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So, who went to the meeting last night? I did!

In general, after seeing the presentation and the passion, I truly hope that this will turn out as a positive resource for returning veterans and their families. At this point, it seems we can only hope for the best. I did have one small concern about one woman who stood up and commented, telling the audience that she is a social worker and she sees so many single mothers that can't afford to live in the area anymore. I hope...

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In general, after seeing the presentation and the passion, I truly hope that this will turn out as a positive resource for returning veterans and their families. At this point, it seems we can only hope for the best. I did have one small concern about one woman who stood up and commented, telling the audience that she is a social worker and she sees so many single mothers that can't afford to live in the area anymore. I hope the general public understand that this will be strictly for veterans and has nothing to do, for the most part, with single mothers or affordable housing for the general public. This is for veterans, which is admirable. My understanding is it will NOT be available for the general public to apply for housing. I hope the general public will understand this. I took notes at the meeting and recorded it, and correct me if I'm wrong, but this is supposed to be 100 percent veteran housing.

  • Don Shifertz Longtime resident, homeowner & Business Owner

    It's no surprise that Alderman receive contributions from companies and individuals but that's not a big deal if its small time $ like 1,000+ per year? If you have it to give? Give it? and he's helped you with concerns like potholes, street lights, trash issues, neighborhood event, providing a...

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    It's no surprise that Alderman receive contributions from companies and individuals but that's not a big deal if its small time $ like 1,000+ per year? If you have it to give? Give it? and he's helped you with concerns like potholes, street lights, trash issues, neighborhood event, providing a resource for information and loiter's then great. I would call that an "appreciation" donation? For their campaign. The issue is NO ONE should circumvent zoning laws RESULTING in screwing the f'n taxpayers! A donation shouldn't be a payoff to screw a person or group over like whats currently happening! My problem is the volume of riff-raff they want to infuse in the area and pack them like sardines in a building when it's bound to be a disaster! And not supported by ANY eco—sociological studies? Not one metropolitan housing project has EVER! turned out to be in any way beneficial for a city area? The president should outlaw such structures from city parks and residential homes areas? We're talking about human lives! The American dream to own your home AND BE SAFE! NOT have a population of struggling individuals living check to check (and statistically having a whole lot more issues then lack of $) who wants that in their dream? This is just like Daley's multi-million $ parking meter screw over that we're stuck with for 75 yrs! All he cared about was the "NOW" $. Ram needs "NOW" money and is sacrificing the lives of HP for at least 100 yrs by allowing the gang banger mentality "la familia" to self distruct because their just plan stupidly ignorant! By fighting to live in the casedio's? Open you eyes idiots! It breaks my heart to see them get manipulated like that by some crooks that have their nice house in the burbs who could care less! Lets pay the city a bribe NOT to build ghetto housing in our neighborhood!

  • It sucks that people who don't even live in our neighborhood (Roldan) are making decisions about how the residents live, all while keeping a keen eye towards profit.

    Where will the compromise(s) fall? On us, the residents. He gets his check, then goes back home. We are stuck with his decisions permanently.

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Adam Corona for 26th Ward Alderman

If you are ready for change, for commitment, and accountability in the 26th Ward on February 24, 2015 make your vote count. Your voice, your choice, your vote!
Adam Corona for 26th Ward Alderman.

  • Never !!!!!!!!!

  • He has my vote. Maldonado is a hypocrite. He proposes affordable housing but yet he is building fancy town homes on his own property. Why doesn't he build affordable housing on his own land? Oh thats right, he wants to make a profit.

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lost dog

Missing near Chicago n Pulaski. If seen email me @ galehethcoat@yahoo.com.com

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The HHDC / veteran's building meeting before the planning commission

I attended the planning commission meeting yesterday. All I can say is, Chicago business as usual. It's clear the commission's votes were decided prior to the meeting, as not one Alderman/Commissioner even asked a question of the planners.
The HHDC group presented their case. Alderman Maldonado then indicated that, at Wednesday's community meeting, every single concern and question asked was answered to the complete satisfaction of the community. The Commissioners had already been presented with the housing association’s brief, indicating...

