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3 hours ago

Updated 28 min ago

Electioneering inside the Prohibited Zone

When I went over to vote early this afternoon, I found a campaign sign posted inside the zone where signs and other electioneering is prohibited. I reported it to an election judge inside, and he went out and removed it. Lo and behold, the sign belonged to the Republican Committee(wo)man's candidate for state representative. So, if you vote early on Friday or Saturday, watch for such shenanigans. The zone extends from the door to the fieldhouse out to the blue cone, 100 ft. away.

  • Barry C ready for a long weekend

    That is no surprise. It was Republican Richard Nixon who was the father of dirty tricks and sleazy politics wasn't it? The tradition carries on. Hurrah for Ms. Devane who is loyal to the Republican Party shenanigans.

  • daveP been around awhile

    thank god you caught that! i was heading over for my daily vote, and i was going to vote democrat, but for some reason when i saw that sign i became all confused.

    like, because it was in the prohibited zone i figured obama authorized it and that was who i was supposed to vote for

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    You know your dear friend Suzanne would have been on here screaming bloody murder if it had been a Democratic candidate, Dave.

3 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

REMINDER: Join Me Tonight for a Discussion on the Future of Leone Beach Park

Don't forget to join me tonight to learn about and contribute to the effort to redevelop Leone Beach Park and Fieldhouse. The meeting will take place TONIGHT (Monday, October 27th), 7:00 p.m. at the Loyola Park Fieldhouse, 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave, 2nd Floor Sky Room.

I am hosting this meeting so you can hear from community members and the Chicago Park District on possible ways we to make this underused park and fieldhouse a new asset for Rogers Park residents....

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Don't forget to join me tonight to learn about and contribute to the effort to redevelop Leone Beach Park and Fieldhouse. The meeting will take place TONIGHT (Monday, October 27th), 7:00 p.m. at the Loyola Park Fieldhouse, 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave, 2nd Floor Sky Room.

I am hosting this meeting so you can hear from community members and the Chicago Park District on possible ways we to make this underused park and fieldhouse a new asset for Rogers Park residents.

Leone Beach Park is located at Touhy Avenue and the lakefront. It includes a beach, a playground close to Sheridan Road, and a 114-year-old building that has been used as a park fieldhouse for most of its existence. It is also the northernmost point in Chicago for Lake Michigan Water Trail.

A number of ideas for redeveloping the Leone facility have been offered over the years. This current conversation began last year as part of a proposal brought up during my Participatory Budgeting (PB) process. While the proposal didn't fit into PB at the time, interested community members kept the conversation going.

Park District Superintendent Mike Kelly is very supportive of exploring a redevelopment plan for the fieldhouse and surrounding area and has committed members of his planning staff to developing a plan with my community.

This is where you come in. Some of the community members who have been working with my office and me want to share with you their ideas for Leone Beach and Park and get your feedback and ideas.

Ideas for the park include improving the facilities for lifeguards and the Junior Lifeguard Program to preserve and enhance the program, landscaping that better reflects the natural landscape of the lakefront, a kayak launch and storage facilities, event space and room for educational programming about Lake Michigan's ecosystem. You'll hear more on Monday. The working group and I want to hear your ideas, and to get you involved in bringing new life to this wonderful community resource.

  • tom 2422 Rogers Parker since 1972

    The endless and immature sniping is indeed tiresome. Very difficult to take the naysayers and conspiracy theory folks seriously. The more absurd their accusations the more votes Alderman Moore will receive in the upcoming election. I predict a landslide. JCV, I think your head scratching is warranted.

  • Barry C ready for a long weekend

    Tom the sniping by that little group is dreadful. You can't imagine how they tried to beat down the interests of the paddlers at the Monday meeting for Leone Park. The little group tried to beat down anything that supported the Alderman's attempt to support a broad based approach to...

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    Tom the sniping by that little group is dreadful. You can't imagine how they tried to beat down the interests of the paddlers at the Monday meeting for Leone Park. The little group tried to beat down anything that supported the Alderman's attempt to support a broad based approach to upgrading and improving the Leone Park facility. They didn't care about the community or what people wanted. All they were concerned about was trying to make our Alderman and the Park District look like the bad guys. It was disgusting and the guy in the middle of it just sat there smug and quiet and let them carry on around him.

24 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Fabulous Protest March

Join the free, fabulous protest march somewhere in Ravenswood near Lincoln Square on October 30th. It has been endorsed by a leading Rogers Park challenger for alderman in 2015. The event is free and open to the public, but please register in advance by calling 773-916-7484. Join the march and continue the fight even though we're not quite sure what it's all about. Just protest and support your right of free speech.

  • Barry C ready for a long weekend

    Anyone afraid of being ambushed by psychos or going out and speaking in public isn't ready to represent the 49th Ward in the City Council. It's a rough and tumble world out there and we don't want timid or cowardly people pretending to represent us in front of the Mayor. They will end up being eaten for lunch at the first City Council meeting.

  • daveP been around awhile

    yeah, pretty dangerous to go vote with the mayor 97% of the time. . while not attending the majority of your meetings.

14 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Missing Cat

Hi everyone,

My favorite cat seems to have gotten out last night. I wouldn't worry but she's not an outdoor cat and she's only two years old so, needless to say, I'm pretty upset and worried about her.

She's a longer, skinny tortoise shell cat with a very loud and screechy meow. She responds to Danni and is very people friendly though she may be a bit skittish given the circumstances. I'll post a picture when I'm not at work.

We live on Glenwood and Northshore, right on the corner so hopefully she'd be nearby. The area seems to have a lot of cats roaming pretty regularly. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I really miss her.

11 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Voter fraud prevention mechanism

Hello neighbors,

I have a question about this year's election.

A couple hours ago I went to vote early at Warren Park. I wasn't asked to identify myself other than provide my name and address on a paper form (which I assume was then cross-checked against a pre-existing list by one of the volunteers).

My question is this: what would prevent me from going to another early voting locale tomorrow and cast a vote again? Would the volunteer at that...

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Hello neighbors,

I have a question about this year's election.

A couple hours ago I went to vote early at Warren Park. I wasn't asked to identify myself other than provide my name and address on a paper form (which I assume was then cross-checked against a pre-existing list by one of the volunteers).

My question is this: what would prevent me from going to another early voting locale tomorrow and cast a vote again? Would the volunteer at that location check first if my name appears on their own pre-existing list, and if it didn't, I would be sent away?

