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20 hours ago

Defense begins case in trial of Chicago cop in fatal off-duty shooting

...the shooting that he was inside his moving black Mercedes sedan in an alley near Albany Avenue and 15th Place when he fired five shots over his left shoulder, striking a man in the hand...

Rekia Boyd, 22, was shot and killed by Chicago police Detective Dante Servin in the 1500 block of South Albany Avenue in March 2012.

20 hours ago

Detective, prosecutor testify Dante Servin said he feared for his life when he shot civilians

Servin even relayed to Burnett that he thought a bullet hit him when he felt “something” by his head as he sat in his Mercedes near an alley at 15th Street and Albany Avenue.

20 hours ago

Detective, Prosecutor Testify Off-Duty Cop Said He Feared For His Life When He Shot Civilians

Servin even relayed to Burnett that he thought a bullet hit him when he felt “something” by his head as he sat in his Mercedes near an alley at 15th Street and Albany Avenue.

26 hours ago

27 hours ago

Prosecution rests in trial of Chicago cop in fatal off-duty shooting

...the shooting that he was inside his moving black Mercedes sedan in an alley near Albany Avenue and 15th Place when he fired five shots over his left shoulder, striking a man in the hand...

Rekia Boyd, 22, was shot and killed by Chicago police Detective Dante Servin in the 1500 block of South Albany Avenue in March 2012.

40 hours ago

Weathering the Storm

Even though the Illinois economy has rebounded since 2009, nonprofits are still having difficulty, given the state's budget cuts. I am in the process of developing memes that will help you weather the storm. I have shared the first four, and will be sharing more periodically. Enjoy and share.

40 hours ago

Illinois Budget Cut Updates, and Why North Lawndale Residents Should Be Especially Concerned

As you know, the Governor is in the process of filling a $1.6 billion budget gap for FY 2015 and a $6 billion budget gap for FY 2016. I have shared links to budget updates that you should find useful. I have also shared an infographic that shows why North Lawndale residents, in particular, should be concerned. Given the similar dynamics in East and West Garfield, and Austin, you might find this information of interest as well.

3/16/15
http://us3.campaign-archive1.com/?u=d80f30bea30ebd5363eeb80e9&id=bbc9ecddd7

3/28/15
http://us3.campaign-archive1.com/?u=d80f30bea30ebd5363eeb80e9&id=c6d386e520

4/13/15
http://us3.campaign-archive1.com/?u=d80f30bea30ebd5363eeb80e9&id=c147cb9d5c

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  • Home Computer 4 Success Program

    Ms. English is asking for $2423.41:
    My students need 10 Chromebooks in order to access their online courses from home and obtain enough credits to earn a high school diploma.
    Magic Johnson Academy-Ns Lawndale Comment

4 days ago

Key witness re-enacts shooting at off-duty cop's manslaughter trial

Cross testified Monday that he was talking to his cousin, Leo Coleman, on his cell phone – Coleman wanted to make sure he didn't forget to pick up chips – when he saw Servin's black Mercedes pull out of an alley near Albany Avenue and 15th Place.

Apr 11

Updated 4 days ago

Found Dog

This dog was found wandering on Cullerton near Oakley. She was wearing a harness and is friendly. She knew some commands so is certainly someone's pet. We could not keep her, so she was turned in to Chicago Animal Care & Control at 2700 S. Western. She will be held on stray hold for 3 days for her owners to claim her. After 3 days she is available for rescues to pull her. After 5 days she becomes eligible for euthanasia.

Please share so that her owners can claim her.

http://www.petharbor.com/pet.asp?uaid=CHGO.A127971

  • FYI, I have posted on CraigsList, Lost Dogs Illinois and here. I have also put up flyers.

    As stated in my original post, she is friendly. She is a large pit bull/boxer mix.

    As for the comments about CACC, it is an open-access shelter, meaning that is legally required to...

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    FYI, I have posted on CraigsList, Lost Dogs Illinois and here. I have also put up flyers.

    As stated in my original post, she is friendly. She is a large pit bull/boxer mix.

    As for the comments about CACC, it is an open-access shelter, meaning that is legally required to take in every animal that is brought through its doors. That is about 20-25 thousand animals per year. Unfortunately, there are not enough homes for all of those pets, so euthanasia does occur. The current live rate for dogs is about 60%. The live rate for cats was about 90% earlier this year.

    If you would like to make a difference in the lives of these pets, here are some steps that you can take:
    - spay/neuter your own pets
    - adopt, don't shop for pets Plenty of great pets can be found for adoption at CACC or one of their partner rescues.
    - volunteer with CACC or one of the rescues that pulls from the CACC.
    - donate to one of the many animal rescues in town.
    - share information about lost pets and adoptables with your social media circle.

    Here is a good place to start for information:
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/CACC-Transfer-Team/226541667442185?sk=notes

    Thanks

  • Cats are disproportionately killed at shelters. Friendly cats can appear to be feral, due to the environment. Uninterested or inexperienced staff members do not necessarily scan cats, pit bulls, rotties, etc. for microchips (first hand experience), regardless of the ordinance that says they will/must. Taking any animal there during the...

