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39th Ward Alderman Debate?

Finally there's competition for the job. Anyone know if there's a debate in the works?

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January 27, 1973: 42nd anniversary of the Paris Peace Accords and Cease Fire in the Vietnam War

Received this today from a fellow member of the American Legion. An important reminder for each of us not to forget the service and sacrifice of so many...

On January 27, 1973 (42 years ago today) the Paris Peace Accords were signed declaring a cease-fire in Vietnam. The U.S. government, South Vietnam and North Vietnam governments pledged to "respect the independence, sovereignty, unity, and territorial integrity of Vietnam as recognized by the 1954 Geneva Agreements on Vietnam."

The U.S. further agreed to continue withdrawing troops, which resulted in a complete removal of soldiers by March 29, 1973.

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39th Ward Alderman Forum

Many thanks to the IWCA for hosting last week's 39th ward Aldermanic candidate forum. Joe L., Ald. Laurino and I were all present and answered preselected questions in addition to taking questions from the audience.

If you missed the forum, my office live tweeted it: https://twitter.com/RobertFor39

There's another forum coming up on Feb. 4 at the 17th Police District Station: https://www.facebook.com/events/991949754151865 Questions for that forum can be submitted by Jan. 31 to 39thwardforum@gmail.com for review.

If you were able to attend last week, I would love to hear your feedback.

If you are able to attend on Feb. 4, I look forward to meeting you!

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Dr. Martin Luther King - "I Have A Dream" Speech

Every year on Martin Luther King Day I read with my family Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech. Last year I shared this practice with others (using social media) and got a huge response. This year, I do the same. The speech is copied partially below (EB has character limitations!). You can then click on the link to read the full text and listen to it (also available on YouTube). The sound of it only adds to the power...

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Every year on Martin Luther King Day I read with my family Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech. Last year I shared this practice with others (using social media) and got a huge response. This year, I do the same. The speech is copied partially below (EB has character limitations!). You can then click on the link to read the full text and listen to it (also available on YouTube). The sound of it only adds to the power of the oratory.

If interested, I would suggest you read "Letters from Birmingham Jail" too.

So, read, reflect, discuss and then actively work towards our nation's continued need to achieve racial justice.

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    I can't find the pictures I took, but several years ago I rode a bicycle between Selma and Montgomery, just to take a slow ride along the route.

    The Edmund Pattus bridge hasn't changed, but Rt 80 today is a four-lane mostly divided highway. Back then it was a two-lane...

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    I can't find the pictures I took, but several years ago I rode a bicycle between Selma and Montgomery, just to take a slow ride along the route.

    The Edmund Pattus bridge hasn't changed, but Rt 80 today is a four-lane mostly divided highway. Back then it was a two-lane highway. There are signs posted where the two camping spots were located. The land is still empty, but they're just vacant land, not campgrounds.

    There isn't anything noteworthy in Selma. It's like any other small town. Local restaurants, but McDonalds and Burger Kings too. I didn't see anything noteworthy about the march.

    Someplace near Montgomery I got chased off the highway by a state trooper. He told me since it was a federal highway bicycles weren't allowed. I tried to point out to him that this wasn't a restricted highway, there were no sign postings and that bicycles were allowed. He offered to take me into jail and let a judge decide the next day. I declined, even though I knew if MLK has been with me, he wouldn't have given up so easily. I got off the highway (he followed me until I did), camped and the next day returned to the highway several miles down the road. Several other state police passed me but didn't stop.

    I got done what I wanted to get done, but Rt. 80 isn't really the most pleasant place to ride a bicycle.

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Missing Mastiff- anyone seen this 150lb dog??

Missing Mastiff in Norwood Park. "Baby" is the brown Dog in image. Baby is about 150 lbs brindle colored brown.. escaped from a house on East Circle today. If found...call Randi at 815-401-6938.

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Volunteers needed

Have a little free time on your hands? Norwood Chamber of Commerce is looking for some wonderful neighbors/friends who would be willing to volunteer (sorting marketing material) at the Norwood Park Chamber offices (6133 N. Northwest Hwy) on Wed. or Thursday (1/14 & 1/15), from 9-5pm. Come for 1hr or 4 hrs. email info@NorwoodPark.org. Kids 13+ welcomed to come after-school for service hours credit too! Q: 773-269-9904.

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Edgebrook Community Association to host aldermanic forum for 39th and 41st Wards

“Meet the Alderman Candidates of the 39th and 41st Wards ”

The Edgebrook Community Association will hold a General Meeting to provide residents of the 39th and 41st wards to meet and hear from the candidates running for Alderman in their wards. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. until 7:45 p.m at the Edgebrook Public Library located at 5331 W. Devon Ave in Chicago.

The ECA sponsored General Meeting is a forum, not...

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“Meet the Alderman Candidates of the 39th and 41st Wards ”

The Edgebrook Community Association will hold a General Meeting to provide residents of the 39th and 41st wards to meet and hear from the candidates running for Alderman in their wards. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. until 7:45 p.m at the Edgebrook Public Library located at 5331 W. Devon Ave in Chicago.

The ECA sponsored General Meeting is a forum, not a debate. Questions for the candidates can be submitted prior to the meeting via email. Those with questions can submit to talk2eca@gmail.com.

The ECA will not take questions from the floor during the meeting. All questions posed to the candidates will be taken from the email submissions.

All ECA members and Edgebrook neighbors are invited to attend.

  • Please visit the link below which explains how participatory budgeting works. It is not one individual or a select group making the decision; the decisions are made by the residents of the ward if they want to participate, as Dennis explained. The 39th Ward does not practice participatory budgeting but I would like to see a change. I would like to see the diiferent neighborhoods in the ward become more integrated which may be accomplished if participatory budgeting was practiced.
    http://www.pbchicago.org

  • Hello Broom Hilda,

    "It seems to me that if any memorial was to be erected in Chicago and influenced by Chicago politicians then it should memorialize Chicago Firefighters and Police Officers."

    But not veterans? Why the prejudice against veterans?

    Police Memorial Wall: http://www.cpdmemorial.org/about/the-memorial/

    The Chicago Fire Department Fallen Firefighter and Paramedic Memorial Park: http://photos.innersource.com/Around-Town/Chicago-IL/The-Chicago-Fire-Department/i-ShnkgfH

    Dennis

Jan 07

Northwestside Irish Parade 3.15.2015

Mark your calendars for the Northwestside Irish Parade in Norwood Park on Sunday, March 15, 2015. For more info visit
www.northwestsideirish.org

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Health care facilities be on Alert!

Ilana Yavne is currently under investigation by the Bensenville Police Department for stealing medication from elderly patients in 2014. Medication was turned over to Skokie Police by her husband. Yavne is likewise under investigation for working at two medical facilities and violating laws by sharing patient medical files and other information. Yavne last known address is 5218 George Street in Skokie, Illinois 60077.

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Dec 26

Curious new construction homes still remain unfinished on Egebrook block

6232 N Lenox, Chicago IL 60646. Two homes sit unfinished since 2008. Photo Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty

I noticed these two new construction homes still sitting unfinished on the 6200 block of North Lenox in Edgebrook since 2008. The several blocks of this southeast Edgebrook location is better known...

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