5 days ago

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Two Towers/Max Gerber Development 2nd Community Meeting

The 2nd Community Meeting for the old Max Gerber Project (The Two Towers), at 2293 N. Milwaukee Ave, will be Monday, March 30th, at the Haas Park Fieldhouse at 6:30 p.m .

The last meeting was packed and was originally proposed to add 253 rental units in the area near the California L station - that's on top of 52 now permitted at 2340 N. California and 120 planned to open in Spring 2016 at 2211 N. Milwaukee.

  • I'll probably try to double-check some of the census stuff a bit later when I have more time... instead of relying on streetsblog.org. Anyway, tomorrow's meeting gives you an opportunity to present your view. If people from both sides can present their views in a non-snarky way, maybe we'll get...

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    I'll probably try to double-check some of the census stuff a bit later when I have more time... instead of relying on streetsblog.org. Anyway, tomorrow's meeting gives you an opportunity to present your view. If people from both sides can present their views in a non-snarky way, maybe we'll get somewhere in terms of having a real discussion and arriving at a reasonable consensus. I promise to be nice as long you don't call me a NIMBY! I'm really thinking about what's best for the neighborhood and my views are not carved in stone.

  • buster, i do agree with you that people should drive less and demand a better CTA . less parking will force that issue along so i am ok with that. But I dont like the height of the proposed buildings as it seems out of character for the neighborhood. You didnt post the flyer you mentioned from the neighbors for development..what are they saying now?

37 hours ago

Updated 7 min ago

#73 bus schedule

Does anyone know the best way to advocate for an extension of the #73 Armitage bus schedule? Right now it stops before 7:30 on weekends, which no longer matches community need, especially once the trail opens. I'd appreciate any guidance. Thanks!

  • I really think we should have an elston and Kedzie bus. Elston in particular is a very busy and populated street. What does someone do to petition for that?

  • It would be nice to have a Clybourn/Elston circulator bus that might run from Diversey/Elston to North Avenue then up Clybourn back to Diversey/Elston. It seems odd that none of these shopping areas are serviced by mass transit. Maybe the businesses would even subsidize it?

12 hours ago

Updated 10 min ago

Is this your bike?

Someone left a bike on the sidewalk in front of our house that we presume was stolen. If you think it's yours please reply with identifying details. We plan to report it tomorrow and will also check all of the stolen bike websites.

40 min ago

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10 hours ago

Updated 45 min ago

New Friends of the Library group for Logan Square

Hi all,
The new Friends of the Library for the Logan Square branch is holding its second meeting this Thursday at 6:30, in the library's conference room. We're looking for ideas, volunteers, people who love their library and want to make it better. We have a small group that turned out for our first meeting! Please leave me a note if you're interested, and find us on Facebook (for which we're going to start adding content soon!).

  • I can't make the Thursday meeting, but would like to be kept up todate. Please email me at franksfelicia@gmail.com

19 hours ago

Updated 57 min ago

Sublet needed

I have a friend who has to move out of her apartment by June 1st because her lease is up and the owners (its a condo) are going to sell the unit. She wants to buy a house, but can't until next fall. She's looking for a 6 month lease starting June 1st. Anywhere on the northwest side is fine with her but she'd like to be close to public transit. Does anyone have any ideas?

32 hours ago

Updated 59 min ago

Favorite tortilla chips?

This may sound weird, but having just moved here I need to know what are the dankest tortilla chips to be had here in Chicago. Coming from out west, the best we have are called Juanita's, made in Hood River, Oregon. Tell me the best brands.

21 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Anyone see a car wreck on Belden last night?

This is a total shot in the dark, but I'm wondering if anyone who lives on the block of Belden between Kimball and Spaulding may have happened to witness a (probably) large car that was (maybe) reddish or burgundy in color smash into the front side of my parked car?

This piece of human garbage did not leave a note, but did leave an enormous dent in my car.

  • I didn't see that, but around midnight I saw cops driving around with the spot light on just south of there. People seemed to be up to no good last night. Sorry for your car.

  • Would it be worth printing up a 'note' about what happened and put at each house..or at least do flyers and post on the block..just an idea....

