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The "Spiral of Silence"

The Pew Research Center reported an interesting study about social media, specifically, a the "tendency of people not to speak up" about public issues on social media sites if they think their opinions aren't shared by most of their network. Thoughts?
http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/08/26/social-media-and-the-spiral-of-silence/

  • robin in WRP Tired and Cranky

    I have not seen this on Everyblock. There lots of loud "voices" on all sides of issues (especially in the 49th ward)

  • I agree. I just read the new posts to "50 Things..." and there's no restraint there!

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Joe Moore and Carl Good -- This one's for you!

In the thread titled “49th Ward Back to School Picnic This Sunday!” Carl Good challenged people who believe Joe Moore is an ineffective leader to:

1) Question him on the issues and his voting record.
2) Outline specifically what Moore could do better in combating this summer's rise in shootings.
3) "Force" Moore to defend his record on education.

Joe Moore accepted that challenge, saying: “I would be more than happy elaborate on points 1, 2 and 3. It certainly...

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In the thread titled “49th Ward Back to School Picnic This Sunday!” Carl Good challenged people who believe Joe Moore is an ineffective leader to:

1) Question him on the issues and his voting record.
2) Outline specifically what Moore could do better in combating this summer's rise in shootings.
3) "Force" Moore to defend his record on education.

Joe Moore accepted that challenge, saying: “I would be more than happy elaborate on points 1, 2 and 3. It certainly would be more enjoyable and intellectually challenging than what my "opposition" thus far has thrown my way. Let's see if anyone rises to the challenge.”

I’m rising to the challenge, Joe and Carl!

Anyone can look at the alderman’s voting record on the website for the Office of the City Clerk, but it is a depressing exercise in seeing how little of any substance our City Council works on. It’s all about approving awnings and sidewalk cafes, granting of “privilege in the public way,” or congratulating people and groups for existing or retiring. https://chicago.legistar.com/PersonDetail.aspx?ID=60995&GUID=FE2F5131-67D8-4FF3-8AD6-38962CDCA1EF (Question for the City Council – Couldn’t ANY of that actually just be part of a regular business application process handled by a non-political bureaucrat based on outlined standards? Oops -- not really. Not when votes on the mundane can generate campaign contributions for incumbent alderpeople.)

After searching through the first 17 pages of Joe’s votes on such fascinating topics, I decided just to review what legislation he’s sponsored, figuring that would be an indicator of what he’s really interested in being a leader on during this current term in office. (Please note that I don’t believe resolutions stating a belief or telling another policymaking body what they should do constitute a meaningful and substantive act by any member of the Chicago City Council.)

To Be Continued...

  • Suzanne Devane Ward 49 Republican Committeeman

    For 2014, Joe has sponsored 83 ordinances or resolutions. Of those 83, only three would be considered substantive public policy issues and they all passed:

    1) Placing a moratorium on the issuance of permits for conversion or demolition of existing single-room occupancy buildings and residential hotels.
    2) Increasing fines for...

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    For 2014, Joe has sponsored 83 ordinances or resolutions. Of those 83, only three would be considered substantive public policy issues and they all passed:

    1) Placing a moratorium on the issuance of permits for conversion or demolition of existing single-room occupancy buildings and residential hotels.
    2) Increasing fines for vandalism.
    3) Increasing the surcharge or fee imposed upon subscribers of telecommunications services.

    Joe – I had asked on another July 28 post why you hadn’t joined some of your colleagues in asking the IG to look into the spikes in red light camera tix and never received an answer. Can you address that issue here, since it sure looks like nothing but a money grab by the City?

    For 2013, Joe sponsored 144 resolutions and ordinances. Of those 144, again only three substantive policy issues were addressed:

    1) On May 8, 2013 Joe introduced 5 ordinances changing the operations and authority of the City’s Inspector General (Ferguson and not the City Council Inspector General Khan). None of these went anywhere, but were “placed on file.”
    2) Condo unit owners and their ability to examine condo board records. (passed)
    3) Establishing the City Council Office of Financial Analysis. (passed)

    For 2012, Joe sponsored 146 ordinances and resolutions. Again, three substantive policy issues were addressed:
    1) Protecting tenants in foreclosed rental properties. (passed)
    2) A resolution (that was adopted) calling for hearings on CPS plans concerning facilities, programs and educational policies. Joe – were any hearings held and what did you learn if they were?
    3) An ordinance concerning the redistricting of City Wards. (passed)

    To be continued...

