3 min ago

Need I say MOORE?

I have cut and pasted the recent words of one of our own, Dave P. I found his comments insightful and right on..."I myself am in favor of an alderman who takes his duty seriously, and actually shows up for meetings and committees that he is on, when it isn't an election year.

I favor someone who doesn't need their name to be the biggest font on the page when advertising something. I also do not like that everything with...

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I have cut and pasted the recent words of one of our own, Dave P. I found his comments insightful and right on..."I myself am in favor of an alderman who takes his duty seriously, and actually shows up for meetings and committees that he is on, when it isn't an election year.

I favor someone who doesn't need their name to be the biggest font on the page when advertising something. I also do not like that everything with his name on it proudly proclaims....FREE! (though I know that helps fuel the whole "democrats care for poor people, republicans only care for the rich" battle cry they've been using forever.

I wouldn't mind an alderman who at any time in the past 20 years would have worked on the pension mess, instead of kicking it down the road. But I guess goose liver and other stupid stuff is more of a priority.

I wouldn't mind an alderman who actually read anything he passed, like that awesome parking meter deal that everyone knew sucked...but he did what the mayor wanted anyway.

I also wouldn't mind if he actually listened to the community when he asks for feedback...instead of just taking it and publishing a 20 page report on why he's going to do what he wants regardless.

There are a million of them, but what it boils down to for me:

parking meter deal
pension mess
parking garage
poor schools

The problem is, so many people believe that that the longer a politician has been around, the better it is for us. The known is better than the unknown. Tenure leads to having "pull" and clout. Well, clout died with Daley, its time to move on.

I think we need to start voting out incumbents at all levels, and if the new guy/gal doesn't perform, vote them out the next election cycle, etc etc.

Politicians on both sides are playing all of us for fools."

The last time Don ran against Joe he only lost by several dozen donuts. Let's keep our fingers crossed that he beats Joe this time. If for no ther reason... change is good. Need I say MOORE?

4 days ago

Updated 10 min ago

The CTU Head Speaks Out on Joe Moore

Jesse Sharkey has stepped up to fill in for Karen Lewis as she battles a serious illness.

Chicago Magazine interviewed Mr. Sharkey for the December issue. One of the points he addressed was our alderman's actions to block the public from having a voice in the issue of an elected school board.

Q: Which aldermen are standing in the way of an elected school board?

A: Joe Moore [49th Ward, in Rogers Park] is one of them. I’m furious with...

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Jesse Sharkey has stepped up to fill in for Karen Lewis as she battles a serious illness.

Chicago Magazine interviewed Mr. Sharkey for the December issue. One of the points he addressed was our alderman's actions to block the public from having a voice in the issue of an elected school board.

Q: Which aldermen are standing in the way of an elected school board?

A: Joe Moore [49th Ward, in Rogers Park] is one of them. I’m furious with Joe Moore. He’s shown himself to suck up to power like nobody’s business. [In Illinois,] up to three measures can get on the ballot. Joe Moore made sure there were three trivial measures so he could do the mayor’s bidding and not allow an elected school board on the ballot—a measure that’s really important to people.

The full article is here: http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/December-2014/Meet-Jesse-Sharkey-the-New-Karen-Lewis/

Does anyone know how many teachers reside in the 49th ward?

  • Really good point. And if the mayor and his minion Joe Moore hadn't pulled dirty tricks , twice, to make sure the public didn't get a voice in the issue, we might have that option.

    And now it looks like the CTU is calling them out on it. They don't seem very happy with Joe at all. Who can blame them and who the heck can even condone that kind of dirty trick? Seriously, who can condone that?

  • mclnoh RE Broker & Photographer

    Just one of many reasons, our 22 year incumbent Alderman, needs to BE retired. As I've previously said, "He's been feeding at the public trough way too long!" The RESIDENTS of the 49th Ward are deserving of and long over due new energy, with actual planning and fresh thinking representing THEM and THEIR best interest, at City hall! Get to know Gordon! Get to know Amara!

26 hours ago

Updated 20 min ago

WitchCraft Christ apologizes to Whites for Chicago Black on Black crime ..

The failure of rich blacks, educated blacks, hood blacks, black politicians, black preachers, and rich black athletes to publicly own up to the Chicago Black crime problem.

  • WitchCraft Christ King of Sorcery,Necromancy,Shadows,Death

    Is there not 1 black person who will also stand with me right here right now on E.B. Rogers Park? Why are blacks afraid in Chicago to stand up and take responsibility for Chicago black crime and the other problems that come with it.

  • WitchCraft Christ King of Sorcery,Necromancy,Shadows,Death

    White people are correct when they say "if I/we speak up to speak out against black crime blacks will call us racist.

20 hours ago

Updated 47 min ago

in defense of weeds.

so, i have learned more than i wanted to know about the chicago "weed" ordinance. i deny that i am or was in violation of the ordinance.

as i understand it, one key provision is that weeds are "untended", and then gives a couple arbitrary heights, and says anything over 4' must be cut back in the winter. no specific species are mentioned, and it is up to the discretion of the hearing officer, who may or may not know...

