18 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

How Would Rate the Use of the Englewood Neighborhood TIF?

There is 20+ Million Dollars in the Englewood Neighborhood TIF district.

Link here for the report: https://data.cityofchicago.org/Community-Economic-Development/TIF-Projection-Reports-Englewood-Neighborhood/cp88-5t4f?

Do you think this TIF District is meeting the goals as outlined in the 10 year status report? How would you rate the progress and effectiveness? What are some examples you can cite?

Excerpt from the 10 Year Status Report - "The goal is to help assemble land for a variety of redevelopment purposes within the Englewood and West Englewood communities, including new...

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There is 20+ Million Dollars in the Englewood Neighborhood TIF district.

Link here for the report: https://data.cityofchicago.org/Community-Economic-Development/TIF-Projection-Reports-Englewood-Neighborhood/cp88-5t4f?

Do you think this TIF District is meeting the goals as outlined in the 10 year status report? How would you rate the progress and effectiveness? What are some examples you can cite?

Excerpt from the 10 Year Status Report - "The goal is to help assemble land for a variety of redevelopment purposes within the Englewood and West Englewood communities, including new institutional uses, mixed-income housing development and rehabilitation, light industrial uses, retail development and rehabilitation, and related initiatives. Funds are targeted for site assembly and preparation costs, rehabilitation work, public works projects, job training, and day care."

Go here to download the entire report - http://ragenglewood.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/t_106_englewood_10yr.pdf

  • Tina Hammond Childcare provider in the Englewood community

    I have only seen the mall on 69th and Ashland with the Food for Less and the school that is not in the ward I live in Miles Davis.It never gets on my block it stops at 67th so we couldn't get any improvements on our block.Too much money has come through but not solved issues that it was meant to solve.

  • e m bone retired

    RIP off Avenue: If it wasn't so serious, it would be laughable.....TIF in the Hood! Its just not an Englewood problem. Year in and year out, bogus politically connected contracts are let for non existent projects, money ate up and nothing to show for it. The few things that you...

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    RIP off Avenue: If it wasn't so serious, it would be laughable.....TIF in the Hood! Its just not an Englewood problem. Year in and year out, bogus politically connected contracts are let for non existent projects, money ate up and nothing to show for it. The few things that you do see being worked on, is surrounded by workers with out of state license plates on their cars. I think I got the biggest kick out of the CTA red line do over, you know the red line with the majority stops and users in the Black neighborhoods, the contracted community consultant for this program at a cost of $250,000.00 was given to a White woman by the name of Sandi Llano, ain't that a kicker. We still don't have Bobby Rush's Community Tech Center, can't seen to find the $1 million of SBC money or the $175,000.00 from the State, then there's Jesse Brunt and his cable companies fraud another multi million dollar walk away project. There the 2 white guys Giovenco and Palmer who where able to successfully secure $8 Mil in sub-contracts by fending as a minority own business, they hired some sap Black guy as the pasty....Black guy Jerome Mayes pocketed $15K, Porter got $1.8 Mil, Giovenco walked with $800,00.00, even when stealing black guy walk away with the crumbs. Rep. Will Davis (d) wife Jaclin Davis took in a salary of $137,000.00 for the Neighborhood Initiative Program, than we had Regina and Ron Evan and their "We are our brothers keeper" program, go down in flame, when the "MONEY got Funny)! I mean this stuff goes on and on, where its going to stop, nobody knows!

17 hours ago

Where is the outRAGE about UNUSED $7M for Job Training in Englewood?

$7M dollars is designated for job training and retraining in the Englewood Neighborhood TIF District. Download the full report at the link below, go to page 2 line item #6 Job Training and Retraining Line Item.

Excerpt from Englewood Neighborhood TIF 10 year Report about job creation -

"Permanent job creation associated with private, non-residential and completed TIF-supported projects (see Redevelopment Agreement Projects in Exhibit 8) can be estimated using industry benchmarks and other available sources. The Englewood Neighborhood RPA...

