21 hours ago

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outside cat

She clearly has an owner and is not lost, but whoever you are, PLEASE don't let your cat outside... so many dangers! This cat was so friendly, I was able to hug her. I fear what can happen when cats are let outside to roam in the city :(

  • The mirror is reflecting back on you and your judgements. Apparently I hit a nerve calling a spade a spade. Obviously, I called out those cats who have had the freedom their whole lives (and not suddenly kicked out) to come and go, that don't always adjust to indoor-life-only very...

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    The mirror is reflecting back on you and your judgements. Apparently I hit a nerve calling a spade a spade. Obviously, I called out those cats who have had the freedom their whole lives (and not suddenly kicked out) to come and go, that don't always adjust to indoor-life-only very well. You are twisting words to fit your own argument to make yourself feel better for passing harsh judgment on those who allow their cats to come and go as they please. Also, to the person who showed his/her cards about protecting birds, we all now know your bias is with the birds and not for a cat's well-being. BTW, Smalls, analogies are super helpful to drive a point home. I believe that nerve was squarely struck with you. More mirrors, people? Happy to continue to hold them up for you.

  • Wow. This one got super-off track and....catty. Ha! Couldn't help myself.

    I think Veronika "Kat" LiBeth said it best waaaaay at the beginning of this whole inside/outside/feral discussion. People that feel passionately about letting their pets roam freely aren't likely to be converted to responsible ownership.

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    Wow. This one got super-off track and....catty. Ha! Couldn't help myself.

    I think Veronika "Kat" LiBeth said it best waaaaay at the beginning of this whole inside/outside/feral discussion. People that feel passionately about letting their pets roam freely aren't likely to be converted to responsible ownership.

    Aside from the well-being of an animal and as a selfish property owner, I hate finding loads of cat poop in my beautiful gardens. It seems unfair that I have to pick up after someone else's pet in my own yard -- it's gross, unsanitary and poses a health hazard for my own pets, let alone the humans. I happily took on the responsibility of caring for and looking after my pets (including picking up after them) and shouldn't have the "opportunity" to look after someone else's pet because they think it's cool to let them roam free. Taking in a stray or lost pet temporarily to keep them safe is one thing but having a neighbor willingly make their pet my problem (i.e., picking up their poop, making sure my dog doesn't catch them in the yard, etc.) is infuriating.

    If making good judgments on behalf of your pets' well-being and safety as the higher-level thinker in the equation isn't enough, perhaps being a good neighbor in a densely populated urban environment is a sufficient motivator?

16 hours ago

Updated 3 min ago

Helicopters Hovering Above Rogers Park 4 Days In a Row

Anybody have ANY idea what's going on? Joe Moore thinks it's just "CPD doing routine sweeps," but four days in a row around the same time at night circling over the same 10-12 block radius? Something weird is afoot.

  • Date More Cops they carry guns and are fun to date

    "I really do not understand why we are not getting help from the government" Chicago is a sovereign entity. As such, both the State of Illinois and the FBI have narrowly and strictly defined limitations on what they can and can't do within city limits. The National Guard is a...

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    "I really do not understand why we are not getting help from the government" Chicago is a sovereign entity. As such, both the State of Illinois and the FBI have narrowly and strictly defined limitations on what they can and can't do within city limits. The National Guard is a unit of the U.S. Military Forces. Depending on circumstances the Commander-in-Chief is the President or a State Governor. The City of Chicago does not want intrusion into its own government by the State, the national military or the FBI except under its own and very unusual terms or it would be chaos. Chicago is receiving invited assistance but not with Marines, tanks and rocket drones. The fact is that we are getting controlled help by "the government". Please be clear what you mean by "the government". I don't want Canadian Royal Mounted Police in red jackets on horseback galloping through Rogers Park at night shooting with rifles.

  • Yup. Can't have it both ways when it comes to federal government and military intervention. If you want the army or the FBI patrolling the neighborhood (or the whole city) it WILL be martial law - like Ferguson, MO, but worse.

17 hours ago

Updated 8 min ago

Helping Jay

We decided to start a new thread called "Helping Jay" so that we can continue the next chapter of this heartbreaking yet inspirational story of community and humanity a midst all the violence that is trying to break us down. Jay is currently at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and has been there all day receiving the care that he so desperately needs. While at the hospital, I was on the phone all day with shelters and social workers trying to find...

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We decided to start a new thread called "Helping Jay" so that we can continue the next chapter of this heartbreaking yet inspirational story of community and humanity a midst all the violence that is trying to break us down. Jay is currently at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and has been there all day receiving the care that he so desperately needs. While at the hospital, I was on the phone all day with shelters and social workers trying to find subsidized housing for Jay and hit a wall every time. I personally got in contact with our Alderman Joe Moore and explained in full detail Jays situation and what needs to be done to get this man the proper housing he needs. Alderman Joe Moore asked what was needed of him to help this process and is currently working with us to help Jay.
Despite how some people may feel about our local politicians and current policies that may or may not help those in need, lets keep this about Jay and helping Jay along in this process that at times seemed bleak but now the light shines bright. All of your charitable donations are going toward subsidized housing, clothing, food and whatever else Jay needs. Once again Rogers Park and everyone outside of our community that have contributed on any level THANK YOU so much for being beacons for change. Please continue to raise awareness on Jays situation.

  • MandaLeigh Here I Is.

    There's your link Neil, to who the hell Jay is.

  • Jay is still at Northwestern Hospital and we are still trying very hard to get him the care and housing he needs once he is released. We are currently in direct contact with Deputy Commissioner of Homeless Services Division Joel Mitchell on Jay's behalf. Stay posted on up to date news on Jay and keep raising awareness.

30 hours ago

Updated 24 min ago

More Blocks Added to this Year's Street Resurfacing List

I am pleased to report that Clark Street from Devon to Howard will be resurfaced before the end of this year. An additional 12 blocks of residential streets in the 49th Ward will be resurfaced, as well.