9 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Missing Pitbull Puppy

Lost since Saturday March 15th. Was last seen getting picked up in a blackish /brownish jeep Cherokee with a large amount of youngsters around Richmond and cullom , bertue and Albany. Possibly seen walking with a white male on Warner and Kedzie. My dog is a blue pitbull mixed with American bull dog medium sized , white chest , white line on forehead, cropped ears, missing a back toe, blue eyes and just turned 6months. If you know anything please text or call 773-940-5339 (773-841-7051) He has a family that misses him a lot!

Mar 21

Updated 1 hour ago

Does anyone know if neighbors construction workers are allowed on neighbors property?

Would anyone definitely know if a neighbors construction workers are allowed on a neighbors property without permission? Or how to handle?

2 days ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Logan Square - Avondale Newspaper Ad Sales

Hello Neighbors, we are launching the 2nd edition of Logan Square - Avondale Life, which covers cultural, economic and political life in the area. For this edition, we are looking for someone for advertising sales, specifically to help us get some more local businesses to advertise. The part-time position is commission based, with a high commission rate (50% of gross revenues for new advertisers brought on), which can ad up nicely. For more details, you are welcome to e-mail (jraider2@aol.com) us anytime. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

  • Is the paper available in print only or online as well? I would be curious to check it out. Thanks!

  • Jason Raider Owner & Managing Broker of Raider Realty

    Hello Katie, currently we only have a print version. But if you send us an e-mai (jraider2@aol.com) I can forward you a digital copy.

Aug 10

Updated 9 hours ago

Updated info on Red Light Camera possible defense

A couple of people have emailed me about a post I made on EB a while ago about getting a red light camera ticket dismissed based on the fact the "MAKE" of the vehicle is listed as "OTHR" on the ticket, even though from the photo of the violation you can readily tell the "MAKE." The municipal code I cited in that old post seems to be different than where the rule is now, so I wanted to update the...

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A couple of people have emailed me about a post I made on EB a while ago about getting a red light camera ticket dismissed based on the fact the "MAKE" of the vehicle is listed as "OTHR" on the ticket, even though from the photo of the violation you can readily tell the "MAKE." The municipal code I cited in that old post seems to be different than where the rule is now, so I wanted to update the information.

Municipal Code 90-100-030 (b) (in part):
"The issuer of the notice shall specify on the notice his identification number, the particular parking or compliance ordinance allegedly violated, THE MAKE (my emphasis) and state registration number of the cited vehicle, and the place, date, time and nature of the alleged violation and shall certify the correctness of the specified information by signing his name as provided in Section 11-208.3 of the Illinois Vehicle Code, as amended."

Illinois Code 625 ILCS5/11208.3 (2) (in part):
"With regard to automated speed enforcement system or automated traffic law violations, VEHICLE MAKE (my emphasis) shall be specified on the automated speed enforcement system or automated traffic law violation notice if the make is available and readily discernible."

If you can discern the MAKE from the photo, you can try this defense. It worked for me, because in law, ALL of the "elements" (requirements) of an ordinance must be true to find the person guilty of the infraction.

When I went to the hearing, I printed out copies of the ordinance and state law, and made sure I had my vehicle registration with me, and that you could tell the MAKE by the photo. It worked and my ticket was dismissed. I have no idea what might happen if you mail this in. Maybe someone is willing to try it and see what happens.

BTW, I am not a lawyer, and this is not legal advice, just a neighbor passing on some info.
Good luck!

  • This unfortunately, did not work for me. I tried by mail, maybe would have had better luck in person, but did not have time for that. Here was the letter I sent minus personal information:

    To Whom It May Concern,
    I am writing to request the dismissal of Ticket Number...

