11 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

24th Ward Aldermanic Election Poll

One of my colleagues shared the results of the Ogden& Fry Poll of 24th Ward voters conducted a week ago. https://www.scribd.com/doc/259769579/Runoff24

Here's a link to the 24th Ward debate hosted by CLTV. http://cltv.com/2015/03/24/decision-2015-24th-ward-candidates-debate/

The Chicago Westside Branch NAACP will host a candidates forum for the 24th Ward tonight at Mason School, 1830 South Keeler. The forum will start at 6:00 pm.

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Updated 5 hours ago

Post Questions for Chicago Tonight's Mayoral Runoff Forum

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Jesús "Chuy" García go head-to-head in a live forum hosted by Phil Ponce and live streamed at wttw.com on Tuesday, March 31 at 7:00 pm. Got any questions for the candidates? Ask in the comments section below and we may use them on the air. Follow @wttw #ChicagoTonight during the forum for live tweets and to ask questions. Check back here later to view interactive graphics on the candidates' positions on hot topics and their endorsements.

Visit http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2015/03/31/chicago-tonights-mayoral-runoff-forum to post your questions.

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    This posting is taken verbatim from the WTTW website.

  • Barney Seth Barnhart Thirteen year Garfield Park resident

    For both candidates: Our neighborhood has a serious litter/ filthy yard problem. Yet, our alderman and streets and san supervisor are not interested in helping residents with this issue. Would you be open to forming a streets and san board of review so we can effectively deal with this quality of life issue?

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    I love this question, Seth!

13 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Ministers singing Rahm's praises blind to closed schools

The Sun-Times ran my letter to the letter in Sunday's paper. I have posted an excerpt and link below.

This letter is a response to Tuesday’s story “Emanuel takes page from Daley’s playbook by rounding up support from black ministers.” Ministers were reportedly operating in a “prophetic mode” to endorse Mayor Rahm Emanuel, while rationalizing massive school closings.

It’s one thing to endorse the mayor. It’s another to sing his praises and excuse policies that have further destabilized the communities...

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The Sun-Times ran my letter to the letter in Sunday's paper. I have posted an excerpt and link below.

This letter is a response to Tuesday’s story “Emanuel takes page from Daley’s playbook by rounding up support from black ministers.” Ministers were reportedly operating in a “prophetic mode” to endorse Mayor Rahm Emanuel, while rationalizing massive school closings.

It’s one thing to endorse the mayor. It’s another to sing his praises and excuse policies that have further destabilized the communities in which these pastors’ congregations are located. The decision to close schools was driven by inaccurate data. The school utilization formula was dictated by class size caps as opposed to being based on the actual capacity of the buildings. Moreover, the implementation of the policies to close schools was done in a way that compounded segregation and targeted black schools. When the discussion about closing schools came about, the mayor said it was about excess capacity in the schools. When the community showed the flaws in the utilization formula and data, the narrative changed to performance. This, after starving schools of resources over the years.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/letters-to-the-editor/7/71/472183/letters-3

  • Barney Seth Barnhart Thirteen year Garfield Park resident

    Spending money to build charter schools sometimes blocks from closed public schools.

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    That's true, Seth. A lot of the utilization problem may be attributed to building charter schools in communities with declining populations without proper planning. Our population cannot support all the schools we have. We don't have anymore Catholic schools in the community that I'm aware of, either. We have one...

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    That's true, Seth. A lot of the utilization problem may be attributed to building charter schools in communities with declining populations without proper planning. Our population cannot support all the schools we have. We don't have anymore Catholic schools in the community that I'm aware of, either. We have one Lutheran grammar school.

    We really do need an educational facilities planning board that requires school districts to conduct financial and market feasibility studies before opening new schools in communities. They do this for hospitals and rehab centers to make sure they don't build too many institutions in one geographic area to increase the chances of all the health care institutions surviving.

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Vacant Schools Still Waiting for a Second Life

Catalyst Chicago Magazine has a story on abandoned school buildings, highlighting Englewood, Humboldt Park and North Lawndale.

By Alex Nitkin

The building that used to be Bontemps Elementary School is now a crumbling ruin-- granite walls chipped away, interior stripped of pipes and wiring, dusty plywood sheets bolted over most of the windows.

And when Asiaha Butler looks at it, she couldn’t be more excited.

