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57 min ago

Alderman Defends Choice of Ex-Offender to Lead Political Group

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/02/us/alderman-defends-choice-of-ex-offender-to-lead-political-group.html

When Alderman Joe Moreno feuded recently with the Democratic committeeman in his First Ward constituency, he decided to form what he called an “independent Democratic political organization.”
To lead the reform-themed group, called 1st Ward First, Mr. Moreno tapped someone from a category of Chicagoans who he says need support: ex-offenders.

That someone, Juan Elias, pleaded guilty to the state charge of mutilation of election materials in 1997, after a failed run for Democratic committeeman of the 26th Ward. In 1986, he was convicted on a drug charge after the police caught him with more than three pounds of marijuana.

7 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Gas or Sewer smell?

There has been construction going on around Kimball and Palmer for the past week and a half. Today we noticed a strong sent of what could be gas in our apartment. The upstairs neighbors have the smell as well. It seems to be coming from the drain in the basement. Our landlord received a message from Peoples stating that other people around the area have had similar complaints and that the smell is not gas but a combination of paint thinner and ammonia in the sewers. The fire department also came out and checked out the situation and said the same thing. Has anyone else had any issues with this smell?

  • I guess maybe the alderman. 311 had no clue about anything. I even asked if they knew about the street work and they were very unhelpful. They just told me that if we weren't feeling dizzy or nauseous we should be fine.

  • yourhandsmyface Palmer square. Drummer.

    You may have dry water traps in your basement. Take a few cups of water and fill all floor drains, sinks, showers, etc in the lowest level in the house. The piping is designed to trap a small amount water to separate the air in your home from the sewer. These often dry out over time, and if the city is agitating the sewer you'll likely smell it

16 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Opthalmologist Recommendations

New Chicago resident looking for Opthalmologist recommendations. Who do you love? 👓Thanks in advance.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Do you need an opthamologist, or will an optometrist do?

  • Senseis Taking the road less traveled

    If you are looking for an ophthalmologist, we have used Dr. Scarpula for many years. She is great.

3 hours ago

Chicago Recycling now accepts Shelf-Stable and Refrigerated cartons

According to the website recyclecartons.com, I believe Chicago is now accepting shelf-stable and refrigerated cartons in the blue bins (i.e. broth cartons, juice cartons). Here is the link:
http://www.recyclecartons.com/center-info/?center=677&city=&county=COOK

Jan 15

Updated 4 hours ago

missing dog

my dog got scared and left my friends yard in the 2500 block of north Lawndale. He is 9 lbs, brown (looks like an ewok), super friendly, answers to George and missed by his family terribly. please reposnd to the post if you see him.

30 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

TWIN TOWERS property owner still John Burns / MaxMil LLC

Zoning Change / Planned Development Ordinance Application 2014-18166 filed with City discloses @ page 11 that 2293 North Milwaukee LLC (Robert Buono + partners) is not property owner, but "developer". MaxMil LLC (John Burns + partner Newgard Development) is owner entity? Burns controlled original GGNA Zoning Committee created with former 1st Ward Alderman Manny Flores before community took it back from real estate interests. Alderman Moreno- please clarify:

MaxMil, LLC
155 North Wacker Drive
Suite 1690
Chicago, IL 60606
512.223.0000...

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Zoning Change / Planned Development Ordinance Application 2014-18166 filed with City discloses @ page 11 that 2293 North Milwaukee LLC (Robert Buono + partners) is not property owner, but "developer". MaxMil LLC (John Burns + partner Newgard Development) is owner entity? Burns controlled original GGNA Zoning Committee created with former 1st Ward Alderman Manny Flores before community took it back from real estate interests. Alderman Moreno- please clarify:

MaxMil, LLC
155 North Wacker Drive
Suite 1690
Chicago, IL 60606
512.223.0000

May 28, 2014
Patricia Scudiero
Zoning Administrator
City of Chicago
City Hall - Room 905
121 N. LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60602

Re: 2255-93 N. Milwaukee Ave. / 2208-26 N. Washtenaw Ave. / 2715-35 W. Belden St.