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so, i have learned more than i wanted to know about the chicago "weed" ordinance. i deny that i am or was in violation of the ordinance.

as i understand it, one key provision is that weeds are "untended", and then gives a couple arbitrary heights, and says anything over 4' must be cut back in the winter. no specific species are mentioned, and it is up to the discretion of the hearing officer, who may or may not know anything about wildflowers or native food plants.
i deny that i am or was in violation of the ordinance.
yes, many native plants have sprung up on my farm. yes, i let a lot of them grow, thrive and even seed.
BUT, nothing is allowed to stay unless it serves a purpose.
i do weed my weeds.
i eat my weeds.
i feed my weeds to my critters.

so, if i can eat it, i let it grow. if it makes an edible seed, i let it grow.
if pollinators frequent it, i let it grow.
if birds eat the seeds, i let it grow.

we harvested 2 kinds of mustard for human use.
we harvested a couple bushels of amaranth.
green corp kids harvested 4 big burlap bags of poor mans pepper, and a large pile of lambs quarters. (which grow beyond the arbitrary height of 4')

my chickens have feasted on an armload of fresh weeds 3-4 times a week since spring. their favorites gets sorted out where they are out of place.
when something threatens a crop, i pull it out.

read more-https://www.facebook.com/MoahsArk/posts/774485855906429

20 hours ago

Updated 58 min ago

MOORE IS SO MUCH LESS... anyway you look at it.

I catagorize this under "Neighborhood Improvement"

Cairo and others- if you knew me, you would clearly understand that I am no one's "mouthpiece." No this is really way Moore than trying to get Don Gordon elected. It's Moore about eradicating the disease known as "business as usual." And anyone who doesn't appreciate the need for change, should take an overall look at our government, from to to bottom.

I do support term limits and would even do so if my...

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I catagorize this under "Neighborhood Improvement"

Cairo and others- if you knew me, you would clearly understand that I am no one's "mouthpiece." No this is really way Moore than trying to get Don Gordon elected. It's Moore about eradicating the disease known as "business as usual." And anyone who doesn't appreciate the need for change, should take an overall look at our government, from to to bottom.

I do support term limits and would even do so if my friend and neighbor Don Gordon were in office as long as "way Moore than necessary" has been there. To be even Moore clear, if Joe Moore were at the top of his game, and had a real list of significant accomplishments; I'd still want him out of office.
Change is good... Fresh clear ideas which aren't self-serving are good.

Joe has had his run. So please, no Moore, Moore. Enough already!

Please, no Moore!!

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  • Mother Olson Watchful mother.

    Jack be nimble, Jack be quick. Jack jump over the candlesook. Oops. Sury. Stick!

  • You've started a pretty good list, DaveP, but we all know it's a lot longer than that, unfortunately.

    While his supporters babble on about whatever they're babbling under multiple accounts (thank you, mute button), the rest of us are stuck dealing with the reality that Joe Moore would leave this job in a heartbeat if he could just find another one.

    In the meantime, he's just phoning it in. And the mayor is on the other end of the line.

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27 hours ago

Updated 11 hours ago

A Jew for Jesus for Mayor

I was going to sit this election out, but not anymore.

http://www.garciaforchicago.com

  • Dan 21-year Rogers Park resident

    Larry, Thank you for the link to Mr. Garcia's website. I am signing up to make monthly donations. Jesus Garcia will need an outpouring of support and donations from citizens if he is to have any chance against the Mayor and the massive amounts of money he has collected from his constituency of millionaires, billionaires, and the well-heeled.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Dan - have you considered http://my.amaraforchicago.com/?

2 days ago

Updated 11 hours ago

New to RP. Seeking dentist &/or GP

Looking for a General Practitioner who is on the ball. Leaning towards a woman doc (just 'cause) unless the guy you know is stupendous. Need someone REALLY thorough, who is current on journals, feels comfortable prescribing if need be.

Tried one RP guy who didn't "believe" in Fibromyalgia and sent me out to 3 specialists just for meds.

Also need a dentist. I have good teeth. ;-)

  • I've been going to Dr. Chipp at Ridge Dental Center for over a year now. He's both knowledgeable and personable. I had my first cavities filled at 28 and was nervous about it and he said that was totally okay and he explained everything before he did it. Most medical doctors I have been to don't have such a good bedside manner.

  • Dr.Tran at north broadway dental is great and is more than accommodating when it comes to scheduling!

38 hours ago

Updated 16 hours ago

New Grocery on Ridge

What's taking so long for that store to get up & running? Has anyone heard when they expect to open?

  • I know it's in the 50th Ward, and I think it's great that the store is finally opening--it has a good reputation, and Jewel needs competition--but I'm concerned about the flashing free-standing sign in the parking lot. Is it legal under current signage ordinances? For years, that long block of Ridge has peacefully housed an electrical factory that has never made the block seem overcommercial--but a flashing sign can do that.

  • JCV My head hurts.

    I'm less concerned with a lighted sign than a giant empty storefront but yes, it would be good if they could work to minimize its obnoxiousness.

3 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

10,000 students and 2 libraries!?

