31 hours ago

Updated 9 min ago

Job Availability: 2 full-time Teacher Assistants and a Teacher.

We are seeking 2 full-time Teacher Assistants and a Teacher for new classrooms with ECE Experience. This is a Reggio Emilia inspired school in a beautiful, newer facility. Competitive salary, great working conditions, with a wonderful staff and clientele, paid vacations, holidays, and other incentives available. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who have high standards and believe the care they provide to children is invaluable.
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We are seeking 2 full-time Teacher Assistants and a Teacher for new classrooms with ECE Experience. This is a Reggio Emilia inspired school in a beautiful, newer facility. Competitive salary, great working conditions, with a wonderful staff and clientele, paid vacations, holidays, and other incentives available. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who have high standards and believe the care they provide to children is invaluable.
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated the ability to establish effective relationships with children and families served. Applicants must be passionate about working with children and be committed to abiding by DCFS guidelines and standards.
Qualified candidates must be professional, have a neat appearance, patience for children, desire to teach and continue professional development training. Fluent in a second language, preferably Polish.
Also must be able to pass a criminal background check and TB/ Physical exam. The candidate must have a valid driver’s license and be willing to learn to drive our 13 passenger van and 13 passenger bus.
Interested candidates should email resume and letter of interest stating why you want to work in child care.
Email: carlosim70@yahoo.com
P: (773) 202 1199
And as always, please remember to like us:
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  • SpamAlert Spamophobic

    "And as always, please remember to like us...."

    Maybe if you posted for any reason other than promoting your business, you'd make that easier?

Sep 16

Updated 15 min ago

Furnace repair

Our furnace seems to be on the fritz. Any recommendations? Would love to use someone in the Portage Park neighborhood if there's a reliable service provider, but that's not essential. Thanks in advance.

  • pattymelt is mostly in charge

    Had Guardian out today, very pleased with their service on my boiler and their customer service people on the phone are very pleasant. He fixed a couple minor things and cleaned it and I think I got a good deal. I signed up for the 2-year contract so he was able to give me a better deal on the repairs.

  • BeenAFix Portage Park , Runner, Gamer, 30s, IT Guy

    I need to have mine serviced. I now know who to call. Thanks! =)

4 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Energy Supplier Recomendations?

I started comparing my energy supplier charges on my Comed bill to that of friends, and as it turns out I am paying twice as much per kWh. I've researched a few suppliers like Spark, Integrys, and Direct Energy and all have rates to lock into for of 6,12, 24, and even 36 months. Do many of you have any advice on chosing the most affordable supplier? I average 1,000 kWh per month.

  • I found this site informative. I believe that the dollar amounts that they are stating are for your electricity supply only, but I haven't contacted them for clarification. It is, at least, a good list of options beyond the couple that you mostly hear of.

    https://www.chooseenergy.com/compare/60641/electricity-rates/

  • @A&K Make sure those bulbs are not bootlegs from China. Some do not last over a year and can damage your sockets. If the seller has genuine USA product go for them but avoid other countries of origin as standards may not exist there.
    You can also buy cheap LED...

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    @A&K Make sure those bulbs are not bootlegs from China. Some do not last over a year and can damage your sockets. If the seller has genuine USA product go for them but avoid other countries of origin as standards may not exist there.
    You can also buy cheap LED bulbs on Newegg or Amazon. There are plenty of online stores that can sell them but prices vary and some beat Ebay when sales occur.

    To get back on topic, you will have to compare the various companies offered and place a note on calendars, your phones, and other places to find a new contract when your 6,12, 24, or 36 month contract expires. The reason rates double is that when you are off a contract the company expects you to leave at any moment and you do not get a "long-term discount" for being with them. It is similar if you would not have a contract with your internet provider, some of their monthly rates are twice the contract rate if not more.

Jun 19

Updated 1 hour ago

Irving Park Rd (Bet. Harlem & Cumberland)

Since last fall, I became outwardly concerned with the state of Irving Park Rd near my home. Our Illinois Route 19 acts much like highway, between Harlem Ave. and Cumberland Ave. There are two cemeteries on each side of it, which are Acacia Park Cemetery and Irving Park Cemetery. Cars ZOOM BY with little concern for the pedestrians and bikers. Anyone who would pull a traffic report would note that deadly accidents and bumper to bumper accidents are not a...

