2 days ago

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E.B. Blacks: Shame on you for reading racist comments on E.B. for 3 years and not challenge racist.

Black people what is wrong with you? Why have you posted on E.B. and not challenged racist chatter meant to hurt black people?

  • There are no black people on this thread.

  • Black Angel Black Is Beautiful

    I am black Gene . Aint my fault you aint born a black king or black queen but I know some gay black men who might want to date you Gene. You want me to set you up with a gay black man Gene?

17 hours ago

Updated 6 min ago

Ald Joe Moore & Rahm Emanuel - Racially Insensitive & Out of touch

Late last week flyers declaring, 'Free Chicken wings for Early votes for Rahm' were circulated in Roger's Park. Below is Maryann Ahern's tweet's about said flyer.

https://twitter.com/MaryAnnAhernNBC/status/582196687969476609

Many journalists & politicos agree that the African-American vote is going to be decisive in this election. Some African-American leaders I know in Rogers Park thought it was racially insensitive to court their vote by offering free chicken wings. One even said, 'God D***, did Joe have watermelon there too?'

  • At last. A discussion that started about some sort of race thing and ended up with RPers talking about casseroles. WAY TO GO! Maybe the nut cases have taken a breather.

    Personally I also favor the green bean casserole but my Mom used toasted almonds instead of the f fried onion ring thing. You have to toast the almonds. That may be too much work for some.

  • JohnL Retired old foggey.

    From race to racing to the toilet because of lutefisk. My kind of discussion. Thanks all. I am a WASP who loves fried chicken and watermelon only if it has the seeds.

22 hours ago

Updated 10 min ago

USDOJ U.S. Attorney 219 S. Dearborn (312)353-5300: E.B. Rogers Park Is Guilty Of Cyber Hate.

We humbly ask D.O.J to investigate e.b.rogers park for "cyber hate comments" against blacks and that a racist culture exist that does offer support for 49th Ward Alderman Joe Moore who we believe has recieved financial support from racist.

  • Black Angel Black Is Beautiful

    thanks for going off topic to push this thread to the top. Its a shame how people try to mock the serious subject matter of this thread.

  • Black Angel Black Is Beautiful

    Cityboy knock on that black guy door and ask him if we are him. Take Mother Olson , _Becky, that fake black rogerparker with you to knock on his door. Bring Helen N of H and bring fake white sandwich god jesus with you too. Knock in his door if you think we him and ask him are we him.

30 hours ago

Updated 43 min ago

Chase need more lights for security!

People really need to be respectful.
Studipty come home late there people having sex.
i had to call the cops!
where can i go report!
We need more lights to secure!

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 50 + years

    Omnivore was born
    Vegetarian became
    Not for me, she said

  • MandaLeigh Here I Is.

    At the end of the day, I don't really know. It's tasty and delicious and we should all eat kebab with great glee!!

46 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Former Mayoral Candidate Bob Fioretti Endorses Rahm for Re-Election

Here's what he said:

“The city's finances are a serious problem. It’s grave, and I don’t believe Mr. Garcia is ready to deal with the problems this city faces on the financial front. I don’t think he’s demonstrated it on the campaign trail, during the debates and especially with his call for a commission to study the city’s financial problems.”

Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-fioretti-endorses-emanuel-20150329-story.html

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Here's what he said:

“The city's finances are a serious problem. It’s grave, and I don’t believe Mr. Garcia is ready to deal with the problems this city faces on the financial front. I don’t think he’s demonstrated it on the campaign trail, during the debates and especially with his call for a commission to study the city’s financial problems.”

Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-fioretti-endorses-emanuel-20150329-story.html

“We need a mayor that can dive in, rather than a mayor that wants to create a commission to look at the problem that his supporters say does not exist. The mayor and I disagree on many issues. . . . My endorsement is about which of these two candidates is ready and able to take on the tough financial challenges this city faces. For me, that candidate is Rahm.”

Chicago Sun-Times

http://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/7/71/477945/ald-bob-fioretti-endorsing-rahm-emanuel-mayor?utm_source=Chicago+Sun-Times&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=333567_BREAKING+NEWS%3a+Fioretti+endorses+Emanuel+in+runoff+for+mayor&ID=333567_BREAKING+NEWS%3a+Fioretti+endorses+Emanuel+in+runoff+for+mayor&dm_i=2JCP,75DR,2HTMZ9,FRAE,1

8 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Easter Egg Hunt at GMSA

Today our Pre-K through 1st grade students had a great time meeting the Easter Bunny and Hinton for Easter eggs. There were plenty of smiles!

