43 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

26th Ward priorities

New Life Church, corner of Homan and Division, getting prepped for new sidewalks.

I know, I know. Sometimes a new sidewalk is just a new sidewalk.

There have been so many unmet infrastructure and maintenance needs for so many years in this Ward, it seems odd that this improvement would be given priority over tax-paying resident's longstanding problems.

  • Oh, and CDOT is behind on their projects?

    If you don't think that the Alderman has a heavy influence on CDOT IF HE WANTS TO, take a look at both bus stops that were relocated a month ago from in front of New Life to the east across Homan and...

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    Oh, and CDOT is behind on their projects?

    If you don't think that the Alderman has a heavy influence on CDOT IF HE WANTS TO, take a look at both bus stops that were relocated a month ago from in front of New Life to the east across Homan and placed in front of residences without notifying or consulting them. One of the residents whose street parking in front of the residence was displaced has a special needs child. They asked for handicapped parking several times over the years, and Maldo-nada did nothing. Same thing with other disabled seniors in the area.

    How's that for taking care of your constituents?

    Those bus-stops weren't on some ancient list of CDOT projects. It is a NEW project and was expedited.

    Those bus stops used to service the workers who labored at the Art Deco styled factory/warehouse building that was razed for the church. Now that 4000 people are coming into the neighborhood on Sunday, and with less than 100 parking spots, the NEW needs of the church (free & expanded street parking, sidewalks...I wager new streetlights) outweigh the needs of the residents in the eyes of this Alderman.

    How are residents supposed to coexist with this?

    Oh, and the Shared [cost] Sidewalk Program is for homeowners, so if the church got this it would only prove a misuse of CDOT funds, per their rules:

    "All homeowners with non-vaulted sidewalks are eligible to participate"

    It seems that a few people are in hot pursuit of the sick dream of making some areas of Humboldt Park some sort of non-profit Nirvana.

    If Maldo & Choco want to support churches and subsidized housing, they should build them on all of the empty lots (some of which they own) next to their mansions near the Bloomingdale Trail.

    Oh, I forgot. NIMBY. That's right. Both Maldonado & Pastor Choco own a LOT of valuable property in the Ward, and along the Bloomingdale Trail and stand to profit immensely.

  • Big Al WP Big Al, Your Neighborhood Pal

    Ya and Maldonado wants a military academy. Constituents be damned.

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25 hours ago

A Bright Future for Bright Endeavors

Dana Emanuel at Bright Endeavors created a new recycling initiative called Good Glass Chicago. This is a one-of-a-kind program that recycles used and empty glass candle votives, rents them out to local event venues and restaurants, and then once returned they are cleaned out and refilled to be re-rented. What makes this program so special is the fact that the people that work to recycle these votives are young mothers in a difficult situation – by working at Bright Endeavors these women learn transferable skills and complete an 8-week work training program. Once they graduate from this program they have help finding a new job and are then able to provide for themselves and for their children. It’s a program with a mission, and they produce beautiful products.

25 hours ago

Health and Wellness Fair Set for Sept. 10

Soccer stars promoting health and wellness are coming your way! Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (PSMEMC) is sponsoring a community health and wellness event from 3 to 6 p.m. on September 10 at the Saint Mary Campus (Division and Oakley), Chicago.

2 days ago

Updated 26 hours ago

Found Dog

Found this brown and Carmel chihuahua roaming the Humbolt Park neighborhood. He's sweet and very scared. He seems to be in good health. Not neutered. About 7 lbs. no tags or collar. Taking him to see if he has a microchip tonight. Posted info on Lost Dog Illinois as well.

  • Thanks for keeping him safe! Let me know if you want recommendations on potential rescue groups if you can't find his owner.

  • Looks like my neighbors dog, if it is just a puppy version of that breed then it is. They usually leave him out in the sun all day and he barks every 5 minutes, periodically like a cuckoo clock. I just moved out Tuesday so I can't check for him...

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    Looks like my neighbors dog, if it is just a puppy version of that breed then it is. They usually leave him out in the sun all day and he barks every 5 minutes, periodically like a cuckoo clock. I just moved out Tuesday so I can't check for him in their yard. Message me if you want the address to go check with them. If it is their dog, I'm sure they don't mind much that he is gone, bc they only bought him to replace a previous similar dog that was lost/died. He shares the yard with two giant pit bulls and probably wanted to leave. My place was east of the park btw

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Police Activity at North/Washtenaw

Does anyone know what happened last night around shortly after 8PM? There were loads of people and first responders but I haven't seen any crime reports or mentions of the incident in the news.