Clark and the additional blocks of residential streets will be resurfaced by Peoples Gas, as a result of a negotiated agreement the City and I entered into with the gas utility. In short, we'll get more streets resurfaced this year at no additional...

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I am pleased to report that Clark Street from Devon to Howard will be resurfaced before the end of this year. An additional 12 blocks of residential streets in the 49th Ward will be resurfaced, as well.

Clark and the additional blocks of residential streets will be resurfaced by Peoples Gas, as a result of a negotiated agreement the City and I entered into with the gas utility. In short, we'll get more streets resurfaced this year at no additional cost to the taxpayers.

I released last week a list of 42 residential streets that will be resurfaced this year. The agreement with Peoples Gas increases that number to 54 blocks of residential streets and 12 blocks of commercial streets.

We are continuing discussions with Peoples Gas and may be able to add more streets to the list before the end of the year. So if your favorite block is not on the list, stay tuned.

For the most recent list of blocks on tap for resurfacing by the end of this year, visit:

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/154883_322.htm

  • Reid Hyams X-ART Entertainment, Music Industry / Owner

    I actually had talked to Will Evans who's the President of People Gas (soon to retire), his son and my son went to grade school together and are friends. He said that the lines are well one hundred years old and needed to be replaced + they're working as fast as they can. Many forget this has been in a year of extremely adverse weather, and has been hard on all parties including myself. But, there is no option.

  • d3 NOH

    'Rogers Park was actually among the first neighborhoods' -- I don't know where this misconception came from other than I think DNA reported the same thing, but RP is actually not the first... I moved here from Lakeview where they had been doing the same project for a solid 2...

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    'Rogers Park was actually among the first neighborhoods' -- I don't know where this misconception came from other than I think DNA reported the same thing, but RP is actually not the first... I moved here from Lakeview where they had been doing the same project for a solid 2 and a half years. They were working their way north. The project was poorly planned there as well but they seem to have lost steam in their customer service efforts, they used to at least try and now People's Gas themselves is nowhere to be found when it comes to issues related to this project.

51 min ago

Updated 29 min ago

Local Visa/Master Rep looking to help small businesses

My name is Tyshawn I work for a payment processing company based in Dallas, Texas. We have over 40,000 merchants and process over $3,000,000,000 annually. We are an industry leading direct and full-service merchant services provider offering:
Business management solutions
Credit and debt card processing (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx)
Gift cards
State-of-the-art terminals, POS, and mobile payment equipment
And customized solutions.
Changes in the industry resulted in lower rates per swipe and tap to pay cards. These advancements protects you...

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My name is Tyshawn I work for a payment processing company based in Dallas, Texas. We have over 40,000 merchants and process over $3,000,000,000 annually. We are an industry leading direct and full-service merchant services provider offering:
Business management solutions
Credit and debt card processing (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx)
Gift cards
State-of-the-art terminals, POS, and mobile payment equipment
And customized solutions.
Changes in the industry resulted in lower rates per swipe and tap to pay cards. These advancements protects you and your customers against fraud.
Im here to help your business offering a Lots of different processing devices. We also offer mobile solutions because something you have to go to your customers. If interested please message me, call or text me at 312 631 6165

2 hours ago

Updated 59 min ago

  • Jake Berglin New Resident of East Rogers Park

    It's nice when someone goes out if their way to let me know why I SHOULDN'T vote for them. I wish more candidates would follow suit.

  • Need for a Change 20 years in Rogers Park

    John Beacham: You are echoing Alderman Moore's passive attitude towards violence. Alderman Moore has been supporting the same views that you wrote of for the past 20 years which he has been the 49th Ward Alderman. It has been ineffective.

    Neither you nor Alderman Moore have a feasible solution to provide community safety, and neither of you will be receiving my vote. Those of us who have achieved success by our own merits need immediate intervention to provide community safety.

44 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Clothes Dryer Vented to Basement, What could be Done?

Should a clothes dryer always be vented to the outside? Even if it is electric? See, I have this friend who has in his apt building, two clothes dryers located in the basement that are vented inside - the end of each hose goes into a bucket that is filled with water (when maintained) and is supposed to catch the lint.

- Potential bed bug and other insect larva get recirculated
- Humidity builds up so water is running down...

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Should a clothes dryer always be vented to the outside? Even if it is electric? See, I have this friend who has in his apt building, two clothes dryers located in the basement that are vented inside - the end of each hose goes into a bucket that is filled with water (when maintained) and is supposed to catch the lint.

- Potential bed bug and other insect larva get recirculated
- Humidity builds up so water is running down walls, especially in winter when windows are sealed.
- Paint peeling so old-building peeling paint now gets recirculated into clothes and living space.
- Dryer lint builds up on basement walls, piping, etc (fire hazard)
- Extreme build up of fragrance. Hair and clothes instantly smell like Febreze
- Mildew smell from clothes now in living space
- Potential mold growth on everything.

What could be done?

  • Chet 606 Rogers Park, NOHavana, CE

    Nor is it my city … just following the rules.

    Chgo City Building Code Ref: 18-28-504.1.

    In addition to the cost of a 4” core, I’ve done several my self and hired a professional core co at other times, there is the cost of running electric to near the core,...

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    Nor is it my city … just following the rules.

    Chgo City Building Code Ref: 18-28-504.1.

    In addition to the cost of a 4” core, I’ve done several my self and hired a professional core co at other times, there is the cost of running electric to near the core, which I’ve also done in my single family home. But in an apt bldg, such work needs to be done by licensed professionals. Possibly roommate would be willing to offset some of the associated costs? He's the only one that cleans the laundry room anyway.

