7 hours ago

Updated 59 min ago

"Dress That Pet" Post

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

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    LunchMonkey is adorable in her costumes.

  • My dog's raincoat looks like it might serve a keep-dry function, but it actually leaks badly. I just dress him in it because it's ADORABLE. You'll pass us on the street some day. You'll wonder-is that raincoat really keeping the dog dry, or is that man the jerk that clothes...

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    My dog's raincoat looks like it might serve a keep-dry function, but it actually leaks badly. I just dress him in it because it's ADORABLE. You'll pass us on the street some day. You'll wonder-is that raincoat really keeping the dog dry, or is that man the jerk that clothes his dog in falsehoods? Is that a "rain"coat that protects the dog from neither rain nor the evil laughter and shameful baby talk his human companion animal creates?

    hahaHA!!! Wheeeeee!!!! You're so WET YOU DOG HAHAHA! Who is a good WET BOY??? Who? YOU ARE!!! Heehaaawoooooooo!

    happy Saturday folks.

2 days ago

Updated 3 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.

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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.

  • daveP been around awhile

    trust me, the majority of us really dont think joe is responsible for much.

    heck, he can't even be bothered to show up to meetings for committees he is on, why would we think he does anything

  • ScottPhillips Long time RP resident

    Once you mute them, you can see they're still yapping like out-of-control dogs, but you don't have to read them. I like that feature.

4 days ago

Updated 7 hours 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.

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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.

35 hours ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Jarvis Square Halloween?

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

  • Mac I complain on EB on the regular.

    Doesn't look like it. The event is usually advertised at least a month prior. Haven't seen anything posted in jarvis square

11 hours ago

Ballot Information Before You Go to the Polls

For those who have not already voted early and want to see the ballot before you go, here is a link to the Chicago Board of elections: http://www.chicagoelections.com/en/home.html. You will need to scroll down a bit to find the link to the document that provides the ballot information for your ward and precinct, including location.
Happy voting.

11 hours ago

Don't Forget to get your Free Flu Shot Today

Don't forget that my office will be offering FREE flu vaccinations TODAY (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).

For more information, visit:

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/155512_322.htm

3 days ago

Updated 17 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.

  • There is no such thing as a creative hiding space when it comes to a Burglary.

    A responsible Gun Owner owns a Gun Safe bolted into the wall or floor.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    In my many years in this city, I've been burgled 4 times. Each time, I returned from work in the evening to find a transom window over the back door pried out, or a broken window in the back door, or a busted in front door. (The first burglary was...

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    In my many years in this city, I've been burgled 4 times. Each time, I returned from work in the evening to find a transom window over the back door pried out, or a broken window in the back door, or a busted in front door. (The first burglary was so long ago in a different apt, I don't remember how they got in.) If I'd owned a gun, that would have been 4 more guns on the street. The last burglary was in 1998. Each time, our building increased security measures and we added extra locks on the doors.

5 days ago

Updated 2 days 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.

Oct 18

Updated 3 days ago

Halloween Kids events in the area?

Any upcoming Halloween events for the kids in the Edgewater/Andersonville area? Thanks!

3 days 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!

4 days ago

Updated 3 days 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.

4 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

6 days ago

Updated 4 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.

5 days ago

Updated 4 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.

Oct 18

Updated 4 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 14

Updated 4 days ago

The Paper Shredder is back! Shred and Recycle your old Papers and Documents this Sunday

Back by popular demand, the mobile shredding truck sponsored by Midway Document Destruction's Mobile Shredding Truck will be providing free paper shredding and recycling to residents of the 49th Ward and beyond this Sunday October 19th, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m., at my 49th Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview (at Jarvis).

The shredding truck is one of my most popular initiatives and a great opportunity to get rid of any old or unwanted papers. Because the documents are...

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Back by popular demand, the mobile shredding truck sponsored by Midway Document Destruction's Mobile Shredding Truck will be providing free paper shredding and recycling to residents of the 49th Ward and beyond this Sunday October 19th, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m., at my 49th Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview (at Jarvis).

The shredding truck is one of my most popular initiatives and a great opportunity to get rid of any old or unwanted papers. Because the documents are shredded, you won't have to worry about anyone being able to read your private information. Just bring your old documents to the truck, where they will be shredded on the spot in front of you and then taken away to be recycled.

Bring any documents you no longer need or want but that might contain personal or private information. Examples include:

• Bank Statements
• Outdated medical records
• Pay stubs
• Old bills and receipts
• Credit card offers
• Tax returns older than seven years

As an added service, my Ward Service Office will be open Sunday afternoon to take any service requests you may have.

Clean out your home office or attic and join us this Sunday, October 19th for a day of paper recycling!

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    Sorry to hear that, Kateri. I sent out three separate emails announcing the shredding over the past week, plus posted it on EveryBlock. Whom do you use for your email?