  • Sarah Marmor dachshundist

    It is quite obviously not safely accessible as is. A man died walking across there on Sunday night. And those of us who live in the vicinity have seen the very substantial foot traffic and the many near misses as people go to and from the only real grocery store...

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    It is quite obviously not safely accessible as is. A man died walking across there on Sunday night. And those of us who live in the vicinity have seen the very substantial foot traffic and the many near misses as people go to and from the only real grocery store in the neighborhood. People are not in fact walking to the lights, so assuming that the lights at California and Washtenaw somehow are sufficient to make this a safe area is belied by the reality which has now become tragic. As for what should be done, I think a stop sign is more problematic than a light because that actually will obstruct traffic more.

  • I am all for painted walkways and islands, that sounds great! That would at least allow drivers to know that there is heavy foot traffic they should be watching for. All i'm saying is that 3 lights in 4 blocks is excessive. Our whole city is full of "dangerous" places...

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    I am all for painted walkways and islands, that sounds great! That would at least allow drivers to know that there is heavy foot traffic they should be watching for. All i'm saying is that 3 lights in 4 blocks is excessive. Our whole city is full of "dangerous" places to cross the street! The solution is not to just throw stop lights everywhere.

    I guess I just don't agree with you guys - that's that. We can agree to disagree, or continue beating a dead horse here.

    Though, I DO agree that a stop sign wouldn't do much good. Most drivers in the inside lines of four-lane streets that wide don't even notice stop signs, unfortunately.

2 days ago

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Jun 26

Updated 3 days ago

Political pandering from Maldonado?

I received an email newsletter from Maldonado "celebrating marriage equality." I 100% agree with marriage equality for same gender couples. But, the email struck me as shallow and pandering. When my wife and I approached the alderman about our concerns over the mega church Roberto Maldonado told us, "I support the church 100%." Pastor DeJesus has stated publicly multiple times that he is believes LGBTQ individuals are sinners and not on equal footing with heterosexuals. I don't trust or believe a politician who talks out both sides of his mouth.

  • SP: The highest compliment received via EB yet (full disclosure: maybe my first). Thanks! I always read your posts with interest as you seem firmly grounded in reason, which is why I personally engaged you on this as I wanted to hear from you what was going on.

    Keep an open mind and vote for whoever you think is going to run the Ward the best. I am done with the Old Guard for reasonable and solid reasons, and am ready for change, warts and all.

  • Uh, oh humboldtwriter...Our mutual admiration society is now out in the open!

    My mind is still open and I'm still grounded in reason.

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Why do we have to put up with drug sales and loittering?

I have been working with my Alderman Roberto Maldonado and the 14th District Neighborhood relations in trying to get rid of a drug sales issue and he brings people over so their also Loittering. No help. Women are afraid to go out at night and come back home into the complex.

  • Jorniskus Gandhi 14 year resident of Logan square armitage and cali

    Hey pete b i live on mozart to

  • Mia Diaz 1700 block of kedzie from North Ave to Armitage

    Thanks all of you who responded with your comments and Ideas. I deffinetly like the the text tree! I am going to see if my neighbors will start with me. Some are scared because he is a Moreno!.And I like the issue with Voting time! We need new blood!

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Wooden Fence Recommendations

Yesterday's storms resulted in our wood fence getting knocked over. Anyone have any recommendations/contacts I can reach out to for estimates on replacement? The fence was only about 15 - 20 feet. Thanks!

  • Sounds like a covered loss with your insurance which could help fund a new fence, depending upon your deductible.

  • TB in the HP You just gotta keep on livin'. L I V I N

    Thanks humboldtwriter, but you hit the nail on the head. We have a high deductible and with claims submitted over the last few years for a break-in and hail damage, our premiums have increased. Since it is such a small section of fencing we may try to do it ourselves.

  • I used Raymundo Flores for an iron fence and cyclone fence section. I don't know if he does wooden fences but it would be worth a contact:

    rayflores819@att.net

    I couldn't find his number but he's very fast with returning emails.

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Jul 30

Updated 3 days ago

New candidate running for alderman in 26th ward

Anyone know anything about the new candidate running for alderman in the 26th ward? I don't know his name, but would like to learn more about him. Hoping someone can add more detail.