    The other option is to continue to snort lint, mold, coat one's sinuses with dangerous teflon and other dryer sheet chemicals, .... and this is just for the women and children living in the building. I won't mention leaded paint. The guys get to tough it out, stay silent and just feel like heck for three days after each unfortunate decision as walking into the laundry room or checking their mail. After all, it's an electrical dryer. If the pantyhose wrapped washing machine discharge hoses (those that have them) haven't been changed in over six months and remain split, leaking their contents into the blocked sinks overflowing onto the floor and crusting up real nice, I hate to see mgmt with a used pair of panythose in one hand and a dryer exhaust hose in the other.

    Relax Chet606, that forgotten piece of tissue will shred into so many tiny pieces that they will fly out of the holes of the panty hose. If not, someone I'm sure will fish them out in about ten years.

    Those looking for a place in RP, pay particular attention to small things like this. Chances are mgmt has cut corners elsewhere. Especially if mgmt is a collective effort between tenants or if mgmt doesn't live in the particular bldg.

    There is a reason for building codes. Inconvenient yes, as much as changing a battery in a constantly beeping smoke alarm. If there is one. Darn rules!

  • Chicago Municipal Code 18-28-504.1 Installation.
    Clothes dryers shall be exhausted in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. Dryer exhaust systems shall be independent of all other systems and shall convey the moisture and any products of combustion to the outside of the building.
    Exception: Where the make and model of an...

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    Chicago Municipal Code 18-28-504.1 Installation.
    Clothes dryers shall be exhausted in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. Dryer exhaust systems shall be independent of all other systems and shall convey the moisture and any products of combustion to the outside of the building.
    Exception: Where the make and model of an electric dryer is known and the manufacturer's installation instructions do not require exhaust, see Article 4, Ventilation for room exhaust requirements.

    I lived in a place that had an electric dryer that ran off of 120v outlet and IT SUCKED. Never again.

2 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Bang da Hitta car was bombed

1200 west Lunt.

  • Dee On Newgard '92

    Stealth? Hardly.

  • Date More Cops they carry guns and are fun to date

    I think they are bro targets from what I'm told. Craig got shot at a month or more ago and dodged the bullet by a few inches. Don't stand near either one of them if you see bangers around or you might pick up a stray slug.

14 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

WTF Rogers Park?

This is umpteenth day in a row that sirens are wailing and helicopters are hovering overheard. I was on the phone, and my sister thought I was in Beirut! Having drinks on Saturday, and passers by were commenting that all the sirens were the result of a car bomb!! A CAR BOMB!?!?! I hate to do it, but I am under water on this palace, and I am willing to ruin my credit to escape this crime ridden cesspool. And to think when I moved here 10 years ago, I had such high hopes. The crime and urban decay of this neighbourhood have really taken a financial toll! So sad! Thanks, Joe Moore! Your leadership is amazing.

27 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Protect your dog

Please dont tie your dog outside a store, even if u think youll only be a minute. They get stolen all the time! I saw a guy tie a little white dog outside cvs yesterday. I was so late that i didnt say anything to him. They allow u to take your dog in with u if u can keep him in a shopping cart. Ive done it. They are very nice about it.

  • David Rogers Park resident

    I think the original post was valid in that dog fighters steal other dogs to train their fighting dogs. Basically they get killed. It does happen. I'm always really careful when I leave my 100 pound dog outside.

  • They use the dogs as bait dogs. @Al I. Just remember-You never have an issue, until you have an issue.

27 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Homelessness in Chicago

This is a follow-up regarding last week's eviction of a very ill man and the acts of kindness by RP folks, which most likely saved his life. As an activist with the Jane Addams Senior Caucus (JASC), I am sharing some statistics on homelessness (from 2013) in Chicago from the JASC recent newsletter:
1. 116,000 people experienced homelessness in Chicago.
2. 55,000 people were on the waiting list for CHA public housing or housing voucher assistance
3. Of the money...

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This is a follow-up regarding last week's eviction of a very ill man and the acts of kindness by RP folks, which most likely saved his life. As an activist with the Jane Addams Senior Caucus (JASC), I am sharing some statistics on homelessness (from 2013) in Chicago from the JASC recent newsletter:
1. 116,000 people experienced homelessness in Chicago.
2. 55,000 people were on the waiting list for CHA public housing or housing voucher assistance
3. Of the money received from the Federal government to cover over 50,00 housing vouchers, CHA did not distribute 13,534 vouchers. Reserves for housing vouchers are up to $90 million (2013).
A city-wide coalition of grassroots community organizations is proposing a city ordinance called "keeping the Promise" Ordinance. To date, 6 alderpersons are co-sponsoring the ordinance. If anyone would like to hear more about reducing homelessness in Chicago, a representative from JASC is available to meet with a group of neighbors. Let me know, and I will connect interested parties.

  • Bless your heart for graduating from the program. Bless your heart for
    passing this info. on to others. Congrats!

  • ABianca CeaseFire Illinois

    I was homeless for over 20 years, drug addicted for 36 years and spent time in and out of prison for crimes to support my drug habit. Today I'm successful, law abiding, productive and sober for almost 5 years. I have reunited with my children and family and for once...

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    I was homeless for over 20 years, drug addicted for 36 years and spent time in and out of prison for crimes to support my drug habit. Today I'm successful, law abiding, productive and sober for almost 5 years. I have reunited with my children and family and for once in my life they are proud of me. I work fearlessly and for endless hours to help high risk young people make a better choice before they cross the line. I work for CeaseFire Illinois at UIC. I have dedicated my life to helping at risk youth and young adults in the inner city communities of chicago have a better quality of life and for the betterment of our communities. http://bit.ly/HNDUoG Chicago Tribune 2012. Since this story I've been promoted 3 times. Thank you A Safe Haven and God for giving me purpose and saving my life.

4 days ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Is CHA the problem in Rogers Park ?

I am in need of factual information.

Please do not interject your psychological opinions to my questions.

..........Just verified facts.

