Mar 16

Updated 3 hours ago

John Kozlar did great tonight!

I am now voting for Kozlar. He was concise and appropriately stopped Thompson from going on a political rhetoric rant. What is up with Daley Thompson and wanting to raise our property taxes? I know he can afford to pay a property tax increase, but many of us cannot. Let's show up and make a real change around here!!!

39 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Save a lot on Halsted at 34th to close on April 4th.

Sad news for those of us who can't afford marianos

  • I actually find Mariano's pretty inexpensive. I mean sure some things are a little pricey, but their private label stuff is good and really cheap.

    Save A Lot always has a weird smell. Still sucks to see another local option closing shop.

  • Thank you Alderman Balcer. DALEY THOMPSON WRONG!

41 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Patrick Daley Thompson makes page A3 of “The Wall Street Journal” this morning

I was reading the print copy this morning of the "The Wall Street Journal" when I came across the article, but here is the internet link:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/chicago-runoffs-span-ballot-from-mayor-emanuel-to-daley-scion-1427198401

The following Google link doesn't prompt you to log in to view the article:
https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=wall+street+journal+patrick+daley+thompson

I find this very ironic with all of the mailers I have recently received from the Patrick Daley Thompson campaign.

  • Tony Steel neighborhood guy

    I was thinking the same Erik, until I realized the importance of this election. A blank vote for alderman is a vote for the Daley Machine. All they want to do is divide us. We can rid ourselves of the Daley's right now. I am really becoming a big fan...

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    I was thinking the same Erik, until I realized the importance of this election. A blank vote for alderman is a vote for the Daley Machine. All they want to do is divide us. We can rid ourselves of the Daley's right now. I am really becoming a big fan of Kozlar because he offers something new and a path not traveled. I really think he can do a great job if given the chance to work with our community. If we do not like the work of Kozlar after four years, then we can vote him out. If another Daley gets in there again, then we will be repeating history and nothing will change.

  • Did the WSJ include one of those creepy pointilist portraits. DALEY Thompson is jowly enough as it is.

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12 hours ago

Bridgeport Home Burglary (3200 Block of Aberdeen)

My house was broken into and ransacked yesterday. There seem to have been a few burglaries lately, so keep your eyes open. They rang the door to see if anyone was home, then came through the alley, broke out 2 doors and quickly removed commuters, tvs, and jewelry from our home. Fortunately no harm to our animals. If you saw any strange people or groups of people in the alley of the 3200 block of Aberdeen yesterday or have a camera pointed in that direction please let me know in this message. Stay safe and vigilant Bridgeport.

14 hours ago

Hedge-fund manager & Rahm's corporate point man just gave $10,800 to Daley Thompson's campaign.

Come on people, the writing is on the wall! Daley Thompson is just like the rest of them and only cares about making his pocket bigger. We don't need another one of these corporate influencers representing us and trying to buy our votes. Let's stand up for our community and make a change.

A-1 report from the Illinois Board of Elections:

1. Sacks, Michael J. and wife Cari of Highland Park, IL
Occupation: Chief Executive Officer
Employer: Grosvenor Capital Management 1425 Waverly Rd.

$10,800.00 to Friends of Patrick D Thompson on 3/25/2015

15 hours ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Something Else to Consider when voting for 11th Ward Alderman

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2015/03/26/sanitary-district-cop-caught-on-tape-talking-about-sleeping-and-drinking-on-the-job/

The above is a link to a story new to WBBM radio today. Maybe you'll want to ask the candidates about the truth of this story, and if Thompson pleads ignorance, I guess he was not very involved -- except for the paycheck -- in running the MWRD.

2 days ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Empty Store Fronts for Daley Thompson

Am I the only one enjoying the great irony with seemingly every empty store front in our neighborhood having a Daley Thompson sign in the window, and sometimes multiple signs?

Never mind I just received my third mailer this week from the Thompson campaign throwing around the "wall street" canard when it comes to Kozlar. How exactly does the Daley Thompson campaign think that pension dollars are invested?