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Since last fall, I became outwardly concerned with the state of Irving Park Rd near my home. Our Illinois Route 19 acts much like highway, between Harlem Ave. and Cumberland Ave. There are two cemeteries on each side of it, which are Acacia Park Cemetery and Irving Park Cemetery. Cars ZOOM BY with little concern for the pedestrians and bikers. Anyone who would pull a traffic report would note that deadly accidents and bumper to bumper accidents are not a stranger here! Two of my neighbors were KILLED over the past two years, one on a bike and one in the car. This year, someone just DROVE THROUGH the rusted-out fence into Irving Park Cemetery. Often KIDS on bikes, MOTHERS with strollers and ELDERLY with their shopping carts either struggle through the gravel and mud filled paths, where used to be once concrete sidewalks on "both" sides of the road, or they maneuver their equipment into the street. These both northern and southern sidewalks used to be functional until they were abandoned in the late 1960's or so. If anyone would talk to the CROSSING guard by N. Pioneer Ave, ours is Kristen, would learn of the frequent dangers of crossing the street. She will be back in the fall when the school restarts and would appreciate having traffic lights installed, too. The requests to fix these sidewalks have bounced around various public offices with mixed results. I PLEA with all concerned citizens to assist me with getting this overdue safety issue resolved by contacting all politicians overseeing or soon-to-be overseeing this area. Hearing from the community-at-large vs. one neighborhood mother is far more impactful I am told. Thank you!!!

Please e-mail your support for the sidewalks to:

Senator Mulroe at senatorjohnmulroe@att.net;
Representative Martwick at repmartwick@gmail.com;
Alderman Sposato at info@aldermansposato.com; and
Alderman Cullerton at Timothy.Cullerton@cityofchicago.org.

  • Bill the Engineer Maker. Fixer. Lifetime ChicagoNWside

    I drive that stretch of Irving Park every day Minerva, for years. In fact those single lane sections are congestion causing bottlenecks. I'd eliminate them if I had the means to do so.....

  • Also, the traffic lights are not recommended at this time. So, we need to address the speeding for safety reasons. We have 47 children crossing the street plus elderly including a blind person. Anyway, we need to get the IDOT recommendation in our hands, so we can provide our community's feedback on the recommendation. Once both sides are on board with the next steps, it is still not a guarantee that anything will happen, at least not any time soon, because the next obstacle is primarily getting the funding.

4 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Six Corners Bistro

My wife and I had dinner at the new six corners bistro last night. The food is fantastic, our waiter was very friendly, the music choice was perfect. Not very loud and not annoying. I had the burger, they tell me it was ground fresh in house and it tasted like it. It's Byob but we were told a full offering will be available in a few weeks. They are a welcome addition to the neighborhood. The food is great, prices are fair, and the tables have good spacing. I didn't feel crammed in. We will definitely go back. If you have time pay them a visit. You won't be disappointed.

  • BnW I think WAGS was briefly on the same footprint as what is now the Dollar Store. Before that it was an Illinois Bell switching office and before that, part of the Dickenson Tavern property. And before that, Indian Country.

  • There's two "dollar" stores in Six Corners. The one on Milwaukee where everything is indeed only one dollar, and the other one on Irving that says dollar in it's name but products can be way more than one dollar.

5 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

City Budget Unveiled

As you have likely heard, the Mayor this week unveiled his proposed 2015 city budget. My staff and I will spend the next several weeks reviewing the 800-page, $8.9 billion budget with a critical eye, as I have in years past.

There are some positive items in this proposed budget: money for more pothole fillers, tree trimmers, and rodent control crews; more police trained to patrol on bicycle; and more support for homeless veterans and families. This budget also does...

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As you have likely heard, the Mayor this week unveiled his proposed 2015 city budget. My staff and I will spend the next several weeks reviewing the 800-page, $8.9 billion budget with a critical eye, as I have in years past.

There are some positive items in this proposed budget: money for more pothole fillers, tree trimmers, and rodent control crews; more police trained to patrol on bicycle; and more support for homeless veterans and families. This budget also does not contain any property tax rate increase.

However, this budget also does nothing to address the looming $550 million pension payment that the state legislature has mandated must be paid to police and fire pension systems by 2016.

