3 days ago

Updated 55 min ago

FREE Flu Shots Offered at Alderman Moore's Office this Saturday

Now that the flu season is fast approaching, we need to turn our attention to protecting our health. I'm offering FREE flu vaccinations this Saturday, October 25th, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (while supplies last), at my Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview (at Jarvis).

The vaccinations will be administered by the City of Chicago Department of Public Health. If you have a Medicare card, please bring it with you.

Influenza, also known as "the flu," is a very...

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Now that the flu season is fast approaching, we need to turn our attention to protecting our health. I'm offering FREE flu vaccinations this Saturday, October 25th, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (while supplies last), at my Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview (at Jarvis).

The vaccinations will be administered by the City of Chicago Department of Public Health. If you have a Medicare card, please bring it with you.

Influenza, also known as "the flu," is a very contagious lung disease that causes an average of over 200,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths in the United States each year. Anyone can get the flu. For most people, the flu can cause fever, cough, sore throat, headache, chills, muscle aches, and fatigue.

Flu infections among the elderly and those with chronic heart or lung disease can lead to more serious complications, including hospitalization and even death.

Here's who should especially consider receiving a flu shot:

• Adults over 50 years old
• Anyone with a chronic health condition
• Pregnant women
• Healthcare workers
• Caregivers for young children or the elderly
• Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities

Even you do not fall within one of the above categories, you should still think seriously about protecting yourself from the flu this winter.

  • Captain Progresso Champion of populism

    Will photo IDs be required? If not there is a risk of public health fraud because some people will abuse the system and try to be inoculated early and often.

  • daveP been around awhile

    Obviously the Captain is so desperately craving some of that attention he mentioned in another thread.

    Here is is Captain! *hugs*

Oct 16

Updated 1 hour ago

What kind of issues are affecting the Rogers Park community?

I am a college student studying the Rogers Park area.
I wanted to be able to ask local residents about their feelings about issues in their community. I would appreciate it if anyone can answer some questions.

1. Do you know who your alderman is?

2. What has your alderman done, promised, promised, but not completed?

3. How do your see the issues in your community as compared to the city of Chicago?

4. What is something that your community...

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I am a college student studying the Rogers Park area.
I wanted to be able to ask local residents about their feelings about issues in their community. I would appreciate it if anyone can answer some questions.

1. Do you know who your alderman is?

2. What has your alderman done, promised, promised, but not completed?

3. How do your see the issues in your community as compared to the city of Chicago?

4. What is something that your community needs?

5. Do you know who your neighbors are?

Yes No

6. What job opportunities does Rogers Park have available?

7. What is your view of the school system?

8. Do you feel that the law enforcement services in your community are effective?

9. Do you feel that community resources are easily assessable?

Thank you for your help.

  • Captain Progresso Champion of populism

    Can we bring along Kyros C, Terry Midnight, John Greenwood, 60660Gal, Helen, becky, MandaLeigh, Al, Suburban Joe and a few others? (Joe will be our token gesture to diversity.) We will pay a generous service charge if you send your Short Bus to pick us up. That will reduce traffic, minimize parking and keep the lakefront impact to a minimum. We have seen the banana-yellow Short Bus you ride around in and it is cute.

  • Reid's gonna have to hold this little bash under a bridge to accommodate all of his troll buddies!

13 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Big Mistake

If you're keeping track of who's running for Alderman in the 49th Ward, you know the current Alderman has his paid army out gathering signature's. You know Don Gordon and his volunteer's are gathering signature's. John Beacham say's he's running, but I haven't seen him out gathering signatures to get on the ballot.

I have seen the real third in the race. Connie Gates Brown. I don't know much about her other than she's been an election judge in 2012...

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If you're keeping track of who's running for Alderman in the 49th Ward, you know the current Alderman has his paid army out gathering signature's. You know Don Gordon and his volunteer's are gathering signature's. John Beacham say's he's running, but I haven't seen him out gathering signatures to get on the ballot.

I have seen the real third in the race. Connie Gates Brown. I don't know much about her other than she's been an election judge in 2012 and with Northside Power. She's been out every Sunday during the Farmer's Market convincing people to sign her petition to get on the ballot.

She's got a website.

http://cgb2015.wix.com/connie-gates-brown

And a Facebook page. Heck, she even posed in a picture with Don.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Connie-Gates-Brown/1492104864372507?ref=br_rs

Here's the problem. Her petition sheets won't work. She'll get knocked off the ballot before she can blink her eyes.

Everything she's doing is for naught.

