Jun 19

Updated 44 min ago

Irving Park Rd (Bet. Harlem & Cumberland)

Since last fall, I became outwardly concerned with the state of Irving Park Rd near my home. Our Illinois Route 19 acts much like highway, between Harlem Ave. and Cumberland Ave. There are two cemeteries on each side of it, which are Acacia Park Cemetery and Irving Park Cemetery. Cars ZOOM BY with little concern for the pedestrians and bikers. Anyone who would pull a traffic report would note that deadly accidents and bumper to bumper accidents are not a...

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Since last fall, I became outwardly concerned with the state of Irving Park Rd near my home. Our Illinois Route 19 acts much like highway, between Harlem Ave. and Cumberland Ave. There are two cemeteries on each side of it, which are Acacia Park Cemetery and Irving Park Cemetery. Cars ZOOM BY with little concern for the pedestrians and bikers. Anyone who would pull a traffic report would note that deadly accidents and bumper to bumper accidents are not a stranger here! Two of my neighbors were KILLED over the past two years, one on a bike and one in the car. This year, someone just DROVE THROUGH the rusted-out fence into Irving Park Cemetery. Often KIDS on bikes, MOTHERS with strollers and ELDERLY with their shopping carts either struggle through the gravel and mud filled paths, where used to be once concrete sidewalks on "both" sides of the road, or they maneuver their equipment into the street. These both northern and southern sidewalks used to be functional until they were abandoned in the late 1960's or so. If anyone would talk to the CROSSING guard by N. Pioneer Ave, ours is Kristen, would learn of the frequent dangers of crossing the street. She will be back in the fall when the school restarts and would appreciate having traffic lights installed, too. The requests to fix these sidewalks have bounced around various public offices with mixed results. I PLEA with all concerned citizens to assist me with getting this overdue safety issue resolved by contacting all politicians overseeing or soon-to-be overseeing this area. Hearing from the community-at-large vs. one neighborhood mother is far more impactful I am told. Thank you!!!

Please e-mail your support for the sidewalks to:

Senator Mulroe at senatorjohnmulroe@att.net;
Representative Martwick at repmartwick@gmail.com;
Alderman Sposato at info@aldermansposato.com; and
Alderman Cullerton at Timothy.Cullerton@cityofchicago.org.

  • Hello Neighbors and Friends!

    IDOT has written a comprehensive draft of recommendations for the Irving Park Rd. corridor between Ozanam Ave. and Pioneer Ave. These recommendations along with their support are pending IDOT management approval. I asked that the IDOT's approved package be shared with all of our four politicians...

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    Hello Neighbors and Friends!

    IDOT has written a comprehensive draft of recommendations for the Irving Park Rd. corridor between Ozanam Ave. and Pioneer Ave. These recommendations along with their support are pending IDOT management approval. I asked that the IDOT's approved package be shared with all of our four politicians (State Senator Mulroe, State Rep. Martwick, Alderman Cullerton (Ward 38) and Alderman Sposato (Ward 36)) and us, not just State Senator Mulroe. A part of these recommendations includes an outstanding 2011 recommendation for Pioneer Ave./Irving Park Rd. intersection. Note that all of the pedestrian safety recommendations, the old and the new, are the responsibility of the city, thus ought to be funded by the ward menu dollars, which require the approval of the area alderman. As of 9/23/2014 city reporting, neither Ward 36/Sposato or Ward 38/Cullerton has any menu dollars left and the state dollars found by Alderman Cullerton and being transferred to the city by State Rep. Martwick to cover the Irving Park Cemetery's sidewalks did not transfer yet. Thus, most likely, there will be no changes to the corridor this year. Since we are being remapped from Ward 36/Sposato to Ward 38/Cullerton next year and aldermanic elections are coming up then, the timing of changes if any is unknown. We might have to restart our action next summer, so it is imperative that we get and hold on to the IDOT's comprehensive recommendation. I will send an update once we get the paperwork. In the meantime, please keep on spreading the news about the petition and let me know if you have any ideas about how to proceed. We are not alone, we are supported by our friends at Active Transportation Alliance.

    http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/obm/supp_info/CIP_Archive/Aldermanic%20Menu/WardDetail2014.pdf

    http://www.activetrans.org/mission-vision

    http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/the-safety-of-irving?source=c.em.cp&r_by=10822104

  • Re: The Irving Park Rd Safety Petition--The Release of IDOT's Recommendation

    Hello Neighbors and Friends!

