Jun 12

Updated 9 hours ago

Concept Schools raided by Feds, DNAinfo, June 11, 2014

"Concept Schools operates... Chicago Math and Science Academy in Rogers Park..."
http://dnain.fo/1n6ASBc

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

    Any update on the on June 2014 raid in of Chicago Concept Math & Science Academy in Rogers Park (49th Ward)?

  • Joe L8ke Klout, Klout, Klout

    No. Any update on the weather in Des Plaines? Partly cloudy with a chance of buttinski?

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Updated 2 days ago

police action

This is a couple days late but does anyone know what was going on Friday evening around 6:45 on granville& artesian? Lots of cops & a paddy wagon. Haven't seen one of those in a long time.

Feb 24

Updated 2 days ago

DNAinfo Math

Wouldn't Quadri be a little higher than 3.2%?

50th Ward Alderman Race

Shajan Kuriakose 772 17.9%
Zehra Quadri 720 3.2%
Debra Silverstein 2,817 65.4%
23 of 40 precincts reporting.

  • Paco, thanks for your thoughts. The white haired lady that took my sisters pen and privacy folder at the registration table was the same one that scurried to the voting machine when my sister's ballot was rejected. Meanwhile, I reached the table at which point the Indian gentleman took the...

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    Paco, thanks for your thoughts. The white haired lady that took my sisters pen and privacy folder at the registration table was the same one that scurried to the voting machine when my sister's ballot was rejected. Meanwhile, I reached the table at which point the Indian gentleman took the pen and the privacy folder, insisting that I leave it with him even though I questioned him. I reached the ballot box as you were "initialing" my sister's ballot then placed it in the machine. The same thing took place with me. Sorry if that was you Paco as I respect many things that you have to say and you appear to have integrity. I have voted for over 40 years and nobody has touched my ballot or "helped" me place it in the machine. Perhaps everyone was trying to be too helpful.

  • Paco 50thWardFollies.com

    Please don't put initialing in quotes. That's what happened. If that was you I'm sorry it happened, too. And I'm going to take scurrying as a compliment. I wear a leg brace on long days and feel like a snail. In any case, I can assure you no harm was done, and if mistakes were made, and it sounds like they were, they weren't intentional. We're still EB friends. :)

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    From the article, "... Emanuel also lost the Far North Side's 49th Ward, ... ."

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Feb 25

Updated 5 days ago

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

    From the article, "... where Garcia won 44.1 percent of the vote compared to Emanuel's 43.6 percent,"

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

    Garcia can win the run off.

  • Dan 25-year Rogers Park resident

    A result that makes me proud of Rogers Park.

Feb 24

Updated 5 days ago

That's a rap for D Rose....

Aaaaannnnndddd another lost season for the bulls. I feel everyone's pain. I am crawling in a corner now. Gonna drink a 40.

Feb 24

Updated 5 days ago

Lost Wallet

I went to go vote at Daniel Boone Elementary That is last place I have seen it. Here a link of what the design on the wallet; http://www.snapnzip.com/content/images/thumbs/0006267_coach-mens-heritage-pass-case-id-wallet.png

Please call me at 773-710-1975.

  • Paco 50thWardFollies.com

    I hate when that happens!

  • We made him cancel everything at work... Sorry Chirag!

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Chicago 49th Ward Democratic Committeeman 2016 Race

Ward Committeemen - Cook County Democratic Party - Ward Committeeman
http://cookcountydems.com/ward

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6 days ago

Excitement in the 43rd

Congratulations to Caroline Vickrey, a West Ridge native, on her work to bring Michele Smith to a runoff! Throughout the city change is desperately needed and Lincoln Park is no exception. The hard work didn't stop on Tuesday though and I have faith that the 43rd Ward will get the alderman they deserve!

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Feb 20

Updated 6 days ago

Lincoln Towing Scam

A friend parked his car at Winston Towers #3 guest parking lot last night around 8:30. A guest pass was taped to the front window. This morning his car was gone, towed by Lincoln. He had to pay $218 to get it back. His MP3 player and I-Pass and other property were untouched. One wheel was damaged, and part of the pass was left where he'd taped it.

When he filed the police report he was told that the same thing happened two days before to a woman in a private lot at Sheridan and Pratt.

Be careful out there. It appears Lincoln is still up to its old tricks.

What do you think could have damaged that tire?

  • Paco 50thWardFollies.com

    No, he arrived later. The 6 a.m. was on the tow slip.

  • Herecomestheman Character assassin.

    So your friend arrives after 6 and finds his car towed?I guess he should have followed the rules and moved it by 6. Pay up.

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Mac OS X Mountain Lion 7.0

Does anyone have a disc of Mountain Lion OS X 7.0 I could borrow for a day or less? Thank you.