  • daveP been around awhile

    Easter bunny costumes are just creepy. Maybe too much donnie darko.

    Took my dogs to an easter thing one year, they wouldn't go near him.

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 50 + years

    Robin, do you protest when the White House holds an Easter egg hunt every year on the lawn? That's government property. This is hardly a religious ceremony.

13 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

CMSA Robotics team advance to FTC World Championship

COMPETING AGAINST THE WORLD:
CMSA’S ROBOTICS TEAM ADVANCES TO FTC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Chicago, IL - (March 30, 2015) – For the first time in its robotics program history, Chicago Math and Science Academy’s high school robotics team, RoboTitans Team #7006, will compete in FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) World Championship April 22-25, 2015 in St. Louis. The RoboTitans are one of 5 teams from Illinois, and the only public charter school, advancing to this prestigious competition.

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COMPETING AGAINST THE WORLD:
CMSA’S ROBOTICS TEAM ADVANCES TO FTC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Chicago, IL - (March 30, 2015) – For the first time in its robotics program history, Chicago Math and Science Academy’s high school robotics team, RoboTitans Team #7006, will compete in FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) World Championship April 22-25, 2015 in St. Louis. The RoboTitans are one of 5 teams from Illinois, and the only public charter school, advancing to this prestigious competition.

The World Championship is the final FCT tournament of the season. 128 teams from around the world will compete in St. Louis for the honor of being the world’s best. In addition to moving forward to the World Championship the RoboTitans also received the 3rd place Motivate Award at the North Regional Super Regional Championship this past weekend in Iowa.

“To say we are proud of this team of freshman is an understatement. Their efforts and hard work have placed CMSA on the world stage for the first time. It is the icing on the cake coming off a very successful season which earned CMSA 10 trophies”, states Principal Aydin Kara. “We are very grateful to the coaches and mentors for the countless hours with these students to help prepare them for this honor.”

Students involved in FTC learn to apply real-world math and science concepts, develop program-solving, organizational and team building-skills, and are eligible for millions of dollars of scholarship funding. CMSA has a consistent track record in robotics achievements and regularly hosts FTC and FLL qualifiers at its campus. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.

CMSA is managed by Concept Schools, a Chicago-based, not-for-profit charter school management company with 30 charter schools in the Midwest region.

46 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

  • Rahm's support for the minimum raise increase was important. But the timeline leading to his decision clearly indicates that the issue was purely a matter of cold political expediency to him. He only came out in support (initially for a measly $9.25 an hour) after the minimum wage threatened to...

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    Rahm's support for the minimum raise increase was important. But the timeline leading to his decision clearly indicates that the issue was purely a matter of cold political expediency to him. He only came out in support (initially for a measly $9.25 an hour) after the minimum wage threatened to seriously trouble Rauner's campaign and after ignoring multiple earlier opportunities to lead on the issue. The fact that Rahm was so reluctant about raising the minimum wage says a lot about where his priorities actually are. Rahm did not lead on the issue. Rahm did not follow his heart on the issue. Rahm saw the issue as a tactical opportunity after a non-binding resolution showed that 66 percent of Illinois voters (and presumably a much higher percentage of Chicagoans) supported the increase:

    http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2014/12/04/rahm-emanuels-evolving-position-on-the-minimum-wage

  • 30 years on the public roll and zero accomplishments. That is all.

30 hours ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Comcast out again

For the umpteenth time, Comcast is out again--this time both cable and Internet. But it should be back by "12:52 a.m." How amazingly precise for an outfit that can't furnish a utility reliably. How big an area is out?

  • Bruce Mayberry, Roger Parkansas

    Why I fired them years ago.

  • Switched over to RCN last year because of Comcast's frequent outages. So far, so good with RCN but I really think they're all the same.

42 hours ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Shots Fired: 3:30am Sunday Morning

Good morning, everyone! Just wanted to see if anyone heard or knew anything about the shots fired this morning around 3:30am near the 1600 block of Morse/Lunt. My girlfriend and I heard 2-3 shots that sounded like they were directly underneath our window. Called 911 and we never heard sirens so I don't think anyone was injured. Anyone know anything?
Thanks and have a great Sunday!
Amy

  • d3 NOH

    hmm... fireworks in March. OK. then we ask, when will CPD start taking fireworks seriously?