Hi! As a West Ridge/Rogers Park resident we have lots to discuss. 1st off, where is the dividing line of the two parts of town? 2ndly, being that I have no idea where the line is we have an education problem. There are 12 public schools in our area and only 2 libraries. Over 10,000 students have access to only about 10 computers. We need another library to make our community stronger educationally and as a viable resource for students...

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Hi! As a West Ridge/Rogers Park resident we have lots to discuss. 1st off, where is the dividing line of the two parts of town? 2ndly, being that I have no idea where the line is we have an education problem. There are 12 public schools in our area and only 2 libraries. Over 10,000 students have access to only about 10 computers. We need another library to make our community stronger educationally and as a viable resource for students to get the help they need. If adding another school to the system is not an option this needs to be addressed immediately. Our children are suffering as a lack of resources is not available. How do we achieve this goal?

  • That said, Kang Chiu led the team that made the new RP library a reality. He has never lost interest in making it a better place for all users, and deserves our thanks. He's a real asset to the community.

  • So grateful to hear your story and so sad that it is such a struggle to give our community a gift like a library. Thank you Kang Chiu and thank you to all who worked with you to get our library as advanced as it is. I'm wondering what advancements we can make to better our library even more or to add another location in our neighborhood.

23 hours ago

Updated 19 hours ago

24th Police District Provides Update on Recent Arrests and Activities

Below is the most recent summary of 24th District Police activity:

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/156019_322.htm

37 hours ago

Updated 20 hours ago

Assault at Chase and Damen

My daughter was walking her dogs about 7:15 tonight, and she witnessed 3 teens assault a 4th teen at Chase and Damen. They knocked him down and were kicking and beating him, and stole his phone. She was screaming for help, and her dogs were barking, but they didn't stop. No one came out to help. The boy was able to get up, though his face was bloody, and he was hurt. He asked her to walk him to UNO,...

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My daughter was walking her dogs about 7:15 tonight, and she witnessed 3 teens assault a 4th teen at Chase and Damen. They knocked him down and were kicking and beating him, and stole his phone. She was screaming for help, and her dogs were barking, but they didn't stop. No one came out to help. The boy was able to get up, though his face was bloody, and he was hurt. He asked her to walk him to UNO, where he is a student. She didn't have a cell phone with her, so he said he would find his Principal, who would call the police. She watched him go into the school, and we called the police to report the assault as soon as she got home. The dispatcher said that the would send police to the school. Jerks.

  • I would encourage whomever is organizing discussions with UNO to include the Benedictine Sisters in this matter. They still own that property and are located on the campus. http://www.osbchicago.org/contact.htm

  • Mr. Rogers Neighbor

    I second that.. morning traffic especially, is a much bigger mess than anything i can recall from St. Scholastica. A lot of parents just stop and let their kids out regardless of traffic- effectively blocking both directions and backing it up for blocks. Some of those tearing up the side...

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    I second that.. morning traffic especially, is a much bigger mess than anything i can recall from St. Scholastica. A lot of parents just stop and let their kids out regardless of traffic- effectively blocking both directions and backing it up for blocks. Some of those tearing up the side streets and alleys are commuters trying to get around the mess, not necessarily parents. I now avoid this stretch anywhere near this time of day.

    As for the crime association, drug dealing is not new to that area.. What may be new is a fresh client base from UNO. Which may have nothing to do with the incident in question.

20 hours ago

Wheaten Terrier found

Found yesterday at the lakefront near Montrose. No collar. Not chipped. For inquires please contact Kate at (312) 480-0781. Thank you!

Also posted on People's Pooch Park

3 days ago

Updated 22 hours ago

Idea for Gale School (and other RP schools for that matter!)

Joe -- I saw a great idea in today's Trib that might be useful at Gale School given the focus it now has by CPS: "Tools of the Mind Learning". It had great results in a NYC study with 79 classrooms -- especially in "highest poverty schools". Will you commit to the Ward to getting this implemented in RP?

Excerpts from the article:
Training teachers to promote structured play among kindergarteners yields improved reading, vocabulary and math scores that persist...

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Joe -- I saw a great idea in today's Trib that might be useful at Gale School given the focus it now has by CPS: "Tools of the Mind Learning". It had great results in a NYC study with 79 classrooms -- especially in "highest poverty schools". Will you commit to the Ward to getting this implemented in RP?

Excerpts from the article:
Training teachers to promote structured play among kindergarteners yields improved reading, vocabulary and math scores that persist into first grade, according to a new study. The technique, called ‘Tools for the Mind,’ seemed to be particularly effective in high-poverty schools.

“The active ingredient is children are taking responsibility for their own learning,” said Clancy Blair of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University, who led the study. For the two-year study, researchers divided 79 kindergarten classrooms with a total of 759 children into two groups. Forty-two classrooms were directed to incorporate the Tools for the Mind program, and 37 continued with their standard teaching practices.

Researchers assessed students’ attention, speed of processing and other measures of academic ability twice a year. The program is meant to improve kids’ control over their ability to avoid distractions, focus their attention, remember important details and regulate impulsive behavior.

Teachers organize “shared cooperative activities” designed to promote social-emotional development and improve thinking skills. They combine reading, mathematics and science activities with child-directed activities and structured sociodramatic play.