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01.) When Cabrini-Green & Robert Taylor were vacated, did each resident
......get a " Section 8 " voucher ?

02.) Are these vouchers permitted at any CHA approved private rental property ?

03.) Are there limits to the rental cost that may be billed to CHA ?

04.) What are the responsibilities of the landlord accepting CHA vouchers ?...

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I am in need of factual information.

Please do not interject your psychological opinions to my questions.

..........Just verified facts.

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01.) When Cabrini-Green & Robert Taylor were vacated, did each resident
......get a " Section 8 " voucher ?

02.) Are these vouchers permitted at any CHA approved private rental property ?

03.) Are there limits to the rental cost that may be billed to CHA ?

04.) What are the responsibilities of the landlord accepting CHA vouchers ?

05.) Who monitors the rental property / landlord ?

06.) Who enforces the terms of the rental lease ?

07.) How does a landlord lose CHA approval ?

08.) What does the " Section 8 " program cost the taxpayer ?

09.) Is the " Section 8 " program a " CASH COW " for bad landlords ?

10.) Is there a list of addresses where " Section 8 " vouchers are being used ?

11) Is there a limit to how many vouchers can be valid in a geographic area ?

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On paper, the Section 8 program is a positive attempt to improve
housing conditions for residents.

However, in my OPINION , the program needs a major overhaul.

.....* Bad landlords need to lose their CHA approved status.

.....* Bad tenants need to lose their CHA Section 8 voucher.

.....* CHA need to do a better job of enforcing " community standards ".

....* The CHA should help improve a block, not destroy it.

  • The mere attribute of being a racist troll, however, warrants abundant hostility. You dislike people of color yet you want to profit from their misfortunes...disgraceful.

  • Actually....a financial investment is a financial investment...people are free to invest as they see fit and proper. If a person doesn't like a prospective landlord they are free to choose to live elsewhere. Where a person isn't involved with an investment they are welcome to their views and just as...

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    Actually....a financial investment is a financial investment...people are free to invest as they see fit and proper. If a person doesn't like a prospective landlord they are free to choose to live elsewhere. Where a person isn't involved with an investment they are welcome to their views and just as welcome to keep it to themselves. I am also taking the liberty of restating a post that was removes with the biting invective removed.

    We already have a number of these situations and will continue to seek additional opportunities as the pricing for purchases is favorable. At least there is one element that is willing to invest in a neighborhood when the majority seem reluctant.

2 hours ago

Crime Stalkers

A local challenger for Ward Alderman spent a morning (according to his Facebook page) stalking and putting together a folder on a local criminal including street address, his real name and detailed information through a link to a DNAinfo newspaper article. Don't we need more of this kind of information to know who is living where?

4 days ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Lost Your Keys?

I was on the north sidewalk of the 1400 block of Farwell and noticed some keys hanging from a nail in a tree. It looks like someone lost the keys, and maybe someone else tried to put them at eye level so that the first person could find them. It was four or five silver house keys and a silver key chain that says "mom." The are hanging from a nail (about 5.5' from the ground) in front of Farwell House (1420 W. Farwell).

  • JeffHinkson Jeff - Crime watcher and avid Bridge player

    i wouldnt be surprised! Less cops, more animal control I say!

  • They were still there yesterday. I haven't looked today yet. Eventually they will just be an accepted Rogers Park quirk. People will assume that they are public art.

25 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Where Are The Buddha Heads?

Does anyone know what happened to the wonderful buddha heads that were
placed throughout Rogers Park last year? They were great, as was the artist
who made them. They brought not only art, but a soul to the community.

23 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Rules engines, Artificial intelligence or human.

Would you ever vote for automated government algorithm over humans?
These could be subject to term limits or as we call them supported applications.

  • (way too simplistic)
    "soft" a.i. is arriving, and will be integrated into more things as it gets stronger. It's less "voting for an algorithm" than replacing ever more routine bureaucratic functions with automation.
    Do you use Google maps to find routes? Do you ask your iPhone questions?

  • Bruce Mayberry, Roger Parkansas

    Neil excellent summary. Can automation determine the best time to pave street?
    Could Google maps design better infrastructure.

15 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Gunfire at Rogers & Clark

At 8:45pm, a call from a Walgreens emloyee reported shots fired at Rogers & Clark.

Responding officers report three male offenders ran to 2nd floor of 7411 N Clark, and officers are calling for the helicopter to light up the building.

  • IC1(SW) Iraq Veteran academic and social servant

    Look, I got a call last night because this whole situation is awful to deal with. I can assure you my friends aren't screwing with me and know their numbers and how police are counted. I won't be posting anything more here as it probably doesn't do any good

  • Cairo 3rd generation Rogers Park

    Stop lying. Please.

4 hours ago

You have 42 new neighbors in your followed places, including…

5 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Helicopters flying around last night

Does anyone know why there was one or maybe two helicopters flying around last night between 8-9? This also happened last Thursday at the same time.

  • Apparently shots were fired at Rogers and Clark, and apparently there are suspects in custody. Not too sure about specifics, but there are like 4 other threads posted last night on the subject that might be able to offer you more info.

2 days ago

Updated 5 hours ago

A message from 49th Ward Aldermanic Candidate Don Gordon

"We've really lowered the bar in this community when we take comfort in the fact that it was only a car bomb that went off this afternoon on Lunt and not a shooting."

(Read more on Don Gordon's Facebook page)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Gordon2015/permalink/689065967836480/

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Date - what suburb are you from? Chicago natives don't attend junior high schools.

  • Date More Cops they carry guns and are fun to date

    Forest Glen is in Chicago and it's a hundred times better than Rogers Park but I am interested in local politics.

10 hours ago

14 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

prolonged cars honking lots of sirens

I am hearing multiple cars honking for at least the last half an hour and police cars racing by my house with no sirens. What is going on tonight?

  • That's life in the city...