  • Thanks, Mike! That link is super helpful. I guess M-80s make sense because it was so flippin' loud. Crazy to see how the sound carried. Thanks for the info! Still gave us a good scare, but glad to know what heard was likely some jerks setting off fireworks at 3:30am and not shooting each other.

27 hours ago

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2 days ago

Updated 13 hours ago

CBS 2, NBC 5, ABC 7, WGN 9, FOX 32: We can prove at least 1 who left racist comments is a C.P.D.

Cops you should not be posting comments on threads that have racist comments or are race based with the intent to hurt blacks unless Cops are standing up against racism.

2 days ago

Updated 13 hours ago

CBS #2, NBC #5, ABC #7, we ask 49th Ward Alderman Joe Moore denounce E.B. racist and E.B. racism

We want to know why 49th Ward Alderman Joe Moore corresponds with racist on E.B. and does not denounce their racist political support?

19 hours ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Street Sweeping Season Begins Wednesday--Schedule for April 1 through May 18 Posted

Street sweeping season begins officially Wednesday, April 1st. Though the 49th Ward street sweeper is already out cleaning the streets as weather permits, today marks the first day this year that the city will post the bright orange "no parking" street sweeping signs on residential streets.

To view a map of the 49th Ward street sweeping areas and a schedule for April 1st through May 18th, visit:

http://www.ward49.com/street-sweeping/.

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Street sweeping season begins officially Wednesday, April 1st. Though the 49th Ward street sweeper is already out cleaning the streets as weather permits, today marks the first day this year that the city will post the bright orange "no parking" street sweeping signs on residential streets.

To view a map of the 49th Ward street sweeping areas and a schedule for April 1st through May 18th, visit:

http://www.ward49.com/street-sweeping/.

Each residential street in the 49th Ward is swept approximately once a month. Residential street sweeping this year will continue until the end of November.

PLEASE NOTE: STREET SWEEPING WILL BE CARRIED OUT UNDER THE OLD WARD BOUNDARIES UNTIL MAY 18TH.

Following the start of the new city council term on Monday, May 18th, street sweeping will switch to the new ward boundaries. I will publish the schedule for May 19th through the end of November as soon as it becomes available.

Special note for those who live in the portion of the new 49th Ward that was once in the 40th Ward: Your streets will be swept by the 40th Ward on April 1st 2nd, 3rd and 6th. For the precise days your street will be swept, visit Alderman Patrick O'Connor's web site at

http://www.aldermanoconnor.com/street-sweeping/2014-street-sweeping-schedule-for-40th-ward/

Also please note, our commercial streets, and Ravenswood and Glenwood along the CTA and Metra embankments, are posted with permanent street cleaning signs and swept once or twice a week.

How can you help? Remind your neighbors to move their cars on street sweeping days. Refrain from blowing or raking leaves or other debris into the streets. Pick up litter along the curb rather than leaving it for the street sweepers. Our street sweeper vehicles are slowed down by large volumes of leaves and litter. The more cooperation we have from community residents, the more effectively we can sweep your street.

  • daveP been around awhile

    email and text alerts....don't risk a ticket!

    http://sweeparound.us

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 50 + years

    If you live in North of Howard, please, please, please move your cars early Wednesday and Thursday or watch where you park the night before. Let's get all the winter sludge off the streets.

31 hours ago

Updated 14 hours ago

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

    From the article, "... Charles Thomas asked if Mayor Emanuel would help the alderman pay off his campaign debt ... he said that's a possibility."

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

    I don't think Fioretti will sway many voters, and I didn't see much in the way of a get out the vote operation during the general election that could help in the runoff.

Mar 23

Updated 17 hours ago

Was Starbucks wrong for posting messages about race on their cups to get people talking about race?

I believe that we should talk about race and if we don't we will suffer.

  • God! I am honored to see you on Everyblock! I know you have a very busy schedule..especially with Holy Week this week. If you could let me win the lottery tonite I would be all so happy!

  • Which God God is Beautiful

    Every Week is Holy Week.

    Every creature is God's creature, including Brown Angel.