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$7M dollars is designated for job training and retraining in the Englewood Neighborhood TIF District. Download the full report at the link below, go to page 2 line item #6 Job Training and Retraining Line Item.

Excerpt from Englewood Neighborhood TIF 10 year Report about job creation -

"Permanent job creation associated with private, non-residential and completed TIF-supported projects (see Redevelopment Agreement Projects in Exhibit 8) can be estimated using industry benchmarks and other available sources. The Englewood Neighborhood RPA currently does not have any completed private projects, therefore no permanent job creation has been estimated to occur between 2001 and 2011."

So in 10 years we have not secured permanent job creation in an area with high crime and increasing unemployment rates? Is everyone to blame for this mess? Our Mayor? Alderman? Churches? Residents? Organizations? Etc? How can we as the community demand that these funds be put to good use?

Full report here: http://ragenglewood.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/t_106_englewood_10yr.pdf

2 days ago

Updated 35 hours ago

"Englewood Back to School Parade" Community Meeting

The "Englewood Back to School Parade" is returning this year "August 23rd" Please come out to the community meetings scheduled every 1st & 3rd Wednesday of every month......6:30pm sharp! Meetings are held at Ogden Park 6500 S. Racine......Volunteers are needed to make this historical event a success.......We are looking for sponsors! Let's go Englewood.......

Apr 05

Updated Apr 09

Website Helps Neighbors Buy Vacant Lots for $1

It was big news in Greater Englewood in March when the City of Chicago announced that it would begin a pilot Large Lot Program that allowed nearby homeowners, block clubs and nonprofit groups to buy vacant lots for just $1.

But the application deadline is April 21 and there are a lot of steps in the process, from identifying the available lots to establishing eligibility and then filing the application.

Now there's an app for that: http://largelots.org

Read more here: http://www.lisc-chicago.org/blog/9

  • PBarry Rogers Park since '61

    Excellent question about property taxes. The good programmers at DataMade have added a link to property tax data, in response to this thread, but since the lots have been city owned they show up with $0 property tax liability.

    We'll have to look to the city and county to provide some guidance on this, as it's a valid question. One wouldn't take on a property without knowing the potential tax liability; it would be like buying a car without thinking about the gas mileage.

  • PBarry Rogers Park since '61

    Large Lots was featured on ABC7 News tonight, focusing on plans to buy three lots by Tina Harbin and the Harvard Yale Homeowners Assn. More than 150 people have applied for the $1 lots.

    http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local/chicago_news&id=9498064

Apr 09

Green Healthy Neighborhood Plan Approve - Now What?

There are several development plans that are being proposed for the Washington Park, Woodlawn & Englewood Communities. Please join the Washington Park Chamber of Commerce for a discussion with The Law Project of the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to talk about the importance of a Community Benefits Agreement.

Let's join together, block by block, community by community, once and for all for the call of Unity in our communities!

WE NEED A COMMUNITY BENEFITS AGREEMENT..... AND...

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There are several development plans that are being proposed for the Washington Park, Woodlawn & Englewood Communities. Please join the Washington Park Chamber of Commerce for a discussion with The Law Project of the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to talk about the importance of a Community Benefits Agreement.

Let's join together, block by block, community by community, once and for all for the call of Unity in our communities!

WE NEED A COMMUNITY BENEFITS AGREEMENT..... AND WE MUST WORK TOGETHER!
Monday, April 14th, 2014
6:30p.m.-8:00p.m.
Ace Charter Tech High School
5410 South State
Chicago, Illinois 60609
(The meeting will be held in the lunchroom)

For more information: Please contact
washingtonparkcc@comcast.net or (773) 955-0199

Sincerely,

Donna Hampton-Smith
President and CEO
Washington Park Chamber of Commerce

Apr 07

Help Us Help Our Youth - Vote for Urban Prep Englewood Campus!!

Please take 30 seconds to vote for RAGE project with Urban Prep Englewood Campus students Pride of Solidarity - Trick'd Out Open Spaces! We need your votes to make this idea a reality!

