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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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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!

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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 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.

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    Your credit is no good here anyway.

  • 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!

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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 .

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    All the gentrification does is push kids further away from downtown where the jobs are.

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    To ignore the planned regentrification of Bronzeville, as federal funds generated by the Obama administration, are being utilized to subsidize upscale developments that benefit the new gentry, at the expense of lower and moderate income African-American is racist and demonstrates class stratification!

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Piano for sell

Baldwin studio piano for sell, and in good condition. Time to say goodbye to piano, as our piano player has moved on after graduation.

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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.

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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.

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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/

Dec 06

Updated 17 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,
Jxxxxxx Bxxxx

  • 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 23 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

23 hours ago

Fioretti Proposes Ways to Reduce Crime Before Police Department Budget Hearing

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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....

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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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Free Redbox DVD Rental Promo Code

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

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Free Redbox DVD Rental Promo Code!!!

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

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Free Redbox DVD Rental Promo Code!!

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

3 days ago

Updated 45 hours 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 46 hours 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.

47 hours ago

A Taste of Hyde Park

Do you have friends and co-workers who don't live in the area but always talk about how they should come visit someday?
Give them the gift of Hyde Park this holiday season!

http://www.groupon.com/deals/a-taste-of-hyde-park-1

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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Advocates claim victory as U. of C. prepares to treat 16- and 17-year-old trauma patients

Two days after announcing their victory trauma center advocates marched to Obama’s Kenwood house, at Greenwood Avenue and Hyde Park Boulevard, to deliver a letter to the first couple.

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The trauma center at Comer Children’s Hospital, 5721 S. Maryland Ave., is the only level 1 trauma center on the South Side. Patients who experience traumatic...

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Nov 30

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Our local homeless peoples

Well, today I saw how we (they?) handle the (mentally ill, homeless, lost souls) in Hyde Park. A "cleanup" crew consisting of a garbage truck and a supervisor in a Streets and Sanitation pickup took most of the (anyone know his name?) stuff (personal belongings?) from the man under the 55th Street viaduct and removed it.

Notice the lack of specific information in that paragraph. Who is this man? Is he a benign being or a ticking time bomb? Who...

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Well, today I saw how we (they?) handle the (mentally ill, homeless, lost souls) in Hyde Park. A "cleanup" crew consisting of a garbage truck and a supervisor in a Streets and Sanitation pickup took most of the (anyone know his name?) stuff (personal belongings?) from the man under the 55th Street viaduct and removed it.

Notice the lack of specific information in that paragraph. Who is this man? Is he a benign being or a ticking time bomb? Who sent the trucks? Why wasn't there a person there to offer him help? Now what happens? We bring him more blankets to write on because it will be freezing tonight and the cycle starts all over again.

I admit, the pile of leftover food he made in the middle of the street this weekend was a digusting mess and the pigeons were loving it. Was this a message about Thanksgiving? Was it his way of showing us we have more than enough to eat, more than he can eat, more than the fowl can consume?

I don't know. But one thing about Hyde Park, it is a safe place for people like this to inhabit. That's not a bad thing. I just wish we would talk about it more. There's a lady in a chair on 51st. A man writing (is it jibberish, or a message?) on 55th. There's Pierre on 53rd and Blackstone (if you don't buy, sell, or trade with him, you should) and several more that we rarely see.

They are the invisible people. But only to those of us who don't want to see them.

Discuss.

  • FitMom Neighborhood Blogger

    Maybe this organization can help. A Safe haven 7734358300

  • sean els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    Mentally I'll people need more than a "home".

    It's PC propaganda that the problem is because mean rich people have denied these people homes and that they are just like the rest of us, only they don't have a home.

    Crazy people can and do destructive things like that crazy Islamic extremist who just killed hostages in Australia after living a hateful crazy, extremist life for many years.

2 days ago

Apartment landlord TLC expands in suburbs

Handler also has beefed up his city portfolio. TLC ventures recently paid a combined $4.3 million for two apartment buildings in Hyde Park, Handler said. The ventures acquired a 36-unit building at 5135 S. Blackstone Ave. and a 41-unit building at 5111 S. University Ave., he said.

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Handler also has beefed up his city portfolio. TLC ventures recently paid a combined $4.3 million for two apartment buildings in Hyde Park, Handler said. The ventures acquired a 36-unit building at 5135 S. Blackstone Ave. and a 41-unit building at 5111 S. University Ave., he said.

3 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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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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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!!!

Dec 09

Updated 4 days ago

Apartment cleaning services

Hello. I'm looking for someone to clean my apartment on a monthly basis. Does anyone know of someone in the Hyde Park area they can recommend?

  • Try Sweeping Dimensions. The owner is Lari Diaz. You can google them for their number. We have been using them off and on for years and they do an excellent job. They bring their own equipment including a great vacuum cleaner.

  • HP via Naija Active Neighbor

    @Bunnieface -

    Actually I misread the comment.. My apologies..

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Dear Hyde Parkers,

See the attached pic, it's your neighborhood in BLUE. You may have noticed, that there have been numerous attempts made on EB, over the past year, to enlist your support in making your blue fade. Your 'blue' being, your safety. There are a few loud misguided hypersensitives in our midst's, that want you to question the way UCPD conducts their business, despite the fact that UCPD has clearly proven for decades to do their job by far better than CPD....

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See the attached pic, it's your neighborhood in BLUE. You may have noticed, that there have been numerous attempts made on EB, over the past year, to enlist your support in making your blue fade. Your 'blue' being, your safety. There are a few loud misguided hypersensitives in our midst's, that want you to question the way UCPD conducts their business, despite the fact that UCPD has clearly proven for decades to do their job by far better than CPD.

Don't take my word for it, see for yourself, the bigger picture.
http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/il/chicago/crime/

Then bring into consideration, CPD's "good works" in Chatham, Woodlawn (my neighborhood) and the west side. Clearly none of their strategies, good or bad, have worked.
https://chicago.everyblock.com/crime-posts/mar05-keeping-close-eye-cpds-glenn-evans-6021064/

So in short, support your UCPD.

  • While there are certainly factors in the crime rate other than the quality of the police forces, I would agree that the UCPD does appear to keep Hyde Park/Kenwood safe. I can say at least that as someone who grew up in HP, I always felt safe with UCPD around....

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    While there are certainly factors in the crime rate other than the quality of the police forces, I would agree that the UCPD does appear to keep Hyde Park/Kenwood safe. I can say at least that as someone who grew up in HP, I always felt safe with UCPD around.

    I witnessed a mugging a few years ago (I was about a block away) and ran to a UC emergency phone. I'd say an unmarked UCPD car came within 1-2 minutes, and after about five minutes, at least three UCPD cars had stopped. One was taking statements and at least one cruised the area looking for the perpetrators. A CPD car came around this time as well, but clearly UCPD were on the scene in amazing time. And this was for a very low-level crime, an un-armed robbery.

6 days ago

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 :(.

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