    About three weeks ago, IDOT drafted a comprehensive recommendation to address the safety issues, as identified by our Irving Park Rd. Safety Petition. However, this draft has not been yet approved for its release outside...

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    Re: The Irving Park Rd Safety Petition--The Release of IDOT's Recommendation

    Hello Neighbors and Friends!

    About three weeks ago, IDOT drafted a comprehensive recommendation to address the safety issues, as identified by our Irving Park Rd. Safety Petition. However, this draft has not been yet approved for its release outside of the agency. The recommendation package consists of the following components: the September 2014 traffic study and crash report for the intersection of Pioneer Ave. and Cumberland Ave. (received by us), the 2011 recommendation for the intersection (received by us), the vehicle crash report for the corridor addressed by the petition (not apart of the IDOT draft but was promised), and the comprehensive recommendation for the corridor, adapting the "premium" 2011 recommendation for the intersection and adding parking lanes in the front of homes/businesses and a turning median onto P streets to narrow the four-lanes corridor by the cemeteries into a safer two-lanes passage, consistent with the Irving Park Rd.'s layout to the east of the cemeteries. The recommendation is what it is at this point in time. We doubt that it will dramatically change. It is our tax dollars that made it possible, and we have the right to access it under the Freedom of Information Act. I am asking all of the petition supporters to contact our local leaders (see below) to make a request of them to support the release of the "complete" IDOT recommendation package, so we can move forward with our task.

    Thank you!

    State Senator G. John Mulroe at senatorjohnmulroe@att.net,773-763-3810
    State Rep. Robert Martwick at repmartwick@gmail.com, 773-286-1115
    Ald. Timothy Cullerton Ward38@cityofchicago.org, 773.545.3838
    Ald. Nick Sposato at info@aldermansposato.com, 773-836-0036

    PS
    Please sign the petition if you have not done so already. We need you. http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/the-safety-of-irving?source=c.em&r_by=10822104

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Movie nights, pumpkin patches, spooky parties all part of park district’s Halloween celebrations

A Day of the Dead workshop for ages 9 and older is 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at Mayfair Park, 4550 W. Sunnyside Ave. This time, participants will learn to paint and decorate their own sugar skulls on canvas. 

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On Monday, people age 8 and older are invited to Day of the Dead mask painting 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Eugene Field Park, 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave. Admission costs $15 and includes one plaster mask per person. For more information call 773-478-9744.

...Movies is 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at Margate Park Fieldhouse, 4921 N. Marine Dr., for ages 13 and older. Admission to the horror flick “Insidious,” rated PG-13, costs...

...ages 4:40-6:10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the McFetridge Sports Center, 3843 N. California Ave. The party will feature spooky tunes, decorations, treats and a costume contest with prizes. Normal...

...people age 12 and younger at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Lincoln Park, 2045 N. Lincoln Park W. The 5K at 4 p.m. features a winding course through Lincoln Park followed by...

...Out with Dracula 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at Olympia Park, 6566 N. Avondale Ave. People of all ages are invited to enjoy a meal of pizza and salad followed...

2 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Early Voting Begins Tomorrow

To find the nearby voting place and any days/time restrictions, please click the link below. Vote wisely: the choice is either the maintenance of the old status quo, which earned us bottom state ratings, or voting for the change to restore our hopes for a better tomorrow. God bless!

http://www.chicagoelections.com/en/early-voting.html

  • I'm no fan of Quinn, but Rauner doesn't seem to have much of a plan beyond cutting taxes. Everyone needs to take a hard look a what is going on in Kansas. Brownback cut taxes hard and revenues collapsed. http://www.forbes.com/sites/beltway/2014/07/15/whats-the-matter-with-kansas-and-its-tax-cuts-it-cant-do-math/

  • Missy Old Irving Park resident held hostage by a mutt

    I am guessing Rauner wants to be compared to Mitch Daniel in Indiana - whatever it is he did it seemed to work at turning around their economy (or the metrics anyway that you can report on). I don't like comparing Illinois to other states. Indiana and Kansas are both bad examples as neigher one has a large power house city like Chicago (including surrounding suburbs). Hard to tell if what they did will have same impact (good or bad).

28 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Mandatory Water Meter?

So I just got an orange tag on my door from Professional Meters Inc saying I have to allow them to install a water meter or experience POSSIBLE water service termination..?
I can't find anything online about this other than what is online by the company, but it seems weird to me because the notice says they have been trying to reach me but this is the first I have heard of it.