    The lottery is man's creation; good luck with that.

    James Brown just told me that he is not impressed with White Angel. He said, "Black Angel can't bust a move. Or sing. And crazy? I was twice as crazy. But it all works out in the end."

    Thank God for Seroquel!

Mar 16

Updated 19 hours ago

Police activity on Morse

There's a lot of police activity on Morse near the old Morseland, and what looked like a couple of arrests. Does anyone know what happened?

  • If I made a mistake then of course I apologize. I'm new to this site and don't quite have the hang of "responding". All I know is I get a lot of emails on the subject.
    Understand, a LOT of flack here about whos at fault. In the end they both are.
    Yes Audi started it but Camrys reaction was horrifying.
    They both had time to calm down and regroup but they both opted for the next level.

  • Spenser Akanni Omigbemi Harris Father , Vet.Conscious. ...A Local

    Agreed ,Peace!!

20 hours ago

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30 hours ago

Updated 25 hours ago

Auto body repair shop

I was recently in an accident / altercation and my car has front and rear damage as well as several dents around the car. I need a good repair shop in the Edgewater / Rogers Park area. Any suggestions?

  • Steady Eddie quick on the drawl

    Hey Ben, how's your buddy Kevin Boyle? You guys been out drinking tonight?

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 50 + years

    You seem to be on to something, Eddie. It's pretty clear that the real Vigil wouldn't post such a message here.

Feb 26

Updated 29 hours ago

Who's for Chuy?

Me for one.

  • Steady Eddie quick on the drawl

    Hey Michele, how's things down at Stony and Marquette? The 20th Ward's pretty far from Rogers Park. Watcha ya doin up here? Slumming?

  • Yeah, Mr. "Steady" Eddie! LOL I'M SLUMMING FOR JESUS "CHUY" GARCIA! Do you have a problem with that? If so, that's alright! YOU'LL GET OVER IT! Goodnight! ***SMILE***

3 days ago

Updated 35 hours ago

Lost Wallet

Lost my wallet on my way to Morse redline today around 7:30am. It is black and gold and has my Michigan ID in it. My stupid bank told me someone called them and said they found it, but didn't take down a name or number for me to contact. Please contact me ASAP if you have any info.

5 days ago

Updated 38 hours ago

Shocking Video Shows Road Rage Battle on Chicago Street

This incident occurred on Morse Ave near IMoveChicago.
http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150325/rogers-park/shocking-video-shows-road-rage-battle-on-rogers-park-street
ROGERS PARK — With a nearby surveillance camera recording it all, two feuding drivers launched into a violent and extended battle on a Rogers Park street last week, with one driver repeatedly ramming the other's car while the second man delivered wild jump kicks and punches, according to police and the video.

For more than six minutes, the drivers went at it as bystanders — including a young girl on a scooter — looked on, according to the video obtained by DNAinfo Chicago. (more at link)

  • Kelli Lifelong W. Rogers Resident/Now A Happy Dunningite

    d3, as a former insurance agent, I just want to quickly say that when someone is involved in an accident for which they are not at fault, they don't suffer any repercussions in the form of inreased premiums. Even if you change insurance companies, the accident is reported to your...

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    d3, as a former insurance agent, I just want to quickly say that when someone is involved in an accident for which they are not at fault, they don't suffer any repercussions in the form of inreased premiums. Even if you change insurance companies, the accident is reported to your motor vehicle report as being "not at fault" and you will not be charged a higher premium for that. Also, you really don't need anything more than the the other person's insurance info when involved in an accident. You don't need their registration info or their VIN. The insurance companies have all that already.

  • Spenser Akanni Omigbemi Harris Father , Vet.Conscious. ...A Local

    One question...... What was the Audi driver's tox test results?!?!

4 days ago

Updated 39 hours ago

TIF funds and Rahm spending...

The Reader is one of the more reliable sources of information in the city. Check this out.

http://m.chicagoreader.com/chicago/mayor-rahm-emanuel-tif-funds-downtown-neighborhoods/Content?oid=17009841

  • Steady Eddie quick on the drawl

    Who ever established that the Alderman has no idea of how much money was spent in the ward? Or is that just another one of your baseless speculations that you oddly assert as being truth? I hope the Alderman doesn't waste our tax money and his time doing your homework for you. Besides, it's Palm Sunday. Let's relax in preparation for Maundy Thursday and the beginning of Passover on Friday.