I don't remember not having to identify myself at previous elections (in fact, when another person I know went to vote early, he said he was explicitly instructed to "put away your ID"). I know that voter ID is a hot button issue, but I genuinely want to know what steps are being taken this time around to prevent potential voter fraud.

Thank you in advance for any insightful comments/responses.

  • Thank you all for the lovely comments...
    I have unsubscribed from this now. too much. Call the Board of Elections!

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    I have always been asked for an ID at early voting, and never on election day.

Oct 16

Updated 5 hours ago

Cermak Market?

Anyone got the scoop on the old Dominicks on Ridge? Looks like they're doing a bunch of work there and I heard it was gonna be a grocery called Cermak produce or something like that. Thanks.

  • I think they could have opened earlier but they completely gutted the inside. The store had just been remodeled 3-5 years ago so I don't know what was so run down inside that they had to do that. As of today, they are still working on the inside. I tried to peek in the windows but construction plastic is hung about a foot inside the windows so no luck! It will be great when they finally open.

  • I think it's a good sign that they didn't reopen the store too quickly without working on improving it and making it their own. I have no idea exactly what kind of store they plan to open at the site, but this article about a Cermark Fresh store that opened...

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    I think it's a good sign that they didn't reopen the store too quickly without working on improving it and making it their own. I have no idea exactly what kind of store they plan to open at the site, but this article about a Cermark Fresh store that opened in Milwaukee has me hopeful. Cermak seems to have identified the "ethnic" market as its niche, which makes sense for the Ridge location, given the mixture of Indian, Pakistani and Latino consumers in the area, among others. But they seem to define "ethnic" quite broadly, including Polish, German, Italian and Greek.

    "If you were to walk into the (West Milwaukee) store, whether you're Hispanic, whether you're German, whether you're Polish, whether you're Italian, you'd think that store was for you."
    http://www.jsonline.com/business/cermak-is-a-fresh-face-on-the-area-food-scene-0360khu-161668825.html

42 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Mental Health Dominates City Budget Discussion

The Chicago Department of Public Health Budget Hearing - Dominated by Mental Healthcare concerns.

Ebola readiness was the marquee topic at the Department of Public Health hearing on the proposed Chicago budget at City Hall on October 28. But the topic that drew the most attention from Aldermen, and likely from those in attendance too, was the city’s budget and plans for mental health care.

Aldermen grilled department commissioner Bechara Choucair about the proposed budget numbers as relates to the...

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The Chicago Department of Public Health Budget Hearing - Dominated by Mental Healthcare concerns.

Ebola readiness was the marquee topic at the Department of Public Health hearing on the proposed Chicago budget at City Hall on October 28. But the topic that drew the most attention from Aldermen, and likely from those in attendance too, was the city’s budget and plans for mental health care.

Aldermen grilled department commissioner Bechara Choucair about the proposed budget numbers as relates to the city’s public mental health clinics, and asked often-repeated questions about the impacts of closing six of 12 clinics in 2012.

Choucair reported that the public clinics are serving about the same number of people they served before the closings – between 2,100 and 2,400.

Activists with the Mental Health Movement and the AFSCME labor union have said the city numbers are misleading because the public clinic caseload was much higher in the year before the closings; by the time of the closing the city had “closed” cases that they maintain represent people still needing services. There were 2,798 clients who had an appointment at the clinics in the year before the closures, according to the city.

Aldermen also asked Choucair why the city has not enrolled in managed care networks that would enable the public clinics to receive Medicaid reimbursement. An ordinance that would pave the way for such enrollment has been drafted but not introduced in City Council. Choucair said city officials are in “active discussions” about enrolling in managed care networks.

Choucair and Aldermen discussed the shortage of psychiatrists within the city mental health system. There are currently four psychiatrists serving about 2,400 patients across the six clinics, and one of them is retiring.

Aldermen asked the department for more numbers to consider before they vote November 5 on the proposed 2015 budget

  • This just in: another big success sign for Obamacare. U.S. insurers planning to sell Obamacare health plans for the coming year are expecting at least a 20 percent growth in customers and in some states are anticipate more than doubling sign-ups.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/r-insurers-have-big-plans-for-2015-obamacare-enrollment-2014-10

  • Lucas G “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”

    Back to topic: Aldermen should not vote for the 2015 budget until mental health clinic items have been addressed, including restoring the Rogers Park Northtown Clinic formerly located on Howard near Ashland. Thanks everyone for your help and suggestions. I told my friend about your concern and he looked emotional. I told him his community does care.

2 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Leone Park-Beach Meeting

Last night Danny Diamond and Chris Serb spoke with much heart and changed the conversation from a nature center to a tribute to Sam Leone and the lifeguard program.

3 days ago

Updated 8 hours ago

A Nature Center - Right Idea. Wrong Place.

In recognition of the long legacy that Sam Leone left in Rogers Park, and the history of Chicago’s Junior Life Guard program founded in 1925 at what is now Leone Beach, we recommend that the proposed nature center be located somewhere other than inside the field house that is currently used by the life guards at Leone Beach.

We recommend that a living museum, dedicated to Sam Leone and the Junior Guard program, be installed in the existing field house...

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In recognition of the long legacy that Sam Leone left in Rogers Park, and the history of Chicago’s Junior Life Guard program founded in 1925 at what is now Leone Beach, we recommend that the proposed nature center be located somewhere other than inside the field house that is currently used by the life guards at Leone Beach.

We recommend that a living museum, dedicated to Sam Leone and the Junior Guard program, be installed in the existing field house instead of a nature center. Further we recommend that the Park District consider restoring the Junior Guard program to its previous stature at Leone and add a natatorium to the site, as proposed to the Park District in 1979.

This would facilitate year-round life guard aquatic training and provide a lap pool for use by area residents. It would also complement the Lake Michigan Water Trail kayak launch and proposal for its expansion.

As for the Nature Center, other opportune locations could serve to highlight the impact of a successful dune restoration along Loyola Park’s shoreline. One location we feel would be more appropriate is an addition to the east end of the Loyola Park field house—now a hand-ball court that’s no longer used and parking for employees who could park in designated spaces on Greenleaf. The site would provide easy access to the Nature Center for hundreds of children who regularly use the field house and be incorporated into programs offered at Loyola Park.

