28 hours ago

Updated 35 min ago

Moreno's News Letter

I am receiving my 1st Ward Alderman (Moreno)'s newsletter for the first time.
The 1st one I received had THREE HUGE PICTURES of the Alderman (the 2nd only 2 and now with the third-back to THREE).
Take a look at Scott Waguespack-32nd Ward's newsletter and you will see what an informative newsletter actually looks like!!! and..what?..no pictures of him anywhere!
And Alderman, if you are reading this...when you responded to my post about your van being parked in a bus spot and 1/2 block of FoodSmart entrance..your response 'literally' threw your employee 'under the bus'. Disrespecting someone who works for you with that response? Shameful...and you represent the people in your ward????Really??

  • We can agree on the point of wishing Waguespack represented us. As for who my alderman is, think poor driving record and great lawyers.

  • I did write a letter to the CEO of Anheuser Bush and Assoc.Beer Distributors of IL...as well as cc. Mothers Against Drunk Driving in both IL and MO, hoping that maybe MADD would take it on as well.
    BUT along with everything else...HE IS A HUGGER so watch out!!!

2 hours ago

Movement to make part of Humboldt a Dog Friendly area?

I recall seeing a post-er on one of the threads saying she was organizing something to petition to get a section of Humboldt turned into a dog park/dog friendly area. I would love more information on this if anyone has something ongoing.

And please don't troll my post and say that dogs don't belong off leash anywhere in the entire universe, Grouchy McGrouchertons.

2 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

There are 77 business opportunities that can make Humboldt Park to an economical powerhouse.

See picture of the 77 locations on Division Street that is presently NOT utilizing their premium store front location to run a business that attract customers to Humboldt Park.

Division Street between Western and California was originally planned for business and was decades ago an economical stronghold in Humboldt Park as well as the gateway to businesses on the connecting streets. Most buildings on Division Street still have store fronts ready for business opportunities. The street was designed to attract...

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See picture of the 77 locations on Division Street that is presently NOT utilizing their premium store front location to run a business that attract customers to Humboldt Park.

Division Street between Western and California was originally planned for business and was decades ago an economical stronghold in Humboldt Park as well as the gateway to businesses on the connecting streets. Most buildings on Division Street still have store fronts ready for business opportunities. The street was designed to attract customers from far and near and to provide job opportunities for people in Humboldt Park. But something went wrong and today Division Street is not the areas economical generator. People avoid the area because closed store fronts and empty lots feel like decay and danger.

Already before Roberto Maldonado took office as the 26th ward's Alderman Division Street east of Humboldt Park showed enormous economical growth with hundreds of jobs created every year. Maldonado knew that this was going on and he could have pushed for the same change happening on Division Street between Western and California but he did absolutely nothing. He made no effective job creation program and he has not actively succeeded to attract any business to Division Street. Humboldt Park has a record high unemployment of close to 18% compared to USA average of 5.6%. The failure to take advantage of all these business opportunities makes Alderman Roberto Maldonado responsible for Humboldt Park's high unemployment.
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    About the map with NOs.
    The NOs shows un-developed business opportunities on Division Street between Western and California. Buildings without a presently used store front got a NO. Empty lots and parking spaces got a NO except if the parking space was attached to a business such...

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    About the map with NOs.
    The NOs shows un-developed business opportunities on Division Street between Western and California. Buildings without a presently used store front got a NO. Empty lots and parking spaces got a NO except if the parking space was attached to a business such as laundry shop, food store or church. Existing businesses that had people working did not get a NO but businesses that had not been open for a long time got a NO as they do not provide sustainable jobs. Medical facilities that is open did not get a NO. I did not give churches or cultural institutions a NO as they have a social function and probable provide job opportunities.

5 days ago

Updated 5 hours ago

The feeling of paranoia fell upon Alderman Roberto Maldonado as left his office after dark.

Alderman Roberto Maldonado's stepped out of his office on Division Street and felt that someone was keeping an eye on him. As the Alderman walked passed the empty buildings and undeveloped lots he felt both lonely and scared. He knew that if he could just identify the person then he could eliminate this threat, but he could not see who it was.

This is how social media sites functions allowing people to follow politicians online and comment on their work...

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Alderman Roberto Maldonado's stepped out of his office on Division Street and felt that someone was keeping an eye on him. As the Alderman walked passed the empty buildings and undeveloped lots he felt both lonely and scared. He knew that if he could just identify the person then he could eliminate this threat, but he could not see who it was.

This is how social media sites functions allowing people to follow politicians online and comment on their work without the politician being able to threaten or harass the person. The ability to stay anonymous and still share information is changing everything. Let's change the politics in Humboldt Park.

I saw that you, Alderman Roberto Maldonado, started a new account here on EveryBlock with the purpose of trying to undermine critical voices against you. The account is using the name "debloetz" . For example, you are trying to make people think that I work for a competing politician. I think it's scary that you waste time on such work instead of explaining why you work against the working class, unemployed and underemployed people in your ward.

See photo. See how scary 2734 West Division Street store front looks after dark. No wonder Division Street between Western and California does not attract any customers after dark.

Shame on you Alderman Roberto Maldonado for letting business after business fail right outside of your office.

  • Hipstersince1970: I saw numerous, and I mean MANY more than 2 blue Corona signs in the windows of his neighbors.

    I also saw the "class act" of Maldonado's supersized signs near there. What an eyesore.

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    Hipstersince1970: I saw numerous, and I mean MANY more than 2 blue Corona signs in the windows of his neighbors.

    I also saw the "class act" of Maldonado's supersized signs near there. What an eyesore.

