4 min ago

Understanding the Violence in Rogers Park

For most of you who regularly visit this blog, (e.g. law-abiding, mainstream society citizens) or "white people" (no racism intended), will never become the "intended" target of a shooting, nor will your children. Although you the readers and I share the same community, we have totally different realities within it.

The grey minivan who's occupants killed 16 year old Keno Glass just a few days ago. They were "hunting" with one "game" in mind oblivious to anything else. See, the...

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For most of you who regularly visit this blog, (e.g. law-abiding, mainstream society citizens) or "white people" (no racism intended), will never become the "intended" target of a shooting, nor will your children. Although you the readers and I share the same community, we have totally different realities within it.

The grey minivan who's occupants killed 16 year old Keno Glass just a few days ago. They were "hunting" with one "game" in mind oblivious to anything else. See, the occupants realities and you guys reality will never cross. But my reality is that they could have saw me before they saw Keno.

I am one of many who live in the economically starved portions of Rogers Park where everyone wants to get out, but just trying to survive the next day, week, month consumes all your energy. Education is the way out, everyone knows this, but finding support and having opportunity to persue it is something rarely given.

So we find ways to pacify ourselves alcohol, drugs, the newest Jordans loud music, the new dance, promiscuity. All to not think about our circumstances or lack thereof.

Yeah we look rough, tough and thugged out, but theres a lot more than what meets the eye.

There are complete retards in our neighborhoods though that have given up all hope of ever be anything other than what our society has labled them. These are the shooters and killers.

Everyday, because of these people I have watch every passing car as I walk through my neighborhood because when the killers from the rival neighborhoods come "hunting" they don't care that I'm not in a gang or that I've never held a gun in my life, they don't care about my dreams and aspirations, but because I look like everyone else I become a target? I may not be a perfect, law-abiding, mainstream society citizen, I smoke weed, I listen to loud music, and I wear Jordans, but this does NOT MEAN I SHOULD DIE!

This is my reality in Rogers Park and I need you guys to understand it.

15 hours ago

Updated 7 min ago

Has anyone tried to negotiate peace between our warring factions.

Considering the human carnage left in the wake of the 15 yr old feud. Has anyone from the police, politicians or anyone else reached out to those feuding? There have Ben attempts to profit yes. The cease fire peeps and folks get involved once money is involved. Have there been other attempts?

  • Suzanne, the article you're citing does show that Chicago police have done some questionable reclassifying of murder stats, but the reporter's exhaustive review of the crime files found only 10 cases of homicides reclassified in 2013. That's compared to a total of 415 homicides reported, or around 2% of cases....

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    Suzanne, the article you're citing does show that Chicago police have done some questionable reclassifying of murder stats, but the reporter's exhaustive review of the crime files found only 10 cases of homicides reclassified in 2013. That's compared to a total of 415 homicides reported, or around 2% of cases. That's not enough to put the broader murder rate decline into question. Furthermore, the ten reclassified homicides were all cases where the circumstances of death--drug use, disappearance, etc.--gave the reclassifiers some kind of "pretext" for their manipulations I.e., those ten cases do not cast into question the overall downward trend in street shootings, which are simply not "reclassifiable."
    The decline in Chicago's murder rate (and Rogers Park's) over the last several decades is definitive, dramatic and extremely well documented; in other words, not in question.

  • Suzanne Devane Ward 49 Republican Committeeman

    Carl -- You are absolutely not stating the truth about misclassified homicides. Tiara Groves was tied up and gagged. A pathologist ruled the death a homicide by "unspecified means." The police department reclassified that as a "noncriminal death investigation." To quote more of the Chicago magazine story:

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    Carl -- You are absolutely not stating the truth about misclassified homicides. Tiara Groves was tied up and gagged. A pathologist ruled the death a homicide by "unspecified means." The police department reclassified that as a "noncriminal death investigation." To quote more of the Chicago magazine story:

    "The change stunned officers. Current and former veteran detectives who reviewed the Groves case at Chicago’s request were just as incredulous. Says a retired high-level detective, “How can you be tied to a chair and gagged, with no clothes on, and that’s a [noncriminal] death investigation?” (He, like most of the nearly 40 police sources interviewed for this story, declined to be identified by name, citing fears of disciplinary action or other retribution.)

    Was it just a coincidence, some wondered, that the reclassification occurred less than two weeks before the end of the year, when the city of Chicago’s final homicide numbers for 2013 would be tallied? “They essentially wiped away one of the murders in the city, which is crazy,” says a police insider. “But that’s the kind of s*** that’s going on.”

    For anyone to try and legitimize or excuse away this statistical manipulation is shameful!

20 hours ago

Updated 10 min ago

Update on Police Efforts to Stem Violence in Rogers Park

The Chicago Police Department is working around the clock at an aggressive strategy to prevent a repeat of the unusual spike in gun violence that has plagued our neighborhood in the last few weeks.

I attended Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy's monthly "CompStat" accountability session for north side district commanders this morning.

Though I am not able to share the details of the specific strategies employed, rest assured that 24th District Commander Thomas Waldera (see photo below) is receiving reinforcements from...