Every signature is worthless.

So why is she out gathering signature's? If she thinks the election is on February 14, 2015, she'd be 10 day's too early.
(Exclusive photo of Connie Gates Brown petition sheet attached)

These petition's won't fly. So why is she trying to get on the ballot? Or is it a big mistake and she has to start from scratch after fixing the glitch in her petition sheets?

Good luck with that.

  • Captain Progresso Champion of populism

    We all want and need attention. It's a natural part of being human. A great way to do it as an adult is to buy a Cocker Spaniel. They always make us feel needed, give us attention and pretend that they actually like us. We all know they pretend only...

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    We all want and need attention. It's a natural part of being human. A great way to do it as an adult is to buy a Cocker Spaniel. They always make us feel needed, give us attention and pretend that they actually like us. We all know they pretend only because they don't know how to use a can opener to get their own food but the pretending makes us feel good. Thanks for the tip though. I will shop around and see how much the challenger candidates are paying to collect petition signatures. I don't think Don Gordon can afford much (and I'm not crazy about bananas) but maybe the Socialist has money.

  • ^^^ :-) I have a cat...but he still needs me to pull the top on the Fancy Feast can (when he isn't eating the rats he caught in the dumpsters behind Morelia Market).

28 hours ago

Updated 1 hour 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!

  • PaulaR artist

    As an apartment dweller, I was assigned $7.59 Multi-Family (single-family is if you live in a house). It appears I would save a few dollars if I go with the city's program. My current monthly charge is $8.38, with the city it would be $7.59. and it looks like the rate per kWh is a few pennies less.

  • d3 NOH

    AFAIK that 7.59 is in addition to your current monthly customer charge. they gave them the same name.

41 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

we have been robbed!

dear neighbors, we were robbed today between 11am and 630pm at 6806 n Wolcott. (pratt) if you saw anyone, expecially in the alley off Wolcott, please let us know. all electronics and my work tools are gone.

  • In most of a these daytime home robberies a Gun doesn't come into play because there is no one home. That is why they commit these crimes during the day.

    The only time a Gun does come into play is when it is stolen.

    http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/press/fshbopc0510pr.cfm

  • Mktz New to RP

    ...And all we need is more guns on the streets.
    Let's just watch out for one another, if it doesn't look right then it probably needs reported.

28 hours ago

Updated 3 hours 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.

  • Captain Progresso Champion of populism

    Yeah we know the lake is rising up and down all of Rogers Park's and Chicago's beaches. So why aren't the Mayor and his minions doing something about it instead of spending all our tax payer dollars on Star Wars museums and failed Chicago Fire extravaganzas? In not too many years none of our dogs will have any place to swim or poop on the sand.

  • Jim A Sic Semper Canis

    Former Pot Hole, the rising lake levels are only tangentially related to the erosion along the beaches that I mentioned. When Northwestern
    University built their landfill, they created a groin that collected sand on it's north side, essentially capturing sand that would otherwise replenish the beaches here.

    In the mid...

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    Former Pot Hole, the rising lake levels are only tangentially related to the erosion along the beaches that I mentioned. When Northwestern
    University built their landfill, they created a groin that collected sand on it's north side, essentially capturing sand that would otherwise replenish the beaches here.

    In the mid and late 80's when the lake levels were historically highest, there was probably at least another 20 feet of beach at Rogers. The beaches were regularly re-sanded until the early to mid-1980's.

    The erosion continued, though at slower pace, in the past few years when the lake levels were historically low.

    I think this should be a cause for concern for those who like to highlight the street-end beaches as an attraction of Rogers Park.

    Captain Progresso, at some point in the not too distant future, these beaches simply won't exist, for dogs or for people.

4 hours ago

Dog Found

Sign seen this morning at Touhy and Sacramento: found small dog 773-540-0734.

I am just the messenger

4 hours ago

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4 hours ago

Jarvis Square Halloween?

Will there be a Halloween event in Jarvis Square this year similar to past years?

45 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Lead paint exposure at Gale Math and Science Academy

"Protesters Claim CPS Ignored Lead Paint For 5 Years At Rogers Park School"

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/10/22/protesters-claim-cps-ignored-lead-paint-for-5-years-at-rogers-park-school/

"Gale Elementary Report and FOIA Documents. Ald. Joe Moore denied knowledge of the issue."

https://www.scribd.com/doc/243757867/Gale-Elementary-Report-and-FOIA-Documents

Discuss.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Feminist Bully, well, no, you couldn't have been looking in on these threads occasionally before you joined on Thursday--at least not under that name.