“The thing that is most important for our results is we found the biggest effects in the highest poverty schools,” Blair said. “It’s well within the budgets and the capabilities of every kindergarten classroom in the U.S.,” he said. “Closing the achievement gap is right there, we know how to do it, and there’s no excuse not to do it.”

  • Rob

    Suzanne- And just how many times has the alderman said that it is always better to contact his office as he can't assure you that he will always be able to read and respond here on Everyblock? Again- have you sent this to Principle Washington, as she is the one who will be responsible and accountable for the hard work and changes needed at Gale with this new designation?

    Your dismissal of the knowledge of someone who actually works in the CPS system is pretty good, too.

  • Barton G The Official Barton

    Rob, Nobody listens to Suzanne as is evidenced by her complete failure in managing the Ward's Republican activities. At least on EB she has a captive audience and free soapbox to see her own words in print. Sad story but a true one.

2 days ago

Updated 22 hours ago

Legal/Illegal in Chicago? Look it up...

I notice many posts where folks ask about whether something is legal or not in Chicago (birdfeeders, dog leashes, etc.). FYI - you can look it up online: http://www.amlegal.com/library/il/chicago.shtml

I've used this link multiple times and although I'm no lawyer, at least I can get some familiarity for myself of what's there and what's not. (You can get to this same link via the City Clerk's Office homepage as well.) Takes a little getting used to navigate through sections, but,...

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I notice many posts where folks ask about whether something is legal or not in Chicago (birdfeeders, dog leashes, etc.). FYI - you can look it up online: http://www.amlegal.com/library/il/chicago.shtml

I've used this link multiple times and although I'm no lawyer, at least I can get some familiarity for myself of what's there and what's not. (You can get to this same link via the City Clerk's Office homepage as well.) Takes a little getting used to navigate through sections, but, I've found the "find"/search tool here is pretty decent and I can typically find what I want in a few minutes. If it's something I'm personally involved in, I'd call a lawyer - but at least when I talk to the lawyer I have a little knowledge going into the conversation.

Cheers!

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Park fees increasing

This will be very impactful in the RP. Increasing park program fees will inevitably drive away at risk young people for whom parks are the only alternative to hanging on streets. They are claiming the increase is 'just a dollar per hour of programming', but that adds up very fast, esp if you have multiple children.

Another question is how this will affect the Lunt avenue lakefront parking arrangement. Currently, we pay 89k per year in ward menu money for those spaces. If the overnight rates triple as planned, that could be a game changer there as well.

Budget hearing is Dec 3rd.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-park-district-budget-met-1121-20141120-story.html

  • Craig_Gernhardt Official Account

    I find it enlightening Mr. Light Brigade is shedding light on the inner workings of our Alderman - and how he does business. Hat tip, Jim.

    Have you signed one of my petition sheets yet? I got a couple more days before we turn them in.

  • I would love to sign a petition sheet. Thank you!

2 days ago

Updated 27 hours ago

Are birdbaths & birdfeeders illegal?

My husband & I own a condo in a courtyard building & have a large garden patio we frequently use. Our complex is mostly owner-occupied, but there is 1 rental in our building & an agent getting ready to show the unit threatened to call the cops on me today.

Could someone really report me to the police for setting out a tiny birdbath & a small handful of nuts & seeds on my patio while I am sitting outside...

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My husband & I own a condo in a courtyard building & have a large garden patio we frequently use. Our complex is mostly owner-occupied, but there is 1 rental in our building & an agent getting ready to show the unit threatened to call the cops on me today.

Could someone really report me to the police for setting out a tiny birdbath & a small handful of nuts & seeds on my patio while I am sitting outside watching the wildlife with my pets? I completely understand that just tossing out scraps attracts pests, but the food & water is only set out for as long as I am out there & then I promptly clean up any leftovers. This is also done on my very own property & there are no rules against it in my association by-laws, nor have any neighbors complained.

If this is truly against the law, I guess I'll stop, but I just don't know the extent to which this is an issue. I've been doing this for months & didn't think anything of it. There's a tree right outside our kitchen window that the sparrows & squirrels always hang out in & my pets really enjoy watching them, so I figured offering them a little treat while we're outside would be OK as long as I wasn't making a mess.

  • john early ave resident for 10+ years

    Hi - I believe that although the bird feeder is not an issue, placing food on the ground may be since it can attract rats and other rodents. If I get a chance I will see if I can find the ordinance.

  • Reid Hyams X-ART Entertainment, Music Industry / Owner

    You can call the agent's managing broker at the real estate company to complain about his actions. The managing broker is the person who actually has the authority to tell him to back off.

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The Alderman's Senior Citizen Services Links on the 49th ward Web Page are Very Very Old

So, my next door neighbor is 81 years old and is need of some services. He has finally admitted he could use some help. So I went over to his house today with my laptop to sign him up for some help. I thought I should start locally, so I went to Alderman Moore's 49th Ward Web Page under the "Senior Citizens" tab. Guess what. This page hasn't been updated in four years.

