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Jun 22

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Are public masks against the law?

I've been spending a lot of time in the restaurants, bars in the new 53rd street Hyatt Hotel complex. Lots of nice, new folks from all over.

There was a nice group of soccer fans from Ghana Africa, who were disappointed their team lost to the USA, but everyone was a good sport.

Them I saw something that kind of unnerved me.

A driver in a packed car was in a full Islamic garb with a very distinct face mask...

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I've been spending a lot of time in the restaurants, bars in the new 53rd street Hyatt Hotel complex. Lots of nice, new folks from all over.

There was a nice group of soccer fans from Ghana Africa, who were disappointed their team lost to the USA, but everyone was a good sport.

Them I saw something that kind of unnerved me.

A driver in a packed car was in a full Islamic garb with a very distinct face mask disguise. The person was probably female, but it could just as well have been a smaller man in disguise.

I know the nation of France has banned this type of dress and England has rules that official IDs like Drivers Licenses have to include uncovered faces.

My question is. What are Chicago laws regarding going around in public in masks? I doubt banks allow this. What about just driving a car. Police and witnesses can't describe a suspect in an accident or in a crime.

  • sean els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    Mike, there are some degrees of Islam and with women's dress. A scarf is a first step, kind of like wearing a Catholic cross. Then there are masks and then the full burka. I am against the masks and full burka and support the secular Republic of Turkey and France laws banning the burka.

    Also, it isn't just a question of "laws" - it's also custom and culture, supporting good things, opposing bars things like people being mean to old people.

  • AndiJ Hyde Parker since '78

    Why are you against them so strongly?

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Trauma center protest comes amid University of Chicago’s biggest-ever fundraising drive

...founder Turner died less than 90 minutes after he was shot at the intersection of 61st Street and Cottage Grove Avenue and transported along Lake Shore Drive to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for care. Since then, a...

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...was preceded by a 6:30 p.m. gathering across the street, at University Church, 5655 S. University Ave. University Church’s social justice minister Johnny Kline led a prayer and FLY organizer Veronica...

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Police Activity between 51st and 55th?

Around 6:10pm tonight, I was on a southbound Metra train, stopped at 47th. The conductor announced that we were to remain in the station indefinitely and that all trains were halted, due to what he said was police activity between 51st and 55th Streets. I got off the train and walked from 47th to 53rd and didn't see anything out of the ordinary around the 51st or 53rd Street Metra stations. Anyone have any idea what was going on?

  • There was a robbery at about 54th and Hyde Park and I believe the UCPD chased suspects westbound--I think they were caught a few blocks west of the tracks.

    Robbery 5400 S. Hyde Park (Public Way) 10/27/14 5:44 PM 10/27/14 5:40 PM Three suspects used force to take book bag from a victim walking on the sidewalk off campus / UCPD officers arrested a suspect and recovered the victim's property Arrest D00940

  • Ah, thank you! I had been look at the news to see what happened, but could never find anything.

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Apr 19

Updated 2 days ago

Hyde Park Thank State Representative Curry for Limiting Your Transportation Options

Several weeks ago the Illinois House of Representatives voted on HB 4075. The bill was bought and paid for by the taxi and commercial auto insurance industry and would place draconian regulations on the ridesharing industry Areas such as Hyde Park, which is designated by the City of Chicago, as an underserved community by the taxi industry, has residents who regularly use ridesharing companies Uber,Lyft, and Sidecar for critical transportation needs. Although her constituents use these services State Rep Barbara Curry supported the bill that would limit ridesharing in Chicago while protecting the taxi industry.
http://www.illinoispolicy.org/the-6-worst-things-about-illinois-proposed-ridesharing-law/

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For rent: Filth

Saw a studio for rent on the UofC marketplace website. It was in the University Park Condos and on the top floor...for $675! Too good to be true, right? I had to check it out.
http://marketplace.uchicago.edu/upc-studio-for-675-month

Went there and walked in, the place was filthy, outdated, there was grease and dust on every air vent cover. The kitchen was a mess. Old food in between vintage cabinets and appliances. Pots and pans, full of crust and yuck, were on display...

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Saw a studio for rent on the UofC marketplace website. It was in the University Park Condos and on the top floor...for $675! Too good to be true, right? I had to check it out.
http://marketplace.uchicago.edu/upc-studio-for-675-month

Went there and walked in, the place was filthy, outdated, there was grease and dust on every air vent cover. The kitchen was a mess. Old food in between vintage cabinets and appliances. Pots and pans, full of crust and yuck, were on display everywhere. The bathroom was just as bad, moldy and crusty.