  • dj long time RP home owner

    No, it does NOT have to be life in the city. If it is a car alarm and goes on for too long (I don't remember the time line between first and second call and subsequent police response), it can be ticketed and towed immediately as a public nuisance. 911 should know.

4 days ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Helicopters in Rogers Park

I've been hearing helicopters hovering over the Rogers Park area now for over 40 mins. (around 8ish pm hour) Anyone knows why??

  • Rob

    OMG- GANG WARFARE. WHY WON'T THEY DO SOMETHING?!?

    /increased police patrols including increased helicopter flyovers

    OMG MUST BE POLITCAL CONSPIRACY BY JO MORE.

  • Very true, Cairo. I definitely agree that some new tactics need to be tried.

    I was basing my statements on the earlier posts that suggested the reason helicopters were being used, was for intimidation.

6 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Chicago Police

I want to start by making it clear I'm extremely grateful to the brave men and women on the Chicago Police who risk their safety every day on the streets of our city, day and night, in all types of weather, daily encountering the lowest elements of our society, working too many hours for too little money and not hearing the thanks they deserve often enough.

Unfortunately, there are too many on the force that do the Chicago Police Dept....

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I want to start by making it clear I'm extremely grateful to the brave men and women on the Chicago Police who risk their safety every day on the streets of our city, day and night, in all types of weather, daily encountering the lowest elements of our society, working too many hours for too little money and not hearing the thanks they deserve often enough.

Unfortunately, there are too many on the force that do the Chicago Police Dept. a grave disservice by discrediting the organization with very unprofessional behavior. Too many who abuse their authority by being bullies, by disrespecting law-abiding citizens, by demonstrating racist and sexist biases. In short, they are not nice people and they take no pride in doing their job with professionalism, integrity or honor. These are the members of the CPD who drag the entire organization down, making a reputation for the department that sullies it in the eyes of a lot of us Chicagoans.

I've had a number of encounters with officers of the CPD in the last 10 years, and I'm afraid it's been that long since I had one that was positive. Too many of these encounters have left me with outrage, disappointment, disgust and resentment. As a result, I have very little respect now for the CPD.

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16 hours ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Helicopters

Does anyone know why a helicopter keeps circling? 8:15 pm Monday night

Aug 20

Updated 16 hours ago

Need AC and antique frame repaired

I have two household in need of repair. One is a built-in air conditioner that suddenly zonked out. The other is an antique, wood frame that has a crack in it. I'd like to find a skilled craftsperson to glue the crack, and someone to look at the air conditioner. If the AC needs to be replaced, I can accept that. It would be great if it could be got working again. The frame can't be replaced. If it's not a neighborhood business or entrepreneur, that's OK.

  • Chef Roux Business Owner, = Rights Activist, RP Lover

    (Bump)

    I too need recomendations for an AC repair-person as I just discovered water coming out the bottom of my furnace... lovely humid weather.

  • FebGirl Once a bride, but never a bridesmaid

    I found out no one repairs ACs built into the wall. They have to be replaced. It seems we're out of AC season now, so I don't really have to do anything until spring. OTOH, there are a lot of great sales right now, so I might get a new...

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    I found out no one repairs ACs built into the wall. They have to be replaced. It seems we're out of AC season now, so I don't really have to do anything until spring. OTOH, there are a lot of great sales right now, so I might get a new one now. I did find someone to repair my antique wood frame, though, and he did a fantastic job; the crack is now almost invisible and he re-finished the wood, too, so the frame looks new. He's not near RP though. He's in Portage Park. A little west of 6000 W. Irving Park. It's Michael Walton, The Woodshop. (773) 259 5493. His real work is major carpentry, but he will take in small wood repair projects if he thinks he can do them. The price he charged me was more than reasonable, I thought.

16 hours ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Chicago Police tonight

I just wanted to take a moment to recognize the larger CPD presence on Morse today - I saw officers on foot patrol, officers stationed in front of the el entrance, and at least three cars driving around as I came home and walked my dog. Given the craziness going on lately, I really appreciate their presence.

I'm not one for fear-mongering, but it really does seem that all of this nonsense is escalating. Between the retaliatory shootings in RP...

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I just wanted to take a moment to recognize the larger CPD presence on Morse today - I saw officers on foot patrol, officers stationed in front of the el entrance, and at least three cars driving around as I came home and walked my dog. Given the craziness going on lately, I really appreciate their presence.

I'm not one for fear-mongering, but it really does seem that all of this nonsense is escalating. Between the retaliatory shootings in RP and Uptown, the car fire/explosion/whatever on Saturday, and the innocent bystanders becoming victims by merely walking on the sidewalk in front of popular businesses, I'm tired of feeling terrorized in my own neighborhood. It's way past time for things to change.

I hope that the additional CPD resources can help deter these guys and stop this nonsense.

  • Mac I complain on EB on the regular.

    The increase in cpd presence is probably trying to prevent retaliatory shootings from the weekends car fire. Loooooong overdue.

4 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

How is Sprint?

We live near Fargo and Sheridan, and pay about $250 / month for two people on Verizon. It looks like Sprint will be much cheaper for roughly the same plan. I can't find any recent posts relating to Sprint's quality of service. Is it still terrible? Thanks for any advice.

  • Megan L 6 yr RoPa resident

    Just wanted to add, I've heard great things about Platinum Tel mentioned above!

  • NYCtoRP NewToRP

    I've had Sprint for six years. Very accommodating. Had one or two spats. However it ended in my favor.

    I have six people on the Framily Plan.

3 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Please help if you can...

Yesterday morning i watched a man get evicted & he has been sitting in the alleyway ever since. After a awhile i asked if he needed anything & he politely declined. I couldn't just not do anything, so i gave him some food & a warm coffee anyway & he was very appreciative. This morning I look out my kitchen window & he is still sitting there in the rain. My husband went downstairs & gave him some warm clothing,...