    So, if you are blind, and can't count, I can agree that you might only see M's signs outside on the street corner. But if you look closely, and can count with both hands, you will run out of fingers counting Corona signs displayed respectfully in the windows of many people's homes.

    I have learned that some people think that the louder you shout, or try to intimidate, or bully, or threaten, the more successful you will be. What I have found is that most people really don't like this, but don't want to stand up to a bully most of the time. What is great is that people will quietly show up to vote and I expect many of the thinking, feeling people in 26 will vote for Corona because they are tired of the same 'ol same 'ol.

    Just because M hangs up commercial signs on residential lots doesn't mean anything. Except that M can't find businesses upon which to place his signs, well, because there has been so little business activity in the Ward since he came to town.

    Corona got thousands of signatures to get on the ballot. Thousands more than what was needed.

    I don't know what you are getting out of posting inaccurate information, but what little credibility you may have once had has been shredded. Yawn.

  • Robert Terra Works in Chicago Local Politics

    HPSince: Thanks for the good laugh, it's funny the lengths some people go to carry out their misinformation campaigns.

    No, Adam is absolutely not dropping from the race, it is his intent to finish this election as strong as possible. Adam, his staff, and his supporters will be working tirelessly to provide the community a choice on election day not firmly in the pockets of private developers or career politicians.

36 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Great daycare

Hello everyone, I would like to know if you would be able to spread the word around that this great daycare just opened called The Nurture Nook and we are looking for families who are instrested in having their child in daycare..we range from ages 6 weeks to three years old. We are looking to fill up our older classroom ages 15 months to 3 years old. So if you know anybody who is instrested... They can come over for a tour.. The address is 2151 W Armitage. Thanks

  • We will spread the word. We were concerned at the lack of selection of daycare providers in the neighborhood when we were looking last year. We'll spread the word.

  • I'm sorry... Let me rephrase. We were surprised there weren't more day care providers in our part of the neighborhood when we were looking.

Jan 12

Updated 6 hours ago

Anyone catch the 1st Ward Debate last week?

I'm new to the First Ward...and found out about the debate too late...checking the candidates' web pages, i don't feel like I know much about who they are and why they are running.... (Moreno, the incumbent who has had a couple people knock on my door; Rhonda Locke, who once worked for Moreno now running against him; Anne Shaw, who has a couple police endorsements; and Andrew Hamilton, a red-headed lawyer with a facebook page.) Did anyone attend/watch the debate? Or have an opinion as to which is the best candidate (or if any have a chance against an incumbent?)

9 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Gunshots at Diversey and Troy

Early this morning, around 5:00 AM, I awoke to the fire of gunshots (2 or 3) outside my window. I peeked out and saw three young men (one significantly taller than the other two) wearing dark stocking caps and sweatpants and sweatshirts (no coats) running east on the north side of Diversey Avenue and turning north onto Troy street (It was dark so I couldn't make out any facial features). The tall one and one of the shorter ones scrambled...

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Early this morning, around 5:00 AM, I awoke to the fire of gunshots (2 or 3) outside my window. I peeked out and saw three young men (one significantly taller than the other two) wearing dark stocking caps and sweatpants and sweatshirts (no coats) running east on the north side of Diversey Avenue and turning north onto Troy street (It was dark so I couldn't make out any facial features). The tall one and one of the shorter ones scrambled down Troy, while the third man came back to the corner, picked up items from the ground, peeked back around the corner and looked both ways down the street, and then ran back down Troy to join his companions. Unfortunately my window doesn't look far enough down the street to be able to tell where they had come from, or where the gunfire might have originated/been directed to. I did notify the police. Just wanted to give everybody a head's up!

  • I'm at mclean and western and too heard several pops of gun fire - 3-4 pops then several more a matter of seconds later followed by two more about 30 seconds later. Around 5 or a little after.

  • I'm at Diversey & Troy and also heard this. Thanks for the clarification of what went on--we thought it might have been related to a loud and nasty domestic dispute on the sidewalk that was happening around the same time.

Jan 10

Updated 7 hours ago

Alderman Roberto Maldonado don't bother to create new jobs for unemployed people in Humboldt Park.

The first store window that people see after having passed Western Avenue traveling west on Division Street is Alderman Roberto Maldonado's old abandoned office. See picture. The 2434 West Division store front has brown paper taped on the windows. Sticky residues remain on the windows showing Alderman Roberto Maldonado's slogan: "Bringing City Services To The People.". The empty store front shows well what he meant by his slogan. Alderman Roberto Maldonado is not interested in bringing new businesses to the...

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The first store window that people see after having passed Western Avenue traveling west on Division Street is Alderman Roberto Maldonado's old abandoned office. See picture. The 2434 West Division store front has brown paper taped on the windows. Sticky residues remain on the windows showing Alderman Roberto Maldonado's slogan: "Bringing City Services To The People.". The empty store front shows well what he meant by his slogan. Alderman Roberto Maldonado is not interested in bringing new businesses to the 26 Ward and he is not interested in creating jobs for the unemployed people in Humboldt Park.

The 2434 West Division Street store front is at an excellent location and could today have many employers with the right business. The store front is located so that the right business, also, would help to pull in more customers into Humboldt Park. Alderman Roberto Maldonado's abandoned store front is a testimony to his anti-business and anti-job creation agenda.

A person traveling west of Western Avenue on Division Street looking for a restaurant, cafe or any shop will turn around when they see Alderman Roberto Maldonado's abandoned office's store front windows. With large gang signs next to Alderman Roberto Maldonado's windows people will feel as if they are entering dangerous territory. Out of the area visitors will think twice before they stop and shop at any store on Division. Sales are lost thanks to Alderman Roberto Maldonado. No new jobs are added for unemployed people in Humboldt Park.