Signed by Rogers Park residents, Junior Guard Program alumni, Parents of children in the program,
Tim Colleran
Chris Serb
Don Gordon
Pat Dooley
Jerry Gavin
Ann Serb
Brian Murphy
Kent Frayn
Renee Leone O'Bryan
Rob Fleigel
Pat Colleran
Mike Dooley
Keith Heger
Jonathan Hudik
Dan Burns
Bret Renaud
Bonnie Gordon
Bobby Diamond
Joanna Klimczak
Shanna Gordon
Jeannine Silis
Greg Wuerfel
Bob Lock
Rachel Barr
Donald L Leone Jr
Craig Kemnitz
John Kavanagh
Meghan Gordon

  • Barry C ready for a long weekend

    A multi-purpose community center and free park district fieldhouse designed by the community to serve the community is an exercise in pure democracy. Nearby free parking is a great bonus.

  • Yes. The alderman worked a back room deal to use tax payer money to provide free parking for those privileged folks who live on the lakefront. It was excluded from the almighty participatory budgeting campaign tool.

Sep 19

Updated 9 hours ago

Any One want to create a Social Club in Rogers Park

Hello my friendly neighbors,
Since I have joined Everyblock Rogers Park
I must say I have really enjoyed having conversations with a lot of you, I wish we could all have an opportunity to have coffee, tea or drinks and really sit down and continue with a great conversation like we do everyday. Talking to you all helps me vent how I feel about my community, and the changes that I would like to make, to make our neighborhood a...

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Hello my friendly neighbors,
Since I have joined Everyblock Rogers Park
I must say I have really enjoyed having conversations with a lot of you, I wish we could all have an opportunity to have coffee, tea or drinks and really sit down and continue with a great conversation like we do everyday. Talking to you all helps me vent how I feel about my community, and the changes that I would like to make, to make our neighborhood a wonderful place to live. We all might not agree with each other but i really do enjoy the great responses and arguments we make about changing Rogers Park. Would anyone be willing to want to start a Rogers Park Block Club. Rogers park is filled with great smart individuals who have the potential of being great leaders and Activist in their neighborhood. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have the opportunity to meet someone and other families in Rogers Park, who holds great values? I think so
What do you all think?

  • Mother Olson Watchful mother.

    I think this sounds like a lovely idea! Perhaps we could arrange monthly dinner meetings?

  • Terry Midnight Owner of Third Coast Comics in Edgewater

    I'm in! It sounds like a swell idea!

Oct 14

Updated 11 hours ago

Why We Have Rats

I took these photos this morning. The tenants in this building (the northwest corner of Devon & Fairfield) don't care how they dispose of their garbage. Some of it is tossed out of the second and third floor windows above the dumpsters. I once saw a bag in mid-flight but couldn't tell which floor it came from. Much of it comes from tenants who toss their bags on top, behind, or next to the dumpster. The maintenance man is always...

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I took these photos this morning. The tenants in this building (the northwest corner of Devon & Fairfield) don't care how they dispose of their garbage. Some of it is tossed out of the second and third floor windows above the dumpsters. I once saw a bag in mid-flight but couldn't tell which floor it came from. Much of it comes from tenants who toss their bags on top, behind, or next to the dumpster. The maintenance man is always cleaning up the alley, but he wasn't there today. And, as of half an hour ago, there's even more garbage on the ground, more bags tossed into the alley. Recently someone has begun to leave newspaper with torn bread and what appears to be cheese on top the dumpster several times a week. This may be poison (note the dead rat between the bags) and would explain the two dead squirrels and dead pigeon I've found in the last week. Squirrels are always on these dumpsters because there's always food here. The city has repeatedly cited this building but the tenants continue to dump their garbage like this. (I picked up the rat and the bread and cheese after I took the pictures.) I heard on tonight's news that Orkin has named Chicago the city with the nation's worse rat problem (based on the number of citizen complaints). The tenants here are one reason that's probably true.

12 hours ago

Stolen Bike- Specialized Langster Seattle Edition

Hi All,

Please let me know if you see a Green Specialized mountain bike around the neighborhood, or for sale anywhere. We had one stolen from our garage sometime within the last few days.

I am going to report it too, but I thought this might be a good resource.

Thanks!

29 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Help Prevent Death by Bike

Between the years of 2010 and 2012, Illinois ranks fifth in the nation among bike fatalities. In urban areas, where cycling has long been a transit option, the percentage of fatalities rose from 50 percent in 1975 to 69 percent in 2012.

These numbers should prompt cyclists in Chicago to re-familiarize themselves with the rules of the road. Blowing through stop signs, very common, and riding the wrong way on one way streets, very common, causes death and injury.

Rogers Park has violators on a daily basis. Ride safely and within the law. If you order carry-out food, request delivery by car and not by bicycle. Help save lives and keep our community safe.

  • Tremaine Can't vote for Quinn. My conscience won't let me.

    Kyros, you're right.

  • First off the report said, "Urban bicycle fatalities are increasingly common, the report said, accounting for 69 percent of bicyclist deaths in 2012 versus 50 percent in 1975." So urban bicycle fatalities increased as a percentage of total bicycle deaths. You seemed to insinuate that total bike deaths increased by...

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    First off the report said, "Urban bicycle fatalities are increasingly common, the report said, accounting for 69 percent of bicyclist deaths in 2012 versus 50 percent in 1975." So urban bicycle fatalities increased as a percentage of total bicycle deaths. You seemed to insinuate that total bike deaths increased by that percentage.

    It did say that the total number of bicycle deaths nationwide increased by 16 percent between 2010 and 2012. But as someone else mentioned, the article does not discuss total number of bikers. So we don't know if the number of bike deaths as a percentage of total bikers has increased, decreased or stayed the same. (In Illinois the total deaths increased from 24 in 2010 to 29 in 2012. I would argue that that's too small of a sample size to really draw any rational conclusions).

    Sorry - I hate to see poorly used statistics.

    Anyway, I am a regular biker and I know a lot of bikers don't follow the rules. I think that makes it more dangerous for the bikers who are responsible. That being said, there have been numerous times when I've almost been hit by cars running stop signs or generally not following the law (and I was actually hit by a car a couple of years ago while I was riding on the lakefront bike path). Ultimately, rather than getting into another argument about bikes vs cars, maybe we should all just start following the rules.

Jun 12

Updated 14 hours ago

Good Morning

Don't you just love it when someone smiles at you and says "Hi" and "good morning" to you first thing in the morning(I do).Say hi to your neighbors
greet them, have a good day.

