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Rep. Barney Frank: Idealism, pragmatism and why I support Rahm

"[P]ragmatism and idealism are not opposites. Pragmatism should always be in the service of idealism. That’s what Rahm delivers and why I enthusiastically support him for re-election as mayor."

--Rep. Barney Frank

When he was in Congress, Barney Frank was one of its most politically progressive members.

Here's why he supports Rahm:

"Last week, at the Center on Halsted, I had the pleasure of catching up with my old friend and colleague, Rahm.

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"[P]ragmatism and idealism are not opposites. Pragmatism should always be in the service of idealism. That’s what Rahm delivers and why I enthusiastically support him for re-election as mayor."

--Rep. Barney Frank

When he was in Congress, Barney Frank was one of its most politically progressive members.

Here's why he supports Rahm:

"Last week, at the Center on Halsted, I had the pleasure of catching up with my old friend and colleague, Rahm.

"Standing in front of a room of enthusiastic supporters, I was reminded that pragmatism and idealism are not opposites. Pragmatism should always be in the service of idealism. That’s what Rahm delivers and why I enthusiastically support him for re-election as mayor.

"When we worked together in DC, I remember watching how hard he fought for his constituents back home, very much including the LGBT community. As President Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm worked to get an executive order signed securing hospital visitation rights for gay and lesbian couples.

"In Congress, he co-sponsored the Matthew Shepard law to expand the federal hate crimes law, and helped me pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. He also secured $1,250,000 for the Center on Halsted from the Bush Administration. Whether on our efforts to pull the country back from the brink of economic disaster, or to pass bills protecting our most vulnerable neighbors, Rahm was always a key ally in marrying our goals with the strategy to turn them into law.

"I’m so proud to see how Rahm has led by example here in Illinois. He helped pass marriage equality and rallied mayors across the country to do the same. In Washington, when we needed to put progressive ideals into action, we called Rahm.

"I hope he can count on your vote so he can continue doing the same for Chicago."

--Rep. Barney Frank

  • Sorry, Joe - but I'm not buying it. Barney Frank has perhaps a cursory knowledge of the issues facing Chicago and how the current mayor has addressed them. He failed to offer any concrete examples to back up his statement. A vague endorsement by a retiring progressive Representative from another state with zero skin in the game hardly makes Rahm a progressive.

    I'm a pragmatist as well, Joe - and I understand politics when I see it.

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    "He failed to offer any concrete examples to back up his statement."

    Allow me to fill in some of the blanks:

    1. Over the strenuous opposition of the Chamber of Commerce and other business interests, Rahm pushed through the enactment of Chicago's first ever minimum wage. The wage will increase...

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    "He failed to offer any concrete examples to back up his statement."

    Allow me to fill in some of the blanks:

    1. Over the strenuous opposition of the Chamber of Commerce and other business interests, Rahm pushed through the enactment of Chicago's first ever minimum wage. The wage will increase in stages beginning later this year ultimately reaching $13 an hour, which will make it one of the highest minimum wages in the nation, second only to Seattle's $15-an-hour minimum. In fact, if you take into account Seattle's higher cost of living, Chicago's minimum wage is actually equal to Seattle's.

    2. Despite strong opposition from developers and the real estate lobby, Rahm is supporting proposed changes to the Affordable Requirements Ordinance, which requires residential developments that receive City financial assistance or involve city-owned land to provide a percentage of units at affordable prices. Under Rahm's proposed changes more affordable units will be created in the neighborhoods where they are scarce, rather than concentrated in the city's poorer neighborhoods.

    3. Again, despite strong objections from real estate interests, Rahm pushed through an ordinance that helps preserve Single Room Occupancy buildings and protects SRO tenants for whom the only other alternative is life on the streets.

    4. Over strong opposition from the banking industry, Rahm passed the "Keep Chicago Renting Ordinance," which protects tenants in foreclosed buildings from being evicted without any assistance. The ordinance requires banks and landlords who intend to evict tenants to provide clear notice and offer relocation assistance.

1 hour ago

Tonight! Forum on Public School Funding in IL

$how us the Money
How are Illinois Public Schools Funded?

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
7:00pm - 8:30 pm
Devon Bank Auditorium, Lower Level
6445 North Western Avenue

Panelists:

Illinois State Representative Lou Lang, 16th District

Ralph Martire, Executive Director, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability

Sarah Karp, Deputy Editor, Catalyst Chicago

For more information, please contact amytruelove@yahoo.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/746156608833199/

45 hours ago

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Parking Problems

Found out today that I do not qualify to receive a truck parking permit because I don't live here, but only work here 45-55 hours a week. I have a pickup truck. Thats it. I'm so frustrated by this.

