Feb 23

Updated 3 hours ago

What happened to Olga's?

Did she go out of business or get shut down?

  • I love her place, nostalgia, and agree with the comments about her kindness. Her food was the best and I hope she can reopen. I walk by often, just waiting for her. Since I discovered her place, I made it a regular stop for a prepared dinner (yes best german potato salad ever) or a quick bite. Get well Olga, we miss you. cheers

  • Love you Olga. I really hope you get well soon!!

2 days ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Salsa and Chips - New Mexican restaurant at Montrose and Kimball

Hi Neighbors, just wanted to post a message about a new Mexican option in our hood. Salsa and Chips opened a few weeks ago in the space that was formerly Loncheria Michoacana (? I think) on Montrose just east of Kimball, across from the CVS.

I went in yesterday for some lunch and greatly enjoyed it - got chicken tacos with a side of rice and beans, and also saw a woman at one of the tables enjoying what looked...

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Hi Neighbors, just wanted to post a message about a new Mexican option in our hood. Salsa and Chips opened a few weeks ago in the space that was formerly Loncheria Michoacana (? I think) on Montrose just east of Kimball, across from the CVS.

I went in yesterday for some lunch and greatly enjoyed it - got chicken tacos with a side of rice and beans, and also saw a woman at one of the tables enjoying what looked like an awesome bowl of soup. Everything was delicious, very fresh, and the price was right!

I'm posting because the very nice owner chatted me up while I waited for my food, and asked that if I had a good experience to please let other people in the neighborhood know. So that's what I'm doing! I'm happy to have a decent Mexican takeout option on this strip of Montrose and hope they stick around.

Though I eat enough Mexican food to alarm my doctor, I don't think I can keep them in business single-handedly, so please check them out and support this new local business!

  • K' Albany Park Gamer!

    Thank Katie! I'm getting rid of my car soon and have been looking for new places to try in the neighborhood and surrounding neighborhoods along the brown line.

  • loraine t washington 5 yr. resident

    Thanks. will check it out .

Feb 19

Updated 6 hours ago

attention ⚠ yall looking for a part time job

Looking for a part time job im 15 years old and im looking for a little job so help me out asap im located in Albany park area Irving park area Avondale area so just keep in touch Thanks.💯

  • Tom Stillwell Local family man.

    You don't need to be an English major to use proper grammar, spelling and punctuation. These are basic skills taught in elementary school.

    You're right. Many people are out there looking for jobs. Do you think Alex has presented himself in a professional manner that would set him apart from everyone else applying? I mean, in a good way?

  • John P Manufacturer Ravenswood

    If you feel that going on a public board, using grade school level "text" slang and then telling another poster to "shut the f##k up" for offering practical advice sets them a part from thousands of other potential candidates, then by all means, give him a shot.

15 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Cleaning Person

Looking for a cleaning person every other week to do the cleaning(mopping, bathroom, windows) that I don't get a chance to do. We live in Albany Park and would like suggestions. I prefer individualizes and not companies. I would also like personal recommendations. Thanks so much.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Minda cleans our office, and the home of the owner of the practice. She is fast and thorough 773-322-0755. Tell her that Robin from Benita's office recommended her

  • JP Albany Park Resident since 2010

    He have a great cleaning lady. She works on her own and is reasonably priced. Private message me and I'll give you her details.

3 days ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Waiting for rails to raise at kedzie brown line stop is inefficient

I sent a message to CTA a couple of weeks ago with no reply yet.

My issue is that both guard rails stay down at the sidewalk, no matter which train - east or west - is coming through, so one side waits unnecessarily to enter the station. This is mostly a problem during rush periods. My stop is Kedzie. Other affected stops could be Francisco and Rockwell.

I see no point in standing around if the side I want to cross is clear.

Does this bother anyone else? I'm all for safety, but independent rails for each side could solve the issue and save a lot of waiting time.

  • GBH55

    This is going to be my last post on EB because let's face it. 80% of the posts are about picking up dog turds, gunshots, lost dog/cats or Spam. EB is turning more and more like a online HOA everyday. So it's time for me to ditch it later today....

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    This is going to be my last post on EB because let's face it. 80% of the posts are about picking up dog turds, gunshots, lost dog/cats or Spam. EB is turning more and more like a online HOA everyday. So it's time for me to ditch it later today. However before I go... :)

    @ Montse
    Again. You do not know how to read. I never said anything about unsubscribing to a post. What I said was my comments may result in my account getting terminated and I was going end the conversation with Rohacs.

    You just keep getting it wrong don't you lol

    Have a nice day and increase your mental meds dose. Also don't forgot to enroll in a basic reading and comprehension course. :)

    Good luck !

