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Explore the history of Soldier Field

Love it or hate it? Soldier Field has been at the center of Chicago's political, cultural, and sporting life since it opened in 1924. Come to a multimedia presentation documenting its history this Saturday April 19 at the Rogers Park Branch Library, 6907 N. Clark St., at 1 p.m. Liam A. T. Ford, a journalist for the Chicago Tribune, led the newspaper's reporting on the renovation of Soldier Field 2001-2003. In the process he completed his book Soldier Field: A Stadium and Its History. His presentation will show rare photos and documents unearthed in his research. The program is co-sponsored by the library and the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society. The history of Soldier Field tells the story of Chicago!

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March's Final Police Blotter, by Mark Schipper (April's Blotters to come)

Michael Tingling of the 7100 block of N. Ridge Blvd. was pronounced dead of a heart attack March 19 at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston. 

The victim, 32, said she had returned about 9:30 p.m. to her apartment building on the 2400 block of W. Fitch Ave. She had seen two men standing near the back door. 

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The 20-year-old victim was attacked about 11:40 p.m. near the corner of N. Kenmore and W. Hollywood avenues. He said a man in his middle or late 40s had confronted him and claimed he had never returned a cell-phone that belonged to him, the attacker.

A mother of one of the boys accompanied them about 7:20 p.m. to 20th District police headquarters, 5400 N. Lincoln, to make the report. 

The boys said they were shoved from behind while riding through an alley just south of 5600 N. Lincoln Ave. Each of their cell-phones fell out of their pockets when they hit the ground. 

A woman was robbed March 17 stepping off a CTA bus near 4800 N. Broadway, CPD reported. 

Tingling, 59, passed away about 2:45 p.m., less than 45 minutes after he'd been in a fist fight with a stranger on the 7100 block of N. Clark St. 

That stranger turned out to be 59-year-old Joseph Firek of the 7000 block of N. Clark St. He was identified by multiple eye-witnesses as the second man in the fight. Firek, who is white, has been charged with First Degree Murder and a Hate Crime. 

The 19-year-old had been attacked on the 1200 block of W. Albion Ave. about 8:20 p.m., according to CPD. He told officers he had heard fast footsteps coming from behind just before a man grabbed hold of him and his backpack.

The victim had been on the 2700 block of W. Lunt Ave. when he was surrounded. The first man approached him from the front while the second and third came from behind, he said. 

The boys were walking on the 2900 block of W. Cortland Ave. when they encountered a middle-aged black male. He had pointed to a white van parked on the street and asked if they wanted to get inside. 

A 10-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl were walking to school on the 1700 block of N. Larrabee St. when a gray sedan pulled alongside them. The driver had rolled down a window and said, "Come over here." 

A third home on the 2100 block of Sheffield was broken into the afternoon of March 17. 

Two other homes were damaged on the 2100 block of N. Fremont St. and the 800 block of W. Armitage Ave. between March 14-and-16. 

Two other homes were damaged on the 2100 block of N. Fremont St. and the 800 block of W. Armitage Ave. between March 14-and-16. 

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Police response

It has been urged that the police should be called if you see a suspicious character. Today I called the police and alerted them of an unsavory character at Indian Boundary Park and the dispatcher told me the police were on their way. I was at the park for about two hours and no police arrived. This isn't the first time I called the police to report someone and they didn't show up. When I do call they act like I am bothering them.
Now start the sarcasm because you can't post anything without someone saying something sarcastic.

  • J.H. makes a very good point about having a service between 311 and 911. I think we all are concerned about activities we see as suspicious escalating into something dangerous. On the other hand, we just don't know what else the cops are coping with at any given time. I...

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    J.H. makes a very good point about having a service between 311 and 911. I think we all are concerned about activities we see as suspicious escalating into something dangerous. On the other hand, we just don't know what else the cops are coping with at any given time. I have listened to the police scanner from time to time, and I have to admit that the noise and drinking on the corner or in the alley that's driving me crazy is nothing compared to reports of shots fired or street fighting or other things that the cops have to respond to first. I think the cops in the 24th District do a great job overall and that they and the CAPS coordinators are approachable when we feel frustrated about what we sometimes see as the lack of or slowness of police response. I've never had the impression that it's all PR on their part but think that they genuinely want to address citizen concerns and improve where necessary.

  • rich concaildi Beat Facilitator CAPS 2411

    All,

    I don't have an explanation for why no one saw CPD respond to the initial call. It could be an unmarked unit responded but I simply don't know the details.

    This needs to be brought up at the beat meeting by neighbors.

    FYI-OEMC sets the priority and dispatches the...

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    All,

    I don't have an explanation for why no one saw CPD respond to the initial call. It could be an unmarked unit responded but I simply don't know the details.

    This needs to be brought up at the beat meeting by neighbors.