Here is the link: http://promo.sociallev.com/7cdpb2/vote/f...

Thank you in advance for the support!

Apr 07

Youth Violence Prevention

How do YOU plan to participate in #NYVPW? How will you show your commitment to being #violencefree?

National Youth Violence Prevention Week April 7-11, 2014

The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness through education and open discussion about how we all can play a role in preventing youth violence. As part of this campaign, we will be promoting specific areas to address these issues including investment in young people, access to mental health services, gun violence prevention, juvenile...

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How do YOU plan to participate in #NYVPW? How will you show your commitment to being #violencefree?

National Youth Violence Prevention Week April 7-11, 2014

The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness through education and open discussion about how we all can play a role in preventing youth violence. As part of this campaign, we will be promoting specific areas to address these issues including investment in young people, access to mental health services, gun violence prevention, juvenile justice and adolescent development, and healthy communities. Bring YOUR voice to the conversation and learn how YOU can impact change in your life, family, and community.

To volunteer to serve in violence prevention programs and activities in your community, send your resume to: A Work of Faith Human Resources awofhr@awofinc.org Keyword VPC

Mar 24

View 2014 Summer Day Camp Program Offerings Now!

The Chicago Park District is the hot spot for kids this summer. For the ultimate summer camp experience, look no further than your local park! With a variety of camp offerings, you're sure to find an option to match your needs.

Camp programs can be found at more than 200 parks throughout the city where children enjoy water fun, field trips, athletic activities and cultural experiences.

Online Summer Registration begins on April 7 for parks west of California and on April 8 for parks east of California. Make your wishlists now to save time. http://tinyurl.com/lelmx2c

Mar 24

Buying Vacant Land for $1 in Englewood

As you may have heard in the news the Large Lot Program is piloting in Englewood as a part of the Green Healthy Neighborhood Land Use Plan. If you are a HOMEOWNER IN ENGLEWOOD and you are interested in applying for the Large Lot Program (Lot of $1). Please note, you must be be free of any city debts and show proof of a deed.

For more info regarding the application you can contact:

Jeanne Chandler
City of Chicago
Dept of Planning & Development
121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 905
Chicago, IL 60602
312-744-0605

Download your application here: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dcd/supp_info/large-lot-program.html

Mar 24

Don't forget to Tune in to RAGE Final Episode!

On Thursday - March 27th - RAGE will air its final episode for the season of the Englewood Call on Thursday, Channel 21 on CANTV at 7:30pm.

Don't worry because we will be back at it this summer! You can tune in to channel 21 or stream live on cantv.org/live and don't forget to call us at 312-738-1060 during that time!

If you missed this season, you can access our past shows here: www.youtube.com/Ragenglewood

Enjoy!!

Mar 13

Updated Mar 18

Green Healthy Neighborhood Land Use Plan Approval

The Green Healthy Neighborhoods DRAFT plan will go before the Chicago Plan Commission on Thursday, March 20 at 1:00 p.m., City Hall, 2nd Floor, City Council Chambers. Download the draft here: http://www.cmap.illinois.gov/documents/10180/92410/GHN+Doc+20140121.pdf/970de040-99bc-41a3-ad5b-92453fcc4639

Green Healthy Neighborhoods or GHN is a 10- to 20-year planning strategy to maximize use of vacant land and other neighborhood resources within seven communities, including Englewood and West Englewood. The GHN strategy provides recommendations involving our housing, retail, manufacturing, green infrastructure, urban agriculture and productive landscapes, historic resources, and open space. Viewers are encouraged to attend and testify in support or not in support of the plan....Please visit http://www.cmap.illinois.gov/programs-and-resources/lta/ghn-chicago for additional project information!

Mar 08

Updated Mar 10

Electrician

Looking for electrician to do sum light fixtures install in my house..

  • MrC Raised in, and serving the Englewood Community

    I have been using the same general contractor for my homes for about 10 years now. I haven't found the same quality of work and reasonable prices elsewhere. His name is Mr. Jones, and his number is 773-317-8571. Give him a call. You won't be disappointed.