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    This unfortunately, did not work for me. I tried by mail, maybe would have had better luck in person, but did not have time for that. Here was the letter I sent minus personal information:

    To Whom It May Concern,
    I am writing to request the dismissal of Ticket Number 700xxxxxxx for a few reasons. I hope you will consider my request. Here is why I believe the ticket should be dismissed:
    1) I was not driving this car at the time these photos were taken and there is no evidence that I was.
    2) The roads were icy and had not been cleared. An attempt to stop was made when the light turned yellow, as evidenced by the engaged brake lights, but the car continued to slide through the intersection. Also, if you watch the video, you can see that this yellow light is less than 3 seconds in duration - the accepted absolute minimum required for safety.
    And, most importantly,
    3) As you know, Municipal Code of Chicago 9-100-030 (b) states that the Make of the citied vehicle shall be specified. If it is not, the violation notice shall be withdrawn. Illinois Vehicle Code 625 ILCS 5/11-208.3 (2) also requires the Vehicle Make be specified on the law violation notice if the Make is available and readily discernible - which, as you can see in the “close up” photo - it is. This citation lists the Make of the car as “OTHR,” which does not meet the requirements of these codes.
    Thank you very much for your time and consideration.

  • Carol: I AM still reading here!
    I don' know - I contested in person. When I argued the timing part, and the wet and recently snowed part, it didn't move the administrative "judge" but then I told him, wait, I have another defense, and argued the Municipal Code defense (of...

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    Carol: I AM still reading here!
    I don' know - I contested in person. When I argued the timing part, and the wet and recently snowed part, it didn't move the administrative "judge" but then I told him, wait, I have another defense, and argued the Municipal Code defense (of Make is listed as OTHR and you can clearly see the Make of the car in the photo, plus the Secretary of State has the Make of my car in their records) he left me off.

    stephc27 cites the codes. You can goggle these and should get to the places in the code where that is, and print it out.

    Sorry, stephc27, that it didn't work for you. I read recently in the paper that a lawyer is doing a class action suit to challenge the red light tickets, and one of the arguments seems to be not having the Make on the ticket in violation of the ordinance.

    Here's the report on CLTV with text. http://cltv.com/2015/03/24/new-lawsuit-challenges-chicagos-speed-and-red-light-cameras/

    Carol, one thing, you may as well try the defense, because if it flys, then you get out of it, if not, at least you tried. I shared it here hoping more people could defend themselves against these computerized cops.

40 hours ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Alterations recommendations in Logan Square

I have some jeans that need to be taken in a bit. I tried the place on Armitage and Kedzie, but the stitches didn't hold up for long. Any recommendations? Thanks in advance! :)

2 days ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Where to sell used mattresses?

My middle-aged mother is moving to a smaller apartment this weekend and no longer wants, needs, or has space for her queen sized mattress and bed frame. I don't really want to go the craigslist route because waiting for a legit buyer (as opposed to a cashiers check scammer) and then trying to coordinate pick up is more of a hassle than I'm willing to deal with this weekend. I know there are used mattress stores but…? can't seem to find much info on getting rid of them, only buying them. It's a decent quality mattress, about 14 years old, cats and dogs in home. Suggestions?

29 hours ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Lost dog

Last night, we lost our black shih tzu (Saturday March 28) on the 4200 Kedzie block. He was wearing a blue sweater and had been recently groomed. If anyone has any information, please call 773-814-7474, as our family is anxiously awaiting any good news. He is microchipped.

15 hours ago

3 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Garage wanted

My husband and I are looking to rent a garage space close to the Avondale area. Is anyone renting theirs?

  • We might have a spot. What area are you looking at? What sort of price were you expecting and when would the car be there?

24 hours ago

Updated 18 hours ago

Fioretti backs Rahm?

What does this mean for the beloved Progressive Caucus? Was Bob for sale? What do the people who backed Bob for round one say about this? Somebody talk me down.

  • Douglas Raul Williams Family history in Logan Square since 1970

    Clearly a deal was struck since Fioretti is not running for his old aldermanic seat and his law firm will need business form the city. It is really disappointing and leaves a bad legacy for Fioretti since he was such a Rahm basher all his career.

  • Charles Thomas just tweeted - ".@Fioretti2ndWard admits failed effort to get @SEIULocal1 help paying debt. @RahmEmanuel says he'll help. Hmm"

Mar 17

Updated 19 hours ago

Logan Square Dog Park

Anyone have any updates on the Logan Square Dog Park? After it was approved last year the blueprint was on the Park District website with construction to begin Fall 2014. Obviously that hasn't happened. Any info would be appreciated.

