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Did You Apply for the $1 Large Lot Program?

If you applied for the Large Lot program, www.largelots.org we want to hear from you. Did you find the process difficult? Easy? Confusing?

April 21st was the deadline if you apply prior to this date we would love to hear about the first phase of your experience

  • Tina Hammond Childcare provider in the Englewood community

    Yes I did apply,the only thing that was confusing is the majority the application did not pertain to me.So the notary almost didn't notarize it.Other than that I was glad that I was able to apply,weird things there are at least 3 other lots that are vacant that are private...

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    Yes I did apply,the only thing that was confusing is the majority the application did not pertain to me.So the notary almost didn't notarize it.Other than that I was glad that I was able to apply,weird things there are at least 3 other lots that are vacant that are private owned.The city says they will take the lot back if u don't keep it clean,yet I have been cleaning them since I've been on the block,so should they take them from the private owners whom I've never seen in 12years.They are holding on until the value of the community comes back and they have the neighborhood the way they want it.So sad how they allow the Black neighborhoods to just waste away.There are things that are out of our control but the city and news will make outsiders believe see how they live when we didn't foreclose on properties the Banks did.Prayfully the lots will help beautify the neighborhoods and the news won't say crime ridden they will say the Good that is in E.W and I have been here for a long time.

  • Happy making better choices

    Although your effort is great Tina, don't clean those lots or the city assumes the owner is taking care of it. Report the lot bc for garbage and stuff so you have report numbers and the city has a paper trail of contacting the owner as proof they don't do anything. I file complaints on a building near me at least once a month, so that owner is held accountable.

  • Tina Hammond Childcare provider in the Englewood community

    I have to clean them the city only cuts the grass when I call,they don't clean them so that is the paper trail.It would be Rat city if left alone,children pass through on their way to school they deserve better than walking over mounds of garbage,

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Love At It's Best Praise and Worship Extravaganza!!!

Love At It's Best Praise and Worship Extravaganza!!!

Joshua Montague & Divine Purpose from Chicago, Pastor William Martin (Pastor of True Vine Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago) and so many more anointed ministrels and worshipers will be going radical for Jesus!

Special and anointed guest dancers, singers, choirs, minstrels, ministers and more all under one roof lifting up the name of Jesus together while caring for the poor- God's special beloved people!

Bring out the tambourines because we're going to...

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Love At It's Best Praise and Worship Extravaganza!!!

Joshua Montague & Divine Purpose from Chicago, Pastor William Martin (Pastor of True Vine Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago) and so many more anointed ministrels and worshipers will be going radical for Jesus!

Special and anointed guest dancers, singers, choirs, minstrels, ministers and more all under one roof lifting up the name of Jesus together while caring for the poor- God's special beloved people!

Bring out the tambourines because we're going to have a foot-stomping, hands clapping, knees bending, hands raising, shouting, dancing, lay-on-your-face good praise and worship time with the lord and His bride! So you don't want to miss it!!

Dates:
Thursday, April 24, 2014 @ 6pm- 10pm
Friday, April 25, 2014 @ 6pm- 10pm
Saturday, April 26, 2014 @ 6pm- 10pm

***Refreshments and raffle cash prizes of $50- $100 will be held after each service in dinning hall from 9:15pm- 10pm***

Location:
Temple of the Living Word
401 W. 69th St. (69th and Stewart)
Chicago, IL 60621
Pastor Lawrence Barnes, Host Pastor

Help us bless men, women and children in Engelwood and Roseland communities with heartfelt and much needed donations!

Contact us at Giveandchangelives@yahoo.com; and Facebook Group Page @ "Give and Change Lives" for any questions, concerns and additional information.

