23 hours ago

Updated 14 min ago

Failed Health Inspections

More than 50 licensed Chicago restaurants failed inspections at least three times each this year, a review of city data shows.

Six of the eateries -- Trinity Bar, Taj Mahal, Hana Restaurant, Fischman's Wagyu Wagon, Nueovo Leon Restaurant, and Lawndale Food Market -- each failed four separate health inspections.

Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/business/chicago-health-inspection-data-2014-286365721.html#ixzz3MP8ohDjI
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  • LadyLord Portage Park citizen

    Yeah, no running water on truck means you can't wash your hands, or anything else. That's a problem in the food service industry.

  • joanie 20+ year Resident of Jefferson Park

    Some people that I know from the South Side, including some Mexican natives, rave that Nueovo Leon is the best Mexican restaurant in Chicago. It's located in the Pilsen neighborhood and is considered a destination restaurant. I'm surprised to see it on this list, given the high praise from people I know and reviews that I've read.

Oct 21 2011

Updated 13 hours ago

Speed Limit Cameras on Foster

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

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

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

  • Albany Parker Jane Addams Community Health and Urban Development

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

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

    The Tribune and Redlight stories are misleading.

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

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

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

Dec 05

Updated 23 hours ago

Argyle and Long Update

During the past week, my office has received several calls and emails regarding a potential project at the empty lot on the northeast corner of Argyle and Long, across the street from the Jefferson Park Metra station.

I want to update you on the status of the site. Right now, there is no pending proposal.

Earlier this year, the owner of the land had proposed a 4 and one-half story, 48-unit development on the site. In late Spring, residents came...

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During the past week, my office has received several calls and emails regarding a potential project at the empty lot on the northeast corner of Argyle and Long, across the street from the Jefferson Park Metra station.

I want to update you on the status of the site. Right now, there is no pending proposal.

Earlier this year, the owner of the land had proposed a 4 and one-half story, 48-unit development on the site. In late Spring, residents came to my office and expressed concerns about the project. I took those concerns back to the property owner, and, at this point, we are waiting on an updated proposal.

I want to assure you that, as with every other zoning change, any proposed zoning change must be presented to residents during a community meeting. I require that anyone seeking a zoning change send a notice to everyone owning property within 500 feet, and we plan those meetings for evening hours at locations in the community.

Once we have a pending proposal for this site, we will schedule that meeting.

Dec 10

Updated 2 days ago

City budget approved by wide margin; only one NW Side alderman votes against it

City Council approves city budget. Local aldermen would like more officers hired.
Arena is only NW Side alderman to vote against budget.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/12/05/most-nw-side-alderman-back-2015-budget/

  • Personally, can't wait for cider!! And, seriously, most of the people picking up pot prob already have it!!! Like the large number of non medical users.

  • joanie 20+ year Resident of Jefferson Park

    First I want to state that I'm not against medical marijuana or legalizing it for that matter. Not too long ago I saw a report about security for the facilities and transport. The news report depicted armed guards accompanying the transport of the goods. These facilities may very well become...

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    First I want to state that I'm not against medical marijuana or legalizing it for that matter. Not too long ago I saw a report about security for the facilities and transport. The news report depicted armed guards accompanying the transport of the goods. These facilities may very well become high profile targets for gangs and strong arm robberies. This concerns me far more than people coming into the facility to pick up their prescription.

    Security arrangements and safety should be part of any discussion going forward with these dispensaries. Our police resources are already stretched thin in the 16th District.

3 days ago

Blue Christmas & Kid's Christmas

Hello! Friendly reminder that Elston Avenue United Methodist Church (the church at 5850 N Elston, just north of Coletti's by Kolping) has upcoming events for you to get into the holiday spirit and worship this Christmas.

This Sunday at 10:30 our worship service will be the kid's play Isaiah Jones & The Seekers of the Lost Treasure (music, dance, Jesus, video games, you couldn't really ask for anything more). Sunday at 7 p.m. there will be a Blue Christmas service...

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Hello! Friendly reminder that Elston Avenue United Methodist Church (the church at 5850 N Elston, just north of Coletti's by Kolping) has upcoming events for you to get into the holiday spirit and worship this Christmas.

This Sunday at 10:30 our worship service will be the kid's play Isaiah Jones & The Seekers of the Lost Treasure (music, dance, Jesus, video games, you couldn't really ask for anything more). Sunday at 7 p.m. there will be a Blue Christmas service - this service with a lot of quiet and music is for anyone who is feeling some sadness or loss this holiday season, and looking for wher Christ might be in the darkness we all feel sometimes.