  • Suzanne Devane Ward 49 Republican Committeeman

    For the first year (2011) in Joe’s current term in office, Joe sponsored 159 ordinances and resolutions. As usual, just three substantive policy issues:
    1) Three ordinances changing Chicago laws relative to fire protection in high rise buildings. Two passed and one was withdrawn.
    2) Clarifying the definition of curfew...

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    For the first year (2011) in Joe’s current term in office, Joe sponsored 159 ordinances and resolutions. As usual, just three substantive policy issues:
    1) Three ordinances changing Chicago laws relative to fire protection in high rise buildings. Two passed and one was withdrawn.
    2) Clarifying the definition of curfew hours for minors. (passed)
    3) Establishment of a Procurement Oversight Committee for the City. (re-referred)

    I would say this is a pretty weak record of accomplishment on issues of concern to this Ward and City during Joe’s most recent term in office, but let’s debate that point. Granted Joe is but one of 50 alderpeople, but LEADERSHIP does matter. Look at the advances being made at Senn High School for an example of how proactive and visionary leadership can turn things around.

    In terms of outlining what Joe could do to combat crime, I and others have made numerous suggestions over the last year. Joe believes it is up to the federal government to end poverty and enact strong gun control laws. Per his July 13 post, Joe said: “How do we put an end to this cycle? Until our federal government comes to its senses and enacts sensible nationwide gun laws and makes a real commitment to end poverty in the richest nation on earth, I fear this cycle will never completely end.” I don’t know how one “ends poverty” since it’s been around in every place in the world since the beginning of time, but there are plenty of ideas that could be useful to explore on the crime and education front since they are so intertwined. These would include:

    1) Section 8 Housing issues and balancing tenant-landlord rights. Dealing more quickly and forcefully with bad landlords and bad tenants can rid our neighborhoods of people who are a drain on the community. Criminal background screening of minors in families seeking Section 8 housing assistance is necessary because so many of the gang shootings have involved kids under the age of 18.

    to be continued...

  • Suzanne Devane Ward 49 Republican Committeeman

    2) In a time of belt-tightening in the City budget, make it easier for volunteers and parents to run after school programs in CPS schools.

    3) Work to bring a program to RP that's under the leadership of the Cook County State's Attorney's office called "Community Justice Centers" in which...

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    2) In a time of belt-tightening in the City budget, make it easier for volunteers and parents to run after school programs in CPS schools.

    3) Work to bring a program to RP that's under the leadership of the Cook County State's Attorney's office called "Community Justice Centers" in which prosecutors work hand in glove with the police and the community to target problem areas. It's been used to great effect in Uptown to deal with gang problems and get people convicted.

    4) Give kids who are from families without means and relegated to failing schools the same opportunity Joe’s kids and Kelly Cassidy’s kids have to go to successful schools by having educational dollars follow the child no matter where they decide to go to school.

    5) Rather than closing schools, incubate a pilot program to use these schools as the community focal point. In those areas where there is active community support, use the under-utilized space for public aid offices, adult workforce training and literacy programs, a community policing office, etc. Launching such a pilot would be based on the condition that members of the community would nominate a school building for such use and commit to personal involvement in making it a success.

    6) Rather than mandating a minimum wage increase, sit down with small business owners and their trade groups to identify what is lacking in younger and inexperienced workers so these issues can be addressed. It’s better in the long-term to increase low-wage worker skills so they can advance beyond a minimum wage job.

    More than ever, Chicago NEEDS City Council members (and state legislators) who are willing to do the hard work of developing policy measures that can begin to address the massive problems we are facing. Joe – what are your ideas? What will you be accountable for accomplishing for the residents of the 49th Ward?

    With that, let a productive dialogue begin!

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Alderman, Not Queen

This morning at 6:20 vans arrived at the Republic Bank parking lot and began banging together tents and a stage and setting up chairs for a day-long party celebrating Indian Independence Day. The event will include live entertainment and, of course, loudspeakers. The party will begin around 11 and is expected to last until at least 7 pm.The man in charge told me that the alderman had signed off on it and if I had any complaints I could take...

