5 days ago

Updated 35 hours ago

39th Ward Alderman Debate?

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

  • Robert Murphy, thank you for the offer to discuss your vision, it is appreciated.

  • Just a suggestion to anyone who may be involved in the planning of the debate. I think it would be helpful to those residents not able to attend the debate if a webcast, video and/or transcript is made available. Thanks for organizing this! Looking forward to it.

Oct 21 2011

Updated 2 days ago

Speed Limit Cameras on Foster

How can we volunteer to have Foster Avenue, between Elston and Kimball, set as the first area to test the speed-limit cameras?

This section of Foster is clearly posted as a 30 MPH zone, yet because of the large area of parks and little parking there is a very large amount of speeding down this street. It's a real threat to pedestrians, senior citizens, children, bicyclists, and other using the public streets.

This would be a good place to test the system. Speed limit signs are clearly posted along the route and new signs wouldn't even be needed.

  • Albany Parker Jane Addams Community Health and Urban Development

    Ok so we all know about the graft for the well connected and the claims that this all has been "For the children" and the ridiculous light timings that could not be explained Well the facts are in and the cameras do not improve safety. They are all about the money. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/redlight/ct-red-light-camera-safety-met-20141219-story.html#page=1 FIVE HUNDRED MILLION in fines! How many lives has that affected?

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

    The Tribune and Redlight stories are misleading.

    They note that the number of T-Bone accidents have been reduced (which is good) but then go on to complain that the number of rear-end accidents have increased.

    Rear-end accidents occur because of drivers driving to fast and following to closely, not because of the Red-Light cameras.

    Slow down, keep your distance, and drive safely. Quit looking for someone else to blame.

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Dec 13

Updated Dec 14

  • Congrats to the Alderman

  • Miss Colleen Live in Jefferson Park

    I agree with Arena's support of the teachers union and all unions in general. I will give credit where credit is due.

Dec 13

Dec 12

Ald. Mary O'Connor only NW Side alderman to vote against minimum wage hike

O'Connor would like to see increase statewide. Her ward borders many suburbs.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/12/12/aldermen-discuss-vote-on-minimum-wage-hike/

Dec 11

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Dec 03

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Dec 02

Edgebrook area veteran honored

Earlier this fall Edgebrook area resident and veteran Joe Scheidler participated in the "Honor Flight" program in which veterans are flown to Washington DC so that they can visit war memorials and other landmarks. He served in the U.S. Navy.

Dec 02

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Dec 01

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Dec 01

Holidays celebrated at Devon-Central business district in Edgebrook

The Edgebrook Community Association holds its annual event on Nov. 30. (Photo by Randy Baran)

Nov 30

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Nov 28

Updated Nov 28

Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition: Meet the Chicago Mayoral Candidates Live and In Person

Greetings Neighbors! The FAiR Coalition invites you to meet the Chicago Mayoral Candidates on Wednesday, Dec 3. The meeting is open to FAiR members and those interested in finding solutions to the massive increase in planes, noise and pollution at O'Hare and Midway. Remember the changes at both airports were done without any real community input.

The next FAiR general meeting is on Wednesday, 12/3 from 7-9pm at the VFW Hall at 10 W. Higgins in Park Ridge. Please RSVP/let...

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Greetings Neighbors! The FAiR Coalition invites you to meet the Chicago Mayoral Candidates on Wednesday, Dec 3. The meeting is open to FAiR members and those interested in finding solutions to the massive increase in planes, noise and pollution at O'Hare and Midway. Remember the changes at both airports were done without any real community input.

The next FAiR general meeting is on Wednesday, 12/3 from 7-9pm at the VFW Hall at 10 W. Higgins in Park Ridge. Please RSVP/let us know if you are coming to info@fairchicago.org or via the FAiR Website www.fairchicago.org using the "Contact Us" link.

