2 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Bravo to Robert Murphy for getting 43% of the 39th ward!

Although he didn't win, this was a great showing and an indictment of "Marge".

Margaret Laurino 5,840 53%
Robert Murphy 4,740 43%

  • Reasonable advice from Bob assuming that there is not too much ill-will (ie. water under the bridge). Following there runoff, I don't feel that Bob's line of reasoning will apply to Arena and Garrido and their opposing factions. Kiss and make up is just not going to happen.

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Hahaha no irish mick drunk murphy will beet my girl Laurino she is the boss of Sauganash and Mayfair deal with it!!!

16 hours ago

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Feb 17

Updated 2 days ago

Our Very Own Tunnel?

Alderman Laurino "join[ed] Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Congressman Mike Quigley, and officials from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MRWD) to announce" that a storm water tunnel will be built in Albany Park. It is to begin in Eugene Park, go under Foster Ave, and 2 years and $45-55M later. empty into North Branch. She "will be engaging the Albany Park community through a series of community meetings and public forums." (per 2/17/15 email)

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

    It's "Eugene Field Park" - Eugene Field was the name of the author of several poems and he lived in Chicago. Calling it "Eugene Park" is wrong.

3 days ago

Announcing High School Study Abroad Scholarship

AFS-USA, the world’s oldest and largest student exchange organization, is pleased to offer students in the Chicago area with an exclusive new scholarship opportunity. Any student from Chicago-area school who is accepted to any AFS program will receive an automatic scholarship of at least $1000!
All students from Chicago-area schools are encouraged to apply for these merit and need based scholarships in addition to the automatic scholarship of at least $1000.
Through AFS, you can spend as few as two...

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AFS-USA, the world’s oldest and largest student exchange organization, is pleased to offer students in the Chicago area with an exclusive new scholarship opportunity. Any student from Chicago-area school who is accepted to any AFS program will receive an automatic scholarship of at least $1000!
All students from Chicago-area schools are encouraged to apply for these merit and need based scholarships in addition to the automatic scholarship of at least $1000.
Through AFS, you can spend as few as two weeks or a full academic year abroad. And, as the largest organization of its kind in the world, there are more countries and themes to choose from than you could ever imagine.
Unlike many programs, all AFS experiences include international travel, insurance, and orientations to make sure you’re properly prepared for your adventure.
AFS programs and scholarships are available to anyone eligible for an AFS program. And, there are programs for students from age 13-18, freshman to senior!
Make sure that when you apply for college (or, in the future, for your dream job), you can state on your application that “I was an AFS’er!” As the most recognized leader in student exchange, you’ll make an important and immediate impression that may just make the difference you need. Plus, you’ll already have the background colleges and employers look for in global competency and cross-cultural communication – critical skills for working in today’s global economy!
AFS (and our more than 130 Greater Chicago-area volunteers) is proud of its tradition of providing global experiences to students and families in the area.For more information, visit our website at www.afsusa.org today or call 1-800-AFS-INFO.

4 days ago

Tuesday is election day! GO VOTE

Not sure where to vote tomorrow on election day? Check your polling place here: http://www.chicagoelections.com/en/your-voter-information.html

Feb 14

Updated 4 days ago

Love this.

So happy to be able to communicate instanteanously with so many neighbors on so many platforms - EveryBlock, Twitter, Facebook, NextDoor.

Please know that I am listening to all of you, including those who disagree. I value all your opinions.

There has been lots of things happening lately in the 39th ward race, including that I received the Tribune's endorsement and a poll administrator at the N. Park Village Admin building who works for Ald. Laurino was removed.

I'm happy to answer any questions you all have about these or other issues. Please feel free to reach out on social media, on my website, or by phone 773.710.8431.

4 days ago

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Feb 17

Updated 5 days ago

Get ready for Election Day

You can learn more about the aldermanic candidates in the 39th ward with this forum hosted by Albany Park Neighbors: http://ow.ly/Jeabt

  • CC.

    Pretty good forum. They asked some good questions.

6 days ago

Today is the LAST day of early voting!

Please remember to vote!

If you are not registered at your current address, you can register and vote today ONLY at any of the 51 polling places in the city. The 39th ward polling place is at North Park Village. To register you need 2 pieces of ID, like your driver's license and utility bill.