Here is what I found:

1. The...

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So, my next door neighbor is 81 years old and is need of some services. He has finally admitted he could use some help. So I went over to his house today with my laptop to sign him up for some help. I thought I should start locally, so I went to Alderman Moore's 49th Ward Web Page under the "Senior Citizens" tab. Guess what. This page hasn't been updated in four years.

Here is what I found:

1. The Senior Citizen 'Medical ID Program" page is "not found" when you click on the link. No luck there.
2. The "HRail Program" is supposedly something run by the Rogers Park Community Council - the name listed on the Alderman's website - changed over to "Northside Community Resources" in 2012, and is listed as run by someone named Cathie Bazzon, who left the organization three years ago. No luck there.
3. The Senior Citizen Exemption Program - I have a PHD and can't make heads or tails out of this link.
4. A "Benefits Check up" which after 45 minutes of clicking buttons told us absolutely nothing.

Summary: If you are a senior citizen in the 49th Ward you are screwed. I called a social worker friend of mine and told her what I was trying to do. When I told her about my experience with Alderman Joe Moore's website, she wasn't surprised at my lack of knowledge. She gave me some real resources for accessing services for Rogers Park Seniors and none of them are on Alderman Joe Moore's website because he is so disconnected from real people. I learned some aldermen have a full time staffer working on senior issues and concerns AND have up to date website information for them.

Alderman Moore: Update your senior services links. They are useless

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Mike, pay attention. I was responding to "Spot" whose comment was later removed by the moderators.

  • Yeah Mike! Helen mumbled "Paytenshion!"

2 days ago

Updated 42 hours ago

Barking about parking

I read that by moving to RP, I have no right to complain about parking because I already should have known it was bad.

That wasn't what the agent said.

Ok but... Why does the street cleaning day include all the surrounding streets so that there is nowhere to park within 6 blocks?

And why am I receiving so many City of Chicago tickets? About one a week for something dumb.

I guess these are theoretical questions. You may ask...

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I read that by moving to RP, I have no right to complain about parking because I already should have known it was bad.

That wasn't what the agent said.

Ok but... Why does the street cleaning day include all the surrounding streets so that there is nowhere to park within 6 blocks?

And why am I receiving so many City of Chicago tickets? About one a week for something dumb.

I guess these are theoretical questions. You may ask why I even HAVE a car. Got a serious and nasty illness that makes getting around difficult.

Our street is particularly overflowing with cars. I have found that if I am home by 3:00, I can find a parking space. Any other tips?

  • Rebo Positive pet and service dog trainer

    OOO! Alex, I like that!

    I forgot to mention that I live in front of two schools, two blocks long. No parking in front or on the sides of them from 7AM - 4PM. So, we can't move to the other side. Thus, the problem with parking.

    If I return...

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    OOO! Alex, I like that!

    I forgot to mention that I live in front of two schools, two blocks long. No parking in front or on the sides of them from 7AM - 4PM. So, we can't move to the other side. Thus, the problem with parking.

    If I return home after 3:00 PM, maybe 4:00PM, there are no spaces on my block because it is all apartments.

    Sometimes, I will park in front of the school after 4:00 PM overnight, get up at 6:30 AM and drive around until somebody leaves for work. Interestingly, many cars do not move. Cannot blame them LOL!

    Helen, I am happy to know it is over until spring. Not sure what I will do then. Park far away the night before?

    Enough complaining from me. I was just wondering how others park. I love my new apartment and people are very friendly in my neighborhood. Can't put a price on that.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    I can think of two locations where there are two school buildings. You probably mean Sullivan and the grammar school (the name of which I've forgotten). But if you mean Gale and Gale Annex in North of Howard, when you're desperate you can almost always find parking way west on Juneway just east of Chicago Ave.

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Fee increases under Emanuel replicate property tax hike (which will also likely happen)

Hal Dardick writes a thoughtful piece that says, while Emanuel is quick to remind us that he has not raised property taxes, he has increased other fees enough to impact Chicago residents in much the same way. (There is also, of course, widespread speculation that he will go ahead and raise property taxes anyway...just as soon as the elections are over.)

Dardick explains how this move also benefited aldermen:

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Hal Dardick writes a thoughtful piece that says, while Emanuel is quick to remind us that he has not raised property taxes, he has increased other fees enough to impact Chicago residents in much the same way. (There is also, of course, widespread speculation that he will go ahead and raise property taxes anyway...just as soon as the elections are over.)

Dardick explains how this move also benefited aldermen:

"Taken separately, the tax and fee hikes are less noticeable than a property tax increase that would have jumped out at homeowners when the tax bill arrived. That's made it easier for the mayor to sell his spending plans to aldermen, who like Emanuel have to face voters Feb. 24."

Full article here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-emanuel-budget-2015-met-20141118-story.html#page=1

  • I know it goes on all the time, but its still disturbing that our politicians are putting their own job security before what's best for the city and all of us.

  • I say time to vote him out & all this rubber stamps-- including our very own...

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Senior Holiday Cookie Decorating Workshop

The 24th CPD District and The Peterson Garden Project are hosting a Senior Holiday Cookie Decorating Workshop on December 18th. It's going to be at the Broadway Armory Second Floor at 5917 N. Broadway from 10 am to 12 pm. Come out and meet other Seniors and have some fun!!! This will be a great Holiday event!