  • Peter Sifnotis West Ridge Gadfly

    Right, but the point is that in a city that claims to be concerned with the working class, its policies disproportionately impact the poor. I am able to afford a $1200, 21-year-old truck. I shouldn't have to buy a more expensive car to skirt the backwards vehicle sticker pricing. At least the truck permit is free. But still, this doesn't help those who work in the city but live in the suburbs.

  • Pick-up truck owners must obtain residents permit for their vehicles, however,to my understanding, the permit is only ward specific. Sucks balls.

26 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Best place for Oil Change

Hey WRP,
I am in desperate need of an oil change (procrastination on my part). I usually just go to the Marathon gas station on Touhy/Western but I'm wondering if there is a better/cheaper place to go to? Anyone have any recommendations?

Thanks much!

  • Daddy lama there is no such thing as enough chocolate

    Midas at western and foster, you can usually find coupons online. I never pay over $20. Plus tax and disposal fee, includes 5 quarts of oil and filter

  • Fair on Lunt&Western

2 days ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Street Sweeping Season Begins Wednesday--Schedule for April 1 through May 18 Posted

Street sweeping season begins officially Wednesday, April 1st. Though the 49th Ward street sweeper is already out cleaning the streets as weather permits, today marks the first day this year that the city will post the bright orange "no parking" street sweeping signs on residential streets.

To view a map of the 49th Ward street sweeping areas and a schedule for April 1st through May 18th, visit:

http://www.ward49.com/street-sweeping/.

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Street sweeping season begins officially Wednesday, April 1st. Though the 49th Ward street sweeper is already out cleaning the streets as weather permits, today marks the first day this year that the city will post the bright orange "no parking" street sweeping signs on residential streets.

To view a map of the 49th Ward street sweeping areas and a schedule for April 1st through May 18th, visit:

http://www.ward49.com/street-sweeping/.

Each residential street in the 49th Ward is swept approximately once a month. Residential street sweeping this year will continue until the end of November.

PLEASE NOTE: STREET SWEEPING WILL BE CARRIED OUT UNDER THE OLD WARD BOUNDARIES UNTIL MAY 18TH.

Following the start of the new city council term on Monday, May 18th, street sweeping will switch to the new ward boundaries. I will publish the schedule for May 19th through the end of November as soon as it becomes available.

Special note for those who live in the portion of the new 49th Ward that was once in the 40th Ward: Your streets will be swept by the 40th Ward on April 1st 2nd, 3rd and 6th. For the precise days your street will be swept, visit Alderman Patrick O'Connor's web site at

http://www.aldermanoconnor.com/street-sweeping/2014-street-sweeping-schedule-for-40th-ward/

Also please note, our commercial streets, and Ravenswood and Glenwood along the CTA and Metra embankments, are posted with permanent street cleaning signs and swept once or twice a week.

How can you help? Remind your neighbors to move their cars on street sweeping days. Refrain from blowing or raking leaves or other debris into the streets. Pick up litter along the curb rather than leaving it for the street sweepers. Our street sweeper vehicles are slowed down by large volumes of leaves and litter. The more cooperation we have from community residents, the more effectively we can sweep your street.

  • daveP been around awhile

    email and text alerts....don't risk a ticket!

    http://sweeparound.us

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 50 + years

    If you live in North of Howard, please, please, please move your cars early Wednesday and Thursday or watch where you park the night before. Let's get all the winter sludge off the streets.

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 50 + years

    Street sweeping begins North of Howard in 5 1/2 hours. Move your cars before 9 AM please.

23 hours ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Workers Taking Your Private Alley Parking?

What should I do if workers on another building are taking our tenants' private alley parking spots to park their work vehicles? I was leaving work this morning and noticed that bricklayer workers are parking in our parking spaces. We've verbally talked with them but they're still doing it. What actions should we take so that they stop?

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Former Mayoral Candidate Bob Fioretti Endorses Rahm for Re-Election

Here's what he said:

“The city's finances are a serious problem. It’s grave, and I don’t believe Mr. Garcia is ready to deal with the problems this city faces on the financial front. I don’t think he’s demonstrated it on the campaign trail, during the debates and especially with his call for a commission to study the city’s financial problems.”

Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-fioretti-endorses-emanuel-20150329-story.html

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Here's what he said:

“The city's finances are a serious problem. It’s grave, and I don’t believe Mr. Garcia is ready to deal with the problems this city faces on the financial front. I don’t think he’s demonstrated it on the campaign trail, during the debates and especially with his call for a commission to study the city’s financial problems.”

Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-fioretti-endorses-emanuel-20150329-story.html

“We need a mayor that can dive in, rather than a mayor that wants to create a commission to look at the problem that his supporters say does not exist. The mayor and I disagree on many issues. . . . My endorsement is about which of these two candidates is ready and able to take on the tough financial challenges this city faces. For me, that candidate is Rahm.”

Chicago Sun-Times

http://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/7/71/477945/ald-bob-fioretti-endorsing-rahm-emanuel-mayor?utm_source=Chicago+Sun-Times&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=333567_BREAKING+NEWS%3a+Fioretti+endorses+Emanuel+in+runoff+for+mayor&ID=333567_BREAKING+NEWS%3a+Fioretti+endorses+Emanuel+in+runoff+for+mayor&dm_i=2JCP,75DR,2HTMZ9,FRAE,1

  • Steady Eddie quick on the drawl

    Suzanne I just can't tell you how much it sickens me when I see all those limousines from Astor Street and the Gold Coast parked next to the Howard Street Garden and all those socialites growing tomatoes and eggplants on our subsidized land. They all are Republicans free-loading on on the backs of poor tax payers in Rogers Park. Why should we subsidize people like Penny Pritzker and Abra Prentice Anderson Wilkin? They can afford to buy their own food and not mooch on us.

  • Suzanne Devane Ward 49 Republican Committeeman

    Don't mislead folks, Steady. You know Penny is a Democrat and she works for Obama. But yes, moochers are troublesome.

29 hours ago

Updated 25 hours ago

Mayor Rahm Emanuel opens big lead on mayoral challenger Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia

Today's Tribune poll finds Rahm with the support of 58% of likely voters and Chuy at 30%.

Some interesting tidbits from the poll:

"Asked which candidate was more 'in touch' with people like themselves, 40 percent said Emanuel while 36 percent said Garcia. Another 10 percent said neither mayoral contender and 3 percent said both."

"[T]he poll found Garcia trails Emanuel among union households, with the mayor at 47 percent to 39 percent for Garcia."

"The latest poll found 46 percent of public school parents backing Emanuel compared with 40 percent for Garcia."

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-chicago-mayors-race-met-0331-20150330-story.html#page=1

  • Steady Eddie quick on the drawl

    It's looking more and more like Chuy is going to end up in the same Chicago Hall of No Fame as Michael Bilandic, Dock Walls and Lar "America First" Daly. No doubt the CTU leadership will blame Chuy instead of taking the blame themselves for having made a very bad decision. I think they would have had a better chance had they backed Fioretti although they still would have lost. Chicago just isn't ready for a bleach blonde Mayor.

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5 days ago

Updated 38 hours ago

The final two weeks, volunteer to GOTV for Chuy Garcia!

Greetings fellow West Rogers Park Neighbors,

This election has begun! April 7th is less than two weeks away but we are at the start of Early Voting.

While I urge each and everyone of you to go out and vote early for Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and urge friends and family to do the same, it is just as important to get out the vote in the surrounding NE region.

If you are a supporters, I ask each of you to...

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Greetings fellow West Rogers Park Neighbors,

This election has begun! April 7th is less than two weeks away but we are at the start of Early Voting.

While I urge each and everyone of you to go out and vote early for Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and urge friends and family to do the same, it is just as important to get out the vote in the surrounding NE region.

If you are a supporters, I ask each of you to contribute some volunteer time during Early Voting and on GOTV Weekend to help turnout supporters and bring undecided voters towards Chuy!

We are located at 1144 W Wilson Ave right across from Truman College. You can vote early there and stop by right across the street to volunteer!

Some suggestions below:

-Join us daily to speak to supporters to urge them to Early Vote using our Predictive Hub Dialing system.
-Join us the weekend of March 28/29 and April 4/5 to canvass the local neighborhoods or make phone calls.

While these are just suggestions, you can join us any day of the week from 10am-8pm!

Some of you have already committed time, some have yet not.

Please let us know:

Date(s) you can come in:
Time(s) on those days that you can come in:
Whether you prefer to phonebank/canvass

Contact ahmed@chicagoforchuy.com or 773-800-0159 and leave a message with the above information.

In Solidarity!

  • Ahmed Khan 50th Ward Resident

    No one can deny the progressive record that Bob Fioretti had as an Alderman. A record most other Alderman would fear even thinking about. It was that record of working with progressive groups, experience on the city council, and sponsoring legislation that drew myself and others to Bob.

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    No one can deny the progressive record that Bob Fioretti had as an Alderman. A record most other Alderman would fear even thinking about. It was that record of working with progressive groups, experience on the city council, and sponsoring legislation that drew myself and others to Bob.

    I can't speak on why he ended up endorsing Rahm, yet I feel it is akin to a strawman arguement.