    FYI-OEMC sets the priority and dispatches the call based on what is going on at that exact moment. Officers don't get to pick and choose where to go next. They go where they are told to go via a priority response system managed by OEMC. Regardless, all calls should be answered.

    I'll will bring this to the attention of the Dist 24 CAPS office.

    Richard Concaildi
    President and Beat Facilitator CAPS 2411
    District Advisory Committee Vice-Chair (District 24-Chicago Police Department)
    richconcaildi@aol.com
    773.294.1777

    Community Policing works. Help prevent crime. If an arrest is made a victim has already suffered.

    Stand Proud America!

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Who are these people?

My security cam caught these guys in my foyer while I was indisposed on North Artesian near Devon, they were also on camera trying to open the basement door. Looking out the window I saw them up the street talking to children playing in front of their houses. Any idea what they're doing ringing doorbells trying to enter people's basements door to door?

  • JR West Ridge Neighbor Since 2003 Resident of West Ridge since 2003

    I heard that the Monotronics alarm system sales guys are coming back...it maybe them.

  • rich concaildi Beat Facilitator CAPS 2411

    Jerry,

    Pick up a couple inexpensive window stickers that say no trespassing, private property. It's them clearly in foyer and common areas.

    If they show up again, do NOT hesitate to call 911. Report suspicious behavior and trespassing on private property. Have neighbors do the same and also call. This...

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    Jerry,

    Pick up a couple inexpensive window stickers that say no trespassing, private property. It's them clearly in foyer and common areas.

    If they show up again, do NOT hesitate to call 911. Report suspicious behavior and trespassing on private property. Have neighbors do the same and also call. This needs to stop. Nice dressed guys can still conduct break-ins.

    Contact me off-line via email and I'll stand you some 'we call police' window signs.

    Richard Concaildi
    President and Beat Facilitator CAPS 2411
    District Advisory Committee Vice-Chair (District 24-Chicago Police Department)
    richconcaildi@aol.com
    773.294.1777

    Community Policing works. Help prevent crime. If an arrest is made a victim has already suffered.

    Stand Proud America!

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DON'T MISS THIS NEW GEM IN WRP!

A new gem opened up in Rogers Park a few weeks ago and you won't want to miss this one. My friend and I were looking for an early sushi spot last week to catch a late lunch/early dinner. Nothing seemed to open up until 5,so I saw this place on yelp and even though there were only a handful of reviews, it received many stars. Pride Sushi and Thai, 2706 W Peterson. The sushi is DELISH! And very fresh....

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A new gem opened up in Rogers Park a few weeks ago and you won't want to miss this one. My friend and I were looking for an early sushi spot last week to catch a late lunch/early dinner. Nothing seemed to open up until 5,so I saw this place on yelp and even though there were only a handful of reviews, it received many stars. Pride Sushi and Thai, 2706 W Peterson. The sushi is DELISH! And very fresh. It's an unassuming place with wonderful service and BYOB. I Love super casual places that serve amazing food and this is one of them. They have the BEST Crab Rangoon I have ever eaten. I am not sure what they do to it but I have never had anything like it. I went back a few days later with several of my friends and they got Thai, which they said was amazing. The prices are beyond reasonable and their hours are 11am-11pm everyday. Give it a try, you will NOT be disappointed. Carry-out, and a large delivery area also.

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Updated Apr 11

LSC Community Rep for Armstrong

If you are elgible to vote for a community rep at Armstrong consider voting for Eric Heineman, my son. He is Governor Quinn's sustainability advisor (University of Vermont enviornmental studies major). a parent of a one year old, went to a CPS school (Lasalle Language Academy k - 12), lives in and owns a house across the street from Armstrong and wants to make Armstrong everything it can be. His mom is a retired CPS teacher (Von Steuben) and his wife is a CPS teacher. He is motivated to improve neighborhood schools because he knows they are essential to a stroing neighborhood and wants to be able to send his child there.

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Updated Apr 11

Inspector General: Chicago police underreported aggravated assaults, batteries in 2012

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-report-chicago-police-undercounted-shooting-victims-in-2012-20140407,0,4268508.story

Inspector General: Chicago police underreported aggravated assaults, batteries in 2012

Chicago police did not report about a quarter of the aggravated assault and aggravated battery victims in its crime statistics in 2012, an audit by the city's top watchdog found.

The department failed to follow state guidelines by counting each aggravated assault or battery as one incident, not each victim as it should have, leading to the underreporting because of all the incidents that involved multiple victims, according to the inspector general's office. (more)

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SeeClickFix app

I have been using the SeeClickFix app pretty successfully for the past week or two to report graffiti and garbage and rats around the neighborhood. It's quick and easy. You snap a photo on your phone, your GPS plugs in the address for you (double check it near intersections or when you are moving), you answer a couple of quick questions, and off it goes to the correct city services department. I've had some successes .... and some disappointments, but it's a much faster easier way to report issues. I hope you will use it too.