  • Hugh M. Nuclear Scientist

    Back to the important subject matter. Thanks to whoever notified the authorities about the lead in the school. I'm glad the work to eliminate lead from the children's environment has begun.
    1. When will the latest lead report be available? And when, exactly was it done?
    2. Are the lead...

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    Back to the important subject matter. Thanks to whoever notified the authorities about the lead in the school. I'm glad the work to eliminate lead from the children's environment has begun.
    1. When will the latest lead report be available? And when, exactly was it done?
    2. Are the lead reports for the other Rogers Park schools available? Are they at the schools? Was lead found in other schools?
    3. How is this being dealt with at the city level? Are all schools lead tested?
    4. Have parents been notified about the five year delay in getting rid of lead at Gale?

2 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Relocating to Chicago- job around UChicago

I'm relocating to Chicago for a job right near the UChicago campus. I've heard varied opinions about safety living around UChicago. I have the option of leaving my car at home with my parents, but a few friends have said that public transport to and from UChicago is dicey, and that I should drive.

If I do drive, I'm just worried about the commute. How do the commutes compare: between Rogers Park and UChicago; Logan Square and UChicago; West Town...

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I'm relocating to Chicago for a job right near the UChicago campus. I've heard varied opinions about safety living around UChicago. I have the option of leaving my car at home with my parents, but a few friends have said that public transport to and from UChicago is dicey, and that I should drive.

If I do drive, I'm just worried about the commute. How do the commutes compare: between Rogers Park and UChicago; Logan Square and UChicago; West Town and UChicago? Are there other neighborhoods that might be affordable that also have off street parking (in the $1000 range).

I looked up the commutes and google says 30 minutes for all of them. I am skeptical about this as google always says 30 minutes for commutes around Boston, where I currently live, and those end up being more like 40-45 minutes.

Thank you! I appreciate all of your feedback.

  • "Metra was designed . . . " um, no
    The several different commuter train companies, with their several histories, were consolidated. Idiosyncrasies and all. The Northwestern runs its trains on the left, not the right; The I.C. is the last electric inter-urban to run across a state line; etc.

  • Meli Manak OFFICIAL ACCOUNT

    Consider checking out Bridgeport. It's similar to Rogers Park especially with the diversity.

41 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

How much to charge for a garage parking space

I am contemplating renting a space in my garage near Pratt and Ashland. What would the "going" price be listed at - if I decide to move forward?

  • I rent out my garage spot by touhy and ridge for 75 a spot. Three cars Good deal. Are you able to provide me with an email I can send you a lease agreement for garage.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Arpan - I sent you an email through Everyblock

2 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

What does parking look like in winter?

I moved to Rogers Park from Logan Square a few months ago, and I was curious as to what the parking situation is like during the winter. I rarely had trouble parking on my old street - a handful of people would claim spots that were shoveled, but it was still pretty easy to find parking within a block. It was really no big deal and there were no issues. Do people claim spots in this neighborhood? Given the already...

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I moved to Rogers Park from Logan Square a few months ago, and I was curious as to what the parking situation is like during the winter. I rarely had trouble parking on my old street - a handful of people would claim spots that were shoveled, but it was still pretty easy to find parking within a block. It was really no big deal and there were no issues. Do people claim spots in this neighborhood? Given the already difficult parking situation in Rogers Park, I can't imagine that would fly. I know it won't for me the first time I see it. I am of the mindset that unless you have a designated spot, you are not able to lay claim to anything. Shoveling out a spot is just paying it forward, right?

  • Alex, I lived on touhy and Paulina last year and although parking was rough I always found a spot, usually around Ashland and Touhy. I would recommend asking the guy at the gas station if you can rent a spot from him. I moved on greenleaf and Paulina now and needed a parking spot because I got a new car. I found the parking spot through craigslist. It took awhile but I just kept checking the listings everyday. I believe there is still one by Lunt and Clark available.

  • mclnoh RE Broker & Photographer

    d3....FYI...Runge does not own the multi-level parking deck at Paulina & Rogers.

3 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Lost kitty

We found this little kitty underneath our back stairs and aren't sure what to do with him. Is he/she yours? Near Sheridan and Pratt. You can text/call me at 312-725-0130 if he/she is yours and/or you want to help me route him somewhere.

If not yours, I'm open to suggestions on what we should do with him. I assume shelters don't intake directly. Does that mean we should call 311, or do we have to bring him down to CACC ourselves?