    With that said, I am not happy at all with his current decision, but not going to linger around on it. Countless former Fioretti supporters have already long been supporting and working to elect Chuy, remove Rahm, and reclaim Chicago. Alderman Scott Waguespack (32nd Ward) has come out strongly endorsing Chuy as well.

    It is not an anybody but Rahm thing. The candidates I supported each had exemplary track records in fighting for reform and change in in their respective spheres from Karen Lewis to Bob Fioretti to now Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.

    There is information about Chuy that would never fit in an Everyblock post. I suggest you check out his website and social media for his agenda, activities, and see the type of trustable individuals involved in the groundswell of support. He has more of a financial plan for the future of this city than Rahm and his paid media want us to think.

    Rahm has been terrible for Chicago. Broken promises, wrong priorities. A Mayor who works for hedge funds, banks, and corporations and looks to Hollywood for support. We have a chance to make Chicago once again work for its hard working taxpayers and families. Chuy has a record of focusing on the needs of communities, has indeed been a coalition builder (not saying that as a cliche) and has displayed those efforts throughout his career as a City, State, and County elected official and leader of what is now one of the strongest non-profits in Illinois.

  • Essam Your Neighbor

    Excellent response! This is why it is vital for all of us to rally behind the call and get out the vote. We need to have the ability to make informed decisions, and also show that we're not blinded by some code that keeps from making those decisions.

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    Excellent response! This is why it is vital for all of us to rally behind the call and get out the vote. We need to have the ability to make informed decisions, and also show that we're not blinded by some code that keeps from making those decisions.

    Thanks for not towing the company line of Fioretti, and making your own decision and for your efforts to inform the rest of us.

    Whoever we vote for, as long as we make informed decisions, I trust the people of this City will make the right choice.

    Get out and Vote, no matter which side you're on !

2 days ago

Updated 47 hours ago

  • Joe Lake Facebook, Twitter, Klout, EveryBlock, Yahoo Groups

    From the article, "... Charles Thomas asked if Mayor Emanuel would help the alderman pay off his campaign debt ... he said that's a possibility."

  • larry from crazycar.com Been trying to get away from here for too long now

    I don't think Fioretti will sway many voters, and I didn't see much in the way of a get out the vote operation during the general election that could help in the runoff.

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3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Indian Boundary Park Advisory Council cited among best in the city

The Chicago Park District named the Indian Boundary Park Advisory Council one of the top advisory councils among the 600-plus parks in the city.

I'm proud to be a member, along with Leta Dally president, Valeri Vanourek, secretary, and vice presidents Karen Vanourek and Dawn McNeal, plus member stalwarts Daniel Ebel, Jane Pranga and Michele Miller.

The Chicago Park District named the Indian Boundary Park Advisory Council one of the top advisory councils among the 600-plus parks in the city....

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The Chicago Park District named the Indian Boundary Park Advisory Council one of the top advisory councils among the 600-plus parks in the city.

I'm proud to be a member, along with Leta Dally president, Valeri Vanourek, secretary, and vice presidents Karen Vanourek and Dawn McNeal, plus member stalwarts Daniel Ebel, Jane Pranga and Michele Miller.

The Chicago Park District named the Indian Boundary Park Advisory Council one of the top advisory councils among the 600-plus parks in the city.

I'm proud to be a member, along with Leta Dally president, Valeri Vanourek, secretary, and vice presidents Karen Vanourek and Dawn McNeal, plus member stalwarts Daniel Ebel, Jane Pranga and Michele Miller.

Membership in the council is open to all. Check us out here:

www.indianboundaryparkadvisorycouncil.org

  • Steady Eddie quick on the drawl

    Congratulations. It's unfortunate that the Chicago Park District does not publicize good news like this. It's not even listed in the News section of the Park District's home page on the web. They have not even publicized Governor Rauner's freezing of State grants that will affect a total of 27...

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    Congratulations. It's unfortunate that the Chicago Park District does not publicize good news like this. It's not even listed in the News section of the Park District's home page on the web. They have not even publicized Governor Rauner's freezing of State grants that will affect a total of 27 Chicago projects at 25 parks across Chicago which stand to lose $28 million for scheduled improvements. “The Governor talks about a shared sacrifice, but his budget and decisions to freeze previously awarded grants ask the children and families of Chicago to do all of the sacrificing,” said Mayor Emanuel.

  • JR West Ridge Neighbor Since 2003 Resident of West Ridge since 2003

    The council has done a great job maintaining the park and field house...Congrats!

  • Essam Your Neighbor

    Congratulations!

2 days ago

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

ISO good handyman for WRP area

Anybody know a good handyman to service our area?

  • I also recommend AIK. Howard is an awesome handyman

  • Debbie Smith citizen

    Call Jim DiLorenzo, 773-454-6330 Lives on Talman in neighborhood, Recommendations upon request.