47 hours ago

Minimum Wage Raise Hearing in City Council on Nov. 10

For those following the proposals to city council, here is a link for a summary of the hearing:
http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141110/downtown/minimum-wage-draws-backers-dectractors-council-debate. Don't know when the next hearing is scheduled. As of week of 17 Nov. the Restaurant Association is discussing a strategy with Illinois House Speaker Madigan to preempt Chicago's home rule authority to set its own minimum wage. Interesting precedent, if implemented, since Chicago is very different from other cities, villages, and counties in Illinois. Below are numbers to call if you wish your voice to be heard: Cullerton: 217-782-2728; Madigan: 217-782-5350. Your Illinois House Rep and Senator could also use a phone call.

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Updated 2 days ago

Community Health Survey for Rogers Park

The Loyola Community Nursing Center is conducting a community health survey of the Rogers Park, Edgewater and Uptown communities. Would you please take a few minutes to click on the link below and complete the survey?

Here is a link to the electronic version of the survey for community members: http://goo.gl/forms/ChBUx5hqkq

Thank you very much for your time.

If you have questions about the survey, please call the Loyola Community Nursing Center at 773.508.3339

  • Bumping this again because these services are so valuable. The center is involved in so many positive things: weekly home checkups for the elderly; helping seniors make connections to transit and hot meals; advice and support for new moms who may be far from home; advising local Head Start programs, and so much more.

  • MandaLeigh Here I Is.

    Another bump. The survey took me about three minutes.

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2 days ago

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Alderman Joe Moore's Speech Announcing his Candidacy for Re-election

It's official! I'm a candidate for re-election as Alderman of the 49th Ward.

I filed nominating petitions Monday morning containing the signatures of 7,180 residents and Monday night I made it official by announcing my candidacy in front of 120 friends, supporters and neighbors at the Heartland Cafe.

Below is a written text of my speech remarks. Please feel free to share your comments with me. I look forward to a spirited and thoughtful campaign.

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/156005_322.htm

  • Thanks for supplying the text of your comments.

    ..........Good summary.

    I'm glad that my curiosity made me attend the event.

    ..........It was a fun evening.

    Good luck in February.

Oct 19

Updated 2 days ago

Lost cat

Someone posted about finding a black & white cat... here's one that's missing. Hope this helps everyone.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Marxist Attacks 49th Ward Alderman

Repeat political challenger, Don Gordon, apparently supports a Marxist attack against our Ward Alderman. Chicago Teachers Union VP Jesse Sharkey was questioned over his recent participation in the Midwest Marxism Conference at Northwestern University and refused to answer why he was there and what relationship the Chicago Teachers Union has with the International Socialists Organization or why he opposes our Alderman. Do we wan to elect a Marxist sympathizer? You can read about it here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Gordon2015/ and here http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2012/12/04/chicago-teachers-union-vp-busted-participating-in-midwest-marxism-conference/ Let's not vote a Marxist into the 49th Ward. Say NO to Marxism.

  • Haha. All have policies that make sense. I feel that we as a people are strongest when united. This nation built in liberty equality pursuit of happiness. It needs to be kept in balance I avoid the rich getting richer off poor people who are naturally generally for the most...

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    Haha. All have policies that make sense. I feel that we as a people are strongest when united. This nation built in liberty equality pursuit of happiness. It needs to be kept in balance I avoid the rich getting richer off poor people who are naturally generally for the most part stupid for lack of a better word. Because of access to education In sure they are no more or less intelligent with same potential. Is be richer under republican ways but many would be screwed over. If more happiness is around me the happier I am and that is priceless. Don't get me wrong I have needs and wants and can be greedy, but I wouldn't want to screw over a small or large group of people to create prosperity for me myself and my family. Were all on this rock together We are one whether people accept it or not. When they do - change can come quicker unlike the stalling tactics used today. Sometimes I ask myself, how are we allowing this to happen. What is is a cover-up for, is there even a bigger picture? We've come so far, but sometimes it seems like we still have a way to go. Need to understand that there will always be opposing views. Once that is accepted in the hearts of the people the nation can be united in our differences.

    I think Socrates just possessed me. Thank you Socrates for your insight.

    Your welcome.

  • get a life

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

lost key

hello.

i lost a single key today. possibly on w. albion (between lakewood and sheridan) or near/in the loyola el station. i've checked with the businesses and attendant located at the el. i've also scanned the street/area. no luck finding it. : /

it is attached to a colorful braided/twisted keychain . i am hoping someone picked it up and is keeping it safe. maybe you? please let me know!

2 days ago

Sunday Open House for Elegant RP Condo

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4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Done Deal - The Leone Park Beach Advisory Council is official

Posted on Facebook: "As witnessed by our community and Chicago Park District Community Relations Manager Maria Stone and District Supervisor Sandy Olson at the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce office on November 18th, 2014, the Leone Park Beach Advisory Council is official."