Feb 25

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Feb 24

Weeks Later...Alley Blocked With Snow

There is a disaster waiting to happen in the alley behind O’Reilly Auto Parts/Eng’s Restaurant. I went down the alley last evening and was blocked by a full snow bank. I had to back out and turn. I believe this alley is the fire lane for all of the businesses there in Robin Realty’s plaza and the homes on Sherwin, and perhaps the townhomes on Campbell. This is also where the multiple garbage and delivery trucks go in and out....

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There is a disaster waiting to happen in the alley behind O’Reilly Auto Parts/Eng’s Restaurant. I went down the alley last evening and was blocked by a full snow bank. I had to back out and turn. I believe this alley is the fire lane for all of the businesses there in Robin Realty’s plaza and the homes on Sherwin, and perhaps the townhomes on Campbell. This is also where the multiple garbage and delivery trucks go in and out. This plaza houses a restaurant, liquor store, laundry facility, supermarket (that cooks food), etc.

I considered calling this into the City of Chicago but it has been my experience that they are not responsible for alleys/parking areas. I have a feeling that the responsibility lies with Robin Realty. I haven’t had much luck with them in the past on other issues.

Feb 24

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Feb 23

Shajan Kuriakose Never Voted in City Elections

Thanks to a FOIA request, it is now absolutely clear that not only does Shajan not live in the 50th Ward, he never voted for alderman in ANY ward and, in fact, never voted in any city election. The images are a bit fuzzy because they're copies, but the info is there.

Feb 23

Updated Feb 23

Are you ready to vote? Hear what 50th ward candidates have to say.

It's not too late to learn more about the candidates before you vote - see what they said during a candidate forum hosted by the West Rogers Park Community Organization: http://ow.ly/JwUqo

  • Man With a Plan Working for neighborhood change

    Read this blog as well for more information on candidates: 50h ward follies.com.

Feb 23

Updated Feb 23

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    Vote results will be added by the CBEC sometime after 7 p.m. Feb. 24, 2015.

Feb 23

Wintrust presents Small Business Seminars: Top Five Workplace Issues Employers Face in 2015

...Bank -- Mayfair, 4343 N. Elston Ave., Chicago; Wednesday, March 11, at Wintrust Bank -- Rogers Park, 7575 N. Western Ave., Chicago; Thursday, March 12, at Village Bank & Trust, 234 W. Northwest Hwy., Arlington Heights; Tuesday...

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The seminars will be: Tuesday, March 10, at Wintrust Bank -- Mayfair, 4343 N. Elston Ave., Chicago; Wednesday, March 11, at Wintrust Bank -- Rogers Park, 7575 N. Western Ave., Chicago; Thursday...

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WRPCO Candidates Forum

Four of the five candidates for alderman attended tonight's forum. Only the alderman didn't show up, instead sending a letter claiming that Ahmed Khan's personal endorsement of Shajan Kuriakose and the presence of write-in candidates Fuji Shioura and Peter Sifnotis precluded her appearance. Too bad for her. She missed a great evening.

All the candidates acquitted themselves well. Each proved to be well-informed, well-prepared, and armed with thoughtful analyses and opinions.

Some wards would be lucky to find one or two candidates of this caliber. We have four.

Thank you, Zehra, Shajan, Peter, and Fuji.

  • Peter Sifnotis Candidate for 50th Ward Alderman

    Whoever you vote for, let it be someone other than Ms Silverstein. It's easy to vote for the devil you know, but take a chance on someone else this election cycle. Who knows if the candidate will fail? At least you won't be voting for someone who has proven to...

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    Whoever you vote for, let it be someone other than Ms Silverstein. It's easy to vote for the devil you know, but take a chance on someone else this election cycle. Who knows if the candidate will fail? At least you won't be voting for someone who has proven to us she's not up to the job. If Ms Silverstein were at a private company doing similar work she would have been fired years ago. Don't support inadequacy. Write-in Peter Sifnotis. Punch 53. Whatever you do, just don't keep voting for failure and expecting a different result. There's a cliché that describes that behavior and we heard it enough last fall, but there's a reason it's a cliché: because it's true. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    Bwahahaha!

Feb 22

Updated Feb 22

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    Joe Lake is quick to take phony offense.

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    2,300 phony comments?

Feb 19

Updated Feb 22

Jobs Announcement from Zehra Quadri

Zehra Quadri announced at last night's WPRCO forum that she has signed a contract with a company in the United Arab Emirates that will bring 500 jobs to West Ridge. She will be opening a factory that will produce hospital linens. A variety of jobs will be available, and she's looking at the vacant buildings on Western Avenue as possible locations for her business. Zehra tells me that the factory will open later this year.

No, it's not a campaign...