38 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Courage Campaign: CTA!

My name is Kara and I live in Uptown. For the past two months I've been working on a campaign to raise money for CTA ads that discourage harassment.

Street harassment is a major issue for me on my block and commute to work, and I wanted to do something to promote awareness. I've been working with the CTA's advertising company on this project, and they seem very willing to help.

I just launched the fundraising page a few weeks...

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My name is Kara and I live in Uptown. For the past two months I've been working on a campaign to raise money for CTA ads that discourage harassment.

Street harassment is a major issue for me on my block and commute to work, and I wanted to do something to promote awareness. I've been working with the CTA's advertising company on this project, and they seem very willing to help.

I just launched the fundraising page a few weeks ago, and I've been having meetings with a group of interested people on fundraising ideas and ad content.

If you have fundraising ideas, are interested in contributing ad content, or helping in any way, email me at ctacouragecampaign@gmail.com.

Also, you can find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CourageCTA
And follow us on Twitter @CourageCTA

Peace,

Kara

  • Kara Crutcher Chi native, citizen of the world.

    Thank you everyone for all of your support! If anyone has questions, or would like to learn more about the campaign and ways to get involved, please send your responses my way!

    All the best,
    Kara

  • Kara Crutcher Chi native, citizen of the world.

    ALSO,

    If you would like to donate to our cause, please go to gofundme.com/couragecta. Between the GoFundMe donations and private donations, we've raised about 1,500 dollars! Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated :)

    Again, thank you for all of your support!
    Kara

40 hours ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Gale School to Receive Intensive Support from Chicago Public Schools

Gale School just received some great news: Chicago Public Schools (CPS) informed Principal Cassandra Washington and me yesterday that the school will receive direct support from the Office of Strategic School Support Services (OS4), which provides early-intervention programs for high-need schools.

Unlike a "school turnaround,' in which the entire school staff is replaced, the OS4 program keeps the principal and staff in place. The program provides hands-on support for principals and teachers, offering intense and comprehensive professional development tailored to...

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Gale School just received some great news: Chicago Public Schools (CPS) informed Principal Cassandra Washington and me yesterday that the school will receive direct support from the Office of Strategic School Support Services (OS4), which provides early-intervention programs for high-need schools.

Unlike a "school turnaround,' in which the entire school staff is replaced, the OS4 program keeps the principal and staff in place. The program provides hands-on support for principals and teachers, offering intense and comprehensive professional development tailored to the specific needs of the school. In short, OS4 is a reasonable and balanced approach that addresses a school's serious academic challenges, but falls short of firing the entire staff.

OS4 schools receive leadership and instructional coaches that will help the staff sustain the new practices and improve performance. OS4 schools also often receive capital improvements to their buildings.

Gale's OS4 designation arose out of conversations I had last summer with Principal Washington, Gale LSC member Kyle Hillman and high-level CPS administrators. All of us recognized that Gale was not performing at an acceptable academic level and that the additional guidance and support of OS4 was needed.

After receiving assurances from Principal Washington that she and her staff were ready and able to do the intensive work needed to put themselves on a path toward success, I submitted a formal request to CPS for OS4 designation. Principal Washington and I received word yesterday from CPS that they had granted our request.

OS4 will partner with Gale for up to three years, and its support and services are designed to build the capacity of Gale to sustain improvements beyond the program. In addition, Gale will be responsible for meeting or exceeding annual school-specific benchmarks established by CPS.

  • JMG

    Glad to hear of this positive development! Let's welcome the progress and remember the history.

  • When I taught on the south side, there was a similar lead paint and asbestos removal project that took most of the school year, so it can't happen overnight at Gale!

18 hours ago

Updated 16 hours ago

24th District Provides Update on Recent Police Activities

Below is the most recent summary of 24th District Police activity:

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/155641_322.htm

3 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Trick or Treat?

Just wondering what time and date the Rogers Park and West Ridge neighborhoods trick or treat? We're new to the neighborhood. Do all the neighborhoods do it at the same time?

17 hours ago

You have 10 new neighbors in your followed places, including…

5 days ago

Updated 18 hours ago

"Dress That Pet" Post

I don't want to sound argumentative, nor do I wish to take business away from anyone, but I feel I must speak out about putting clothes on our pets. I find it demeaning and abusive to a dog or cat to dress it up. The attire could very well cause physical discomfort to the animal. Dogs and cats are sentient beings. They are not dolls. The chimp in the organdy pinafore at a circus is a case in the extreme, but I believe the principle to be the same.

  • Tremaine Can't vote for Quinn. My conscience won't let me.

    Helen, you hate me only because I don't like Joe Moore. Too bad.

  • Tremaine Can't vote for Quinn. My conscience won't let me.

    Oh, now I see what happened. My comment "How many accounts do you have?" wasn't for you, Helen. It was a reply for some comment that is now deleted.

19 hours ago

Jesus "Chuy" Garcia - Is he Your Choice for Mayor? If not, who is?

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has given up on Chicago's public safety and its public schools, new mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia said Wednesday in his first public appearance since announcing his fledgling campaign..

While Garcia criticized Emanuel for closing nearly 50 schools and for not hiring enough police officers, he declined to say how he'd raise enough revenue for the financially challenged city to open more schools and pay for more cops.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-chicago-mayor-race-garcia-met-20141029-story.html

23 hours ago

27 hours ago

Updated 27 hours ago

13 LUCKY Safety Tips for your kids this Halloween!

Halloween can be a wonderful time of the year but you need to protect and safeguard your kids from potential hazards.

This is a public service announcement in hopes of preventing crime.

District 24 recommends all trick or treating to be done between 2pm and 8pm and with adult supervision if possible.

1.Keep kids away from registered sex offenders possibly living in the area by checking the Illinois State Police Sex Offender website at http://www.isp.state.il.us/sor/sor.cfm. Enter your zip code on...

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Halloween can be a wonderful time of the year but you need to protect and safeguard your kids from potential hazards.

This is a public service announcement in hopes of preventing crime.

District 24 recommends all trick or treating to be done between 2pm and 8pm and with adult supervision if possible.

1.Keep kids away from registered sex offenders possibly living in the area by checking the Illinois State Police Sex Offender website at http://www.isp.state.il.us/sor/sor.cfm. Enter your zip code on the left hand side and a full listing will pop up!