“I’m thinking this back part could be like a little rest stop area, where people...

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Catalyst Chicago Magazine has a story on abandoned school buildings, highlighting Englewood, Humboldt Park and North Lawndale.

By Alex Nitkin

The building that used to be Bontemps Elementary School is now a crumbling ruin-- granite walls chipped away, interior stripped of pipes and wiring, dusty plywood sheets bolted over most of the windows.

And when Asiaha Butler looks at it, she couldn’t be more excited.

“I’m thinking this back part could be like a little rest stop area, where people riding their bikes up on the trail can come down and learn about the community,” Butler says, describing a dream as she sweeps her hand toward a thicket of woods growing over the property boundary. “We also see a lot of opportunity for this to be a kind of urban agriculture education center, for farmers or for tourists—if you want to start an urban farm, you can come here and learn the basics.”

As president of the Residents Association of Greater Englewood (RAGE), Butler has spent almost two years leading conversations to get somebody—anybody—to set up shop in this building. Bontemps is one of six shuttered elementary schools in Englewood that are still empty since the district closed a total of 49 schools across the city. Englewood was hardest hit.

Finish reading the article here. http://catalyst-chicago.org/2015/03/vacant-schools-still-waiting-for-a-second-life/

Mar 24

Updated 37 hours ago

Clean-up Effort a Success

I would like to thank DRW College Prep for their support in the clean-up efforts.

The weather was brisk and the community itself elected to stay inside while 25 students and 1 counselor took time out of their busy schedules to clean up a 1block radius cleaning efforts, my annual task.

We filled 20 bags of garbage half-way down the block on South Troy Street. Out of bags at 12:30 pm we were force to quit our clean-up efforts.

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I would like to thank DRW College Prep for their support in the clean-up efforts.

The weather was brisk and the community itself elected to stay inside while 25 students and 1 counselor took time out of their busy schedules to clean up a 1block radius cleaning efforts, my annual task.

We filled 20 bags of garbage half-way down the block on South Troy Street. Out of bags at 12:30 pm we were force to quit our clean-up efforts.

We stop working on the vacant lots at 1225 and 1227 S. Troy, where we learned the neighbors at 1223 just throws their garbage right of the porch unto the lots. Making it a landfills of garbage and other stuff right in the community. Its no wonder we had an outbreak of supersize rats.

How do I know about the super size rats? I had three in my apartment, it was a nightmare. It makes me sad to have neighbors who don't respect where they live.

Who is the blame for our communities being overlooked time and time again? What would you do if this was happening next door to you?

3 days ago

Updated 38 hours ago

Old photos wanted

My mom, along with her brothers and sisters, was born at 2050 W. Roosevelt
in the early 1920's. They were baptized at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church
which was located at 12th & Cypress St. (now Roosevelt Rd. and Hoyne Ave.)
Does anyone have photos of this section of Roosevelt Rd. showing
the church and surrounding neighborhood. Would be great to have a photo
of the building where she and her siblings were born. Many Thanks in advance!

  • Mary 17 year Bridgeport resident

    check with the Chicago History Museum. I found several pix of my ancestors there.

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Mar 19

Updated 47 hours ago

Clean-up Efforts Hours Extended

The hours for clean-up will start at 11:00am until 4:00pm giving late sleeper time to contribute. We will be cleaning a one block radius, Roosevelt to Douglas and Kedzie to Troy. Assembling at 1217 S. Troy. All are welcome

  • SIR SEL OF NORTH LAWNDALE AND BEYOND I'm a community filth and fear fighter

    When?

  • Patricia Marshall forming community gardens

    Hello SIR SEL OF NORTH LAWNDALE AND BEYOND:

    The next schedule clean-up effort is April 18, 2015, Location of assembling is 1217 S. Troy, from 11:00am until 2:00pm. I, DRW College Prep and the community all should be present for this post earth day event.

    Please save the date and join us.

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33 years old man missing

A 33 years old man is missing since March 12th, 2015 in the North Side of Chicago. He was last seen in Mount Sinai Hospital.
He has schizophrenia so he was confused in those days. I would appreciate any kind of help or information about him. His name is Jonathan Bujnowski. His height 6 1, dark blonde hair, green eyes, slim complexion.
His picture is in the profile photo.