As part of the meeting, you will have a chance to meet in person, hear from and ask questions of several of the Chicago Mayoral candidates. Confirmed to be there so far are Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and Alderman Bob Fioretti. All Mayoral candidates including Mayor Emanuel have been invited. This will be the 11th request sent to Mayor Emanuel to meet with FAiR. He has ignored, dismissed and not responded to the previous 10 requests.

For all FAiR members whether you live in Chicago or you live outside of Chicago, it is no overstatement to say that this next FAiR meeting is the single most important gathering we have had and one that you must attend. Why?

Simply, the solutions FAiR seeks fly right through the Mayor's office. The Chicago Mayor owns and controls the airports serving the entire region, O'Hare and Midway, and the Mayor is the last and only missing piece at the table FAiR has created. With the right Mayor or the current Mayor doing the right thing, the success we seek is well within our reach. You can see why it is critical you attend.

One final item, FAiR does not endorse candidates for elected office. We present candidates to the membership to decide who is most closely aligned with solutions to the massive increase in planes, noise and pollution we are all experiencing.

Jac Charlier
jac.charlier@gmail.com
@citizenjac

  • Hello Jac,

    Any chance of getting a follow up report of the meeting for those whose old bones don't like getting out in this cold weather?

    Dennis

  • pattymelt is mostly in charge

    @Dennis: If you think the issue is important, you really should try to attend. If the turnout is poor, the candidates will think most people in the neighborhood do not think the airplane noise is a big deal.

Nov 28

Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition: Meet the Chicago Mayoral Candidates Live and In Person

The FAiR Coalition invites you to meet the Chicago Mayoral Candidates on Wednesday, Dec 3. The meeting is open to FAiR members and those interested in finding solutions to the massive increase in planes, noise and pollution at O'Hare and Midway. Remember the changes at both airports were done without any real community input.

The next FAiR general meeting is on Wednesday, 12/3 from 7-9pm at the VFW Hall at 10 W. Higgins in Park Ridge. Please RSVP/let us know...

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The FAiR Coalition invites you to meet the Chicago Mayoral Candidates on Wednesday, Dec 3. The meeting is open to FAiR members and those interested in finding solutions to the massive increase in planes, noise and pollution at O'Hare and Midway. Remember the changes at both airports were done without any real community input.

The next FAiR general meeting is on Wednesday, 12/3 from 7-9pm at the VFW Hall at 10 W. Higgins in Park Ridge. Please RSVP/let us know if you are coming to info@fairchicago.org or via the FAiR Website www.fairchicago.org using the "Contact Us" link.

As part of the meeting, you will have a chance to meet in person, hear from and ask questions of several of the Chicago Mayoral candidates. Confirmed to be there so far are Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and Alderman Bob Fioretti. All Mayoral candidates including Mayor Emanuel have been invited. This will be the 11th request sent to Mayor Emanuel to meet with FAiR. He has ignored, dismissed and not responded to the previous 10 requests.

For all FAiR members whether you live in Chicago or you live outside of Chicago, it is no overstatement to say that this next FAiR meeting is the single most important gathering we have had and one that you must attend. Why?

Simply, the solutions FAiR seeks fly right through the Mayor's office. The Chicago Mayor owns and controls the airports serving the entire region, O'Hare and Midway, and the Mayor is the last and only missing piece at the table FAiR has created. With the right Mayor or the current Mayor doing the right thing, the success we seek is well within our reach. You can see why it is critical you attend.

One final item, FAiR does not endorse candidates for elected office. We present candidates to the membership to decide who is most closely aligned with solutions to the massive increase in planes, noise and pollution we are all experiencing.

Jac Charlier
jac.charlier@gmail.com
@citizenjac

Nov 27

The FAiR Coalition will be on the radio again this Saturday, November 29 from 6am-7am on WGN, 720AM.