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I attended the planning commission meeting yesterday. All I can say is, Chicago business as usual. It's clear the commission's votes were decided prior to the meeting, as not one Alderman/Commissioner even asked a question of the planners.
The HHDC group presented their case. Alderman Maldonado then indicated that, at Wednesday's community meeting, every single concern and question asked was answered to the complete satisfaction of the community. The Commissioners had already been presented with the housing association’s brief, indicating this was absolutely not the case, and Maldonado knew this as well.

Then a group of 5 or 6 people opposed to the zoning change were allowed 3 minutes each. One gentleman, who also spoke at the community meeting, presented a very compelling argument simply asking that various questions about the project be answered before a vote was held. In fact, that is essentially what all opposed asked for – time to get answers to fair questions.
After this, a group of 5 or 6 people spoke on behalf of the project. The rather large gentleman at the community meeting who had his military uniform on and spoke repeatedly about “la familia” and “Hua”ing the crowd to get boisterous, spoke on behalf of veterans. He indicated that any delay in the vote would be a "life or death" issue for veterans. The rest of the speakers appeared to me either connected to a piece of this project or to the HHDC in general, or were simply against gentrification in terms of “more affordable housing” needed in Humboldt Park.

Alderman Burnett then stated how valuable our veterans are and how needed this is, as well as how the one in his ward is a great addition. Again, this all appeared planned in advance.

A vote was then taken which appeared to be unanimous. Despite receipt of the brief of the housing association, NOT ONE QUESTION WAS ASKED OF MR. ROLDAN, ALDERMAN MALDONADO OR THE ATTORNEY MS. MICHAS. Not. One. Single. Question.

  • It seems that some of the neighborhood associations in neighboring communities of the UV, WP and Bucktown have all found success in getting their alderman to at a minimum seek their approval of projects BEFORE they get to the planning & zoning commission stage. This was clearly not done with...

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    It seems that some of the neighborhood associations in neighboring communities of the UV, WP and Bucktown have all found success in getting their alderman to at a minimum seek their approval of projects BEFORE they get to the planning & zoning commission stage. This was clearly not done with the community here, or if it was, was it only with the PR community? Mr. Corona, if you win, will you seek the positions of neighborhood groups BEFORE a political deal has already been made? Alderman Maldonado again indicated all questions of the community were answered – when exactly were the questions asked of Mr. Roldan of how much his company Tropic will make in profit on this job, and of why it cannot be GUARANTEED that this housing serves ONLY veterans for the 99 year lease, answered? Oh, that’s right, they weren’t answered at all. . . . . .
    Finally, I HATE the fact that I know many hispanics in the community are going to question those opposed to this project as to their loyalty to the military veterans, as well as to those in OUR community who truly need affordable housing. I ASSURE you that that is not the case. It is easy to push projects that are for "seniors" or "veterans" or "children" - all I can say is go back to aesop's fables . . . . . a wolf in sheep's clothing is still a wolf. ASK FAIR QUESTIONS OF AUTHORITY, PEOPLE!! It's your duty as citizens of this country in creating community

  • Robert Terra Works in Chicago Local Politics

    @RealHP

    First I'd like to thank you for your quality analysis of the recent events. I have asked Adam Corona the question you put forth for him just now, and his response was an impassioned statement that politics in this ward has been done in back rooms for too long....

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    @RealHP

    First I'd like to thank you for your quality analysis of the recent events. I have asked Adam Corona the question you put forth for him just now, and his response was an impassioned statement that politics in this ward has been done in back rooms for too long. His direct quote was " If I get elected I will represent the community, and that means consulting with the community. The current Alderman has forgotten who elected him and has put too much attention into his own personal interest and the interest of private developers. I would put policy before politics, because that's what this community needs"

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Questions re Veterans Housing

1. Is this a done deal?
2. When is the facility projected be open for business?
3. Will February's alderman elections affect this project?
4. What can the citizenry do to impact this project?

  • Gently place your head between your legs.

    Fold your hands over your head.

    Kiss your sself.

    Emerge for the February 24th 2015 Aldermanic election and vote for different leadership.

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New Art Materials Reuse Center on California and Walton

Hi Neighbors!

The WasteShed is a non-profit materials reuse store and art center; we collect reusable art and school materials and make them available to the artists, teachers, and the public for cheap. We have a lot of really great stuff and we're the only place like this in Chicago; yet another reason to be proud of Humboldt Park! Hablamos español (bastante bien) y queremos estar un buen recurso para toda la ciudad.