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Presidential Library Too Rich For Us?

The Obama Library too rich for common people?

The writer of this story is victim of the same thinking that so many others are; limiting the uniqueness of this President.

Yes this will be the Library and Museum of the first U.S. President who is Black. Yes, it will be the first inner-city Presidential Library. And yes, it will house the legacy of a man who brought hope to millions, saved our country from financial collapse, twice stood toe to...

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The Obama Library too rich for common people?

The writer of this story is victim of the same thinking that so many others are; limiting the uniqueness of this President.

Yes this will be the Library and Museum of the first U.S. President who is Black. Yes, it will be the first inner-city Presidential Library. And yes, it will house the legacy of a man who brought hope to millions, saved our country from financial collapse, twice stood toe to toe with Russia and won, established a point in the history of healthcare, “before and after Obamacare”, and stood up strong for Civil Rights protections.

As great as all of those things are, they represent who Barack became. Focusing on President Obama while ignoring Barack Obama is the limited thinking that skews our concept of what criteria will be utilized in his choice.

The amazing things that Barack has stood for and accomplished stems from his multi-ethnic background; his stand against apartheid; lighting a path for community empowerment on Chicago’s Southeast side, and experiencing the differences and similarities of Black communities, continents apart.

Those experiences helped define the man. Those are the experiences that North Lawndale appeals to. Our multi-ethnic history and location, our unique standing in Civil Rights history, and our one of a kind community based bid, all combine to offer Barack the perfect complement to his life and his continued life’s work.

Yes, of course we can’t compete with the power, prestige and wealth of private universities; we were never trying to. We offer something different, we offer fulfillment.

The Power of Community, Build it in North Lawndale.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-presidential-library-funding-20150324-story.html#page=1

4 days ago

Catch the Cablecast of Representative Arthur Turner's Town Hall Meeting on the Impact of Budget Cuts

Hello,
Below are the dates, times and channels the Impact of Rauner's Budget Cuts video will be cablecast on CAN TV, as well as the link to the video on YouTube. Feel free to share the link. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Saturday, March 28th, 9:00 PM, CAN TV21
Monday, March 30th, 9:00 AM, CAN TV19
Tuesday, March 31st, 1:00 PM, CAN TV21

https://youtu.be/jS-l-pYqaSA

We recommend you watch for your program announcement in the week prior...

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Hello,
Below are the dates, times and channels the Impact of Rauner's Budget Cuts video will be cablecast on CAN TV, as well as the link to the video on YouTube. Feel free to share the link. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Saturday, March 28th, 9:00 PM, CAN TV21
Monday, March 30th, 9:00 AM, CAN TV19
Tuesday, March 31st, 1:00 PM, CAN TV21

https://youtu.be/jS-l-pYqaSA

We recommend you watch for your program announcement in the week prior to the first cablecast by signing up here http://eepurl.com/tCB4f for CAN TV's weekly e-newsletter, "This Week on CAN TV." Our newsletter goes out to several thousand people, and we invite you to forward it to your list as well. If you do additional promotion in advance of the cablecast, please refer to the channels as "cable channel CAN TV21 (or CAN TV19) in Chicago." Let us know if you have any questions or if you'd like to purchase a DVD of CAN TV's coverage of your event.

Best,
Carrie
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Community Partners Coordinator & Associate Producer of Chicago Newsroom
Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV)
322 S. Green St., Ste. 100
Chicago, IL 60607-3544

p: (312) 738-1400
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Link to Presentation 1 https://www.scribd.com/doc/259922083/Final-Presentation-Rep-Turner-Budget-Town-Hall-Meeting

Link to Presentation 2 https://www.scribd.com/doc/259922926/CBTA-Power-Point-Presentation-Rep-Turner-Town-Hall-Meeting

If you are an individual who has been impacted by budget cuts, please complete the following survey. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Ls1RznU2u-PZSpvgM0ZOc-RAyEzP6AtOjRYw_hdI2is/edit

If you work for a nonprofit that has been impacted by budget cuts, please complete the following survey https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1D_7s-LwUiZouheIqYM-PT3w6eaUCLIPrvkoT7pS8haw/edit

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24th Ward Debate VIDEOS form 3/23 CLTV "Politics Tonight" Decision 2015: 24th Ward Candidates Debate

VIDEOS of 24th Ward Debate on CLTV "Politics Tonight" (Tue 3/24) Decision 2015: 24th Ward Candidates Debate are at:http://cltv.com/2015/03/24/decision-2015-24th-ward-candidates-debate/

  • Thanks for responding, Sir Sel. I definitely believe that sanitation should be a priority, but I don't think that's all a candidate should be selling. I'd rather see what his/her plan is for moving the community forward, with business, infrastructure and amenities for its residents, and as for that particular...

