Nov 24

Updated 10 min ago

Candidates for 39th Ward Alderman

I've been studying the 39th Ward candidates for alderman, and while I am still undecided since anything can happen between now and the election, I have been impressed by Robert Murphy. He seems to have a handle on the issues of the Ward and appears very passionate. I am still open to hearing more from Joe Laiacona and Mary Hunter.

If you're interested in knowing - Murphy, Laiacona's and Hunter all have Facebook pages, and Murphy and Laiacona have twitter...

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I've been studying the 39th Ward candidates for alderman, and while I am still undecided since anything can happen between now and the election, I have been impressed by Robert Murphy. He seems to have a handle on the issues of the Ward and appears very passionate. I am still open to hearing more from Joe Laiacona and Mary Hunter.

If you're interested in knowing - Murphy, Laiacona's and Hunter all have Facebook pages, and Murphy and Laiacona have twitter too. I tried to find a FB page or twitter for Alderman Laurino but I don't think she has either.

If anyone has any thoughts on any of the candidates, I would like to hear any views. You can also private message me if you like.

  • Jac Charlier AKA Citizen Jac Finding Solutions to Shared Community Challenges

    The Edgebrook Community Association is doing a 39th Ward aldermanic debate on January.

  • Was not a fan of Laurino until I went to a recent candidates forum sponsored by Indian Woods Association. The two challengers were not well prepared. I will try to sum up both.

    Laiacona seems like a nice guy but the 70's must have been good. He is retired and...

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    Was not a fan of Laurino until I went to a recent candidates forum sponsored by Indian Woods Association. The two challengers were not well prepared. I will try to sum up both.

    Laiacona seems like a nice guy but the 70's must have been good. He is retired and seems to be bored so decided to run for alderman.....again. Not a lot of substance to his answers.

    Murphy was very aggressive and not nice. He rarely answered the questions that were asked by the forum speaker. He kept trying to attack Laurino on issues that did not pertain to her since certain part of the ward just became hers. Murphy talks a big game full of promises but he neglects to tell you how he is going to pay for these things. He is for transparency in the Alderman's office which is good, but if you hold public forums on every single ward issue nothing will ever get done. It kind of defeats why you elect people. Some background on Murphy is he is an unemployed architect whose most recent claim was president of a community club in Forest Glen. He is also a member of FAIR (which is a great thing). His campaign material claims he is a founding member....which we found to be not true.

    Laurino did what a typical politician does she answered the questions in a politically correct manner and did not attack either of her challengers....and she had ample opportunity. She was like your aunt on how she addressed items. She touted her own accomplishments even though they probably would have happened anyway. Did not give a lot on future vision for the ward.

    Given that she is my current alderman I will probably vote for her again. Better the devil you know and since Rahm will probably be elected again it is good to have some who gets along with the Mayor. Laiacona is a nice guy but without a platform or the money to challenge Laurino. Murphy came off as a bully and know it all. He seems to care a lot about the ward but does not have the people skills to succeed as an alderman.

43 min ago

Voter Registration for the Feb 24th Election Ends Tuesday Jan 27

Voter registration for the February 24th Municipal Election will be closing on January 27th. If you will turn 18 before the February 24th election, moved from your previous address since the last election, or have not registered to vote, you must do so by January 27th in order to be eligible to vote in the upcoming election. For more information on how to register to vote, please click here:

http://www.chicagoelections.com/en/register-to-vote-change-of-address.html

You can also register online here:

https://ova.elections.il.gov/

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Yummy

Vicky is awesome. Great service!!

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27 hours ago

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Cleaning Ladies

Looking for any recommendations for 2 cleaning Ladies to clean front and back stairwells once a month for a condo building in Old Irving Pk.

  • Marcia cleaning service, Ask for Marcia 773-387-1915. They clean condo stairwells once a month also for another building.

  • Lisbeth Enriquez House Cleaning Services

    Good morning! You can contact me @847-387-7500
    I am an independent cleaning person.

4 hours ago

Video Coverage of the Ward 45 Debates Held in Jefferson Park Last Week

All the questions asked at the Copernicus Center last week and answered by Mike Diaz, John Garrido, Michelle Baert and Alderman Arena:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnJe4h3MVM9kR9Uz45xtVjYkq9woOmXXx

Jan 19

Updated 7 hours ago

Jeff Berkowitz Interviews Alderman Sposato, 2014

Great information about the state of our local schools and our leadership telling us we cannot have an educational choice.

Great information about push for higher minimum wage, even though the demand and supply does not support it.

Great information about creating opposition for the sake of creating opposition.