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This morning at 6:20 vans arrived at the Republic Bank parking lot and began banging together tents and a stage and setting up chairs for a day-long party celebrating Indian Independence Day. The event will include live entertainment and, of course, loudspeakers. The party will begin around 11 and is expected to last until at least 7 pm.The man in charge told me that the alderman had signed off on it and if I had any complaints I could take them up with her. When I told him that this is a residential area, he replied "So what?." This is absolutely the last straw for me. Neither the alderman nor the event's organizers had the courtesy to advise the neighbors in advance about this event, which belongs in the park, not in a residential area. Complaints about noisy events in the parking lot are met with indifference by the alderman and the bank. All anybody cares about is money. I think she forgets that commercial and political interests have to be balanced with quality-of-life issues for residents. I am tired of the high-handedness, of the lack of communication, of being expected to accept whatever she and powerful commercial interests decide to do. She was elected alderman, not queen. I think this is what you get when all the political power in the ward is in one family. I've been ambivalent about the alderman for a long time but this is the last straw. My home will be under siege all day. I want a new alderman. I've just learned that there is a credible potential candidate and am trying to meet with this person in the next few days. We need change in this ward. We replaced the alderman last time, but we didn't change the system. If the ward is going to work for everybody, the system has to change, too.

  • Cityboy Couch miner in Rogers park for 67 years

    I believe the grid system is in order now.
    I live in the 50th ward and signs were up last Tuesday and Wednesday.I watched as the street sweeper drove up the middle of Estes Ave.ignoring both the gutters and curbs.I saw the alderman at Devon Farmers market and told her about it and she said she will talk to the ward boss about it.The signs are still up a week later

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

    On the rare occasion we see a street sweeper they do a pretty good job. I have met the driver and wave when I see him. As for the signs, I had to call the alderman's office and inform them that signs were posted days after the sweep. I drive east from Kedzie on Rosemont everyday and noticed the signs on several blocks. After I called, they removed them.

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All Night Fireworks

It sounds like a war zone over here at Western and Devon, 4th of July was three weeks ago WTF is with all the explosions and fireworks?

  • The way to contact posters on EB is to click on the poster's screen name to access that person's profile, where you click to send an e-mail via EB. You can respond to an EB e-mail by clicking "reply" in your personal e-mail or responding via EB. If you reply via your personal e-mail, the person you're responding to will then have your private e-mail address. Hope this helps.

  • Karen, Can you e-mail me some dates you'd be available to get together to continue our discussion about bridging the multicultural gap in WRP? It doesn't appear that e-mail is active on your account. If anyone else is interested in joining Karen, Sarahdonnis, JR, and me please send me an e-mail via EB. Thanks.

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Reminder: Women's Baseball in Chicago during World War II

Here's another way in which women's roles expanded during WWII: The National Women's Baseball League (1944-54) included the Thillens Checashers a fast-pitch team that played at Thillens Stadium, Devon and Kedzie. Documentary filmmaker Adam Chu will trace the league's West Ridge connection in his talk at Northtown Library, 6435 N. California Ave., this Tuesday August 26 at 6:30 pm. The league was a rival to the All-American Women's Baseball League (1943-54) which was the subject of the film "A League of Their Own." His talk is co-sponsored by the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society and the Northtown Library.

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Deadly Mosquitoes Invade West Rogers Park

A woman in her 70s who lives in West Rogers Park was diagnosed with the city's first case of West Nile virus, officials said. Of the more than one hundred victims last year, around ten percent died. Technicians will be spraying Zenivex to poison the mosquitoes. You should stay indoors and close your windows while spraying is underway as an extra precaution, city officials said. Be careful because one bite can kill you. http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140819/norwood-park/city-spray-far-northwest-side-for-mosquitoes-wednesday

  • Yeah, She Chemist. What's your deal? You're being such a downer, throwing in all these "statistics" and "big words."

    Can't you just let me overreact to this whole thing, and let me stay anxious about dying from west nile virus?!?!?

    Can't you just let me demand FACTS and INFORMATION ... Just without actually having the most accurate and complete ones?

    ...cuz I don't want to learn things that will make me less scared!

    Seriously, though. What are you, some kind of elitist?

  • KKH

    Wow, Coffee. Maybe... switch to decaf?

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Where's the thread?