  • Suzanne Devane Ward 49 Republican Committeeman

    Who? Joe. Reread his posts

3 days ago

Updated 39 hours ago

Is this just some sort of purgatory where insane people argue about politics?

I don't get it. It's the same argument over and over and over and...well you get it. How about using this site to find out about local happenings and lost pets and stuff? Why does every post end up in some argument about the alderman or the mayor? I seen a couple good arguments that were productive but the majority is just a bunch of insane and repetitive drivel. Come on folks.

  • Julia Z-N Andersonville Dog Mama

    EB is infested with trolls. Especially,but not only,RP. You could post that grass is green and get an endless diatribe about your racism and dissing of various political figures.

  • Spenser Akanni Omigbemi Harris Father , Vet.Conscious. ...A Local

    I guess what we are saying is that this is America and we have the rights to be ourselves in a neighborhood as culturally diverse as RP??Look in a pot of gumbo it all goes in....if u don't like it don't eat it....There are racist everywhere..... They founded this country?!?! Lol & it hasn't gone away no matter how "God bless the country "we sing .....its here ...that plus an open air way and ya got EB........

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Mar 23

Updated 46 hours ago

Why do blacks make up over 75% of the Chicago Police "stop and frisk"?

Why don't Chicago Police document their reasons for so many stops of black motorist. Chicago passed N.Y.cops for most stops of blacks.

  • BIB / BA :

    Will my comment above move me up the RACIST ranking list ?

    I'd like to displace Mother Olson.

  • BIB / BA :

    Have both of you " muted " me ?

    No response to my comment about your psychiatrist or medications.

    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    I thought that I would have moved up on your " RACIST " list.

2 days ago

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Starbucks; "Pull The Sheet Off Racist".

Black Nationalist don't want white sugar in our coffee but Starbucks is a place for black white hispanic oriental Indian and homeless of every color to come be in their 3rd place. Racist should not be allowed to use Starbuck's WiFi to spread hate. Stay vigilant Starbuckians. Do not accept racist activity from any Starbuck's WiFi.

  • Black Angel Black Is Beautiful

    News Media see what you post and you are only mad because your racist culture has to leave e.b and your comments against blacks don't help your support of alderman Moore. It is not racist for us to challeng the racist culture of this site.

  • B A :

    Please translate for the " racists " :

    ....." POVE what we say is true ".

Mar 23

Updated 2 days ago

Focus Group Moves Forward on Plans for Howard Street Theatre

http://patch.com/illinois/evanston/focus-group-moves-forward-plans-howard-street-theatre-0?utm_source=article-mostrecent&utm_medium=rss&utm_term=arts%20&%20entertainment&utm_campaign=recirc&utm_content=aol

The Howard Street Theatre Focus Group met on March 17 to discuss the steps needed to create a theater/performing arts space in the City of Evanston-owned properties in the 700 block of Howard Street in Evanston. The group convened at Peckish Pig, a restaurant and brewery located at 623 Howard St. in Evanston.
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The Howard Street Theatre Focus Group met on March 17 to discuss the steps needed to create a theater/performing arts space in the City of Evanston-owned properties in the 700 block of Howard Street in Evanston. The group convened at Peckish Pig, a restaurant and brewery located at 623 Howard St. in Evanston.
Focus group participants discussed the many strengths of the location, including excellent access to public transit; the opening in 2008 of a 221-unit apartment building just to the east; an award-winning restaurant and award-winning cocktail lounge just down the block; the increased vibrancy of the street; and its close proximity to Chicago.
Participants evaluated the properties available for theater use (717, 721-723 and 727-729 Howard St.), reviewed previous renderings and concepts for a theater on that block, and discussed the steps required to find a theatre company or companies that would thrive in this location.
Other issues addressed were who would manage and operate the space; the number of seats and their configuration; if an additional location should be considered for a cabaret to allow for comedy club and intimate live musical performances; and the timing to build the space and solicit users.
The group reported that the next steps will be as follows: clearly articulate the vision for Howard Street and the arts; convene a meeting with a group of theatres that might be interested in the space; go forth with a plan for the space to get funding; narrow down the list of people who can participate; and select a theatre group to enter a long-term lease from the City. (more at link)

Jun 12

Updated 2 days ago

Good Morning

Don't you just love it when someone smiles at you and says "Hi" and "good morning" to you first thing in the morning(I do).Say hi to your neighbors
greet them, have a good day.