  • Chris Defying a Singular Identity

    In 2012 the park 556 site, which includes the dog park, received $340,000 in OSIF funds, arranged by Ald. Colon for site development. The money has already been transferred to the Park District so State funding changes for other projects should not affect this project. The bids just need to...

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    In 2012 the park 556 site, which includes the dog park, received $340,000 in OSIF funds, arranged by Ald. Colon for site development. The money has already been transferred to the Park District so State funding changes for other projects should not affect this project. The bids just need to come in at the budget, and we'll know soon if that is going to happen.

    That said - Kim's note is on point. These projects only survive if people continue to get involved to support them, so please do get involved!

  • Kimberly P. 6-year Logan Square resident

    Hi dog lovers. I have an update on the future of the Logan Square Dog Park. We just heard back from the Chicago Park District and they have plans to begin construction on the new park in May! We are trying to get the project manager from the park district to attend our next committee meeting so he can walk everyone through the plans. Like our Facebook page for updates.

    Kim Pool
    Secretary
    Logan Square Dog Park Committee

34 hours ago

Updated 22 hours ago

  • Joe

    And Robyn, did you bother to read any article? Minimum wage increases have been implemented in Oakland, SF and April 1st Seattle, and nothing you believe actually happens.

  • Joe, it was written by a self-identified conservative, who writes for a conservative economic policy group. He has an agenda he is pushing and this article isn't saying anything new. It confirms people's beliefs who already think this way. I'm waiting for the hard evidence, not conjecture and fear. I...

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    Joe, it was written by a self-identified conservative, who writes for a conservative economic policy group. He has an agenda he is pushing and this article isn't saying anything new. It confirms people's beliefs who already think this way. I'm waiting for the hard evidence, not conjecture and fear. I happen to think that a rise in minimum wage is a good thing all around. There may be bad unintended consequences, but I really don't understand the conservative perspective not on paying people better...other than the wealthy keep on getting wealthier.

    I am trying to keep this to a logical argument, but you are putting little faith in people and your 20 or $100 argument is a little silly. Nobody is taking your $15 dollars/ hour. People earning on a more equal scale would be better for the middle class that you are concerned about. I thought conservative were all about letting people do what they want with their money? You are saying that $15 is bad because people won't save it or spend it the way that you think they should.

    Anyway, I'm sorry, I don't buy into fear politics and although I wholeheartedly disagree with your argument, I respect your opinion. Time will tell though.

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Updated 35 hours ago

More on the stick ups at 3000 W Schubert from DNA Info-

A man who wore a hoodie with the famous tagline "We Trippy Mane" during one crime is suspected of robbing Logan Square residents at gunpoint this month.

The saying was made famous by Juicy J, of the Academy Award-winning rap duo Three 6 Mafia.

During the robberies, the man says he has a weapon then takes the victim's property.

The first robbery occurred on March 14 around 10:30 p.m., in the 3000 block of West Schubert Avenue. On Monday, another...

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A man who wore a hoodie with the famous tagline "We Trippy Mane" during one crime is suspected of robbing Logan Square residents at gunpoint this month.

The saying was made famous by Juicy J, of the Academy Award-winning rap duo Three 6 Mafia.

During the robberies, the man says he has a weapon then takes the victim's property.

The first robbery occurred on March 14 around 10:30 p.m., in the 3000 block of West Schubert Avenue. On Monday, another person was robbed around 12:25 a.m. on the same block. About 15 minutes later, another person was robbed in the 2900 block of West Schubert Avenue, police said.

According to police, the suspect is between 18 and 30 years old, stands around 5-foot-11 and weighs about 165 pounds.

In one of the incidents, the man was wearing a dark sweatshirt with pink lettering of the phrase "We Trippy Mane," blue jeans, beige boots and earrings in both ears, police said.

you can see the thug at this lnk: http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150325/lincoln-square/we-trippy-mane-hoodie-wearing-man-robbing-lincoln-square-residents

  • Hot rock, are serious.?

  • Hot rock, sorry, I didn't see that you had asked the preceding question.

    But yes, it's legalto post warning photos of a suspected mugger.