The FAiR Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition invites you to listen to our next radio appearance on "Outside the Loop" this Saturday, November 29 from 6am-7am on WGN radio, 720AM. The Outside the Loop radio show continues to rapidly grow in popularity having been picked up by WGN after building a large following of listeners. Congrats to Mike and Andy at Outside the Loop for their success.

Thanks for sharing the FAiR story, which is the story of tens of...

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The FAiR Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition invites you to listen to our next radio appearance on "Outside the Loop" this Saturday, November 29 from 6am-7am on WGN radio, 720AM. The Outside the Loop radio show continues to rapidly grow in popularity having been picked up by WGN after building a large following of listeners. Congrats to Mike and Andy at Outside the Loop for their success.

Thanks for sharing the FAiR story, which is the story of tens of thousands of citizens whose lives have been adversely impacted by the October 2013 changes to the O'Hare runway takeoff and landing patterns and the February 2014 changes to Midway flight patterns. These changes were made without any real community input.
Outside the Loop is doing yeoman's work on getting out information about truly local Chicago stories. Thanks Outside the Loop.

More about FAiR is available at www.fairchicago.org.
More about Outside the Loop is at http://wgnradio.com/category/outside-the-loop-radio/

Questions? Please ask. Jac Charlier, FAiR Coalition, at jac.charlier@gmail.com.

Nov 26

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Nov 23

Updated Nov 24

Why I Support the Sauganash Sounds and You Should Too

Greetings my many neighbors!

I'm asking you to support the Sauganash Sounds with a financial donation to this very important community newspaper. I am again making a donation this year. Donations can be mailed to Sounds Donation Drive, ATTN: Julie Gay, 22 Alice Lane, Lake Barrington, IL 60010.

Supporting the Sounds with a donation is important. As a longtime self-professed "community guy", the Sounds provides localized information on what is going on in a whole bunch of NW neighborhoods. The...

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Greetings my many neighbors!

I'm asking you to support the Sauganash Sounds with a financial donation to this very important community newspaper. I am again making a donation this year. Donations can be mailed to Sounds Donation Drive, ATTN: Julie Gay, 22 Alice Lane, Lake Barrington, IL 60010.

Supporting the Sounds with a donation is important. As a longtime self-professed "community guy", the Sounds provides localized information on what is going on in a whole bunch of NW neighborhoods. The information is often tailored exactly to a specific community. The newspaper is responsive to the civics in our area and talks about individual neighbors. All of this would already be worth my and your donation.

But what is most important to me as a community guy, is with the Sounds we increase our ability to build community and do democracy. Building community starts with being informed but moves towards getting involved. I read the Sounds seeing that all of the events and activities listed invite you and me to get involved with other citizens. When done right, whether or not successful, along the way community is built. "We are better together" is one of my many sayings.

The Sounds also allows us to do democracy. Democracy belongs to the people, not the political parties, government or even elected officials. Like community, democracy requires citizens who are informed, connected with one another, understand the common challenges they face and determined to solve those challenges. No citizen stands alone so the massing of more citizens around an issue is required to solve challenges. The Sounds provides an open platform for a variety of voices to be heard in the democratic arena whether those are for or against.

Thank you Sounds for information, introducing us to each other, letting us know what's going on, building community and doing democracy. All of this more than merits my donation once again this year. I ask you to do the same.

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

    I'd rather support someone local than support someone who moved far away.

    Shop local.

  • J

    The Lake Barrington address is that of the daughter-in-law of one of the Sounds’ founders, Nyra Gay. It really does not matter where the contribution is mailed to. Then again, if Bob is so concerned about where payment is received, perhaps he should get involved in the paper and he...

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    The Lake Barrington address is that of the daughter-in-law of one of the Sounds’ founders, Nyra Gay. It really does not matter where the contribution is mailed to. Then again, if Bob is so concerned about where payment is received, perhaps he should get involved in the paper and he can establish a lock box account at a nearby location?