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    Cats are disproportionately killed at shelters. Friendly cats can appear to be feral, due to the environment. Uninterested or inexperienced staff members do not necessarily scan cats, pit bulls, rotties, etc. for microchips (first hand experience), regardless of the ordinance that says they will/must. Taking any animal there during the recent outbreak of canine flu (which the CDC now reports can be transmitted to cats) is a death sentence itself. DO NOT take puppies or kittens to any of these open access shelters at this time. Find another way, foster if you can. If you contact a rescue and volunteer to foster the animal you find, most times they will provide medical and other supplies as long as you can keep the animal in your home until they can find another foster home or it's adopted from your home. AWL, ACS or CACC are not places for seniors or babies of any species on a good day, with this outbreak it's worse.

6 days ago

Apr 10

gallery in North Lawndale needs attendees Saturday afternoon!

Everyone always talking about attracting more businesses to North Lawndale. How about supporting the ones already located here?! There is a fREE reception from 1-4 on Saturday afternoon at 1957 S. Spaulding Ave. More info in a posting down the page a bit already listed. We hope to see you at the Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center.

Apr 10

Apr 10

Witness to fatal shooting says off-duty cop 'was trying to kill all of us'

The group had already walked around Servin's Mercedes, positioned halfway out of the alley near Albany Avenue and 15th Place.

Apr 09

Former Chicago cop on trial for 2012 deadly shooting

The confrontation happened late on the night of March 20, 2012 close to Douglas Park, in the alley near Servin’s home on Albany Avenue and 15th Place.

Apr 09

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Apr 09

Chicago Police Officer in Fatal Shooting of Rekia Boyd on Trial Thursday

Servin pulled his car up to the group at the mouth of an alley near Albany Avenue and 15th Street, prosecutors said, and argued with the men, one of whom was later identified as Antonio Cross.

Apr 08

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Apr 07

Please attend International art show at North Lawndale gallery!

LIZ LONG GALLERY at Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center
presents: Artists From Anywhere But Illinois
Artists from Morocco, France, Holland, New Hampshire,
California, Turkey, Colorado, Mexico, Netherlands, Wisconsin,
Texas, Nebraska, Kansas.

Artists would like you to see their art!
A reception to view art, and hear -
Andy Frost from Madison, New Hampshire speak.
He is showing a group of his paintings- Las Meninas (after Velazquez and Picasso)
Flute music by Ji Senghe
Refreshments by Cesar & Dianna
April 11, 2015 Saturday from 1-4 p.m.

Apr 07

Go Chuy! Go Westside!

Historically, the Westside has not had much political muscle. Here's our chance! Don't pass this up Westsiders!!

Apr 07

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Apr 06

More Thanks

While the original committee members produced the bid that we benefit from now, there are so many others to thank for the position we enjoy now:
• Roberta Cosey of Neighborhood Housing Services who first posed the question, “Wouldn’t it be nice if it were built on the Westside?”
• Bobbie Steele, the first female President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners was one the first to step forward with continuing moral and logistical support
• The K-Town Historic...

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While the original committee members produced the bid that we benefit from now, there are so many others to thank for the position we enjoy now:
• Roberta Cosey of Neighborhood Housing Services who first posed the question, “Wouldn’t it be nice if it were built on the Westside?”
• Bobbie Steele, the first female President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners was one the first to step forward with continuing moral and logistical support
• The K-Town Historic District Association, which gave the endeavor credibility
• Alan Channing, President of Mount Sinai Hospital, who cemented that credibility
• The Illinois Chapter of N.O.M.A. (The National Organization of Minority Architects) for their technical contributions in the creation of our bid
• And last but by no means least, Valerie F. Leonard of The Lawndale Alliance, who’s considerable organizational, community and social media skills kept the dream of an engaged, educated and motivated community alive

Apr 06

Presidential Library Decision

Chicago’s mayoral runoff election is tomorrow, Tuesday, April 7th. The Obama Foundation announced in March that in order not to influence that election, the announcement of the final decision on the Presidential Library site would be postponed from its original March date until after that election. I expect the announcement within the next few weeks.
So here we are at the end of a struggle that began within days of Barack’s first inauguration. That struggle was to get a community...