  • Oh my. It's 4:50am and I'm still trying to fall asleep. Since I'm probably ahead of the curve: Good morning RP neighbors! Happy weekend to each and everyone of you.

  • Venus the Cat's Mom kinder gentler cat mommie

    @ Shelby What a wonderful premise,thank you. It is a little cooler than it looks but the brilliant sunshine s a good motivator. Have a great day/weekend.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Rahm's Accomplishments

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

    Love it!

  • Sarahdonis 20+ year neighbor, 48th ward

    With all due respect, whether this information is true or false, is it encouragement enough to vote for ANYONE other than Rahm? I am yet undecided. From what I have seen, Rahm demonstrates an ability to get things done. I don't like everything he has done, but the ability is there. Despite research, I haven't read anything that says what Chuy Garcia's abilities are. Even his own TV commercial only tells me he has lived in the same neighborhood for 40some years. And.......?

Mar 22

Updated 2 days ago

Senn High school amazing turnaround.

The past few years have shown a dramatic perception of improvement in and around Senn. There was an open letter from a student linked here yesterday. Kudos to that student for writing about their experience at Senn.

Thanks to all who are involved.
Parents, students, teachers and adminstration. You have helped create pride in education. Keep up the fantastic work.

  • Bruce Mayberry, Roger Parkansas

    Any Senn alums care to share their respective experiences.
    Drove past the school the other morning and saw exceptional students hustling towards class.
    No attitudes. No negative loitering where kids have to pass through gauntlets.
    Just kids going to school.

  • Stanley Katakowski ex knife sharpener and beer drinker

    Heard nothing but good things about Senn. Kudos to the teachers and the students.

Mar 17

Updated 2 days ago

Do TIFs Rob Our Schools and Enrich Downtown Developers?

Tax Increment Financing (or "TIF") is the favorite target of many commentators and aspiring politicians. TIFs, they argue, deprive our schools of desperately needed money and line the pockets of politically connected downtown developers. Empty out the TIF accounts, they proclaim, and all our budgetary woes would be solved.

Crain's Chicago Business columnist, Greg Hinz, who got his start in Rogers Park as a reporter for the old Lerner News Star, just wrote an excellent piece on TIFs that debunks...

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Tax Increment Financing (or "TIF") is the favorite target of many commentators and aspiring politicians. TIFs, they argue, deprive our schools of desperately needed money and line the pockets of politically connected downtown developers. Empty out the TIF accounts, they proclaim, and all our budgetary woes would be solved.

Crain's Chicago Business columnist, Greg Hinz, who got his start in Rogers Park as a reporter for the old Lerner News Star, just wrote an excellent piece on TIFs that debunks those myths and sets the record straight on TIFs.

It's must reading for anyone who wants a clear understanding of how TIFs operate and a reality check for those who see TIFs as some evil enterprise or view them as a panacea for solving our fiscal crisis.

Below is a link to the article:

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20150314/ISSUE05/150319867/the-demagogues-are-wrong-about-tifs

  • Steady Eddie quick on the drawl

    Keep up the useless silly talk about TIFS but continue to ignore the unfunded pension debt of nearly $30 billion. Your twisted priorities are what is truly awe-inspiring.

  • Bill in Rogers Park Rogers Parker - co-founder of Glenwood Neighbors

    Hyperbole is not conducive to healthy debate.

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3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Last Chance to Check Out Projects Proposed for Participatory Budgeting

Tomorrow is your last chance to provide your comments and suggestions on the proposed neighborhood improvement projects that will be put to a vote of the entire 49th Ward community in April.

Join us for a Project Expo TOMORROW (Saturday, March 28th), 10:00 a.m., at the Willye White Park Fieldhouse, 1610 W. Howard (at Ashland). Free parking is available in the lot just north of the fieldhouse.

This is the next step in my "Participatory Budgeting" process that gives 49th...

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Tomorrow is your last chance to provide your comments and suggestions on the proposed neighborhood improvement projects that will be put to a vote of the entire 49th Ward community in April.

