our marriage certificate. What an absolute horrible experience. Not only was the...

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The Cook County Clerk Office is still discriminating against the GLBT Community.
On February 15th after being together for 12 years my partner Patrick and I were married surrounded by friends and family. What an exciting time filled with so much love and joy.

On February 19th we went to the office of the Cook County Clerk to turn in our marriage license and apply for copies of our marriage certificate. What an absolute horrible experience. Not only was the person behind the counter indifferent, she was difficult. Then to make the whole thing worse, on the receipt for our marriage certificate they used the language of bride and groom! My partner Patrick and I were standing right in front of this person, she had our marriage license with both our names on it and the words, "spouse and spouse". She did not even spell my name correct on the receipt. She spelled Shane with a "G" at the end. This was supposed to be a special day but all I felt was anger and embarrassment as I was forced to explain why this was wrong and why they needed to fix it, while I was being stared at by everyone in the room.

After all the work and sacrifice our community has made and we still have to deal with this stupid and obvious discrimination.

  • I pity the woman responsible for your unfortunate experience. Clearly shes unhappy; don't let her ignorance cloud your great day.

  • Emily M Pastor, Designer, Hyde Parker (since 2005).

    I'm so sorry to hear that this was your experience. It just serves as a reminder that the work for full inclusion continues. You can't legislate hearts and minds, but laws are a huge step forward. Joy to you and your partner as you begin a new chapter of life together!

  • I was very happy to get this very kind response from David Orr the Cook county Clerk regarding my recent complaint about our marriage certificate:

    Dear Mr. Desautels,

    I am writing in response to your February 24th email in which you described your unpleasant experience on Feb. 19 while purchasing...

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    I was very happy to get this very kind response from David Orr the Cook county Clerk regarding my recent complaint about our marriage certificate:

    Dear Mr. Desautels,

    I am writing in response to your February 24th email in which you described your unpleasant experience on Feb. 19 while purchasing a marriage certificate at our downtown Bureau of Vital Records. Customer satisfaction is something we take very seriously, and I’m sincerely sorry we failed you and your partner.

    While I understand your frustration and disappointment, the problems you experienced were not a result of discrimination. My staff and I pride ourselves on treating every customer with the respect they deserve, and we have enthusiastically welcomed more than 6,500 same-sex couples to our office in the first year of marriage equality.

    Rather, this incident was due to an employee who failed to meet the high standards expected of my employees. The bride-groom error on your receipt was also due to the clerk’s poor performance. All of the official marriage documents – the application, license and certificate – automatically display the titles designated by the couple. Our cashiering receipts, however, must be edited by the clerk. The clerk skipped this last step. We have spoken with and disciplined the employee, and she will be re-trained on how to issue a marriage license.

    I sincerely regret that we did not serve you better. Please accept a refund for the $34 you paid on Feb. 15. We would also like to send you a complimentary commemorative certificate. You can contact Director of Vital Records Brenski Coleman at 312-603-6703 or brenski.coleman@cookcountyil.gov to work out the details.

    Finally, congratulations on your recent marriage. I wish you and Patrick a lifetime of love, joy and laughter.

    Kind regards,
    David Orr
    Cook County Clerk

Feb 22

Updated 6 days ago

Article: No, Chuy, let's not hire a thousand more cops

But voters—and police unions—like the sound of "more cops," so such pledges make good campaign poetry. After Emanuel got elected he began governing in prose, which meant shifting officers around and relying increasingly on overtime rather than fulfilling his pricier promise to hire a thousand new ones.

Now, four years later, Cook County commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia offers himself as a liberal alternative to Emanuel. He's sparing no cliches in the poetry of his campaign. He's "the neighborhoods guy" who...

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But voters—and police unions—like the sound of "more cops," so such pledges make good campaign poetry. After Emanuel got elected he began governing in prose, which meant shifting officers around and relying increasingly on overtime rather than fulfilling his pricier promise to hire a thousand new ones.

Now, four years later, Cook County commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia offers himself as a liberal alternative to Emanuel. He's sparing no cliches in the poetry of his campaign. He's "the neighborhoods guy" who will "empower communities" by "bringing stakeholders to the table." Oh, and he'll hire a thousand extra cops.

"Violent crime is a staggering problem throughout the entire city," he says on his website. (That's not correct. It's a staggering problem in certain neighborhoods, and it appears to be declining citywide.) "I will keep the promise Mayor Emanuel broke—the promise to put 1,000 new police officers on the street. Without those officers, we will never be able to end the heartbreaking violence that has taken the lives of so many of our children."

http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2015/02/20/no-chuy-lets-not-hire-a-thousand-more-cops

  • Rick Roche bronzeville father of 4

    The city can't afford to make pension payments for the current police force. Has Chuy addressed the financial realities? Which taxes would he raise?

  • Erik H Loyola & UofC alumnus, Chicago Loot Drop charity

    At least this time we won't be renting 1,000 cops on overtime for a NATO summit.

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Feb 23

Updated Feb 24

ARTICLE: The next 50 Chicago Public Schools Rahm Emanuel will close

This is it. Tuesday’s mayoral election will either herald King Rahm’s second Chicago coronation or his national embarrassment if he fails to avoid a run-off.

Run-off Rahm. I like the sound of that.

The Chicago media would have you believe that Rahm has it in the bag. They would have you believe there is no reason to vote; so, please, stay home. However, the latest poll shows that it is going to be close and Chicago voters still have the...