  • I hope you're right Humboldtwriter; otherwise, we could get something like this:

    http://chicago.everyblock.com/housing/jan29-proposal-new-low-income-project-division-and-california-6653750/

  • Actually, 1970, what you call "Yuppies" is #7. The term "Yuppies" actually doesn't fit this group. Actually, that may have been their parents generation in the 80s.

    Late tiers - or as some call them, "hipsters" - are multi-racial and save like rats. Their generation puts aside money for opportunities...

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    Actually, 1970, what you call "Yuppies" is #7. The term "Yuppies" actually doesn't fit this group. Actually, that may have been their parents generation in the 80s.

    Late tiers - or as some call them, "hipsters" - are multi-racial and save like rats. Their generation puts aside money for opportunities like storefronts and affordable housing stock. There is equity in owning. Renting is being a prisoner to poverty to this people who actually don't make much money themselves.

    Maldonado and Co. want the "Puerto Rican only, anti-other residents" because it means money in their pockets and votes in the ballot box. In 2015, I am baffled how this isn't identified for the racism it is. Nope, Maldonado's people have created a permanently poor rental class. There is no wealth growth in paying rent for you, but for Maldonado and his friends there is.

    The California/Division project reminds me of the CHA mentality of herding people by color or ethnicity from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. It's like Maldonado and Co. threw it out there in haste. The HHDC has decided to get into the slum tenament industry because the market and census tracts are not working in their favor.

    If Maldonado & Co. really cared about the Puerto Rican community, the would have pushed a rent to own program through HHDC. Instead, they used grants and tax dollars to buy the properties, rehab them at a profit to Tropic/Island Construction, and tag an "administrative fee" to the rent each month for another source of revenue.

    12 months a year times how many hundreds of rentals? Many of those properties are paid off, too. I wonder where that cash goes.

    The quickest route to wealth is equity and access to credit. Maldonado & Co. effectively cut that off for two generations and worked to create a permanent rental class.

2 days ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Proposal for new low-income project at Division and California for 320 low income residents.

Alderman Maldonado wants to increase low income housing in the 26th ward to 25%. The empty lot by Division and California is a good location for a large multi-unit construction. See rendering of a proposal posted with this message.

Alderman Maldonado and low-income housing developers are surveying the 26th ward for locations to build new low income housing projects. Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation and Hispanic Housing Development Corporation have both shown interest in building large low-income constructions throughout the area. Alderman...

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Alderman Maldonado wants to increase low income housing in the 26th ward to 25%. The empty lot by Division and California is a good location for a large multi-unit construction. See rendering of a proposal posted with this message.

Alderman Maldonado and low-income housing developers are surveying the 26th ward for locations to build new low income housing projects. Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation and Hispanic Housing Development Corporation have both shown interest in building large low-income constructions throughout the area. Alderman Maldonado has previously worked closely with both of these companies.

Maldonado has a long working history with Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation's executives and know the management very well. You can read about this relationship at:

http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/roberto-maldonado-the-real-estate-king-of-the-chicago-city-council/Content?oid=1180874

Maldonado is presently working closely on many low-income housing projects with the owner of Hispani Housing Development Corporation. One of these projects is just some few blocks from the intersection Division/California by the Norwegian-American Hospital. The project is called the 65th Infantry Boringueneers Vetarans Low-Income Housing Project. That project will house closely to 100 low-income residents.

  • I hate to inform those on this thread who have taken Growth's bait, but this is a troll post. A sham. A fiction with just enough connection to a few real facts to make it plausible, and tap into people's fears. Classic trolling. The rendering of the building is fake....

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    I hate to inform those on this thread who have taken Growth's bait, but this is a troll post. A sham. A fiction with just enough connection to a few real facts to make it plausible, and tap into people's fears. Classic trolling. The rendering of the building is fake. There is no project of this type, "low income housing" or otherwise, proposed for this site. There are more than enough reasons to oppose Maldonado without resorting to this kind of phony garbage on EveryBlock that divides the neighborhood and creates drama and diversion instead of promoting intelligent discourse.

  • Ed of the Square,

    Well that's reassuring. How can one go about finding out what proposals are in store for empty lots...Humboldt Park is loaded with them, ripe for the taking....

2 days ago

Updated 8 hours ago

What the *!!##?? is happening?

Anyone hear about a woman raped by SAcramento and Schubert ? i just heard she was hit on the head with a gun and assaulted at 1pm???

  • always call 911 when you see a group loitering anywhere near your home, you just don't know. Let the police drive by.

  • Bger East Village neighbor

    As someone who has just been remapped out of the 1st ward I find it interesting and amusing that Moreno's name comes up as a do nothing alderman even when the thread has nothing to do with the first Ward. My opinion as well. We were hoping to get into Waguespeak's Ward from the remap. Unfortunately that did not happen.

2 days ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Sidewalk Repair

When asked if I "needed anything" by one of Ald. Mell's campaign workers a couple of weeks ago, I showed him the crumbling sidewalk on George between Kedzie and Troy. He said he'd get right on it. I called Mell's office today and was told by Gina they have no record of a request from anyone. She said they'll need to contact the owner of the apt. building facing the sidewalk to pay 50% of the cost of repair, per...