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The Chicago Police Department is working around the clock at an aggressive strategy to prevent a repeat of the unusual spike in gun violence that has plagued our neighborhood in the last few weeks.

I attended Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy's monthly "CompStat" accountability session for north side district commanders this morning.

Though I am not able to share the details of the specific strategies employed, rest assured that 24th District Commander Thomas Waldera (see photo below) is receiving reinforcements from other Chicago Police Department units and is employing them in a comprehensive manner to prevent another outbreak of violence. The City of Evanston is also helping by redeploying some of its police officers to Howard Street.

Commander Waldera has been out in the field late into the night directing his forces.

These efforts are bearing fruit. The police have recovered six guns, some of them fully loaded, from, from suspected gang members. The individuals possessing those guns were arrested and charged.

Police also have arrested and charged an individual suspected in the March 25th shooting of a man at Ashland and Jarvis. They believe they know the identity of the other assailant and are currently searching for him.

Police also arrested an individual they suspect of being involved in the early Tuesday morning shooting of a 16-year-old boy at Jonquil and Ashland. Unfortunately, they currently only have enough evidence to charge the individual with the unlawful possession of an automobile.

The police and my office cannot do it alone, however. We need the involvement of all community residents. I urge you to attend one of the upcoming monthly CAPS beat meetings.

For information on the time and location of the CAPS meetings and more information on the efforts of the 24th District and my office to stem the gang violence, visit;

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/152105_322.htm

  • Bruce Mayberry, Roger Parkansas

    John, I believe you predecessor may have helped articulate those tenet concerns at Caps meetings back in the day. Reach out and see if any historical data exist. Seems some buildings despite changing holding companies are following the same problem building model.

  • Suzanne Devane Ward 49 Republican Committeeman

    Catherine has gotten right to the heart of the matter. Yes, we can provide complaints to the Alderman's office or John W. But, then what? What are a landlord's rights and obligations when it comes to screening for or getting out a tenant that is gang-affiliated or opens the unit on a regular basis to people who are gang affiliated?

    I will reach out to the RP builders and developers group to see if anyone there could answer the question.

2 hours ago

Updated 18 min ago

Joe Moore - I volunteer to sponsor a public forum for you to discuss Ward issues with residents.

Joe – As you know, there have been lots of discussions on social media these days about the state of the Ward from the surge of recent crimes, to economic development plans for our commercial corridors, to education. There have been myriad specific questions asked of you in many threads. I respectfully request that you meet with Ward residents in a public forum to discuss ALL the issues of concern and interest to YOUR constituents. I am happy to:

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Joe – As you know, there have been lots of discussions on social media these days about the state of the Ward from the surge of recent crimes, to economic development plans for our commercial corridors, to education. There have been myriad specific questions asked of you in many threads. I respectfully request that you meet with Ward residents in a public forum to discuss ALL the issues of concern and interest to YOUR constituents. I am happy to:

1) sponsor this and make all arrangements for the location;
2) collaborate with your office (or the 49th Ward Democratic organization – EVEN Helen) to organize and publicize the event;
3) create a preparatory program agenda to insure you are prepared with data necessary to answer FAQ’s; and,
4) Moderate the session with a member of the 49th Ward Democratic Organization to insure that the forum runs with decorum and all resident questions are covered.

I believe it is appropriate to give you at least two to three weeks to prepare before such an event occurs. Will you agree to this public forum? If so, I will reach out to your office immediately and we can begin working on this. Thank you

  • Perhaps if you didn't have a history of villifying the alderman on every possible occasion (often with vicious, personal attacks, and never acknowledging that anything he does is of any worth) he might actually listen to you on this kind of request, Suzanne. It's times like this that you might realize the importance of building social and political capital, which you have simply not done. Which is unfortunate, because intelligent political opposition is an important function and this ward could use more of it.

  • Suzanne Devane Ward 49 Republican Committeeman

    Carl -- I DO question Joe's competence and interest in the job -- no doubt about that. It is the reason I offered to partner with the Democratic Ward organization to insure that Joe feels his interests in the proposed public forum will NOT be "unprotected." If you or anyone else believes I should keep my opinions to myself to "build political and social capital," it's not going to happen. I don't go along to get along -- it's just not me!!

1 hour ago

Updated 32 min ago

Police closing off Pratt at Clark and Ashland

Looks like police are blocking off Pratt between Clark and Ashland. Is something going on in the neighborhood?

  • Julie Lifelong Rogers Parker

    Is St Jerome's doing the Stations of the Cross? It is Good Friday.

  • KMQ Firmly entrenched in Rogers' Park

    Ah...okay...thanks everyone.

1 hour ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Lose Your Lizards?

Found these 2 guys in my front yard this morning, in a container in a paper bag. They were dead (it seemed), brought them in and now they have arisen. Just in time for Easter. About 4" nose to tail. No tags or chips. Are they yours? If so, wtf?

  • Julie Lifelong Rogers Parker

    How sad people can just dispose of living things. We aquired an iguana this year that was found on Clark street. Part of it's tail had been lost by people chasing it. We secured it and brought it home. We attempted to find the owner but everyone who called lied...