Does this point of view match yours?

http://youtu.be/u592ar4hnro?t=1s

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"HA, I AM A TROLL!!!!! LOL!!!"

You are sick for breaking into my computer just now, forcing my new tab to open with the above message on the address bar. Get a life!

  • Minerva From my kitchen table to yours.

    Robin, I know you are enjoying this, so go ahead and have a laugh at my expense.

    Obviously this was EB TROLL, trying to scare me off, as it was done before on NextDoor.com, just in a different way. The words were chosen well to make the link, don't you think?

    Well, I don't like it, not even a bit!!!!!!! This has been an important computer for my family!!!!!!!!!!!!! You have caused me a headache!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, you have won this round!

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Hera - I am not enjoying this at all! I am not a believer in schadenfreude. Your privacy has been violated. You should use the link I gave you and file a complaint with the FBI. You should find out why your firewall failed, and get it fixed. No one deserves to have her/his privacy violated.

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Bulls/Sox Academy and Parks

It would be great to be able to evaluate our parks' programming much like we do it for restaurants and other service providers. This way we could have a better chance to weed out the bad and to bring in the great.

One of outstanding park programs found in the suburbs is the Bulls/Sox Academy. They offer fundamental camps, summer camps and more. The nearest location is in Park Ridge. Hopefully, we can manage to eventually bring the offering closer...

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It would be great to be able to evaluate our parks' programming much like we do it for restaurants and other service providers. This way we could have a better chance to weed out the bad and to bring in the great.

One of outstanding park programs found in the suburbs is the Bulls/Sox Academy. They offer fundamental camps, summer camps and more. The nearest location is in Park Ridge. Hopefully, we can manage to eventually bring the offering closer to home or we will be seeing you there.

http://www.bullssoxacademy.com/

Park Ridge Community Center
Must Register through Park Ridge Park District
1515 Touhy Avenue Park Ridge, IL

Current Offering: Basketball FUNdamentals Camp 6-12yrs
Dates: February 12 - March 5
Days: Thursday
Time: 4:30-6:00pm
Cost: $124
Class: 38704 Code: 31220PRK2

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Gas Meter/Pipe Installation This Year?

Will this be the year that they finally make it over to Keystone? Does anyone know the site with the map that People's Gas has with their planned locations?

Thanks!

Jan 10

Updated 2 days ago

Neighborhood Infrastructure Menu Program

The following is my response to an e-mail request. I am reluctant to send an e-mail back, because my private info would be disclosed. Let me know if you need anything else.

The actual final expenditure detail by ward by year is located at:
http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/obm/provdrs/cap_improve.html
The 2014 file is called 2014 Program, found close to the tab's bottom on the left side.

My past links referred to a pdf file instead of the Capital Improvement Program tab, which became obsolete...

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The following is my response to an e-mail request. I am reluctant to send an e-mail back, because my private info would be disclosed. Let me know if you need anything else.

The actual final expenditure detail by ward by year is located at:
http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/obm/provdrs/cap_improve.html
The 2014 file is called 2014 Program, found close to the tab's bottom on the left side.

My past links referred to a pdf file instead of the Capital Improvement Program tab, which became obsolete with any subsequent same-year data update.

Once the chosen year file is open, hold CTL key as you press F key. Then enter Ward: 36 to get to the first line of the ward detail. You will find that all 2014 Ward 36 dollars were spent on infrastructure, mostly street resurfacing. No park district expenses.

To find Ward 36th's park spending, you have to go to 2013 and 2012 Menu Report. In 2013, both Shabonna and Hiawattha playlots got $310,277 in total. In 2012, Shabonna got $85,301. These park playlots got multiple sources of funding, grants and ward matching.

  • Ald. Nicholas Sposato's Service Office From the 38th Ward to your kitchen table

    Thank you for posting this "Minerva". Copies of yearly menu expenditures are always available through the city or our office.

    After last years severe winter the streets were in very bad shape so after speaking with members of the community we decided to use the bulk of the 2014 menu...

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    Thank you for posting this "Minerva". Copies of yearly menu expenditures are always available through the city or our office.

    After last years severe winter the streets were in very bad shape so after speaking with members of the community we decided to use the bulk of the 2014 menu funds on street resurfacing. In 2012 and 2013 I allocated funds to improve our local parks. For Hiawatha Park we worked with the Chicago Park District and split the cost 50/50. For Shabbona Park we worked with St. Rep Arroyo and the Chicago Park District to split the cost 3 ways. These park improvements are not only great for the children to have new playgrounds but help improve the neighborhood as a whole which will help attract more families and businesses to the area.

    Again "Minerva" thank you starting this conversation and your continued support!