Join us for a Project Expo TOMORROW (Saturday, March 28th), 10:00 a.m., at the Willye White Park Fieldhouse, 1610 W. Howard (at Ashland). Free parking is available in the lot just north of the fieldhouse.

This is the next step in my "Participatory Budgeting" process that gives 49th Ward residents the power to decide directly how to spend the Ward's $1 million of the ward's "menu money"--discretionary funds received annually by each Chicago alderman for infrastructure improvements in their wards.

You will hear from five volunteer committees about projects they're proposing to be placed on the election ballot on Saturday, April 25th. You'll then have an opportunity to offer your feedback and suggestions on the proposed ideas.

For more information about participatory budgeting and how the process works in the 49th Ward, visit the Participatory Budgeting page on my web site:

http://www.ward49.com/participatory-budgeting/

The 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting Leadership Committee, the Community Representatives and I look forward to hearing your input tomorrow.

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    Mark your calendar for the upcoming 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting Election Day. Vote for your favorite 49th Ward infrastructure projects at the Voting Assembly, Saturday, April 25th, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Chicago Math and Science Academy, 7212 N. Clark St. (just south of the firehouse).

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 50 + years

    Bump

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    Thanks, Helen!

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Alderman Joe Moore's Follow Me on Friday to Pita Pit and BMO Harris "Smart Branch"

It's a Follow Me on Friday twofer! This Friday evening, I will be hanging out at two businesses that just opened next door to each other--Pita Pit and BMO Harris Bank. They are occupying two of the three storefronts in Loyola University's new apartment building, located just steps from the Loyola Red Line station.

Join me this Friday, March 27th, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at 6556-58 N. Sheridan. Grab a complimentary pita at Pita Pit and check out...

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It's a Follow Me on Friday twofer! This Friday evening, I will be hanging out at two businesses that just opened next door to each other--Pita Pit and BMO Harris Bank. They are occupying two of the three storefronts in Loyola University's new apartment building, located just steps from the Loyola Red Line station.

Join me this Friday, March 27th, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at 6556-58 N. Sheridan. Grab a complimentary pita at Pita Pit and check out the fun, casual atmosphere at the chain's newest restaurant. Then head next door and enjoy some beer, wine and soft drinks courtesy of BMO Harris while exploring the bank's "smart" new features.

Pita Pit's manager, Manny Valdes (left), will make sure you are well taken care of with made-to-order pitas. It's a fresh, healthy alternative to fast food, which explains Pita Pit's motto: "fresh thinking, healthy eating."

At Pita Pit you will find more combinations of meats, veggies, cheeses and sauces than anywhere else. Manny claims Pita Pit offers "over a trillion possible pita combinations." Though that may be a tiny bit of an exaggeration, there's no question that Pita Pit's selection of ingredients is quite enormous.

After enjoying your pita, head next door for some drinks at the new BMO Harris Smart Branch (see photo below), where branch manager Jose Garcia will show you the bank's Mobile Cash system, a new technology that allows consumers to video chat with bank tellers and withdraw money from an ATM using their smartphone.

The card-less ATMs allow customers to prepare a transition before arriving to the bank. Users enter the amount they want withdrawn in the BMO Harris app, and then hold up the given QR code to the smartphone reader at the ATM to receive their funds. The transaction takes about 15 seconds, roughly a third of the time it takes for a card withdrawal.

Come see for yourself this amazing new technology.

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    "Follow Me on Friday" is one of my efforts to encourage my constituents to sample some of the 49th Ward's finest restaurants, pubs and businesses. Each week on my Facebook page, I post the name and location of a local restaurant, pub or business where I'll be hanging out after work on Friday. The establishment offers specials for all my Facebook followers and their friends. It's a great opportunity for you to check out one of the fine local 49th Ward businesses you may not have visited before.

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 50 + years

    Amazing assortment of choices at Pita Pit. There was a great turnout and everyone I talked to praised the food. Vegetarians will find plenty to eat here as well.

3 days ago

Mar 18

Updated 3 days ago

Rahm is the Devil

Vote for Jesus!

  • tom

    Really! Wow maybe I can get him to sign some pitch forks so I can sell them on Ebay

  • ptgrp E. of Sheridan, Not FGFM's sockpuppet

    @Carl, thanks for posting! I will read that later. There was an excellent broadcast/podcast/discussion about this as well a couple of weeks ago: http://onpoint.wbur.org/2015/02/10/st-louis-debtors-prison-municipal-reform
    It's a fairly balanced presentation of a maddening problem: OTOH, you have to enforce; OTO, if that's what you're depending on as a revenue stream, well... google Mandeville's Paradox.