  • Tony Steel neighborhood guy

    I think it has a lot to do with our political atmosphere. Many businesses do not come to our ward because of the reputation we have. People do not want to invest in a ward where they have to bow down to a political machine. Many people do not realize...

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    I think it has a lot to do with our political atmosphere. Many businesses do not come to our ward because of the reputation we have. People do not want to invest in a ward where they have to bow down to a political machine. Many people do not realize the importance of this election. We can rid ourselves of the Daley's right now. I am really becoming a big fan of Kozlar because he offers something new and a path not traveled. I really think he can do a great job if given the chance to work with our community. If we do not like the work of Kozlar after four years, then we can vote him out. If another Daley gets in there again, then we will be repeating history and nothing will change.

  • Erik H Loyola & UofC alumnus, Chicago Loot Drop charity

    Beezil, I think there are at least three ways an alderperson can work in this sort of situation. I'm taking as an assumption that the storefronts are vacant because the owners believe that's the most cost-effective use of the property.

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    Beezil, I think there are at least three ways an alderperson can work in this sort of situation. I'm taking as an assumption that the storefronts are vacant because the owners believe that's the most cost-effective use of the property.

    1) Persuasion: The alderperson and local business associations may have better data on than the property owner does—info on costs of business, local business's budgets, or even whether the ward's considering adding bus service or a bike lane to your property's street—that's info that could make a big difference. The alderperson could bring that information to the owner and use it to convince them to manage the property more wisely—maybe something as simple as helping the owner figure out what's a good rent to ask, or just pointing out that renting at a loss is better than paying property taxes on unused real estate.

    2) Networking: Maybe the owner is looking to rent out, but isn't advertising well, or is only thinking in terms of, for example, retail stores. But the alderperson might know that there's a Jazzercize group that can pay rent and is looking for space. I know if I were looking for business space in the ward, I'd be sure to contact the alderperson about it. If nothing else, it's worth the owner and alderperson talking, because the ward has an interest in seeing those spaces rented out.

    3) Aldermanic powers: An alderperson doesn't have direct control over the finances of private property holders or business, but the alderperson can control things to some extent, including making sure the streetscape is taken care of, controlling parking restrictions, and adjusting zoning on property to fit the needs of the ward. In extreme cases, alderpersons can help get historical status for a building, condemn buildings that are too far gone, or even direct City funds to certain kinds of issues. Whether we're talking bowling alleys or museums, the current 11th Ward candidates have both talked about using these sorts of powers.

Mar 19

Updated 16 hours ago

Patrick Daley Thompson just lost a vote!

I was going to vote for Patrick Daley Thompson until I received a mailer today stating that Kozlar was a Republican, that he wants to raise property taxes, that he is tied to Wall Street. I have been watching the debates, attending the forums and reading both candidates websites. The past few weeks I have been more and more unimpressed with Patrick Daley Thompson but I was still going to vote for him. Now with this mailer that is full...

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I was going to vote for Patrick Daley Thompson until I received a mailer today stating that Kozlar was a Republican, that he wants to raise property taxes, that he is tied to Wall Street. I have been watching the debates, attending the forums and reading both candidates websites. The past few weeks I have been more and more unimpressed with Patrick Daley Thompson but I was still going to vote for him. Now with this mailer that is full of false claims I am voting for Kozlar. If you read and watch all of Kozlars comments he has repeatedly been against raising property taxes, he is obviously not a Republican and he isnt tied to Wall Street. He probably voted against Rauner in the primary, just as I did and now he is labeled a Republican. Give me a break. I dont trust Patrick Daley Thompson after this mailer. He is obviously very desperate to be the Alderman for some reason and I dont think it is to help the residence of the ward.

  • Tony Steel neighborhood guy

    I agree with you sbg. Looking forward to voting this week for Kozlar. Been hearing a lot of good things about him from my neighbors who are ready for a change around here.

  • Tony Steel neighborhood guy

    Very glad to see the voter turnout is increasing for this election.