I think I want it to be false and a scam but I can't tell. Anybody?...

  • Ah. If you ALREADY have a water meter, they are forcing upgrades to the AMRs, which allow them to read the meter remotely without entering your home. It's not clear to me if BrightnShiny has a meter already installed or not.

    Thanks Tami, sorry for the misinformation. I was assuming BnS didn't have a meter.

  • I think we'd all be more trusting if we didn't have the professional beggars coming to our doors asking us to change our electric and gas service.

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Job Availability: 2 full-time Teacher Assistants and a Teacher

We are seeking 2 full-time Teacher Assistants and a Teacher for new classrooms with ECE Experience. This is a Reggio Emilia inspired school in a beautiful, newer facility. Competitive salary, great working conditions, with a wonderful staff and clientele, paid vacations, holidays, and other incentives available. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who have high standards and believe the care they provide to children is invaluable.
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We are seeking 2 full-time Teacher Assistants and a Teacher for new classrooms with ECE Experience. This is a Reggio Emilia inspired school in a beautiful, newer facility. Competitive salary, great working conditions, with a wonderful staff and clientele, paid vacations, holidays, and other incentives available. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who have high standards and believe the care they provide to children is invaluable.
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated the ability to establish effective relationships with children and families served. Applicants must be passionate about working with children and be committed to abiding by DCFS guidelines and standards.
Qualified candidates must be professional, have a neat appearance, patience for children, desire to teach and continue professional development training. Fluent in a second language, preferably Polish.
Also must be able to pass a criminal background check and TB/ Physical exam. The candidate must have a valid driver’s license and be willing to learn to drive our 13 passenger van and 13 passenger bus.
Interested candidates should email resume and letter of interest stating why you want to work in child care.
Email: carlosim70@yahoo.com
P: (773) 202 1199
And as always, please remember to like us:
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UPDATED rehearsal information for "A Broadway Christmas" at Irving Park United Methodist Church

NO AUDITIONS NEEDED. Rehearsals are on Mondays and Wednesdays this week for this Revue of Broadway Christmas music! Children kindergarten-9th grades are invited. No experience necessary. We will have two performances in December on Friday and Satruday, December 5-6 at 7:00 pm. Ticket sales for the performances benefit the Irving Park Food Pantry and the Arts Programs at Irving Park United Methodist Church. (We offer everything free or at reduced costs to children of the community.) There is no charge...

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NO AUDITIONS NEEDED. Rehearsals are on Mondays and Wednesdays this week for this Revue of Broadway Christmas music! Children kindergarten-9th grades are invited. No experience necessary. We will have two performances in December on Friday and Satruday, December 5-6 at 7:00 pm. Ticket sales for the performances benefit the Irving Park Food Pantry and the Arts Programs at Irving Park United Methodist Church. (We offer everything free or at reduced costs to children of the community.) There is no charge for the children to participate. Directed by Jonathan Braun, music teacher at St. Viator and elsewhere, and Becky Hines, whose degree is in drama and is an active mom at Belding Elementary, with assistance from Rev. Dr. Katherine Thomas Paisley, who is the pastor and has a background in music and drama..

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Oct 09

Updated 4 days ago

Meeting at Schurz last night

There was a good mix of residents and teachers at the meeting at Schurz last night, along with a few city officials and champions of the field proposal. My initial thoughts:
1. Although we were told otherwise, and Alderman Arena insisted over and over that this meeting was planned all along to happen now, we still feel that the meeting happened now because of pressure of neighbors after finding out about these plans. There is still a strong distrust.
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There was a good mix of residents and teachers at the meeting at Schurz last night, along with a few city officials and champions of the field proposal. My initial thoughts:
1. Although we were told otherwise, and Alderman Arena insisted over and over that this meeting was planned all along to happen now, we still feel that the meeting happened now because of pressure of neighbors after finding out about these plans. There is still a strong distrust.
2. We were assured over and over that if we agreed to this proposal, the park district would run the new park according to neighbors's wishes, would NOT be rented out to adult leagues EVER, and would only rent out to youth leagues during times that the neighborhood agreed too.
3. It would be a park. I doubt that it would run according to neighbors's wishes. Do any parks run according to neighbors wishes?
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  • There was no TIF money allocated to that field nor do we lose money. Last night, I read the entire Portage Park proposal in regard to the new housing on Milwaukee, the businesses at 6 Corners and so on. It's to help new businesses, stimulate economic growth as well as,...