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    How sad people can just dispose of living things. We aquired an iguana this year that was found on Clark street. Part of it's tail had been lost by people chasing it. We secured it and brought it home. We attempted to find the owner but everyone who called lied when we asked questions. We took him to a vet and found most of his legs had previous fractures. He is now ours and well taken care of. He feels safe and at home. Perhaps a pet store can take them?

  • ShebaCat Trying not to gentrify.

    Poor critters! Thanks to both of you for being good neighbors to animals as well as people.

5 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Best eating in RP (for NewToRP)

Hi guys, since NewToRP is new to RP, and since her sisters are in town, and since she had a bad experience at Giordano's last night, thought the long time locals could help her out with suggestions on neighborhood gems!

I'll through a few out:
- Heartland Cafe (long wait for the food, but great environment and good quality)
- Grill Inn for Burgers
- Common Cup for coffee
- Twisted Tappas? Okay I confess I've not eaten there myself, but I hear only great things about it :)

What would you guys put on a list of must-eat places?

  • Mac I complain on EB on the regular.

    The restaurant at mayne stage, r public house, and bullhead cantina.

  • MandaLeigh Here I Is.

    Noon Hour Grill is amazing. As Steven said, it's staffed by just one older woman (cooks, waits tables, rings up tabs), so the wait can often be loooong, depending on how many patrons are there, but if you have the patience, it's well worth the wait.

19 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

So disgusted!

So my sisters are in town visiting....I thought it would be a great idea to take them to Giordano's on Sheridan to experience their first Chicago deep dish. Bad idea! My sister was loving her slice of deep dish pepperoni when she discovered a cooked ROACH! We were immediately mortified! The waitress grab the plates so quickly so that we couldn't take a picture, and the manager came over to apologize.... he was truly embarrassed. He kept asking "what can I do, I'm so sorry... what can I do....do you want me to make you another pizza." We said absolutely NO NO No! And left.

We didn't make a scene, but it was soooo very disgusting. Yuck!

  • Julia Z-N Andersonville Dog Mama

    I used to go to the original G's when I was a kid on the south side. The waitresses were all trashy and cracked their gum and the pizza was beyond out of this world,but like all things when they became a chain the quality when into the toilet. I...

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    I used to go to the original G's when I was a kid on the south side. The waitresses were all trashy and cracked their gum and the pizza was beyond out of this world,but like all things when they became a chain the quality when into the toilet. I love Malnatti's. It reminds me of how G's used to be. I've worked in restraunts and fast food places and roaches are sort of par for the course,but proper bug control and sanitation should keep them out of the food. I never experienced a roach in food in all that time,but is it plausible? Yup! it is.

  • Mac I complain on EB on the regular.

    @new. I didn't say you made it up. I questioned why you didn't start a thread on where to bring family for dinner. Since you seem to start threads for walking, etc.

    Also, a quick google search probably would have yielded better selection

4 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Rogers Park Enjoys Quiet Weekend after Last Week's Incidents

Chicago police officers under the leadership of Commander Thomas Waldera responded quickly last week to several shooting incidents in Rogers Park. Commander Waldera requested and received re-enforcements from the Chicago Police Department. The Commander has been on the streets with his tactical lieutenant each night from dusk to dawn personally directing the allocation of those officers.

Thanks to their efforts, Rogers Park experienced no shooting incidents over the weekend.

Last Thursday, a 21-year-old man was shot by an unidentified man...

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Chicago police officers under the leadership of Commander Thomas Waldera responded quickly last week to several shooting incidents in Rogers Park. Commander Waldera requested and received re-enforcements from the Chicago Police Department. The Commander has been on the streets with his tactical lieutenant each night from dusk to dawn personally directing the allocation of those officers.

Thanks to their efforts, Rogers Park experienced no shooting incidents over the weekend.

Last Thursday, a 21-year-old man was shot by an unidentified man on the 1600 block Morse Avenue Thursday night at approximately 8:00 p.m., and a 25 year-old woman was shot while sitting in her car on the 6600 block of N, Sheridan Road Friday morning shortly before 2:00 a.m.

Commander Waldera tells me police believe the Morse Avenue shooting was gang-related, the latest in a series of shootings resulting from a conflict between two factions of the same street gang. Earlier in the week one man was killed and two others were injured in what police believe to be a gang-related shooting on the 1600 block of W. Howard Street.

The police are not certain whether the Sheridan shooting was the result of the same gang conflict or a separate "road rage" incident. They are still investigating.

I have been in constant communication with Commander Waldera since last Monday's shooting incident. His hands-on and proactive response to these incidents has helped to stem the violence and prevent a further escalation of the conflict.

Police will continue to be on heightened alert this week.

If you would like more information about the police response to the recent shootings or what you can do to help stem the violence, I urge you to attend one of the upcoming monthly CAPS beat meetings.

For the time place and loication of the beat meetings, visit:

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/152025_322.htm

Commander Waldera will be present at both meetings.