42 hours ago

Room for Rent

Greetings all
I am posting this for my friend, who is looking for a roommate. Please contact me and I will pass on your information to her to set up an appointment.

18X22 ROOM FOR RENT
May 1st

I am looking for a non-smoking, peace loving, cat friendly neat individual to rent a beautiful room in an amazing Arts & Crafts building in the Fullerton and Western area; tree lined street, easy parking, tons of public trans, very safe neighborhood....

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Greetings all
I am posting this for my friend, who is looking for a roommate. Please contact me and I will pass on your information to her to set up an appointment.

18X22 ROOM FOR RENT
May 1st

I am looking for a non-smoking, peace loving, cat friendly neat individual to rent a beautiful room in an amazing Arts & Crafts building in the Fullerton and Western area; tree lined street, easy parking, tons of public trans, very safe neighborhood.

The 18X22 room is in the front of the apartment. It is very private, almost like having your own studio apartment. There is a faux fireplace, stained glass windows, ceiling fan, and the front of room is all windows, so lots of light. The apartment is on the second floor so it feels like you are in the trees. The room is large enough for sitting area, office, and bedroom area. Built-in book shelves. Beautiful!

The kitchen is huge and modernized, dish washer, walk in pantry, kitchen is furnished. The bathroom is also huge and very nice, clean, subway tiles, ceiling fan. The coin laundry is in basement. There is some storage available. OK for bike in basement, real safe. 3 units in the building, so the building is quiet. I have 2 cats. No more pets are allowed.

$650.00 per month everything included (rent, utilities, cleaning supplies etc. and housekeeping.) Phone & internet not included. $650.00 security deposit and references required. Apartment available May 1st (preferred) but could be as early as April 15th or as late as June 1st as well.

4 days ago

Updated 44 hours ago

5 story 'Micro' apartment building approved for 2328 N. Milwaukee Ave

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150325/logan-square/micro-apartments-approved-for-logan-square-after-year-of-revision

According to dnainfo:

"The Transit-Oriented Development would house 52 units ranging from an average size of 439-square-foot studios, 1,537-square-foot one-bedroom units and roughly 1,000-square-foot two-bedroom units
Cost for each unit will range from $1,200 for studio apartments, $1,400 for one-bedroom units and roughly $2,100 for two-bedroom units.

The plan for the Logan Square development will feature 18 parking spaces, two Zipcars and five affordable housing units — 10 percent of the total units"

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http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150325/logan-square/micro-apartments-approved-for-logan-square-after-year-of-revision

According to dnainfo:

"The Transit-Oriented Development would house 52 units ranging from an average size of 439-square-foot studios, 1,537-square-foot one-bedroom units and roughly 1,000-square-foot two-bedroom units
Cost for each unit will range from $1,200 for studio apartments, $1,400 for one-bedroom units and roughly $2,100 for two-bedroom units.

The plan for the Logan Square development will feature 18 parking spaces, two Zipcars and five affordable housing units — 10 percent of the total units"

So this won't be have 'SRO' /single room occupancy zoning. And to me the units are not very MICRO...or cheep. (I think the article might be mixing up the 1000sqft 2 bedroom with the 1500sqft 1 bedroom).

To me this seems like a good fit for a busy corner right by the El. This should help spread the revitalization of Milwaukee Ave further northwest.

  • Alan.. You're probably wrong.

    Jerry, just because you didn't make that much doesn't mean there isn't a market for it. I can think of two guys off the top of my head that were making that much as union guys while I was still in college. They went in straight from HS so no...

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    Jerry, just because you didn't make that much doesn't mean there isn't a market for it. I can think of two guys off the top of my head that were making that much as union guys while I was still in college. They went in straight from HS so no debt.
    Personally, I would NEVER pay anything close to that. I mean, my condo is half that and 1.5x the size (lol it's small) of that. But hey, it's not for everyone. Would you rather have this person rent one of these new ones and spend there cash here or take up some of the rental stock that's already dwindling as that's their only option in the area and force someone out of a cheaper apt?

  • Jerry Cargill Photographer, Teacher, Live on Milwaukee Ave.