Dear Zoning Administrator Scudiero:

MaxMil, LLC, an Illinois limited liability company, is the owner ("Owner") of the above referenced property (the "Property"). Owner has authorized 2293 North Milwaukee LLC, an Illinois limited liability company ("Applicant") to file a Planned Development Application for development of the Property and to take any necessary actions in connections with said application.

Sincerely,
John R. Burns
Member
CC: Rolando Acosta
John Stocker

  • Barbs hey you kids, get off my lawn!

    I believe this was alluded to at the first and only community meeting regarding this project, that Buono only had some kind of "purchase contract" or something... I can't remember the exact term for it, but basically, "current owner" doesn't get paid for the property until the developer has gotten the project off the ground, then it transfers hands at some point. Please some real estate/contract law person help me out here.

13 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

THE PAC ATTACK

I have heard aldermanic candidates bashed in this forum for accepting PAC monies. Here's the truth, candidates scrape together money to run their campaign, especially when they are not an incumbent. Many times, PACs will go to the website, click the link and donate. Boom-a Pac has supported a candidate. Is this wag the dog behavior? Does this mean that that candidate is tethered to the PAC and will do their bidding if elected? Of course not! Anyone can donate...

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I have heard aldermanic candidates bashed in this forum for accepting PAC monies. Here's the truth, candidates scrape together money to run their campaign, especially when they are not an incumbent. Many times, PACs will go to the website, click the link and donate. Boom-a Pac has supported a candidate. Is this wag the dog behavior? Does this mean that that candidate is tethered to the PAC and will do their bidding if elected? Of course not! Anyone can donate to a fund. Let's look at the alternative-a new candidate has received a PAC contribution. This PAC is controversial. Should they spend time, energy and resources processing refunds of much needing funding to run the campaign?,... or just hope that common sense will prevail when people are perusing through the campaign contributors. UMMMM-common sense maybe? And seriously if this is the only negative thing you hear about a candidate it's probably because there is nothing else bad to say about them.

When a liquor establishment contributes to a fund does it mean the candidates an alcoholic? This is tantamount to assuming that a candidate who takes money from Walgreens is seeking prescription drugs illegally. Crazy right?!

I encourage you skeptics to go to the state board of elections candidate contributions. Look at who is accepting money from whom, and then imagine you are a conspiracy theorist and want to write bad things about the candidate based on contributors. Voila! You have lots of ammo. You could fabricate stories like crazy because, chances are, there are contributors that are not perfect,... or that have enemies, ...or that do not conform to certain ideals Don't let these forums and this bashing dictate your vote. Educate yourself and make your own decisions!! ...and if you read this-thanks for the few minutes of your time have a great day!

  • Joe Kopera Logan Square resident since 1961 (54 years in Jan)

    What's interesting is "who is logan mama"? He/she joined Everyblock community on Jan 17th 2015, no name, just 3 posts, all about EDJ and then just wonder why he/she has to present their arguments as just another anonymous post.

  • p://www.chicagoelections.com/dm/general/document_595.pdf

    1 The 2015 municipal elections in Chicago will be the next election following the 2012 redistricting of Wards in the City of Chicago. For example, if a candidate, for at least one year preceding the February 24, 2015 Municipal General Election, resides in what was Ward 1 prior to...

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    p://www.chicagoelections.com/dm/general/document_595.pdf

    1 The 2015 municipal elections in Chicago will be the next election following the 2012 redistricting of Wards in the City of Chicago. For example, if a candidate, for at least one year preceding the February 24, 2015 Municipal General Election, resides in what was Ward 1 prior to redistricting, such candidate may run for Alderman in 2015 in any new ward after redistricting that contains a part of the old Ward 1 prior to redistricting, even if the candidate’s residence address is not in the new ward. If elected, that person may be re-elected from the new ward he or she represents if he or she resides in the new ward for at least one year next preceding the re-election, meaning that for the February 26, 2019 Municipal General Election, such person must establish residency in the new ward not later than February 26, 2018

36 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Looking for a cat sitter

Need a cat sitter to come a few times this weekend. I know there's Rover and Dog Vacay but I am too lazy to look through all of that! Would like someone experienced as she has a special diet and an Elizabethan collar on right now for her allergies ( so would have to have some experience putting that on a cat ) Otherwise she'll just purr and meow and ask for pets. Let me know how often you can come and your rates. We frequently go out of town so this could definitely be a long term thing! Our intersection is North and Albany. Thanks!