  • d3 NOH

    (P.S., if you're working a double OT shift go to Sol before they close and get a coffee and it's on me--tell them I'll pay them Monday morning when I'm through)

  • d3 NOH

    Danke. I'm told by a birdie that the siren described sounds more like an actual mechanical siren more likely to be of a fire truck.

    Meanwhile, our finest beat police showed up to court this morning instead using his OT for being on the street tonight. He was only one...

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    Danke. I'm told by a birdie that the siren described sounds more like an actual mechanical siren more likely to be of a fire truck.

    Meanwhile, our finest beat police showed up to court this morning instead using his OT for being on the street tonight. He was only one of 3 officers who showed up, though the ticket was instantly dismissed because it was complete nonsense and had 3 factual errors. (520pm pulled over for no headlights, but he wrote the ticket for the wrong violation in addition to 2 other errors on the ticket. You could sense the eyes rolling in the prosecutors' head). Congrats to the CPD 24th ward on their fine use of police beat resources and overtime.

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31 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Murder rate in Rogers Park

Rogers Park has a serious uptick in murders for 2014. Summer hasn't even arrived, and we've already matched the total for 2013. We're only four months into the calendar year.

This is on track to be the worst year for murders in 5 years. This is an issue that should be front and center. Not swept under a rug.

Yet, Alderman Joe Moore is more concerned about Divvy.

http://www.redeyechicago.com/news/local/redeye-graphic-rogers-park-homicide-report-20140416,0,3004314.htmlpage

  • robin in WRP Tired, very tired

    Alderman Moore - thank you for the giggle! Warning, you may wind up as the latest in Mr. Gernhardt's mute attacks.

  • I'm concerned by what I perceive as increased violence in the neighborhood... but it's kind of foolish to take exceptional numbers at a certain point in time and claim we're "on track" for anything for the year, as if there's a constant background and there's no way to significantly influence future events. I think the messenger is undermining his own message even before he gets to his obligatory alderman-bashing- which is too bad because the topic of 'how are we going to address this violence' is important.

22 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Cribbage anyone?

Meetup.com is remarkably devoid of any cribbage group/get together, so I thought I'd see if there are any RP folk interested in getting together, perhaps for a regular session?

- chris

  • 15-2, 15-4, and a pair is 6! Cribbage is pure poetry. I have so little free time and probably shouldn't add more to the list but I just want to say how happy I am that you're proposing a cribbage meet-up! I grew up in a rural Wisconsin tavern and spent many hours at the end if a bar challenging the old timers in cribbage. Such an awesome game.

20 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Graffiti Question

There is new "BDK" graffiti on a sign near my home. I'm tempted to just get some paint and paint over it myself. Should I be worried about doing this for any reason? Thanks in advance for your input.

2 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

My Partner !

This is my second post and I would like to thank everyone who was concerned enough to reply and care. My Partner Daniel was back and doing much better, unfortunately he was Gay bashed last night by three men.
I dont know all the details as yet and he is home from the hospital this morning it happened last night and as soon as I find out more i will re-post the area,he is securely asleep and I didn't want...

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This is my second post and I would like to thank everyone who was concerned enough to reply and care. My Partner Daniel was back and doing much better, unfortunately he was Gay bashed last night by three men.
I dont know all the details as yet and he is home from the hospital this morning it happened last night and as soon as I find out more i will re-post the area,he is securely asleep and I didn't want him to relive it today . So please be very conscious and be careful walking alone. I only know it was three men 2 white 1 black and in there twenty's.

I am so angry but will let god handle this. As stated in my last post, he is the most gentle caring guy . I am asking for your spiritual energy (prayer ) for my best friend ( Daniel ) that he doesn't have any head trauma ,he was hit repeatedly on his head !

“It's not enough to have lived.
We should be determined to live for something.
May I suggest that it be creating joy for others,
sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind,
bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely.”
― Leo Buscaglia

2 days ago

Updated 18 hours ago

Vacuum Repair?

I'm looking for a repairman that fixes Bissell and Eureka - got a broken belt. Any recommendations?

  • Belts are a easy fix for sure, as long as the correct part is bought. I understand that it can be tedious but all it takes is patienced because of the tension of the belt. If you need any help you can text me at 773-474-6019 I can pick them up and do it for you.

  • Apple Jaxx Pissing people off not once, but twice...

    The cost of the belt and service call is adjacent to the cost of a new unit. Last week I purchased a new Bissell from Target for $89.00 and it work great. Plus, I have a 12 month manufacturers warranty. My point being, have you considered replacing your unit?

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Apr 03

Updated 34 hours ago

Awesome Food at Twisted Tapas

I know it's been plugged here before, but this place can't get enough praise! Twisted Tapas at Pratt & Sheridan (just east of Sheridan) is absolutely awesome. Non-traditional, creative food served in tapas portions at super affordable prices. You can have a half dozen taste experiences in one sitting. It's a great place to take a group of friends.

Great experience, and their staff is friendly and awesome. Check it out if you haven't already!