  • MECO Power, Inc. MECO Power, Inc.

    Might we help? www.meyelecco.com

Feb 27

Updated Mar 04

How did the Englewood Alderman score for the February report card?

Check out these grades compiled by the Blocks of Good Government who surveyed businesses and residents: 3rd Ward – Grade C - 6th Ward – Grade B - 15th Ward – Grade C - 16th Ward – Grade C - 17th Ward – Grade D - 20th Ward – Grade D - Is this an accurate assessment? Share your thoughts!

  • Sy Smith Founder of anti violence organization.

    Jeff, this will be my final energy spent on you. I am U.S. military veteran that swore to die for all Americans and/or our interests, I can choose to run for any seat that I am qualified for and reserve the right to do so. I live in Gary Indiana...

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    Jeff, this will be my final energy spent on you. I am U.S. military veteran that swore to die for all Americans and/or our interests, I can choose to run for any seat that I am qualified for and reserve the right to do so. I live in Gary Indiana so I will not be running for anything that you should be interested in. What I will do is defend the interest of the people that reside within the targeted 20 Chicago zip codes, whether you like it or not. Your tone and demeanor within these interactions are very questionable as to your motivation. I contribute time and a lot of resources to personally invest in the lives of people and I do not have to respond or answer to you and your suspect curiosity.

    You spoke about the unscientific measures used, which indicates to me your conformity to mainstream systems and measures, I do not subscribe to other’s measures, my people has long history of executing at a very high level with your system measures of sometimes a 3rd grade education so please excuse me for not being up to your standards and the conformity you embody within their system. Your mental state to emotionally challenge something that could be made more effective really says a lot more about you than the possible hidden agenda you claim R.A.G.E has. You appear to be fault finding type of person, not sure what track record are you standing on? Who is in your corner? Are you an internet activist? Please do not answer these questions because I will not be logging back in. I use all 86,400 seconds a day to impact lives, I just wanted everyone to hear from the "horse's mouth" why we have the Blocks of Good Government report cards. Have a fulfilling life Jeff, because I surely will- helping others not finding fault in them.

  • Cheryl A. Former long time Englewood resident

    Peace...Sy.

Mar 04

Death

Debra Dolling pased away 6922 S Justine. You will be missed

Mar 03

Book Launch

My first novel as a published author was launched on December 13th 2013. My Vacation From Hell, 28 Days in Jamaica, is now available to purchase on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, or the publisher Direct Xlibris.com. I will be having a book signing at my church St Benedict the Africa West, which 10% of my book sales will be donated to the church. I will post the date and time, when the weather breaks. Please support me and my church as well.

Feb 27

Updated Feb 28

Good News for Englewood!

What other station can you tune in to hear good news about Englewood reported by residents for residents! Only on the Englewood Call hosted by RAGE tonight at 7:30pm on channel 21, or stream live at http://cantv.org/live

Check us out!

Feb 25

Your Voice is Important - Earn a $25.00 Gift Card!!

Earn a $25.00 gift card for 90 minutes of your time telling us about your daily life as a Englewood resident. RAGE and IIT are working together on an exciting project to talk to Englewood residents about imagining a local public space that works for you and your family. Call our ID team today to see if you qualify at 708·613·0452 or email project.publicspace@gmail.com!!

Our mission is to organize people and resources to force a change in the Englewood
community...

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Earn a $25.00 gift card for 90 minutes of your time telling us about your daily life as a Englewood resident. RAGE and IIT are working together on an exciting project to talk to Englewood residents about imagining a local public space that works for you and your family. Call our ID team today to see if you qualify at 708·613·0452 or email project.publicspace@gmail.com!!

Our mission is to organize people and resources to force a change in the Englewood
community through: Youth/Teens/Economic Development and Residential Power.