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Mar 23

Updated 3 days ago

Water Bill for 2 Flat Home, urgent question!

Hello all, my father owns a 2 flat home, non metered account. His last bill was charged over $900 for 6 months. Does this sound about right?? (2 floors, $490 for water, $480 for sewer usage). We are trying to figure out what other homeowners are paying for 2 flat or 2 floor 25' homes. We are considering installing a meter, and most likely will

  • T&K

    I called the water department. I was told I have a leaky toilet or faucet, and that it was recorded by the meter reader last September. I was never informed. The water department has a way of determining leaks, but no process in place to inform the owner of the finding. At least now I know and can do something about it. Thank you, neighbors!

  • Paco 50thWardFollies.com

    How can the homeowner not be informed? "No process in place" means that the job of follow-up has not been specifically assigned. We can no longer expect workers to use common sense in things like this. Instead the city keeps the info on file in case the owner gets an unexpectedly large bill and calls about it. The city that works doesn't anymore.

Mar 17

Updated 4 days ago

Do TIFs Rob Our Schools and Enrich Downtown Developers?

Tax Increment Financing (or "TIF") is the favorite target of many commentators and aspiring politicians. TIFs, they argue, deprive our schools of desperately needed money and line the pockets of politically connected downtown developers. Empty out the TIF accounts, they proclaim, and all our budgetary woes would be solved.

Crain's Chicago Business columnist, Greg Hinz, who got his start in Rogers Park as a reporter for the old Lerner News Star, just wrote an excellent piece on TIFs that debunks...

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Tax Increment Financing (or "TIF") is the favorite target of many commentators and aspiring politicians. TIFs, they argue, deprive our schools of desperately needed money and line the pockets of politically connected downtown developers. Empty out the TIF accounts, they proclaim, and all our budgetary woes would be solved.

Crain's Chicago Business columnist, Greg Hinz, who got his start in Rogers Park as a reporter for the old Lerner News Star, just wrote an excellent piece on TIFs that debunks those myths and sets the record straight on TIFs.

It's must reading for anyone who wants a clear understanding of how TIFs operate and a reality check for those who see TIFs as some evil enterprise or view them as a panacea for solving our fiscal crisis.

Below is a link to the article:

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20150314/ISSUE05/150319867/the-demagogues-are-wrong-about-tifs

  • Steady Eddie quick on the drawl

    Keep up the useless silly talk about TIFS but continue to ignore the unfunded pension debt of nearly $30 billion. Your twisted priorities are what is truly awe-inspiring.

  • Bill in Rogers Park Rogers Parker - co-founder of Glenwood Neighbors

    Hyperbole is not conducive to healthy debate.

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

ISO good optometrist in WRP area or nearby

Can anyone recommend a good optometrist for the area? Thanks in advance!

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5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Last Chance to Check Out Projects Proposed for Participatory Budgeting

Tomorrow is your last chance to provide your comments and suggestions on the proposed neighborhood improvement projects that will be put to a vote of the entire 49th Ward community in April.

Join us for a Project Expo TOMORROW (Saturday, March 28th), 10:00 a.m., at the Willye White Park Fieldhouse, 1610 W. Howard (at Ashland). Free parking is available in the lot just north of the fieldhouse.

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Tomorrow is your last chance to provide your comments and suggestions on the proposed neighborhood improvement projects that will be put to a vote of the entire 49th Ward community in April.

Join us for a Project Expo TOMORROW (Saturday, March 28th), 10:00 a.m., at the Willye White Park Fieldhouse, 1610 W. Howard (at Ashland). Free parking is available in the lot just north of the fieldhouse.

This is the next step in my "Participatory Budgeting" process that gives 49th Ward residents the power to decide directly how to spend the Ward's $1 million of the ward's "menu money"--discretionary funds received annually by each Chicago alderman for infrastructure improvements in their wards.

You will hear from five volunteer committees about projects they're proposing to be placed on the election ballot on Saturday, April 25th. You'll then have an opportunity to offer your feedback and suggestions on the proposed ideas.

For more information about participatory budgeting and how the process works in the 49th Ward, visit the Participatory Budgeting page on my web site:

http://www.ward49.com/participatory-budgeting/

The 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting Leadership Committee, the Community Representatives and I look forward to hearing your input tomorrow.

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    Mark your calendar for the upcoming 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting Election Day. Vote for your favorite 49th Ward infrastructure projects at the Voting Assembly, Saturday, April 25th, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Chicago Math and Science Academy, 7212 N. Clark St. (just south of the firehouse).

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 50 + years

    Bump

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    Thanks, Helen!