  • Jefferson Park's Alderman Arena just announced a shredding event NOV 9th in that neighborhood. A bit of a hike, but the service will be available.

    "Prevent identity theft by bringing your old paperwork with any sensitive information to this SHRED EVENT and get them destroyed while you watch.

    Shred-a-thon
    Sunday, Nov. 9th from 10AM - 1PM
    Hoyne Bank Parking Lot (4729 N. Milwuakee Ave.)"

Oct 16

Updated 4 days ago

Car repair

Anyone got a good mechanic recommendation? Ideally I would like to get my brakes done and new tires at the same place. Maybe even a tune up.

  • Totally agree with FA Girl posting above. DAVES AUTO is the ONLY place I will take my car. Dave is honest and their team does impeccable work.

  • Runge Auto. Tim is fantastic!

5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Handyman/woman needed

Does anyone have any recommendations for a good handyman/woman? I just need help installing some ikea curtains and rod and I don't own a drill or have a good working knowledge of how to do this sort of thing. Pretty straightforward job. Any recs would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

  • Taskrabbit is a good place to look for handymen/women, too.

  • Bruce at 773-474-0617. He lives in Edgewater and can do all kinds of home handyman stuff.

Jun 19

Updated 5 days ago

Homeless

Was a little upset by the act of a obvious homeless man yesterday @Jewel-Osco on Bway near Foster. There are normally a couple or so "homeless" people hanging arund the entrance to this store. No one seems to shoo them off & they are not basically violent or harrassing anyone that I have seen until yesterday. We were putting our groceries into our car when a man came up & started loading our vehicle for us & then demanded/requested some...

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Was a little upset by the act of a obvious homeless man yesterday @Jewel-Osco on Bway near Foster. There are normally a couple or so "homeless" people hanging arund the entrance to this store. No one seems to shoo them off & they are not basically violent or harrassing anyone that I have seen until yesterday. We were putting our groceries into our car when a man came up & started loading our vehicle for us & then demanded/requested some money for the "service" also stating that he would return the basket to the store. Of course, I don't have any cash money on me & declined his request. I hope this does not become a common occurance. I should have called the store to complain I suppose.

  • Ricky Coogin North Andersonville

    I wish people in Andersonville would stop giving money to the homeless. I know people feel sorry for them, but there are plenty of social services; giving them money just invites them to set up permanent camp in our neighborhood. The one I'm thinking of specifically used to hang out...

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    I wish people in Andersonville would stop giving money to the homeless. I know people feel sorry for them, but there are plenty of social services; giving them money just invites them to set up permanent camp in our neighborhood. The one I'm thinking of specifically used to hang out by the eastern wall of Jewel and beg for money; when he got enough, he'd go buy beer and drink it right out on the sidewalk (making sure to leave the empty beer can on the ground even though there's a garbage can 20 feet away). I talked to him once and he told me he had a permanent place to stay, and not a shelter, either.

    He seems to have migrated south a few blocks since the summer...now he sits in front of the market around Balmoral/Clark.

  • A polite No Thank You always works for me.

Oct 17

Updated 5 days ago

Yard Sale, Saturday 10/18, 9-4pm

1909 W. Chase (bwtn Wolcott & Damen)

Croquet set, air conditioner, tools, games, plates, books, lights and lamps, knicks and knacks, and much more! Was ours, could be yours.

  • SpamAlert Spamophobic

    You just haven't figured it out yet, have you JCV? It's okay. You can come and talk with us anytime. Welcome!

  • Mr. Rogers Neighbor

    Spam, spam, nuts, and spam

Oct 18

Updated 6 days ago

Lost wallet

I lost my wallet between visiting the library on Farwell and Clark and my apartment at 1523 farwell. If anyone picked it up please let me know!!!

  • Check the 24th District Police Dept. to see if someone turned it in.

  • It's RP sir, your wallet is gone.

Oct 17

Updated 6 days ago

DON'T FORGET: Paper Shredder Available this Sunday to Shred Your Old Papers

This is a reminder that the mobile shredding truck sponsored by Midway Document Destruction will be providing free paper shredding and recycling to residents of the 49th Ward and beyond this Sunday October 19th, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m., at my 49th Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview (at Jarvis).

The shredding truck is one of my most popular initiatives and a great opportunity to get rid of any old or unwanted papers. Because the documents are shredded, you...

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This is a reminder that the mobile shredding truck sponsored by Midway Document Destruction will be providing free paper shredding and recycling to residents of the 49th Ward and beyond this Sunday October 19th, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m., at my 49th Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview (at Jarvis).

The shredding truck is one of my most popular initiatives and a great opportunity to get rid of any old or unwanted papers. Because the documents are shredded, you won't have to worry about anyone being able to read your private information. Just bring your old documents to the truck, where they will be shredded on the spot in front of you and then taken away to be recycled.