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Zehra Quadri announced at last night's WPRCO forum that she has signed a contract with a company in the United Arab Emirates that will bring 500 jobs to West Ridge. She will be opening a factory that will produce hospital linens. A variety of jobs will be available, and she's looking at the vacant buildings on Western Avenue as possible locations for her business. Zehra tells me that the factory will open later this year.

No, it's not a campaign stunt. She's been negotiating for the contract since 2014, and flew to Dubai to pitch West Ridge as the right location. If the business meets its growth goals, Zehra's factory could employ as many as 1,000 people in the next few years.

Positions will carry full benefits and on-the-job training. It's a good thing for West Ridge.

  • Thanks Paco for the compliment. Name calling is no substitute for factual information and proof.

  • Paco 50thWardFollies.com

    You're welcome. What name were you called? You got the facts and won't accept them. Just a lot of crackpot theories and goofy deductions from nonexistent "facts" made up by you. Amuse yourself. It won't hurt anybody.

Feb 17

Updated Feb 22

National Organization for Women - Chicago

Chicago Ward Endorsements - No Endorsement was made in Ward 49.
http://chicagonow.org/pacs

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    Living in cave?

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

    Still no endorsement by NOW's website in the 49th Ward.

Feb 22

Economic Development Plan from Zehra Quadri

The computer glitch is fixed. The plan is up. Take a look.

zehraQuadri.com

Feb 22

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Feb 20

Updated Feb 21

Lincoln Towing Scam

A friend's car was towed this morning at 5:30 a.m. from a private, guest parking lot at Winston Towers #3 by Lincoln Towing. He'd parked it at 8:30 pm and had a guest pass taped to the window. The next morning he discovered his car had been towed from the lot. It cost him $218 to get it back. One tire was damaged. His MP3 player and I-Pass were still in the vehicle but most of the guest pass had...

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A friend's car was towed this morning at 5:30 a.m. from a private, guest parking lot at Winston Towers #3 by Lincoln Towing. He'd parked it at 8:30 pm and had a guest pass taped to the window. The next morning he discovered his car had been towed from the lot. It cost him $218 to get it back. One tire was damaged. His MP3 player and I-Pass were still in the vehicle but most of the guest pass had been ripped from the window.

When he filed his police report the officer told him that the same thing had happened just two days before to a woman parked in a private lot at Sheridan and Pratt.

It's pretty clear that Lincoln towed the cars illegally. Be careful. It could happen to you. Note the pictures. What would cause damage like that to a tire? Notice how they left part of the guest pass still in the window? What crooks.

  • Biggest crooks in town! I can't figure out how they have managed to avoid being closed down.

  • Where are the pictures?

  • Paco 50thWardFollies.com

    Looks like I posted this twice. the pix are on the other thread, just above this one. Sorry about that. Same title on the thread.

Feb 19

Updated Feb 21

Debra Silverstein take undue credit? Indeed.

Debra Silverstein has taken credit for obtaining funds to build the educational garden at Armstrong school at 2110 West Greenleaf. Funding for this garden was obtained (well over $100,000) through a grant proposal to Openlands, a non-profit organization that funds projects which add green space to properties in Chicago. A group of teachers at Armstrong, along with parents, students and non-teacher staff members worked tirelessly, attending required planning meetings and professional development, in order to gain this funding. Silverstein did...

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Debra Silverstein has taken credit for obtaining funds to build the educational garden at Armstrong school at 2110 West Greenleaf. Funding for this garden was obtained (well over $100,000) through a grant proposal to Openlands, a non-profit organization that funds projects which add green space to properties in Chicago. A group of teachers at Armstrong, along with parents, students and non-teacher staff members worked tirelessly, attending required planning meetings and professional development, in order to gain this funding. Silverstein did NOTHING to obtain these funds, help build the garden and does nothing to maintain it. She was required to sign one letter to release the funding and that was all. Her involvement was not required, or sought. Yet she has wrongfully misled the public in a full color. 8 1/2 x 11 mailer sent out 10 days ago.
Shame on you Debra Silverstein. Just because you need to sign a letter in order to release funds, doesn't mean you did much more than that--so you shouldn't represent it as such.

  • Jeff Teacher

    I am watching the WRPCO's candidate forum on Youtube right now. (Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6ZUG46wXOg&feature=youtu.be) I encourage everyone to be an informed voter. Interestingly,the current alderman was a last-minute cancellation at the forum. I very much appreciate all the other candidates showing up and sharing their views. It will help me decide to whom my vote will go.

  • Peter Sifnotis Candidate for 50th Ward Alderman

    Apparently Ms Silverstein believes that allowing write-in candidates to speak makes a mockery of the democratic process (but knocking formidable challengers off the ballot isn't, apparently).

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