  • PetParent Founder of Pets Are Like Family

    I'm frequently available for cat sitting. I have 5 cats myself and a few have special needs. I also run a nonprofit called Pets Are Like Family. We help people with limited resources care for their pets so they don't lose them. I also worked at the Anti-Cruelty Society for...

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    I'm frequently available for cat sitting. I have 5 cats myself and a few have special needs. I also run a nonprofit called Pets Are Like Family. We help people with limited resources care for their pets so they don't lose them. I also worked at the Anti-Cruelty Society for 2 years and at a veterinary hospital for 5 years. I am currently between jobs, so my schedule is very flexible. I charge $15 per visit and $20 if medication is needed. Feel free to contact me if interested. I will happily provide references.

  • Fictionista Storyteller

    Paws Claws and More is very reliable and their prices are less than we paid downstate.

5 days ago

Updated 12 hours ago

New Veterinary Clinic in Logan Square!

Boulevard Veterinary on Armitage and California recently opened their doors and are accepting new patients!
All new clients receive $25 off their first visit!

2740 W. Armitage Ave.
773-360-1731
www.blvd.vet
Facebook: Boulevard Veterinary
Instagram: @blvd.vet

  • Lauren 5 year Humboldt Park resident

    Just to update you all, we've changed our Thursday hours to 11am-8pm for those of you that require later appointments!

  • I checked out the facilities over the weekend with my cat Dino (who gave everything a good sniff and a rub)...everything seems nice and state of the art and the vet who is running it (who worked in pet ER before) was very friendly. The price point seems the same as most, but it is so close to my house it will be my go-to for sure.

35 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Elise Doody Jones

My son played hockey with her son and I have gotten to know her through community events. For those who don't know her a good video about who she is.. I recommend getting her know her personally-she'll be knocking on doors meeting neighbors between now and election time.... and get out and vote!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_KkEaowgWA

15 hours ago

Community Alert

Community Alert
Wanted for Robbery - 25th District (Grand and Central)

See posting below

34 hours ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Interested in nanny share for 9 month old

Anyone have any advice or leads?

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    This is a great place to start: http://www.npnparents.org/

  • aya

    The Logan Square Parents Unite group on Facebook may also be a good resource. You'll have to message of of the group admins to gain access:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/160953597431719/

    My family is currently in a nanny share, and found our share family on Craigslist (of all places!), because at the time I was looking, npnparents.org was mostly populated with families looking for nanny shares east of the expressway.

    Anyway, I hope you're able to find a family with similar requirements!

  • A MWL

    Yes! We are looking for a nanny share for our almost 2 year old. We have a nanny already who we love with 10+ years of experience. Please let me know if you are interested. I am also on the facebook page that Aya listed asking for nanny share :)

40 hours ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Recommendations for Sturctural Beam Repair/Replacement

I've got a bad main structural beam in my basement. It needs to be replaced. Has anyone had this done? Can you recommend a company? I'd also appreciate a ballpark of how much it cost if you don't mind sharing. I know it isn't going to be cheap. Thanks.

17 hours ago

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19 hours ago

Seeking CPS school applicants for The One Fund Grant

I encourage teachers at any of our neighborhood CPS schools (with 80% poverty or higher) to consider applying for your PreK-3 students to receive The One Fund grant!

http://www.emeraldcitytheatre.com/supportus_onefund.php

Student recipients at the winning schools each receive a free Emerald City theatre performance (either at your school or as a field trip to the theatre) and a free book (valued at $3,000 - $5,000 for each school).

Last year, McAuliffe was one of the winning schools!

Let's keep Logan Square...

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I encourage teachers at any of our neighborhood CPS schools (with 80% poverty or higher) to consider applying for your PreK-3 students to receive The One Fund grant!

http://www.emeraldcitytheatre.com/supportus_onefund.php

Student recipients at the winning schools each receive a free Emerald City theatre performance (either at your school or as a field trip to the theatre) and a free book (valued at $3,000 - $5,000 for each school).