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This is it. Tuesday’s mayoral election will either herald King Rahm’s second Chicago coronation or his national embarrassment if he fails to avoid a run-off.

Run-off Rahm. I like the sound of that.

The Chicago media would have you believe that Rahm has it in the bag. They would have you believe there is no reason to vote; so, please, stay home. However, the latest poll shows that it is going to be close and Chicago voters still have the opportunity to decide this election...as they should.

For concerned parents with children in the Austin/North Lawndale, Englewood/Gresham, Burnham Park, Fullerton, Fulton, Garfield/Humboldt, Lake Calumet, Pershing, Midway, Pilsen/Little Village, Ravenswood/Ridge, Rock Island, and Skyway network of Chicago Public Schools, let me remind you that, after all the grief he has caused you and your families, you have reason to give Rahm Emanuel run-off grief now. Both of my parents were Chicago Public School teachers so I understand and share your concerns.

http://www.chicagonow.com/kelly-truth-squad/2015/02/the-next-50-chicago-public-schools-rahm-emanuel-will-close/

  • Sara Brandt New South Loop Resident

    Please also consider voting on other issues such as crime, unemployment and animal welfare. Don't assume the incumbent has it and not vote. There is often a low voter turnout so individual votes can make a difference.

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

    Today's ballot includes mayor, alderman, treasurer, city clerk, and in 37 wards, elected school board or not.

Feb 24

Article: Election 2015: Will Emanuel Avoid A Runoff?

The big question mark ahead of Chicago's municipal election Tuesday is whether Mayor Rahm Emanuel will secure the 50 percent plus one vote needed to avoid a runoff.

A poll conducted Sunday by Ogden and Fry showed Emanuel holding his lead in the race with more than 48 percent of the vote, though the survey has a margin of error of 3.68 percent.

It remains too close to determine whether the four mayoral challengers -- Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd), Cook...

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The big question mark ahead of Chicago's municipal election Tuesday is whether Mayor Rahm Emanuel will secure the 50 percent plus one vote needed to avoid a runoff.

A poll conducted Sunday by Ogden and Fry showed Emanuel holding his lead in the race with more than 48 percent of the vote, though the survey has a margin of error of 3.68 percent.

It remains too close to determine whether the four mayoral challengers -- Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd), Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, community activist William Walls and businessman Willie Wilson -- will pull Emanuel, a former congressman and chief of staff to President Barack Obama, under the threshold he needs to win re-election outright, according to the polling firm's memo.

If the race is forced into a runoff, the two top candidates will go head-to-head in an April 7 runoff. Garcia, who entered the mayoral contest with support from Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis after she opted against running due to health issues, has been placing second in the polls.

The possibility of a runoff hinges on voter turnout, polls have suggested. According to the Chicago Election Board of Commissioners, 90,000 Chicagoans took advantage of early voting this year, a 23 percent increase compared to the 2011 municipal election, in which Emanuel was elected to his first term.

http://www.progressillinois.com/posts/content/2015/02/23/election-2015-will-emanuel-avoid-runoff

Feb 24

Catching Up With Chicago Mayoral Challenger Fioretti On Election Day Morning (VIDEO)

Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd), one of four Chicago mayoral challengers taking on incumbent Rahm Emanuel in Tuesday's municipal election, voted this morning at his polling place with his fiance Nicki Pecori.

Fioretti talked with reporters after casting his ballot shortly after 7 a.m. at Van Buren Place, an assisted living facility located at 1504 W. Van Buren St. in the city's 28th Ward. During the 2012 ward remap, Fioretti was drawn out of his original 2nd Ward and into the...

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Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd), one of four Chicago mayoral challengers taking on incumbent Rahm Emanuel in Tuesday's municipal election, voted this morning at his polling place with his fiance Nicki Pecori.

Fioretti talked with reporters after casting his ballot shortly after 7 a.m. at Van Buren Place, an assisted living facility located at 1504 W. Van Buren St. in the city's 28th Ward. During the 2012 ward remap, Fioretti was drawn out of his original 2nd Ward and into the 28th Ward, currently represented by Ald. Jason Ervin, who faces no aldermanic challengers this election.

After casting their ballots, Pecori told Fioretti, "I'm proud of you," and the two shared a kiss.

Fioretti told reporters he believes his "message has resonated" with voters, adding that he has put forward "realistic solutions to deal with the problems of the future."

"We're facing a fiscal problem," Fioretii said, noting that if the city's financial issues are addressed "the right way, we won't have to raise property taxes, and I hope the mayor heard what I was saying many of times, because if we raise property taxes one more time in this city, we're going to see another urban flight in addition to what's happening now in this city."

http://progressillinois.com/quick-hits/content/2015/02/24/catching-mayoral-challenger-ald-bob-fioretti-election-day-morning

Feb 24

Go Vote and Punch 3 for Bob Fioretti!

Get Ready for Fioretti!

Feb 23

Updated Feb 24

Audio: Bob Fioretti on why voters should vote for him

"I have always fought for what I believe- even on the floor of the city council." - Alderman Bob Fioretti on WBEZ

https://soundcloud.com/afternoonshiftwbez/bob-fioretti-on-why-voters-should-choose-him

  • I was at mollison school at 5:30 and waited till 6 when they opened,went in and they were not set up ,i still waited ten more minutes,still not ready,so i had leave for work.I won't be able to make it later because i get off @ 6:00 coming from ohare on the Kennedy.

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

    Rob, you should definitely report your experience to the Board of Elections! Terrible!
    Better luck tonight!

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