I welcome your input and ideas on how we craft a budget that reflects our values as a city. Take a look at the budget, and offer your ideas by emailing my office. ward45@cityofchicago.org

http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/obm.html

  • Deb R 60641 resident 40 + yrs.

    Joanie, sometimes life is about choices and sometimes it's just luck. I had to quit working for health reasons just 18 months short of being vested in my pension so I'm collecting 0 on that. So, in a manner of speaking, I got screwed over too. As for SS, 15...

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    Joanie, sometimes life is about choices and sometimes it's just luck. I had to quit working for health reasons just 18 months short of being vested in my pension so I'm collecting 0 on that. So, in a manner of speaking, I got screwed over too. As for SS, 15 years is not enough time to pay into it to get money out of it. Most of us have paid into it 30+ years. As you said, you're in the position you're in due to choices you made years back. At the time, those choices were right for you, but sadly they haven't kept up with the times. Sometimes picking benefits is like playing the stock market, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose big time. And I do feel badly for those of you who can't change decisions you made 20 years ago, especially when the ship is sinking. My point was you're not alone in this when it comes to losing retirement benefits. I did too as have many others.

  • From the following article.http://www.chicagonow.com/interesting-chicago/2014/10/chicagos-pension-crisis-was-created-decades-ago/

    Pension funding in full was placed in the city budgets throughout the decades. Those funds, like other funds in the budget, were fungible. They were used for other purposes. There were no legally binding earmarked funds, except for the minimum payments required by law. Even the minimums were not taken seriously. There was no oversight or enforcement of the law. The State of Illinois was responsible for oversight and enforcement.

29 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Jimmy John's NOW OPEN!

JUST IN: Jimmy John's is NOW OPEN at 4021 N. Milwaukee Ave. Head on over FREAKY FAST and get your gourmet sandwich!

  • Randy Stroller

    I went over there for Target a lot when we were first settling in but since then I have normally been on route closer to UIC / Near West Side or the Loop Target. i need two supplements right now and have a call scheduled so I better go see if Walgreen's has these or I will have to go without them until I am over by Wal-Mart manana noche.

  • U NO VITAMIN SHOPPE?

6 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Movers Needed today 10/22/2014

I need movers for today. I have a few boxes and cartons that need to be moved to Hoffman Estates. It is a one man job that would take less than one hour. Drive would be 30-40 minutes. Unpack would be 30 minutes. So two hours work. I need a licensed and bonded mover.

Please let me know if you have any names.

  • RESOLVED THANKS EVERYONE!!

  • One of my cars once set my jammed packed garage on fire and it all went up in flames.

    That was a great way to purge a bunch of stuff I had in boxes.

19 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Home Cleaning Service

Does anyone have any recommendations for a good detail orientated and trustworthy cleaning person/service to clean my one bedroom apartment in the Klee Building once a week? Should not take more than an hour each week.

44 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Best Donuts in the area, maybe in the city

This donut shop is south of Portage Park but worth the 7 minute trip. The place is called Somethin' Sweet and it's on Fullerton just east of Laramie on the north side of the street. The donuts are amazing. Try the red velvet buttermilk for a real treat. Also, the maple bacon donut is lovely. The best thing is...wait for it....they deliver. For $2.50 you can order however many reasonably priced donuts as you'd like and they'll deliver to your...

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This donut shop is south of Portage Park but worth the 7 minute trip. The place is called Somethin' Sweet and it's on Fullerton just east of Laramie on the north side of the street. The donuts are amazing. Try the red velvet buttermilk for a real treat. Also, the maple bacon donut is lovely. The best thing is...wait for it....they deliver. For $2.50 you can order however many reasonably priced donuts as you'd like and they'll deliver to your door. Their sister store Kim Long, next door, has great Chinese food and again for $2.50 they'll deliver you tasty Chinese food and donuts. The owners are so nice and obviously like what they do. One of the best things is that they have a good variety even near closing time, 10pm.
Never thought I'd go on about donuts like this but this is a real find!!! And so unique. I don't take advantage of delivery so that I can control my intake, but I did order some Chinese food and a donut recently. It was delicious.
Address is 5112 W. Fullerton. Phone 773.237.7588.

  • I love something sweet! The owner is amazing he told me he's been making donuts for years! I have also stopped in at portage grounds for their donuts ( they are excellant as well). I prefer perkolator coffee shop over portage grounds. It would be amazing if the owners of perkolator could team up with something sweet and offer their donuts at the coffee shop! Now that would be amazing! It's hard for me to get over by something sweet or I would be there everyday getting super fat!