Bring any documents you no longer need or want but that might contain personal or private information. Examples include:

• Bank Statements
• Outdated medical records
• Pay stubs
• Old bills and receipts
• Credit card offers
• Tax returns older than seven years

As an added service, my Ward Service Office will be open Sunday afternoon to take any service requests you may have.

Clean out your home office or attic and join us this Sunday, October 19th for a day of paper recycling!

Oct 17

Halloween Party For Seniors

The 24 th District Police Senior Advisory Sub-Committee of the CAPS office
is sponsoring a Halloween Party for local Seniors ( 60 ish & older ).

It will take place on Tuesday , October 21, from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM.

Warren Park ( 6601 N. Western Ave ) is the location.

There will be singing, dancing, bingo, card games, and a costume contest.

Of course there will be plenty of FREE food and prizes.

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The 24 th District Police Senior Advisory Sub-Committee of the CAPS office
is sponsoring a Halloween Party for local Seniors ( 60 ish & older ).

It will take place on Tuesday , October 21, from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM.

Warren Park ( 6601 N. Western Ave ) is the location.

There will be singing, dancing, bingo, card games, and a costume contest.

Of course there will be plenty of FREE food and prizes.

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This is the first event of the revived CAPS program Committee For Seniors.

Informational meetings will be coupled with fun social gatherings.

Please invite people from church or social groups, neighbors on your block,
and people in your building. If you can, please help with transportation.

We don't want anyone to miss the fun event.

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For more information :

Call the 24 th Police District CAPS office : ( 312 ) 7 4 4 - 6 3 2 1

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e - mail the CAPS office :

c a p s . 0 2 4 d i s t r i c t @ c h i c a g o p o l i c e . o r g

Thank you.

Oct 14

Updated Oct 17

Convenience Stores on Granville

There is apparently two opening up, one of them in the former Royale Cupcakes place. We have around 4-5 as it is in that section of Granville-do we really need MORE covenience stores? I know it's better than empty storefronts but still. I don't get it.

One thing at least they put a nice awning to make it more appealing. But the lottery kiosk near the window makes it tacky.

  • hazelg Longtime Edgewater resident

    This is a new location for an old convenience store that was located next door to the el station and had closed up. Evidently they had a profitable business on Granville before or they would not have come back to re-establish their business. They were the most popular convenience store of all of them. I can see why they came back as I patronized them almost daily and they were always busy. I don't see how the rest of the stores survive though.

  • DK Living and Playing in Chicago

    They put huge "play lottery here!" signs all over their windows, disappointing that they don't try to make it more appealing at least. I never understood why that would look attractive.

    I know for Revival they had a community meeting about it,not sure if there was one for this store.

Oct 16

Updated Oct 17

Speed Bumps on Morse and/or Ashland?

Do you think we should have speed bumps on either street? Maybe it would deter gang people from using these streets as quick in and out points? What are your thoughts?

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

    I don't think that the city installs "traffic calming" devices like speed bumps on main roads like Morse and Ashland. Those routes are also used by emergency vehicles which would obviously slow those responders down enroute to emergencies as well. While they have their place, they do not belong on arterial streets.

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    The traffic circles on Ashland impede driver visibility. I think they're unsafe. As far as speed bumps on Morse, it was chock full of natural speed bumps until a few weeks ago. It didn't seem to be any sort of deterrent to violence.

Oct 17

Airplane noise: Emanuel rakes in campaign donations from airplane execs

Money talks. Just in case anyone thought the Mayor's selling out of Chicago residents to the big airlines (on all manner of issues, airplane noise being just one of them) had stalled with all his lip service about "looking into the issue," here comes the news that airplane execs -- most of whom don't live in the city (no surprise) -- have shelled out big cash to Emanuel's campaign chest. No strings attached, though (yeah, sure).

http://politics.suntimes.com/article/chicago/emanuel-campaign-gets-over-125k-united-american-employees/wed-10152014-858pm

Oct 16

Updated Oct 16

Lots of police activity at Loyola Red Line stop

Anyone know what happened around noon at the loyola stop? I was parking and saw a bunch of cops come in the wrong way on sheridan and park all over the sidewalk, rush the platform, and pull a guy off the train in cuffs. One officer said something about him jumping on the tracks, but he was on the train.

  • At 11:58am, police responded to reports of a person brandishing a screwdriver as a weapon, threatening a passenger on the CTA Red Line car #5232, on the north-bound track. The train was stopped by the engineer about 50 yards north of the station at 1119 W Granville.

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    At 11:58am, police responded to reports of a person brandishing a screwdriver as a weapon, threatening a passenger on the CTA Red Line car #5232, on the north-bound track. The train was stopped by the engineer about 50 yards north of the station at 1119 W Granville.