President - Eve Brownstone

Vice President - Bobby Diamond

Secretary - Christine Wellman

Treasurer - Terry Dee

2 days ago

Axis Capital Group Business Funding: Much grateful with Business Company Funding

I must admit that I’m lazy, and I’m cheap. This means that I don’t have paid money management software to track my finances. Instead, I learned how to make a budget on spreadsheets and in notebooks, and used them for years. But regardless of this, Axis Capital Group Business Funding, were I loan for years now, never cheated on us.

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Incumbent Aldermen

These all sound very familiar.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/urbanvoice101/top-7-ways-chicago-incumbent-aldermen-will-try-to-uru9

I'll add: stepping up services before an election. Do you have anything to add?

  • Since Spot's comments almost never have anything to do with what the person he's responding to actually wrote, he doesn't need to read other comments in order to respond to them. I wouldn't be surprised if he's muted every single other user and just replies to the appearance of their names on threads.
    He's an odd creature, living on Everyblock 24 hours a day and barking when other names show up. Reminds me of a pet left alone at home.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Oops, and another comment of Spot's bit the dust in the past couple of hours.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Looking for Local Rogers Park News

I am looking for as many web sights as possible to find local Roger Park News. Do you have any ideas? Example: Digital Tribune, Curbed.... Lets' hear it. Give it to me.

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    "Blogs are blogs, not newspapers" isn't inherently a bad thing to say. But keep in mind that in this modern age, newspapers and other media are barely what they once were. Fact checking is mostly a thing of the past. Bias abounds. If you're going to be skeptical, be skeptical of old media, too. It's not exempt from flaws.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    True, Al, but at least with most old media, you get a variety of opinions and biases instead of just those of one blogger.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Ted Cox blasts Alderman Moore on Twitter

"Many @ProgressiveChi aldermen treat Ald. @JoeMoore49 statement as a comedy routine, as he attacks opponents on police hiring and TIF reform."

https://twitter.com/tedcoxchicago/status/535138209152659456

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Birds vs. Business Development? What Are The Priorities?

While we eagerly await even a single word about Education, Business Development or Ward Services, three of the primary pillars supporting the Gordon Campaign, it seems that birds crashing into Loyola's buildings are a much higher priority at the moment. High enough a priority for the candidate to testify before the Chicago Planning Commission. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/Gordon2015/) We all like our feathered friends but couldn't some attention please be given to Education, Business Development and Ward Services? Is there confusion about what should be the highest priorities in the 49th Ward? Birds before Business Development?

  • Why do you keep bothering? Are you a paid shill?

  • mclnoh RE Broker & Photographer

    ...."I'm on my game...." 22 year incumbent 49th Ward Alderman on announcing his run for reelection.

    ...." We're on it. Thanks for letting me know." 22 year incumbent 49th Ward Alderman, in response to being informed by a constituent that his Senior's Services tab on his web site contains info and links that are 4 years out of date:

    nov17-the-aldermans-senior-citizen-services-links-49th-ward-6515548

    As Helen would say, "Indeed!"

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    You're really scraping the bottom of the barrel here to look for stuff to smear Gordon with. Why shouldn't we just mute you, exactly? Do you have anything legitimate to add to the conversation at all?

Nov 15

Updated 3 days ago

psa-

expanding urban agriculture is the OFFICIAL POLICY of the city of chicago.
so, why is joe moore not leading on this? why is the city crawling all over me? why cant i even find out how many complaints/complainers to the alderman's office, and to 311, there even are?
and how will i ever have a clue whether people are happy if i have no idea who they are?

if you are one of the complainers, do you have the decency...

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expanding urban agriculture is the OFFICIAL POLICY of the city of chicago.
so, why is joe moore not leading on this? why is the city crawling all over me? why cant i even find out how many complaints/complainers to the alderman's office, and to 311, there even are?
and how will i ever have a clue whether people are happy if i have no idea who they are?

if you are one of the complainers, do you have the decency to discuss this (sanely) here? if there were to be a public meeting, would you attend?

i am at a real loss how to make peace when i have no right to face my accusers, or even know how many of them there are. the only solution the alderman wants to see is to build a big fence. how do i share and educate from behind a big fence? how does this bit of green space benefit the neighborhood from behind a big fence?
why should the people who love it be punished?

  • Olgasdottir Long time Rogers Park gardener

    Because of the "junk" on Mo's farm (wood chips, leaf mold piles, extra plants) I have the healthiest soil I've had in years due to her generosity, trundling back and forth with my little wheelbarrow. There is nothing more dangerous there than in any garden or farm anywhere. Joe want...

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    Because of the "junk" on Mo's farm (wood chips, leaf mold piles, extra plants) I have the healthiest soil I've had in years due to her generosity, trundling back and forth with my little wheelbarrow. There is nothing more dangerous there than in any garden or farm anywhere. Joe want to do something about dangerous home businesses? All up and down Mo's alley, from the train tracks to Ridge, there are junk dealers, home car repair, and people selling alley space as off-street parking, not to mention the drug dealing and prostitution. I like "pretty" gardens too. But I love Moah's Ark-- I walk through it nearly every day just to breathe in the green. Mo is in trouble because she talked back.