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

6 days ago

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Feb 11

Updated Feb 18

End This Nonsense: Time to Vote Laurino Out of Office on February 24

It is time for us to end the nonsense of one family multi-generational public payroll patronage in the 39th Ward. So, on election day February 24 (or better yet sooner in person at North Park Village) vote LauriNO out of office. LauriNO's days are numbered so let's do this now and move on to a better future. Silence on your part or not voting is choosing to support what we have had to live under for 5 decades.

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It is time for us to end the nonsense of one family multi-generational public payroll patronage in the 39th Ward. So, on election day February 24 (or better yet sooner in person at North Park Village) vote LauriNO out of office. LauriNO's days are numbered so let's do this now and move on to a better future. Silence on your part or not voting is choosing to support what we have had to live under for 5 decades.

Time to end 50 years of one family rule now or we might get even more as family offspring and relatives are lurking everywhere. Rumors of family member State Rep D'Amico being put into the Alderman's spot only make this a nightmare that will not end. Vote Laurino out now and the dominoes fall from there...can nobody else do the job? Apparently only LauriNO/D'Amico DNA can handle the stress of it all...many government jobs in that family, many taxpayer pensions, several investigations, two felony convictions (D'Amico) and one indictment (LauriNO).

Enough. Stop being apologist for this nonsense. We deserve better. We can do better. We need better.

  • Rudra Banerji Filmmaker and interactive media producer

    Bob K,

    Thanks for posting that. I'm glad that Laurino to trying to make Albany Park those areas better. Flooding is definitely an issue in our area as well. We had to install a french drain system to deal with the ground water.

    Will this system address that? Or just sewer overruns?

  • Thanks Bob, saw that too, SHES THE WORST :P

    This should help a lot of people when this is done.

Feb 18

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Feb 16

Take the Improvement Survey sent out by CDOT

Thought I would share with you.....

"The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) has launched a month-long, city-wide text and online survey to seek input from Chicago residents about what you appreciate about our streets and sidewalks and what improvements you would like to see. The survey is designed to help CDOT create guidelines for future improvements in the public right of way."

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1033908703289378

Thanks to Robert Murphy, for tweeting this information to his followers, otherwise I would have never known about it.

Feb 15

Updated Feb 16

FAiR Coalition Does It Again: Introduces Citizen-Developed "Game Changer" 1-Click Plane Noise App

New citizen website could send O'Hare jet noise complaints soaring. Try it. 1-Click from our FAiR Coalition website at www.fairchicago.org. Read the full Sun-Times story here.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/7/71/355924/faird-creates-new-jet-noise-complaint-website

Feb 16

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Feb 15

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Feb 14

Mayoral Candidate Garcia accuses Mayor Emanuel of turning deaf ear to O'Hare noise complaints

This article tells it like it is...Full link is here: http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/7/71/367952/garcia-accuses-emanuel-turning-deaf-ear-ohare-noise-complaints

"County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia on Friday accused Mayor Rahm Emanuel of turning a deaf ear to skyrocketing complaints about O’Hare Airport jet noise and signed on to the demands of a noise-weary group of residents.

On Saturday, Garcia will join members of the anti-noise Fair Allocation in Runways (FAIR) Coalition at a park that lies directly beneath the flight path into a runway that has made Northwest Side...

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This article tells it like it is...Full link is here: http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/7/71/367952/garcia-accuses-emanuel-turning-deaf-ear-ohare-noise-complaints

"County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia on Friday accused Mayor Rahm Emanuel of turning a deaf ear to skyrocketing complaints about O’Hare Airport jet noise and signed on to the demands of a noise-weary group of residents.

On Saturday, Garcia will join members of the anti-noise Fair Allocation in Runways (FAIR) Coalition at a park that lies directly beneath the flight path into a runway that has made Northwest Side residents miserable since it opened in October 2013. It averages flights every 3.5 minutes, FAIR contends.

Garcia and Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) are the only mayoral candidates as of early Friday evening who had signed on to FAIR’s “statement of principles,” which includes five specific demands.

Chief among them is a pledge not to “de-commission” any of four criss-crossing diagonal runways, even after a new parallel runway opens later this year. Killing off any diagonal runways could shift even more flights over city residents east of O’Hare already complaining about a bombardment of new jet noise.

Yet, another key demand is to halt an October 2013 take-off and landing plan in favor of a “fair allocation of runway traffic between existing and new runways” for both daytime and nighttime traffic."