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

FORBES magazine: Chicago’s elite’s line-their-pockets with taxpayer money

"As the city approaches financial bankruptcy, Chicago’s elite’s line-their-pockets with taxpayer money." -- This is not from an alternative weekly, but from FORBES, a national business magazine, that came out with a scathing article today about the new heights of pay-to-play under Mayor Rahm Emanuel. It's full of examples and links to source materials, and should give all the cynics and Rahm-supporters out there some pause when they consider who to vote for.

Moral Bankruptcy Of Chicago's Elites: http://www.forbes.com/sites/adamandrzejewski/2015/03/25/moral-bankruptcy-of-chicagos-elites/

  • RaleighsMa Not fauxraged but may contain typos.

    100% with Bill in Rogers Park. Any article that kicks off with that level of hyperbole is likely not worth the few moments to skim it further.

  • Bunch of homers blindly defending Chicago; that Chicago is indeed famous for its "machine" and most just shrug and say words to the effect of "that's how it's always been " is indeed disgraceful.

3 days ago

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Mar 22

Updated 4 days ago

Rahm or Chuy

I'm a life-long Chicagoan but this election has me torn. I voted for Rahm in the primary but not because I think he's a great mayor. But Chuy remains a man of mystery to me and seems more like a rerun of Eugene (Sleepy) Sawyer than the next Harold Washington. Can I get a straw vote and rationale on the issues?

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 50 + years

    Attempts to paint Chuy as a party line follower are simply pitiful. He began his political career as an ally in the Washington administration, and he has such anti-establishment supporters as County Clerk David Orr with him now.

  • Kristin Rönne Lived in Rogers Park for about 39 years.

Mar 19

Updated 4 days ago

Governor Rauner Takes an Axe to Chicago Public Transit Funding

This is one of the consequences of electing a governor who rides in chauffeured limousines and has no sense of how ordinary people get to work. Yes, there's a pension crisis, but do you really address a crisis by decimating transit systems that are already significantly underfunded? By significantly increasing the number of cars on our crowded highways? By forcing low-income commuters to pay much higher transit costs? By potentially preventing some workers from getting to their jobs at all? Do you cure a cancer by reducing blood flow to the limbs?

Rauner plans to cut CTA funding by 45%, Metra funding by 60% and PACE funding by 41%:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-rta-funding-cuts-met-0319-20150319-story.html#page=1

  • ptgrp E. of Sheridan, Not FGFM's sockpuppet

    If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

  • Catbus Philosopher, Third-Class

    If it blathers, ignore it.

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

“Corrupt Illinois: Patronage, Cronyism, And Criminality”

Following up on the Forbes article thread…

Last night I did a search on the terms "Illinois" and "corruption" and stumbled on a new book that was released in January, 2015. The title, “Corrupt Illinois: Patronage, Cronyism, And Criminality” by Thomas J. Gradel and Dick Simpson. The book details the roots of political corruption in Illinois. The authors name names and discuss in detail acts of corruption and sleaze by our elected officials. The authors also identify the strategies and...

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Following up on the Forbes article thread…

Last night I did a search on the terms "Illinois" and "corruption" and stumbled on a new book that was released in January, 2015. The title, “Corrupt Illinois: Patronage, Cronyism, And Criminality” by Thomas J. Gradel and Dick Simpson. The book details the roots of political corruption in Illinois. The authors name names and discuss in detail acts of corruption and sleaze by our elected officials. The authors also identify the strategies and methods employed by our elected officials to rip us off. The authors make a number of recommendations for cleaning up politics in Illinois. However, the only way we will clean up the mess is for us TO INFORM OURSELVES and to begin helping our officials to behave more honestly and ethically by demanding reforms that the authors suggest are needed to clean up Illinois politics. I purchased the book last night and hope to begin it soon. I will be recommending it at my next book club.

  • ptgrp E. of Sheridan, Not FGFM's sockpuppet

    The 90s were a terrible time for gentrification. When I hear words like "elevated" and "boulevard," I know that's just a dog whistle code for getting the Irish out.

  • Dog Bites Man!!!!!

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