  • Great job Al, nice to hear a Happy story. Thank you!

    Helen, my condolences on your loss.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Thanks, Lucy. This little guy looked so much like a cat I had years ago that I was tempted, but it's way too soon.

4 days ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Avoid the Lines; Vote Early or Vote by Mail Starting Today

Avoid the lines at the polls and potentially bad weather on Election Day by VOTING EARLY OR BY MAIL!

VOTE EARLY

Vote early at any one of 51 locations beginning TODAY (Monday, October 20th), until Saturday, November 1st. Early voting hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Here are the Early Voting locations most convenient to 49th Ward residents:

Pottawattomie Park
7340 N. Rogers (just west of the Metra tracks)

Broadway Armory Park
5917 N. Broadway...

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Avoid the lines at the polls and potentially bad weather on Election Day by VOTING EARLY OR BY MAIL!

VOTE EARLY

Vote early at any one of 51 locations beginning TODAY (Monday, October 20th), until Saturday, November 1st. Early voting hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Here are the Early Voting locations most convenient to 49th Ward residents:

Pottawattomie Park
7340 N. Rogers (just west of the Metra tracks)

Broadway Armory Park
5917 N. Broadway (at Thorndale)

Warren Park
6601 N. Western (2 blocks south of Pratt)

Chicago Board of Elections
69 W. Washington
Lower level (across from Daley Plaza)

If you need a ride to an early voting site, please reply to this e-mail or call 773-973-4900.

Early Voting is also available Sundays, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Board of Elections office, 69 W. Washington, Lower Level, and at four city neighborhood locations, including Welles Park, 2333 W. Sunnyside.

An ID is not required. However, I advise you to bring an ID, such as a driver's license or state ID, in the event there is a question about your registration. All Early Voting sites will serve as "grace period registration" sites where voters may register for the first time or update the name or address on their existing registrations. To learn more about Grace Period registration, read my comment on this thread.

VOTE BY MAIL

You can also vote by mail! Illinois law now permits you to vote by mail for any reason whatsoever. To obtain an application to vote by mail, visit:

http://www.chicagoelections.com/dm/general/document_399.pdf

Complete the application and either mail it or deliver it personally to the Chicago Board of Elections, 69 W. Washington. Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60602.

You will then receive your ballot in the mail. Follow all the enclosed instructions and make sure to vote in secret.

28 hours ago

Updated 18 hours ago

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

Please join me this Monday to learn about and contribute to the effort to redevelop Leone Beach Park and Fieldhouse. The meeting will take place 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...

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Please join me this Monday to learn about and contribute to the effort to redevelop Leone Beach Park and Fieldhouse. The meeting will take place 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 northern gateway in Chicago for the 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.

  • Thank you Joe, this little nugget of history is great! Excited for repurposing it yet again.

  • Captain Progresso Champion of populism

    Being involved in a collaborative community effort to repurpose a historical asset is going to be fun. The repurposing of Indian Boundary Park's decrepit zoo and restoring the fieldhouse was a blazing success (pun not intended). Now we get a chance to do the same with the old US Coast Guard boathouse. A bronze statue of Sam Leone gazing out over the lake would be nice if that weren't so expensive as to not be feasible.

20 hours ago

24th District Police Provide Update on Recent Activities

For this week's summary of recent 24th District Police activity, visit:

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/155554_322.htm

Oct 12

Updated 24 hours ago

Hard Water bar and grill

I saw that this place is now open for brunch. My first opinion on this place is, the staff is very friendly and the food is pretty good. The drink selection is great, I had the bacon bloody Mary, and they have many daily specials. I would recommend to give it a try. Especially to watch the game.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Thanks to all for your expressions of sympathy. As always, I have been avoiding walking in the area of the kitchen where the food and water bowls have been for many years even though I picked those up and washed them yesterday. There will be another cat when we're ready.

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    The karoake will be taking place indoors.

3 days ago

Updated 25 hours ago

Renters rights

Is a renter legally required to give the landlord 30 days notice of a move out date?

  • Di

    I was able to somewhat resolve the situation. Unfortunately the property in which I reside is so poorly managed that it has become just unbearable with stolen packages, dirty grounds, faulty smoke detectors, and trash in the building. It is just a bad situation

  • d3 NOH

    'If you have a lease and don't give notice you won't get your security deposit back.' that's not true.

    ' If you don't have a lease (oral or written) than you don't have to give notice.'
    that's not true either. It's the opposite. If you don't have a lease, or...