Read the rest of the article here: http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/7/71/367952/garcia-accuses-emanuel-turning-deaf-ear-ohare-noise-complaints

Feb 14

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Feb 12

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Feb 11

Services for Vee Gallo

The Norwood Park Chamber of Commerce extends deepest sympathy to family & friends of Vee Ulrich Gallo, (age 51) who recently passed away. Vee inspired & motivated many clients over the years at her business, HardCore Fitness Studio. Visitation Wednesday, February 11th from 4-9pm at Olson Burke and Sullivan Funeral Home at 6471 N. Northwest Hwy. Chgo http://www.youcaring.com/…/vee-ulrich-gallo-memorial…/303892
The church service will be Thursday, February 12 at 11am held at Park Community Church’s Edgebrook Campus located at 6155 West Touhy Avenue, Chicago, IL 60646.

Feb 10

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Feb 09

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Feb 08

Video of 39th ward candidate forum

Many thanks to all the organizations and individuals who put together, and attended, last week's 39th ward candidate forum. The full video from CANTV is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyYrHcJIlwI&feature=youtu.be

Feb 08

In memory of Vee Gallo

With tremendous sorrow and the heaviest of hearts the Gallo family must announce the passing of beloved wife, mother & friend Vee Ulrich Gallo. Vee’s wonderful life and legacy will live on forever through her adoring husband Joe & eight beautiful children. Donations are being graciously accepted as the family struggles to cope with their loss.
http://www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/vee-ulrich-gallo-memorial-fund/303892#.VNfU9G_f-q4.mailto

Feb 07

Updated Feb 08

Still time to register to vote through February 21!

If you thought you missed the deadline, the Board of Elections is granting residents an opportunity to register to vote and then vote immediately during the same visit. Two forms of ID are required one with a current address. 39th Ward residents can register and vote in person Feb 9 - Feb 21, at 5801 N Pulaski. Saturday hours are available. See details at: http://www.chicagoelections.com/en/grace-period-registration-and-voting.html

  • Jac Charlier AKA Citizen Jac Finding Solutions to Shared Community Challenges

    And after you register to vote, cast your ballot for Robert Murphy in the 39th Ward. He will Build a Better ward.

Feb 07

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Feb 06

Updated Feb 07

Mute Count Dilemma

Unfortunately the message category is an EB "field" that is required, but there is no corresponding category although there certainly should be.

I've always wondered about this particular issue, but try as I may have been unable to turn up an answer. If you are muted by another user/poster and that user's/poster's account is terminated by EB, is the number of times you have been muted get reduced accordingly? When an account is no longer active, mutes from an "inactive...

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Unfortunately the message category is an EB "field" that is required, but there is no corresponding category although there certainly should be.

I've always wondered about this particular issue, but try as I may have been unable to turn up an answer. If you are muted by another user/poster and that user's/poster's account is terminated by EB, is the number of times you have been muted get reduced accordingly? When an account is no longer active, mutes from an "inactive user" should no longer be tallied since such mutes are no longer applicable. If this is not automatically done, it is a feature that should be implemented by EB. I hope a moderator will chime in and shed some light on this issue.

  • had to work within the limitations imposed by EveryBlock. It is difficult to determine where to even post this. Chicago-wide would be OK, but that is not an option. It would also be helpful if there was an applicable category, but there isn't. Then a URL (link) is required, but...

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    had to work within the limitations imposed by EveryBlock. It is difficult to determine where to even post this. Chicago-wide would be OK, but that is not an option. It would also be helpful if there was an applicable category, but there isn't. Then a URL (link) is required, but this applies to all of EB so I use the home page link (www.everyblock.com)

    There are users/posters who have violated EB community guidelines and consequently had their accounts terminated. A mute count from an inactive user is irrelevant. When a user's/poster's account is terminated, all EB users who have been muted should have their mute count adjusted/reduced accordingly. I put in a request to have this feature implemented. I received an email from an EB feedback staff member who indicated that they passed my suggestion onto the EB development team.

Feb 06

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Jan 26

Updated Jan 30

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!

  • Robert Murphy local booster, active neighbor

    From the organizers of this forum: "Thank you for your questions so far, everyone! If you have a question, or maybe attended another forum and thought a question there should be asked again, please send it to 39thwardforum@gmail.com for consideration. Please send them by the end of January 31, so we can prepare a great list for our moderator Patty Wetli."

    Thanks again to the groups involved in putting this together: North Mayfair Improvement Association, Albany Park Neighobrs, Hollywood North Park Community Association, and Old Irving Park Association.

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