    I would say that it's better to get together with 2-3 friends and rent a floor of a two flat. Economically, that is the best way to go, and how most savvy young people have been doing it here as long as I can remember. Since wages have basically remained flat since 1980, any independent (ie:not reliant on Ps) young person has limited options as they whittle away at their college debt.

3 days ago

Updated 44 hours ago

If you don't pick up that poop you might get flagged!

This topic has been addressed here ad nauseam, I don't think the offenders are reading Every Block- you know, pick up your dog poop! This afternoon, someone actually flagged a dog poop. I am not sure what to make of it- If you want to see this- take a look, I took a picture. (for some unknown reason, Everyblock pics are not going through)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/bartshore/16915159066/

  • Love the flags! You'd think the offender would be embarASSed!! In my neighborhood, some people pick up the poop in the plastic bags, THEN leave the bags behind. I don't like carrying my dogs poop around either~ I was picking up trash at the park, then stepped in dog poop~ I swear! A good deed never goes unpunished

  • CV in Logan Square Born and bred Sside, NWside transplant and love it

    Want to stop people from leaving dog poop behind? Take a photo of the offender, put it on fliers and post them all over the neighborhood. While it is an action, a flag doesn't connect the offender to the offending act. I love my neighborhood but I am sick and tired of having to tightrope down the sidewalk (and now, the curb!) to avoid dog feces. It was a nicer place to live before Logan Square got hot and started attracting lazy and inconsiderate dog owners.

2 days ago

Updated 44 hours ago

Water Bill

I know this has been a recent topic, but my (metered) water bill arrived today. Last March, my water bill was $83.40. This March, the bill is $177.49! I sure hope my tenants understand when they get a big increase in rent this year. And no, I don't have any leaks.

  • You might want to install water saving shower heads (if you haven't done so already).

  • Our (single family) bill went up a lot last time because we used a lot more water with our whole house humidifier. Almost double the amount with the cold temps. Maybe that's just us, but we used a lot more volume this winter.

3 days ago

Updated 45 hours ago

Internet service provider in Avondale

I'm moving to Avondale next week and was told RCN doesn't service the area. What alternative providers are there?

  • kcarroll25 New to the Avondale neighborhood

    You all have been so helpful and thanks for the insight. I'm going to miss RCN which won't service the area. I've decided to move forward with Comcast for the first 12 months at $29.95, then may switch to AT&T to keep the good deal in a year. Thanks again!

  • I have U-Verse and it's awful but I'm under some type of agreement but getting ready to fight them on it.

    At least three times a day my internet goes out which also means TV. It can be anywhere from five minutes to three hours. We call and once they...

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    I have U-Verse and it's awful but I'm under some type of agreement but getting ready to fight them on it.

    At least three times a day my internet goes out which also means TV. It can be anywhere from five minutes to three hours. We call and once they had no idea why so sent a new router. Since then they just tell us to change some network address but we have to do that multiple times a day??

    As you can see it's been bery frustrating. Also the speeds test out about 14 down and I'm paying for like 40 or 50. They also have no resolution for that.

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Mar 22

Updated 2 days ago

Question on property taxes whistle blowing on exemptions.

I was told that when a property is sold that the Cook County Recorder does not notify the Cook County Assessor or the Cook County Treasurer. I see just around where I live home owners exemptions are being taken by Developers who have owned the property over year and home owners that rent out their homes. If you look at the Cook County Treasurer site the properties are in the former owner's name and the developer have paid the lower...

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I was told that when a property is sold that the Cook County Recorder does not notify the Cook County Assessor or the Cook County Treasurer. I see just around where I live home owners exemptions are being taken by Developers who have owned the property over year and home owners that rent out their homes. If you look at the Cook County Treasurer site the properties are in the former owner's name and the developer have paid the lower tax because the home owner's exemption is still applied. Also does the assessment show the value of the old homes that have been majorly rehabbed and worth a lot more. How often does someone go out and look at these properties. Or people getting senior exemptions when it's not a single family home and has rental apartments.

Before they raise our property taxes shouldn't there be a more efficient and effective ways of determining what real estate tax is due on each property?. Instead of raising our taxes shouldn't they make sure everyone is paying what they are suppose to pay?
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  • Helen R Portage Park resident since 1983

    I tried and tried for years to get my property taxes transferred to my name after my divorce, the mortgage company had no problem taking care of this. Now, the bill comes listed as "Taxpayer of or current owner", no name at all!