  • I've been singing their praises for some time now. Great people. Great place.

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24 hours ago

Updated 22 hours ago

Post about voting early

Anybody know where the post went? It was here earlier today and now its gone.

4 days ago

Updated 26 hours ago

6 Corner's Bistro

Great food, great staff, great atmosphere. Take advantage of the BYOB while you can.

  • Hey I just went to Mr. Submarine across the street and I brought a lawn chair with me and a good cold beer from MCM Pub & liquors. I am enjoying supporting the neighborhood in front of the poor 6 Corners Bistro. If anyone cares to join me the company would be welcomed.

  • Mortimer

    You were the Japanese lady?

3 days ago

Updated 28 hours ago

Early Voting Begins Tomorrow

To find the nearby voting place and any days/time restrictions, please click the link below. Vote wisely: the choice is either the maintenance of the old status quo, which earned us bottom state ratings, or voting for the change to restore our hopes for a better tomorrow. God bless!

http://www.chicagoelections.com/en/early-voting.html

  • I'm no fan of Quinn, but Rauner doesn't seem to have much of a plan beyond cutting taxes. Everyone needs to take a hard look a what is going on in Kansas. Brownback cut taxes hard and revenues collapsed. http://www.forbes.com/sites/beltway/2014/07/15/whats-the-matter-with-kansas-and-its-tax-cuts-it-cant-do-math/

  • Missy Old Irving Park resident held hostage by a mutt

    I am guessing Rauner wants to be compared to Mitch Daniel in Indiana - whatever it is he did it seemed to work at turning around their economy (or the metrics anyway that you can report on). I don't like comparing Illinois to other states. Indiana and Kansas are both bad examples as neigher one has a large power house city like Chicago (including surrounding suburbs). Hard to tell if what they did will have same impact (good or bad).

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2 days ago

Updated 34 hours ago

Children's Eye Glasses

Just found our out 5 year old needs glasses. Would appreciate recommendations for children's eye glass business, ideally would like to support a Portage Park business. Although we're interested in a place that's good with children, even if not right in the area.
Thanks.

  • Not in the neighborhood but the Opthamologist on Western avenue near Fullerton was great for our toddler. Lawrence Kaufman.

  • JMC Six Corners/Old Irving Park resident.

    I highly recommend Aardvark eyewear, kids-only specialists. It's on Western just south of Fullerton. Odd little shop, busy... tons of frame sizes and styles to try, and most importantly the service & expertise is high quality, personalized, caring. I bought my daughter's first-time glasses there; have been back a few times over the past year for growth and comfort fit adjustments, and haven't been charged even for long consultations. Go during the week if possible, on Saturdays it's jammed. Good luck!

  • Yes, Dr. Kaufman at 2456 N Western Ave. in Chicago 773- 235-2020 is the best children's ophthalmologist around. I have taken both my glasses wearing boys to him over the years and he comes highly recommended.

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3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Orange Tabby Cat seen near Smyser Elementary

Saw a very friendly orange tabby cat with white feet near Smyser Elementary the night of Saturday, Oct. 18. It crossed over to Moody Street and was last seen near a blue house on Moody. I am pretty sure it was someone's pet as it was very friendly and looked healthy. I am concerned that it was lost and hope the owner can find it.

  • Jan

    Tami, i'm so pleased to know you are a TNR - in this case R being rehabilitate and rehome. Good on ya!

  • Thanks Jan, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they don't have to spend their lives on the street.

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Trick or Treaters

So since this is such a "family friendly" neighborhood, shall my wife and I expect trick-or-treaters in the next couple weeks? I think she's dead (no pun intended) set on getting dressed up and passing out candies. If that kind of thing does happen, should we expect kids early in the day, or evening?

  • Narragansett and Addison area - we usually get tons of smaller kids right after school. Then there seems to be a lull around supper time and then things heat up again with a huge surge of older kids and larger groups from about 7:30 until 9:00 pm. Then it usually stops. I'm dressing as a frog this year, to pass out candy!