Last year, McAuliffe was one of the winning schools!

Let's keep Logan Square and Avondale represented again this year!

Eligibility:

Must be a school within the Chicago Public School system.

Only for Grades Pre-K thru 3rd grade.

School must be listed on CPS website, School Profile page, as having 80% or higher low-income student population.

APPLICATION DEADLINE – 5PM on February 23, 2015

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They accept multiple applications per school, so parents of children at all of our qualifying schools should help point your PreK-3 teachers toward this opportunity!

Let's help bring additional literacy and arts opportunities to our most deserving neighborhood children!

24 hours ago

Jan 19

Updated 30 hours ago

Snowblower repair

Anyone have a recommendation for a nearby snowblower (small engine ) repair shop ?

32 hours ago

35 hours ago

VIDEO: 31st Ward Aldermanic Candidates Forum

Didn't make it to the 31st ward aldermanic candidate forum hosted by Belmont-Cragin United? Watch it here: http://ow.ly/I2Wut

More election coverage is available at: http://www.cantv.org/election

2 days ago

Updated 38 hours ago

Former Logan Pet customers and employees.

We were very sorry to hear about the sudden closing of Logan Pet. Nobody wants to see a well liked neighborhood business fail and displace their patrons and employees. We would like reach out to the former employees and offer our assistance in whatever way we can help , they may submit their resume to animalloverspetsalon@gmail.com. We will also offer Free pickup/ delivery to all Logan Sq. residents as well as our $10 new client discount. My salon has been...

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We were very sorry to hear about the sudden closing of Logan Pet. Nobody wants to see a well liked neighborhood business fail and displace their patrons and employees. We would like reach out to the former employees and offer our assistance in whatever way we can help , they may submit their resume to animalloverspetsalon@gmail.com. We will also offer Free pickup/ delivery to all Logan Sq. residents as well as our $10 new client discount. My salon has been in business for 18 years and I have been a resident of Logan Sq. for 15 years, so this neighborhood and its residents mean a lot to me. I invite you all to check out our website Animalloverspetsalon.com. We hope that everything will return to normal soon for all involved in this situation.

4 days ago

Updated 39 hours ago

Question about front yard fences

My neighbor is putting up a fence to close off the courtyard of their building. Where he is putting the fence will completely block the side of my porch and if I need porch repairs or gutter repairs, the fence will make it hard to get to. The fence is on his property line but I want to know if it is legal for him to put a fence up literally 6 inches from my porch and blocking it off.

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2 days ago

Updated 42 hours ago

Thank You

Thank you for being such a kind and lowing person.

2 days ago

Jan 19

Updated 2 days ago

2 DOGS FOUND!

Found two very sweet dogs in an alley off of McLean Ave. near Kedzie Blvd. on Saturday night around 8pm. One is a female Rottweiler and other is a small mix breed male. They're the best of friends so they must live together. They had no tags and no chips. If these are your dogs or if you know the owner, please contact me!!

  • Thank you!! You're awesome, Kaitlin!!! :-)

  • Fuarain CTA rider, walker, animal person

    If they're seven and ten years old, both PAWS and Treehouse would be hesitant to spay/neuter them without getting bloodwork done first, and neither place will chip them without being fixed.

    I second the suggestion with ANY lost animal to meet the owner at a vet office so they can...

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    If they're seven and ten years old, both PAWS and Treehouse would be hesitant to spay/neuter them without getting bloodwork done first, and neither place will chip them without being fixed.

    I second the suggestion with ANY lost animal to meet the owner at a vet office so they can have it chipped on site (though not all of them will be able to afford it plus the registration fees) a good alternative may be to offer to buy them an inexpensive nylon collar and write their phone number on it with a permanent pen.

    Chicago Animal Care and Control will allow you to post flyers there for both lost and found animals, however you have to actually go down there to post them.

    Please don't judge animal control - they probably accept far more animals than you think and also euthanize far, far fewer than you think.

