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And now, about that money – we need some. If it is at all possible for you to donate, you can do so through PayPal. Just go to https://www.paypal.com/ click on Send, put in the email address Jeromedavisward20@gmail.com , the amount you wish to donate, click continue and take it from there. If you don't want to be bothered with all that you can send your donation to Jerome A. Davis, 6164 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60637. We have...

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And now, about that money – we need some. If it is at all possible for you to donate, you can do so through PayPal. Just go to https://www.paypal.com/ click on Send, put in the email address Jeromedavisward20@gmail.com , the amount you wish to donate, click continue and take it from there. If you don't want to be bothered with all that you can send your donation to Jerome A. Davis, 6164 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60637. We have a real chance to do something good here in the 20th Ward, something that can spread throughout Chicago and beyond. Help us occupy the 20th Ward. (And if you can’t donate, please, spread the word.)

I’m sure I’ll have more to say on my radio program: Incoherent Ramblings, Thursday, Noon (CST) http://whpk.org/ and on the good old fashioned radio at 88.5 FM if you’re close. In addition to me living up to the name of the program, you'll hear MLK, Jimi Hendrix, and David Sedaris among others.

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There was a story in the news today about Amazon coming to Illinois and bringing (at least) 1,000 jobs with them. The report said they may actually build a few facilities (in Illinois), their specific locations as yet to be determined. Upon hearing this I thought: if I was 20th Ward alderman Amazon’s executives would know me by name by the end of the week. With all of our empty space I know we’ve got the perfect site for one...

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There was a story in the news today about Amazon coming to Illinois and bringing (at least) 1,000 jobs with them. The report said they may actually build a few facilities (in Illinois), their specific locations as yet to be determined. Upon hearing this I thought: if I was 20th Ward alderman Amazon’s executives would know me by name by the end of the week. With all of our empty space I know we’ve got the perfect site for one (or more) of those facilities. I wonder if our current city council representative has made any moves toward Amazon.

Meanwhile, back on the campaign trail. . .Election Day is Tuesday, November 4th. Two weeks after that, we city council candidates will start submitting our signatures to the Board of Elections. I’m just glad we still have some time ‘cause we need names! (We need money, too, but more about that later.) We might have a decent strategy to obtain some of those names, but it gets tricky; let me explain: We’re using 2011/2012 election data to determine areas/precincts where support for the incumbent is tepid. Let’s (for the sake of argument) say a couple (there are more) of those areas are (or were) the 7th and 17th precincts. We figured we would canvass those areas on Election Day with the hope that we’d find some signers among those voting. The problem is, thanks to the ward remap the boundaries for many precincts have changed completely. The 20th Ward had 45 precincts in 2011; now we’re down to 39. Hey, we’ll figure it out. We’ve also gotta figure out how to get some bodies in those precincts. (Tell me, what are you doing November 4th?)

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Police search for missing 15-year-old girls

...girl who was reported missing in July, Maia Hunwick.Hunwick was last seen in the 6000-block of South King Drive.Both girls are 15.Anyone with information is asked to call Chicago police...

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...months now.Destiny "Sweetie" Wilson was last seen in June at her home in the 2300-block of North Ashland. She may be with another girl who was reported missing in July, Maia Hunwick.Hunwick...

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Two Girls, Both 15, Missing From North, South Sides Since Summer

Hunwick, also 15, was last seen in the 6000 block of South King Drive, police said at the time.

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Destiny “Sweetie” Wilson was last seen June 15 at her home in the 2300 block of North Ashland, and may be in the company of another girl who was reported missing in July, according to a missing person alert from Chicago Police.

The teen is known to frequent areas near 52nd Street and Cottage Grove, Magnolia and Beacon and the 1500 block of West Fullerton, police said.

The teen is known to frequent areas near 52nd Street and Cottage Grove, Magnolia and Beacon and the 1500 block of West Fullerton, police said.

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Two girls, both 15, missing from North, South sides since summer

Hunwick, also 15, was last seen in the 6000 block of South King Drive, police said at the time.

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Destiny “Sweetie” Wilson was last seen June 15 at her home in the 2300 block of North Ashland, and may be in the company of another girl who was reported missing in July, according to a missing person alert from Chicago Police.

The teen is known to frequent areas near 52nd Street and Cottage Grove, Magnolia and Beacon and the 1500 block of West Fullerton, police said.

The teen is known to frequent areas near 52nd Street and Cottage Grove, Magnolia and Beacon and the 1500 block of West Fullerton, police said.