  • Sheila Pacione Neighbor

    I signed up and it is sooo cool! Much easier than Chicago works app. And I can see my great neighbors too. Brilliant!

  • Dee On Newgard '92

    Thank you all for confirming that I'm not the only dork. But I do admit I'm a dork.

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Library Noise

Has anybody else noticed how loud it is in the Northtown Library? Between the loud talkers, the folks on cell phones, and the kids playing video games on the adult computers, you can barely hear yourself think. If you come to the library to do any serious work, you have to compete with people who like to chat with friends while aimlessly web surfing, people who sit 2 and 3 to a computer, chatting all the while, and people who...

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Has anybody else noticed how loud it is in the Northtown Library? Between the loud talkers, the folks on cell phones, and the kids playing video games on the adult computers, you can barely hear yourself think. If you come to the library to do any serious work, you have to compete with people who like to chat with friends while aimlessly web surfing, people who sit 2 and 3 to a computer, chatting all the while, and people who come in with laptops and chat away on loudspeakers, not to mention folks who constantly answer cell phone calls. Who are these people who can never be out of touch? Why can't people accept that if they go to the library they have to be quiet? The idea that 14 year old kids should be allowed access to the adult computers is ridiculous. They can't shut up, and won't no matter how often or how politely they're asked. The librarians do what they can, but it's another example of the barbarians taking over and everybody else being cowed into accepting their behavior because they just won't quit.

  • Jess, I think you're on target. I don't have a problem with the tutoring--in fact, I think I'll introduce myself next time I see you. It's the nonstop cell chatter than drives me crazy, especially when I'm working on something that requires real concentration. For instance, the library's genealogical resources...

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    Jess, I think you're on target. I don't have a problem with the tutoring--in fact, I think I'll introduce myself next time I see you. It's the nonstop cell chatter than drives me crazy, especially when I'm working on something that requires real concentration. For instance, the library's genealogical resources are great and I've been tracing my family--so far, all the way back to 1825 --when some awful ringtone comes on and a conversation starts. Once I was so startled by the ringer that I lost a connection to an ancestor who may have served in the Civil War, and then couldn't find it again. God give me patience--and do it right now!

  • Jess M Parent and teacher

    Paco,
    It would be great to me you face to face, neighbor! Hope to see you there.

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Updated Apr 08

Does the city plant trees anymore?

I have noticed that the city continues to remove trees but never replaces them with new ones. I am asking because, several of my neighbors that lost parkway trees told me that the city has put a stop to planting new ones. Does anyone know if this is true and if not how does one go about getting a new parkway tree?

  • Several trees were cut down on our block due to disease and in every case the City left a notice inside the building advising the owner to call if a new tree was wanted. Unfortunately, we have a lot of absentee owners and I don't know if they ever saw...

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    Several trees were cut down on our block due to disease and in every case the City left a notice inside the building advising the owner to call if a new tree was wanted. Unfortunately, we have a lot of absentee owners and I don't know if they ever saw the notices, since they were taped above the mailboxes and many of the owners don't come around much. The City seems to be very good about planting trees, and taking care of them after. We had a tree planted 4 years ago and City crews check it every spring.

  • norie neighbor

    You can request a tree by going through 311.

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Help your Neighborhood School!!!!!

Please help us get read aloud mentor texts to read with our students. Any donation will go a long way!!! Use the link below to access our project page on DonorsChoose.org.

http://www.donorschoose.org/project/turn-and-talk-with-read-aloud-mentor-tex/1209061/?verify=-43659948&rf=page_siteshare_2014_04_teacherid_430030

Thank you for your support.

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Vote in the LSC elections

Chicago Election for Local School Councils starts tomorrow.

Goto: http://www.cps.edu/schools/find_a_school/pages/schoollocator.aspx

Select search by address.
Enter in YOUR address.

It will tell you which neighborhood schools you can vote at. You can vote in both your local elementary LSC election (Monday) and your high school (Tuesday).

6am - 7pm

Also if you have a student at another public school you can also vote there.

You must be 18, being your drivers license or proof of residency. You do not need to be registered to vote - or even eligible to vote in a US election.

Mar 30

Updated Apr 06

email to alderman's office

just a little comment...sent ald silverstein's office a friendly little email asking if she has someone monitoring everyblock to keep in touch with what her constituients are saying about the ward, services, problems etc. never heard back. when I posted a problem on my son's "block", dunning, about a frozen pipe, the alderman answered in under 1/2 hr. I know that ald pawar also keeps in touch with his peeps on here. just wondering why she would not take advantage of this site? seems like a missed opportunity to me.