  • Al I. Rogers Park since 2006

    The boulevard is wider than usual in front of their place and has trees and shrubs in it, and a taller than usual fence around it. Thus it shrinks the usable sidewalk area significantly. If you took all that out and paved it, they could have a wonderful patio. I don't see that happening, though. However, on nice summer nights, they can have their giant windows open, and you get a nice breeze inside. I really love that space in the summer.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Al, I'd forgotten about those windows. I hadn't been in there in the summer for a long time because I didn't care for the two previous restaurants in that space, but I seem to recall that Cafe Suron, the Persian restaurant I loved, would open them in the summer.

42 hours ago

3 police cars parked on Glenwood and Arthur

Does anyone know why 3 police cars were parked on Glenwood and Arthur this morning at 7:00 a.m.?

4 days ago

Updated 44 hours ago

Termite contracts and Terminix

Big question about the need for a termite contract and feedback about Terminix in particular: When we bought our house five or so years ago, it came with a Terminix contract. There was no termite activity but were told (by Terminix) how necessary it was to keep it up; in case of recurrence we had a warranty and wouldn't pay for treatment.

The contract , which is up for renewal, isn't cheap. Can anyone comment and advise on the need for the contract and an average renewal fee that seems reasonable? Or send me to a site/person who knows about this stuff and can help navigate the process?

  • Yay! Thanks for that Darrin. I do have 6 years of Terminix's "certifications" which I'll keep. By the follow-up visit before closing, did that come from the same company you used to treat the termites, or elsewhere? Do you know anything about WDI inspections? These are independent inspectors who will conform no activity. Cost under $200. I just want to make sure that in the event we do sell it won't be an issue.
    Thanks again!

  • Darrin Greenview Terrace Association Member

    I had it from the same company that had done the treatment. I also documented where I had repairs done. I haven't heard of a WDI inspection but for $200 I would be all for it... better than losing a deal!

3 days ago

Updated 45 hours ago

mover recommendations? (short move/1bedroom) Tip amount?

Anybody have recommendations for good/affordable movers.
-1bedroom 2nd fl Andersonville to 1 bedroom 1st floor Rogers Park.

What are people tipping their mover's these days?

:)

  • Melissa Rogers Park - Jarvis Square Resident

    We've used Movetastic as well as Joey's Movers in Skokie - both were great and really put effort into getting the move done quickly which we appreciated!

  • I tipped $50 per mover (hired professionals with insurance), but that's because I moved from the third floor of a 3-story walkup and they had to hoist my sofa and elliptical down the outer side of the outside stairwell this winter. I would think that $20 per crew member would be fine.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Homicide near Chase and Sheridan

At 6:30am police were in my driveway. Stated there was a homicide "over there" (he was looking towards Touhy and Sheridan). The person came through the alley and jumped my back fence. Proceeded to exit my yard and left my gate open. The evidence (looked like a blanket) lay next to the condo building to the east of my home.

Nothing on dnarogers park. Just wondered if anyone knew anything

  • Craig_Gernhardt Official Account

    Mary Jo, Touhy/Estes and Sheridan area is where the police were searching for the alleged suspects in the 7600 North Ashland murder earlier. They were using K-9 dogs going in and out the alley's and streets.

  • bigchibro 15yrs+ ERP Extroverted "Can Do'

    Every port I was stationed @ had sketchy places near the beaches and shores .S.D. CA, Coronado CA,Perth ,Lima Peru,Vieques PR,Singapore,Virginia ,Gulfport MS,.....all have the same probs in some ways JMHO
    BUT THAT IS CLOSE whew glad they were investigating and nothing really happened in the area .I hope they eventually find them, that my soothe the families pain that the perp is still out there .

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Multiple TIRES Flattened/Slashed on North Eastlake Terrace

I was walking my dogs in Juneway Terrace Park on the lakefront this morning and I noticed a car with a jack stand stuck under the frame, next to the flat tire. "The owner must of given up trying to lift the car?" I thought. Then I noticed on the another flat tire. Then ANOTHER. There must of been about 8 CARS with flat tires on the east side of North Eastlake Terrace. Pretty blatant vandalism, targeting that side of the street.

MY car was NOT parked there, so I am not a direct victim. Still upsetting. I tried calling 311 and the rang and rang with no answer...

  • Not pothole related. They were deliberately slashed!

  • Roxanne psychotherapist, gardner. 39 yr. resident of RP.

    For this I would call "911" never "311". This is a police issue. Let them figure out what really happened to these cars. I think we need to call "911" more often in light of what is being reported that is happening lately in our beloved Rogers Park. I, for one,don't want a "long hot summer" here. Period. I am saddened to hear of what happened in your neighborhood.

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Jonquil peace

Cpd did an awesome job dispersing an all too familiar crowd on Jonquil at about 1am. Unfortunately, one particularly alley has become a loitering spot where cars race up and down making exchanges with those around the area. A certain group kept coming back (repeatedly!!) making violent threats to someone inside the building, but cpd made it's presence known and we finally had some quiet... I often see suspicious activity around the alley. Not wanting to waste the cops time,...