    My resistance to contributing to the Sounds is mostly due to fact that there is very little news in it. Recipes and baby pictures are of little interest to me. I learn about more crime from EveryBlock than I do the Sounds. Every issue is guaranteed at least one picture of Alderman Laurino or State Rep. D’Amico. We know who they are and don’t need semi-monthly reminders. Report real news, instead of being the mouthpiece for the neighborhood’s political family and the paper may find increased support.

Apr 23

Updated Nov 24

Users on everyblock

neighbors, without sparking to much debate I am curious your views on something. Lots of accusations by many about others having multiple names, then there are the opinions that are often strong and heated by folks who clearly want to remain hidden. These opinions as you know can be everything from neighborhood issues to business reviews. What's your thoughts on that issue? Should EB revamp and require neighbors to display who they are? Just general thoughts and I'm sincerely curious what you all think on the subject

  • Dennis 25 year Jefferson Park resident

    So Joanie, are you saying 2 alderman are cyber stalking you?

  • joanie 20+ year Resident of Jefferson Park

    No that isn't what I said nor inferred. I'm someone who actually lives in the community and they know me. They're decent family men and well known because of their positions on the City Council.

Nov 21

Updated Nov 23

North Edgebrook residents express concern about Touhy traffic congestion

Touhy runs along Niles/Chicago border. Village is looking at ideas to help relieve congestion, according to Alderman Marry O'Connor (41st).
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/11/19/village-studying-how-it-can-cut-touhy-traffic-congestion/

  • Just for the record, if I had Harry Potter’s magic wand I would make both Moody and Melvina cul-de-sacs at the north end immediately south of the allies and make the north half of Hiawatha at Lehigh a half cul-de-sac like the one on Hiawatha at Navajo and Devon. This...

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    Just for the record, if I had Harry Potter’s magic wand I would make both Moody and Melvina cul-de-sacs at the north end immediately south of the allies and make the north half of Hiawatha at Lehigh a half cul-de-sac like the one on Hiawatha at Navajo and Devon. This would force traffic to go around the North Edgebrook/Wildwood triangle instead of cutting through it (the shortest distance between two points continues to be a straight line) as it does now.

    The argument against cul-de-sacs has always been that they also prevent emergency vehicles from entering a street and my counter argument is that I think that some place some where a traffic engineer could design a cul-de-sac barrier that would allow an emergency vehicle to pass through if such a design doesn't already exist some place some where.

    The second argument against cul-de-sacs is that they cost a lot of money and my counter argument is that the North Edgebrook /Wildwood triangle pays a lot of money in property taxes so we will be getting back what we already pay in.

    Dennis

  • Addendum: This would also give rise to the opportunity to close Hiawatha between SMOW and Wildwood school during school hours creating a car free campus zone.

    Dennis

Nov 23

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Nov 18

Updated Nov 21

FAiR Coalition on Chicago Tonight, on Wednesday, December 19, at 7pm on Channel 11 (PBS)

The Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition has been invited once again to be on our region's premiere community news show - Chicago Tonight. FAiR will appear live on Wednesday, December 19 at 7pm on Channel 11 (PBS).

More information about FAiR can be found at www.fairchicago.org. We are also on Facebook and Twitter.

I invite you to join FAiR! We are the leading voice for residents in both the city and suburbs impacted by the October 2013 changes made...

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The Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition has been invited once again to be on our region's premiere community news show - Chicago Tonight. FAiR will appear live on Wednesday, December 19 at 7pm on Channel 11 (PBS).

More information about FAiR can be found at www.fairchicago.org. We are also on Facebook and Twitter.

I invite you to join FAiR! We are the leading voice for residents in both the city and suburbs impacted by the October 2013 changes made to the O'Hare runway takeoff and landing patterns. Those changes were made without any real community input.

In addition, FAiR now includes Midway airport. Changes were made there in February 2014. Not surprsingly, these changes were made without any real community input.