All are welcome, you can call the church office at 773-775-3399, and God be with you in this time wherveer you go and whatever you do.

5 days ago

Our Lady of Victory School Trivia Night

Trivia Night
Saturday, January 10, 2015
6:15 PM - 10:30 PM

50/50 Drawing & Best Themed Table Prizes!
1st Place: $300
2nd Place: $175

Gather your friends and family together to form a trivia team of 8 people. We will have 10 rounds of trivia questions about all different subjects including sports, music, movies, food and more. The cost is $150 a table or $20 for individual (if you cannot make a full table).

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Trivia Night
Saturday, January 10, 2015
6:15 PM - 10:30 PM

50/50 Drawing & Best Themed Table Prizes!
1st Place: $300
2nd Place: $175

Gather your friends and family together to form a trivia team of 8 people. We will have 10 rounds of trivia questions about all different subjects including sports, music, movies, food and more. The cost is $150 a table or $20 for individual (if you cannot make a full table).

Decorate your table, decorate your team members, and bring your own food to fit your theme (water and pop are included in your ticket price). Wine and beer will be available for purchase.
You may not bring in your own alcoholic beverages.

Doors open at 6:15PM to decorate tables - Game begins promptly at 7:00PM. This event is for adults 21 and over.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.olvchicago.org or the school office. Please contact 773-283-2229 for more information.

Oct 31 2011

Updated 6 days ago

Plumbers

Does anyone have any suggestions on a good plumber with decent prices? Please let me know and if you have used them.

  • About that $735... Of course a price like that might include a more than average quality heater and some fancy new venting and plumbing work and maybe a realigned gas line. But if it was just a straight swap of like sized average quality heaters, a little high. IMO

  • Hush Little Baby

    What's a forty gallon gas one cost now and what's a company's time worth now in 2014?

    I've installed about a dozen in my lifetime but just direct replacements not brand new installs or moving them to a new location.

    I'm a jack-of-all with emphasis on the jack.

Dec 12

I want to welcome yet another new business to our community.

Mother Cluckers Kitchen opens in the restaurant space at 5200 N. Elston at 6 am Monday, Dec. 15. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Come by and check out the renovated space and tasty menu.

http://www.mothercluckerskitchen.com

Dec 08

Updated Dec 11

M&M Auto Clinic, 5748 W Higgins Ave, Chicago IL 60630 773-930-3040

Hello neighbors I wanted to introduce myself and let you know who is M&M Auto Clinic and what we can do for the neighborhood. My name is Mike M previously work for E and D Citgo gas station at 4555 N Nagle Ave between Montrose Ave & Sunny Side Ave. Due to the closure of the gas station and after 8 years of working there I have decided to open my own business. So that’s how I ended up in...

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Hello neighbors I wanted to introduce myself and let you know who is M&M Auto Clinic and what we can do for the neighborhood. My name is Mike M previously work for E and D Citgo gas station at 4555 N Nagle Ave between Montrose Ave & Sunny Side Ave. Due to the closure of the gas station and after 8 years of working there I have decided to open my own business. So that’s how I ended up in Jefferson Park and very excited to be here. Please feel free to check out my reviews under the E and D Citgo. What I pride myself with is a great, old school service station that offers trust, convenience and value. I have attached a fall/winter special to start off with. Also if you mention this post I will provide you with 10% off your labor for first time customers I all most forget spend $25 and you will receive free roadside assistance and 12 months/12,000 miles nationwide warranty. Don't forget as always we provide free estimates. I look forward meeting all of you and growing in the neighborhood your help will be much appreciated to our success. Please let us know how we can help. Feel free to contact me for any questions.

Sincerely,

Mike Milella

M&M Auto Clinic
5748 W Higgins Ave
Chicago IL 60630
773-930-3040

  • Congratulations on opening your own business. I wish you success. Welcome (back) to the neighborhood.

  • Hush Little Baby

    You ignored the Sevilla diss?

Dec 11

New Horizons Center to acquire property from city, plans to create to outdoor rec space

Nonprofit agency helps those with developmental disabilities and autism. Alderman Cullerton supports sale of city parcel to New Horizons.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/12/10/outdoor-rec-space-sought-on-new-horizon-center-grounds/

Dec 05

Updated Dec 09

Graffiti removal on the Kennedy this morning.

Anyone else effected by this "emergency" graffiti removal this morning? That's how they reported it on the radio, but no explanation of how or why it was an emergency...

  • Sunny Day

    How many cars are on the Kennedy at 2:00 a.m. on a weeknight? And are they looking at the road or gazing up at the overpasses?

