16 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Neighbors out of control. What to do?

The situation with my neighbors has gone from bad to worse in the last few months. They used to just be annoying and inconsiderate, but since this woman's kids were taken away and her husband went to jail, it's become the sketch-town square. Random people coming and going at all hours, gang fights between her place and the house next door in front of my house, more dogs in the yard by the day (or running loose in the street),...

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The situation with my neighbors has gone from bad to worse in the last few months. They used to just be annoying and inconsiderate, but since this woman's kids were taken away and her husband went to jail, it's become the sketch-town square. Random people coming and going at all hours, gang fights between her place and the house next door in front of my house, more dogs in the yard by the day (or running loose in the street), more trash thrown in my yard, people yelling and screaming at each other endlessly. What can I do?!? We call the cops when something clearly illegal happens but it's rarely clearly illegal. They are basically squatting this house. It's owned by a complete slum lord who doesn't give a care what happens and is just holding on to the place till he can sell it for a huge profit. But it's the very people in the houses go are keeping the property values low.

I know I sound like a whiny white person and I'm sort of annoying myself. And really when it was just irritating I could deal. But it's at the point where it's getting dangerous and I'm hesitant to even go outside for a walk at night.

Suggestions other than "call 911" and call your alderman" welcome. We do call 911 and the alderman isn't going to do anything.

  • I can tell you what we did w a similar situation: We tracked down the absentee landlord. It wasn't easy, but through clues given to us by disgruntled tenants and Cook County records, we were able to find his real address (Wilmette) and phone number. I composed a quasi-legal sounding...

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    I can tell you what we did w a similar situation: We tracked down the absentee landlord. It wasn't easy, but through clues given to us by disgruntled tenants and Cook County records, we were able to find his real address (Wilmette) and phone number. I composed a quasi-legal sounding letter informing him of the intolerable conditions imposed on the neighborhood due to him renting to a gang member and drug dealer. I asked that he address the situation, or we would be forced to start the process of having the property declared a "disorderly house," which could lead to confiscation. My neighbors co-signed the letter, and we sent it via certified mail to Mr. Wilmette. He almost immediately put the house on the market. It sold within 6 months, and the new owner evicted the problem tenant.

  • C. M. D. Avondale Triangle resident

    As mentioned above, you need to get your neighbors on board with getting rid of the bad element. Call 911 for anything that looks even slightly illegal (the cops use "calls for service" at an address to designate something a "problem propert"), get your neighbors to do the same thing...

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    As mentioned above, you need to get your neighbors on board with getting rid of the bad element. Call 911 for anything that looks even slightly illegal (the cops use "calls for service" at an address to designate something a "problem propert"), get your neighbors to do the same thing at the same time, via a mailing list or phone tree. Get your alderman's office involved. Check the Cook County Assessors website to see who owns the property, and start calling them, too. The State's Attorney can petition to have a property taken away from an owner if they can prove the owner was aware of criminal activity. Look up the statute, mail it to the owners with a letter about the intolerable conditions. Go to the CAPS meeting and talk about tge issue - combined with 911 calls, the CAPS office may calk in a "problem buildint
    We did this in my street a few years ago. It took a lot of calls, visits to the alderman's office, the formation of an phone tree, but we got rid them.

6 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Bike accident can anyone help?

My girlfriend was hit today (Tuesday 9/30) at 5:30 at the intersection of altgeld and California. She was riding her bike and a woman in a jeep hit her while crossing. In her confusion and daze my girlfriend denied help but now regrets this and needs help finding this woman. If anyone saw the accident and has info. Please help. Thank you.

  • Key word is "regrets".....consider this a lesson learned. When in an accident ALWAYS call the Police.

  • I have a friend that specializes in bike accidents. He is a lawyer. Also you can write a letter and request camera footage if available.

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