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Yesterday morning i watched a man get evicted & he has been sitting in the alleyway ever since. After a awhile i asked if he needed anything & he politely declined. I couldn't just not do anything, so i gave him some food & a warm coffee anyway & he was very appreciative. This morning I look out my kitchen window & he is still sitting there in the rain. My husband went downstairs & gave him some warm clothing, a poncho & a little bit of money. I'm not really sure what else I can do? It's upsetting seeing him in just sitting there in the cold, wet rain crying periodically. It's obvious by now that there is no one coming for him nor does he have anywhere to go, I have seen a few people giving him blankets & talking to him which is nice seeing that other people are trying to help as much as they can as well. I guess all i'm asking is if there is anything you can do to help him or just giving him something warm to eat, I'm sure he would appreciate it. He is in the alleyway between Morse & Farwell right across from JB Albertos. Thanks!

  • Megan L 6 yr RoPa resident

    For long term help with housing, employment, etc, can I recommend the always amazing volunteers at LIFT? Their address is 4554 N. Broadway & their phone number is 773-303-0700. They are staffed by Loyola volunteers with big hearts & lots of determination. Proud to be former volunteer of that organization; almost as proud as I am to see we have awesome neighbors like this here in RoPa.

  • Just to let everyone know we started a new thread called "Helping Jay". Please continue to follow this amazing story.

5 days ago

Updated 18 hours ago

Teen girl hit by car on her way to school.

Who is in charge of the landscaping in the roundabouts on Ashland between Northshore and Albion?
The grass has grown so tall that people can't see the pedestrians in the crosswalk.
Yesterday morning a girl was hit by a car due to this problem.
I don't want to see anyone else hurt and I don't have the necessary equipment to fix it myself. Any info would be helpful as this is a pretty serious risk to the kids in the neighborhood..
Thanks!

  • Hugh M. Nuclear Scientist

    For cleaning blood off the street - sodium peroxide and vote for anyone but Rahm and the current city council.

  • The roundabouts have been trimmed!!! Not sure who did it. But, visibility is improved. Thanks.

3 days ago

Updated 22 hours ago

Everything in its place

I was reading Joe Moore's post about the bike rack design contest, when i noticed a disturbing conversational switch, turning the thread into a scathing attack on the Alderman. I'm certain we all are bothered and concerned, by the ongoing violence in our ward, and in many others, across the city. Still, there is no cause to hijack his thread, when you are free to start your own discussion. My old boss, mentor and family friend, W Clement Stone always...

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I was reading Joe Moore's post about the bike rack design contest, when i noticed a disturbing conversational switch, turning the thread into a scathing attack on the Alderman. I'm certain we all are bothered and concerned, by the ongoing violence in our ward, and in many others, across the city. Still, there is no cause to hijack his thread, when you are free to start your own discussion. My old boss, mentor and family friend, W Clement Stone always told us, "Don't bring me a problem without also bringing a few possible solutions with you. I find it juvenile and patently ridiculous for the same trolls to be constantly, and viciously, attacking Mr. Moore, while bringing nothing of their own to the table.
I ask that we all show some respect and compassion, to him, and to all those trying to handle this problem. This is no easy burden, trying to balance doing his job, helping to bring about a solution, while dealing with all of the other facets of his job. In his place, you could do no better. or, maybe you can. Show up at ward meetings, where you can share your perfect solution. Instead of decrying the alderman, do some brainstorming, and share those ideas at the proper table. i have one more suggestion. instead of hiding behind a fake name, how about shutting up, until you're willing to stand and be counted, like the rest of us, your neighbors. Thanks.

  • Congratulations to the EB poster who attained the goal of 50 Mutes. Talk about delusional.

  • Bonnie's mom In R.P. Since 1981

    Thanks and agreement to those who stuck to the OP issue of the rudeness of hijacking threads. I am neutral on Joe Moore but when those attacks appear in a thread it usually makes me more sympathetic to him. And Freedom of Speech doesn't really apply here. It is just like someone using their right to freedom of speech in a crowded theatre to shout "Fire". You may be within your rights, but you are hurting a lot of other people by exercising them.

2 days ago

Updated 22 hours ago

What do you think about Bob Fioretti running for Mayor?

"I'm not just ready," he responded, "I'm Fioretti."

Now the 2nd Ward alderman, who has spent the past three years as Rahm Emanuel's harshest and most frequent City Council critic, is ready to announce Saturday that he will challenge the mayor in the Feb. 24 city election.

  • Sandra: I just looked over your message history. 18 out of 19 of your posts are empty ranting about other EB users. If you want this to "work as a forum for discussion" you might start by actually contributing some discussion content instead of attacking other people. I'm not saying you shouldn't criticize, but if that is all that you do, you're just being negative, and that is not very interesting for the rest of us.

  • Vlad G dance instructor

    Sounds similar to the postings of another angry one who likes to date cops, call everyone a stalker and own guns. Lots and lots of negativity.

2 days ago

Updated 23 hours ago

Bicycle Helmet

Can anyone recommend a good local sporting good store? Gave my bike helmet away recently and am in the mood to ride my bike during an anticipated warm autumn. Thanks

  • Vic neighbor

    Roberts or Gary's can sell you one, both are local independent bike shops. Perhaps The Recyclery as well but I'm not sure if they carry them, so call ahead.
    Safe riding to you.

  • I have a unused bike helmet which I will give. I do not know the size. It is about 20 years old and my understanding is that they do not have a long shelf life. Retailers are the source of that information. It is a Giro.

2 days ago

Updated 23 hours ago

Attempted Home invasion

Someone tried to break into Townhouse near Morse and Ridge. Stranger ringed door bell and tried to push door open but door was locked and alarm was on.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    If you didn't call 911 or file a police report, it's not too late to file.

  • Thanks for the warning.