  • I was told by the County Treasurer office you have to tell them to put in your name.

2 days ago

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Found dogs

Two dogs were found near Starbucks at Roscoe and leavitt. Large Brindle mix and large doodle. They're safe with me

Feb 03

Updated 2 days ago

Development around Kedzie/Armitage?

Does anyone know what's happening in the building across from Scofflaw (MuveMusic building) on the NW corner of Kedzie and Armitage? My boyfriend received a hint from someone at Scofflaw that "something good" was coming, but no more details were offered. I also wondered if anyone had heard any plans about anything coming into the other vacant buildings on the north side of Armitage in that general area (for example, there are a few vacant storefronts between the cleaners and Walgreens, east of Kedzie)?

2 days ago

2 days ago

oakland-kids-get-a-raise-from-the-new-minimum-wage

http://www.npr.org/2015/03/25/394328003/oakland-kids-get-a-raise-from-the-new-minimum-wage
Zero is Zero if you change Zero even with good intentions there are consequences
http://www.wsj.com/articles/michael-saltsman-the-unappetizing-effect-of-minimum-wage-hikes-1427240817
consequences of minimum-wage increases,research by the Institute for the Study of Labor,University of California economist David Neumark,each 10% hike in the minimum wage has caused a 1% to 2% drop in youth employment. Federal Reserve of Chicago found an increase in fast-food prices associated with wage change.
Business labor-cost increases offset by increase in prices. Oakland, restaurants are raising prices by 20%, SF Chronicle...

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http://www.npr.org/2015/03/25/394328003/oakland-kids-get-a-raise-from-the-new-minimum-wage
Zero is Zero if you change Zero even with good intentions there are consequences
http://www.wsj.com/articles/michael-saltsman-the-unappetizing-effect-of-minimum-wage-hikes-1427240817
consequences of minimum-wage increases,research by the Institute for the Study of Labor,University of California economist David Neumark,each 10% hike in the minimum wage has caused a 1% to 2% drop in youth employment. Federal Reserve of Chicago found an increase in fast-food prices associated with wage change.
Business labor-cost increases offset by increase in prices. Oakland, restaurants are raising prices by 20%, SF Chronicle “some of the city’s top restaurateurs fear they will lose customers to higher prices.” are eliminating tips as they raise prices.
this change in compensation practices has reduced the take-home pay for some of the employees it was supposed to help: Oakland restaurant Homestead, servers are taking “a substantial pay cut,” earning a flat wage of $18 to $24 an hour, no tips instead of the $35 to $55 an hour they were earning when tips were included.
SF retailer Borderlands Books, the owner announced that the city’s $15 minimum wage would put him out of business, because the prices of his products were already printed on the covers.
The Abbot’s Cellar—forthcoming $15 minimum wage, compelled its owners to close. the restaurant had no ability to absorb the added cost, and neither a miraculous increase in sales volume nor higher prices were viable options.
These aren’t isolated. In the SoMa neighborhood, a vegetarian diner called The Source closed in January,citing the higher minimum wage. Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, 10 restaurants or grocery stores opted to permanently close this year. Salvation Army’s child-care facility is “scrambling to find ways to keep the doors open” in response to labor cost increases

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Mulch by the truck load

Are there any places nearby that sell mulch by the truck load? Or is there a way to rent a truck (Home Depot) and go get a truckload of mulch? Our building has a mulch bed that runs the entire parkway of a half block. We've had the outfit that mows our tiny yards install and refill it in the past, but wouldn't mind doing it myself if the economics are right. And I've looked into going to Home Depot, or something similar, and buying by the bag and that did not seem like a reasonable option.

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Scoby inquiry

I've recently attended a kombucha brewing class, and I'm interested in starting home brewing. However, I'm in need of the scoby. Dill is currently not selling them and had no suggestions as to where I could find one. Any ideas? Or does anyone have a baby they would share with me? Thank you!

  • I've got some! Happy to share. Email me, elsbeth cool at gmail dot com.