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Alderman Joe Moore's Follow Me on Friday to Pita Pit and BMO Harris "Smart Branch"

It's a Follow Me on Friday twofer! This Friday evening, I will be hanging out at two businesses that just opened next door to each other--Pita Pit and BMO Harris Bank. They are occupying two of the three storefronts in Loyola University's new apartment building, located just steps from the Loyola Red Line station.

Join me this Friday, March 27th, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at 6556-58 N. Sheridan. Grab a complimentary pita at Pita Pit and check out...

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It's a Follow Me on Friday twofer! This Friday evening, I will be hanging out at two businesses that just opened next door to each other--Pita Pit and BMO Harris Bank. They are occupying two of the three storefronts in Loyola University's new apartment building, located just steps from the Loyola Red Line station.

Join me this Friday, March 27th, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at 6556-58 N. Sheridan. Grab a complimentary pita at Pita Pit and check out the fun, casual atmosphere at the chain's newest restaurant. Then head next door and enjoy some beer, wine and soft drinks courtesy of BMO Harris while exploring the bank's "smart" new features.

Pita Pit's manager, Manny Valdes (left), will make sure you are well taken care of with made-to-order pitas. It's a fresh, healthy alternative to fast food, which explains Pita Pit's motto: "fresh thinking, healthy eating."

At Pita Pit you will find more combinations of meats, veggies, cheeses and sauces than anywhere else. Manny claims Pita Pit offers "over a trillion possible pita combinations." Though that may be a tiny bit of an exaggeration, there's no question that Pita Pit's selection of ingredients is quite enormous.

After enjoying your pita, head next door for some drinks at the new BMO Harris Smart Branch (see photo below), where branch manager Jose Garcia will show you the bank's Mobile Cash system, a new technology that allows consumers to video chat with bank tellers and withdraw money from an ATM using their smartphone.

The card-less ATMs allow customers to prepare a transition before arriving to the bank. Users enter the amount they want withdrawn in the BMO Harris app, and then hold up the given QR code to the smartphone reader at the ATM to receive their funds. The transaction takes about 15 seconds, roughly a third of the time it takes for a card withdrawal.

Come see for yourself this amazing new technology.

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    "Follow Me on Friday" is one of my efforts to encourage my constituents to sample some of the 49th Ward's finest restaurants, pubs and businesses. Each week on my Facebook page, I post the name and location of a local restaurant, pub or business where I'll be hanging out after work on Friday. The establishment offers specials for all my Facebook followers and their friends. It's a great opportunity for you to check out one of the fine local 49th Ward businesses you may not have visited before.

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 50 + years

    Amazing assortment of choices at Pita Pit. There was a great turnout and everyone I talked to praised the food. Vegetarians will find plenty to eat here as well.

5 days ago

West Rogers Park: Shots fired in neighborhood again--only ten days apart from first.

Good morning neighbors,

Around 4:20 AM on March 27th, shots were heard by Warren Park, near Arthur and Hamilton Avenues. These have come only ten days since the last incident, where several neighbors in the area saw/heard shots followed by a car leaving the scene.

So far, (thankfully) no injuries have been reported.

My whole family was abruptly awoken by the shots, which were very close to our building (we live right by one of the entrances to Warren Park)....

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Good morning neighbors,

Around 4:20 AM on March 27th, shots were heard by Warren Park, near Arthur and Hamilton Avenues. These have come only ten days since the last incident, where several neighbors in the area saw/heard shots followed by a car leaving the scene.

So far, (thankfully) no injuries have been reported.

My whole family was abruptly awoken by the shots, which were very close to our building (we live right by one of the entrances to Warren Park). We did not see anything suspicious, but more than eight shots were clearly heard.

About eight minutes later, we saw police cars patrolling the area.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have lived in the same place for more than seven years and this is the first time that we have noticed an increase in such activity/occurrences.

I have attended past CAPS meetings and while the police do encourage for positive loitering group formation and community patrolling, only so much can be done when half of the neighborhood's residents are sound asleep.

I know many fellow neighbors begin their work day as early as 4:00 AM and I would hate to think that one of them gets hurt while these unnecessary acts of violence are taking place right outside our homes.

Has anyone else heard/seen anything suspicious during these past few weeks?

I am definitely attending the next CAPS meeting to find out what exactly is going on (hopefully police have some idea).

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Two sweet cats need foster home

A neighbor lost her apartment this morning and rather than allow her two cats to be taken by animal control, I took them in. However I have my own cats and can't keep them. I am contacting all the various rescues but thought I wouls see if anyone would foster these two sweeties until my neighbor gets back on her feet. Thanks.

  • Mary, One male, one female. Eight and twelve yeats old. Front paw declawed.