2.Do not allow your kids to have candy or treats that appear to have been tampered with.

3.Know the route your kids will be take and do not deviate. Have them check in every hour, by phone or stop back at home.

4.Trick or treat in groups with an adult! If you can't take them yourself, see if another parent or two can.

5.Pick a safe costume, fire proof or treated with fire retardant. If wearing a mask of any kind, make sure that the eye holes are large enough for good peripheral vision. Take into consideration the weather and layer up if needed.

6.Know exactly other activities they are attending (parties, school or mall functions). If at a home, meet the parents in advance and get a phone number.

7.Set a time they must be home by! No excuses!

8.Kids will be kids so use your best judgment to explain the dangers of vandalism like throwing eggs. If this happens to you then here are some clean up tips; a) Cool water with detergent OR cool salty water should help. Hot water might bake it on b) A scrub brush might be needed for screens c) Water and ammonia on windows works well

9.Stay visible in lighted areas and carry a flashlight that is ON!

10.Serve your kids a filling meal before trick or treating and they won't be as tempted to eat any candy before they bring it home for you to check.

  • Richard Concaildi Beat Facilitator CAPS 2411/Vice-Chair DAC Dist 24

    11.If your child is carrying a toy prop, make sure the tips are smooth and flexible enough to not cause injury if fallen on. Make sure that costumes won't get in the way causing them to trip. Watch those stairs!

    12.Teach your kids about not getting into strangers cars or...

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    11.If your child is carrying a toy prop, make sure the tips are smooth and flexible enough to not cause injury if fallen on. Make sure that costumes won't get in the way causing them to trip. Watch those stairs!

    12.Teach your kids about not getting into strangers cars or talking to strangers, no matter what the person says to them. Tell them what to do should this happen, to scream as loud as they can to draw attention and to run away as fast as they can to someplace safe.

    13.Cross streets safely, look both ways, cross at corners or crosswalks. Hold a younger child’s hand when crossing.

    Enjoy and be safe!

    Richard Concaildi
    President and Beat Facilitator CAPS 2411
    Vice Chair District Advisory Committee (District 24)
    richconcaildi@aol.com

    Stand Proud America!

    The views and opinions expressed on this site are solely those of the CAPS Beat Facilitator and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Chicago Police Department. A CAPS Beat Facilitator is a volunteer and is not employed by the City or the Department. The Chicago Police Department makes no claims as to the accuracy or veracity of any information contained on this site or distributed by the CAPS Beat Facilitator. The site is for informational use only and should not be construed to be a component of the Chicago Police Department training or reflective of Department procedure or protocol.

40 hours ago

Updated 31 hours ago

In One Ear Open Mic needs your help!!!

The In One Ear open mic which is hosted weekly at the Heartland Café in Rogers Park is looking for your help. We recently had some equipment stolen and are running a campaign to help raise money to replace the equipment and upgrade some to ensure this 28 year old open mic can keep running and keep up with the times. With just 16 hours left to go, we still have a bit of ways to go and though perhaps...

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The In One Ear open mic which is hosted weekly at the Heartland Café in Rogers Park is looking for your help. We recently had some equipment stolen and are running a campaign to help raise money to replace the equipment and upgrade some to ensure this 28 year old open mic can keep running and keep up with the times. With just 16 hours left to go, we still have a bit of ways to go and though perhaps some you amazing folks on everyblock would like to get involved and help spread the word for us. I've attached the link to our indiegogo campaign and you can find us every Wednesday night after 9pm at the Heartland Café as well as on facebook. Any help is greatly appreciated!!!! :)

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/in-one-ear-robbed-help-us-replace-and-upgrade/x/8558862#home

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141029/rogers-park/microphones-poetry-books-stolen-from-in-one-ear-open-mic-organizers-van

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2 days ago

Updated 41 hours ago

Trick or treating

Hi all, I'm new to Rogers Park. Do the kids go trick or treating on Halloween night in the neighborhood? Thanks!

  • Bill in Rogers Park Rogers Parker - co-founder of Glenwood Neighbors

    Yup we get trick or treaters anywhere starting at around 3 to stragglers at 8:30. And in Chicago it is on the 31st that the kids come. Some suburbs do it on Sunday before but not in the city.

  • steven beckerman Lifelong resident of the Rogers Park neighborhood.

    I always work late and live in an apartment building, so don't know if there's a lot in RP. When we were kids here, we went to houses, or apartments we knew, as well as neighborhood stores. We also did "beggars night" which was the night before (worked best when...

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    I always work late and live in an apartment building, so don't know if there's a lot in RP. When we were kids here, we went to houses, or apartments we knew, as well as neighborhood stores. We also did "beggars night" which was the night before (worked best when Halloween was on a Sat., Sun., or Mon.) As an adult, I have seen that some of the best trick or treating is in Lakewood Balmoral, or similar areas in central Lakeview where there are lots of houses with lots of families. Friends in Lakewood Balmoral (area from Foster to Bryn Mawr, B'way to Clark gave away over 100 jumbo bags of candy, we're talking thousands of trick or treaters!

41 hours ago

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4 days ago

Updated 44 hours ago

Sunday Morning Chuckle: Read Susanne Atanus' Sun-Times Survey

No disrespect, but how could the Republicans slate this candidate? If you need a Sunday morning chuckle take a look at this:

http://questionnaires.suntimes.com/?cq_response=14a825c45da3a0bec558062f36f2d0558af202bb765997aa504cdc95fdc40cc5

  • daveP been around awhile

    Suzanne... all of them

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Dave, I thought you claimed to be a Democrat:
    "I am a registered lifelong democrat,..."
    "I'm a registered democrat, thanks though."
    Your comments on two different threads, Dave.
    BTW, just where are you a "Registered Democrat?" Illinois doesn't have voters' registration by party affiliation.

2 days ago

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Found Ventra Card

Found active Ventra Card in Kids Park at Leone Beach.If yours contact marcy0245@gmail.com and tell me your balance.

  • Spam - although that is the logical approach, as someone who has attempted to reconnect a Ventra card with its owner using your suggested approach ... exercise in futility.

  • Mac I complain on EB on the regular.

    Throw the thing in the mailbox, call it a day.
    The usps will help find its way.