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    'If you have a lease and don't give notice you won't get your security deposit back.' that's not true.

    ' If you don't have a lease (oral or written) than you don't have to give notice.'
    that's not true either. It's the opposite. If you don't have a lease, or your lease expired, you're month-to-month, and you DO have to give 30 days notice. If you have a defined lease period, you don't have to give notice. Your LL can require you to renew 89 days prior, but if not renewing, has to notify you 30 days prior. But not the other way around. If no notice was given by LL of not renewing but no renewal signed, you are automatically considered month-to-month after the lease expires if you stay.

2 days ago

Updated 26 hours ago

Helicopters Over Rogers Park (The Park)

Does anyone know the reason for helicopters over Rogers Park (The Park) and southwest, maybe to Touhy and California (from my vantage point in the park), between 4 and 4:30 this afternoon.

  • Darius-- I'm in the park several times a day. It is great.
    Robin-- Our sense of privacy and safety is based on two dimensions. We normally only have to watch our backs. Our front and left and right take care of themselves. Surveillance from above violates that norm, which is precisely why cops and the media use helicopters.

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

    Robin
    I don't like it because of all the noise. On Saturday, a helicopter was so low that I could not carry on a conversation with a neighbor in front of my house.

39 hours ago

Updated 27 hours ago

How much to charge for a garage parking space

I am contemplating renting a space in my garage near Pratt and Ashland? What do you think the "going" rate should be? And would I have them sign a lease or a 30 day month-to month?

  • The going rate for an electric door garage is $120-130 per month. Manual doors or non locking doors are dramatically less for security reasons. Give a better deal if the pay for a year.

  • eagledrc Farwell and Ashland

    I am interested in renting it.

  • dj long time RP home owner

    @eagledrc - haven't made a decision about renting yet. Just exploring my options.

    It is an electric door and 1/2 of a 2 1/2 car garage - info/searching for rent sugestions right now only.

28 hours ago

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5 days ago

Updated 28 hours ago

The 2015 City Budget

What do you think about the 2015 budget released by the mayor last week? It is a non-controversial, feel good budget crafted to vote in before the election in February.

The budget doesn't address money for additional police officers and we still have no plan to deal with city pension debt. There were a few service additions added - rat abatement. pot hole repairs, etc., to superficially please voters who have been grumbling about the lack of city services for the last four years.

How will the alderman vote on the 2015 budget? Will he ask for our feedback? Are there ward budget meetings planned?

  • Hugh M. Nuclear Scientist

    Just wait and see what happens next year, when everyone gets their property tax bill and it is thousands of dollars more than the year before.

    But then, the elected officials will have three more years in office at that point. That is why we have a "feel good" budget being voted on right before the election. SPeak out now people or you will be paying lots more in taxes one year from now.

  • Suzanne Devane Ward 49 Republican Committeeman

    Most City Council members have no interest in dealing with the structural deficits facing this city until after their re-elections in March. They will then have to deal with reality because the City's schools are already borrowing 2 months of next year's budget to fund current operations. As this reckless...

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    Most City Council members have no interest in dealing with the structural deficits facing this city until after their re-elections in March. They will then have to deal with reality because the City's schools are already borrowing 2 months of next year's budget to fund current operations. As this reckless spending continues, it will be more expensive to borrow to finance current operations. The conundrum for these elected officials is that they have to deal with the problem without saying they caused the problem.

    Like any overdrawn spender knows, one ultimately has to start cutting expenses. Our elected officials need to begin talking about the hard choices we face.

Oct 17

Updated 28 hours ago

wicca seminar

please feel free to join on-line wicca seminar. This digital seminar will take place until holloween the wicca new year @the end of the seminar i will reveal the identity of satan useing the christian bible

  • sidney morgan WitchCraft Christ

    The anti-christ mentioned in the book of revelation is not a man but a country. The U.S. Congress armed him. He is also nuclear. He will betray us soon.

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Jun 12

Updated 30 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.

4 days ago

Updated 40 hours ago

heads up, neighbors

hey guys
we had a forced entry burglary over on N Eastlake Terrace this weekend. no one was hurt, but it's definitely scary.
As a note of personal failing, I heard loud noises and activity late Saturday night, but I figured it was just people coming back from the bars or something. Unfortunately, it's a hard lesson

  • Steven J -- The more confused, sleepy people we have shooting at they're not sure what, the safer I'll feel.
    not

  • Bruce Mayberry, Roger Parkansas

    Glad the wide awake and legally armed can shoot back.