Please check out this event at Eventbrite.com, the Link is below:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/love-at-its-best-praise-and-worship-extravaganza-tickets-11339943075

Please help change someone's life now!
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Truancy In Chicago Public Schools Taskforce Public Hearing

Truancy in Chicago Public Schools Task Force notice of public hearing, on April 28, 2014, Urban Partnership Bank - Community Room, 7801 S. State Street 2nd Floor, from 5:00pm - 7:00pm. Doors open at 5:00pm * Hearing begins at 5:30pm. ADA accomodations available. Hablamos Espanol. Hosted by Senator Jacqueline Collins, and Co-hosted by Representative Linda Chapa LaVia.

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Wednesdays at Wood Street Organic Farm Stand Season Begins with Free Produce !

Wednesdays at Wood Street kicks off May 7th at the Wood Street Urban Farm, 5814 S Wood Street. Every Wednesday, rain or shine, from 11am - 4pm visitors can take a relaxing tour of the Wood and Honore Street farms, shop the organic farm stand, see a cooking demonstration, share recipes with neighbors and and all of the other great things that go on at Wednesdays at Wood Street. 

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Truancy in Chicago Public Schools Task Force Public Hearing

Truancy in Chicago Public Schools Task Force Public Hearing

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Ward Clean-Up

Candidate for Alderman of the 21st Ward Doris Lewis Brooks reminds us to don't forget about the alleys during clean up. "On a lot of our blocks there are abandon buildings that have accumulated a lot of trash such as paper, dead leaves, plastic bags and other garbage in the alley behind them.. We need to take the approach that if any part of the alley is garbage strewn, it makes the whole alley look bad. Also, garbage build up...

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Candidate for Alderman of the 21st Ward Doris Lewis Brooks reminds us to don't forget about the alleys during clean up. "On a lot of our blocks there are abandon buildings that have accumulated a lot of trash such as paper, dead leaves, plastic bags and other garbage in the alley behind them.. We need to take the approach that if any part of the alley is garbage strewn, it makes the whole alley look bad. Also, garbage build up in any part of the alleys can provide a haven for rodents. There are people that have seen rodents so big, they though they were baby cats. When cleaning alleys, don't forget about the shrubs and trees that have grown along the edge of the alley. Cutting them down will also help prevent rodent infestation as well as helping to eliminate hiding places for sexual predators.

  • Tina Hammond Childcare provider in the Englewood community

    So true,we need to have pride in our communities again!!!!!!!!!!11

Apr 03

Updated 2 days ago

What Should Englewood do with our Closed Schools?

RAGE has been at the forefront of the school repurposing issue since last year before the "list" was revealed. We recommended to "independent" commission to leave all of our schools open but if the district made the decision to close a school it should be repurposed to meet the needs of the community. We then submitted draft plans for two of the schools in the area based off of feedback from residents and organizations to district and push the fact...

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RAGE has been at the forefront of the school repurposing issue since last year before the "list" was revealed. We recommended to "independent" commission to leave all of our schools open but if the district made the decision to close a school it should be repurposed to meet the needs of the community. We then submitted draft plans for two of the schools in the area based off of feedback from residents and organizations to district and push the fact that community needs to be at the forefront of these conversations. Then, it September a School Repurposing Council was developed to further look into this issue. In December, we recently shared a white paper written by our President, Aysha Butler, which you can download here: http://ragenglewood.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/white-paper-vacant-schools-in-englewood.pdf

As many of you know, Englewood has one of the highest unemployment rates in the city, we are plagued with high crime stats, and other issues. We have six closed buildings - Yale, Earle, Woods, Bontemps, Wentworth and Mays.

What should we as a community do with these closed schools? How would we sustain these buildings for the long term?

We want to hear your thoughts and solutions about this issue....

2 days ago

3rd Annual Greater Englewood Unity Day Clean Up is Baaaack!!

The Greater Englewood Unity Day Organizers is a coalition of organizations and residents working toward the goal of beautifying the community and increasing our unity. For the past two years, dozens of organizations and hundreds of volunteers have participated in Greater Englewood Clean Up and Celebration as part of Chicago’s city wide Clean and Green Day. Download flyer for clean-up sites!