How and why does a thread get removed from everyblock? I was following one and POOF- it's not there anymore. Curious as to what happened.

  • If you remember the thread title, try searching for it in the search box in the upper/right corner of this page.

    Threads will get removed if there are multiple personal attacks.

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Dog Leash Laws and the people who dont care

Hello everyone,
This is my first post and since starting to read everyblock in September - I feel that the people who participate really care about this community and eachother in it as a whole.
Indian Boundary Park is an amazing sanctuary in the city and i feel lucky to live close and be able to take my dogs for walks in the park several times a day (and always clean up afterwards).
Which brings me to this question:
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Hello everyone,
This is my first post and since starting to read everyblock in September - I feel that the people who participate really care about this community and eachother in it as a whole.
Indian Boundary Park is an amazing sanctuary in the city and i feel lucky to live close and be able to take my dogs for walks in the park several times a day (and always clean up afterwards).
Which brings me to this question:
What do you do about the people who dont leash their dogs (and there are plenty in the am)? My dogs are well trained but we do NOT let them off leash ever because of the great variables that can happen. However - other dog owners do not follow the same decorum.
We have called the police (who show up - but typically after they have time to leash up), we have asked (typically with a response of "find a different part of the park" or we just get ingnored or a snide comment.
So I ask all of you -- What would you do?
How would you handle this?
Is there anything more I can do? (and no - i wont try to find a different park)
Thank you for you replies and help!

Jim

  • bf in rogers park hosp counselor

    I too walk my do at Indian Boundry Park and my dog is always on a leash and I always pick up after her. I see many people with dogs not on leashed and I along with my neighbors also have reported this to the police. I think all it...

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    I too walk my do at Indian Boundry Park and my dog is always on a leash and I always pick up after her. I see many people with dogs not on leashed and I along with my neighbors also have reported this to the police. I think all it would take if the police would catch and ticket just one person this might help. These people are think their dogs won't run off and possible hurt other people especially children. It is amazing to me that these type of people are selfish and think the part is for them and them alone

  • I still say lazy dog owners who won't take the time to socialize and "train" their dogs are the problem. You blame the owners who spend the time and money to that instead of yourselves. I don't go to IBP and I won't now that I know what kind of dog owners do there. LAZY ONES!!

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  • Permit issued for signs

    INSTALLATION OF ONE HANGING INTERIOR SIGN FACING NORTH TOWARDS HOWARD STREET

    7510 N. Western Ave. Issued August 19, 2014 Comment

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Noted Police Presence Around Rogers Park and School

I have noticed an increased amount of police patrolling around the school/park. My daughter keeps different hours than I do and said the same thing. My husband was pulled over yesterday for failure to use a turn signal, rolling through a stop sign, and a cracked windshield. The officer was very pleasant and quick. He let him continue on without any tickets. My husband drives a large, white, work van so the officer may have wanted to check it out...

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I have noticed an increased amount of police patrolling around the school/park. My daughter keeps different hours than I do and said the same thing. My husband was pulled over yesterday for failure to use a turn signal, rolling through a stop sign, and a cracked windshield. The officer was very pleasant and quick. He let him continue on without any tickets. My husband drives a large, white, work van so the officer may have wanted to check it out and definitely had probable cause to pull him over. My feeling is that they are looking for something bigger. I'm just not sure what it is. I have seen a lot of youngsters in packs on bikes riding around the park too. Does anybody know if something has happened? Also, make a full stop at the signs or you'll be pulled over.

  • Oh, okay! Your post seemed like there was some hidden reason for the increase in patrol.

  • robin in WRP Tired and Cranky

    The park has had several arrests for drug sales over the last 20 years, including heroin.

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Updated Aug 18

Racist Comment from Gas Company Worker

This morning around 8:30 music began blasting into my home from the street. Thinking it was yet rude car parker, I waited a few minutes but the music continued. I took the dogs for their walk and found the music was blasting from a truck parked mid-way up the block about to begin work for the gas company. I asked the driver to turn the music down, and he responded with an angry "I'm working here, I have a right...