  • It's a Friday night, so expect a LOT of kids throughout the late afternoon and evening.
    If it was a school night, they would be out early, almost after school lets out until about 8:30

Oct 14

Updated 2 days ago

New Gas Line, now basement leaks

Peoples gas was through my block a couple weeks ago and installed the new line along the side of my house to install a new meter. Well, when we got that heavy rain a week or two ago, I noticed I got some water in my basement right near where the new line is. Not standing water or anything, but at least a foot or two of carpet near the wall was wet.

How do I file a claim? Do i start with the city, Do I need an estimate first, am I just SOL? I mean, I can't PROVE that is what caused it, but it's kind of a big coincidence

  • Herecomestheman Character assassin.

    Standard 1" riser.

  • Thanks PP, I'll check this weekend when I have light.

    Herecomes..what do you mean by Standard 1" Riser?

2 days ago

6 Corners Pet Smart OPEN!

Very excited that this store is finally opening today. It's right next to Jewel on Irving. For those with animals that need grooming, i think they are having a special on grooming at their grand opening on Saturday.

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Oct 15

Updated 2 days ago

Where to buy meat and produce

I am looking for a place in the Six Corners or Portage Park area to buy meat and produce that is good and reasonably priced. I've been shopping at Jewel but their meat is so expensive. I've seen a lot of little local stores so I'm looking for recommendations for any of them. Thank you!!

Oct 12

Updated 3 days ago

Two kids tagging garages in broad daylight Sunday afternoon

I just went to the alley behind my house (on Henderson between Long and Linder) and saw two teenage kids in the act of tagging every single garage on the block. I followed after them while dialing the police until they took off running on long toward belmont. I've already reported it to the cops and graffiti blasters, but keep an eye out for these two. They're pretty harmless looking young kids, one african american, one caucasian with dark hair,...

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I just went to the alley behind my house (on Henderson between Long and Linder) and saw two teenage kids in the act of tagging every single garage on the block. I followed after them while dialing the police until they took off running on long toward belmont. I've already reported it to the cops and graffiti blasters, but keep an eye out for these two. They're pretty harmless looking young kids, one african american, one caucasian with dark hair, probably between 13-15 years old. One was wearing a blue and grey long sleeved shirt and the other a white long sleeved shirt or hoodie. They were pretty cavalier about it and were walking around with the spray cans in their hands. They actually got quite a lot done on my block, covering every garage with stupid-looking swastikas, gang-sign looking squiggly daggers and devil horns and stuff. I was really surprised they were able to cover that much area on a Sunday afternoon, considering how many people are usually out in the alleys around here, washing their cars, coming and going, etc.

I know that when garages get tagged around here, people usually freak out, imagining it as the harbinger of impending bloody gang warfare in our alleys, but these kids looked more like Justin Bieber in his "street art" phase...and about as threatening.

Anyways, keep your eyes out!

  • Wicked Fast BMW Average Chicagoan who loves her city

    Did you by chance take a photo or video with your cell phone? Since they were so cavalier maybe they would have posed for pictures.

  • Chris, no that's not the kid. I do see a slight resemblance to Bieber there, though. My guys didn't actually bear any physical resemblance to Bieber, just in demeanor and the fact that they seemed to be little twerps doing something that they thought tough and edgy guys do.

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    Chris, no that's not the kid. I do see a slight resemblance to Bieber there, though. My guys didn't actually bear any physical resemblance to Bieber, just in demeanor and the fact that they seemed to be little twerps doing something that they thought tough and edgy guys do.

    WFBMW, They took off running when I held up my phone to get a shot, unfortunately, I didn't get one off in time. Up until that point, they were acting really casual as I followed them, trying to act like they'd done nothing even though they still had the spray cans in their hands.

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Date Night in Portage Park

Tonight my bride and I hit Walgreen's for a 6-pack of Carlsberg, dined at 6 Corners Bistro, and then saw "The Monster in the Hallway" at Filament Theater. A fine evening out in the neighborhood and home by 10. A couple details:

6 Corners Bistro was really good - Any critiques would be mere nits. The Octopus small plate, "Salt of the Earth" salad, and chicken crepes were all delightful. And all go well with Carlsberg.

"Monster in the Hallway"...

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Tonight my bride and I hit Walgreen's for a 6-pack of Carlsberg, dined at 6 Corners Bistro, and then saw "The Monster in the Hallway" at Filament Theater. A fine evening out in the neighborhood and home by 10. A couple details:

6 Corners Bistro was really good - Any critiques would be mere nits. The Octopus small plate, "Salt of the Earth" salad, and chicken crepes were all delightful. And all go well with Carlsberg.

