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City Inspectors again - 3rd Call- No Building Permit- Workers still working 7827 S Ridgeland

This is the 3rd call put into 311 and the building permit department of workers unlicensed and no working permit at 7827 S. Ridgeland. They also are breaking up a concrete steps and porch without a dumpster whereas concrete dust is flying all over the place in my yard and in my neighbors yard, on the sidewalk. In the black neighborhood anyone can just come in and do whatever they want to do without license or permits. I have asked the media to come out on this issue and they have, thank you media. This is evidence for us to file a civil lawsuit on the owners. The pictures are attached.

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Hairston Gives Mariano’s CEO Tour Of Possible Store Sites In South Shore

Some have complained about Hairston's response to South Shore's Dominick's closing & the lack of interest received from grocers to move into the space.

Getting the CEO here to tour South Shore and 7 potential sites (he doesn't like the old Dominick's location) is remarkable. I do hope something comes of it.

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/08/19/hairston-gives-marianos-ceo-tour-of-possible-store-sites-in-south-shore/

Aug 15

Updated 6 hours ago

City of Chicago Building Inspector Doesnt Do Their Jobs

I reported over a month ago a two-building whereas mexicans had been rehabbing this two -flat with a building permit and without a dumpster. They were throwing the drywall, the old electric box and ports and old plumming into the back yard and the debris was flying all over the block into mine and other resident yards. In put this into the 311 system as an emergency and spoke on the telephone with an Inspector within the department, to the...

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I reported over a month ago a two-building whereas mexicans had been rehabbing this two -flat with a building permit and without a dumpster. They were throwing the drywall, the old electric box and ports and old plumming into the back yard and the debris was flying all over the block into mine and other resident yards. In put this into the 311 system as an emergency and spoke on the telephone with an Inspector within the department, to the current date July 15, 2014 no inspector, no violation given for rehabbing w/o permit. The new owner of this building obvious has ties with the building inspector because I even report this to Alderman Michelle Harris but of course we dont expect any results from her office, which is a joke to the south side 8 ward. This is why a neighborhood and block go down in property value. She and the city allows these people to come in and work without permits and they destroy these homes from they are not licensed contracted to work under and make a mess of the valued properties in the black neighborhood. This whole City of Chicago Building department should be shut down. This is why those firefighters were killed in 2010 because the building should have been torn down and the inspectors of course took money under the table and/or didnt do their jobs in inspecting these buildings, now lives have been destroyed because of their neligence.

  • Jolyon renter/resident

    Contessa, on the level of code enforcement, appropriate procedures, safety, lead and asbestos remediation, etc., I (and a number of others who've spoken) have no quarrel with will50's concerns. Indeed, I live in a "new" building that was so shoddily built that it immediately imposed unnecessary costs on the owners...

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    Contessa, on the level of code enforcement, appropriate procedures, safety, lead and asbestos remediation, etc., I (and a number of others who've spoken) have no quarrel with will50's concerns. Indeed, I live in a "new" building that was so shoddily built that it immediately imposed unnecessary costs on the owners and renters and is rapidly falling into decay. I have a large problem with will50's, and now your, racializing/ethnicizing of the problem. The code issues are exactly the same no matter what the race/ethnicity of the people working on the problem (and your quotes around the word "developers" suggests that even you do not know who might be extracting excess profits by shoddy work). Contractors need to abide by the city codes and the city needs to enforce the codes. When I lived on the southwest side, my neighbor blamed any shoddy work she saw there on African-Americans. There again, the problem was not the ostensible race or ethnicity of those doing the work, or the race/ethnicity of contractors/owners, etc: it was the quality and code-conformity of the work. That's an issue worthy of a block club activist and community organizer. Organizing via racist framing is completely unworthy of the illustrious tradition of community organizing and reinforces the institutional racism that structures the very problems you are seeking to address.

  • Keith Harrison South Shore resident

    I agree. When the problem is framed in such a way that it condemns an ethnic group or makes wild, unproven accusations, the legitimate part of the complaint is lost, at least in my mind, and everything said is called into question.

    Will50's complaint would be been more effective by...

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    I agree. When the problem is framed in such a way that it condemns an ethnic group or makes wild, unproven accusations, the legitimate part of the complaint is lost, at least in my mind, and everything said is called into question.

    Will50's complaint would be been more effective by sticking with facts vs. accusations, allegations, & generalizations.

    New Neighbor's post that we should all be thankful for anyone who would dare risk their lives to come into our community, well, nothing would improve that and it should be removed by a moderator (if one exists here).

    We really do need to learn how to complain so that out concerns are taken seriously.

12 hours ago

Corliss Online Financial Mag Investing in small business ventures

http://corlissonlinegroup.com/

What can an individual who lives on a small salary do to invest and augment his income somehow? Here are some tips to follow:

1. Invest in something close to your heart

Whether it is in music or cooking, investing in a small venture will have a greater chance of surviving and even achieving reasonable success if it involves doing something close to your heart or within your experience as a person or as a worker. If you work...

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http://corlissonlinegroup.com/

What can an individual who lives on a small salary do to invest and augment his income somehow? Here are some tips to follow:

1. Invest in something close to your heart

Whether it is in music or cooking, investing in a small venture will have a greater chance of surviving and even achieving reasonable success if it involves doing something close to your heart or within your experience as a person or as a worker. If you work as a waiter, why not learn as much as you can about some way of improving a recipe or a drink and come up with your own sideline you, or with a partner, can run during weekends or after work?