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Hi Neighbors!

The WasteShed is a non-profit materials reuse store and art center; we collect reusable art and school materials and make them available to the artists, teachers, and the public for cheap. We have a lot of really great stuff and we're the only place like this in Chicago; yet another reason to be proud of Humboldt Park! Hablamos español (bastante bien) y queremos estar un buen recurso para toda la ciudad.

We're also running a crowdfunding campaign right now to kickstart our workshop and educational programming, so we can support local schools and encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to get creative. We're a very shoestring enterprise, and even small donations are very much appreciated! Here's the link: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/support-the-wasteshed-a-creative-reuse-art-center

We are open to the public 11-6, Wednesday-Saturday. Hope you can stop by!

  • I drive past your place every day on my way to work, and have frequently wondered what the deal was. Thanks for posting/explaining! Not to be rude, but your storefront is not exactly inviting looking.. I actually couldn't even tell if it was open to the public or not, or...

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    I drive past your place every day on my way to work, and have frequently wondered what the deal was. Thanks for posting/explaining! Not to be rude, but your storefront is not exactly inviting looking.. I actually couldn't even tell if it was open to the public or not, or if it even was a storefront.. perhaps investing in some "come on in!" signage or something like that, may help your cause? Although, I drive past early in the morning before you're open, so perhaps it looks a little different during the day.

    Regardless, sounds like a very cool endeavor and I wish you guys luck!

37 hours ago

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If Detroit can bounce back....WHY NOT ....us????

http://news.yahoo.com/detroit-bounces-back-from-bankruptcy-211308136.html

Bankruptcy is bringing Detroit back. Why haven't politicians brought back the south and west sides?

Something is really wrong.

Anybody with thoughts please contribute.

  • we need change CLEAN-UP THE CORNERS

    And I forgot to add...the politicians truly do care about the city and state. Unlike Chicago where it's all about lining pockets of themselves and their corrupt cronies. All at the expense of tax payers and the working-class poor.

    Michigan Government is transparent: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2014/12/18/michigan-lawmakers-roads/20580711/

    Michigan Government is innovative:
    http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2014/12/18/snyder-plans-create-state-talent-department/20580471/

  • "We Need Change", Kwame was NOT booted out, he resigned. There were 2 attempts to recall him as mayor but they both failed, unfortunately. On September 4, 2008, Kilpatrick announced his resignation as mayor. Detroiters didn't wake up for YEARS after Kwame committed his crimes. To throw a blanket statement...

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    "We Need Change", Kwame was NOT booted out, he resigned. There were 2 attempts to recall him as mayor but they both failed, unfortunately. On September 4, 2008, Kilpatrick announced his resignation as mayor. Detroiters didn't wake up for YEARS after Kwame committed his crimes. To throw a blanket statement out there that Detroiters have more pride than Chicagoans is ill-informed and obviously wrong. It's like comparing apples and oranges. We have 2 totally different economies and histories. Why even compare Detroit to Chicago at ALL? Serves no purpose. There's a reason you're here in Chicago and not Detroit, obviously. I truly hope Detroit bounces back, but they have a long road ahead. Read this article from last year: http://money.cnn.com/2013/07/19/news/economy/detroit-streetlights-police/

Dec 11

Updated 12 hours ago

Maldonado trying to sneak through another deal to strong hold Humboldt Park and take tax dollars.

Four-story building low income housing is getting green-lit in Humboldt Park without community input despite being a proposal that would permanently "change the dynamic of the neighborhood."

Read the full article for more information. http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141211/humboldt-park/humboldt-park-veterans-housing-proposal-draws-mayoral-backing-mudslinging?utm_source=Logan+Square+%26+Humboldt+Park&utm_campaign=5492efe360-Mailchimp-CHI&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_dfef6fa313-5492efe360-172450769

ONLY chance for your voice to be heard Dec. 17 at the Humboldt Park field house, 1400 N. Sacramento Blvd. at 5:30 p.m.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    I say, take it to MICHIGAN AVE...or one of the UPSCALE neighborhoods who need to take their fair share of lower income people.

    Already San Francisco is having too many problems because the rich are displacing everyone.