"Monster in the Hallway" - quite good. Funny and original with maybe the best and funniest scene I have ever seen of 4 people on a motorcycle chasing a moped. There were only 15 of us in the audience. I recommend to my neighbors to go see this show before it ends after next weekend.

It would have been good to have a pub on the block for a post-show drink. Maybe next year?

  • Good to know. Thanks will look for it.

  • We dined at 6 corners bistro last night and all five of us loved our entrees. Soooo happy to have another great option open up !

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Moving Cross Country

Does anyone have a recommendation for cross country movers? I am moving from Portage park to the Bay Area, within the next month.

3 days ago

St. Cyprian's Food Pantry Fund Raiser

Please join us at Pot Belly's Sandwich Works, 4307 N Harlem, on November 18th from 5-8 P.M.. Your donations of non-perishable food will earn you a free cookie. The food that we collect will be used for Thanksgiving and Christmas distributions to needy families in our neighborhood. Thank you for your participation in this event.

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Oct 08

Updated 3 days ago

City News Stand Cafe

Went to the City New Stand Cafe today and was very pleasantly surprised to see they hired a dedicated barista to make the coffee. It was usually a staff member from the City New Stand making the coffee before. The coffee was great and the barista was super friendly. No need to go to Starbucks with this service and quality.

  • They still have a pretty good selection of porn, gay and straight. Even better than the adult book stores around here.

  • SpamAlert Spamophobic

    I knew I was gonna regret making that comment.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Cat Found!

A friendly kitten was found crying 10/14 at 1 AM Near Cornelia/Addison. He was wearing a collar. He is around 6 months old and has an orange spot on his back.
@youtube: goo.gl/H3VXWI
@craigslist: goo.gl/YqCGG7

  • Great idea for the video! You may be able to find the owner by having a vet scan him for a microchip. Thanks for keeping him safe!

  • Mrs. L, sadly this morning I went to Chicago Pet Clinic near Addison/Cicero, and they scanned the cat. They told me is a girl, but she doesn't have the chip. Thanks for watching the video, I posted fliers with short links to youtube and craigslist to find the owner. I...

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    Mrs. L, sadly this morning I went to Chicago Pet Clinic near Addison/Cicero, and they scanned the cat. They told me is a girl, but she doesn't have the chip. Thanks for watching the video, I posted fliers with short links to youtube and craigslist to find the owner. I want the cat to be in good hands, hopefully I find the ower soon, or if i find someone with a kind heart and care, then I might give to someone. Otherwise, I might as well keep her with my other three cats.

  • She found the right person to follow and she's in good hands now.
    She looks like a real sweetie. I'll keep my eyes out for someone posting her as lost.

4 days ago

Change Drive

Hi Folks, Portage Park School has a monthly change drive. Next one is Tuesday, October 21th. If you are interested in dropping off change please bring it to the front office. If you know a business that would like to have a Pennies for Portage Change Drive jar in their establishment please let us know so we can set it up. All change collected goes to the Athletics Department at the school. Thank you! Please like our page on facebook Portage Park Helping Hands

https://www.facebook.com/events/714659911921238/

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Sep 22

Updated 4 days ago

HVAC/Radiator Work

Hello Collective Wisdom,

It's our first winter in our new house, and we need someone to show us how to bleed the radiators, etc. before firing up the heat for the first time. Does anyone have a reliable and affordable HVAC person they'd recommend?

Many thanks*

Oct 07

Updated 4 days ago

  • No matter how the school board is put in place, it will be political because there will always be groups with varying interests vying for power.

    The problem with the current system is that the Mayor's office can appoint folks who will rubber-stamp his agenda, which is related to the...

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    No matter how the school board is put in place, it will be political because there will always be groups with varying interests vying for power.

    The problem with the current system is that the Mayor's office can appoint folks who will rubber-stamp his agenda, which is related to the City Council also being a bunch of rubber-stamp artists. The mayor has too much power in this town. An elected school board, while inevitably imperfect, would be a way to wrest some power away from the mayor.

    @Minerva, as far as CTU advocating for raises for its members, you can hardly blame them. The cost of basic necessities go up every year, so if you aren't getting a raise every year then you are falling behind. Your quality of life is decreasing.