  • Sue F. Long time resident

    You would be surprised how many people are on the road all night long. And while looking at the road ahead, you can't help but see the signs as part of your forward vision. Seeing someone painting that large would be obvious!

Dec 04

Updated Dec 07

  • Flicking The Bean

    Bet you were on the pom-pom squad.

  • miesterburger just a regular guy

    Dave I have a son who played in The ESCC and played college football as well. Naz is a great program and I congrat you and your son on your state title. Check out this study by Purdue http://www.purdueexponent.org/sports/article_b7eef8f8-2960-5b8e-a812-ba0f764eeb6b.html on high school football head injuries. I have coached on the...

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    Dave I have a son who played in The ESCC and played college football as well. Naz is a great program and I congrat you and your son on your state title. Check out this study by Purdue http://www.purdueexponent.org/sports/article_b7eef8f8-2960-5b8e-a812-ba0f764eeb6b.html on high school football head injuries. I have coached on the youth level for years and love football if it is taught right, fundamentals and proper technique for tackling. Private school programs have better coaching, trainers and more funding to keep their players safe. After this lawsuit settles CPS programs won't have the funding to compete for state titles etc. Taft should focus more on academics
    and funding to keep up with Northside, Lane, Young to keep neighborhood kids at Taft. I sure Phillips run at the 4a title got a lot of people excited and wondering. Maybe 'll see ya in the stands at H.S. game some night. It's the best game in town!

Dec 05

Updated Dec 07

Chicago news

Anyone got any suggestions for finding Chicago news on internet? The Trib site is turning into all pay to read any article, and who would pay for their BS, and the Suntime's site has more spam and pop-up screens than my computer can handle without crashing.

  • joanie 20+ year Resident of Jefferson Park

    I have a feed for ABC 7 news on my FB account. You can try the various news stations in Chicago: CBS, NBC, ABC, WGN and FOX. If you have FB, just "like" their page and the information will come up on your wall. If you don't have FB, just bookmark their general website for easy access.

  • Flicking The Bean

    They are kinda jaded but you get a glimpse into Chicago current news at r/chicago

    http://reddit.com/r/chicago

    Maybe it's time for Johnny to start using Twitter to keep up? That way news is pushed to him when it happens and he doesn't have to go a search for it.

    You know about Twitter, Johnny? We can offer help and advice.

Nov 30

Updated Dec 04

JPNA Zoning and TIF Meeting - December 6th

Join members of the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association, concerned neighbors, renters and property owners for an informational meeting on Saturday, December
6th, 2014 at 12:00 PM at the Jefferson Park Library – 5363 W. Lawrence Avenue.

Topics will include:
Proposed Long and Argyle Up-zoning and Development
Zoning Basics
Strategies for Meeting with Real Estate Developers and Politicians

  • I Hate Kenji

    No they are different. I have seen the big melon head driving his crappy silver van around.

  • Well maybe we should get in an argument about the transliteration of Hebrew into English? Or should I direct this to the imaginary linguistics thread?

Dec 02

Ald. Arena sets Dec. 11 meeting on second medical marijuana proposal for Jefferson Park

Two dispensaries are proposed for the 4700 block of Milwaukee. No more than one dispensary is expected in Jefferson Park, and the final decision will be up to the state. Community could end up with no dispensary.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/12/02/alderman-arena-to-hold-dec-11-community-meeting-on-second-medical-marijuana-dispensary-proposal-for-jefferson-park/

Dec 01

Holiday Sparkle at The Jefferson Park Transit Station

December 11th at 5pm

Join Alderman John Arena, Gale Street Inn and Fischmans as we light the holiday lights, sing festive songs with Sweet Fanny Adams and sip hot cocoa with your neighbors. Putting the sparkle in your holidays. Bring the kids, this is a FREE family event.

Nov 28

Updated Nov 28

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jac Charlier
jac.charlier@gmail.com
@citizenjac

  • Hello Jac,

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

    Dennis

  • pattymelt is mostly in charge

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

Nov 25

Updated Nov 28

Obama's car

I was able to get this picture after Obama was dropped off at the Copernicus Center

  • Randy Stroller

    Now that is entertainment.

    Wallender, Vera, Jack Irish are all fun shows if you like dark mysteries.

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

    Parked properly, not blocking the bike lane.

Nov 27

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nov 26

Updated Nov 26

Nanny

Looking for a nanny.

  • Matzah Balls

    This place is so jaded in 2014.

  • R u on facebook ? If so contact Pirate and Pixie - ( they are local handcrafted) anyway they just posted their friend who has been nanny for 20 years needs a job - she's in Park Ridge.