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2 days ago

Updated 30 hours ago

Cars Towed and Ticketed on 33rd place and S Morgan

This morning I woke up to a lot of noise, I looked down and I saw that my car was next in a long line of cars being towed on 33rd place. I managed to save mine but many people weren't so lucky. Plus, we all got $75 tickets. When I parked my car yesterday at 12:30 pm there weren't any No Parking signs. All those signs have been put there this morning or late yesterday. Otherwise why would EVERYBODY...

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This morning I woke up to a lot of noise, I looked down and I saw that my car was next in a long line of cars being towed on 33rd place. I managed to save mine but many people weren't so lucky. Plus, we all got $75 tickets. When I parked my car yesterday at 12:30 pm there weren't any No Parking signs. All those signs have been put there this morning or late yesterday. Otherwise why would EVERYBODY still be parked there today? We aren't masochists. I tried to look for a cop but I couldn't find anyone. I called the city of Chicago and they told me to contest the ticket. That goes without saying, but I think something else needs to be done. It is ridiculous to give less than a 24-h warning before towing cars and someone has to pay/apologize for this. End of rant!

2 days ago

Updated 39 hours ago

Loomis Bridge. . .

What is going on? The north(-ish) bound lanes are blocked every morning. But the south-bound lanes are open. Ashland is way crowded. When will the work be done?

  • They took down the chain link fence and put lights on the tops of the fence poles. There were people making sure no one was using the sidewalk over the bridge for the last few days. I have a feeling it was for whatever they are filming in the area.

  • 1331st enemy of "dibs"

    I talked to two guys this morning. One was "security" and the other a worker. I don't think they'll block traffic any more but the northbound sidewalk remains closed because the fence is down as Radio Relay said. It certainly has nothing to do with repairing the bridge itself.

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4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

The Trees Are Disappearing

What is happening to the trees in McKinley Park? In the last few weeks many, many trees have been cut down leaving some blocks with one of two trees. It looks terrible! Large beautiful trees are completely gone. Many more have signs on them to be cut down in the coming days. I understand some may have emerald ash borer but all of them?? Anyone know what is happening to the trees? Will they be re-planted?

  • invasive pests are here, i met a blueberry farmer last summer who now has to spray for 7 additional pests that were never here before. in nature, things like this are controlled by forest fires, deep freezes, and such. but,we cant set ourselves on fire or control the weather. once the natural balance and cycle are disrupted, this is the kind of stuff that results. we need to take care of our mother earth. its good for all of us. lets plant some trees.

  • Guadalupe Garcia LongTime Brighton Park Neighbor

    Right on Stan, our waterways have a similar problem with Asian Carp.

2 days ago

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Mar 13

Updated 2 days ago

Lowering my cable tv bill.

We just finished renovations and are finally moving home. Before we do, we could use your advice. We've been paying almost $180 for TV & Internet together through cable. We don't watch much TV, mostly news and live sports, and we use Netflix all the time. I've been asking friends and neighbors to see who they use for service.

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We just finished renovations and are finally moving home. Before we do, we could use your advice. We've been paying almost $180 for TV & Internet together through cable. We don't watch much TV, mostly news and live sports, and we use Netflix all the time. I've been asking friends and neighbors to see who they use for service.

My sister shared a site she found through ND that recommends the right TV service based on channels you want:www.10channels.com. It's telling me a bundle from AT&T would be $50 less each month for the next year. The Internet speed looks fast. There's another good offer from DIRECT if we want a satellite.

Before I call, has anybody tried AT&T or a satellite? If so, how is the connection and speed? Does heavy rain make a difference? Thank you for your help :-)

  • Direct tv is great, service is interrupted during heavy hail like rain.

  • Carol R A concerned Mom & citizen.

    I have had att u verse for over 8 years & It works fine for my family. No problems with speed or connections. HOwever, after the promotional price expires, it's pretty expensive. I'm looking for a change too, we're just trying to finish watching all the programs we have stored on the dvr before we switch. Lol!

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3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

AT&T Versus Comcast Internet/cable?

I am looking into lowering my cable TV/Internet Bill. I just used 10channels.com to find the lowest priced package/provider for what I want. I am going to either switch to AT&T or lower my package level with Comcast. Any thoughts or advice you have would be very helpful.