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When asked if I "needed anything" by one of Ald. Mell's campaign workers a couple of weeks ago, I showed him the crumbling sidewalk on George between Kedzie and Troy. He said he'd get right on it. I called Mell's office today and was told by Gina they have no record of a request from anyone. She said they'll need to contact the owner of the apt. building facing the sidewalk to pay 50% of the cost of repair, per some 50/50 city program. I hadn't heard of that program until today. It's strange to require a property owner to pay above and beyond property taxes, etc. to repair city property. I know the owner, and there's no way he'll be able to afford to pay that, nor should he have to. Notwithstanding the principle of maintaining city property, a PI/negligence lawsuit may cost the city @ $25k to settle vs. repairing the sidewalk at < $5k. That makes no sense. What are my neighbors' thoughts?

  • it's been this way for a long time 50/50 to repair sidewalks that actually belong to the city.

  • Artist girl Artist and Muscian

    The wording to the city of Chicago link about the 50/50 Sidewalk program is so funny. They say "The Share Cost Sidewalk Program is an extremely popular program." I wouldn't say that having to share the cost of fixing city property is "extremely popular". I would say that it's a...

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    The wording to the city of Chicago link about the 50/50 Sidewalk program is so funny. They say "The Share Cost Sidewalk Program is an extremely popular program." I wouldn't say that having to share the cost of fixing city property is "extremely popular". I would say that it's a penalty to make a property owner who can't afford it to pay half to pay half what the cities full responsibility should be, and then make the owner half liable for it as well. I think what would be popular is if the city would rightly pay for the entire thing, being that it is city property and that land owners already pay taxes for things like that already. Chicago, with it's under the table deals, rip off parking meeter agreement, school closings, etc, should try to take a little less advantage of it's tax paying citizens. Now, THAT would be popular!

4 days ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Humboldt Park's 17% unemployment is unhealthy and dangerous. For change, vote for Adam Corona.

We know that unemployment creates poverty, stress, crimes and domestic violence. As a psychologist, Alderman Roberto Maldonado knows this is a fact. Thanks to unemployment gangs are still very active in Humboldt Park and a stronger business environment with jobs for all is the only way to get an end to it.

Kids do not dare to go out and play without fear caused by gang members and other criminals in the neighborhood. This is not just a physical problem...

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We know that unemployment creates poverty, stress, crimes and domestic violence. As a psychologist, Alderman Roberto Maldonado knows this is a fact. Thanks to unemployment gangs are still very active in Humboldt Park and a stronger business environment with jobs for all is the only way to get an end to it.

Kids do not dare to go out and play without fear caused by gang members and other criminals in the neighborhood. This is not just a physical problem for our children but also a psychological issue that will affect the young through their life.

New research from the University of Missouri-Kansas and Georgia State University found a substantive “link between physical safety concerns and psychological distress”. Children who live in violent neighborhoods are more prone to developing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. (If you do not know what this is, Google PTSD.) In short, daily fear changes children's and young adult's psychological make-up so drastically that nightmares, flashbacks and disassociation are common. We even know that fear has a demonstrable impact not only on the mental health, but on physical health as well.
Alderman Roberto Maldonado knows the mental impacts caused by unemployment as he has studied psychology. Still, he has ignored to develop a robust job creation program for Humboldt Park. There has been no increase in jobs available in Humboldt Park during Roberto Maldonado's period as an Alderman here. Humboldt Park's unemployment is 17%. That is more than 3 times the national average.
To change the economical make up of Humboldt Park, vote for Adam Corona. Adam Corona knows that an effective job creation policy is the solution to Humboldt Park's problems and he has demonstrated that he is willing to work for it. For a better and more productive Humboldt Park, vote for Adam Corona as our Alderman February 24, 2015.

  • He does. PEOPLE, not machines, vote in Humboldt Park.

  • EastHumboldtNeighbor resident since 07

    3200 votes won last election in Ward 26 which is roughly 60,000 people. So yes Corona has a good chance. A 20 year old challenger with $5000 received 20% of the votes in 2011. Go Hawks!

27 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

New bar/restaurant from Owen & Engine owners. Maybe.

Was walking on Milwaukee this morning and saw workers demoing the storefront just south of The Owl at 2515 N. Milwaukee. There was a large sign on the door that said the permit belonged to Bixi Brewery.

That was the beginning of my internet sleuthing (slow work day). I couldn't find any permits for that location online, but found info on Bixi Brewing, LLC - http://www.zacksprivate.com/offering/96806 The owners seem to be Bo & Arden Fowler, who after some more research turned out to be the owners of Owen & Engine. So, I am concluding that Owen & Engine v2 is coming to the main Logan Square thoroughfare.

Anyone else have any details?

  • I went to an art show in the building the brewpub was in once. Man did it stink.
    Hopefully it's not too much work to get it back into shape after years of disrepair.

    All I know about the Milshire is that it got purchased by Mark Fishman (developer) and...

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    I went to an art show in the building the brewpub was in once. Man did it stink.
    Hopefully it's not too much work to get it back into shape after years of disrepair.

    All I know about the Milshire is that it got purchased by Mark Fishman (developer) and will likely be rehabbed. He bought it right before new restrictions came into place trying to keep people from changing single-room occupancy hotels like the Milshire into something fancier/more expensive. But haven't heard any updates lately. Looks like a permit for rehab was denied in October/November. I would imagine he's working on moving that rehab forward.

  • Thanks. Yeah, I wasn't sure if he made the cut off. So he is going to be able to move forward on the rehab? I'm really looking forward to seeing the bottom storefront knocked out and windows go back in. I'm assuming a restaurant will go in there to be...

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    Thanks. Yeah, I wasn't sure if he made the cut off. So he is going to be able to move forward on the rehab? I'm really looking forward to seeing the bottom storefront knocked out and windows go back in. I'm assuming a restaurant will go in there to be part of the hotel.