Still, this could all be fixed, I just need to talk to the landlord...I am sure they could be reasonable enough to help offset the cleaning costs and maybe update the place a little bit while I settle in to a long-term lease...because that would be the right way to do things.

Except, the little UofC turd wanted me to also buy the feces furniture ($670!) he had been suckered into buying from the last guy. At least, that's his story. He wouldn't let me talk to the landlord about anything (lease,deposit,etc) until I bought the scat. Plus, he wanted to leave his personal stuff there for a month or two!

I imagined the landlord as someone who is either too old, too naive or too apathetic to realize what they are letting go on. If I owned a condo in that building, on that floor, I would raise a bigger stink than what is coming out of there already.

But, this guy is just a student. So long-time residents (who aren't property owners) will just have to go with the flow. The flow of being pushed out of the neighborhood, or into less than favorable conditions.

"Unacceptable!" -Brandon Marshall

  • GRD GRD

    As a former property manager of condo associations the fault is with the Board of Directors. Since it seems the board has changed companies, the companies they've hired aren't fulfilling their role. Or, the board may not know how to manage the management company. Mistakes are ether micro-managing or no...

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    As a former property manager of condo associations the fault is with the Board of Directors. Since it seems the board has changed companies, the companies they've hired aren't fulfilling their role. Or, the board may not know how to manage the management company. Mistakes are ether micro-managing or no involvement. If a board does not follow through on their rules, by holding appropriate meetings and fining owners for not following the rules, a building suffers. Associations also must have reasonable rules, if move in fees or deposits are too high, people will try to bypass them.

    In a condo it's not the management companies job to manage the rentals unless they're getting a fee for it. The management company will or should advise the owner of any rule violations, this doesn't matter if it is an owner occupied unit or tenant occupied. There have been times when I've had owners behave worse than tenants. If a tenant is a problem, I always went after the owner to get it right.

    In any event, the board dictates the duties and responsibilities of the management company, bad/lazy boards don't care, some management companies will stay on and do the minimum, others will resign because they don't have the authority and cooperation from the board that they need to do the job well.

  • Is this thread about the toaster buildings in the middle of 55th, Dorchester, etc.? I certainly hope this owner/renter are anomalies given the folks I know who live there.,

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Updated Oct 24

Problems in 20th ward

Hello everyone, I'm curios as to how many of us think that some of the problems that plague Woodlawn stem from the alderman? I am new to Woodlawn but I want to know what other residents think about the job Willie Cochran has done.

  • Why the heck are they tearing down one public housing project to build another?? Woodlawn began its decline after urban renewal eliminated the commerical hubs that were Cottage Grove and 63rd st. and replaced them with public housing and empty lots. The people making the decisions about Woodlawn's future DO...

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    Why the heck are they tearing down one public housing project to build another?? Woodlawn began its decline after urban renewal eliminated the commerical hubs that were Cottage Grove and 63rd st. and replaced them with public housing and empty lots. The people making the decisions about Woodlawn's future DO NOT have the property owners and tax payers in mind, they only care about the people in public housing. Property owners need a voice to speak out against this current agenda to turn Woodlawn into one large public housing subdivision. TWO and the Apostolic church should NOT be the only ones who have a say in what happens in Woodlawn

  • Todd Agosto Analyst/Investigator at Veritatem Cognoscere

    ...and there is a question of sustainability.

    "The condition of those buildings raises questions about how the nonprofit—along with its sister agency, The Woodlawn Organization, better known as TWO—manages the steady stream of anti-poverty money it collects each year. Independent auditors found that their ledgers continue to come up short, and meeting basic expenses, including payroll and building maintenance"

    www.chicagoreporter.com/following-finney

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Updated Oct 23

Keeping a Close Eye on CPD's Glenn Evans

I'm not going to bore anyone with the details but I have (as well as many others in the 3rd District) witnessed first hand the abuses of power Commander Evans has delivered over his brief reign in Woodlawn. Now with a new commander at the helm, I'm relieved but only in part. With all the lawsuits and complaints against him, i'm afraid the CPD is going back to their old playbook, tossing him from district to district like a hot...