  • Jenn WiredCat

    And an endless parade of people who will take offense to anything - literally, any thing. Anything that you love, enjoy, or that makes you smile can now cause serious, deep, irreparable offense to at least one other person in the world.

    I just don't understand why these conversations here...

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    And an endless parade of people who will take offense to anything - literally, any thing. Anything that you love, enjoy, or that makes you smile can now cause serious, deep, irreparable offense to at least one other person in the world.

    I just don't understand why these conversations here bring out such ugly in people. Not matter what the discussion, someone feels the need to troll or say something snarky, and it causes the thread to go in a direction it was never intended to.

    If you don't like something, just ignore it or unsubscribe from the thread. Please.

11 hours ago

Tuxedo Cat Missing

HELP! Lost family cat - super sweet Tuxedo Cat last seen on Wed 3.24 in Mayfair. Believe he may have "gone back home" to our old house on Warner between Kimball and Kedzie. If you see him - please message me right away! THANKS!!

2 days ago

Updated 14 hours ago

  • I also work at a clinic. Keep in mind vaccinated dogs also get sick, just not as severe. Best to avoid daycares and other places of exposure until this passes.

  • I was warned about it yesterday by our vet, we were told to keep our dogs away from other dogs even on walks until this passes.

17 hours ago

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4 days ago

Updated 33 hours ago

Trash in Albany Park

Something needs to be done about the trash in Albany Park. I've gone as far as to pick up what I can of it myself, but I don't know what to do anymore. Albany Park is such a wonderful and diverse neighborhood, it's the essence of Chicago. But right now it is a DUMP.

What can we do together to clean the streets and keep them that way??

  • The concept of "Littering" didn't really exist in this country until the 1960s/70s. Before that, everyone littered and it wasn't considered a problem. Then (I think Lady Bird Johnson) spearheaded a campaign to "Keep America Beautiful" and cultural norms changed- it was no longer acceptable to be a "litterbug." Those...

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    The concept of "Littering" didn't really exist in this country until the 1960s/70s. Before that, everyone littered and it wasn't considered a problem. Then (I think Lady Bird Johnson) spearheaded a campaign to "Keep America Beautiful" and cultural norms changed- it was no longer acceptable to be a "litterbug." Those public-service announcements are long gone. Maybe it's time to bring it back for a new generation of folks, from different backgrounds, and in multiple languages.
    On a recent trip to Puerto Rico, I saw a very creative sign posted by some local neighbors, urging people to keep their neighborhood (and beach) clean. It reads,
    "Disfruta tu Playa! Pero no dejes la basura que generas.
    Si no puedes ser la solucion, no seas parte del problema.
    Mantenla limpia como tu casa.

    Then it was signed, "Los Goonies." A bit of humor goes a long way.
    Basically the sign says, Enjoy your beach, but don't throw trash. If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. Keep this place clean, like you would your house.
    The areas around the sign were noticeably cleaner than others.

    I have a photo of this sign, but can't seem to post it to this thread.

  • As far as creative signs in foreign languages are concerned, I can help. Albany Park is very diverse (linguistically too). I'm also trying to sign up for the cleaning event on April, 18th. Has anybody here participated in that one? What makes littering these days more problematic than in the...

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    As far as creative signs in foreign languages are concerned, I can help. Albany Park is very diverse (linguistically too). I'm also trying to sign up for the cleaning event on April, 18th. Has anybody here participated in that one? What makes littering these days more problematic than in the historical times in which nobody cared is that in our day and age we generate unhealthy amounts of waste with our lifestyle. Nothing is meant to last. It's all plastic bags, Styrofoam, etc. I wish we could attach photos to this thread. You can even find full baby bottles! littering the streets. The soda bottles left behind on every corner you can attribute to oblivious teenagers (I've heard them brag about how they "don't give a s___"). Yet a baby is hopefully monitored by an adult. I have been taking photos of puzzling samples of littered junk. I've also shot junk food wrappings litter with such toxic ingredients that I no longer wonder how little someone cares about their environment if they're able to do that to their own body. As someone implied earlier, I feel like I'm preaching to the choir. Sure there are more social issues that need to be addressed, but I see that a lot of it is interrelated.

34 hours ago

39th Ward Spring Street Sweeping Schedule Now Available

Now that the thaw is here, the streets are in need of a good spring cleaning! Please see the attached map and schedule to find out when your street is going to be swept. Also, remember to check the street for parking restrictions, as street sweeping starts Weds, April 1st.

Ward Map
http://files.ctctcdn.com/0fbe15e7001/91f9b887-9bc5-4ca9-a140-8ec841bde385.pdf

Street Sweeping Dates
http://files.ctctcdn.com/0fbe15e7001/97dd8359-a74a-41a3-8c76-0d169298b434.pdf

Mar 12

Updated 40 hours ago

Commercial Construction at Elston & Kedzie

Does anyone know what is going in at the former paint store under construction at Elston & Kedzie?