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    Thanks for responding, Sir Sel. I definitely believe that sanitation should be a priority, but I don't think that's all a candidate should be selling. I'd rather see what his/her plan is for moving the community forward, with business, infrastructure and amenities for its residents, and as for that particular candidate, I haven't seen it yet, and I would urge you to look deeper as well.

    I've seen the turnaround of many areas: West Loop, South Loop, the convention center, and I can't recall that the charge was led by a massive cleanup, rather a comprehensive plan for the area to bring development in which beautification was included.

    Mr. Scott, Jr has been with the Chicago Park District for many years, and those parks (specifically the smaller ones in the ward) are a real mess, and based on that record his promises to clean the ward can't really be trusted. Parks are the cornerstone of communities, as well as its schools--many of which are attached to parks and controlled by the district.

    I agree with you on one thing though- if WE (the residents) can't do anything else WE should be cleaning up our community. It's refreshing to see community programs that are geared towards this cause and I hope to see many of our neighbors get involved. That work starts with them, but I'd like to see the ward leadership tackle the bigger issues.

  • SIR SEL OF NORTH LAWNDALE AND BEYOND I'm a community filth and fear fighter

    Keep representing your point of view, although I don't share your understanding of how to get started with economic development.
    The areas immediately connected to the influence of the loop didn't have to contend with the degrading, demeaning damage of trash and debris as in our communities.
    Those areas offered...

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    Keep representing your point of view, although I don't share your understanding of how to get started with economic development.
    The areas immediately connected to the influence of the loop didn't have to contend with the degrading, demeaning damage of trash and debris as in our communities.
    Those areas offered more of an investment worthy appearance, which I feel is hampering our ability to attract businesses and employment opportunities. There is power and stability in a clean, healthy environment.
    Please understand that position is not limited to the physical appearance. That's why I constantly stress the cleaning process starts from the inside...............OUT.
    Some of the people, who are calling the shots, regarding the trash in our community, live in some of the more pristine areas of Chicago and represent some of best dressed elected officials at city hall. Look at Ed Burke, the filthiest demon inspired creature in local government.
    Keep writing.

Mar 19

Updated 5 days ago

State Rep. Arthur Turner Jr. wants to Speak Effectively for the Community, in Springfield

Many organizations receive grants yearly producing no measureable outcomes.

Some organizations need to be cut. There are over 100 not for profit organizations and over 100 churches in Lawndale according to a written article by Valerie Lenard, 2012. Looking around the Lawndale community one wouldn't know these organization exists. The communities in Lawndale have board up buildings, garbage spread throughout, vacant lots, homeless and people sitting/standing on corners and around liquor stores, most of all, to many food pantries. Which...

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Many organizations receive grants yearly producing no measureable outcomes.

Some organizations need to be cut. There are over 100 not for profit organizations and over 100 churches in Lawndale according to a written article by Valerie Lenard, 2012. Looking around the Lawndale community one wouldn't know these organization exists. The communities in Lawndale have board up buildings, garbage spread throughout, vacant lots, homeless and people sitting/standing on corners and around liquor stores, most of all, to many food pantries. Which organization can honestly say their program has benefit the community to its fullest capacity? Not one, moreover, these organization can't say they have maximize every dollars spent without waste. I dare to say these organizations directors exist to pay themselves and, not help the very ones they receive funds to assist, especially if they don't live in the Lawndale community.
There is not one organization that host day centers in Lawndale. If people had day centers where they could come together and congregate, putting their minds together creating opportunities to become self-sufficient and self-reliant and having support systems it would be legitimate reasons to fight for cuts the governor has implemented.

  • Patricia Marshall forming community gardens

    If I don't have the date correct to when Valerie Lenard' published the article mention, regarding how many "organizations and churches" exist in Lawndale, I believe she would be more than happy to back up her written article.