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I'm not going to bore anyone with the details but I have (as well as many others in the 3rd District) witnessed first hand the abuses of power Commander Evans has delivered over his brief reign in Woodlawn. Now with a new commander at the helm, I'm relieved but only in part. With all the lawsuits and complaints against him, i'm afraid the CPD is going back to their old playbook, tossing him from district to district like a hot potato. If anyone knows his current tour-of-duty please let me know. I want to insure that his past follows him and catches up with him sooner then later.. As of yet, to the best of my research, he has been named a defendant in six different lawsuits over the course of his career.

Sources:

http://www.lawsja.com/blog/2013/03/another-excessive-force-lawsuit-filed-against-cpd-commander-glenn-evans.shtml

http://www.chicagoreporter.com/abusing-badge#.UxcucIUhQcI

http://www.nbcchicago.com/video/#!/investigations/Millions-Paid-to-Settle-Police-Misconduct-Suits/149775635

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Panel Discussion with Photography Susan Meiselas

...Mozote". The event is free and open to the public. The Logan Center is located 915 E 60th St. and the discussion will be held in Seminar Terrace 801. For more information call 773...

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Oct 22

Chicago Humanities Festival returning to Hyde Park this Sunday

...beginning at 11 a.m. and ending at 7 p.m., at the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St., with topics ranging from Hannah Arendt’s work to J. Edgar Hoover’s surveillance of...

Oct 20

Updated Oct 21

Personal research may benefit community

Would anyone like to sign up for a neighborhood compost collection service? Pick-up and replacement of a provided 5-gallon bucket will go to feed a local worm farm. Vermicomposting. $10/pick-up or price dependent on pick-up requirements. I would like to start providing such a service on bicycle with trailer, would you be interested in this type of service? Programs can be set up to receive compost in return after a certain amount of food collected.

  • I would be interested

  • thank you! here is my email, pleasantfarms@gmail.com. I am getting together the program and can send you the info sheet. then we can begin!

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Updated Oct 20

Neighbors

A question a friend recently posted on her facebook page received a lot of interesting replies. Thought i'd post it here and see if it would have the same effect:

"Do you have a close relationship with your neighbors? Hate your neighbors? Or never look their way & ignore them ( keep to yourself & avoid all contact ) ?"

  • Todd Agosto Analyst/Investigator at Veritatem Cognoscere

    I can empathize with Magic. A move is easier said than done. Especially if you're looking to move out of state or country.

  • Most of my immediate neighbors have been friendly. None have been rude, the ones who arent so friendly just ignore me.

Oct 19

Support Education

Hello Bronzeville and Hyde Park. My name is Louis Robertson. I'm a 20 year old college student. I went away for my first year of college last year to Western Illinois University (WIU) and I must say it was a great experience. However I could not attend my second year of college because I was short about $3,500 in tuition cost. I'm now attending Kennedy King but I want to go back to Western Illinois. I'm asking for the community...

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Hello Bronzeville and Hyde Park. My name is Louis Robertson. I'm a 20 year old college student. I went away for my first year of college last year to Western Illinois University (WIU) and I must say it was a great experience. However I could not attend my second year of college because I was short about $3,500 in tuition cost. I'm now attending Kennedy King but I want to go back to Western Illinois. I'm asking for the community help of helping me raise money to pay WIU so that I can go back next year to finish off my education. You can help be donating money to me on my go fund me account. Here is the link http://www.gofundme.com/9hhm5k every donation will be very much appreciated.

Oct 19

Oct 19

Save the Date! FREE HALLOWEEN PARTY OCTOBER 25TH

Halloween Party Grand Crossing Advisory Council and Chicago Park District
WHEN: Saturday, October 25th
Ages 5 to 12 years
Costumes to win a prize
Where: Grand Crossing Park
7655 South Ingleside
TIME 1PM. until 4PM
Free Treats, games and activities
Plenty of Security!

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Updated Oct 17

Condo Management Company

Does anyone have a great condo management company they can recommend that serves the Washington Park/HydePark/Bronzeville area?

Thanks!

  • We use The Building Group to manage our cooperative in Hyde Park and are very happy with them. They manage other buildings in Hyde Park including Vista Homes. Jim Stoller is President and very responsive.

  • Kane Property Management: our condo at 54th and Dorchester switched to Kane from Wolin Levin and never looked back. They are terrific, and relatively cheap.
    806 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
    (773) 472-2300

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