Nov 25

Updated Nov 25

Jefferson Park welcomes President Obama

Copernicus Center hosts the president. Obama tells protesters that there have been a significant number of deportations but that his executive actions will help change that.

Nov 24

Support OLV on #GivingTuesday

WHAT IS ‪#‎GIVINGTUESDAY‬?
We have Black Friday. Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday!
We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come...

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WHAT IS ‪#‎GIVINGTUESDAY‬?
We have Black Friday. Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday!
We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity. Please support OLV on Dec.2.
VIDEO: What ‪#‎GivingTuesdayis‬ all about in under 2min: http://bit.ly/GTvideo@GivingTues

Nov 24

OLV Bags Tournament

OLV Bags Tournament
November 28th at 6:00 PM
* $10 per person - Prepay (credit cards, checks, or cash) and door (checks or cash).
* 6:00 PM - Novice (No Male/Male)
* 8:00 PM - Expert (Anyone)
*Concessions and beer will be available for purchase.
*Must be at least 18 to attend.
Prizes
1st Game - 50/50, 2nd Game - 50/50
If you have any questions or would like to pre-register please email Paulina at
pkumala@olvchicago.org or call the school office at: 773-283-2229

Nov 23

Updated Nov 24

Why I Support the Sauganash Sounds and You Should Too

Greetings my many neighbors!

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

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

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Greetings my many neighbors!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Shop local.

  • J

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

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

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

Sep 02

Updated Nov 23

General contractor

Looking for a general contractor to do a second story addition for our home. We have plans but did not get permits yet. Any recommendations?

  • Try All In One Workers, Inc. They do it all and are reasonably priced. I think they may even give a police, firefighter, and police discounts. (312) 754-5376. Highly recommended

  • I am a gc registered with city with a 2 million building cap if u still need estimate i could give u one with the prints 773 203 3019

Apr 09

Updated Nov 21

Apartments proposed for site near Jeff Park Metra station

Features include large landscaped courtyard, 48 units in two five-story buildings, interior parking:
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/04/09/48-unit-apartment-complex-proposed-for-site-at-long-and-argyle-near-jeff-park-metra-station/

  • Ryan Richter Transportation Planner in Jefferson Park

    Queen of Insanity - I think this is right on. In my own experience my wife and I lived in Lincoln Park and Lincoln Square before purchasing in Jefferson Park. We always had one car, but bought a larger second one when child #2 came around. Yet, we managed to...

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    Queen of Insanity - I think this is right on. In my own experience my wife and I lived in Lincoln Park and Lincoln Square before purchasing in Jefferson Park. We always had one car, but bought a larger second one when child #2 came around. Yet, we managed to find a place just 5-6 blocks from the Jeff Park terminal. Being carless is not as appealing right now, sure, but it will when I'm older, and I like the fact that amenities are around so as my kids get older they will be less reliant on me to drive them places. I work downtown so not driving has its perks, too. One of the reasons I'm pro-development and additional density (not anywhere, just near the train station) is because I have a rational, experienced, professional based belief that viable businesses and residential neighborhoods around transit create strong communities.

  • Zoes mom working at home

    @Queenofinsanity It's probably not going to be single occupancy at 2k a month it will be at least 2 + people per unit. Easily affordable, splitting the utilities. the plus would be the location to the train, the negative will be the noise.

Nov 18

Updated Nov 21

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See you in TV Land :)

  • Denise M Seasoned dog owner

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

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

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

Nov 20

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

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

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

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

Nov 16

Updated Nov 18

Looking For Local Family Fun Holiday Suggestions

With small children. What are the streets with the best lights? Looking forward to doing most of my shopping locally. So many great choices.

Nov 18

Should area parochial schools consolidate?

St. Cornelius pastor tells parish that consolidation plan for NW Side is in the works; Archdiocese says plans not finalized. Several area schools say they plan to remain open next year.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/11/18/catholic-schools-may-consolidate/

Nov 18

Updated Nov 18

Roberts Square PAC to Meet Thursday at Jeff Park

Join us at the toasty (if a little drafty) Jeff Park Field House this Thursday evening, as we do a Look Back and a Look Ahead, and elect our board members for 2015!
All welcome, Thursday Nov 20 at 7PM.. If you can't attend but want to serve, or register concerns about our wunnerful little park, call tom at (773) 715-8108 or drop us a note at our web site: http://robertssquarepac.org/

https://www.facebook.com/RobertsSquareParkAdvisoryCouncil?notif_t=page_new_likes

  • TomL Loves, bikes, dogs, Jeff Park and Chicago

    Oh, and if you like what we've done this year, and want to support the park's plans for 2015, you can DONATE easily at our web site anytime (tax deductible)..Even small amounts go a long way... and are most appreciated!
    http://robertssquarepac.org/donate.html