2 days ago

Updated 43 hours ago

Party Room Rental

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

47 hours ago

Parking Spot

Hi all! I'm looking to rent a spot from someone preferably for the winter but will rent for longer if necessary. I work late and drive for safety. Looking near Paulina/Greenleaf.
Thanks!

2 days ago

Updated 47 hours ago

What's up on Juneway?

Tons o' cops, crime scene tape in the alley between Paulina and Marshfield, many lookyloos but no ambulance. Listening to scanner but not figuring out the story... anyone know what happened?

  • So he wasn't shot in the leg, he was shot in the foot. And he wasn't shot in the foot, but in the toe. Good to have this cleared up, because we all know that toes are not part of the leg. Sometimes I leave my toes in New York City when I return to Chicago.
    Was he shot by an arm, by a hand or by a finger, I wonder?

  • d3 NOH

    another shooting right at the "problem building" .... how many in one year is that? and what is the city doing about this on an active basis?

    The alley behind jonquil/ashland looks like an open air drug market every night of the week... what are they doing about that?
    It's good they sit around at the corners.

3 days ago

Updated 47 hours ago

People's Gas No Parking Signs

I am fairly new to the neighborhood, and I noticed yesterday the no parking signs taped to the trees from People's Gas. Of course, I was first annoyed that this sign would stay up for two weeks. It's not secret that it's already hard enough to find parking (I average 30 minutes each time) , but this morning, I woke up early to move my car, and every other car was still there! And later in the day, there were still lots of cars parked right in frommt of the signs. Do these signs not really mean anything, even though they threaten towing? Also, I noticed the signs don't have.a permit number printed on them.. Does this make them invalid?

  • shawn m Moving from apt to apt in RP

    The People's Gas signs don't require a permit number. Not sure why the other cars hadn't moved. The signs have dates written on them, is it possible the construction date had ended but they forgot to take down the signs?

  • daveP been around awhile

    They are horrible about taking down the signs after they expire. I've been taking down all the expired ones I see when out walking my dog.

    Just saw some the other day that expired in august!

    People don't look at the dates, they just see the no parking, and don't park there.

  • Leelee Dog lady, cat lady, juicer extraordinaire

    They put up signs willy nilly with no regards for the residents. They cordon off blocks at a time, in different directions, don't work for a week, need it for a few days, and then leave the signs up, with the expiration dates still a week out!

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    They put up signs willy nilly with no regards for the residents. They cordon off blocks at a time, in different directions, don't work for a week, need it for a few days, and then leave the signs up, with the expiration dates still a week out!

    Thanks, daveP, for taking down the expired ones. I do, too... but a lot if see are up, with good dates and not a PG person in sight.

    :<

    My favorite thing is they do the above, FINALLY leave, and repave, then are back in a month chewing up the new road! What the???

    I'm glad for the new infrastructure, but would really appreciate PG giving a bit more of a hoot about residents.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Important Referendum Question on Mental Health Funding

On the November 4, 2014 general election ballot, there will be numerous statewide and local referendums. One of the referendums specific to voters in Cook County is a question on whether the state shall increase mental health funding statewide. (See below)

The referendum is non-binding; it is meant to solicit the opinion of voters and to advise legislators on a question of public policy.

Early voting for the November 4, 2014 general election will take place Monday, October 20 –...

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On the November 4, 2014 general election ballot, there will be numerous statewide and local referendums. One of the referendums specific to voters in Cook County is a question on whether the state shall increase mental health funding statewide. (See below)

The referendum is non-binding; it is meant to solicit the opinion of voters and to advise legislators on a question of public policy.

Early voting for the November 4, 2014 general election will take place Monday, October 20 – Sunday, November 2.
Referendum Question on Mental Health Funding
Question
Countywide, Mental Health Services: Shall the General Assembly of the State of Illinois appropriate additional funds to provide necessary mental health services for the people of the State of Illinois? Yes or No

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    Helen, there are advisory questions on the ballot that are statewide. In other words, all the voters in the state will vote on them

  • Julia Z-N Andersonville Dog Mama

    I don't care if the referendum on mental health appropriations is "fishing",inquiry or just spitting in the wind. I'll vote yes for every penny spent to help people who suffer from disease that has rendered them untouchable by most of society. Without public funding for mental health care people you...