Thanks.

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Mar 15

Updated 3 days ago

Commercial / Light Industrial Work Space Wanted

I am looking for a workspace in the Bridgeport neighborhood that will allow woodworking and sculpture practices. I teach classes, build furniture, restore antiques, etc. Looking for a friendly landlord that supports the arts and education. Any leads are most appreciated!

  • I have a shop in the Bridgeport Art Center located at 1200 W. 35th St. When working encourages artist in the building you started out with only three of us 13 years ago and were 50+ artist now. They have just build out a new set of spaces in the...

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    I have a shop in the Bridgeport Art Center located at 1200 W. 35th St. When working encourages artist in the building you started out with only three of us 13 years ago and were 50+ artist now. They have just build out a new set of spaces in the basement where I'm at, specifically for woodworking and metalworking shops. If you want to come by and check out my shower might be happy to give you a tour of the spaces if you're interested then I can get you in contact with anyone you want in the building. Call me at 312-560-9251.

  • Me and my partner just finished rehabbing a building at 37th and Halsted. We were looking to rent it as a work/living space. If you would like to check it out give me a call. My # is 773-791-1496 or you can call my partner Robert at 773-724-1594. We envisioned this space as being used by an artist so if you're interested give us a call.

  • K Vitek Concerned bridgeport resident

    There is a store front on 35th & Halsted, on the Halsted side next to Chase Bank. This was Brittany Hatfield Beauty shop that is closed right now

3 days ago

Let's go! Early voting starts today.

Early voting starts today neighbors! McKinley Park Filed house will be the location (2210 W. Pershing) Go! Go! Go!

http://www.chicagoelections.com/en/early-voting.html

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6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Something to consider when voting in the next few weeks

The following two links are not really local, but I bring them up here as we vote soon for the people who have driven this state and city into bankruptcy. Our politicians are not good stewards of taxpayer money.

http://www.wkyc.com/story/news/local/cuyahoga-county/2015/03/19/exonerated-cleveland-murder-suspect-granted-1m-for-wrongful-imprisonment/25036731/

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/crime/ct-rivera-lawsuit-settlement-met-20150320-story.html

Two men were recently given money for being wrongfully imprisoned. The first link is to an Ohio case, where the man was awarded about $1 million, based on Ohio's reimbursement rate of about $51K per year. The man spent...

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The following two links are not really local, but I bring them up here as we vote soon for the people who have driven this state and city into bankruptcy. Our politicians are not good stewards of taxpayer money.

http://www.wkyc.com/story/news/local/cuyahoga-county/2015/03/19/exonerated-cleveland-murder-suspect-granted-1m-for-wrongful-imprisonment/25036731/

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/crime/ct-rivera-lawsuit-settlement-met-20150320-story.html

Two men were recently given money for being wrongfully imprisoned. The first link is to an Ohio case, where the man was awarded about $1 million, based on Ohio's reimbursement rate of about $51K per year. The man spent about 39 years in prison, and the judge ordered 50% be put into an annuity for him.

The second link is to an Illinois prisoner, who is settling for $20 million. He spent 20 years in prison, -- half the time the Ohio man did -- but he is getting 10 or 20 times the payout.

How can Illinois afford this? Why don't we have a standard reimbursement rate, as Ohio does, instead of leaving this to 'compassionate' or just plain goofy juries? Could it be that there are too many lawyers here? And they have too much influence on our politicians?

Before anyone answers that the $20 miillion is fair, keep in mind that many of our soldiers have come back from the service damaged in a variety of ways, that they will never be made whole, and we do not give them millions. They're lucky if they can get an appointment at the VA.

  • Lucy Lucy, 56, longtime resident.

    That is an excellent question!!!!! And.....it is only one of so many others. The people who are falsely imprisoned deserve compensation, but so do our soldiers, maimed, or otherwise.

  • West loop realist Teacher political operative

    Enough if the crying for free money. Soldiers deserve to be paid first. Ours is the only civilized country that treats its veterans poorly. This is where the real reparations should begin.

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Mar 18

Updated 5 days ago

Is Daley Thompson buying people out?