IIT Institute of Design (ID) is a graduate school dedicated to use design methods to come up with solutions for social innovation. About IIT Institute of Design IIT Institute of Design (ID) is a graduate school dedicated to use design methods to come up
with solutions for social innovation.

Looking forward to hearing your stories!

Feb 18

Updated Feb 23

Is the Norfolk Southern Land Grab Affecting You?

As you know, Norfolk Southern is expanding their freight yard in Englewood and has demolished many homes in the area from 55th-61st from Wallace to Stewart....If you currently live in the area or was a former resident how has this land grab impacted your livelihood? We have heard that city services have decreased, there are more raccoons and possums in the area, as well as issues with the demolitions....Is that true? Share your story....The attached picture is where the CHA homes were located...

  • Black Metropolis Convention & Tourism Council (BMC&TC) is very aware of the land grab effecting the African American community on the south lakefront region of Chicago. BMC&TC is in a collaborative partnership, working relationship with Michael Howard and Eden Place Nature Center in the Fuller Park and Armour Square communities,...

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    Black Metropolis Convention & Tourism Council (BMC&TC) is very aware of the land grab effecting the African American community on the south lakefront region of Chicago. BMC&TC is in a collaborative partnership, working relationship with Michael Howard and Eden Place Nature Center in the Fuller Park and Armour Square communities, east of the B&O Railroad track line at Stewart Avenue between 35th Street and Garfield Boulevard.

    Our focus is on Eco-tourism, travel and urban gardening.

    Please review the www.cmap.illinois.gov/bmnhac to get a regional perspective of development of the Black Metropolis National Heritage Area on the south side of Chicago!

    Here is a Chicago Tribune article in today's paper about tourism in Chicago:

    BMC&TC wants to work collaboratively with RAGE on heritage tourism development initiatives in the historic Englewood commuity

    Rosenthal: Time to heat up Chicago tourism in winter

    Visitor spending seems to drop with each degree of wind chill factor. The city should do more to create indoor attractions so appealing that not even winter will keep people away.

    Call us!

    Virtually,

    Harold L. Lucas

    1-773-819-2055

    www.bviconline.info

  • RAGE-Resident Association of Greater Englewood Residents united for positive change!

    Photo credit by Deborah Payne

  • I grew up in the area where Norfolk Southern is grabbing up all the land. My Mom still has a home there. Been there for more than thirty years. Yes, City service has slowed to almost a stop. Basically I think Norfolk Southern has made a deal with the City...

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    I grew up in the area where Norfolk Southern is grabbing up all the land. My Mom still has a home there. Been there for more than thirty years. Yes, City service has slowed to almost a stop. Basically I think Norfolk Southern has made a deal with the City to keep the area clean. It has become a dumping ground. Most of the vacant buildings that they purchased, are not boarded up, lots are over grown with thick brush during the summer. I really hope that The Alderman cares about the people that are still there and have not given up on those who voted him in office. So, with that being said. I have not seen or heard from the person that is responsible for that area and represent the people of the ward. This winter it was hard to get the snow plows to go down the side streets. I've made some calls, just to get the side streets plowed. I think they are using scare tactics to get the other residents to get out quick. Which is something that others feel the same way too.

Feb 20

Are you missing the RAGE Weekly TV Show on CANTV?

In case you are missing our live weekly call in show CANTV Channel 21 at 7:30pm every Thursday.

You can catch many of our past shows on our youtube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/RAGEnglewood

Take a look and send us your feedback, show ideas and your Good in Englewood stories!

Feb 18

Updated Feb 18

Inciting Change in the Community

I am the co-founder o a non profit organization called City Incite. Please check out our newsletter that talks about what we do. http://eepurl.com/OabF9

Feb 18

Time for Englewood Residents to Unite - Join RAGE Today!

Are you an Englewood residents looking to join forces with other residents to take action in the community? Have you heard about the efforts of R.A.G.E. and want to learn more? Well complete an application and let's get to work!

Join here: http://ragenglewood.org/become-a-member-of-rage/

Any questions contact us at 866-845-1032 or email us at joinrage@gmail.com

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