  • Hello folks,
    As a member of the Run Juanita Run Campaign I'd like to speak to some of the concerns posted here and offer an opportunity to have more of your concerns addressed.

    First, the concern about which residents our team has reached out to and why: In order to...

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    Hello folks,
    As a member of the Run Juanita Run Campaign I'd like to speak to some of the concerns posted here and offer an opportunity to have more of your concerns addressed.

    First, the concern about which residents our team has reached out to and why: In order to maximize time and impact it's important to reach out to voters with a high rate of turning out to the polls. These are the folks most likely to turn out for the next election(s).That said, we made a strategic decision to reach out to those residents first. Some of them are renters and some homeowners. But rest assured, the decision to knock on some doors and not others is based on previous turn out and nothing else. That doesn't mean that we have hit every door of every consistent voter. We have done a bit of door-knocking and will continue to do so over the next few months. So, you will see our volunteers out again all over the ward. We appreciate and value all residents of the ward equally and are looking forward to meeting with even more of you.

    Also, it is not uncommon for a potential candidate to work with an exploratory committee/campaign before making a formal announcement. The Run Juanita Run Campaign was birthed out of the desire of people who live and work in the 26th Ward to have an alderman with actual policy background who will make informed decisions critical to the people s/he represents. The current alderman's actions have created an opportunity for other candidates to step in to the ring. But please understand that does not mean every candidate announces their bid at the same time.

    That said, if you have additional concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the RJR campaign. We can discuss setting up a meeting with you and your neighbors from your block and around the ward to hear more of your concerns and questions and give you an opportunity to meet Juanita and hear her ideas! If you are interested contact us at: volunteerforjuanita26ward@gmail.com. We will see you soon!

  • Megan60622 Humbolt Park Resident

    Perhaps Adam's experience as streets and san superintendent in the 45th ward will help to clean up all the garbage dumping in the 26th ward. Maldonado doesn't care and we can't bring in new investment when there are rats and flues all over the place. It's also very sad when a viable and thriving business such as the Knockbox on California and Augusta can be forced out with no help from the alderman. Maybe a new one would fight to keep successful businesses in our ward. Maldonado needs to go.

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5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Please help, stolen car!

My car was stolen last night from it's parking spot on Washtenaw, in between Haddon and Thomas. It is a 1996 Oldsmobile Cutlsss Ciera, blue with orange and yellow flames on the driver and passenger side doors. If you see it or have any information please contact me and the police!

  • Ashley Broughton logan square

    Im sorry! It sucks all tge crimes that are going on.

  • cbroskoski Just had my car stolen

    Just an update, my car was found on S Kedvale in Cicero. They cut out the catalytic converter, stereo and ripped apart the steering column, but otherwise its fine. Be wary of parking on Washtenaw!

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Dec 14 2012

Updated 4 days ago

Roberto Maldonado

Is this guy any good? I have been wondering what he does for HP and I can't figure it out...does anyone know his email address? It's not on his website..which is weird.

  • Alex:

    Using a definition from a dictionary that the rest of the country uses doesn't exempt one from "home rules." For instance, you agreed with others that in an old post, my use of the word "gentrification" was potentially insensitive and racially charged (paraphrasing here).

    I quoted the dictionary, which...

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    Alex:

    Using a definition from a dictionary that the rest of the country uses doesn't exempt one from "home rules." For instance, you agreed with others that in an old post, my use of the word "gentrification" was potentially insensitive and racially charged (paraphrasing here).

    I quoted the dictionary, which defined that it was not racial but one class replacing another, and still my comments got kicked off of EB for being inappropriate and un-neighborly.

    So, the apparent dialect we accept and speak here is NOT included in the dictionary. Wasn't Noah Webster white?

    I think that when someone gets "displaced" it is often someone who has made a lot of bad choices, like not paying rent, or taxes, or other bills, and maybe someone who doesn't want to do manual labor, but doesn't seek the training and education to do something else.

    There are a lot of hard-working people who are educated, good decision makers, etc. who have fallen on hard times due to the economy, losing their homes. I haven't heard ONE of them cry about gentrification or displacement, even though the ones buying their short sale or foreclosed homes are often more recent immigrants.

    I think I agree with you, Alex, that the dictionary should be consulted and does provide good guidance, but there are many delicate ones around that think that everyone is a racist, and that the use of ultra-American pro-immigrant phrases like "melting pot" is some sort of affront to their particular dignity. Weird, no?