  • kicking dan murphy off the place was prolly where it went over the edge.
    i was told he was getting pressure from "downtown" because of the 311 calls.
    like joe moore couldnt have called "downtown", explained the situation, and chilled all this out.

3 days ago

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4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Aldermanic Debates?

Good heavens there is a lot of banter on this forum about our local ward politics. In the weeks or months leading up to the city elections, are there any scheduled formal debates between the candidates? If not, there should be! A lot of people speak for the candidates but it would be wonderful to hear from them in person.

  • Mother Olson Watchful mother.

    Good grief! I said aldermanic debates, not ultra-maniac debates! Thank you to all who responded seriously.

  • Michelle R. 60666 Ask me anything about Which Kraft

    Sidney, honey, I've told you already - after you said all those horrible things about catholics, especially the pope and nuns, in those other threads - you'd never get elected President.

3 days ago

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Found - Ventra Card

Ventra Card found in Rogers Park. Please respond if you are missing yours and I'd be happy to return it to you.

Nov 07

Updated 3 days ago

Chinese Food Recommendations

Any good delivery options in RP for Chinese food? Thanks!

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Verena, I think that advice works for most restaurants, which is why we rarely order out and then only pizza.

  • Leelee Dog lady, cat lady, juicer extraordinaire

    Engs on Western is yummy. We order from there quite often.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Upgrading Electricity to Vintage Building

I live in a vintage condo building and we need to upgrade the electricity coming into our building. Our research shows ComEd will do it's part to help, but first we need to update the electrical boxes in our building. When the building turned condo, their was not a gut rehab or electrical update done.

Has anyone had any experience with a good contractor that could help us with this ?

Any information will be appreciated. Thanks !

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Jim A - Comed does not require a permit. We have done several of these projects.

  • jenna! Be the change you want to see happen

    You DO need a permit for a service upgrade. It sounds like your entire building needs an upgrade, so everyone in the condo committee needs to be onboard with this project. Lets say each unit only has a 60 amp breaker now and you'd like to each have 100 amp...

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    You DO need a permit for a service upgrade. It sounds like your entire building needs an upgrade, so everyone in the condo committee needs to be onboard with this project. Lets say each unit only has a 60 amp breaker now and you'd like to each have 100 amp service. An electrician will need to calculate the entire service load for the whole building & the public areas. What ComEd provides is a "new drop" to the service head outside your building, which means it supplies the correct size wires from the high tension wires in the alley to your building. So new meter banks with distribution to service panels located in each condo unit. You should also insist on hardwired smoke detectors and emergency lights with battery back up in your stairwells. We used Enrique Roman, he's professional and licensed. 773-677-1125
    Good luck Michael! It's a bit of a mess until its all done but you'll survive.

Nov 15

Updated 3 days ago

does anyone feel safe here?

So my girlfriend and I moved into our first apartment together about six months or so ago. On Sherwin. The apartment is great, the price is great and it's near public transit and everything seemed perfect. Until our first night.
After unloading our last load we took a little walk around dusk. We notice a bag dropped in some bushes (we didn't touch or even go near it) and are then confronted by someone insisting we were the people supposed...

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So my girlfriend and I moved into our first apartment together about six months or so ago. On Sherwin. The apartment is great, the price is great and it's near public transit and everything seemed perfect. Until our first night.
After unloading our last load we took a little walk around dusk. We notice a bag dropped in some bushes (we didn't touch or even go near it) and are then confronted by someone insisting we were the people supposed to pick it up, and we better do what we gotta do. Needless to say this exchange terrified my girl and shook me a little too. And that was day one. Subsequent days have seen gun shots and other terrible things. And then last month a woman was robbed and assaulted in my building. My lady has since moved out and refuses to come over without me, or even after dark. They changed the lights and locks but what good does that do when we share an alley area with another building with a door that is always propped open? Not too sure what the purpose of this post is, other than to see if anyone feels the same. Most days this place is great and wonderful and feels perfect. Then the nightmares come. And too often.

  • d3 NOH

    'Loyola is vastly different than the jarvis and Howard red line areas.'

    In terms of crime, Morse is vastly different than Loyola, too.

  • Normally I do not respond to anything said on a blog network. For each has his/her own opinion and entitled to such. However, to make a statement such as " Those individuals who have been incarcerated in this country have done something VERY VERY wrong to merit their respective "time...

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    Normally I do not respond to anything said on a blog network. For each has his/her own opinion and entitled to such. However, to make a statement such as " Those individuals who have been incarcerated in this country have done something VERY VERY wrong to merit their respective "time outs" from society" is just not true by any stretch of the imagination. There are many people that have been the victims of these so-called time-outs from society that have done little else but be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Also, more than a few have been victimized by unscrupulous law enforcement practices such as planting evidence. If you think this doesn't happen, then you just don't want to know. Don't take this as an indictment on all law enforcement. A few bad apples is not representative of the whole barrel. I also fully understand that many of the time-outs are well deserved. Including each and every one of mine. However, it's funny (not really) how the invisible becomes very visible as you change the ethnic walk of life. Unfortunately few are able to sit back and take a deeper look from every lens possible. It' very difficult to see the reality of the life you never have to live.

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