    Chicago is headed the same direction. The only way to STOP insanity is to file civil rights lawsuits.

  • If you are ready for change, for commitment, and accountability in the 26th Ward please like Adam Corona's Facebook page. Your voice, your choice, your vote.On February 24, 2015 make your vote count!

    https://www.facebook.com/AdamCoronafor26?pnref=story

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Housecat went missing last night

Hey all! Were on the 1800 block of N Francisco Ave and our domestic short-hair-loveable-mutt of a cat named Captain Falcon went missing late last night.

He's the guy on the left in the attached photo. Please let me know if you see him. He extremely friendly (and fat) and has never been outside before!

  • Go out and call him when the area is quieter. If it's dark, take a flashlight; take the catnip or the treat container. When you call him, listen for his response. Put your scented socks by your gates. Walk in all directions if your house, also putting your scent out there for him.

  • Fellow 1800 N Francisco block here. We'll keep an eye out for him!

2 days ago

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Who is going to attend the meeting tonight, regarding the proposed veteran's building?

The more people involved, hopefully the more thoroughly all opinions can be taken into account. This means everyone, all ethnicities, all opinions.

  • How does that big of a mistake happen? To overstate costs by 65%? It seems to be a little bit more than a rounding error.

  • City Dude Living in Humboldt Park

    Today is the PUBLIC HEARING. Don't forget to go.
    The neighbors around the hospital dropped off a BRIEF at Alderman Maldonado's office yesterday before the Community meeting. You can read it here: www.humboldtparkhousing.com

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    REPAIR/REPLACE DRYWALL THROUGHOUT. REPAIRS TO PLUMBING. TUCKPOINTING AND MASONRY REPAIRS TO PARAPET WALL. ELECTRICAL ON SEPARATE PERMIT. WORK TO ADDRESS VIOLATIONS.

    632 N. St. Louis Ave. Issued December 16, 2014 Comment

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Does some entity need to investigate the BOARD OF ELECTIONS?

Chicago, Cook County, Illinois is known for corruption. How can it be that only 1 party rules Chicago for almost 50 years? Where is the Democratic process where voters swing between political parties so the citizens voice determines policy?

We get very low markes in many important categories. We have high marks in some distinct categories. Cook County is known as a geographic region "least likely to get justice."

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Chicago, Cook County, Illinois is known for corruption. How can it be that only 1 party rules Chicago for almost 50 years? Where is the Democratic process where voters swing between political parties so the citizens voice determines policy?

We get very low markes in many important categories. We have high marks in some distinct categories. Cook County is known as a geographic region "least likely to get justice."

Should the criteria for scrutinizing Candidates be investigated? Many are saying that the blanket practice of listing 25 standard objections just to bounce opponents off the ballot is COMMON practice.

If that is a political tool that deprives Chicagoans of a true Democratic process then somebody needs to come and INVESTIGATE the practices. Then the citizens need to make a legislative amendment to protect citizens from this sort of candidate bias.

What do you think? Say something.

  • Troy Hernandez Candidate for 25th Ward Alderman

    Actually William it's 500 in LA (plus $300) and Detroit. I'm going through this process right now. I collected 1027 signatures, mostly at the busy intersections of the ward. Due to gerrymandered wards and a high number of renters, many of these signatures were from people not in the ward...

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    Actually William it's 500 in LA (plus $300) and Detroit. I'm going through this process right now. I collected 1027 signatures, mostly at the busy intersections of the ward. Due to gerrymandered wards and a high number of renters, many of these signatures were from people not in the ward or not registered at their current address.

    Still, I have 438 signatures from registered voters in the ward and now need to collect affidavits from at least 35 citizens (out of approximately 100) whose signatures were too illegible to match to their voter card. In Chicago, this is what democracy looks like.

    You can read the full story here:
    http://troyhernandez.com/2014/12/17/ballot-access-in-the-25th-ward/

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    It would be good if the Inspector General, the Top Lawyer, the Inspector of Aldermen, and the Internet Department would filter and search for corruption....

    It is easy to do. We need the establishment to clean house. Forrest Claypool cleaned house at the CTA. He is now testing Rat Birthcontrol...

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    It would be good if the Inspector General, the Top Lawyer, the Inspector of Aldermen, and the Internet Department would filter and search for corruption....