We seek a real seat at the airport decision making table in order to find solutions to the massive increase in planes, noise and pollution over our communities, again done without any real community input.

Questions? Please ask. jac.charlier@gmail.com

See you in TV Land :)

  • Denise M Seasoned dog owner

    Saw your segment. Very well done. I wish there would have been more time to discuss, but I know nothing will be solved on Chicago Tonight.

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

    Thanks Denise. FAiR is having a general meeting on 12/3 from 7-9pm. You can attend that do get updates, ask questions and see what we are doing next. Check it out on www.fairchicago.org

Nov 21

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Nov 20

Chicago Tonight Video of the FAiR Coalition Discussion about O'Hare from November 19, 2014

In case you missed the November 19 Chicago Tonight conversation with the FAiR Coalition, here is the link to the segment: http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2014/11/19/complaints-about-ohare-noise.

Thanks for our tens of hundreds of supports in both the city and suburbs. You are doing great. Keep it up!
You can learn more about FAiR at www.fairchicago.org. We are also on Facebook and Twitter.

Questions? Please ask. Jac.charlier@gmail.com

Nov 19

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Nov 11

Updated Nov 17

Shop-N-Save opens!!

Welcome new Shop-N-Save at Milwaukee & Devon to Norwood Park! Grand opening is on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 9am.

Nov 15

FAiR FOIA WORKSHOP for O’Hare and Midway Airport Data

All citizens are invited to the Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Workshop. You do not need to be a member of FAiR to attend. Hope to see you there!

Jac Charlier

Edgebrook Public Library
2nd Floor Community Room
Saturday - November 22, 2014 – 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
5331 West Devon Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60646
RSVP to jac.charlier@gmail.com

WORKSHOP PURPOSE:

The change in air traffic patterns mandated by the O’Hare Modernization Program in October...

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All citizens are invited to the Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Workshop. You do not need to be a member of FAiR to attend. Hope to see you there!

Jac Charlier

Edgebrook Public Library
2nd Floor Community Room
Saturday - November 22, 2014 – 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
5331 West Devon Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60646
RSVP to jac.charlier@gmail.com

WORKSHOP PURPOSE:

The change in air traffic patterns mandated by the O’Hare Modernization Program in October 2013 significantly increased jet noise levels, resulting in citizens, civics and organizations (including FAiR) requesting noise and flight data from the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) via Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

TARGET AUDIENCE:
1) FAiR Coalition members
2) Concerned citizens;
3) Civic and Community Associations; and
4) High School/College students having an interest in completing a class project

COST OF WORKSHOP: FREE

Please bring:
• A laptop;
• Any reports and/or data that you may have already requested/received; and
• A data stick to share data with, and get data from, others in the Workshop related to ORD/MDW noise and aircraft flight operations.

RSVP: To the FAiR Coalition, at jac.charlier@gmail.com

• You do not need to be a FAiR member to attend the workshop

The Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition is a rapidly growing movement of citizens and civics on Chicago’s Northwest side and the near Northwest suburbs. FAiR is the leading voice for city and suburban residents negatively impacted by the runway takeoff and landing patterns implemented in October 2013.

Citizens and civic organizations are invited to learn more about and join FAiR at www.fairchicago.org. FAiR is also on Facebook.

Nov 15

Shop & Save Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Join our new neighbors this morning at 10:15am as we host a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Shop & Save Market @ Devon & Milwaukee new grocery store!

Nov 15

Shop & Save Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Join our new neighbors this morning at 10:15am as we host a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Shop & Save @ Devon & Milwaukee new grocery store!

Nov 15

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Nov 14

Stunning Home in Premier Neighborhood goes on the Market.

Elegantly remodeled: KITCHEN, BATHS & BASEMENT with HARDWOOD FLOORS, TILE & GRANITE throughout! A MUST SEE! Gourmet Kitchen, Finished basement with bonus room, updated electrical, NEW energy efficient windows, central heat and air conditioning, garage and spacious lot.

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