  • If you still need one, I can split mine too. The first time I started brewing I used one of the kits from Dill Pickle with very poor results. It's much better to start with a gifted SCOBY from an established brew. Let me know if you're interested.

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Need CPA Recommendation

My husband just started his Hardwood flooring business, we are now in need of a CPA does anyone know of a good and reliable CPA that can be recommended?

Thank you.

  • Carmen B I love here.

    I love this guy- use him for business and personal:

    F.T. Karall Company

    3805 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL. 60613

    Email: frank@ftkcpa.com | Website: http://www.ftkcpa.com/

    Phone: 773.404.8484 | Fax: 77.404.0093

  • Arauz & Co.
    Guillermo Arauz
    2339 W. North ave
    773 862 8400
    We use Guillermo Sr. for our small business he does a great job always offering great advice, we've used him for many years!

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Recommendations for real estate lawyer?

I need a real estate lawyer for some transactions I have coming up. The lawyer I used to use has sadly retired. Thanks neighbors.

  • I recommend
    Jonathan P. Sherry, P.C.
    150 N Wacker Dr Ste 1400
    Chicago, IL 60606-1634
    (312) 441-1419
    He is a sole practitioner who has great experience and is reasonably priced.

  • The Great 33rd Lifelong Northsider!

    Euclides Agosto
    2748 N. Ashland
    773-472-0099

    Mr. A. is a highly detailed gentleman with a level of professionalism that is complimented by over 30 years in the business. I have used him on multiple occasions in the past few years and you can feel confident that he protects your interests, and has a true passion for his work. I rarely make recommendations, though I feel extremely confident sharing this with you. Good luck!

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General Contractor

I'm looking to hire a general contractor this spring to complete a number of projects on my home including, installing a new roof and deck, hardwood flooring, and bathroom updates.
Do you have a local contractor you would recommend who is honest, professional, and does a remarkable job?

  • Hi Nick, my husband owns his own Hardwood Flooring business. We are reasonable, and have been doing this for over 10 yrs. If are intrested please feel free to call for a free estimate

  • Hi Nick forgot to add phone 773-447-5736

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Baby shower venue rental

Looking to rent a venue for a baby shower 60-70 guest. Preferably a outdoor patio but will consider indoors too. Also must allow outside catering.

  • KPG Logan Square resident since 1987

    My hubby and I were married at Promontory Point, which is a Chicago Park District building right along Lake Michigan. Cheap rental, and we brought in our own booze and catering and music. Beautiful place. Indoor seating with huge wall of glass doors that open facing the Lake and a...

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    My hubby and I were married at Promontory Point, which is a Chicago Park District building right along Lake Michigan. Cheap rental, and we brought in our own booze and catering and music. Beautiful place. Indoor seating with huge wall of glass doors that open facing the Lake and a nice stone patio outdoors. One thing though: Because it's a park building, random people can come through to use the bathrooms, so you need to keep that in mind :) It's been awhile, so just check out current rules/regs on the Chicago Park District Website. http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/Burnham-Park/

  • KPG Logan Square resident since 1987

    Actually, here is the link for "special event venues", where you can find the rental rates, etc. for Promontory Point as well as other Park buildings:

    http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/permits-and-rentals/special-event-venues-build/

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Letizia's New Space and a Fundraiser for Logan Square Schools

Check out Letizia's new wine shop and, for the next 3 weeks, 10% of retail sales will go to support Friends of Brentano and Friends of Goethe.

This Thursday the 26th is the Grand opening party starting at 6:30 pm including food, wine tasting and a gnocchi making demonstration by Letizia herself! A great way to stock up the wine cellar!

Also, if you have a wine cellar, we should be friends.

  • Tara Merlo 8 year resident of West Logan Square

    Where is the wine shop?

  • Chris Defying a Singular Identity

    Letizia's Fiore - 2456 N. California

  • I'm posting this from letezia's wine shop now, it's fabulous! Authentic italian pantry goods, house made pasta & sauces to go, and of course, VINO! Bonus- Cheese is currated by Tracy from Proevnance. Grazie Letezia & Fabio for bringing this to LS!

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