    Sure, blame our politicians for mismanaging our tax money. Blame the corporations and the lobbyists for off-shoring jobs to keep wages/benefits down in non-unionized jobs. But blaming the unions for preventing their quality of life from being slowly eroded out of the middle class? Nope.

  • Enjoy the reading:
    Taken from http://watchdog.org/122841/illinois-taxpayers-paying-billions-manage-debt/

    RestlessLegs • 9 months ago
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    Enjoy the reading:
    Taken from http://watchdog.org/122841/illinois-taxpayers-paying-billions-manage-debt/

    RestlessLegs • 9 months ago
    I saw this coming a long time ago. When I was hired by the state of Illinois back in 1989, a counselor went over the pension plan with me. I could see then it was unsustainable. Employees put in minimal pension payments each month, retire at 55 (with a minimum of only 25 years of service), and then get pension benefits that greatly exceed their contributions. I'm eligible to retire in several years, if I want. I recently learned that my contributions over the years (with interest) will total about $180,000 by age 55. However, a retirement counselor informed me a few months ago that the pension plan will pay me $60,000 a year for the rest of my life, along with very good medical insurance. After only 3 years of retirement, the pension plan will have paid me everything I put into it. After that, the state foots the bill. I said to the counselor, "How can the state afford this?" She said, "Oh, the state is constitutionally obligated to pay these pensions." I said, "Well, sure, but what if they don't have the money?" She said, "The state is constitutionally..." I interrupted, "I don't care. What if they don't have the money??" She said, "By law, they have to pay..." I stopped her again: "But what if they DON'T HAVE the money???"

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

CityNews needs our help!!!

Take a QUICK second, and go vote for City News sister store in Evanston to get a $150k grant from Chase in their Main Street Grants program... We ALL love city news coffee, reading material, and truffles, and they have done A LOT for the community, we can all give them LITERALLY a second to click on vote... https://www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/business/detail/47801

  • Jan

    omg. we used to go to that news stand in Evanston when i was a kid. about a week before a family vacation, Dad would take us there, give us each $5 for comic books - five bucks went a long way in the early 60s, and then collect the comics from us and not give them to us until we were on the road.

Sep 22

Updated 5 days ago

Be Safe

I just saw a group of gang members walking through the area really weird they look like thier up to something so everyone please be careful and safe tonight

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

club E

i just noticed that Club E is now called RED Does anyone know what happened?

  • I guess that's not what I meant by hoochie momma. The young ladies at Buffalo Wild Wings dress like that when they're out on a date. The ones I passed on Irving are dressed trashy, like they're looking for a hookup. Their short skirts barely cover their cheeks. They don't wear underwire, they're pushups and their heels are a few inches higher. Those mommas have extra hoochie ;)

  • Imagine taking 2.5 hours to get ready to make yourself look great but end up on the West end of Irving Park Road looking for a hookup.

5 days ago

Legno First Annual Halloween Bash!

Chicago's Legno Italian Gastropub invites revelers to attend its first-annual Halloween Bash. The best drink specials in the city, complimentary drinks hors d'oeuvres through out the evening. Winners of a costume contest will get $200, $100 or $50 for first, second or third place. Chicago's top DJ's spinning tunes all night. FREE FREE FREE

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

On the lookout

A Hispanic male knocking on the window hard and loud asking to speak to the owner to do tuck pointing work. When ask to leave a card he doesn't then drives off and doesn't pursue the business. He was in a black car Nissan with temporary license plates.

  • Portage Park Ryan Portage Park is where I call home.

    A similar incident happened with us. When we called the police after the man didn't leave, the police told us to try and get a picture of the man next time it happens.

  • If he were casing the joint, he wouldn’t knock that loudly. He was probably ticked about waiting or someone not showing up.

    I grew up in Logan Square (came to OIP every weekend, it’s safer) and I think we were all robbed on the boulevard. If it’s an apartment building,...

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    If he were casing the joint, he wouldn’t knock that loudly. He was probably ticked about waiting or someone not showing up.

    I grew up in Logan Square (came to OIP every weekend, it’s safer) and I think we were all robbed on the boulevard. If it’s an apartment building, they’ll ring your doorbell and if you answer, they ask if ‘so and so’ is home? Whomever has their first name on the mailbox. If it’s a house, they’ll pretend to be the tuck pointer but they would never knock that loud.