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Cpd did an awesome job dispersing an all too familiar crowd on Jonquil at about 1am. Unfortunately, one particularly alley has become a loitering spot where cars race up and down making exchanges with those around the area. A certain group kept coming back (repeatedly!!) making violent threats to someone inside the building, but cpd made it's presence known and we finally had some quiet... I often see suspicious activity around the alley. Not wanting to waste the cops time, I only report certainties -- yet I truly appreciated their efforts on this one.

Has anyone else noticed the alley near the Willie B White park at night? These are not teens just hanging out...I see cops drive by all the time and the group just waits till they pass and then continues their activities.

Thank you!!

  • Evict everyone residing at the Jonquil / Ashland building ?

    Repopulate the building with SENIOR Citizens ?

    .....They are usually not the THUG type.

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    Broadcast Lawrence Welk music to the block ?

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    Make HELEN ( N of H ) the building manager ?

    .....She would get good behavior out of the tenants.

  • I don't know-- I've met some pretty mean senior citizens before... Maybe the IRS could do a "random" (wink) audit of all suspected thugs. Even if we can sentence them all, at least they'll be preoccupied for some time. Do you think they all filed their tax returns on time?

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Mar 17 2012

Updated 2 days ago

Classifieds?

I'm having trouble getting responses to furniture ads I post on Craigslist in Chicago. Even very good deals go unanswered. I wonder if there are other online classifieds sites people use, particularly in the north Chicago area.

  • GrAy; not grEy.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    How pedestrian of you, Dustin. Actually, either spelling may be used for the colour between black and white; both are accurate. (You'd best be careful or I'll begin sprinkling that "u" in in other comments.)

    http://tinyurl.com/om5875l

2 days ago

Explore the history of Soldier Field

Love it or hate it? Soldier Field has been at the center of Chicago's political, cultural, and sporting life since it opened in 1924. Come to a multimedia presentation documenting its history this Saturday April 19 at the Rogers Park Branch Library, 6907 N. Clark St., at 1 p.m. Liam A. T. Ford, a journalist for the Chicago Tribune, led the newspaper's reporting on the renovation of Soldier Field 2001-2003. In the process he completed his book Soldier Field: A Stadium and Its History. His presentation will show rare photos and documents unearthed in his research. The program is co-sponsored by the library and the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society. The history of Soldier Field tells the story of Chicago!

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Apartment wanted

Hi am looking for a studio or one bedroom in the Rogers park neighborhood price range $450- $600. Any helP pls.

  • Of course! It's at the corner of Sheridan and Pratt. It's a spacious studio with new cabinets and new tile. The bathroom tile is a little outdated, but the size and storage more than makes up for that. The living area is carpeted and has a brand new AC unit,...

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    Of course! It's at the corner of Sheridan and Pratt. It's a spacious studio with new cabinets and new tile. The bathroom tile is a little outdated, but the size and storage more than makes up for that. The living area is carpeted and has a brand new AC unit, as well as street view. The landlord and maintenance are incredible and respond to problems within the first day of occurrence. They are managed by ASM Associates. You can call the building manager for more information. Her name is Naomi. Good luck!
    (773) 338-9028

  • It was already taken by the time my friend called yesterday! Thanks for the info!

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Proposed North/South bike path is too dangerous from Devon to Pratt

The proposed bike path under consideration in the 49th Ward doesn't add up, math wise. I measured Glenwood, the width of the bike path and the width of an average car and found this route to be dangerous for the biker to travel.

a) the street is 30 feet wide.

b) the bike lane is 5.5ft wide. (2X)

3) the off-set from curb to bike lane is 7.5 ft wide. (2X)

4) Average car width is about 6 feet. (2X)...

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The proposed bike path under consideration in the 49th Ward doesn't add up, math wise. I measured Glenwood, the width of the bike path and the width of an average car and found this route to be dangerous for the biker to travel.

a) the street is 30 feet wide.

b) the bike lane is 5.5ft wide. (2X)

3) the off-set from curb to bike lane is 7.5 ft wide. (2X)

4) Average car width is about 6 feet. (2X)

After adding the numbers, 5.5 x 2 = 11 and 7.5 x 2 = 15, that totals 26 feet, leaving 4 feet in the middle of the road for 2 cars to pass without going in the bike lane.

And, as looking up, the average car is 6 feet wide. That means if 2 cars are passing each other, one foot of the car is going to be in each bike lane. If bikes are in the bike lane on each side of the street, they will be put into a position of being hit by a car.

And, good forbid someone who just parked decides to open there door at that very moment.

This is just way too narrow a street to be safe for biker, driver and parker.

  • Prissy L Vegetarian yoga princess

    If there were more big car towers around there would be fewer cars parked on the streets and more room for safe bicycle lanes. I think bicyclists would be very supportive of building more car towers in the community.

  • Timjz Optimistic Rogers Parker

    Prissy; Great idea!! I don't think I've seen them in Chicago.?.? only in NYC, but hopefully it will catch on.

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Power Outage at Howard/Sheridan

Power out at Howard/Sheridan. Anyone else?

  • Per ComEd: As of 9:08 PM on 4/15/2014 we indicate that 269 customer(s) are affected by a power outage in your area. The cause of your outage is under investigation. We apologize for any inconvenience it may have caused you. Our field crews have investigated your outage and have determined that additional resources are necessary and have been sent to restore power. The preliminary restore time is 10:30 PM on 4/15/2014.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    No problem at Ashland & Juneway.