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Chicago's first serial killer

The H.H. Holmes "murder castle" in March 1937. The building at 601-603 West 63rd Street was sold in 1938 and was razed to make way for an Englewood post office. The main entrance is at 603 E. 63rd Street and housed a sign company in 1937 where Holmes had his drug store.

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H.H. Holmes’ “Murder Castle” at 63rd and Wallace streets, shown in March 1937. Holmes built in features to facilitate his murder spree, including a third-floor room padded to muffle sound and fitted with a gas pipe to asphyxiate victims.

The H.H. Holmes "murder castle" in March 1937. The building at 601-603 West 63rd Street was sold in 1938 and was razed to make way for an Englewood post office. The main entrance is at 603 E. 63rd Street and housed a sign company in 1937 where Holmes had his drug store.

In Chicago, authorities looking for clues turned to Holmes' house at 701 W. 63rd St. The Tribune described it in a 1937 article: "O, what a queer house it was...

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One of the 20th Ward’s most important assets is the Kelly Library at 6151 South Normal Boulevard (http://www.chipublib.org/locations/44/). That’s where I’ll be at 9:00 Saturday morning (October 25th). I’m gonna try to hang until noon. After that I’m gonna go home and eat. Then I’ll head on over to the Allison Davis Circle (no relation that I know of) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allison_Davis), on the west side of Cottage Grove at the Midway; right in front of Lorado Taft’s sculpture, Fountain of Time...

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One of the 20th Ward’s most important assets is the Kelly Library at 6151 South Normal Boulevard (http://www.chipublib.org/locations/44/). That’s where I’ll be at 9:00 Saturday morning (October 25th). I’m gonna try to hang until noon. After that I’m gonna go home and eat. Then I’ll head on over to the Allison Davis Circle (no relation that I know of) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allison_Davis), on the west side of Cottage Grove at the Midway; right in front of Lorado Taft’s sculpture, Fountain of Time (http://chicago-outdoor-sculptures.blogspot.com/2010/08/lorado-taft.html), another 20th Ward gem. (We used to climb all over this thing when I was a kid.) Maybe I’ll hang out there from 2 to 5 PM. At any rate, I’m sincerely hoping you’ll visit me, have a little chat, and sign my petition. Maybe I’ll really get on your last nerve and tell you how Mitchell’s Barber Shop was also my first exposure (albeit, a brief and abruptly interrupted one) to Playboy Magazine. Ya’ know, I never thought about it before, but there is one great similarity between the library and the barber shop – either can be a font of knowledge. And how ‘bout that barber shop, anyway; a place where people smoked cigarettes, read Playboy, listened to jazz, and they actually let kids in there, too. And it didn’t harm us or ‘damage’ us not one bit, did it?

Strength and best wishes to my good friend and strong supporter Sharon Harper. Her mother made her transition.

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I think it was about 48 years ago when I first heard the man say it. I was in Mitchell’s Barber Shop in the 300 block of East 63rd Street. ‘Great place for a young kid to learn something. The proprietor was Mr. Mitchell, who doubled as barber and DJ. All he played was jazz. It was where I was first exposed to a lot of what we now call “the classics.” (I got a lot of exposure at home,...

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I think it was about 48 years ago when I first heard the man say it. I was in Mitchell’s Barber Shop in the 300 block of East 63rd Street. ‘Great place for a young kid to learn something. The proprietor was Mr. Mitchell, who doubled as barber and DJ. All he played was jazz. It was where I was first exposed to a lot of what we now call “the classics.” (I got a lot of exposure at home, too.) I couldn’t have told you at the time, but I now know I was hearing stuff like Horace Silver, Ahmad Jamal, Eddie Harris, Nancy Wilson, Gene Ammons, Charles Earland, Dinah Washington, Dexter Gordon - all the masters and in their prime. As one should expect, Mitchell’s was a hotbed of political discussion. Everybody came there; cops and bus drivers, mailmen and teachers; guys from the steel mill, cab drivers, factory workers and musicians. Blackstone Rangers, Black Muslims and Black Panthers and little black kids sent by their parents from around the corner of the alley in the 6217 Calumet building, everybody, we all came there. But back to what it was I heard. I’m pretty sure it was a Muslim brother. I’ve forgotten whether he was talking to my barber (a refined gentleman by the name of Royster McLain – or maybe it was McLain Royster, like I said, I’ve forgotten) or Mr. Mitchell but I definitely remember what he said: “The only difference between people is the knowledge.” Even in my juvenile, undeveloped, and immature mind the statement rang true. Whether or not my mind has overcome the aforementioned setbacks is a subject open to debate, but I can say unequivocally that as a result of my own personal life experience(s) I can only emphatically concur with what the Muslim gentleman said.

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