    As for the 2515 building, we went in there too during MAAF and it just felt an old warehouse. I figured it would go pretty soon. It was an auto dealership like the megamall buildings I believe. I'm betting it won't open sooner than late summer.

10 hours ago

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2 days ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Found dog--pitbull mix puppy 1600 block of Kedzie

Rescued a pit bull mix female puppy (looks to be less than a year old) running down the 1600 block of Kedzie today. Black collar and no tags. She's about 60 pounds and very strong. She knows sit, paw and lie down so she has been someone's dog. Nipples are enlarged so she has been pregnant at some point. She's friendly but shy and scared. We have four small dogs and two kids so we can't take the risk and...

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Rescued a pit bull mix female puppy (looks to be less than a year old) running down the 1600 block of Kedzie today. Black collar and no tags. She's about 60 pounds and very strong. She knows sit, paw and lie down so she has been someone's dog. Nipples are enlarged so she has been pregnant at some point. She's friendly but shy and scared. We have four small dogs and two kids so we can't take the risk and bring her home but I have her at my work in a small room for the night to see if we can find her owner before I have to call the pound. Please share and help us try and find her owners? I volunteer and have fostered for animal rescues but they generally will not take a dog without it going to the pound and then pulling so I am trying this first.

  • Veronika Fashion Designer,Gallery Owner,Web Designer, Muse

    Yes we have checked and report filed with Lost Dog Illinois

  • Glad she'll have a new life outside of being a breeder mom living in a basement. You did the right thing and she's going to be much happier for it. Thank you!!!!

2 days ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Alderman Defends Choice of Ex-Offender to Lead Political Group

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/02/us/alderman-defends-choice-of-ex-offender-to-lead-political-group.html

When Alderman Joe Moreno feuded recently with the Democratic committeeman in his First Ward constituency, he decided to form what he called an “independent Democratic political organization.”
To lead the reform-themed group, called 1st Ward First, Mr. Moreno tapped someone from a category of Chicagoans who he says need support: ex-offenders.

That someone, Juan Elias, pleaded guilty to the state charge of mutilation of election materials in 1997, after a failed run for Democratic committeeman of the 26th Ward. In 1986, he was convicted on a drug charge after the police caught him with more than three pounds of marijuana.

  • Penelope C Activist of all kinds.

    Anne Shaw posted a notice on her personal page this morning indicating that a supporter had been threatened by Joe Muntaner (who is working for Moreno). Muntaner pointed at the individual wearing an Anne Shaw sticker and said (in front of others), at last night's debate: "there will be repercussions...

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    Anne Shaw posted a notice on her personal page this morning indicating that a supporter had been threatened by Joe Muntaner (who is working for Moreno). Muntaner pointed at the individual wearing an Anne Shaw sticker and said (in front of others), at last night's debate: "there will be repercussions for that." Another individual claims the same thing happened to them at the debate that was held in Wicker Park a few weeks ago. Shaw has also been personally threatened by Johnny Elias as has Ronda Locke who filed a formal complaint with the Board of Elections. Apparently desperate times call for desperate measures in the Moreno camp. Joe Must Go.

  • Joe Lake Facebook, Twitter, Klout, EveryBlock, Yahoo Groups

    There may will be 'repercussions.'

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Jan 20

Updated 20 hours ago

Logan Pets out of business

I just received this email today about Logan Pets going out of business. I am so upset and disappointed. The owners are wonderful people and this was a rare location where my 13 year old dog loved to be groomed.

  • Lynn F. Live and work in Avondale

    My dog's vet, Your Pet's Wellness, just posted on Facebook that they will be taking over the space, offering grooming, boarding, and vet services. They are really fantastic. I'm excited they're going to be so close and expanding their services! Www.Yourpetswellness.net

  • Fuarain CTA rider, walker, animal person

    oh cool! Dr. Stricker is great - she used to work at Banfield! I hope they continue the retail side, so I can get fancy dog food without going all the way to Pet Supplies Plus.

2 days ago

Updated 20 hours ago

Evening/Date Night Babysitter Available!

Hi Everyone, I've posted before but just wanted to say I would still love to help you out with your kids! I'm an experienced babysitter that is Red Cross Babysitting certified. I've babysat for over 8 years and have watched infants as well as kids 2-15. I love kids and would love to help if anyone needs any babysitting. Thanks!

6 days ago

Updated 24 hours ago

Silver Malibu

Some guys in a silver Malibu just tried getting buzzed into our unit. They kept buzzing every unit in the building, we live on Fullerton, has this happened to anyone else? I just checked with other tenants and it was no one they knew or were expecting.

  • Any packages that sit in your lobby?

  • I can't speak for the car, but this was happening at and around my building (Belden, near Kedzie) back in the summer. They would buzz all the apartments until someone buzzed them in and then break into any apartment they could. Apparently it happened at some other nearby buildings as...

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    I can't speak for the car, but this was happening at and around my building (Belden, near Kedzie) back in the summer. They would buzz all the apartments until someone buzzed them in and then break into any apartment they could. Apparently it happened at some other nearby buildings as well and the landlord sent out a notice to everyone.

    I'd recommend posting something on your apartment door for your neighbors to see. Don't buzz anyone in unless you know exactly who they are. Seems obvious, but I guess some people need a reminder.

3 days ago

Updated 25 hours ago

Opthalmologist Recommendations

New Chicago resident looking for Opthalmologist recommendations. Who do you love? 👓Thanks in advance.

2 days ago

Updated 25 hours ago

Internet Service Providers Logan Square

What service provider do you recommend in Logan Square? I know some are not available at my specific address like RCN. All I want is a basic internet connection. Preferrably less than 50 dollars a month. Thanks!