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community development

have been away for a couple weeks. wondering what happened with the hospital linen business that was going to be developed ridge/devon? was that contingient on that woman who's name I can not remember being alderman? haven't really heard about it again.

  • Paco 50thWardFollies.com

    Mary, Zehra Quadri's plans were not contingent on her becoming alderman. I don't know where you got the Ridge/Devon location; none was specified. She is looking at various locations around the ward. Her first priority at the moment is the opening of the commercial test kitchen at her community resource...

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    Mary, Zehra Quadri's plans were not contingent on her becoming alderman. I don't know where you got the Ridge/Devon location; none was specified. She is looking at various locations around the ward. Her first priority at the moment is the opening of the commercial test kitchen at her community resource center, ZAM's Hope, on Arteesian. She's preparing for a zoning change hearing to make that a reality. In the meantime, she is also working on the textile business. It requires export licensing and other government paperwork that\s time-consuming, but, as originally stated, the textile business will become a realty later this year. Thanks much for your interest!

  • mary b lived in same 5 or so square miles for 59+yrs.

    think I read that on EB during the election. thanks for the update.

  • Cityboy Couch miner in Rogers park for 67 years

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If you live in an older house, it's likely that you've seen some pretty high bills for heating and gas. Check out the free energy saving installation services from People's Gas/ComEd: http://www.peoplesgasdelivery.com/home/rebates_direct.aspx
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Devon-McCormick Redevelopment

I attended last night's meeting on redevelopment of the southeast corner at Devon and McCormick. The proposal is simple: In exchange for green space where the parking lot now stands, a developer proposes to tear down the theater and car wash and build a 3-story storage facility. The key to the project is the green space. The developer won't go ahead without it. Once the asphalt is torn up and replaced by turf, the deal would close in 45 days...

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I attended last night's meeting on redevelopment of the southeast corner at Devon and McCormick. The proposal is simple: In exchange for green space where the parking lot now stands, a developer proposes to tear down the theater and car wash and build a 3-story storage facility. The key to the project is the green space. The developer won't go ahead without it. Once the asphalt is torn up and replaced by turf, the deal would close in 45 days and demolition would begin.

Many at the meeting feel that only a business with no need for parking can be built at what is referred to as the "gateway" to West Ridge. Although redeveloping the theater as a cultural center was also proposed, representatives of the property owner were not interested.

The feeling of many at the meeting is that anything is better than what's there now--two buildings that the owner has neglected, that have attracted taggers and other criminals (the buildings have been broken into) and that have become an eyesore. There was equal feeling that we can do better than a storage facility. The site has been in this state for years. I think a few more weeks of community input won't hurt.

JCCWRP leaders are meeting with Chicago Park District officials later this week to discuss the park district's taking over management of the green space. If CPD declines, the community through one of its neighbor organizations could assume responsibility. There are many unanswered questions.

It's important that a much larger cross-section of the community attend the next meeting. This is close to being a done deal. The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District is ready to tear up the asphalt ASAP. Once that's done, the community has no say in the project.

Another meeting will be scheduled. A fuller explanation of what happened is on my blog.

Mar 25

New place to order delivery??

What is your favorite delivery place in RP?
I am looking for lunch . Sadly the only Matzo ball soup delivery has a $25 delivery minimum. :(

Mar 25

Updated Mar 25

Sun-Times Praises Sullivan High School's Restorative Justice Program

Sullivan High School and its dynamic new principal, Chad Adams, won high praise today from the Chicago Sun-Times for the school's innovative Restorative Justice Program.

Rather than kicking troubled kids out of school, the program helps students take responsibility for their actions and make amends to the individuals they harmed.

The results: out-of-school suspensions at Sullivan are down 73 percent, incidents of misconduct have dropped 45 percent and average daily attendance increased from 80 percent two years ago to 90...

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Sullivan High School and its dynamic new principal, Chad Adams, won high praise today from the Chicago Sun-Times for the school's innovative Restorative Justice Program.

Rather than kicking troubled kids out of school, the program helps students take responsibility for their actions and make amends to the individuals they harmed.

The results: out-of-school suspensions at Sullivan are down 73 percent, incidents of misconduct have dropped 45 percent and average daily attendance increased from 80 percent two years ago to 90 percent today.

The Sun-Times editorial calls upon the Chicago Public Schools to follow Sullivan's lead in a program that focuses on changing behavior, rather than simply punishing behavior.

Congratulations to Principal Adams and the teachers, staff and students at Sullivan. Job well done!

Here's a link to the Sun-Times editorial:

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/7/71/466884/editorial-cps-discipline-2

  • Steady Eddie quick on the drawl

    Congratulations are in order for students, staff and administration.