We hear this advice often and yet not many take it to heart or are brave enough to actually do it. Many feel it takes too much effort and money to start a business. This is not true, in general. Making a single unique jacket or fashion accessory and selling it can be the one step you need to encourage yourself to make more. Even a used item such as a broken sofa, if repaired and furbished to look attractive might bring you some income you never thought you could have from what you already have.

Oftentimes, all it takes is a lot of imagination and a dose of courage to jump right ahead on a new venture you never tried before.

Continue Reading at http://corlissonlinegroup.com/blog/investing-small-business-ventures/

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15 hours ago

Announcement

Hi Everyblock,
I would like to announce I am the new 7th Ward Republican Committeewoman as of this past Monday. I will be appointing judges in the next election. If you are interested in becoming a judge, please let me know at my email address and I will contact you.

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Updated 31 hours ago

Lakeside CBA

Did anyone else go to the meeting Tuesday, 8/19? It seemed a little disorganized and not enough community input. What do you think?

  • I never hear about these meeting until someone makes a comment in this forum. Where are the dates of the meeting posted?

37 hours ago

Mar 02

Updated 2 days ago

Seven Grocers Turn Down Former Dominick's in South Shore, Alderman Says

In case you haven't seen this article, 7 grocers have decided against moving into the now closed Dominick's location at 71st & Jeffrey. I think it's a real shame that no one is willing to move here, but I'm sure that the unchecked rise in crime in South Shore over the past several years is the primary reason. Until we (residents, police, government) clean up the problem areas, no major business will open in the neighborhood.

Here's a link to the article:
http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140226/south-shore-above-79th/seven-grocers-turn-down-former-dominicks-south-shore-alderman-says

  • Happy making better choices

    The landlords are a whole other issue and good point to bring up. There should be an enforced do not allow landlord and property list that identifies the staff to ok the contract, as part of the random home visits the apt maintenance of the landlord needs to be monitored,...

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    The landlords are a whole other issue and good point to bring up. There should be an enforced do not allow landlord and property list that identifies the staff to ok the contract, as part of the random home visits the apt maintenance of the landlord needs to be monitored, landlords should be fined and publicly listed for improper maintenance and unsafe conditions, and cultivating buildings of terror. Ppl respond to hits in the pocket book and bad publicity. Part of the budget should include adds listings slum lords and failed units/buildings like the city does with failed health inspections.

  • For many reasons (inclusive of the more common ones of this forum), Alderwoman Leslie Hairston should be replaced by a more equitable and "hands on" alderperson. Her tenure has been one that has shown, clear, favoritism to some parts of the ward and has been overtly negligent to most others....

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    For many reasons (inclusive of the more common ones of this forum), Alderwoman Leslie Hairston should be replaced by a more equitable and "hands on" alderperson. Her tenure has been one that has shown, clear, favoritism to some parts of the ward and has been overtly negligent to most others.

    While it is not her fault that displaced tenants have moved into South Shore, it is a slap in the face that requests for assistance (in the absence of assistance from the CPD from reports of crime and others pressing concerns). For instance, the alderwoman has been consistently notified of drug activity, illegal auto repairs, abandoned properties, and even alerted to the increase of male congregation and loitering activity in the 7000 block of East End, the 6600 block behind Chase Bank, the 6900 block of Cregier, the open air drug activity in the currency exchange lot at 67th & Stony Island....and more. Now weknow that one of the accused murderers of recent crimes resided in the 7000 block of East End. There seems to be a network of males from the aforementioned areas...yet the alderwoman did nothing. The CPD did nothing (and the department on Cottage Grove needs a complete overhaul).

    I yield.

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Mariano’s CEO tours South Shore

Mariano’s CEO tours South Shore sites with local alderman -via Chicago Sun Times
http://bit.ly/1w2cCcn

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Aug 15

Updated 6 days ago

Chicago Park District/Grand Crossing Park Advisory Council presents MIDNIGHT CIRCUS

Join Us for an excellent fun time to summer's end as the Midnight Circus Tour
comes back to Grand Crossing Park. Sat August 30 and Sun August 31st at 4:00pm
$5 Admission get you in the door. Plenty of Security!
Tickets are selling Fast! Don't Miss it -Rated Best in "Family Entertainment"

Bonus! Free Book Bag/School Supplies to each child inside the Circus courtesy of New Life Covenant Oakwood! This is a fundraiser for the park to give our youth a safe haven from dangerous streets. Get your tickets at www.CircusintheParks.org or purchase at the door.

  • Peburton South Shore Resident

    Good info. Will help spread the word.

  • CeCe Edwards Grand Crossing Park Advisory Council

    thank you will post it again soon. tickets sold thusfar 600! Hooray. Don't Miss It.

Aug 16

Clean Your Neighborhood

@ChiPubSchools: Pitch In Chicago on Aug 23 & clean your neighborhood for back to school. Call @Chicago311 to sign up #pitchin http://t.co/XWJsIssrOx

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Aug 15

Outstanding Burnham Ave. property for sale

Outstanding Burnham Ave. property now available-- just $65,000!! (Nearly 50% below the Zestimate for the property). Almost 4,000 square feet. For details go to http://www.exite-listings.com/website/134996 or contact me directly at 312-721-0779 (c).

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