  • IrisG ADT

    Hello, not trolling at all, but when a homeowner or renter is ready to look in to protecting their home, loved ones, and valuables (not in any specific order), please feel free to use me as a resource. Working at ADT as a security specialist, I can assist you in many ways. In the outcome, your safety is always what matters most.

41 hours ago

Updated 24 hours ago

More helicopters in RP

Anyone know what is going on?

  • Its to drown out the noise of the cars honking. Unfortunatly Bang da "an S in front of Hitter's car will no longer be able to honk. Better call the fire department...

  • Too bad bangers were not in the car. Anyone check out the Facebook page. Showing lots of drugs and money. Ridiculous. But they are good news for the funeral directors. Lots of potential clients. Lol. And the only spelling they can do is with their hands. Guess they should not have dropped out in the third grade.

Sep 09

Updated 25 hours ago

Unleashed dogs on the beach

Every morning at 7am when I walk to the lakefront there are at least a half dozen dog owners letting their dogs run loose on the beach. It it illegal. I have politely asked a few owners to obey the law, usually met with an aggressive response. Today I called the police. I hope they ticket these inconsiderate people. Nobody hates dogs but nobody wants to get bit by an excited dog. It doesn't matter if it's a pit bull or a cocker spaniel. Dogs have teeth and they evolved from wolves. They are meant to be leashed in a crowded public community. Also nobody wants to play in poo sand.

  • JeffHinkson Jeff - Crime watcher and avid Bridge player

    I would be more worried about the squirrels if I was to be honest. They can be ferocious little SOB's! Why, I was walking Mr Squiggles about the neighborhood the other day ( he likes his little kitty walks) and Im not sure if it is because they are 'urban'...

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    I would be more worried about the squirrels if I was to be honest. They can be ferocious little SOB's! Why, I was walking Mr Squiggles about the neighborhood the other day ( he likes his little kitty walks) and Im not sure if it is because they are 'urban' squirrels, but they grouped up and started attacking him. I tried to fend them off but we could only run. The whole event was quite scary! We owe our lives to a neighbor walking his dog which eventually chased them off. I am going to write a letter to the Alderman about the squirrel issues. It need to be resolved!!

28 hours ago

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29 hours ago

Updated 28 hours ago

Gun shot or fireworks

7:20 am Touhy and Sheridan (approximately).

30 hours ago

35 hours ago

Serving the Sentence @ Towbar

Serving the Sentence returns to Towbar, 1500 W. Jarvis Ave., tonight at 7pm. This month each story begins with the sentence "Hunger is a funny...

38 hours ago

Spanish Group Cancellation

So sorry, but our conversation group won't be meeting again till Sept. 29th.
Sincere apologies for the late notice. I look very much forward to our getting
together again on the 29th., 7:30 p.m., at the Heartland Cafe.

2 days ago

Updated 38 hours ago

Spanish Group Reminder

Our Monday night group is meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the Heartland Cafe...
9/15/2014. Newcomers welcome.

  • KandD Rogers Park native, third generation

    just checking -- I can come and hang out even if I only know a few words in Spanish? :)

  • First off, I hope you've seen the second post cancelling tomorrow's group and also the following. Very, very sorry. We'll resume on Monday, September 29, 7:30 p.m., at
    the Heartland Cafe.

    Secondly, absolutely come and hang out with us in a couple of weeks! People have come to join us who only know a few words in Spanish. Listening is a terrific way to learn. Again, apologies for having to wait till the 29th.

4 days ago

Updated 38 hours ago

Update on the complaints filed with the Chicago Board of Elections

Yesterday 49th Ward Aldermanic candidate Don Gordon received a copy of a letter from James Scanlon, General Counsel for the CBOE, that was sent to Robert Fuller who is Alderman Moore's Legislative Aide.

Excerpts from that letter follow here:

"Dear Mr. Fuller, The Board has received credible complaints that you had advised voters that it is permissible to sign nominating petitions for more than one candidate for the office of Alderman of the 49th Ward in the City of Chicago...

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Yesterday 49th Ward Aldermanic candidate Don Gordon received a copy of a letter from James Scanlon, General Counsel for the CBOE, that was sent to Robert Fuller who is Alderman Moore's Legislative Aide.

Excerpts from that letter follow here:

"Dear Mr. Fuller, The Board has received credible complaints that you had advised voters that it is permissible to sign nominating petitions for more than one candidate for the office of Alderman of the 49th Ward in the City of Chicago to be elected at the February 24, 2015 Municipal General Election. We want to be clear that Illinois law clearly does not allow a person to sign the petitions of multiple candidates for alderman in the same ward for the same election. We want to be certain that voters receive only accurate information about signing only one petition for the same office in the forthcoming election."

  • Rob

    If that was the highlight of your day, well, that explains a lot.

  • Just to be sure, everybody: Rob is smarter and cooler than the rest of us!!

Jun 06

Updated 41 hours ago

Lost Cat-Black with white flecks, has collar and name tag

My kitty escaped last night and didn't come home. He is so sweet that I hope someone found him, but I do want him back. He is smallish, black and has little white flecks that look like he walked past someone painting on a ladder. His right ear is a bit mangled. I'll come get him right away if you call me at 773-353-9180. The number on his collar is 773-230-9493, which is my room mate's. He's gotten out before, but always came back at night. :( Thanks!

  • Bump. I want Connie to be sure to see this! Hoping for a reunion soon.

  • slk long-time rogers parker

    Sent Connie a PM here but maybe you could call the numbers posted in June? Hopefully Lex is home by now!

42 hours ago

Spanish Conversation Group

I'm very, very sorry. Our group will not be meeting 9/15/2014 after all.
It will not meet next week either.
Let's have some great conversation at the Heartland Monday, September 29,
at 7:30 p.m.

Again, apologies for any inconvenience.

4 days ago

Updated 44 hours ago

Zone 56 Visitor Pass

Does anybody know how I would obtain one of these?