2 days ago

Need a summer nanny?

Hi! I am a high school teacher looking for a nanny position from June-September. If you are in need of a reliable nanny who loves kids, please send me an email.
Thanks for reading,
Danielle

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Congress Theatre Open House - Jan. 24 1-4PM?

Is this happening? Cannot find anything referenced other than in this article. Anyone plan on stopping in tomorrow? Do we expect the renderings to be presented?

http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2015/01/13/congress-theater-redevelopment-ready-to-move-forward.php

  • Joe Kopera Logan Square resident since 1961 (54 years in Jan)

    Michael Moyer was looking a about a two year project and that everything in the building would open at the same time. I also heard that the lobby would be open most of the time and that to the right of the lobby would be a entrance to the Inn on the Milwaukee Ave side.

  • I do hope it's LIVE entertainment and not the stuff that brings too much noise and BASS. Did Mr Moyers discuss the sound issue? Since the Congress Theater was originally designed as a movie theater, it was never properly equipped for optimal acoustics inside and out. The interior is going to need sound proofing. I'm wondering how that will that affect the restoration process?

2 days ago

Jan 15

Updated 2 days ago

Carpet places

Hi, A tenant's apartment in Logan Square just sustained major water damage in her bedroom and now the carpet and padding must be replaced. Does anybody know (besides Empire and Luna) any place that will come to the apartment to give quotes? Thanks.

  • J. Theo Bucktown resident

    Check out http://mrcarpetshopathome.com
    Right in Lakeview. Highest rating on Angie's List for years. I had some water damage and the owner came out and told me what to get and what I don't need to pay for. Very honest, straight shooters that stand by their products and their work.
    I shopped around, and those big guys that advertise on tv tell you it's cheap, but don't show you the extra charges that end up costing more than a local small-business owner charges.

  • CPL949 HP Resident

    Just to update you all (in case you were wondering): Decided to go with Home Depot. Had the same carpet two other places had with a much lower price.

2 days ago

Awesome Android/iOS game! Support local Logan Square indie developers!

Hey neighbors! We live in Logan Square and are developing an awesome mobile game. We need all the help we can get, so if you like games or know someone who does, please support us on Kickstarter, or share via social media to your friends.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1802153885/the-incredible-baron

Thank you so much for helping to support one of many of the awesome creative projects happening in our neighborhood.

Jan 21

Updated 2 days ago

bedbugs

My tenet just notified me she found bedbugs in her sons beds, I live in the building and I don’t have them and the garden unit doesn't have them either
Who is responsible in paying for the extermination $$$$$

Jan 20

Updated 2 days ago

Logan Pets out of business

I just received this email today about Logan Pets going out of business. I am so upset and disappointed. The owners are wonderful people and this was a rare location where my 13 year old dog loved to be groomed.

Jan 19

Updated 2 days ago

Looking for wood shop space to rent..

Hi, three friends and I are looking for a wood shop space to rent in the Wicker Park, Bucktown, Logan Square neighborhood. Ideally we'd hope to have the space to ourselves and pay monthly rent. If you know of anyone with a vacant garage/building that wouldn't mind the noise and sawdust please let me know! Note, we would be providing all our own tools so we're basically just needing an empty room with electricity.

Thanks!

  • Susan S. resident

    Mikaela, Click on Nate's name and then on Send email on the right.

  • Bryan Banser Triangle Auto Service

    Mikaela, or anyone else interested, we have 2 spaces that may work for you. Let me know if you are interested. Were located at Irving and Elston ave. Both areas have an alarm. We will work with you, if you would like to see them. One space was used as a wood shop, with plenty of light and as much storage as needed. Bryan 773-539-5858.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Silver Malibu

Some guys in a silver Malibu just tried getting buzzed into our unit. They kept buzzing every unit in the building, we live on Fullerton, has this happened to anyone else? I just checked with other tenants and it was no one they knew or were expecting.

Jan 20

Updated 2 days ago

Kids stealing packages

Around 3:35 I saw a group of kids running north on the 2400 block of Spaulding Ave (about halfway between Fullerton and Altgeld). They ran up the stairs of a porch across the street from me, grabbed some packages that were on the stoop, and ran away down an alley. I couldn't tell if they had taken anything from more than one house.