Apr 09

Updated 2 days ago

Tennis Anyone

Would anyone like to play tennis at Farwell Beach? I am a bad to average tennis player (I can keep the ball in play) and I like to play for fun and exercise. Reply or send me a message and we can set up a time.

  • Dee On Newgard '92

    I'm happy to play in our parks, frozen balls and all.

  • bigchibro 15yrs+ ERP Extroverted "Can Do'

    no I use the one at the lake front and the one at the school without problem or anyone ask me for ID or any type of charge

Apr 07

Updated 2 days ago

Electrician needed

Can anybody recommend a general electrician for some minor electric work in the Rogers park area... Just need 4 ceiling fixtures put in. Should be a basic job

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Puppies and Flowers and Rainbows and Puppies

Hi Everyone. Puppies, Flowers.....Rainbows and puppies and flowers. Maybe some cute cats. How about some puppies? Gluten free puppies, of course. Nice things and stickers and puppies. I sure like stuff. Things are cool. Bright sunny puppies. Don't hurt anyone... oh darn. woops.... I didn't mean to say an offensive word. Because puppies. Capri Sun Flavored Bacon!!!! and Puppies!!!!! Who doesn't like puppies?

Apr 11

Updated 3 days ago

outdoor facilities

I work in Bronzeviille .. there are very nice outdoor facilities at corner of Pershing and South Cottage Grove. I would like see effort to bring serving to Rogers Park

  • AMP Rogers Park since 1988

    Thanks Neal,
    I biked by there and was wondering what they were doing.

  • William very thick skinned Retired US Navy master chief

    thanks neal.. there is nice all weather surface soccer field at Foster beach area.. they should have built a track at that time in my humble opinion. It would be nice if Rogers Park could be placed on the list to have one built.

3 days ago

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5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

HEAT or LIGHT?

An undeclared alderman candidate recently said “The problem is that there are people out there who can't deal with the sometimes "heated" discussions. Politics and its cousin, civic engagement, is ALL ABOUT THE HEAT!” His tiny group has generated lots of heat over endlessly unsupported allegations of pay-for-play real estate development, telling lies with the Police Department about crime statistics and supporting charter schools in exchange for personal favors and international vacations. Isn’t it time we got some LIGHT from...

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An undeclared alderman candidate recently said “The problem is that there are people out there who can't deal with the sometimes "heated" discussions. Politics and its cousin, civic engagement, is ALL ABOUT THE HEAT!” His tiny group has generated lots of heat over endlessly unsupported allegations of pay-for-play real estate development, telling lies with the Police Department about crime statistics and supporting charter schools in exchange for personal favors and international vacations. Isn’t it time we got some LIGHT from these candidates instead of just HEAT? What would they DO instead of simply OPPOSE? What do they stand FOR instead of just AGAINST? Shouldn’t we know what and who we are voting FOR instead of just AGAINST? Shouldn’t we expect some LIGHT instead of just HEAT from undeclared candidates? Please comment but don't make any personal attacks or use obscene language.

  • Prissy L Vegetarian yoga princess

    Maybe he's not running since he lost in court last time.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Prissy, he lost at the ballot box before he lost in court.

    Norma, what's this about the Socialist one going away. Was he ever here? In person, I mean, not just talked about by others.

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Please, Stop this Madness

Dear LOC's and Farwell Boy's, (I know some of you guys read this site)

What the heck are you young men doing? You are freaking destroying the neighborhood with your infighting.

I get it, you got a beef with each other. But, why the heck are you ruining a neighborhood with your petty little disagreements - over whatever your petty problems you got.

Why do you young men need to ambush each other with your battles, using handguns and bullets?...

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Dear LOC's and Farwell Boy's, (I know some of you guys read this site)

What the heck are you young men doing? You are freaking destroying the neighborhood with your infighting.

I get it, you got a beef with each other. But, why the heck are you ruining a neighborhood with your petty little disagreements - over whatever your petty problems you got.

Why do you young men need to ambush each other with your battles, using handguns and bullets? Can't you guys talk this stuff out? Or go in the alley and beat each other up.

Why do I have to ride over your blood left on the street? That's just not right.

I'm getting tired of this BS. Let's find a way to get together solve this Rogers Park Gang battle. Because, if we don't, you guy's are all going to be in jail, in the hospital, or the grave.

I've got to make a living in this neighborhood and you guys aren't making the job any easier.

Signed, Your food delivery biker.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Mike, good to see you commenting here again. I thought maybe you'd given up on Rogers Park. To correct a typo in Dee's comment above so that you might understand what it is, Positive Loitering is just what the name implies. A group goes out for 2 or 3 hours...

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    Mike, good to see you commenting here again. I thought maybe you'd given up on Rogers Park. To correct a typo in Dee's comment above so that you might understand what it is, Positive Loitering is just what the name implies. A group goes out for 2 or 3 hours in the evening and loiters for awhile in one spot before moving on to the next. Groups that are, shall we say, negatively loitering break up or move on. Confrontations are avoided. Now that Spring is here (in spite of the snow we had Monday), this will be starting up again very soon.