  • HawksSuperFan Moved in from the Burbs - happy to be in UV!

    I have Comcast.. signed the deal with the devil I fear, but so far, it has been good here in UKV - but I'm a gamer. I think if you are looking for cheap, AT&T will be lower priced, but unless you can get real cable./ fiber, I think that DSL is too slow.

  • I've had them all, in different neighborhoods. For what it's worth, RCN was by far the best, most reliable, most responsive and most affordable of all options. They just don't service as wide an area as Comcast. I also had UVerse at a previous address and have a number of...

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    I've had them all, in different neighborhoods. For what it's worth, RCN was by far the best, most reliable, most responsive and most affordable of all options. They just don't service as wide an area as Comcast. I also had UVerse at a previous address and have a number of good friends who work for the company. Notoriously hegemonic past aside, I found the service refreshing and reliable and relatively trouble free for several years. Only downside now is they don't offer competitively high speed internet in many areas - mine included. They are rolling out faster speeds in some markets, but building out the infrastructure is taking time.

    So, as others here have neatly broken it down, the only real choice for high speed internet for those of us in technologically underserved areas is Comcast. Even if it begs the question, what's better - reliably mediocre speeds or painfully unreliable high speeds? Comcast is also cheaper for the speed they deliver - when they actually deliver it. I am now working with credits for poor service that exceed a month's bill. But honestly, I would pay someone like RCN more to come in and actually do what Comcast continues to prove it can't.

26 hours ago

2600 N. Richmond - home burglarized while people home

My friend's house on the 2600 block of N. Richmond was broken into this week during the evening hours. The kids were upstairs asleep, while the babysitter watched TV on the first floor. They climbed up a back balcony and broke into through the 2nd floor into the master bedroom. The babysitter heard something, went upstairs and they ran out the way they came in. The same night their neighbors garage was broken into. Anyone else in this area hear of a crimes happening that aren't being reported? There has also been some strong arm robberies in the area (linked below). WTH!?!?!

Call the police if ANYTHING or ANYONE looks suspicious!

http://abc7chicago.com/news/police-warn-of-strong-arm-robberies-in-logan-square/491725/

2 days ago

Updated 28 hours ago

Comcast Internet out?

I think ours is out, but wanted to check if others are having issues. We are near Belmont and kimball. Thanks!!

  • Carter O'Brien Will eat any pizza that doesn't eat me first

    Hey neighbor! If it makes you feel better AT&T is no different.

  • Seth Logan Square resident for 15+ years

    You can always text the word "out" to Comcast at phone number 266-278 to see if there is an outage in your area.

    Hope this helps in the future.

29 hours ago

Center for Changing Lives moves to Bickerdike's commercial space at Zapata Apartment Building

Having celebrated 25 years of services to households on the Northwest side of Chicago in 2014, Center for Changing Lives (CCL) celebrates a new milestone with an expanded community service center on Armitage Avenue.  Lissette Castaneda, CCL’s Community Engagement Coordinator, says, “Thanks to the services that CCL offers, community residents do not need to access financial services that are costly and exploitative.  CCL is now further embedded in the community to offer residents services that can change their financial circumstances and thereby, their lives.” In 2014, nearly four hundred community residents increased their net income, net worth or their credit score.

2 days ago

Updated 32 hours ago

Keys found!

Keys found outside an apartment building near the intersection of Wrightwood and Spaulding. There are roughly a dozen keys connected by a D ring keychain. If you think these are your keys, please comment back!

  • I believe these may be my keys!

  • David Lightman Part time head turner, full time jaw dropper

    do they have a Xsport tag, Walgreens tag, jewel, pet smart, and saber tooth looking bottle opener? if so they are probably mine.

  • Sorry David, those aren't the keys I have! Good luck find yours though.

34 hours ago

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3 days ago

Updated 43 hours ago

TWIN TOWERS property owner still John Burns / MaxMil LLC

Zoning Change / Planned Development Ordinance Application 2014-18166 filed with City discloses @ page 11 that 2293 North Milwaukee LLC (Robert Buono + partners) is not property owner, but "developer". MaxMil LLC (John Burns + partner Newgard Development) is owner entity? Burns controlled original GGNA Zoning Committee created with former 1st Ward Alderman Manny Flores before community took it back from real estate interests. Alderman Moreno- please clarify:

MaxMil, LLC
155 North Wacker Drive
Suite 1690
Chicago, IL 60606
512.223.0000...

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Zoning Change / Planned Development Ordinance Application 2014-18166 filed with City discloses @ page 11 that 2293 North Milwaukee LLC (Robert Buono + partners) is not property owner, but "developer". MaxMil LLC (John Burns + partner Newgard Development) is owner entity? Burns controlled original GGNA Zoning Committee created with former 1st Ward Alderman Manny Flores before community took it back from real estate interests. Alderman Moreno- please clarify:

MaxMil, LLC
155 North Wacker Drive
Suite 1690
Chicago, IL 60606
512.223.0000

May 28, 2014
Patricia Scudiero
Zoning Administrator
City of Chicago
City Hall - Room 905
121 N. LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60602

Re: 2255-93 N. Milwaukee Ave. / 2208-26 N. Washtenaw Ave. / 2715-35 W. Belden St.

Dear Zoning Administrator Scudiero:

MaxMil, LLC, an Illinois limited liability company, is the owner ("Owner") of the above referenced property (the "Property"). Owner has authorized 2293 North Milwaukee LLC, an Illinois limited liability company ("Applicant") to file a Planned Development Application for development of the Property and to take any necessary actions in connections with said application.