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Illinois Christian Home Educators Convention, June 4-6, 2015, Naperville

Save the dates: The ICHE Annual State Convention will be held at Calvary Church in Naperville on June 4-6, 2015!

The ICHE Annual State Convention is a wonderful experience. Come listen to great speakers offering sound instruction, participate in corporate worship, fellowship with other home school families, and visit the exhibit hall, giving you the opportunity to physically review curricula and other schooling resources. If you've attended a past convention, we look forward to seeing you again. If you are new to homeschooling, we encourage you to take advantage of what the state convention can offer - all in helping you train up your children in the way they should go.

http://www.iche.org/events/4617/06-04-2015/2015-iche-annual-state-convention

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Jan 19

Open House - Experience the St. Viator Community

St. Viator Elementary School is hosting an open house on Saturday, January 24th. Meet faculty, staff and parents who will be available to answer your questions and give you a tour of the school.

St. Viator offers full and half-day preschool programs for 3 & 4 year-olds and a challenging, enriching curriculum for kindergarten through 8th grade students.
St. Viator is proud of its rigorous academic program built on the principles of differentiated, hands-on learning using interactive technology as well...

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St. Viator Elementary School is hosting an open house on Saturday, January 24th. Meet faculty, staff and parents who will be available to answer your questions and give you a tour of the school.

St. Viator offers full and half-day preschool programs for 3 & 4 year-olds and a challenging, enriching curriculum for kindergarten through 8th grade students.
St. Viator is proud of its rigorous academic program built on the principles of differentiated, hands-on learning using interactive technology as well as:
*A world language program taught using the award-winning Rosetta Stone interactive software
*Super Kids reading program for PreK through 2nd grade
*Peacebuilders program - teaching peaceful conflict resolution and positive behaviors
*A reading specialist for students with special needs as well as advanced readers
*An award-winning fine arts program as well as music, choir and band
*Before and after school Kid Care
*A variety of extracurricular activities allowing students to discover their identity and explore their interests
WE HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US!

Applications for the 2015-2016 school year are currently being accepted.
If you have any questions, or would like to schedule a personal tour please call the school office at 773-545-2173.

St. Viator Elementary school is located in historic Old Irving Park, 4140 W. Addison Street, Chicago
www.stviatorchicago.org

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Jan 14

Updated Jan 19

Shared Cost Sidewalk Program Opens Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 12:01 am

Don't forget the broken sidewalks. The slots are limited and last only few days.

Call 311 or log onto the 311 website at http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/311.html

  • Don't do this if you're scheduled to be part of the Peoples Gas repiping program.

Jan 17

Updated Jan 18

Why Aren't Our Children the Central Point of Campaigns?

When most people decide to have children, they do it with the understanding that the children will become their focal point, and thus the family decisions and plans will be centered around benefiting the future generation. However, little local campaign coverage is being given to the topic of directly improving the educational outcomes for our children, who are expected to inherit a ton of debt.

With that said, I am calling on all parents, especially those frustrated with the lack...

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When most people decide to have children, they do it with the understanding that the children will become their focal point, and thus the family decisions and plans will be centered around benefiting the future generation. However, little local campaign coverage is being given to the topic of directly improving the educational outcomes for our children, who are expected to inherit a ton of debt.

With that said, I am calling on all parents, especially those frustrated with the lack of local, quality educational services to participate in these elections and to ask tough questions about all of our nearby schools, parks and libraries. Some questions could include:

How can we raise accountability in our schools, parks and libraries?
How can we share the best practices across all of our institutions?
How can we turn the schools, parks and libraries to be more welcoming and engaging?
How can we address the overcrowding in our schools?
How can we bring more hands-on work and in-depth education?
How can we bring more vocational programming?
How can we bring more culture and celebrate our ethnic diversity?
How can we bring multilingual storytime to our libraries?
How do we start a teen center?

Thriving families are thriving communities! Instead of building bars and dollar stores, let's build great family institutions. Everything else will likely fall into its rightful place.

  • Minerva From my kitchen table to yours.

    All parents must be working ....

Jan 07

Updated Jan 18

Woodcraft Class at Merrimac & Shabbona Parks--Let's Make a Derby Car & Race!

Since last year, we feel privileged to have the affordable local opportunity to take the real-life-application woodcraft class at Merrimac Park with Mr. Joe. The same teacher and class is being offered at Shabbona Park.

Every spring, this woodcraft class focuses on making, from scratch, derby cars to take part in a memorable derby car race at Portage Park. This event is big and fun for the whole family! Both scouts and the woodcraft students participate in it. Our family...