Politics as usual. Daley Thompson is using his clout to infiltrate people just to get a vote. It's the Daley's people, come on. They've been in this business for years to get votes and make people feel warm and fuzzy. I just hope people are not being bought out by Thompson and his cronies.

  • Very well said doggie2.

  • Geri retired ARRT

    Hmmmmm...". A person who attempts to gain advantage by flattering influential people or behaving in a servile manner." Nope, that ain't me....you missed the mark, West Looper. I never campaigned for anyone who ran for any political office, and I didn't always vote the "way" I was supposed to vote....and...

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    Hmmmmm...". A person who attempts to gain advantage by flattering influential people or behaving in a servile manner." Nope, that ain't me....you missed the mark, West Looper. I never campaigned for anyone who ran for any political office, and I didn't always vote the "way" I was supposed to vote....and I'm still here!..nobody downtown got me my job, which isn't political and I am not politically connected. And besides, I'm too tall to bend over and kiss anyone's butt.
    BTW, why aren't you running for Alderman?

    And Doggie2.....my comments about Kozlar : I simply said that I thought he was too green for the job. I'd like to know he has a greater knowledge of city government (and not just from college courses) before he takes on a job like Alderman. . Doesn't that bother you? I've only seen him once, and yes, he appears to be nice guy, and so is PDT. If Kozlar gets sucked in to all this negativity and bashing should he win I will be very disappointed. I hope he surrounds himself with folks who share his enthusiasm and vision. Of course, it will be interesting to see what kind of cronies he'll attract. Who knows, he may surprise me....
    And mark my word, the press is just waiting for a chance to look for skeletons in his and perhaps his family's closet. That's really pathetic.

    I will be so glad when this is over and done, no matter who wins. I'm getting off my soapbox now and leaving. Peace.

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Mar 19

Updated 6 days ago

How do you post in the Daily Digest?

I've tried getting the word out about a rally & concert for Chuy Garcia on March 29th. I've entered it into McKinley Park, Bridgeport and Pilsen digests, but it won't post on the digest... only under events. Thanks for your help!

  • John W. More equal wealth based on more equal work

    As far as I know, individuals sign up to get the Digest as an email, and one comes every day with the latest news.

    Don't put your message as an event, put it in as a message under the Post tab.

  • Thanks. I've tried that, too... didn't seem to work. I'll try it again...

    OR, how 'bout I just post it here in this comment ;)

    Join The Cultural Committee for Chuy for:
    UNITY IN THE COMMUNITY
    A Concert & Rally for Jesus Chuy Garcia for MAYOR

    Sunday, March 29
    6pm
    Alhambra Palace, 1240 W Randolph St

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1374401186216008/

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Mar 17

Updated Mar 19

11th Ward Viaducts **please read**

Hi all- Just a quick update regarding viaduct health and safety concerns. I was invited to a meeting with Congressman Lipinksy (senior member of the Illinois delegation on the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure), BNSF, UP, Norfolk Southern, & other officials to discuss the crumbling and unsanitary viaducts. This was coordinated by Patrick Daley Thompson and I must say we had a productive meeting to discuss next steps for our communities. I would like to add that I...

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Hi all- Just a quick update regarding viaduct health and safety concerns. I was invited to a meeting with Congressman Lipinksy (senior member of the Illinois delegation on the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure), BNSF, UP, Norfolk Southern, & other officials to discuss the crumbling and unsanitary viaducts. This was coordinated by Patrick Daley Thompson and I must say we had a productive meeting to discuss next steps for our communities. I would like to add that I invited Mary Mitchell from the Sun Times and folks were surprised to have press on board during this meeting/tour. I realize there is a lot that goes into voting for our next alderman. I am still committed to seeing more women in leadership (discussed at length with Patrick and I foresee more engagement with women at the table for community planning), but in the meantime, let's get someone in office who will help to push for some important changes in our communities. If you have not signed the petition, you can do so at www.chicagoviaduct.com. Special thanks to all the volunteers who are on the ground and monitoring viaduct conditions for a safer community. I have met with all the volunteers on the team and I am impressed with the dedication to push for important changes. #health #safety #chicago #leanin #notafaid http://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/7/71/445570/11th-ward-aldermanic-hopeful-seizes-viaduct-issue

  • I am so glad you are pressing the railroads and city to maintain these viaducts properly. We lived very close to the 16th and Wood one for a few years. That one and others are like the place that time forgot. Filled with trash and large debris, any paved road gone, one even had an open sewer under it. It's unacceptable for any part of the infrastructure to be allowed to deteriorate so badly.

