Jun 19

Updated 3 hours 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.

  • Bill, I agree with you that the Irving Park Rd. width "inconsistency" is driving most people crazy, incl. my self, esp. during the rush hour. If we could convince the businesses and some residents that they do not need the street parking, we would certainly eliminate the jumping back and...

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    Bill, I agree with you that the Irving Park Rd. width "inconsistency" is driving most people crazy, incl. my self, esp. during the rush hour. If we could convince the businesses and some residents that they do not need the street parking, we would certainly eliminate the jumping back and forth between one and two lanes in each direction. This contraction and expansion is part of the problem. It causes speeding and then sudden breaking. It becomes an even bigger issue when the setting sun is in the driver's eyes. During the afternoon rush hour, it is not uncommon to have up to four cars lined up to turn left onto P streets. They do not have a left turn lane. They often get hit from behind by the blinded or distracted driver speeding in the westward direction. Hopefully, somehow, we can figure out a solution that works for most people.

  • Fantastic news: Per Alderman Cullerton, the City of Chicago received funds from the State of Illinois to cover the construction of sidewalks in the front of Irving Park Cemetery. Alderman wants us to know that these funds are available solely due to the efforts of our State Rep. Rob Martwick....

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    Fantastic news: Per Alderman Cullerton, the City of Chicago received funds from the State of Illinois to cover the construction of sidewalks in the front of Irving Park Cemetery. Alderman wants us to know that these funds are available solely due to the efforts of our State Rep. Rob Martwick. Alderman is now trying his best to get the sidewalks constructed before the upcoming winter. I told Alderman that such completed construction would make a wonderful Christmas present for us all. Yay! Thank you Alderman Cullerton and thank you our State Rep. Rob Martwick!

35 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Dogs and Neighbors .....

We have lived in our home for over 35 years. We have always had at lease 1 dogs in the home. at current rate we have a houseful ranging from small to large breeds. Our dogs are laid back and friendly. We have a 6 foot privacy fence around our yard so we can "let the dogs out". In the last month, our neighbors next door (with an INSAINLY close house - builder developed 2 houses on one lot) has...

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We have lived in our home for over 35 years. We have always had at lease 1 dogs in the home. at current rate we have a houseful ranging from small to large breeds. Our dogs are laid back and friendly. We have a 6 foot privacy fence around our yard so we can "let the dogs out". In the last month, our neighbors next door (with an INSAINLY close house - builder developed 2 houses on one lot) has decided to tell us that we need to change our routine in the mornings because our dogs wake them up in the morning. Again we have lived in our home for 35 + years and have been waking up at 5:30am for the same amount of time. When they moved in 5+ years ago - we had all of our dogs. We get up at 5:30am and let the dogs out. All of our pets are vetted and licensed. they are not out for long - and we call them in should they bark. We have noticed a vermin problem in the area ... but is this a good reason that we should have to stop allowing our dogs in our backyard - or is the neighbor being unreasonable? We have tried talking things out, but al they seem to want is for us to change our habits ...

  • Maybe the neighbor has a new job and is just getting to sleep at that hour.

  • A&K

    I vote walk your dogs. It might be difficult given the amount of dogs but giving them walks is part of responsible pet ownership. My dog generally gets 4 walks each day. Generally lasting between 20-30 minutes. Sometimes 5 walks plus backyard outside time. First walk of the day is...

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    I vote walk your dogs. It might be difficult given the amount of dogs but giving them walks is part of responsible pet ownership. My dog generally gets 4 walks each day. Generally lasting between 20-30 minutes. Sometimes 5 walks plus backyard outside time. First walk of the day is typically around 5am. I get up early to do it. Weekend errands are planned around dog walks to be consistent. If it's not feasible to do that we ask a family or friends to help us out.

    I appreciate your love of pets. It might be time to start walking them though. Even if that means going to bed earlier and waking up earlier to do it.

6 hours ago

Jefferson Park Sunday Market

Jefferson Park Sunday Market at our usual location for the last market is the season at a Long & Lawrence Avenues, 9:30-1:30
Produce vendors, dog food , honey, soaps, tamales and craft items like jewelry and bags, as well as several area businesses.

More at http://www.jeffersonparksundaymarket.com or find us on Facebook & Twitter.

4 days ago

Updated 8 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

  • Your neighbor, Hector northwest side resident for 29 years

    No one is paying my bills but it sounds like you may be on rauners payroll. Has he threatened to ruin you too? If the status quo means an increase in minimum wage and protecting our public school teacher's jobs then yes I definitely will protect that. You brought up...

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    No one is paying my bills but it sounds like you may be on rauners payroll. Has he threatened to ruin you too? If the status quo means an increase in minimum wage and protecting our public school teacher's jobs then yes I definitely will protect that. You brought up a host of issues with very little substance to prove them. Taxing people for services will hurt Illinoisans. Can you Picture paying taxes for a haircut? He can't be bought BUT his company will be bought. He won't take a salary but his company will start to get contracts to run the state pension or 529 plans. The fees he'll make off that will be more then the governor salary. He wants to turn pensions to a 401k where only you contribute to it. He is a union buster. Unions are what gives employees a voice. If it were up to him the minimum wage would be eliminated. You want a shmuck like this running our state?

  • Rauner is a leader. Quinn is a wannabe. No one needs to be paid to recognize the difference. Quinn degraded our state to one of the bottom ones of the 50! Can you get any lower than that?

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3 days ago

Updated 33 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?...

  • Right now I believe getting a water meter is still free to the property owner. Might not always be the case.

  • If you are thinking about a meter, call the city, as you get free rain barrell or other options. You will probably save money and for seven years you are guaranteed not to pay a higher bill then if you didn't have meter.

34 hours ago

Voting Machines

With the early voting going on there has been some issues with machines changing your vote. Make sure you double check your selections before finalizing YOUR VOTE!

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2 days ago

9 ways to celebrate Día de los Muertos with your family in Chicago

4550 W. Sunnyside Ave. (Mayfair Park)

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1852 W. 19th St. (Pilsen)

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935 W. Wilson Ave. (Buena Park)

1641 W. 16th St. (Pilsen)

220 S Michigan Ave. (South Loop)

2 days ago

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...

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3 days ago

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.
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated the ability to establish effective relationships with children...

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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
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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 6 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 Oct 16

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 Oct 15

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 13

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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