    It is easy to do. We need the establishment to clean house. Forrest Claypool cleaned house at the CTA. He is now testing Rat Birthcontrol just like Mayor Bloomberg did in NYC to control rats after hurricane Sandy.

    We need ALL Commissioners to clean house. We need the Aldermen to sweep out corrupt politicians.

    I know...pipe dream; but when the stars are aligned just right...quantum leaps of progress ocur.

3 days ago

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Warning! B careful in the Hood

Last week Sunday night someone ruffled in my car and stole a change purse. Last Sunday a couple guys beat up my roommate till he was unconscious and stole his iphone. It was about midnight gong into Monday.

This is near Kedzie/Washington Blvd

  • That's terrible. I hope your roommate is going to be ok. How did this happen?

  • I'm not some crazy gun nut, but in these neighbors I strongly urge mature and responsible people to consider obtaining a conceal and carry firearm and receive the proper training.

    Some factors to take into consideration is to have an honest reflection on whether you can be a responsible gun...

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    I'm not some crazy gun nut, but in these neighbors I strongly urge mature and responsible people to consider obtaining a conceal and carry firearm and receive the proper training.

    Some factors to take into consideration is to have an honest reflection on whether you can be a responsible gun owner. By responsible I mean someone who is very careful with firearms and doesn't treat them like toys. Someone who has extensive training and is comfortable handling a firearm and very importantly someone who has the disposition to use it if confronted with great bodily.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    The idiot went out for a walk and to get some fresh air. He put on his iphone for music; walked outside...and they got him. He said he was unconscious for say 4-5 hours on the street.

    That is scary. He didn't deserve to be beat up and have an...

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    The idiot went out for a walk and to get some fresh air. He put on his iphone for music; walked outside...and they got him. He said he was unconscious for say 4-5 hours on the street.

    That is scary. He didn't deserve to be beat up and have an expensive uninsured item stolen. But he shouldn't have been walking around outside late at night w/ iphone and earbuds. U warned him many times about protocols for the neighborhood and where not to go.

    Iphones must be the #1 stolen item these days.

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Maldonado: Opposition to Veteran Housing 'Sounding Like Racist' Comments

http://dnain.fo/1IXS2xQ

Maldonado is beginning to sound a little desperate, making these baseless accusations publicly. I think someone knows he might be in trouble come February. It took citizens coming together to root out these back door deals which were right in front of us the whole time.

HUMBOLDT PARK — A proposal to build affordable housing for veterans in Humboldt Park continues to stir opinion, with the local alderman recently calling some comments by opponents on socal media racist.

  • Same tricks, different development.

    Bait and switch, steal and twitch.

    Politicians LOVE no-bid contracts so that they can hand fat-cat deals to their buddies. Buddies then return the favor. Maldonado needs this project to go through so he can fund his re-election and dirt-throwing campaign to buy false advertisement to try to make up for his lousy management of the Ward.

  • Big Al WP Big Al, Your Neighborhood Pal

    East Humboldt Neighbor, that figures it comes from Mayor Rahm-A-Dama-Ding-Dong's office. They change the rules and the numbers so many times even Einstein couldn't keep track. Humboldtwriter, only the names change, but it's the same game. Politics is the art of BS.

Jul 28

Updated 2 days ago

Collecting dog/cat donations for shelter: food, toys, sheets, towels...

You guys have been so awesome with these donations. Last time I dropped them off, the woman who runs the shelter had tears in her eyes and said please tell those Everyblock folks "thank you" and how much this means to us and the animals.

The animal shelter is in need again so I'm making another round picking up donations if you're able to donate/have old linens laying around.

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You guys have been so awesome with these donations. Last time I dropped them off, the woman who runs the shelter had tears in her eyes and said please tell those Everyblock folks "thank you" and how much this means to us and the animals.

The animal shelter is in need again so I'm making another round picking up donations if you're able to donate/have old linens laying around.

This open-access shelter has very little funds and takes in many animals. They also provide a pet pantry for people who can't afford dog/cat food for their pets. It's so sad when you see people drop off their loved pets because they no longer can afford them. This pet pantry, which is running very, very low, helps keeps animals in their loving homes (and out of these open-access shelters).