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Chicago’s mayoral runoff election is tomorrow, Tuesday, April 7th. The Obama Foundation announced in March that in order not to influence that election, the announcement of the final decision on the Presidential Library site would be postponed from its original March date until after that election. I expect the announcement within the next few weeks.
So here we are at the end of a struggle that began within days of Barack’s first inauguration. That struggle was to get a community to realize its significance and believe in itself again. The tools were already there. There were already many great people, doing great things in North Lawndale. But to believe in ourselves enough to dare reach for such a nationally coveted prize; to dare step into a national arena and compete with states and institutions holding great power; to present ourselves to the world, warts and all; that took a true leap of Faith.
The 10 North Lawndalians who made that leap will be in my heart for the remainder of my days. The task they faced deterred most that had even the slightest details of what was expected of bidders. That Faith carried us forward and that hard work carried North Lawndale into the Finals.
Regardless of what the decision is North Lawndale now has a new source of pride. With or without the Library that pride can help guide our community into a new age of growth.
And that’s why each of the 10 individual people who put their reputation on the line and their normal lives on hold to join in this endeavor deserves the gratitude of all of us.
As founder of The North Lawndale Presidential Library Committee, I give my personal declaration of thanks and gratitude to the members of that committee:
• Vivian Ojikutu
• Valerie Cavin
• Terry Smith
• Marcus De LaFleur www.delafleur.com/
• Marcus Betts
• John Wolf www.johnwmwolf.com/lr72j1svlixzwab85kr3r1b43cowq9
• Dianna Long www.urbanartretreat.com
• Darren Tills
• Charles Leeks
• Blanche Suggs

Apr 06

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Apr 05

What is planned for the land beside the north end of interstate 55 and Damen exit?

I saw trucks leveling the land and now I see markers for construction. The land is actuall across from where Transformers was filmed.

Apr 03

Updated Apr 03

Get ready for Election Day

Watch this video to hear what 24th ward aldermanic candidates Vetress Boyce and Michael Scott, Jr. said at a public forum hosted by the Chicago Westside Branch NAACP: http://ow.ly/LaMyo

Apr 03

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Mar 09

Updated Apr 02

24th Ward Aldermanic and Mayoral Candidate Forums Prior To 4/7 Run-Off Election

24th WARD: Tuesday 3/31, 6pm, Roswell B. Mason Math And Science Academy, 1830 S. Keeler Ave., Sponsored by West Side NAACP,Likely to be posted on CAN-TV

Also of Interest:
MAYORAL:
Monday 3/16 6-7pm/Location TBD, Televised Mayoral Debate, NBC-5/Telemundo, co-sponsors are: University of Chicago's Institute of Politics and Harris School of Public Policy. NOTE: The debate is not listed yet on the Telemundo Chicago Schedule as being either broadcast live or delayed broadcast, or if in English or Spanish language.

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24th WARD: Tuesday 3/31, 6pm, Roswell B. Mason Math And Science Academy, 1830 S. Keeler Ave., Sponsored by West Side NAACP,Likely to be posted on CAN-TV

Also of Interest:
MAYORAL:
Monday 3/16 6-7pm/Location TBD, Televised Mayoral Debate, NBC-5/Telemundo, co-sponsors are: University of Chicago's Institute of Politics and Harris School of Public Policy. NOTE: The debate is not listed yet on the Telemundo Chicago Schedule as being either broadcast live or delayed broadcast, or if in English or Spanish language.

DATE NOW SET: Thursday 3/26 Fox-32 Televised Mayoral Debate, Time/Location TBD, Time should be on the schedule/known next week

Sunday, 3/29 3pm, Purcell Hall, 4300 West Washington Blvd. ,Sponsored by West Side NAACP
, Likely to be posted on CAN-TV

Tuesday 3/31 7-8pm Televised Mayoral Debate, WTTW/Chicago Tonight, Location likely WTTW Studio

For NAACP sponsored forums RSVP: please email westsidenaacp@gmail.com including your name, contact number, and email

The above first list is as of 3/8/15. I plan to update it as get more information.

  • Robert Rohdenburg Activist Citizen

    Wed 3/11 6:30-8:30 pm West Side Aldermanic Forum at 5730 W. Division St./Sponsored by the Northwest Austin Council:

    The community group Northwest Austin Council has invited the candidates for three West Side wards to discuss the issues with the public Wednesday, March 11.

    The event, which will be held from...

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    Wed 3/11 6:30-8:30 pm West Side Aldermanic Forum at 5730 W. Division St./Sponsored by the Northwest Austin Council:

    The community group Northwest Austin Council has invited the candidates for three West Side wards to discuss the issues with the public Wednesday, March 11.

    The event, which will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 5730 W. Division St., will feature these candidates, organizers say:
    ◾24th Ward: Vetress Boyce and Michael Scott Jr.
    ◾29th Ward: Ald. Deborah Graham and Chris Taliaferro
    ◾37th Ward: Ald. Emma Mitts and Tara Stamps
    For more information about Wednesday’s forum, call (773) 379-7961 or email nac5730@sbcglobal.net
    FROM:http://austintalks.org/2015/03/west-side-aldermantic-candidates-invited-to-forum-wednesday/

  • Robert Rohdenburg Activist Citizen

    CAN-TV VIDEO of 3/31 24th Ward Debate:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZPODMWdnC4
    24th Ward Aldermanic Election Runoff Forum
    CAN TV
    Published on Apr 2, 2015

    Election forum featuring candidates Vetress Boyce and Michael Scott, Jr. at this forum hosted by the Chicago Westside Branch NAACP. This program was recorded by Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV).

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