  • SIR SEL OF NORTH LAWNDALE AND BEYOND I'm a community filth and fear fighter

    Ineffective community programs? Where? Show me who they are. Although facetious, I am very serious. I am very familiar with community programs that represent a good front and that's all.
    Going back to the seventies, when I entered this vicious, unthankful calling to help us do something about the condition...

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    Ineffective community programs? Where? Show me who they are. Although facetious, I am very serious. I am very familiar with community programs that represent a good front and that's all.
    Going back to the seventies, when I entered this vicious, unthankful calling to help us do something about the condition of our communities and use limited resources to effectively address social ills.
    I have been amazed at the number of groups and the number of brick and mortar churches whose seemingly single purpose is to "be" and nothing else.
    Has anyone got any idea how much money has been literally poured into the housing market in North Lawndale to rehabilitate again and again the structures? Millions, millions and more millions is the answer. Why? Because we, as a people will absolutely tear up a brick.
    Look at all of these vacant lots in North Lawndale and through-out the city.
    Managing multi-family housing shouldn't be seen a social program; it's a business.
    If the business of owning and managing multi-family buildings is a success, social concerns can, in part, be addressed by the owners of the properties.
    I am a part of Kwanzaa Accountability Group whose single purpose is to hold each group the members are affiliated with accountable for their propose mission in the community.
    Representative Turner, you should consider creating a vehicle like this for all of us to see who is who and who is doing what.
    I am a founding board member of the Lawndale Amachi Mentoring Program that has an empirical history of seven fruitful years of serving the youth of North Lawndale whose parent(s) is incarcerated. Huge, huge problem.
    That's one of the reasons I am feverishly committed to cleaning up our environment, because many of our mentees' parent(s) are or were influenced by the physical state of their community.
    There is an abundance of evidence claiming we are a product of our environment. Check us out LAMP at WWW.CHICAGOLAMP.ORG

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  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Thanks for covering this important story, Neighborhood Scribe!!!

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Mar 21

Updated Mar 23

33 years old man Missing

Im pretty worried. My boyfriend is missing since March 12th, 2015 in the North Side of Chicago. He was last seen in Mount Sinai Hospital around South and North Lawndale.
He has schizophrenia so he was confused in those days. I would appreciate any kind of help or information about him. His name is Jonathan Bujnowski. His height 6 1, dark blonde hair, green eyes, slim complexion.

  • Yes, a report was filed by his mom: Ty!

  • ringo712 Lived here all my life

    maybe he found someone new. No reason to involve the authorities for that

Mar 22

Mar 21

Rally marks 3 years since death of woman shot by Chicago detective

He saw Boyd and three others who were on their way to buy cigarettes near the park, and then ran into them as he drove south in an alley just west of Albany Avenue toward 15th Place.

Mar 21

33 years old Missing man

Im pretty worried. My boyfriend is missing since March 12th, 2015 in the North Side of Chicago. He was last seen in Mount Sinai Hospital around South and North Lawndale.
He has schizophrenia so he was confused in those days. I would appreciate any kind of help or information about him. His name is Jonathan Bujnowski. His height 6 1, dark blonde hair, green eyes, slim complexion.
His picture is in my profile photo, as i couldn't post it in the text.

Mar 20

Updated Mar 21

what happened on 03/19/15 on Ashland and Cermak, by Benito Jurarz High School? Dead Body,. -

I saw a photo and heard form a few of the students that a dead body was on the lawn by the statues there on Ashland and Cermak. The police, were called, but no headlines wear reported regarded this body. I was wondering, what had happened?

  • Lisa Angonese Community Activist, & mother.--

    I just asked my daughter and she said, he has a heart attack and died. that is what I presumed, when I saw the photo. so, frightening. may he, rest in peace. ,---

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Mar 17

Se queman y les dicen que se curen con mostaza

Álvarez y otros trabajadores compartieron sus experiencias afuera de un restaurante McDonald’s del 3200 W. Roosevelt Rd., en el barrio de Lawndale, un día después que se presentaron las quejas ante OSHA en 19 ciudades.

Mar 17

McDonald's Faces Complaints Over Worker Burns

The demonstration inside and outside the restaurant, on the 3200 block of West Roosevelt Road, comes one day after employees around the nation filed 28 health and safety complaints against the Oak Brook-based company.

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