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Since last year, we feel privileged to have the affordable local opportunity to take the real-life-application woodcraft class at Merrimac Park with Mr. Joe. The same teacher and class is being offered at Shabbona Park.

Every spring, this woodcraft class focuses on making, from scratch, derby cars to take part in a memorable derby car race at Portage Park. This event is big and fun for the whole family! Both scouts and the woodcraft students participate in it. Our family was simply blown away by the last year experience! The organization, the presentation, the children's output and the family turn-out was more than pleasing. It was way beyond our expectations. Thanks Mr. Joe and thanks Chicago Park District!

Currently, to my surprise, there are still registration spots available for woodcraft with Mr. Joe at both parks. I would like to encourage our local youth and their families to join this affordable, local program, teaching the life skill of carpentry. Like us, once you try it, you will be hooked and that is my promise!

Woodcraft with Mr, Joe is our local gem. Let's build it up and protect it.

Ages: ~7-10: https://apm.activecommunities.com/chicagoparkdistrict/Activity_Search/woodcraft-at-merrimac/98302

Ages: ~9-12:
https://apm.activecommunities.com/chicagoparkdistrict/Activity_Search/woodcraft-at-merrimac/98303

Ages: 18+
https://apm.activecommunities.com/chicagoparkdistrict/Activity_Search/woodcraft-at-merrimac/98304

Ages: ~7-10:
https://apm.activecommunities.com/chicagoparkdistrict/Activity_Search/woodcraft-at-shabbona/98315

Ages: ~18+
https://apm.activecommunities.com/chicagoparkdistrict/Activity_Search/woodcraft-at-shabbona/98317

Ages: ~10-13
https://apm.activecommunities.com/chicagoparkdistrict/Activity_Search/woodcraft-at-shabbona/98316

  • @Minerva, by my parents today and found it.

    here are 9 pictures of the pics of the car.... wow, that takes me back.

    what do you think?

    http://imgur.com/cZvwtSk,tzBQRPE,XBg2s4A,6R6w0eN,k2mIz51,CZYoY3N,o1nViQZ,a2n4NFK,RsNxsVL

  • Minerva From my kitchen table to yours.

    Love it! Colors red, black and silver depict energy, mystery and wisdom. The sleek, elongated shape with extra weight at the end means business, the seed. :)

    I thought you were pulling my leg, but you are for real. Good for you! Keep your interest and fond memories alive.

    I think you ought to come to the car derby at Portage Park, in mid-March, I think, with your treasure. I think Mr. Joe, kids and the community as a whole would be thrilled to hear your story.

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Jan 15

Updated Jan 16

Roofing repair?

any suggestions for honest reasonable roofing repair? Roof 4 yr old but looks like it got a leak from last year's Chiberia. thought it was just a little snow up the shingles but this year it started leaking during a thaw. I need to find a reasonable roof repair person to assess problem.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Albany Roofing is awesome! Be sure to ask for Larry 773-878-1281.

  • A roof that's only 4 years old should not be leaking - and roofers usually give at least a 10 year warranty. Check back with whomever did the job - they should come out and fix it for free. You may have to dig out your old paperwork - there's probably a warranty attached to the estimate or bill. Good luck

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Jan 14

Garage

Any suggestions on local services that epoxy garage floors?

Jan 14

Jan 14

RedEye Columns

Hey everyone,

I've been fortunate to be writing for the RedEye as a contributing columnist this winter. If you missed my ode to Skilling last week, here it is. My new column should be in tomorrow's paper on pg. 4.
http://www.redeyechicago.com/news/redeye-tom-skilling-delivers-good-weather-20150107,0,2573291.column

Jan 13

Updated Jan 14

  • s that true? You can't redeem scratch offs after two am?

  • i have a pet peeve before consuming something before you buy it at a retail store , to me it is just wrong. i can see if it were a life or death situation, but these people that just start opening stuff they have not paid for and start eating...

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    i have a pet peeve before consuming something before you buy it at a retail store , to me it is just wrong. i can see if it were a life or death situation, but these people that just start opening stuff they have not paid for and start eating it or the people that just open up a water and just start drinking it in line. really? maybe it's just how i was brought up.

    or those people that open up a package to check it out and just leave it to the side all opened, then either proceed to not buy it or buy another one.

    if i were the clerk i would have held onto the ticket until the guy came back to pay for his purchase and if the guy wanted to call the cops for holding onto the ticket, fine, i would tell the cop that he intended to pay for the item with the ticket and since i can't cash out or verify the ticket at this time, i will hold it until payment is made, if he intends not for the ticket to be held in lieu of payment, i would charge the guy with shoplifting the item not paid for.

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