Oct 21

Updated 2 days ago

Party Room Rental

Hi neighbors... was wondering if anyone knows of a nice party room i could rent. (40 ppl)

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Register Now for the CHA Wait List Lottery

The Chicago Housing Authority's (CHA) Wait List Lottery registration is OPEN now through Monday, November 24th. Those who are selected in the lottery will be added to the CHA's wait list, which is used to fill affordable CHA-owned and assisted units in the City of Chicago as they become available.

To register for the Wait List Lottery, visit:

http://www.thechawaitlist.org/

You may register for all three of the CHA wait lists--Family Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher (formerly Section 8), and Property...

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The Chicago Housing Authority's (CHA) Wait List Lottery registration is OPEN now through Monday, November 24th. Those who are selected in the lottery will be added to the CHA's wait list, which is used to fill affordable CHA-owned and assisted units in the City of Chicago as they become available.

To register for the Wait List Lottery, visit:

http://www.thechawaitlist.org/

You may register for all three of the CHA wait lists--Family Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher (formerly Section 8), and Property Rental Assistance--at the same time.

** The Family Public Housing program provides affordable housing assistance to low income individuals and families in properties owned and operated by the CHA.

** The Housing Choice Voucher program provides housing assistance to low income individuals and families using a voucher in the private rental market (voucher is provided to the applicant).

** The Property Rental Assistance program provides housing assistance to low income individuals and families using a property based voucher in eligible properties (voucher is provided to landlord for specific unit).

All registration forms received during the registration period will be placed in the lottery. The demand for CHA housing is far greater than the supply. The lottery ensures that everyone who completes a registration form will have an equal chance to be added to the wait list.

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    You do not need a personal computer to register; you can register by smartphone or tablet, or by visiting any Chicago Public Library branch which provides free access to the internet.

    If you'd like assistance registering for the CHA Waitlist Lottery, two Rogers Park agencies are available to help you....

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    You do not need a personal computer to register; you can register by smartphone or tablet, or by visiting any Chicago Public Library branch which provides free access to the internet.

    If you'd like assistance registering for the CHA Waitlist Lottery, two Rogers Park agencies are available to help you.

    ** Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare, 1400 W. Greenleaf, is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please call 773-564-4709 for an appointment.

    ** Northside Community Development Corporation, 1530 W. Morse, is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please call 773-262.-290 extension 14 for an appointment​.

Oct 23

Updated 2 days ago

Leone Park - Beach Advisory Council formation

Neighbors, along with the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce are already firing up to address Alderman Moore's attempt to hijack Leone Park for political purposes.

Public Notice: The Leone Park - Beach PAC was formed today, on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014. The first council meeting was called to order at 8:00 pm at the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce office, located at 7231 N. Sheridan Road. Community Notices were posted publicly in the Leone Park - Beach community stating the...

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Neighbors, along with the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce are already firing up to address Alderman Moore's attempt to hijack Leone Park for political purposes.

Public Notice: The Leone Park - Beach PAC was formed today, on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014. The first council meeting was called to order at 8:00 pm at the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce office, located at 7231 N. Sheridan Road. Community Notices were posted publicly in the Leone Park - Beach community stating the upcoming election of officers and community meeting to introduce the new park advisory council. The community meeting will be held at 7231 N. Sheridan Road on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 at 7:00 pm. This meeting is public and the entire community is invited to attend.

The primary goals of the Leone Park - Beach PAC include programs, fundraising for programs and facility/grounds improvements, increasing public safety/security and promoting Leone Park - Beach PAC.

The Leone Park - Beach PAC will be in attendance at Alderman Joe Moore's upcoming meeting with the Chicago Park District on redeveloping Leone Park - Beach at Loyola Park Fieldhouse, located at 1230 W. Greenleaf Avenue on Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 7:00 pm.

  • Need for a Change 20 years in Rogers Park

    This thread is beginning to remind me of Senator Al Franken's book, "Lies and the Lying Liars who Tell Them!"

  • Misha Borovitz optimistic but cautious

    Heheheheh. All the paranoids and conspiracy theorists are having a picnic today.

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Joe -- You need to train your paid signature collectors better

Just stopped by the early voting location to see how things are going and I bumped into a candidate collecting petition signatures to run for aldercreature. Right after I signed, one of Joe's paid signature collectors asked me to sign his sheet even though he saw me sign another petition sheet for the same office. I explained that this would invalidate one of the two signatures, but he denied that. Joe -- you, David, and Wayne really need to up...

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Just stopped by the early voting location to see how things are going and I bumped into a candidate collecting petition signatures to run for aldercreature. Right after I signed, one of Joe's paid signature collectors asked me to sign his sheet even though he saw me sign another petition sheet for the same office. I explained that this would invalidate one of the two signatures, but he denied that. Joe -- you, David, and Wayne really need to up your training game. With two decades in office, one would think your team would be a little more professional...

Luckily, this encounter provided the opportunity for me to let the gentleman who was collecting signatures for Joe know that he was helping out the very alderman who has done nothing about African-American children being exposed to harmful lead paid and dust at Gale School over the last five years. He wasn't happy to hear that.

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Joe Moore's Sample Ballot, Including Judicial and Referenda Recommendations

Early voting for the November, 2014, General Election has begun. From now until Saturday, November 1st, you can vote early at one of over 50 locations across the City, including the Pottawattomie Park Fieldhouse, 7340 N. Rogers. Polls are open Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more information on early voting and voting by mail, visit:

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/155485_322.htm

For a list of my recommended candidates in the election, visit:

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/155565_322.htm

I encourage you to vote the entire ballot, including the state constitutional amendments, the advisory referenda, and the judicial retention ballot.

Thanks for considering my recommendations. Perhaps I'll run into you at the polls!

  • Tremaine Can't vote for Quinn. My conscience won't let me.

    Is that one of those silly questions placed on the ballot so to avoid the ELECTED SCHOOL BOARD question?

  • daveP been around awhile

    They always like to pack those questions with feel good fluff questions, not questions that would actually mean anything.

    1. Should everyone make 1 million a year?
    2. Should the world be violence free?
    3. Should we stop guns from killing people?

    Instead of the questions voters want, such as elected school board, or term limits.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

CAPS Beat 2431 Beat Meeting

Our first individual CAPS Beat meeting will be this Tuesday, October 28th at 7 pm. It's being held at St. Jerome Church Parish Hall - 1709 W. Lunt Ave. The entrance to the Parish Hall is just West of the Church main entrance. It sits back from the street.

Come out and meet your neighbors, and officers of the 24th District.