    Police were not able to walk toward the train safely, so they requested that the CTA cut the electric power on the track. About 20 seconds after the request was made, the power was cut, and at 12:04pm, officers were able to get to the train, climb aboard, and take the suspect into custody.

    The arresting officer requested that the power be restored, and that a cage-car be waiting for them at the Loyola platform. Upon arriving at Loyola, the suspect was removed from the train, and taken to 24th District police station. There were no injuries reported in this event.

  • MandaLeigh Here I Is.

    Wow, that's scary! Glad no one got hurt.

Oct 16

Follow Me on Friday to the Hard Water Bar and Grill

Follow Me on Friday as I welcome the newest addition to the Rogers Park bar and restaurant scene--the Hard Water Bar and Grill, 7545 N. Clark (just south of Howard). The fun takes place this Friday, October 17th, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Located in the spot formerly occupied by the Hop Haus and Rolland's, Hard Water Bar and Grill offers far more than your average pub grub. I had the pleasure of attending their "soft opening" last week and...

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Follow Me on Friday as I welcome the newest addition to the Rogers Park bar and restaurant scene--the Hard Water Bar and Grill, 7545 N. Clark (just south of Howard). The fun takes place this Friday, October 17th, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Located in the spot formerly occupied by the Hop Haus and Rolland's, Hard Water Bar and Grill offers far more than your average pub grub. I had the pleasure of attending their "soft opening" last week and enjoyed a wide variety of delicious food offerings, including delicious made-to-order sliders, nicely seasoned crisp fries, and a chicken cheese dip that was to die for.

The bar offers a full selection of drinks, including dozens of craft and domestic beers.

Owners Amit Diamond and Devon Kelly redecorated the interior, but kept the 35 flat screen TVs that allow you to watch any televised sporting or special event of your choosing, while enjoying delicious food and refreshing drinks.

Amit and Devon promise to give us a free tasting this Friday of everything on their menu--so you'll know what to order when you come back--as well as a complimentary drink. Hard Water is easy to get to. They offer plenty of free parking and it's just steps from the Red Line.

So join me on Friday and welcome Amit and Devon to Rogers Park!

"Follow Me on Friday" is one of my efforts to encourage my constituents to sample some of the 49th Ward's finest restaurants, pubs and businesses. Each week on my Facebook page, I post the name and location of a local restaurant, pub or business where I'll be hanging out after work on Friday. The establishment offers specials for all my Facebook followers and their friends. It's a great opportunity for you to check out one of the fine local 49th Ward businesses you may not have visited before.

Join me for some great food and drink and welcome Hard Water Bar and Grill to the 49th Ward!

Oct 10

Updated Oct 15

Short yellow lights were City policy

From the article: "The Emanuel administration quietly issued a new, shorter yellow light standard this spring that generated 77,000 red light camera tickets that would not have been allowed before the rule change, the city inspector general announced Friday."

So about 8 million dollars was taken from Chicagoans under dubious circumstances that some enterprising attorney will probably now challenge via class action. City claims that lights were within the standard of "electrical deviation," but since the tribune uncovered the practice have now reversed the policy.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-yellow-light-standard-change-20141010-story.html

  • Craig_Gernhardt Official Account

    And now we all know what a fabrication this statement was in April 2012, from Alderman Moore.

    "My first reaction was to be opposed to it,” said Moore. “But the camera does not play favorites. Whether you are an alderman or judge or off duty police officer if you’re speeding...

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    And now we all know what a fabrication this statement was in April 2012, from Alderman Moore.

    "My first reaction was to be opposed to it,” said Moore. “But the camera does not play favorites. Whether you are an alderman or judge or off duty police officer if you’re speeding you will get a ticket. you cannot clout your way out of this ticket.”

    The Mayor routinely clout's his way around the ticket's he receives - and we now find out the camera's not only play "favorite's," they cheat with short yellow's, too.

    See more at The Expired Meter: http://theexpiredmeter.com/2012/04/chicago-speed-camera-ordinance-passes-35-14/#sthash.U7fyBaWx.dpuf

  • d3 NOH

    John Bills could get you out.

Oct 14

Updated Oct 15

Positive night but too tardy to loiter

Last night was the “Neighborhood Safety Walk…modeled after the successful ‘positive loitering’ walks, where neighbors gather together and stroll through the neighborhood or simply ‘loiter’ on certain street corners.“ (see: http://chicago.everyblock.com/crime-posts/oct11-join-me-howard-street-neighborhood-safety-walk-6441122/)

I couldn't get to the Willye B White Field House until late, and I didn’t see a group. I did see an ABC 7 News truck still parked at Howard and Ashland in front of a police car. I asked the officer in the police car if he had...