  • Prissy L Vegetarian yoga princess

    And Craig never shows up. He always hides in the closet but complains.

Apr 10

Updated 3 days ago

Police response

It has been urged that the police should be called if you see a suspicious character. Today I called the police and alerted them of an unsavory character at Indian Boundary Park and the dispatcher told me the police were on their way. I was at the park for about two hours and no police arrived. This isn't the first time I called the police to report someone and they didn't show up. When I do call they act like I am bothering them.
Now start the sarcasm because you can't post anything without someone saying something sarcastic.

  • J.H. makes a very good point about having a service between 311 and 911. I think we all are concerned about activities we see as suspicious escalating into something dangerous. On the other hand, we just don't know what else the cops are coping with at any given time. I...

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    J.H. makes a very good point about having a service between 311 and 911. I think we all are concerned about activities we see as suspicious escalating into something dangerous. On the other hand, we just don't know what else the cops are coping with at any given time. I have listened to the police scanner from time to time, and I have to admit that the noise and drinking on the corner or in the alley that's driving me crazy is nothing compared to reports of shots fired or street fighting or other things that the cops have to respond to first. I think the cops in the 24th District do a great job overall and that they and the CAPS coordinators are approachable when we feel frustrated about what we sometimes see as the lack of or slowness of police response. I've never had the impression that it's all PR on their part but think that they genuinely want to address citizen concerns and improve where necessary.

  • rich concaildi Beat Facilitator CAPS 2411

    All,

    I don't have an explanation for why no one saw CPD respond to the initial call. It could be an unmarked unit responded but I simply don't know the details.

    This needs to be brought up at the beat meeting by neighbors.

    FYI-OEMC sets the priority and dispatches the...

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    All,

    I don't have an explanation for why no one saw CPD respond to the initial call. It could be an unmarked unit responded but I simply don't know the details.

    This needs to be brought up at the beat meeting by neighbors.

    FYI-OEMC sets the priority and dispatches the call based on what is going on at that exact moment. Officers don't get to pick and choose where to go next. They go where they are told to go via a priority response system managed by OEMC. Regardless, all calls should be answered.

    I'll will bring this to the attention of the Dist 24 CAPS office.

    Richard Concaildi
    President and Beat Facilitator CAPS 2411
    District Advisory Committee Vice-Chair (District 24-Chicago Police Department)
    richconcaildi@aol.com
    773.294.1777

    Community Policing works. Help prevent crime. If an arrest is made a victim has already suffered.

    Stand Proud America!

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Who are these people?

My security cam caught these guys in my foyer while I was indisposed on North Artesian near Devon, they were also on camera trying to open the basement door. Looking out the window I saw them up the street talking to children playing in front of their houses. Any idea what they're doing ringing doorbells trying to enter people's basements door to door?

  • JR West Ridge Neighbor Since 2003 Resident of West Ridge since 2003

    I heard that the Monotronics alarm system sales guys are coming back...it maybe them.

  • rich concaildi Beat Facilitator CAPS 2411

    Jerry,

    Pick up a couple inexpensive window stickers that say no trespassing, private property. It's them clearly in foyer and common areas.

    If they show up again, do NOT hesitate to call 911. Report suspicious behavior and trespassing on private property. Have neighbors do the same and also call. This...

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    Jerry,

    Pick up a couple inexpensive window stickers that say no trespassing, private property. It's them clearly in foyer and common areas.

    If they show up again, do NOT hesitate to call 911. Report suspicious behavior and trespassing on private property. Have neighbors do the same and also call. This needs to stop. Nice dressed guys can still conduct break-ins.

    Contact me off-line via email and I'll stand you some 'we call police' window signs.

    Richard Concaildi
    President and Beat Facilitator CAPS 2411
    District Advisory Committee Vice-Chair (District 24-Chicago Police Department)
    richconcaildi@aol.com
    773.294.1777

    Community Policing works. Help prevent crime. If an arrest is made a victim has already suffered.

    Stand Proud America!

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Sever Winter Weather information

News, notes and meeting minutes from Community Policing Beat 2431 in the heart of Rogers Park, Chicago

  • I would like to sever winter weather, period.

  • NewToRp Native New York...new to RP.

    Becky that was hilarious! Lmao

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Lost Cat

Our cat apparently slipped out our door last night and we haven't been able to find him anywhere. If you've seen a fluffy gray cat please call (773) 704-3413. Unfortunately -- and stupidly, I guess -- he's not wearing a collar. He's an indoor cat and has never gotten out before. You can see a picture here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/73925706@N00/11695753295/lightbox/

Thanks!

  • Roxanne psychotherapist, gardner. 39 yr. resident of RP.

    I am very happy for both of you! Thanks for letting us know.

  • Sam99 happy dog owner

    My neighbor had their cat move down the alley for the summer. He found someone was leaving food out that he really liked, and he took up residence there. He came back at the end of the summer when he got tired of that diet. If you don't find evidence of an injured animal assume that their are alive and well

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