Bring your ideas, concerns and ways of making the Beat better. We're looking for your ideas to help us. This is a time to build bridges and make the links we need to build a strong community!!!

Hope to see you all there!!!

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Voting

First of all, I urge everyone to get out and vote.

I went Saturday to Pottawattomie park to vote. The folks running it were professional, and helpful. It wasn't crowded, but it seem to be taking people a long time to vote. When my turn came I found out why.

The touch screen voting machines were way out of alignment. To select anything you had to touch just the right spot, On my machine it was not on the name, or in the check box, but just to the left of box. Same with the "next" and "back" button, for all 17 pages!. I hope they fix this before election day.

  • I voted today and so did a friend I went with. We had no problem at all. I wonder if some of the whiners are computerphobic. Maybe it's my age but I am used to using a computer and feel comfortable with the electronic machines. I will say that the ballot seemed fairly long. 17 pages. Still it went pretty quickly.

  • Rob - that strategy seems familiar - suing for voting irregularities, but only in the districts you lost. Hmmm, hanging, hanging....chads. Yeah, that's it. Florida, wasn't it?

2 days ago

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2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Join Me for Pizza and Democracy: Participatory Budgeting Begins Tonight

Join me tonight for a slice or two of complimentary pizza and a generous helping of democracy as I launch the 2014-15 Participatory Budgeting process with the first of seven "Neighborhood Assemblies."

Tonight's assembly (Tuesday, October 28th) will take place at Sullivan High School, 16631 N. Bosworth. Free pizza courtesy of JB Alberto's will be provided at 6:30 p.m. and the assembly will begin promptly at 7:00 pm.

As you know, I'm giving the 49th Ward residents the power to...

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Join me tonight for a slice or two of complimentary pizza and a generous helping of democracy as I launch the 2014-15 Participatory Budgeting process with the first of seven "Neighborhood Assemblies."

Tonight's assembly (Tuesday, October 28th) will take place at Sullivan High School, 16631 N. Bosworth. Free pizza courtesy of JB Alberto's will be provided at 6:30 p.m. and the assembly will begin promptly at 7:00 pm.

As you know, I'm giving the 49th Ward residents the power to decide directly how to spend $1 million of the ward's "menu money"--discretionary funds I receive annually for infrastructure improvements in the 49th Ward. The Neighborhood Assemblies will provide a review of this year's process and an explanation of the type of projects that are eligible for funding. You'll also get to see some new short videos on participatory budgeting, including an updated video of the 49th Ward's experience with PB.

You will then have an opportunity to weigh in with your thoughts on specific infrastructure projects you would like to see completed in the ward.

The next assemblies will take tomorrow (Wednesday, October 29th) at the Pottawattomie Park Fieldhouse, 7340 N. Rogers, and Thursday, October 30th, at the United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 W. Morse (at Ashland) 3rd floor. Once again, pizza will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Each assembly will be identical in content, so you need attend only one of the assemblies. If neither assembly date this week is convenient for you, six other assemblies will be held this month, including a Spanish-language assembly.

For a schedule of all seven assembly meetings,visit:

http://admin.epagecity.com/site/epage/155592_322.htm#49th.

Pick the day and location that is most convenient for you and bring your appetite. Free pizza courtesy of JB Alberto's will be provided at every Neighborhood Assembly beginning at 6:30 p.m. and the meetings will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    For the second year in a row, I'll be operating the 49th Ward's participatory budgeting initiative under the new 49th Ward map. Tonight's neighborhood assembly location at Sullivan High School was selected to make it easy for my new constituents to attend the meeting and become involved in the process.

    To view a copy of the new ward map, click on the map in my post above.

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5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Every dog bite is unique

One morning my dog and I stepped outside, said hi to two neighbors, walked three or four houses down the street, said hi to a passer-by, and my dog bit her. Freaked us both out. She came back to my house, cleaned up the puncture (some how he managed not to tear her pants) and we exchanged information. I encouraged her to go to the ER or her doctor and said I would pay for everything. I gave her my...

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One morning my dog and I stepped outside, said hi to two neighbors, walked three or four houses down the street, said hi to a passer-by, and my dog bit her. Freaked us both out. She came back to my house, cleaned up the puncture (some how he managed not to tear her pants) and we exchanged information. I encouraged her to go to the ER or her doctor and said I would pay for everything. I gave her my vet's name and phone number. She ended up giving me a hug because I was so shaken. I even sent her pictures of my dog cuddling with one of his best friends, a nine month old baby. No police were involved, no suing or litigation. I guess the moral of this story is nothing is guaranteed, you can only do the best with what happens.

  • Sorry for the misunderstanding. I know your dog was leashed, but your situation goes to show that a dog can bite even while in close proximity to the owner. The reality is that dog bites can happen at any time, under any circumstances. Thank goodness you were right there to...

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    Sorry for the misunderstanding. I know your dog was leashed, but your situation goes to show that a dog can bite even while in close proximity to the owner. The reality is that dog bites can happen at any time, under any circumstances. Thank goodness you were right there to witness & control the situation.

    As far as calling 311 & reporting the incident, usually that's up to the person affected. As long as your dog is up-to-date on Rabies & you exchanged contact information, I wouldn't worry. It sounds like you did the right thing.

  • If the person who has been injured does not find the need to call police, then it means she did not feel the dog was dangerous and the owner was extremely responsible and cared a great deal. Even suggested doctor visit and gave all information for vet. Offered to pay...

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    If the person who has been injured does not find the need to call police, then it means she did not feel the dog was dangerous and the owner was extremely responsible and cared a great deal. Even suggested doctor visit and gave all information for vet. Offered to pay for all and she even brought her to her home and took care of the wound. I am sure if the injured party felt negatively towards any part of the incident she would have called the police. I agree totally with Sue, why call the police and have her dog unnecessarily involved with the police.

3 days ago

This week at the Red Line Tap

The Red Line Tap
7006 N. Glenwood
Chicago, IL 60626

Tonight: The Red Line Tap Open Mic With Micki and Ian
Sign u p at 8 / Music at 9 pm

Tuesday: The Mudflapps with Special Guests: Von Stomper and Tall Grass

Wednesday: Wasted Wednesday presented by Bud - $1 Bud Draftss from open til close featuring a FREE show with: Service Industry / The Hot Moms / Slow! Pioneers / DJ Erik

Thursday: Opposition Party With BiFunkal

Friday: FREE...