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Looks as though Kat knows. I don't live in an area with zoned parking so don't know how it works. I just figured the alderman's website would have the info.

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    Your only other choice is probably to visit the City Clerk's office.

3 days ago

Updated 46 hours ago

Fitness class tomorrow

Sat, Sep 13, 2014 8.45am to 9.45am

Our first "indoor" Saturday Fitness class will be tomorrow, at Jarvis!

After spending one summer at Loyola Park, I have been allowed by V Tone gym, to teach my class there.

So come to join your neighbors for a new class! The first class is free...

Don't forget a towel, some water...

AND be on time, please, because another class will begin just after me!

Merci!!!
Christophe

  • Dr. Joe Chiropractor in the Rogers Park Neighborhood

    Congratulation!! That's great! Will spread the word.

  • Christophe French Personal Trainer / Former French Marine

    Come to try when you'll want, it's a good way to meet some people from our neighborhood!!!

Aug 30

Updated 46 hours ago

Joe Moore and Carl Good -- This one's for you!

In the thread titled “49th Ward Back to School Picnic This Sunday!” Carl Good challenged people who believe Joe Moore is an ineffective leader to:

1) Question him on the issues and his voting record.
2) Outline specifically what Moore could do better in combating this summer's rise in shootings.
3) "Force" Moore to defend his record on education.

Joe Moore accepted that challenge, saying: “I would be more than happy elaborate on points 1, 2 and 3. It certainly...

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In the thread titled “49th Ward Back to School Picnic This Sunday!” Carl Good challenged people who believe Joe Moore is an ineffective leader to:

1) Question him on the issues and his voting record.
2) Outline specifically what Moore could do better in combating this summer's rise in shootings.
3) "Force" Moore to defend his record on education.

Joe Moore accepted that challenge, saying: “I would be more than happy elaborate on points 1, 2 and 3. It certainly would be more enjoyable and intellectually challenging than what my "opposition" thus far has thrown my way. Let's see if anyone rises to the challenge.”

I’m rising to the challenge, Joe and Carl!

Anyone can look at the alderman’s voting record on the website for the Office of the City Clerk, but it is a depressing exercise in seeing how little of any substance our City Council works on. It’s all about approving awnings and sidewalk cafes, granting of “privilege in the public way,” or congratulating people and groups for existing or retiring. https://chicago.legistar.com/PersonDetail.aspx?ID=60995&GUID=FE2F5131-67D8-4FF3-8AD6-38962CDCA1EF (Question for the City Council – Couldn’t ANY of that actually just be part of a regular business application process handled by a non-political bureaucrat based on outlined standards? Oops -- not really. Not when votes on the mundane can generate campaign contributions for incumbent alderpeople.)

After searching through the first 17 pages of Joe’s votes on such fascinating topics, I decided just to review what legislation he’s sponsored, figuring that would be an indicator of what he’s really interested in being a leader on during this current term in office. (Please note that I don’t believe resolutions stating a belief or telling another policymaking body what they should do constitute a meaningful and substantive act by any member of the Chicago City Council.)

To Be Continued...

  • I appreciate Suzanne's information. Calling her Suzie is disrespectful and demeaning.

  • Vlad G dance instructor

    Suzie is a term of affection. Don't you remember Suzie Creamcheese from the Mothers of Invention? That is hardly disrespectful or demeaning. It's a charmingly lovable name no matter what CG thinks.

2 days ago

Updated 47 hours ago

Joe Moore -- I'm taking you at your word!

Joe, on another EB thread today you said:

"May I make a special request to those who have brought politics into this thread. I am more than willing to engage in a political debate with you on the issues of the day on EveryBlock and elsewhere, but this particular thread is not the forum. We are working as a community to reach out to a man in need. Please, please take your political agendas elsewhere.."

Here's a lot of threads you could start having a political debate on:

http://chicago.everyblock.com/politics/aug30-joe-moore-and-carl-good-this-ones-you-6353603/

http://chicago.everyblock.com/announcements/sep06-gunshots-fireworks-6368672/#comment-471660

http://chicago.everyblock.com/crime-posts/sep02-shooting-incidents-mar-labor-day-weekend-6359999/#comment-467532

So, when do you EVER plan to have the "political debate" you keep saying you're willing to have?

  • I am not a Republican, but I appreciate the reasoned debate that Ms. Devane provides. Too bad more Repubs can't be like her.

  • Suzanne Devane Ward 49 Republican Committeeman

    Joe -- Please feel free to cut and paste this announcement and act on it!

    Crime is My SOLE Focus for the Immediate Future

    Yesterday's car bombing and/or arson in our community was the final straw in a summer of violence in our community that simply cannot be tolerated. The...

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    Joe -- Please feel free to cut and paste this announcement and act on it!

    Crime is My SOLE Focus for the Immediate Future

    Yesterday's car bombing and/or arson in our community was the final straw in a summer of violence in our community that simply cannot be tolerated. The first duty of any unit of government is to protect the public safety, so it is for this reason that I plan to make crime the focus of my efforts as alderman in the months ahead.

    We have unfortunately become a ground zero battleground for warring gang factions. That's NOT acceptable. I will be pulling together a community hearing within the month to address this unacceptable level of crime in our neighborhood. I am asking CPD Superintendent Garry McCarthy, Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez, as well as representatives from the FBI and CHA to join me in a public community hearing to outline the comprehensive options we have to respond to this unprecedented level of gang violence in Rogers Park. Once we know what our options and obstacles are, I look forward to working with community members in a focused manner to route out the elements in our neighborhood who have demonstrated a complete disregard for human life.

    In the meantime, my office will not be able to devote time to participatory budgeting, community events, and accessing regular City services. We need to focus our efforts to insure that Rogers Park -- a place we all love -- remains a livable and diverse community. Thank you for your understanding.

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