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    I don't care if the referendum on mental health appropriations is "fishing",inquiry or just spitting in the wind. I'll vote yes for every penny spent to help people who suffer from disease that has rendered them untouchable by most of society. Without public funding for mental health care people you and I know would be left with no help of any kind. Homelessness,drug addiction and crime often have roots in mental illness as victims of these illnesses try to cope day to day. I'm not saying that all criminals are victims of mental illness. I amm saying that without help,most of them will end up being victims or perpetrators. They really haven't got any other choice. This could happen to anybody.

2 days ago

Today’s Headlines

Crews Are Re-Paving Sections of Loyola & Ridge in 40th Ward (DNA)

Oct 14

Updated 2 days 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.

2 days ago

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2 days ago

Parking

I'm new to the area. Anyone know of someone renting a parking space?( Damen & Fargo) help.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

City of Chicago Council Meeting on the Budget for Chicago Health Department Budget Request

Alderman Moore, at the budget hearing for the Health Department, scheduled for October 28, 2014: let's

1. Make sure there is money allocated for medications for patients who go to the city mental health clinics - I checked the 2015 budget and there is no line item for medications. Uninsured people who go to the six remaining city mental health clinics need medications and have always been able to get them through the city mental health clinics (I checked prior...

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Alderman Moore, at the budget hearing for the Health Department, scheduled for October 28, 2014: let's

1. Make sure there is money allocated for medications for patients who go to the city mental health clinics - I checked the 2015 budget and there is no line item for medications. Uninsured people who go to the six remaining city mental health clinics need medications and have always been able to get them through the city mental health clinics (I checked prior budgets and medications have always been included in past budgets)

2. Advocate for additional dollars to be spent on mental health care specifically to re-open the clinic on Howard Street in Rogers Park.

3. Also, let's advocate for the city to become a preferred Medicaid provider to bring in revenue to the city mental health clinics.

4. Request a specific report about city residents living in Ward 49 who were patients at the Howard St. Clinic and what happened to each and every one of them.

5. Request additional dollars for a second and third psychiatrist .

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

    I agree with all five requests for the 2015 city budget.

    Also, I believe there should be money set aside to do an independent study about how to leverage and maximize dollars from every level of government (city, county, state and federal) to better serve Chicago residents.

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

    I should have said, in regards to funding mental health services - I believe there should be money set aside to do an independent study about how to leverage and maximize dollars from every level of government (city, county, state and federal) to better serve Chicago residents.

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

    Does anyone know when the budget hearing will take place for the public to ask questions/make recommendations?

2 days ago

Join Neighbors Cleaning up and Restorating Beach

There is still time to protect and protect the beach that was there for you all summer. Join the Alliance for the Great Lakes, students from Loyola University, Volunteer Site Steward for the Loyola Dunes and members of the local community for a Beach Cleanup and Restoration Work Day at Loyola Beach. Saturday, October 25, 2014 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Meet at the Dune Restoration Site (between Pratt Blvd and Farwell, just east of the tennis court.) Volunteers need not stay for the entire day. Organizers will provide tools, work gloves and refreshments. Learn more about the Loyola Dunes Restoration Project[where: ]

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Traffic hazard

This area recently seemed to get cleared up after some discussions I had with the Family Dollar and Starbucks manager recently.
Guys in orange vests collecting for their favored charity (themselves). Then acting out due to intoxication or whatever.
This guy is not safe and he could cause a serious traffic accident, pictured here is right at the Chicago/Evanston border.

  • Mac I complain on EB on the regular.

    Interesting that this guy is on the chicago side. Rogers park has a degree of tolerance for this type of behavior . It is a hazard

  • It's worse by the dreaded Elston/diversey/Logan area, which is why I try to stay away.

Oct 16

Updated 2 days 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.

  • Ooh, that's lucky! I would have loved to have a Cermak Market there (of course, now that I live in Bridgeport I've got several...). It's a good store.

  • JCV My head hurts.

    That's good to know, Kelly! We've been missing having a grocery store option at that location!

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Lost cat

Someone posted about finding a black & white cat... here's one that's missing. Hope this helps everyone.

3 days 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 9 days 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 9 days 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

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Response to Li'l Buds Theatre Post

Encouraging second graders to write is wonderful. Encouraging them to compete against their classmates and then in a public forum is, I believe, not so wonderful.
While I'm sure the organizers have no ill intent, I take issue with having 7 year olds pitted against each other. The "losers" might put down their pens and never write again. The "losers" might experience losing as failure. Creativity and self confidence
could be seriously affected in the process. Please let our children experience the joy of writing without having to feel they have to vie against each other and win a contest.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Even the Lost Cat and Found Cat threads, Mr. Rogers?