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    There was no TIF money allocated to that field nor do we lose money. Last night, I read the entire Portage Park proposal in regard to the new housing on Milwaukee, the businesses at 6 Corners and so on. It's to help new businesses, stimulate economic growth as well as, the housing and aesthetics.

    2.1M was allocated to the Chicago Board of Education to utilize for Schurz. I'd like to hear their plans first. The roof was already finished, it very clearly wasn't for the field. They needed that money for the school and I want to know what they want to do with it?

    I would also like to know what the neighboring alderman are doing to their area? In particular, Kilbourne Park since it’s also their money. We have so many parcels of land with X’s in our community, in disrepair, deteriorated and run down that I now understand why the field has been neglected although, it shouldn’t have been. But I’d like to know what area or business we’d be throwing under the bus if we utilize those funds for the field? Is this additional funding including the 2.1 given to CPS? Or are we just hijacking their money that they probably want to utilize for the auditorium and other things inside the school that are in disrepair?

    We need more information to make an educated decision. We can also educate ourselves instead of repeating things that support our argument.

  • Zoes mom working at home

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/16/artificial-turf-cancer-crumb-rubber_n_5997228.html?&ir=Chicago&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000059

    More information on the field type too please, we don't want to install and then have to reinstall.

Oct 13

Updated 4 days ago

Now who will face Rahm?

Karen bowing out to heal from her brain surgery means Rahm just won another election. Can we start a betting pool? What will total voter turnout % be and how much will Rahm win by? We need to liven up this board!

  • @Rob...then why mention it? About 98% of all political workers in Chicago align with one or another sub tribe of the Democratic Party. So when you want to throw a barb you have to be much more precise or the affiliation is meaningless. BTW, in a parallel speech affectation foregoing the adjectival form, you could say there are almost no Republic workers. Which wouldn't be helpful without describing a sub tribal affiliation like RINO, Regular, or Tea Party

  • joanie Resident of Jefferson Park

    Rob the elderly who want assistance going to the polls are identified during campaign canvasses assessing support strength. I've brought elderly to the polls in the past too. I've had a few surprises too, like a couple little old ladies who pulled Republican ballots after being given a ride claiming to support a particular Democratic candidate. It's all in a days work. Many of these senior citizens wouldn't be able to vote without being given a ride to the polls.

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Oct 14

Updated 5 days ago

Dunning Neighborhood Organization

Does the above group still exist or have they changed their name?

I'm in Dunning Square/Ward 38 and don't have a clue as to which neighborhood organization I'd be categorized since I'm on Berteau & West of Narragansett.

Thank you

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Oct 09

Updated Oct 12

Columbus Day Parade

State Street ~ Chicago

Please join Bruce Rauner, Evelyn Sanguinetti and the campaign Monday, October 13 as we take part in our FINAL PARADE BEFORE ELECTION DAY! Let’s show everyone that the Rauner campaign is the real deal in this final stretch, and we are ready to SHAKE UP SPRINGFIELD AND BRING BACK ILLINOIS!

We want to get as many people to show up as possible, so please come out on Monday and join in on the fun!! We could...

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State Street ~ Chicago

Please join Bruce Rauner, Evelyn Sanguinetti and the campaign Monday, October 13 as we take part in our FINAL PARADE BEFORE ELECTION DAY! Let’s show everyone that the Rauner campaign is the real deal in this final stretch, and we are ready to SHAKE UP SPRINGFIELD AND BRING BACK ILLINOIS!

We want to get as many people to show up as possible, so please come out on Monday and join in on the fun!! We could definitely use your help in making this parade a huge success! If you are interested in walking in this year’s celebration with the Rauner campaign, please call to RSVP at (312) 238-0123 or send us an email confirming your attendance at melissa@brucerauner.com. Thanks so much! Hope to see you there!

Date: Monday, October 13

Staging/Meeting: 11:30am On Wacker Drive – Between Dearborn and Clark. Unit #39B

~Look for the Rauner Tour Bus~

Step Off: 12:30 pm

A Rauner shirt will be available for all participants.

Point of Contact: Missy L. 630-915-1680

  • If anyone wants the same status quo, which is to get government controlled handouts, like min. wages, unemployment, food stamps, a substandard, yet expensive public education, offset with higher taxes and an increasing cost of living, then certainly Pat Quinn is your man. Pat Quinn claims to understand the common...