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This morning around 8:30 music began blasting into my home from the street. Thinking it was yet rude car parker, I waited a few minutes but the music continued. I took the dogs for their walk and found the music was blasting from a truck parked mid-way up the block about to begin work for the gas company. I asked the driver to turn the music down, and he responded with an angry "I'm working here, I have a right to play music. What's the matter, you got something against Hispanic people or Hispanic music?" I told him that his behavior was rude and he couldn't cover it by accusing me of racism (I am white). Later I spoke to a man who appeared to be a supervisor (after the music was turned off) about the incident. The driver got out of his truck and said I was making too much of it. I wonder if he'd feel the same if the situation were reversed and the racism came from me and not him. It seems to me that some people will never get past playing the race card to cover bad behavior. I'll be complaining to the gas co about this guy.

  • Sandy in EdgeGlen EdgeGlen since 1987

    Loud music is loud music, whether it’s Latino. hip-hop. metal or the 1812 Overture. Noise is a form of pollution, and exposure to it can physically damage your hearing. You were well within your rights.

  • Is anybody surprised that it was People's Gas? They do whatever they want to do. This includes using my hose and tearing up my (and all of my neighbors) patios. Now they're gone and we have the mess and thousands of dollars worth of repairs. Who will file the 1st class action lawsuit?

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Updated Aug 18

Illegal sign gone

Sun-Times says that obnoxious electronic billboard at Lunt and Western was taken down Aug. 11.

(The company that erected it is also said to have Bruce Rauner as a "passive" investor whose campaign has been given $188,000 in free advertising by the company, the CEO of which is also the head of "Mayors for Rauner.")

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Devon Community Market

It's about half-way through the season and the Devon Community Market is really different this year. Many more vendors and many different kinds of products for sale. The produce was so fresh! There's a core group of vendors as well as rotating vendors who change every week so the offerings are always different. The entertainment and the kids' activities have also been very good. The improvements show what can be accomplished with community involvement and a good manager. Thanks much...

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It's about half-way through the season and the Devon Community Market is really different this year. Many more vendors and many different kinds of products for sale. The produce was so fresh! There's a core group of vendors as well as rotating vendors who change every week so the offerings are always different. The entertainment and the kids' activities have also been very good. The improvements show what can be accomplished with community involvement and a good manager. Thanks much to Mary Arents for all her hard work organizing and managing this year's markets, and to the volunteers who've helped her. I've been extremely critical of last year's events so I'm really pleased to support this much-improved market. I hope we can all show our support for the remainder of this year by attending, and then help Mary put an even better market together for 2015.

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Updated Aug 17

Retired cook looking to volunteer

Having just retired after working forty years in the restaurant business I am looking to help feed hungry people.
All
Religious and political ideals are accepted.
I live on the far north side

  • Cityboy Couch miner in Rogers park for 67 years

    Thanks everyone for your recommendations on volunteering. I think CatholicWorker will be a good fit for me.

  • Tenzin Rogers Park

    Good choice, Cityboy. Tell us more about the CatholicWorker organization

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Recommendations for playgroup/part-time preschool

Looking for a playgroup-part-time preschool setting to send my daughter for one morning a week. Any recommendations? Preferably in the area. Thanks!

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Updated Aug 13

Keys Found

I found keys on a lanyard on the 6400 block of Fairfield late last night while walking the dog. If they're yours and you can identify the items with them, please send me an EB e-mail so I can get them back to you.

  • Green lanyard? Sorry don't know how to send private message on EBAY.

  • EB is not ebay, it's EveryBlock. Click on Paco's name on his post, then click the "send email" link near the bottom/right of the screen.

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Updated Aug 12

Beautiful Orange Kitten seeking forever home

This is Martin and he is a 10 mo-1 year old orange kitty looking for his forever home. Martin is neutered, litter box trained, and healthy kitten available for adoption through Famous Fido Rescue - http://www.famousfidorescue.com/
Martin is a beautiful kitten with tons of love to give. He loves to cuddle up in your lap for some serious petting or relaxing on the windowsill checking out the scenery. If you are interested in adopting Martin or want more info please send me a message or email Famous Fido at fido@famousfidorescue.com
Thanks for looking!

  • slk long-time rogers parker

    Here's hoping Martin finds a forever home!

  • Michael Archangel Just trying to balance out the "haters"

    @Heidi T - Can you email me privately through EB? We are definitely interested. We have three and one is about 8 weeks old. He is in need of a playmate as our other two are senior citizens.

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