  • Mr. Rogers Neighbor

    I'm sure some would think he's responsible for either losing or finding the wards cats.

Oct 16

Updated 3 days ago

Rubber stamp Alderman helps close vital health clinics

The controversial 2012 City of Chicago budget that slashed library hours and cut 6 of 12 health clinics around Chicago, including one on Howard St.

"Alderman Joseph Moore said he would vote for this one because unlike previous budgets, "it is an honest budget."

Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Mayor-Emanuels-Budget-Passed-Unanimously-133978073.html#ixzz3GJjLMDAU

Thumbs down.

  • Ok, Alderman Moore, I will, but later since it's kind of a busy day today for me. Thanks.

    BTW, since that hearing is next week, Alderman Moore, maybe good idea for you to have your own very specific questions for that hearing re. this topic. Just saying. :)

  • Hugh M. Nuclear Scientist

    Additionally, Alderman Moore, at the budget hearing on Health: let's

    1. Make sure there is money allocated for medications - I checked the 2015 budget and there is no line item for medications. Uninsured people need medications and have always been able to get them through the city mental health...

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    Additionally, Alderman Moore, at the budget hearing on Health: let's

    1. Make sure there is money allocated for medications - I checked the 2015 budget and there is no line item for medications. Uninsured people need medications and have always been able to get them through the city mental health clinics (I checked prior budgets and medications have always been included in past budgets)

    2. advocate for additional dollars to be spent on mental health care specifically to re-open the clinic on Howard.

    3. Also, let's advocate for the city to become a preferred Medicaid provider.

    4. Request a specific report about city residents living in Ward 49 who were patients at the Howard St. Clinic and what happened to each and every one of them.

    5. Additional dollars for a second and third psychiatrist is also needed.

    Signed,
    Hugh, a constituent of the 49th Ward

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Health Education Event: "Getting a Good Night's Sleep"

Loyola University, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing students will be presenting a six part interprofessional health education series starting on, Tuesday, October 21, 2014 with the topic, "Getting a Good Night's Sleep" at the new Heartland Health Center - Devon, Community Room, 1300 W. Devon Avenue. The event is from 1:00pm to 2:30p and is free. Light snacks will be provided. All are welcome.

  • Rus

    I would like to attend this event, however, I’ve got other items scheduled.
    If I had known about this sooner, I could have moved times around.
    Oh, well.

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Sneaky Campaign Tactics

Election season is nigh here in Chicago and it seems like things are heating up. Everyone knows Chicago has a history of some really questionable politics. What are some of your favorite stories of sneaky campaign tactics from the past and present?

  • Rob

    Gordon mouthpiece Gernhardt- Perfect example of unfounded accusations, and why I refuse to consider voting for Gordon because of your involvement in his campaign.

    Still don't want to comment on Gordon's attempt to disenfranchise the voters of the precincts he lost, huh? Best to try to distract every with the pink postcard boogeyman.

  • Roger Stein master carpenter

    Rob, sometimes soothing one's own political ego is far more important than worrying about whether or not one's actions might disenfranchise honest voters. Sometimes repeat losers have to grasp any opportunity for support they can find even if that support does more damage than good. A recent comment is so true; If you lie down with dogs you will get back up with fleas. Someone who continues to hide behind mouthpieces needs a very strong flea collar right now.

Oct 15

Updated 3 days ago

Found: Black and White Cat

Hello, friends! I've come across a black and white cat. No collar, no microchip, not declawed, and he hadn't been neutered.

We took him to a vet to check for the microchip, and the vet thinks he's 1-2 years old and either belongs to someone and is lost or was abandoned since he's not afraid of people, is super affectionate, and is litter-box trained. Vet also thinks he might have been dumped because his fur is a little ratty and...

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Hello, friends! I've come across a black and white cat. No collar, no microchip, not declawed, and he hadn't been neutered.

We took him to a vet to check for the microchip, and the vet thinks he's 1-2 years old and either belongs to someone and is lost or was abandoned since he's not afraid of people, is super affectionate, and is litter-box trained. Vet also thinks he might have been dumped because his fur is a little ratty and he's got some scratches on his nose from getting into fights with other animals while he's been on his own.

We've taken him in for now, but we can't keep him since we can't have pets. We're in touch with all sorts of shelters and rescue groups, but, as everyone knows, it's hard to get an animal into a no-kill shelter because they're always at capacity.

We've hit a wall in terms of trying to find his owners, so we're looking to get this guy a great home. Please get in touch if you're looking to adopt a companion animal.

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