  • Many nonprofits also get free water and free garbage pick-up. As far as the area west of California, for as long as various aldermen have called that area home it's been the first recipient of city services, like snow plowing and street cleaning. It's also exempt from disruptions like parades...

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    Many nonprofits also get free water and free garbage pick-up. As far as the area west of California, for as long as various aldermen have called that area home it's been the first recipient of city services, like snow plowing and street cleaning. It's also exempt from disruptions like parades that always end at California. I think the area is cleaner not only because of the city services but also because it consists mostly of single-family homes and small apartment buildings that may be owner-occupied. The dirtiest areas east of California are those blocks with more apartment buildings than single-family homes. Many buildings belong to absentee owners or investors; these seems to be managed by property managers responsible for various buildings in all areas of the city, so no one property gets a lot of attention. I agree with Mary B. about the messiness of Devon: It would be much worse if the city didn't clean every day. That's a terrible reflection on the people who use the street and leave such a mess behind: the shoppers, drivers, and residents who dump and go. Even with trashcans on every corner it's impossible to keep the street clean because too many people are so dirty..

  • mary b lived in same 5 or so square miles for 59+yrs.

    as an admitted disgruntled x-employee of a very large & highly regarded religious non-profit, I sounded out often about their waste of water. from aides leaving the water running for 20mins with multiple residents to not taking the suggestion to override the auto watering system when it was raining out,...

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    as an admitted disgruntled x-employee of a very large & highly regarded religious non-profit, I sounded out often about their waste of water. from aides leaving the water running for 20mins with multiple residents to not taking the suggestion to override the auto watering system when it was raining out, all the while, writing letters to the papers & their big donator-base to be exempt from having to pay their $75,000 water bill. ramh actually was guilt-tripped into making a private donation to them when they made a deal of some kind. I think they have to pay for a portion. as long as certain things don't effect the pocketbook, resources will continue to be wasted.

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  • Dorron I have not used the Chicago Public Library in years. I check out the CPL website and I am excited about using the library after read all the good things it offer its residents these day. Thank you for your post.

  • Catherine Animal Care Giver and Personal Organizer

    I definitely want to check this out. Thanks for the post Dorron!

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Updated Apr 04

scarey situation

at the risk of starting a rant, I have to throw this out there. while coming home last evening southbound on lake shore drive just after the sheridan rd intersection, there was a guy in a wheel chair, no legs or 1 arm, with his cup for $$ in his working hand in the street! yes it is terrible that begging is what people have been forced to do to survive (altho seeing the same couple on the same corners...

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at the risk of starting a rant, I have to throw this out there. while coming home last evening southbound on lake shore drive just after the sheridan rd intersection, there was a guy in a wheel chair, no legs or 1 arm, with his cup for $$ in his working hand in the street! yes it is terrible that begging is what people have been forced to do to survive (altho seeing the same couple on the same corners for more than 5 yrs seems more like a job under the table), as a driver, this is SIMPLY unacceptable! have never seen him before. usually there is another guy who stands actually in the center lane as one rounds the curve. it was dark, it was damp, it was friday night. If I were to hit him, I would be crucified as a villian. so what I am asking is...HOW IS THIS OK in very heavily trafficed places??

  • C

    The guys lately are wearing matching gray t-shirts that say Volunteer on the back and something about veterans on the front. But they are the same beggars who've been there for years. At Lincoln/Peterson. Drivers who don't usually come thru that intersection can be easily fooled into thinking they are legitimately collecting for a charity. I'm pretty sure they are meth addicts from the sores all over their faces. Also the thin, short caucasian woman who works that intersection has sores all over her face.

  • Hopefully u called 911?

Mar 30

Updated Apr 04

Illegally Parked Taxi Cabs

I have noticed an increased number of taxi's parked on residential streets in my area. They post a home made sign on the driver side window stating they have a permit to park, but on closer inspection, there is no permit on any window of the vehicle. Does anyone know if the 40th ward allows taxi's a special permit (like in the 50th) to allow taxi's to park on residential streets?

  • JR West Ridge Neighbor Since 2003 Resident of West Ridge since 2003

    Paco:
    I noticed a taxi on block this morning, its the same guy that got ticketed along with another cab I called on without a permit Sunday. Anyway, the car does have a permit but I am in the 40th ward (not allowed) so I explained the circumstances to the...

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    Paco:
    I noticed a taxi on block this morning, its the same guy that got ticketed along with another cab I called on without a permit Sunday. Anyway, the car does have a permit but I am in the 40th ward (not allowed) so I explained the circumstances to the 911 operater and asked if they would send a car out to ticket him again. If it happens tonight, I will ask that the officers ring my bell so I can speak with them. It really helps to build a rappore with the beat cops so I encourage you to do the same.

  • JR, good advice - thank you.

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