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The Red Line Tap
7006 N. Glenwood
Chicago, IL 60626

Tonight: The Red Line Tap Open Mic With Micki and Ian
Sign u p at 8 / Music at 9 pm

Tuesday: The Mudflapps with Special Guests: Von Stomper and Tall Grass

Wednesday: Wasted Wednesday presented by Bud - $1 Bud Draftss from open til close featuring a FREE show with: Service Industry / The Hot Moms / Slow! Pioneers / DJ Erik

Thursday: Opposition Party With BiFunkal

Friday: FREE Halloween Show with The Red Line Disaster featuring members of Outlaw Family Band / The Wandering Dirt / The Mudflapps / Midwestern Lull / The Untold Dirty and more!! Costume Contest and Prizes, Drink Specials and more!

Saturday: 2 pm: The Brass Monkey Brunch / 9 pm: Cake Chicago with JD Glass / Erin Diamond and BullFighter

Sunday: Den / Soap Scum / Chicago Style Weenies / Lever
$5.00 – Free W/ College ID

Music Nightly, Drink Specials Daily, Lousy Service, The Red Line Tap. Rogers Park’s Music Venue.

www.redlinetap.com

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Decide how to Spend $1 Million: Participatory Budgeting for 2015 Begins Tomorrow

The next round of participatory budgeting is about to begin! This is when you and your neighbors decide how to spend over $1 million in improvements for the 49th Ward.

Each year, I receive over $1 million from the City's "Aldermanic Menu" program to spend at my discretion on infrastructure improvements in the ward. Five years ago, I implemented a "participatory budgeting" process in which the residents of my ward decide directly through popular vote how those tax dollars are...

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The next round of participatory budgeting is about to begin! This is when you and your neighbors decide how to spend over $1 million in improvements for the 49th Ward.

Each year, I receive over $1 million from the City's "Aldermanic Menu" program to spend at my discretion on infrastructure improvements in the ward. Five years ago, I implemented a "participatory budgeting" process in which the residents of my ward decide directly through popular vote how those tax dollars are spent.

The process for determining how to spend the 2015 budget begins TOMORROW (Tuesday, October 28th). Over the next three weeks, I will host seven "Neighborhood Assemblies" (six in English and one in Spanish) throughout the 49th Ward.

The first assembly takes place Tuesday, October 28th, 7:00 p.m. (complimentary pizza served at 6:30 p.m.) at Sullivan High School, 16631 N. Bosworth. If you can't make this assembly, there are six more to choose from.

For a complete schedule of all upcoming Neighborhood Assemblies, see my comment below or visit:

http://www.ward49.com/

Attend one of these meetings and learn how the process works and give your input on the types of projects you believe should be funded in the 49th Ward. The meetings will be identical in content, so you need attend only one of the meetings.

Pick the day and location that is most convenient for you and bring your appetite. Pizza and refreshments courtesy of JB Alberto's Pizza will be served at the evening Neighborhood Assemblies. Coffee and donuts will be served at the Saturday morning session.

Even if you know how participatory budgeting works, you should attend a Neighborhood Assembly. We've made some changes in the process and the Neighborhood Assemblies are where the project ideas for next year are first devised. It's also when we ask for volunteers to serve as "community representatives," who will be charged with developing project proposals for the ward-wide vote next spring.

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    This year's participatory budgeting process will take place under the NEW 49th Ward boundaries.

    To view a copy of the new ward map, c;lick on the photo above.

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    If you would like more information on participatory budgeting in the 49th Ward, including the participatory budgeting election results and updates on the implementation of the winning projects, visit the Participatory Budgeting page of my web site:

    http://www.ward49.com/participatory-budgeting/

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    The 49th Ward is the first political jurisdiction in the nation to adopt a participatory budgeting approach to public spending, and it's been so well-received that I have pledged to make it a permanent fixture in the ward. Word of our success has spread. For the third year in a...

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    The 49th Ward is the first political jurisdiction in the nation to adopt a participatory budgeting approach to public spending, and it's been so well-received that I have pledged to make it a permanent fixture in the ward. Word of our success has spread. For the third year in a row, two other Chicago aldermen have pledged to use participatory budgeting to decide how to spend their aldermanic menu money and other cities in the U.S., including New York City and Vallejo, California, are emulating our model.

    Be a part of history. Join us at one of the Neighborhood Assemblies!

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Grady wants in

I'm getting word Grady Humphrey is out gathering signature's to run for Alderman. In 2003 he made an attempt, but never made it on the ballot.

Here's an old photo I took of Michael Harrington, Grady and Joe during a heated public forum on public safety. Tom Bradley and Karen Hoover were also on the panel. It was held at the Good News Church.

One of my favorite lines of the event was Grady telling the audience, "if you're on the corner selling drugs, you're going to jail."

Grady is a stand up guy.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Helen - the thought of Lar America First Daly started my day with a chuckle. Thank you for that!

  • Rus

    Helen, if he's a Lar "America First" Daly, than I'm all for him!!!

Oct 23

Updated 3 days ago

City of Chicago Eletric Aggreigation Program

So I just moved back late July, and do not know much about this program... what is the best opition here sign up or opt out? Thanks!

  • d3 NOH

    Chris, how are you liking the real-time-billing plan?

    The problem with the fee wasn't that they didn't disclose it (...I know I can find records of me complaining about it before anyone had even seen it on their bill), it's that they did it in a deceptive manner by giving...

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    Chris, how are you liking the real-time-billing plan?

    The problem with the fee wasn't that they didn't disclose it (...I know I can find records of me complaining about it before anyone had even seen it on their bill), it's that they did it in a deceptive manner by giving it the same fee as ComEd and the same name. So people assumed they were comparing ComEd 1:1 on the fee, when it was an addition to their bill. AFAIK though, the fee was not disclosed prior to Chicagoans voting in favor of having an aggregate electricity program and our legislators didn't have the foresight to prevent such fees (which, since, have become common among third party suppliers on certain plans in the marketplace).

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

2 Questions

Hi All...
I was driving in Edgewater the other day and passed a house with two fabulous sculptures on the lawn.....one of a large black and white cow and the other of her black and white calf. Does anyone know what street they're on? I don't remember, and I'd love to see them again.

Also, what is the meaning of the purple ribbons around the trees in front of the police station on Clark in Rogers Park?

Thanks Everyone!

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