Here's a list of items they need most:
- dog and cat food (any kind)
- treats to help fatten up the underweight dogs (actual dog treats or Aldi hot dogs are good, cheaper option)
- calming toys (such as stuffed animals or kongs and peanut butter - please no squeeky/stimulating toys)
- used (clean) towels, sheets and blankets for dogs/cats to lay on in the cages they're in basically 24/7. It helps lower their stress and gives them comfort.
- medications your pet didn't finish. These animals often come in sick from being on the street -- any antibiotics, pain pills or supplements help. There is a vet there that prescribes them and will use donated meds appropriately.
- Rescue Remedy or other calming supplements/sprays etc. (shelter life can be stressful)
- dog leashes, collars

I can pick up donations from your house Friday (8/1)12-1:30pm or 5-7pm. Or you are welcome to drop off at my place near North ave and California today 7/28 after 5pm or Wednesday after 7pm. Please message me for details.

Thank you SO MUCH for your generosity. The dogs and cats thank you.

  • Cram writer

    Meg - not sure why, but our DMs aren't going through. Can you email me at cram@plateonline.com, so we can coordinate meeting? Thanks!

  • meg

    Thanks Cram - emailed you. If anyone wants to contact me, looks like DMs aren't working. Just email me at meaghan.olson@gmail.com. Thanks!

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Does anyone know what happened to Ms. Ernestine King of The Garfield Park Chamber of Commerce

Hi neighbors: I attended a meeting today at the Conservatory regarding the improving the community and business development for our area. It was mentioned that Ms. King was no longer in the community. Does anyone know how to contact Ms. King? As we work towards an Alderman worthy of enough to represent our area, we also want to assist each other too. During the course of the meeting, we proposed reopening the Chamber of Commerce and hopefully partnering with Ms....

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Hi neighbors: I attended a meeting today at the Conservatory regarding the improving the community and business development for our area. It was mentioned that Ms. King was no longer in the community. Does anyone know how to contact Ms. King? As we work towards an Alderman worthy of enough to represent our area, we also want to assist each other too. During the course of the meeting, we proposed reopening the Chamber of Commerce and hopefully partnering with Ms. King with some ideas on how we can move forward.

Again, if anyone has or knows Ms. King whose office was located at 3439 West Madison, please have her respond to the website. Otherwise the business owners in the area will have to start over from scratch.

  • You're welcome. I hope that you can get a hold of her. If you want to contact me, send me an email to austin.smithuic@gmail.com as I don't really follow messages I post on this website.

  • JoAnnRT Long time East Garfield Park resident

    Thank you so much Austin. I will be emailing you soon. My email address contains my name, so you will know it will be from me and not someone pretending to be me. Yes, that happens and I will tell you about that in an email. Apparently, some people don't care the residents are tired and fed up...

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A Must Read regarding the newest Subsidized Housing Project in H.P.

I have seen many posts on this topic in the last few weeks, but this page gives the most comprehensive info about the 6 -story building being proposed on the land owned by Norwegian American Hospital. Please read it if you want. Or not.

http://www.humboldtparkhousing.com/humboldt-politics/

  • First of all, I didn't write the article, I just posted it. It also contains a link to an article in Chicago Magazine. If you don"t agree with it, then take it up with them.

    Next, don't assume anything for me. I don't care what gets built as long as...

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    First of all, I didn't write the article, I just posted it. It also contains a link to an article in Chicago Magazine. If you don"t agree with it, then take it up with them.

    Next, don't assume anything for me. I don't care what gets built as long as it is according to code(ie no zoning changes) and my tax dollars don't have to pay for it.

    I think most people have seen the race-baiting show in the media recently and realize that when somebody uses the term "racist" it is because they have already lost the intellectual argument.

    But if anybody that is hiding behind a pseudonym wants to introduce themselves to me face to face, we can discuss our differences at that time.

  • REALMCCOY West Town/Humboldt Pk Homeowner

    fighting the good fight: Your posts are painful to read. Just stop already.

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27th ward alderman

Has anybody heard of Gabe Beukinga?
http://www.gabefor27.com

I was told he will give attention and service to the west side; and that he is for public schools and helping small businesses; and against the neglect of the past 20 years. I just heard about this guy last night and don't have enough info yet to form my opinion. Does anyone here know more?