Sincerely,
John R. Burns
Member
CC: Rolando Acosta
John Stocker

3 days ago

Updated 43 hours ago

"Apples. Apples. Apples for sale" screamed Alderman Ronaldo Maldonado.

Every fall the business on 2434 West Division Street is thriving. See posted photo. The apples are ripe. Customers come from near and far. The apple tree owner makes all the money he needs for all year. This is just one of all thriving businesses along Division Street from Western to California. Cafes and restaurants have enough customers day and night to hire extra employers as well as filling their pockets with all the money they need. Business is good....

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Every fall the business on 2434 West Division Street is thriving. See posted photo. The apples are ripe. Customers come from near and far. The apple tree owner makes all the money he needs for all year. This is just one of all thriving businesses along Division Street from Western to California. Cafes and restaurants have enough customers day and night to hire extra employers as well as filling their pockets with all the money they need. Business is good.

This must be how Alderman Roberto Maldonado perceive business on Division Street?

Unfortunately, businesses on Division Street between Western and California does not seem to do very well. I walked by one of the nicer late night restaurant on Division Street last weekend. As I walked by a man who I guess were either the owner or an employee stood by the window looking at me smiling. The restaurant was completely empty. I felt sorry for him and I would have gone in for a bite but I had just had dinner. Sorry! He had Alderman Roberto Maldonado's re-election poster in the window. I was wondering if he understood that the political agenda driving Alderman Roberto Maldonado actually keep customers away from his store? He actually looses thousands of dollars every year because of Roberto Maldonado. Or, maybe, he does not see it that way?

Alderman Roberto Maldonado does not understand businesses that require a constant stream of customers to survive and to hire people. He is simply the wrong Alderman for anyone who need to work for his or her living.

Shame on you Alderman Roberto Maldonado for working against the working people.

3 days ago

Updated 47 hours ago

THE PAC ATTACK

I have heard aldermanic candidates bashed in this forum for accepting PAC monies. Here's the truth, candidates scrape together money to run their campaign, especially when they are not an incumbent. Many times, PACs will go to the website, click the link and donate. Boom-a Pac has supported a candidate. Is this wag the dog behavior? Does this mean that that candidate is tethered to the PAC and will do their bidding if elected? Of course not! Anyone can donate...

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I have heard aldermanic candidates bashed in this forum for accepting PAC monies. Here's the truth, candidates scrape together money to run their campaign, especially when they are not an incumbent. Many times, PACs will go to the website, click the link and donate. Boom-a Pac has supported a candidate. Is this wag the dog behavior? Does this mean that that candidate is tethered to the PAC and will do their bidding if elected? Of course not! Anyone can donate to a fund. Let's look at the alternative-a new candidate has received a PAC contribution. This PAC is controversial. Should they spend time, energy and resources processing refunds of much needing funding to run the campaign?,... or just hope that common sense will prevail when people are perusing through the campaign contributors. UMMMM-common sense maybe? And seriously if this is the only negative thing you hear about a candidate it's probably because there is nothing else bad to say about them.

When a liquor establishment contributes to a fund does it mean the candidates an alcoholic? This is tantamount to assuming that a candidate who takes money from Walgreens is seeking prescription drugs illegally. Crazy right?!

I encourage you skeptics to go to the state board of elections candidate contributions. Look at who is accepting money from whom, and then imagine you are a conspiracy theorist and want to write bad things about the candidate based on contributors. Voila! You have lots of ammo. You could fabricate stories like crazy because, chances are, there are contributors that are not perfect,... or that have enemies, ...or that do not conform to certain ideals Don't let these forums and this bashing dictate your vote. Educate yourself and make your own decisions!! ...and if you read this-thanks for the few minutes of your time have a great day!

  • Emily, wow, I wish what you say could be so, but the sad state of reality in IL is that the incumbents protect their status completely and absolutely. The whole system is designed to keep them in power and create very high barriers for challengers.

    This is where there are no differences between Democrats or Republicans - they all want to keep themselves in office and have a never-ending list why we should ever have Campaign Limits.

  • You can take the high road or the low road where PAC donations are concerned ... problem is many incumbents have lost their way just following the Mayor's road, some of them for decades.

Jan 23

Updated 2 days ago

  • Glenn, on top of the six houses, what other houses are being planned?

  • HPPie Born in HP

    Hmmmm - No, I don't think he opposes Augusta and California and yes I do know what's going on, and I think Rootstock has been a great add to the neigborhood (a former Battaglia property), my comment is based on previous conversations we've had about him and justifying that he is narrow minded and not too interested in anyone else, of course, unless it works in his favor.

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Chi-Arts

What was once a quiet and peaceful community, now, thanks to Maldonado, is a loud, congested traffic and parking area for all of the kids and their parents going to Chi-Arts on Augusta. I did not buy a home by an el, or a bus or a train or even on a main traffic thoroughfare or intersection. After 16 years, I now live in a neighborhood with traffic congestion, overrun with outsiders, disturbing our peace and quiet and trashing our...

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What was once a quiet and peaceful community, now, thanks to Maldonado, is a loud, congested traffic and parking area for all of the kids and their parents going to Chi-Arts on Augusta. I did not buy a home by an el, or a bus or a train or even on a main traffic thoroughfare or intersection. After 16 years, I now live in a neighborhood with traffic congestion, overrun with outsiders, disturbing our peace and quiet and trashing our lawns. These kids don't live here. Why not move Chi-arts to their neighborhood? If it was closer to their home, their parents wouldn't have to drive to pick them up. At least, have some consideration and relocate it on a public transportation line! In the meantime, I am applying for a reduced assessment that will more accurately reflect the reduction in our quality of life. Oh.. I am also looking for a new Alderman...