  • Michelle Fennessy Twitter @drfennessy

    Thanks Kasia. So far I have recruited a bunch of residents near University Village area and we have designated viaduct monitors to keep an eye out for "issues"- lights out, debris, dead animals, trash. We also ensure at least bi-weekly calls to street and sans for routine sweeping. This week...

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    Thanks Kasia. So far I have recruited a bunch of residents near University Village area and we have designated viaduct monitors to keep an eye out for "issues"- lights out, debris, dead animals, trash. We also ensure at least bi-weekly calls to street and sans for routine sweeping. This week a bunch of us showered Ald Balcer's office with requests for power washing. Spring is here and if these are not power washed at least quarterly then the odor is enough to kill you. Nancy Plax and Antonio Gonella are working on setting up mural plans etc. I am still hammering railroads for work. UP is on my hit list right now. They have every excuse in the book to avoid any little repair. There has to be something to enforce public nuisance issues via heavy fines, etc. What ever happened to being sponsor of community engagement and working to make things better. This is exactly why I believe we need strong leadership in place. I have tried to stay out of the main stream politics because in the end I just want a safer neighborhood and would love to see more community-exchanges happening between Bridgeport and Village areas. I have heard from Mr. Kozar via twitter and we tried to setup a meeting but my schedule is very tight these days. In fact, I would love to get a chance to meet JK personally and get to know him. I think he's cute, but don't tell him I said that! I don't think he has skillset "right now" to pull heavy-hitter politicians and rail executives together with the intent on fixing something. Regardless of who wins this election, our next alderman should know the community is full of active citizens who will forever be double-checking to ensure our issues our addressed. Let's all make it a point to do it. Call 311, pull peeps together, engage your neighbors to work on a community project, or join a non-profit group.

Mar 18

Updated Mar 19

Reliable Contractor Needed!

I'm going to do some work on my house in May (three rooms, easy permits only) and need both a drywaller and a carpenter. Does anyone know someone reliable and experienced that they can recommend? Thanks!

  • My fiancé Frank does lots of rehabbing in private homes and apartment bldgs - from drywall to carpentry to tile and even some light plumbing and electrical. He is working on a home in St Louis until Sun and asked me to respond and let you know he is interested. I have sent an email with his information and how to reach him.

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Mar 19

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Mar 18

Updated Mar 18

Valet Parking

Can someone find the link about valet parking in the city
I looked and had no luck

Mar 16

Updated Mar 18

Kozlar/Daley Thompson WTTW Debate

Young Johnny K. is looking tough and aggressive. Daley Thompson is yacking about casinos and increasing taxes.

  • The intended purpose of those "candidate forums" is irrelevant. They were public forum debates. Based on his performance, I understand why Daley-Thompson would not want them characterized as debates.

    And Kozlar did not say there would be no tax increase. He said he would vote against a tax increase because...

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    The intended purpose of those "candidate forums" is irrelevant. They were public forum debates. Based on his performance, I understand why Daley-Thompson would not want them characterized as debates.

    And Kozlar did not say there would be no tax increase. He said he would vote against a tax increase because he recognizes, as an alderman, he would be serving the best interest of those that elected him. Maybe they should look into cutting the tax funds received by the MWRD that are ultimately paid to Daley-Thompson's law firm that represents the MWRD? Aldermen are strictly prohibited from engaging in that type of self-dealing conduct because it is a conflict of interest.

  • g...... resident

    Whoever wins they have 4 years to to come thru with big positive changes for our ward or else they won't get a second chance in the next election.