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The Twelve Sites of Social Security

Back by popular demand is our holiday favorite, “The Twelve Sites of Social Security.” It’s inspired by the popular traditional holiday song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” a holiday favorite since 1780. Play it again, Santa! 

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Still No "Serious" Contenders for 28th Ward Alderman?

It's getting close and I'm still waiting to see if anyone is seriously going to throw their hat in the ring to run against Alderman Jason Ervin? It looks as though he's an easy shoe-in at this time.

I don't think I can take another 4 years looking at the filth, trash and living in the city's most under served ward. So many of the residents work so hard to keep their properties looking nice, when the city/ward sits back and does absolutely nothing to support the "do-gooders."

Please give me some good news someone!

  • Has there been any update on the challenges? I saw where a couple of hearings were moved.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Someone told me we should know by Friday.

Dec 10

Updated 4 days ago

Tri Taylor and East/West Garfield Park : Remove Jason Ervin !

There has been too much high minded theorizing, self promotion, debate and chest thumping. Too much whining and grievances. All of the while Jason Ervin the worst alderman in the city council is making plans for a easy re election
This is how Ervin will win
-Entering shill candidates
-Smearing viable candidates
-Playing on the emotions and lack of political savvy of senior citizens which is how he won re election by deceiving seniors
-Taking advantage of the apathy and...

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There has been too much high minded theorizing, self promotion, debate and chest thumping. Too much whining and grievances. All of the while Jason Ervin the worst alderman in the city council is making plans for a easy re election
This is how Ervin will win
-Entering shill candidates
-Smearing viable candidates
-Playing on the emotions and lack of political savvy of senior citizens which is how he won re election by deceiving seniors
-Taking advantage of the apathy and ignorance of the 28th Ward Constituents
-Drawing on the financial and political support of criminal street gangs
If the 28th ward candidates do not work together to eject Ervin, your crime will increase, property values decrease, the garbage ,ruin and blight will increase, and your population will decrease. The 28th ward will retain the city's highest crime and poverty rates.
I am moving back into the 28th ward in the Tri Taylor area. There is no way I could support Jason Ervin. There needs to be a inspector general and criminal investigation into his administration.
Let's stop talking and hit the streets the media the public and get rid of Jason Ervin.
I am going to be supplying evidence and proof as to why Ervin needs to go.
Stay tuned.

  • we need change CLEAN-UP THE CORNERS

    Spread the word mediabites. Talk to every 28th ward resident that you know. And once we have a candidate who is NOT propped up by Ervin, then we get behind them and push!

  • we need change CLEAN-UP THE CORNERS

    Still waiting...?

4 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Hip Hip Hurray! Rat Birthcontrol for CTA!

The CTA made an announcement today that they will use RAT BIRTH CONTROL. Thanks Forrest Claypool for being an innovator and improving conditions on Chicago Public Transportation.

Thanks Dr Loretta Mayer at Northern Arizona University for the years of study that led to this protocol.

Thanks Senes Tech for getting the product out there to solve world hunger and rodent issues!

http://senestech.com/

Thanks to alderman Fioretti fo putting it on the city agenda. Thanks Alderman Cullerton, Alderman Burnett, and Colon...

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The CTA made an announcement today that they will use RAT BIRTH CONTROL. Thanks Forrest Claypool for being an innovator and improving conditions on Chicago Public Transportation.

Thanks Dr Loretta Mayer at Northern Arizona University for the years of study that led to this protocol.

Thanks Senes Tech for getting the product out there to solve world hunger and rodent issues!

http://senestech.com/

Thanks to alderman Fioretti fo putting it on the city agenda. Thanks Alderman Cullerton, Alderman Burnett, and Colon for supporting this. Thanks to Deputy Josie Cruz, George Esquivel Rat Supervisor, Jamie Rhee in Procurement CharlesL Williams staffers....and countless others who saw this as a good idea.

When will Streets and Sanitation adopt this as a city wide program?

It only took 2 years. That is pretty FAST for Chicago politics.

Bloomberg used it in NYC train stations after Sandy. It works. Search on the internet and you can find out the whole story. It is a great example of PROBLEM SOLVING in a new, more efficient, and cost expedient way.

This is too exciting for words. It is hard to sit still and keep the fingers on the keyboard!!!