Mar 25

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Updated Mar 25

Shots Fired 12:30 AM West Rogers Park

Around 12:30 AM, five shots were fired at the corner of west Arthur Ave. and North Hamilton Ave. About a minute later, a man in a dark hoodie ran and entered a car and sped away east on Arthur. Several minutes later cops arrived and started looking for bullet casings. After 40 minutes, it seems that the cops were unsuccessful, but are continuing to patrol the area. I'm wondering what (or who) the intended target was-- since the direction of...

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Around 12:30 AM, five shots were fired at the corner of west Arthur Ave. and North Hamilton Ave. About a minute later, a man in a dark hoodie ran and entered a car and sped away east on Arthur. Several minutes later cops arrived and started looking for bullet casings. After 40 minutes, it seems that the cops were unsuccessful, but are continuing to patrol the area. I'm wondering what (or who) the intended target was-- since the direction of the shots are still not identified.

I've been living in the area for 8 years and I've only witnessed one drive by shooting (same intersection, actually-- five years ago). The intended target was a rival gang member walking his dog who was injured but got away in a separate car.

Has anyone else in the area noticed any increase in violence and shootings that go unreported by the media?

With the lack of parking in the area, I am always making rounds trying to find parking after work around 12:30. The fact that this happened right on my block, when neighbors are walking their dog or walking home-- is unsettling.

  • Alexandru Vasile Luca seeley and Jarvis

    Hey Robin, if you told me the sky was orange I would believe you bc it is the truth. The sky does turn orange when the sun sets bc of the position of the sun? So what's your point? My point is that non for profit community organizations such as CAPS should be run by people whose first interest is he community and neighborhood and crime prevention, not Chhhhhaaaaashhhh Maaahhhhneyyyy.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Mr. Luca - who do think runs CAPS? And who is Chash Mahney?

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Find out what's Proposed for this Year's Participatory Budgeting Election Ballot

If you've been a 49th Ward resident for a while, you know that I employ a process called "participatory budgeting." Known as "PB49," this process gives the residents of my ward the power to decide directly how to spend $1 million of the Ward's "menu money," discretionary funds received annually by each Chicago alderman for infrastructure improvements in their wards.

I invite you to attend one of the upcoming PB49 PROJECT EXPOS to learn about the proposed neighborhood improvement projects...

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If you've been a 49th Ward resident for a while, you know that I employ a process called "participatory budgeting." Known as "PB49," this process gives the residents of my ward the power to decide directly how to spend $1 million of the Ward's "menu money," discretionary funds received annually by each Chicago alderman for infrastructure improvements in their wards.

I invite you to attend one of the upcoming PB49 PROJECT EXPOS to learn about the proposed neighborhood improvement projects for this year and provide your feedback. The project proposals have been put together by neighborhood volunteers, who've been working hard the last five months researching and crafting the proposals for your consideration.

You need only go to one of the Expos. The dates, times and locations of the Expos are as follows:

Tuesday, March 24th, 7:00 p.m., Sullivan High School, 6631 N. Bosworth (between North Shore and Albion).

Saturday, March 28th, 10:00 a.m., Willye White Park Fieldhouse, 1610 W. Howard (at Ashland).

For more information about on the PB process and Expos, visit:

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/157561_322.htm

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    Don't forget to stop by tonight and find out what your neighbors are proposing for this years's participatory budgeting election.

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Mar 22

Come to the St. Baldrick's Event TODAY at Jarvis Square and Help Kids with Cancer

If you're looking for a fun activity today, I have just the event for you. And you can help a worthy cause at the same time.

R Public House is hosting its fourth annual St. Baldrick's Head Shaving Event at Jarvis Square TODAY (Sunday March 22nd), 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. The event helps raise money and awareness for research and treatments for kids battling childhood cancer.

Sean Kelly, has put together a team of folks who have agreed to...

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If you're looking for a fun activity today, I have just the event for you. And you can help a worthy cause at the same time.

R Public House is hosting its fourth annual St. Baldrick's Head Shaving Event at Jarvis Square TODAY (Sunday March 22nd), 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. The event helps raise money and awareness for research and treatments for kids battling childhood cancer.

Sean Kelly, has put together a team of folks who have agreed to shave their heads to raise money for this incredibly worthy cause.

Look for the heated tent on Jarvis just west of Greenview. Plenty of music, food and refreshments will be available

It's not too late to volunteer as a shavee or simply donate to the cause, visit:

https://www.stbaldricks.org/teams/mypage/96715/2015

To find out more about the St. Baldrick's foundation and the wonderful work they do on behalf of children with cancer, visit:

http://www.stbaldricks.org/

I hope to see you there.

Mar 22

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