Nov 17

Tickets now available for Jefferson Park Messiah Sing-Along concert on Dec. 14

Visit CopernicusTickets.org. The Copernicus Center is located one block from the Jefferson Park Blue Line stop. The concert is intended for singers and non-singers to enjoy.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/11/17/jefferson-park-sing-along-messiah-comes-to-copernicus-center/

Nov 17

OLV Christmas Bazaar

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Nov 16

New Forest Glen mural celebrated

The Forest Glen Community Club celebrates the completion of the new mural on the viaduct at Forest Glen and Elston. Ald. John Arena, Congressman Mike Quigley, St. Rep. John D'Amico, and Arts Alive Chicago president Cyd Smillie were among those at the event. (photo by Randy Baran)

Nov 12

Updated Nov 14

Can you vote for alderman elections if you aren't a US citizen?

I know it's illegal to vote in some elections as I'm nota citizen - but I can vote for alderman right? thanks

Nov 13

Updated Nov 14

Quigley Admits that the O'Hare Expansion "May Have Been a Mistake" . Now what?!

Here's an excellent article and audio interview that speaks on the current noise issues many of us are having with the new O'Hare expansion. The article hits home on a lot of the points for us here in the 38th ward.

I'm SHOCKED to see that an elected official is (GASP!) admitting they might have made a very expensive mistake. Quigley has been nothing but fair about this in my eyes, and he's certainly earned my respect as far as this matter goes.

Article:
http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141113/ohare/quigley-blasts-ohare-expansion-says-new-runways-may-have-been-mistake?utm_source=Jefferson+Park%2C+Portage+Park+%26+Norwood+Park&utm_campaign=bf4a064676-Mailchimp-CHI&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e52b2129cd-bf4a064676-171885609

A local group you can join to fight back (FAiR):
http://www.fairchicago.org/
https://www.facebook.com/FairAllocationInRunways

Website to report excessive noise:
https://servicerequest.cityofchicago.org/web_intake_chic/Controller?op=csrform&restrict_loc=Y&invSRType=AVN

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

    It is the ongoing effort of FAiR that leads the way on finding solutions to the changes made at O'Hare. These changes were made without any real community input. We are a citizen-led initiative to build community. We gather democratically. Join us. www.fairchicago.org

  • It wouldn't have mattered if he had had the correct figures, Daley would have rammed it through anyway. He doesn't live up here, was close to retirement and I'm sure he had a lot of cronies who stood to make $$ on the runway expansion construction. Noise? What noise?

Nov 13

Cook County Military and Veterans Discount Program

I have one more post for this Veteran's Day week. Please share this information far and wide with our veterans as well as local businesses.

Also, I invite any veteran who is interested in joining our local American Legion Post (#134, Morton Grove), to contact me for more information. The Legion is great way to support veterans, their families and our community through continued service right here in our neighborhoods. I can be reached at jac.charlier@gmail.com for those interested in...

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I have one more post for this Veteran's Day week. Please share this information far and wide with our veterans as well as local businesses.

Also, I invite any veteran who is interested in joining our local American Legion Post (#134, Morton Grove), to contact me for more information. The Legion is great way to support veterans, their families and our community through continued service right here in our neighborhoods. I can be reached at jac.charlier@gmail.com for those interested in learning more.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and to pass it along.

Jac Charlier
American Legion Post 134

Dear Cook County Military Families and Merchants:

The Cook County Military and Veterans Discount Program is a public- and private-sector partnership to honor those who serve and have served. It is jointly administered by the Office of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds and the County Department of Veterans Affairs.

Our goal is to create a network of businesses and merchants who offer money-saving discounts and incentives to veterans and active-duty military, as a way of showing our gratitude. Those who wish to take advantage of this program can visit CCRD’s Veterans Service Office at 118 N. Clark, Room 120, and upon proof of service, receive a Discount/ID Card.

We hope this program will be a “win-win” – both a way to help save money for military families and a way to support businesses that support military families.

Below you will find a Registration Form with which to register your business and the discount you would like to offer. Once registered, your company’s name will be added to the Program’s promotional materials. We urge all businesses to sign up and offer military discounts year round, not just around the holidays.

If you would like more information, please call (312) 603-5788 or email Brian.Cross@CookCountyIL.gov.

Thank you to all who serve, and to those who serve them.

Sincerely,

Karen. A. Yarbrough, Recorder of Deeds

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