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Last night was the “Neighborhood Safety Walk…modeled after the successful ‘positive loitering’ walks, where neighbors gather together and stroll through the neighborhood or simply ‘loiter’ on certain street corners.“ (see: http://chicago.everyblock.com/crime-posts/oct11-join-me-howard-street-neighborhood-safety-walk-6441122/)

I couldn't get to the Willye B White Field House until late, and I didn’t see a group. I did see an ABC 7 News truck still parked at Howard and Ashland in front of a police car. I asked the officer in the police car if he had any idea where the “positive loitering” people were. He said they definitely left already and he didn't know where they were now, but they might come back to the field house at the end.

I walked along Howard past Clark and saw no clusters of people, so I decided at that point the most positive non-loitering thing I could do was get myself some dinner. I walked west on Howard looking for something that looked simultaneously delicious and open; Buffalo Joe’s seemed perfect.
Mini tips with bread, fries, and a super-cold cream soda for under $6.

I sat in the window and looked for updates on EveryBlock, ABC 7 Chicago, Twitter, and Facebook. At first I looked out the window to see if the “safety walkers” passed by but eventually I let my phone and my food distract me.

On the way back home, I stopped at the Jewel.

So I still don’t have first-hand experience with “positive loitering.” Instead, I’m feeling lucky to be well-fed and out of all the rain.

What were other Rogers Park residents’ experiences of Monday night? Did you “safety walk?” Purposefully avoid the safety walk?
(First-hand experiences only, please.)

Oct 13

Updated Oct 14

  • SpamAlert Spamophobic

    SpamAlert always punches the "UNNEIGHBORLY" (yes, all caps) button at the end of offending posts, and recommends that everyone else do likewise. It's fast, it's painless and it alerts the moderators.

  • How about the rest of us punch the "RED LINE KEEP POSTING YOUR MUSIC LINE UP!!" button?

Oct 12

Updated Oct 14

Philly's Best?

Anyone had a chance to go there and try it out yet? How is it?

  • Poetic Bard Poet, writer, foodie, geek of all trades.

    The Philly's Best website actually does list the RP location - it's under their locations tab. You can download the menu and order online. The website does need updated/more details, though - no hours posted for walk-in, just 'current' status for whether delivery is available at that moment or not.

    http://ww2.imenu360.net/default.aspx?type=RL&id=pbsportsbar&cpn=

    If the food is anything like the Belmont location, it's fairly decent grub - especially late at night, though I have no idea how late the RP location will be open.

  • d3 NOH

    they do wings correctly, too. well the one on belmont does!

Oct 13

Updated Oct 14

Hit & Run @ Lakewood Between Thorndale & Elmdale

If anyone saw a hit and run this morning between 9:30-110:30 am on Lakewood, between Thorndale and Elmwood, please get in touch! This car was very damaged by a driver who left the scene without leaving information. Police report is filed, we are looking for any witnesses who may have seen the responsible vehicle. The damage is just under 2k and because it was a phantom driver (and we don't have collision...) our insurance company will not help us cover it. We are counting on our amazing Edgewater neighbors to help us be vigilant so this person can be held responsible and not do this to others.

  • Ugh. This happened on my block a few weeks ago. When I spoke to the police officer, he said he sees this every day, and it is most likely the result of the driver texting while driving. Sorry this happened to you.

  • This makes me sick to see. I have no information for you. But I'm really sorry this occurred. You don't deserve it.

  • d3 NOH

    nothing too useful to add other than I once witnessed a horrific hit-and-run in progreess and 911 didn't want to take the info because I didn't own the car. It was a college kid doing an extremely sharp and fast complete turn-about and backed right into the parked car, then kept on his way... #citythatworks

Oct 13

Scrabble, anyone?

We are meeting this coming Wednesday again for a rousing game of
Scrabble - the Rogers Park Scrabble Club is now forming, and we
need new players! I know you're out there! Meet nice people, have
a relaxing yet stimulating evening out, and learn many new words
while you're at it. Hope to see you there - Wednesday, October 15,
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., the beautiful, newly redecorated Rogers Park
Library at 6907 Clark Street!

Oct 10

Updated Oct 12

Vote Republican for Alderman Gordon

The previous donors, including Republican fundraiser David Herro wanted you to. A lot, according to the donation amounts.

  • Suzanne Devane Ward 49 Republican Committeeman

    Has anyone noticed that Joe's supporters can never defend him on the merits?

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    Which merits in particular? I see only personal attack.

Mar 01 2012

Updated Oct 11

Pekin House Chinese Restaurant CLOSING!!!

After many many decades of sustaining the name of having the best egg roll in Chicago, we are sad to announce that our family restaurant will be closing this month. We would like to thank our loyal customers who have supported us throughout the years and we apologize for not having enough notice to inform you all. This is very sad for us and we would hate to give up such a historical establishment. Though we are leaving Devon at this moment but there might be a big possibility that we might open a small location in the near future in the neighborhood.

  • HollyHR Born at Edgewater Hospital, went to Stone School.