    It’s a pity you don’t know where he worked since he was so rude. We could all boycott.

5 days ago

Auditions for Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
Sunday, October 19 from 4-6 pm

Performances December 12 (7pm) and 14 (4pm) at
Irving Park United Methodist Church
3801 N Keeler Ave, Chicago, IL 60641

This is a young actors workshop presented by the New American Folk Theatre and Irving Park United Methodist Church. Cost for the program is $25.00 with scholarships available.

Rehearsals Wednesdays from 4:30 - 6 pm and Sundays from 11am - 1pm, beginning on October 25th.

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Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
Sunday, October 19 from 4-6 pm

Performances December 12 (7pm) and 14 (4pm) at
Irving Park United Methodist Church
3801 N Keeler Ave, Chicago, IL 60641

This is a young actors workshop presented by the New American Folk Theatre and Irving Park United Methodist Church. Cost for the program is $25.00 with scholarships available.

Rehearsals Wednesdays from 4:30 - 6 pm and Sundays from 11am - 1pm, beginning on October 25th.

Please write to Newamericanfolktheatre@gmail.com or call (773)426-6442 to make an appointment and to receive the audition packet with audition selections.

Roles:
CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS:
The Bradleys-
Beth Bradley – The narrator, strong voice and presence, 10-11
Charlie Bradley – Beth’s kid brother, 8-9
Mother – directs this year’s Christmas pageant, determined to make it a success
Father – solid family man

The Herdmans:
Ralph Herdman – ragged, scroungy, slouching manner, touch of adolescent cool, 12-13
Imogene Herdman – loud, bossy, crafty, 11-12
Leroy Herdman – tough, sure of himself, 10-11
Claude Herdman – tough combative, 9-10
Ollie Herdman – looking for trouble, Claude’s usual partner in crime, 8-9
Gladys Herdman - small, wiry, feisty, 7-8

The Kids:
Alice Wendleken – prim, proper, pain in the neck, 10-11
Maxine
Elmer Hopkins
Hobie
David
Beverly
Doris
Shirley
Juanita

The Adults:
Mrs. Armstrong – managerial in voice and manner, needs to be in control

Mrs. Slocum
Mrs. Clark
Mrs. Clausing
Mrs. McCarthy

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Man found in dumpster

Man found in dumpster near Jefferson Park CTA Terminal died of multiple injuries suffered from beatings and strangulation, according to the Cook County Medical Examiners office. On Tuesday the body was found in a dumpster along Avondale avenue behind Northwestern College. Police have are reviewing security footage cameras from nearby buildings. Man's identity is unknown but is believed to be in his 40's.

  • BeenAFix Portage Park , Runner, Gamer, 30s, IT Guy

    Indianapolis is much more murdery. Why do you think they have a growing population. Many come for the race and stay because they got murdered. Chicago needs to just tax murder. That will solve it.

  • Portage Park Ryan Portage Park is where I call home.

    Indianaplois, St. Louis, Detroit, Milwaukee all have higher murder rates than Chicago. None of those cities get the attention because they're not as relevant. Chicago does which is strictly political (gun debate, NRA, president and mayor). I've been to these cities and I can tell you, none are near as nice as Chicago. Don't assume these kind of things happen only here.

Oct 08

Updated 5 days ago

  • so I was out and about today and ate at herm's palace. as I looked at one of the menu boards I thought of this thread, so I took a picture of it.

    http://imgur.com/tgZTpvp

  • A&K

    It would be very difficult to cut out conventional meat. Especially for those under budget constraints. A little bit goes a long way though. I saw a thread on where to get cheap meat. Until the balance shifts to ethically raised meat instead of factory farms it will of course...

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    It would be very difficult to cut out conventional meat. Especially for those under budget constraints. A little bit goes a long way though. I saw a thread on where to get cheap meat. Until the balance shifts to ethically raised meat instead of factory farms it will of course cost more. I completely understand keeping costs down.

    If you want a gyro from Jeff's or whatever place you choose I am not suggesting you don't get it. I am simply asking to keep in mind where it comes from. I also stop for the occasional hotdog or slice of pizza. It's just much less often now. I skip all fast good places such as mcdonalds, Burger King etc.

5 days ago

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