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FREE Business Workshops Wednesdays and Fridays at City Hall

FREE Business Workshops Wednesdays and Fridays at City Hall

2 days ago

Possible Lost Dog

I saw this dog walking along Ashland and Garfield Sunday, April 20th. It looked well groomed; I assumed it was a possible lost dog. If anyone is missing this dog, this may serve as a starting point as to where to look. God bless.

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Getting Hired with Arrests and Convictions

Growing Home, Inc. has a 99% placement success rate when it comes to finding good jobs for people who face multiple barriers to employment. Our next workshop gives you a taste of the award-winning instruction our Production Assistants at Growing Home receive every day on the job. For the first time ever we are opening our “job readiness training doors” to the public for this very special class.

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Coaster For A Cause Six Flags Great America

Teamwork Englewood Coasters for a Cause at Six Flags Great America May 17 and May 18, 2014.

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Inner-city Muslim Action Network Presents Community Cafe: Migrations

Inner-city Muslim Action Network Presents Community Cafe: Migrations

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Clean and Green

Saturday, April 26, 2014 81st and Green will clean our alleys. Come out and lets get clean!!

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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

  • AWOFINC Continual Growth Through Service

    Sounds like a community meeting is in order. Participatory Budgeting gets input from the entire community on proposed projects. RFP's from CBO's and faith based institutions will provide ideas and programs. Using funds to provide job training and full and part-time positions in violence prevention would support the community.

Apr 16

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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

  • 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!

  • imagine imagine all the people living life in peace

    This is what Rahmbo calls cleaning up the neighborhood. buying people off and building a railroad.....The problem of Englewood solved! It no longer exists!

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Updated Apr 16

"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.......

  • Tina Hammond Childcare provider in the Englewood community

    That is great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Apr 15

National Interagency Community Reinvestment Conference

The annual National Interagency Community Reinvestment Conference (NICRC) was held in Chicago March 31-April 2nd.  The Chicago Federal Reserve Bank, one of conference hosts organized tours of various communities.  Englewood was chosen as one of the communities to be visited for the community development tour.  The conference is aimed CRA professionals-bankers, financiers, government officials, non profits. The basis of their work is the CRA (Community Reinvestment Act) which requires financial institutions to do community development.

Apr 15

3rd Annual Community Clean-up Celebration & Concert

3rd Annual Community Clean-up Celebration & Concert!!!

Apr 15

Prepping Englewood Seniors For Prom

Prom is one of the most biggest moments for most high school seniors! The dancing, the partying, announcement of prom king and queen and then there is the prom photo!

Taking a good prom photo for the yearbook, your kids to look back on and great memories is what goes down in history.

The gals of UGE were on hand at the Prom With A Purpose Event hosted by the 7th District Chicago Police Department this past Saturday to show the young ladies the Do’s and Don’t's on how to apply your make-up.

To get the full scoop on the Do's and Don't visit the link below
http://www.urbangirlessentials.com/steps-to-a-successful-prom/

Apr 15

ComEd Volunteers Provide Springtime Care in Hamilton Park

Employee volunteers from ComEd partnered with Friends of the Parks to commemorate National Volunteer Week with an environmental service project at Hamilton Park, located in the Englewood neighborhood. The volunteers picked up litter, mulched trees and flower beds, and provided much-needed springtime care to the grounds.

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Updated Apr 14

Your Government in Action

As responsible voters we must be informed. Do you know who your representative is or what committees they are on and how they are voting or supporting the needs of the community? We must understand how to lobby for or identify legislation affects us. The following links below, will provide information about the Illinois Assembly members activities, allow you to archive videos for review of previous sessions, identify your representative, see how they voted, and hear the live discussions between the parties while in session, so you can better prepare for the November 2014 elections.

http://www.house.gov/content/features/st...
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Apr 14

Englewood School Repurposing Retreat

On Friday, April 25th we are inviting experts, residents, property managers, educators, elected officials, community leaders and more to join us for a 5 hour lock down - Englewood School Repurposing Retreat. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP no later than April 18th at joinrage@gmail.com or call 866-845-1032. Space is limited!

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