    @jim yes I have had them and similar yes but not the same and I am trying to figure out their sweet n sour sauce, it was housemade and was more orange than most I see today. Especially those gross little packets. Thanks! I am going to try wing hoe and three harmony. Have to pave myself, I'm on atkins and need to space them out, lol.

  • Jim A Sic Semper Canis

    Happy hunting, Holly. Maybe let us know if you find something special. Cheers.

Oct 09

Updated Oct 10

More red light camera issues

New trib investigation reveals yet another way the red light camera system is flawed and unfair to Chicago drivers. This time it seems that in their zeal to encourage people to violate the law and receive a citation, the new red light company sets the yellow lights illegally fast.

Studies have shown that cutting yellow light time increases tickets, because drivers can't stop quickly enough to avoid entering the intersection against the light. However, increasing yellow times by just one...

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New trib investigation reveals yet another way the red light camera system is flawed and unfair to Chicago drivers. This time it seems that in their zeal to encourage people to violate the law and receive a citation, the new red light company sets the yellow lights illegally fast.

Studies have shown that cutting yellow light time increases tickets, because drivers can't stop quickly enough to avoid entering the intersection against the light. However, increasing yellow times by just one second dramatically reduces those instances.

Another hazard of short yellows is people slamming on their brakes to avoid a ticket, which especially in bad weather conditions is dangerous.

This program was sold as a way to make streets safer. In fact, it has victimized drivers, resulted in scandals of various degree with both contractors the City selected, and created new traffic hazards. If traffic safety is the goal lets increase yellow times and accept the reduced revenue as the price of a safer city.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-red-light-camera-yellow-timing-20141009-story.html#page=2

  • Incidence of running red lights is lower, and the incidence of rear-end collisions is higher. Good point on making a full stop before right turn on red.

  • Jim A Sic Semper Canis

    Short yellows are dangerous and increase the incidence of running red lights.

Oct 10

Join Me for the First Annual Fallapalooza Music Festival this Saturday

Devon Avenue comes alive this weekend as Audio Archaeology hosts the first annual Fallapalooza Music Festival, this Saturday, October 11th, from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at 1324 W. Devon (at Wayne).

Fallapalooza is an all-day family-friendly festival featuring live music, local vendors, and candle making and pumpkin painting for children and children-at-heart. The Sofo Tap will be serving beer and sangria.

Musical performers include: Pieptone!, Joshua Wentz, Mereology, Medicine Bear and the Herbal Remedies, A Cool Hand, Yer Mothers...

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Devon Avenue comes alive this weekend as Audio Archaeology hosts the first annual Fallapalooza Music Festival, this Saturday, October 11th, from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at 1324 W. Devon (at Wayne).

Fallapalooza is an all-day family-friendly festival featuring live music, local vendors, and candle making and pumpkin painting for children and children-at-heart. The Sofo Tap will be serving beer and sangria.

Musical performers include: Pieptone!, Joshua Wentz, Mereology, Medicine Bear and the Herbal Remedies, A Cool Hand, Yer Mothers Lovers, Silvergirl, Brian Velez, and The Ents.

Local artist Lady Jane, of Whimsical Wax Wonders, will have a craft booth set up for kids who want to learn how to make candles, and a pumpkin-painting area will be set up for kids and adults who want a personalized Halloween decoration to bring home. The street will be filled with local businesses and artists who will be promoting and selling their wares.

All fest attendees will be asked to make a $5 voluntary donation to the Howard Area Community Center's (HACC) Youth Services Programs, which reach out to at-risk youth and gets them involved in positive, asset-building activities and programs. Sofo Tap has kindly offered to donate $1 to HACC's youth program for each drink sold.

For more information on Fallapalooza, visit:

https://www.facebook.com/events/602922193157875/614435412006553/?notif

I kick off the fest Friday night from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a special Follow Me on Friday at Audio Archaeology, 1324 W. Devon, and Thai Spice, 1320 W. Devon.

For more information on the Follow Me on Friday, visit:

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/155341_322.htm

Oct 08

Updated Oct 10

Open Books Still Needs Volunteers

The non-profit literacy program Open Books still needs volunteers to assist struggling readers improve to their grade level in reading (Buddies Program). It is a commitment of 2 days weekly for 1.25 hours per day. Contact: Nell Klugman, Volunteer Coordinator at nklugman@open-books.org | (312) 475-1355 x119. Here is the url for more information: www.open-books.org. Thanks, Jeanne

  • Are any of the readers Spanish speakers that are learning to read in Spanish?

  • jldoolittle Resident of Rogers Park for 9 years

    Jennmiller16: I don't know if there is a need for volunteer tutors for Spanish readers. The volunteer coordinator would know, however. Thanks, Jeanne.

Oct 09

Updated Oct 09

Alderman Joe Moore's Follow Me on Friday to Audio Archaeology and Thai Spice

The first annual Fallapalooza Musical Festival is on Devon Avenue this Saturday and I'm kicking it off with a Follow Me on Friday to two unique Devon Avenue businesses--one that just recently opened and one that has been in the neighborhood for a generation.