  • AC

    Not sure, but they are making a huge mess with the Styrofoam. They were sanding it down earlier this week and it looked like a blizzard was rolling through. There are pieces of it almost to Grace.

  • I was by there this morning and it's going to be.....wait for it......another mattress store! I guess you can never have too many mattresses.

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2 days ago

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Dog Sitter needed Friday April 3rd - Saturday the 11th

Dog Sitter needed Friday April 3rd - Saturday the 11th
I'm looking for someone to look after my two dogs for 8 days starting this Friday. It could be someone to stay here overnight, or to come by at least 3 times a day & spend some time with them.

4 year old 70 pound German Shepherd (cautious at first, but very sweet)
7 month old 35 pound Farm Mutt (super friendly cuddly)

We have cable tv & internet.... fenced in yard... easy street parking... food... wifi....

4500 block of North Kostner
** references required

  • I found someone - Victor. The German Shepherd gave him the business at first but then just wanted to play. She'll be happy to see him again. I will give you feedback after we've returned.

  • If you ever need someone in the future.. I am interested.. I have been a dog walker/ petsitter for over 14 years for the same company, and a plus I only live around the block from your home.
    Thank you.

Mar 06

Updated 2 days ago

Breakroom Brewery on Montrose?

Just curious....Have you been there? How was it? (Food too). Thanks.

  • Totally agree. I went last night with some buddies and it was great. Good beer, cool atmosphere and very nice staff. Will be going back again ASAP.

  • loraine t washington 5 yr. resident

    May I will stop by.
    Thanks.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Gunshots near Sunnyside and Whipple

Heard several gunshots near Sunnyside and Whipple this morning around 2:30am. Called 911 and they said they would send a police car over. Still shaking.

  • Dan

    I'm a 40 year resident of Chicago and wanted say that making it about the gangs is not a losing battle....it is the ONLY battle. It's not your friendly neighbor out shouting "Kings" (which is the name of a gang), and then prompting shots from the rival gang. Being vigilant...

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    I'm a 40 year resident of Chicago and wanted say that making it about the gangs is not a losing battle....it is the ONLY battle. It's not your friendly neighbor out shouting "Kings" (which is the name of a gang), and then prompting shots from the rival gang. Being vigilant and prompt reporting of gang activity, including graffiti, is really the only tool that is going to have an effect. You already have the presence of at least two gangs in the area: the Kings who reside there, and their rivals who are traveling through and shooting at them. Unfortunately, until you can identify, disrupt, and uproot the Kings, you're going to continue to have problems. Good luck and stay safe!

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    Dan nailed it.

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Bus Rapid Transit

BRT: are for it or against it?

Ashland Ave. or Western?

What's your opinion?

3 days ago

Updated 2 days 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!

2 days ago

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3 days ago

Updated 3 days 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.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days 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.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Newcomer: Crime Trends in Albany Park?

Hello- I am moving to Albany Park at the end of the month and am wondering if anyone can give me an idea of the crime climate in the area, such as what are common crime trends and how best to safeguard? I know to, of course, always be aware of surroundings, but didn't know if there are certain times of day, or areas, or types of crime that are more common. Searching on the internet for things like this can be so general, so I figured you all might be able to give me some more detail based on your own personal experience. Thanks!

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    Go to a CAPS meeting, and attend the regular meets.

    CAPS Meeting
    Wednesday, April 22nd at 6:30 P{M
    Combined Beats 1711, 1712, 1713
    Details: Mayfair Church (behind Salvation Army)
    Location: 5020 N. Pulaski Road
    (Enter across from Aldi's)
    Map: http://g.co/maps/ubbdy
    Plenty of parking in the parking lot
    Contact 312-742-4588
    Find your Beat here by entering your address:
    https://portal.chicagopolice.org/portal/page/portal/ClearPath/Communities/Districts/District17/Map%20and%20Direction

  • K' Albany Park Gamer!

    @gloriasunshine15 - I think it depends on what part of Albany park you are moving to. I have lived in Albany Park for almost 5 years and from what I've gathered anything past kimball and Lawrence isn't the safest. A friend of mines grew up in Albany park and has also stated that pass Kimball and Lawrence is very sketchy.

    Albany Park is a nice diverse neighborhood and have their bad seeds of course but overall you just need to be aware kg your surroundings.

  • Albany park is a wonderful working class neighborhood; you will see humble, beautiful families around. However, Lawrence ace between Kimbal and Pulaski is pretty rough. I've been dealing with people drinking alcohol in my building doors' steps for three years. Some people defecate in a corner of the building I...