I called 311, but was told I couldn't report it because I wasn't the victim. I'll let my neighbors know, but I just wanted to let people in the area know to be on the lookout and watch out for their packages. The kids were male and probably early to mid teens .

  • Aaron Logan Square

    This is just the list of packages I found in the park. Many other people commented about this problem happening to them.
    1753 N Troy
    1743 N Troy
    1725 N Troy
    1746 N Albany

  • aaron, saw same thing in Julia de Burgos the park just before christmas. A bunch of boxes were rummaged through, and a few boxes that had books in them were just left open to the elements. I was able to return a few boxes on the 1700 block but most...

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    aaron, saw same thing in Julia de Burgos the park just before christmas. A bunch of boxes were rummaged through, and a few boxes that had books in them were just left open to the elements. I was able to return a few boxes on the 1700 block but most items were stolen… On Friday we had a package turn up missing on Troy. The kicker is that we were home and looking for the delivery. I think that someone must have been following the delivery driver as we were both looking for the package...

    . . If I had the time I would bait this kids but sadly it really would be wasted time. I doubt I could prove anything if they did not have any items on them. It would be hilarious to hit them with a little bear spray though...

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Feb 25

Updated 2 days ago

Interested in 'red wiggler' worm bins in the spring?

OK, I'll admit that the warmer weather got me thinking 'gardening' mode... I had to 'make and take' a red wiggler bin to get full credit for Master Composter degree and the winter had them 'especially happy' in the basement so I have two huge bins ready to share. You need a plastic tub with lid that has 1/4 inch holes punched in top for air and then we tear up newspaper, throw in a little garden dirt, wet so...

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OK, I'll admit that the warmer weather got me thinking 'gardening' mode... I had to 'make and take' a red wiggler bin to get full credit for Master Composter degree and the winter had them 'especially happy' in the basement so I have two huge bins ready to share. You need a plastic tub with lid that has 1/4 inch holes punched in top for air and then we tear up newspaper, throw in a little garden dirt, wet so it is like a 'rung out sponge', and put in the worms. They eat 'left over' lettuce, coffee grounds, etc (except onions, peppers, citrus). Easy VERY EASY to care for in basement or garage (some people keep them under the sink..no smell)
This is the best 'soil' you will find and excellent for seedlings. You separate the worms from the 'soil' (I can tell you how) and use the soil in your garden, house plants, etc. YOU MUST NOT put the worms in composters or soil outside as they are not native and they eat constantly and will eat all the surface plants.
If you are interested, please let me know and it will be another reason for spring to come quickly!@

  • sinergi Big fan of neighborhood news and information

    You are awesome ! I posted here just in case someone else stumbled upon it to offer me some guidance.

    I Really had no idea the same people were still active and ready to share Again and again!

    Yet another reason I love my worms. Always brings out good people.

    Debbie--
    I will message you by email.

    - mark

  • Mark - did you get my email response? Thought I'd check here, just in case it went to your spam folder.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

spark energy update?

The other day, caught off guard, I allowed myself to switch to Spark Energy due to the persistence of two door to door salesmen. Looking at past threads on this topic, it seems lots of folks have had bad experiences, and some folks have seen reduced savings and feel it is a legit company with bad solicitation tactics.

Was I scammed? I feel like a goof for ignoring my gut. Thanks!

  • Joe

    I have saved with first energy for electricity and direct energy on gas (except Dec, Peoples would have been cheaper) Peoples gas charge changes every month. Lots of threads on this.

  • Like kittyhop says, read the receipt they gave you - you have maybe a week from the signing date during which you can cancel. Not sure of the exact time limit; it IS short. But if you do some quick research you can decide whether Spark is worth it for a year.

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4 days ago

4 days ago

Found Bike Key

Found near Troy & Schubert. Let me know!

4 days ago

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6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

  • Agreed Lisa. I too enjoyed Letizia's for that. The article doesn't mention it (I don't think), but Letizia's started selling at the Logan Square Farmer's Market. Hopefully that might continue. Maybe? Anyway, I'm excited for the new concept too.