  • Okay, let's be honest. Since the massive round of school closings, only ONE vacant school building has been sold. The chances that Lafayette would have been sold and redeveloped as condos is so super miniscule, that it's ridiculous to think that was a viable solution. I'd say that even if you dislike the students hanging around place, it's probably the best solution we could have hoped for in the neighborhood. But I still love having Chi Arts here, seems like lots of other people do, too.

  • walth HP neighbor

    Washtenaw1 I understand your frustration. Here are a few ideas how to solve to your peoblem:

    1) contact the school http://chiarts.org/contact/ and ask them to A) talk with their students about litter and respecting peoples properties and B) suggest to them to do a campaign on don't litter, Example they...

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    Washtenaw1 I understand your frustration. Here are a few ideas how to solve to your peoblem:

    1) contact the school http://chiarts.org/contact/ and ask them to A) talk with their students about litter and respecting peoples properties and B) suggest to them to do a campaign on don't litter, Example they are an ART school, have them make it a project to update the "Give a hoot — don't pollute!" campaign from the 70's( which I think they should do everywhere in the city, schools, park district etc): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodsy_Owl

    that would be a win win for the neighborhood, school and city. It raises the awareness of the students about pollution/garbage and waste while learning their craft.

    2) get signature pages from the alderman's office, go door to door on your block and ask your neighbors if they want to sign for permit parking. you need 80% of your block, submit it to the alderman's and then follow up once a month to see if it was passed at city council. Once passed you need to check again to see when you will be getting the signs.

    Good luck

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Gas or Sewer smell?

There has been construction going on around Kimball and Palmer for the past week and a half. Today we noticed a strong sent of what could be gas in our apartment. The upstairs neighbors have the smell as well. It seems to be coming from the drain in the basement. Our landlord received a message from Peoples stating that other people around the area have had similar complaints and that the smell is not gas but a combination of paint thinner and ammonia in the sewers. The fire department also came out and checked out the situation and said the same thing. Has anyone else had any issues with this smell?

  • Yes...dry water traps..pour water down it..worked for me...on;y I used buckets...

  • i had this same problem a few days ago and a few buckets of water with some concentrated odor eliminator worked for me. another trick i learned from a friend is to put boric acid around the drains to stave off oriental roaches (waterbugs).

2 days ago

Unflinching in the Fight Against Fraud

If you’re like most people, you protect what’s valuable to you. 

2 days ago

Ring in The New Year With a COLA

Happy New Year from Social Security! Put down the champagne and ring in the New Year with a COLA! And we don’t mean the soda. In 2015, nearly 64 million Americans who receive Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will receive a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase to their monthly benefit payments of 1.7 percent. 

2 days ago

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Jan 20

Updated 2 days ago

Need Recommendations

Hi there...I need a couple of recommendations: a plumber and an auto mechanic. I have a leak in my bathroom, so not a big job, but local is best. I am also looking for a mechanic to let me know how much longer I can keep my 14-year old beast running or if it is time to let her go because keeping her running would be too expensive. Any suggestions?

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Looking for a cat sitter

Need a cat sitter to come a few times this weekend. I know there's Rover and Dog Vacay but I am too lazy to look through all of that! Would like someone experienced as she has a special diet and an Elizabethan collar on right now for her allergies ( so would have to have some experience putting that on a cat ) Otherwise she'll just purr and meow and ask for pets. Let me know how often you can come and your rates. We frequently go out of town so this could definitely be a long term thing! Our intersection is North and Albany. Thanks!

2 days ago

2 days ago

Chicago Recycling now accepts Shelf-Stable and Refrigerated cartons

According to the website recyclecartons.com, I believe Chicago is now accepting shelf-stable and refrigerated cartons in the blue bins (i.e. broth cartons, juice cartons). Here is the link:
http://www.recyclecartons.com/center-info/?center=677&city=&county=COOK

Jan 15

Updated 2 days ago

missing dog

my dog got scared and left my friends yard in the 2500 block of north Lawndale. He is 9 lbs, brown (looks like an ewok), super friendly, answers to George and missed by his family terribly. please reposnd to the post if you see him.

2 days ago

Lost Pup????

Hi Everyone,

Just found this lovely girl running loose in the middle of Kedzie between wabansia and north. She has a collar but no tag. She knows sit, lay and paw so i'm assuming she is missing her family.

Jan 23

Updated 3 days ago

New Veterinary Clinic in Logan Square!

Boulevard Veterinary on Armitage and California recently opened their doors and are accepting new patients!
All new clients receive $25 off their first visit!

2740 W. Armitage Ave.
773-360-1731
www.blvd.vet
Facebook: Boulevard Veterinary
Instagram: @blvd.vet

  • Lauren 5 year Humboldt Park resident

    Just to update you all, we've changed our Thursday hours to 11am-8pm for those of you that require later appointments!

  • I checked out the facilities over the weekend with my cat Dino (who gave everything a good sniff and a rub)...everything seems nice and state of the art and the vet who is running it (who worked in pet ER before) was very friendly. The price point seems the same as most, but it is so close to my house it will be my go-to for sure.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Elise Doody Jones

My son played hockey with her son and I have gotten to know her through community events. For those who don't know her a good video about who she is.. I recommend getting her know her personally-she'll be knocking on doors meeting neighbors between now and election time.... and get out and vote!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_KkEaowgWA

3 days ago

Community Alert

Community Alert
Wanted for Robbery - 25th District (Grand and Central)

See posting below

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