Follow Me to Audio Archaeology, 1324 W. Devon, and Thai Spice, 1320 W. Devon. Both establishments are located just east of Wayne Avenue, where the music festival will be taking place.

John Arnsdoff, owner of Audio...

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The first annual Fallapalooza Musical Festival is on Devon Avenue this Saturday and I'm kicking it off with a Follow Me on Friday to two unique Devon Avenue businesses--one that just recently opened and one that has been in the neighborhood for a generation.

Follow Me to Audio Archaeology, 1324 W. Devon, and Thai Spice, 1320 W. Devon. Both establishments are located just east of Wayne Avenue, where the music festival will be taking place.

John Arnsdoff, owner of Audio Archaeology, is organizing this Saturday's music festival and it makes perfect sense for him to do so. His business is chock full of HiFi and stereo equipment--from Audiophile turntables and component systems, vintage 1950's and '60's consoles, to a full line of colorful new analog and digital machines from Crosley.

Audio Archaeology is a testament to the resurgence of vinyl records and is jammed pack with records of all musical genres. Each month, Audio Archaeology features the work of a local Chicago-area artist on their walls. Everything in the space will help the customer, "live the vinyl lifestyle."

After purchasing some old records to add to your collection, join us next door for a taste of the Far East at Thai Spice. Owner Tony Hubich will serve up some of his house specialties, including the best chicken satay you'll ever have. Tony cooks his own food and has been delighting the taste buds of Rogers Park and Edgewater diners for over 20 years. He spices the food to your taste--from mild to hot for those who like an adventure.

Tony is also extremely friendly and, if he's not too busy, he'll sit down with you and share a glass of wine as he lets you in on some of his culinary secrets. If you like Thai food, Thai Spice is definitely the place to dine.

To compliment your Far East dining experience, I'll serve up Thai beer and offer a choice of wine and soft drinks.

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    I neglected to post the time of my Follow me on Friday. It's this Friday, October 10th, at its usual time: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Oct 08

Updated Oct 09

Painter needed

Good Morning All,

Could anyone recommend a reliable and affordable interior painter?

  • Dirk A. Gould 10+ year Resident and Promoter of RP Real Estate

    I would highly recommend Jefferson Koegel. He painted my entire home a couple times and I referred him to about 25 clients. All 25 sung his praises. He is especially good with vintage units that need a little extra attention. He spends more time prepping than actually painting sometimes, so that the finished product looks amazing. His cell is (773) 710-6780

  • Adam G. Brand new resident of Edgewater Beach

    We've been using Drake Painting with excellent results. They got a very good review on Angie's List, and were a previous Service Provider Award winner. We tried them once for a small project, and have used them again. They were great.

    http://www.drakepaintingco.com/
    Phone: 847-818-8004
    My contact there is Dan

Oct 08

Updated Oct 08

Ominous Portent Opposing Elected School Board

Dragons are beginning to devour the full Moon. It will turn blood red and turn dark in less than an hour. All this chatter about elected school boards is displeasing the Heavens. The Dragons and Spirits are very unhappy. Even Susanne Atanus agrees on that. Repent. Give us back the Moon. Say NO to elected school boards.

  • Misha Borovitz optimistic but cautious

    Jerry Taft said it will rise again tonight at quarter after seven so there won't be an elected school board from what it sounds like.

Oct 07

Updated Oct 08

Siren

Good morning, everyone. Being a rather recent transplant to Rogers Park, I had
asked about the Tuesday sounding of the loud siren. Everyone was so kind
to respond and explain. I now have another question ...How would we know what
type of emergency there might be? Is there a specific radio station we would
tune into?
By the way, I adore Rogers Park!

  • Former Pot Hole i feel so full of love now

    Uh oh! 👽👽👽

  • Julia Z-N Andersonville Dog Mama

    The sirens went off once-not on a tuesday-when the obvious problem was a tornado warning. If the skies look scary and you hear it go in the basement,otherwise turn on your tv to a news station,unless its aliens. I just give them left over trick or treat candy and they go away.

Oct 07

Updated Oct 08

Reminder - For those of you who indicated interest...

Scrabble Club!!! Our first meeting is this Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to
7:30 p.m.
Rogers Park Library - Over 18 - Beginners welcome! Hope to
see you there.
Emily and Mary

  • Marcus Rogers Park Resident

    I wish I could make it. I have class on Wednesday nights. Maybe next semester.

  • jldoolittle Resident of Rogers Park for 9 years

    Emily, so, so, so sorry. I cannot make it tonight. Please post the next time you meet.