  • I'm glad to hear they're closing the bakery component. Their baked goods were bland and always left me feeling bloated. Dinners, on the other hand, always hit the spot.

Apr 22

Updated 5 days ago

Code 0964100G Violation

Just got a ticket in violation of code 0964100G STOP SIGN OR TRAFFIC SIGNAL which, after further research, is for parking too close to a stop sign. Apparently the code states you have to be 30 FEET from a stop sign or traffic signal, however, I can't actually find the code. I plan on attempting to contest it. This just seems like some BS way of creating revenue, especially when there are no signs posted or markings on the curb...

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Just got a ticket in violation of code 0964100G STOP SIGN OR TRAFFIC SIGNAL which, after further research, is for parking too close to a stop sign. Apparently the code states you have to be 30 FEET from a stop sign or traffic signal, however, I can't actually find the code. I plan on attempting to contest it. This just seems like some BS way of creating revenue, especially when there are no signs posted or markings on the curb and there are and have been several cars parked just as close to the stop sign or in the same exact spot for years, and I've never seen a car ticketed ONCE. I'm mad. Anyone have any suggestions for anything I can do to be productive? Otherwise, I will just stew in my anger and out $60. This was at the stop sign at Spaulding and Schubert, near the blue line.

  • Piper - I've gotten a ticket in the exact spot you mention. I have seen other cars ticketed there since, but the enforcement is very irregular so you will see people parked there basically 24/7. I never intentionally park illegally but it's a very confusing area since the stop sign...

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    Piper - I've gotten a ticket in the exact spot you mention. I have seen other cars ticketed there since, but the enforcement is very irregular so you will see people parked there basically 24/7. I never intentionally park illegally but it's a very confusing area since the stop sign is not very near the corner or the crosswalk.

    I've even asked a parking enforcement person who was writing tickets what areas are legal in that dead end and what are not. She told me that parallel to the curb was ok, except near the stop sign, corner, and fire hydrant. She also said that the "head in" spots were legal "about half-way" (?!?) across the dead end but this is apparently subjective because my husband just received a ticket when parked there. Grrrrr. Actually he received two within 24 hours -- we appealed both by mail & got the duplicate dismissed, at least.

    Also, as a head's up, I've gotten a ticket parallel parked on the north side of that dead end for parking in the wrong direction when pointed toward Milwaukee. Apparently some others have too because now you will see cars parked in both directions on that side (nose to nose or tail to tail). I've been on this block for almost 8 years and never saw anyone parked pointed away from Milwaukee until this year. (For those not familiar, the dead end is all of 3 cars long & has no room to turn around.) I can't even see how cars get in there that way without some illegal driving moves. I just avoid that whole area as much as possible, but as you know parking is sometimes tough to find.

    I'd gladly avoid parking illegally if I could only figure out what is legal. :( Who could I ask to get a definitive answer? I'd also be happy to pursue getting reasonable signage/paint if possible - I guess the alderman would be the starting point?

  • I know this is an old post, but I wanted to chime in that I contest every single ticket I or my husband get, most of which have been for this violation of parking too close to a stop sign. I would say they throw out 2 of 3. It is ALWAYS worth a shot, just don't forget to take and include photos in your contest!

Jan 07

Updated 5 days ago

Lost Lake coming to former Previous Administration Spot

Hi again, everyone. I read in Zagat's list of most anticipated spots of 2015 that our neighbor Paul McGee had joined forces with the Land & Sea Dept. folks - and that we're getting a tiki bar. Well, Lost Lake is opening up at Diversey & Kedzie, where Previous Administration was briefly. Should be opening sometime this month. With this, and Son of a Butcher opening at Diversey & Richmond soon, it's gonna be exciting up here!

http://www.chicagomag.com/dining-drinking/January-2015/lost-lake/

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  • Carter O'Brien Chicagoan

    I suspect this trend will slow down dramatically as the neighborhood inhabitants age and start to realize how many calories are in these drinks.

    On the other hand, it's nice to have a close alternative to Hala Kahiki, although it takes years to develop that fine musty carpet aroma.

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