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    Albany park is a wonderful working class neighborhood; you will see humble, beautiful families around. However, Lawrence ace between Kimbal and Pulaski is pretty rough. I've been dealing with people drinking alcohol in my building doors' steps for three years. Some people defecate in a corner of the building I live at. Also, At that corner I've seen prostitutes dealing with their costumers at 5 am when I have to go to work. Some gangs write graffities on the walls and doors around the supermarket store across the street. In summer is common to see police officers dealing with juveniles, etc, etc. I hope the neighborhood get better in the next years.

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5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

33rd Ward: Tim Meegan Withdraws Petition For Recount

Tim Meegan, who ran an unsuccessful campaign against Ald. Deb Mell in the 33rd Ward, has withdrawn his petition for a recount in Cook County Circuit Court.

Meegan told Aldertrack last night while he still believes multiple voting violations occurred during the general election, pursuing legal action, "would have taken too much money, too much time, for too little chance of success.”

Meegan was 17 votes shy of forcing incumbent Ald. Mell into a runoff. At the Board of Elections...

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Tim Meegan, who ran an unsuccessful campaign against Ald. Deb Mell in the 33rd Ward, has withdrawn his petition for a recount in Cook County Circuit Court.

Meegan told Aldertrack last night while he still believes multiple voting violations occurred during the general election, pursuing legal action, "would have taken too much money, too much time, for too little chance of success.”

Meegan was 17 votes shy of forcing incumbent Ald. Mell into a runoff. At the Board of Elections certification meeting March 12th, Meegan’s attorney, Richard Means, tried to argue that the B.O.E. should have counted all ballots cast toward the totals, and not just votes for the aldermanic race. If the B.O.E had included ballots where 33rd Ward residents voted for mayor but left the aldermanic choice blank, Ald. Mell would not have had the 50+% she needed to avoid a runoff, Means argued.
“We decided to suspend our campaign,” Meegan said he will now focus his efforts on starting an independent political organization in the ward.“We would like to see a working class party develop," he added. The details are still being worked out, but he believes there is potential for an expanded network in other wards. “There’s interest in different wards all over the city, although we haven’t had any conversations with too many folks, yet.

  • So his main argument was that ballots cast without a vote in this one race should still count towards the total number of ballots cast for this race? That screams desperation.

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Landscaping

can anyone recommend a landscaper for a front yard small project?

  • Landscaping – Mario Sandoval, 8603 Central Park, Skokie, IL 60076 847-972-1917
    I've used them for years. Very good and inexpensive. They will do weekly mowing as well as spring and fall clean up and special projects.

  • kayandcharlie Monticello dweller

    thank you everyone for your input.

4 days ago

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Mar 23

Updated 4 days ago

Lowering your cable TV bill?

Our cable TV is too expensive for what we use, and it just went up. We need good Internet for work and school, but we only watch a few channels these days. I was researching options. Mostly ATT, Dish TV, Directv and Comcast are in our area. My buddy told me about a site that finds service with TV channels you watch: www.10channels.com. It found a TV/Internet combo that would saves us $40 with a switch to Direct. There's also a good option for ATT.

I want to call the number and make the change. Just wondering if any of you have Directv or ATT Internet? Any advice is helpful!

  • I have the Motorola 6121 for sale. I just switched from comcast. Bought it from Best Buy in December for $70. Works great. $50 negotiable

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Joe - I own my modem and router; I bought a used docis (sp?) 3 modem for $20; and a netgear router at best buy (matched to the amazon price).

    When you use Comcast's internet equipment, any comcast customer can use your wifi if they are close

Mar 21

Updated 4 days ago

Gunshots near Kimball and Cullom

Last night between 2 and 2:30am I heard what sounded like two sets of gunshots. It sounded like it came from cullom between kimball and bernard. The first set was three followed by two a few minutes later. Not long after, I heard the sound of a few cars speeding down bernard street yelling something out their windows.
Police showed up in the area a few minutes later. I got on a scanner radio pretty quickly afterward but couldn't seem to find anything about it.
Does anybody have any info?
As always, be safe out there. It's getting warm out again so keep an extra eye out when you're walking by yourself at night.

  • loraine t washington 5 yr. resident

    Here we go again. As the weather gets warmer things start to happen. Be safe my friends. Keep it moving.

  • Tas mania Devil Irving and california

    Yep another summer. Glad i upgraded my cameras to 1080p IP cameras

5 days ago

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Sirens and someone screaming at sunnyside and merrimac/mobile

Tonight we heard a firetruck and ambulance fly down our street. When we went out to see what was going on, we heard a blood curdling scream. We didnt hear any information on the police radio. Does anyone else know anything about this?

5 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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6 days ago

Early Voting

Just voted at Bucktown library. Great judges, no wait. One question on my ballot, one correct answer. RAHM

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