Sep 28

Updated Oct 07

Join Me for the First Annual Great Chicago Fire Festival

Join me for the first annual Great Chicago Fire Festival this Saturday, October 4th, 8:00 p.m., as we mark our City's epic resurgence from the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

This first-of-its-kind spectacle of fire will take place along the Chicago River, between State Street and Columbus Drive. Redmoon Theater, in partnership with the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Chicago Park District, created this free event to unite Chicago's neighborhoods...

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Join me for the first annual Great Chicago Fire Festival this Saturday, October 4th, 8:00 p.m., as we mark our City's epic resurgence from the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

This first-of-its-kind spectacle of fire will take place along the Chicago River, between State Street and Columbus Drive. Redmoon Theater, in partnership with the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Chicago Park District, created this free event to unite Chicago's neighborhoods and celebrate Chicago's grit, greatness and renewal following one of the greatest tragedies our City ever experienced.

Highlights of the Spectacle will include fiery cauldrons lowered from the bridges and kayakers pulling fire buoys and prairie gardens. Three floating fire sculptures resembling pre-1871 homes will be set ablaze, each revealing a dramatic and symbolic interior core. The finale will feature a choreographed fireworks display and a moving tribute to Chicago's neighborhoods.

As Chair of the City Council's Committee on Special Events, Cultural Affairs and Recreation, I have been assured by the Chicago Fire Department that every measure has been taken to make sure all this fire is contained on the water and safe for spectators.

I hope you can make it to what will hopefully be the first of an annual event to bring Chicago neighborhoods together celebrating our City's comeback from its most difficult time.

For more information, visit:

http://chicagofirefestival.com/

  • To clarify, people who didn't even go and pretended they did..to make the usual nasty comments on the Internet that they do about anything and everything.

  • Bruce Mayberry, Roger Parkansas

    I was there premium seats brought friends and kids.
    It asked the kids, all 5 are in various performance group's how they would feel if they were on stage that night.
    Oh the way kids respond is awesome.
    If they simply would have miked the stage managers walkie talkie now that would have been entertainment.

Oct 06

Updated Oct 07

Where to rent parking?

Hello Rogers Park neighbors! I'm looking for some advice in regards to parking for the coming winter months. We just moved to the neighborhood (right near the JArvis redline stop) and have noticed that parking can be horrific past a certain time of night. I'm assuming that this will get worse as we get snow and ice. Any recommendations on how to find parking to rent? I've looked on Craiglist and there seems to be nothing available. Any and all feedback is appreciated! Many thanks!

  • Try the CTA lot attatched to the Howard station. IMO very safe, been using it for over 18 months Rate is very reasonable, only downside is chilly walk home. Good Luck!

  • Ade Az Zambrano Rambler ramblin' in RoPa

    They are finishing construction on the parking garage by Chase Cleaners, soonish. That will be covered and there are certain buildings in the area that get first dibs.

Oct 03

Updated Oct 07

Broadway Whole Foods opening date pushed up to April

This according to the Whole Foods rep at the community meeting last night

  • The Sheriff new sheriff in town

    Never understood buyin' meat at the market when y'all can just take down one of them deer that roam up by the river.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    I don't encounter grumpy employees at either of Evanston's Whole Foods stores both of which are on Chicago Ave., not Clark. (Evanston does have a Clark St. north of Church.)

Oct 05

Updated Oct 06

6413 n. glenwood 1st floor tenant

thanks community for careing we are warm respectable neighbors feel free
to knock on our back door to say hi.
i am michelle a white post -op transexual my fiance' is Sidney. is a black man my land-lord zoran knezev (773)761-5282 tried to illegally
evict me my rent is always paid on time and i have no lease violations. my fiance' sidney called him on my behalf
and my land-lord called him the n word i/we filed complaint against him...

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thanks community for careing we are warm respectable neighbors feel free
to knock on our back door to say hi.
i am michelle a white post -op transexual my fiance' is Sidney. is a black man my land-lord zoran knezev (773)761-5282 tried to illegally
evict me my rent is always paid on time and i have no lease violations. my fiance' sidney called him on my behalf
and my land-lord called him the n word i/we filed complaint against him w/ commission on human relations. while doing research i found out last week that when i moved in feb 2014 that it was illegal for him to lease apartment by bedrooms and that he violated my
lease when he illegally leased the other
2 bedrooms in the same apartment as me i did not know the law or my rights as a tenant last week my land-lord zoran knezev (773)761-5282 illegally cut down 2 property line trees and a 300 year old cottonwood. with-out permits in the back yard the police ask her to see permits last sunday but she did not have them the cottonwood in question survived the great chicago fire
ww2 and lived to see the 1st black president. my final question to the community is "what happen to the wood after the 3 trees were cut?"

Oct 05

Spanish Conversation Group

Hi All~
We're meeting Monday, 10/6/2014, at the Heartland Cafe at 7:30 p.m.
Please join us for some light conversation to learn/practice.
Barbara

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