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Actually it took 1 yr 5 months to get this in the system! That is pretty darn fast. That is what happens when feedback travels up a channel...and PROBLEM SOLVERS pick it up.

    We should keep a tally of how much the rodent population is reduced. They probably also need this for feral cats.

    Perhaps we should send it over to animal control also.

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

George Badonsky died today

For those who are old enough to remember; GEORGE BADONSKY was a pioneer in Chicago restaurants.

His portfolio included many restaurants now long gone. The Brewery (burger joint on N. Broadway), Tango (sophisticated seafood restaurant on Belmont/Sheridan), Georges, La Bastile (French Bistro) ...and the fancy expensive French Restaurant on Astor street (forgot the name).

George gave gay waiters a job way before the Gay Pride Parade was even a concept. Many earned good livings, were able to be creative in...

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For those who are old enough to remember; GEORGE BADONSKY was a pioneer in Chicago restaurants.

His portfolio included many restaurants now long gone. The Brewery (burger joint on N. Broadway), Tango (sophisticated seafood restaurant on Belmont/Sheridan), Georges, La Bastile (French Bistro) ...and the fancy expensive French Restaurant on Astor street (forgot the name).

George gave gay waiters a job way before the Gay Pride Parade was even a concept. Many earned good livings, were able to be creative in their jobs, and could live very very well because of the jobs he provided for them.

He had peers and rivals Gordon Sinclair, Rich Melnan, the Levis...it was alot of fun in those days the early 70s as Chicago restauranteurs changed what dining out meant to the public.

This is a tribute to a man who helped Chicagoans become acquainted with all kinds of dishes. He loved food and wine his whole life.

Mar 13

Updated 4 days ago

Rat Birth Control!!!

Did City Counsel do something about getting Rat Birthcontrol today?

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    CTA just made an announcement they will start using RATH BIRTHCONTROL invented by Dr Loretta Mayer at Northern Arizona University and sold by Senes Tech. It is a small start that mimics what was done in NYC by Bloomberg after Sandy.

    Lets hope Streets and Sanitation adopts this CITY WIDE so that we can get rid of the enormous rat problem in our ghettos.

    Fioretti took it before City Counsel months ago. I believe that aldermen Cullerton, Colon, Burnett, also supported this!

    Thank you FORREST CLAYPOOL head of CTA

4 days ago

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Dec 12

Updated 4 days ago

LOST Cat

Please help us locate our cat Beam. He has been missing since Sunday am. He is an altered male Bengal with a chip. Please check your garages as he has gotten stuck in one before. Contact me immediately if you have seen him. we miss him very much.
lyndsay1133@yahoo.com
773-818-4680

  • Jen

    Check the stray tours at animal control (2741 s western) every day. They keep the animals on hold for 3 days and if no one comes for them there's a good chance of them being put down bc the shelter is pretty full

  • LT

    I have registered my lost cat with animal control and have been checking their "pet harbor" everyday since he went missing. Thank you for responding.

4 days ago

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

R ur hands cold/ or a starngers?

Dollar Tree has a wonderful $1 glove. The name is Snugadoo. They come in pink, blue, black.

You will be lucky if you can find a pair, some are out.

These gloves are very very very warm...and cheap.

If you know any really needy person...whose hands are cold these will solve the problem?

  • gloriaartist 51 year EGP Resident

    Dollar Tree is my kind of store. Quality items that won't burn a hole in my "trying 2 b fiscally responsible"
    pockets and purse

5 days ago

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

The Maldonado take on the Vet Housing

Diversity, generosity is at the heart of proposed Vet housing

  • Is that $42.6 million project to support 49 units? So $800,000+ per unit. If that is, they should see if they could probably construct within current zoning rather than making a fortune in single unit housing.

  • Not an open bidding project. Overpriced development and friends of the Alderman construction company. You can buy land and build 109 single family homes for that price. Ridiculous. And tax exempt which means that all of the taxpaying homeowners will have an increased property tax burden.

Aug 12

Updated 6 days ago

Lost Cat?

There is a smaller Bengal type cat walking on Cortez near California. It does not have a collar but it isn't behaving like a feral cat and is wandering aimlessly. It was interested in food and would approach me briefly but not long enough for me to capture it without frightening it. I did not see any posts here about a missing cat, but I do hope this guy (or girl) finds their home.

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