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    If anyone wants the same status quo, which is to get government controlled handouts, like min. wages, unemployment, food stamps, a substandard, yet expensive public education, offset with higher taxes and an increasing cost of living, then certainly Pat Quinn is your man. Pat Quinn claims to understand the common man, because Pat Quinn was born in Hinsdale, Illinois, listed in the top 1% of wealthiest towns in Illinois. He graduated from elite private schools like Fenwick H.S. in Oak Park, IL., Georgetown University, Washington D.C., and from Northwestern University. He is a devoted public servant with mission to protect our #48 worst run state status.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/11/22/best-worst-run-states/3671359/

  • FourthGen Part of Portage Park since 1906

    No Minerva, I want the government to be 100% behind the top 1% with the money (face it, mostly white and mostly male.) After all, it's about a world economy and until we bring more of the US population down to the economic level of the rest of the world,...

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    No Minerva, I want the government to be 100% behind the top 1% with the money (face it, mostly white and mostly male.) After all, it's about a world economy and until we bring more of the US population down to the economic level of the rest of the world, things just won't be right! Any WAY so on that public education thing. Why, 30 years ago before our beloved Ronnie RayGun started turning things around, the state paid an average of 80% of a college education and the student paid 20%. And NO private enterprises were raking in dough either in for-profit colleges or student lending! We have GOT to let business out of its financial commitments to its workers by filing for bankruptcy, but we CANNOT let those jobless college grads off the hook on their student loans when they file for bankruptcy because Rauner and Romney have sent the decent-pay jobs to Asia (where our government is paying to train the workforce.) Yes, this country is just going to get better and better as the rich get richer.

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Oct 11

Transitioning from the 8th Grade to High School Free Workshop

Just got the following notice from CPS:

"October 29th – our Parent Leader Network will be hosting “You, Your Child’s First Teacher” for an interactive workshop on transitioning from 8th grade to high school...... which will be held at Field Elementary School, 7019 North Ashland Avenue, 5:30pm. RSVP is required at lpkniskern@cps.edu, or by calling 773-534-1081."

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByE3jAIvJaHVQzlWWURpeWpOVlVFemx1TDhqb2JtZjBJaFVF/view?usp=sharing

Note: You might also want to check out YouParent.com, which is an on-line forum for parents. Lastly, if you are getting these CPS notices via your school, please let me know.

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Oct 09

Jefferson Park Sunday Market this Sunday!

Jefferson Park Sunday Market at our usual location at a Long & Lawrence Avenues, 9:30-1:30
Produce vendors, honey, soaps, tamales and craft items like jewelry and bags, as well as several area businesses.
Also 4 Greyhound Racers, a 501c3 that rescues and finds home for ex-greyhound racers, will be showing dogs for adoption.
More at http://www.jeffersonparksundaymarket.com or find us on Facebook & Twitter.

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Aug 16

Updated Oct 09

chipotle

When is the chipotle by six corners opening??

Oct 07

Updated Oct 08

38th Ward

Well another night in the Ward, the people have been very supportive of my candidacy for Alderman of the 38th ward , I would just like to thank all of you for taking the time to talk and share some of your ideas with me, I have found that I have a great deal in common with the residents of the 38th ward, they like the fact that I along with two of my sons are member of our Military, and that two of my sons are Chicago Police Officers, my wife is a bank teller and full time student, We are truly members of the middle class, and proud of it!

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Oct 07

Admissions Event

Are you currently researching preschool & elementary schools? St. Viator is hosting two open houses in October:
An evening open house on Tuesday, October 14 from 7:00-8:30pm. Please stop by to visit with parents and teachers and tour the school. Refreshments will be provided and our older students will be reading stories in the classrooms for your little ones.

On Wednesday, October 15th from 9-10:30am you are invited to an open house while school is in session so you can see first-hand the students and faculty in action.

Oct 07

Updated Oct 07

Meeting re Schurz field tomorrow Wed Oct 8, 2014 7 pm

This 'moderated' meeting may be spin for they talk and we listen but we will never know unless we get there. Please show your interest (whether for or against) in this renovation project by your numbers! The library is their gem room. I believe it was redone not that long ago. It would be interesting to see some of the other rooms that could use some help. Go to main entrance off of milwaukee ave. follow diagonal sidewalks to door. If you park on waveland be careful of the craters that they have refused to fix because of these 'other proposals' like closing it. This is your chance to be seen if not heard 7 pm Schurz library

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