Feb 06

Updated Mar 18

Development at 35th / Ashland

We are curious what you would like to see at the south east corner of 35th and ashland?

This is a planned manufacturing district that has historically been home to the wrigley companies research and development division.

However, Alderman Balcer along with Commissioner Thompsons guidance has created a buffer which would allow for retail at the ashland side of the site. This process takes input. There's no purposal that we are aware of at the moment.

We would love to see a johnnys icehouse, wholefoods, vocational high school school and potentially some green space. One neighbor in a previous post suggested an ikea.

What would you like to see positively impact this part of our neighborhood?

  • How about a Panera and some other restaurants that we could walk to if we had to? No BIG BOX stores as there are enough in the area already. Regarding a sports complex no thank you, how many people would actually utilize this space? Let's bring some classy stores and restaurants to the neighborhood so we can keep our property values up!!!!

  • g...... resident

    Applebee's, Bakers Square, good steak house. A first class bowling alley. All would be good at the Wrigley site along with higher end stores. I'd like to see Halsted, Morgan, 31st St. and 35th St. developed for small business, arts and more restaurants. Places families could walk safely to. We...

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    Applebee's, Bakers Square, good steak house. A first class bowling alley. All would be good at the Wrigley site along with higher end stores. I'd like to see Halsted, Morgan, 31st St. and 35th St. developed for small business, arts and more restaurants. Places families could walk safely to. We have plenty of room for big and small. And no more massage parlors or tacky strip malls that look outdated and run down after a few years. The hard part is getting businesses to open here. The economy has picked up and the city needs to be more helpful in bringing businesses in. Too much time and money has been spent on Downtown, Mcormick Place, etc with the neighborhoods going neglected. We need to make sure that our voices continue to be heard on development issues.

Mar 13

Updated Mar 18

Sausage, butcher shop meat?

Looking for a butcher shop, or a place that has really fresh meat. Somewhere besides the grocery store. With all the stockyards leftovers around here, is there anywhere I can get really good meat?
Thanks!

  • First of all I am 61 years old and used to shop for meat all along Halsted when Tony's and then his son Michael had their butcher shops. After they closed down there was the original Fairplay, then Halsted Foods and now Save-A-Lot. I shopped at that Fairplay and then...

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    First of all I am 61 years old and used to shop for meat all along Halsted when Tony's and then his son Michael had their butcher shops. After they closed down there was the original Fairplay, then Halsted Foods and now Save-A-Lot. I shopped at that Fairplay and then at Halsted Foods and Rick(who is now part owner of the Save-A-Lot) has always assured me that Fairplay and Halsted always had USDA "CHOICE" meat..not just USDA. Now the Fairplay over on 47th has USDA "CHOICE" meat also and if you don't like what you see packaged over in the meat section (I am not talking about the ground beef that is 73% lean (which is all fat it seems to me) you can ask the butcher to cut you whatever you want and look at it first. I did that for Christmas and I got a fantastic Standing RIb Roast which he showed me first before he cut it. Also there is the service meat section which sometimes has sales and you can look at and pick and choose what meats you want from there. If you want USADA "CHOICE" or USDA "PRIME" you can ask for it...they cannot put that on the label if it is not truly that cut of meat. There are actually 8 grades of meat

    http://www.askthemeatman.com/usda_beef_quality_grades.htm

    As far as the ground beef your best bet is the 84% lean or higher.

    Sometimes you can get good fresh meat at Save-A-Lot. You have to be frugal and your best bet is to go when RICK is there on the weekends or at least when you can chat with a butcher (and they do have them there but they come in early and leave early).

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Here is a great guide to buying meat http://www.ewg.org/meateatersguide/

Mar 18

Am I the only one who noticed this contribution!?

Vee Pak just donated $10,000 to Daley Thompson's campaign - this is the same Vee Pak who got Sued For Racial Discrimination By Local Workers! This is an outrage and i am disgusted by Thompson and all of his b.s.!

http://www.progressillinois.com/quick-hits/content/2012/12/06/johnson-johnson-supplier-sued-racial-discrimination-local-workers-vide

Mar 18

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