    I don't and won't get it, but I just try to disengage from those particular people and hope somebody gives them a dictionary for a holiday present.

  • Robert Terra Works in Chicago Local Politics

    It's unfortunate to see so many vocal members of a constituency dissatisfied with the level and quality of service that is currently being provided. But where ever there is someone dissatisfied with the conditions they face there is also the potential for change. For those of you interested in a potential change of pace candidate, who has experience as a Union member, a Business owner and a city services worker and aims to unite the entirety of the 26th ward take a look at Adam Corona.
    http://www.coronafor26.com/

5 days ago

Almost free desks/chairs/filing cabinets

Moving sale for a business in the 2500 block of North Avenue. Really high quality dark wood desks, reception desk, filing cabinets. Email me or message me if your interested. Must go by Friday. lauriesabath@gmail.com

5 days ago

Rowe-Clark Math and Science Academy students grapple with death of teacher Samantha Zapata

...26, was an alumni coordinator and senior advisor at the charter school, located in the 3600-block of West Chicago Avenue in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood. "My daughter came in and woke me up. She...

Aug 17

Updated 5 days ago

Best Mofongo in Humboldt?

Can anyone recommend some great mofongo? I noticed a lot of places don't have it and I would love to support some restaurants that do it right.

Any suggestions?

  • I agree with Bleed Blue. Marcellas, a block or so West of Kimball on Fullerton is clean, reasonably priced, and has an espresso machine and coffee sense, but no Mofongo. The do have 3 or 4 nicely seasoned and fresh cafeteria style dishes, ready to go, including Ropa Vieja, pork...

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    I agree with Bleed Blue. Marcellas, a block or so West of Kimball on Fullerton is clean, reasonably priced, and has an espresso machine and coffee sense, but no Mofongo. The do have 3 or 4 nicely seasoned and fresh cafeteria style dishes, ready to go, including Ropa Vieja, pork and chicken on the bone. Nice owners, good service, cash only.

    I have eaten at Las Palma a few times, and it was OK, but the huge selection and not so many customers made me wonder how long the food had been sitting around. The building has 3 boarded up windows that have been staring at the street for years, which is a clear indication that I won't be eating there at least until that is fixed.

  • Taryn P 15 yr Chicagoan, Homeowner in Logan Square

    Not in Humboldt, but not far - Juanita's on Armitage just west of Centra Park. Best PR food in the city, better than my Abeulito's cooking :).

Nov 15 2011

Updated 5 days ago

Westside Girl kipnapped on Kedzie

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  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    In East side and North side neighborhoods kids are safe enough that they can walk to/from school safely. It is only in neighborhoods where policing is poor that parent's have to walk their kids to school because of the crime/gang/drug problems.

    This is a policing issue not a good parenting...

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    In East side and North side neighborhoods kids are safe enough that they can walk to/from school safely. It is only in neighborhoods where policing is poor that parent's have to walk their kids to school because of the crime/gang/drug problems.

    This is a policing issue not a good parenting issue. Why should parents in our neighborhood have to walk the kids when parents in other neighborhoods don't even have to worry that something might happen to their kids.

    I am not going to let my neighbors take the brunt of blame for bad things happening here. There is plenty to go around for everyone. If everyone just did a little more to care and learn the right moves...we could have better progress.

    Currently there are very few that go to the records, look, study, make a plan...and get positive things to happen.

    So who is the problem? The liquor seller or the liquor user? The drug seller or the drug user? Racism is a bad thing all the way around.

    There would be NO STORES at all here if some one didn't come and open a business. Blacks don't open business, whites don't open business...who is left? Some immigrant that had a harder time in the country they left that we bombed...than they have dealing with gang/drug people in our neighborhood.

    Remember...the cost of government spending by city hall is in the billions...maybe 6 billion. Where is our fair share? Where are the jobs? Where is the Safety? Where is the GOOD education for our kids...Where is the economic development?

    We didn't get our share. Who didn't give it to us...what color were they? What color were the politicians?

    A small nobody store owner in our neighborhood didn't deprive us of anything. It was our government that failed us; that is who to blame.

  • MCBratcher Resident

    Most importantly, the girl was able to escape! That's an answer to prayer!

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Samantha Zapata, Humboldt Park charter school teacher, killed in apparent murder-suicide

...26, was an alumni coordinator and senior advisor at the charter school, located in the 3600-block of West Chicago Avenue in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood. Grief counselors will be on-hand Monday to help...

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