Mar 17 2012

Mar 16 2012

Mar 16 2012

Public Meeting: Grand Crossig Rail Project (CREATE)

Mon, Mar 26, 2012 6:00 pm

Hello,

You are invited to attend Public Meetings hosted by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) regarding the preparation of the Environmental Impact Statement for the Grand Crossing Rail Project.

Part of the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) Program, the goal of the Grand Crossing Rail Project is to improve freight and passenger rail efficiency on Chicago's South Side, particularly in the Englewood and Greater Grand Crossing neighborhoods.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide an update...

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Hello,

You are invited to attend Public Meetings hosted by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) regarding the preparation of the Environmental Impact Statement for the Grand Crossing Rail Project.

Part of the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) Program, the goal of the Grand Crossing Rail Project is to improve freight and passenger rail efficiency on Chicago's South Side, particularly in the Englewood and Greater Grand Crossing neighborhoods.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide an update on the status of the project, discuss the Range of Alternatives for the project, and obtain public input on the project alternatives.

When and Where?

For your convenience, two meetings will be held - one in the northern portion of the study area, and one in the southern portion:

Date: March 26, 2012
Location: Grand Crossing Park Field House
7655 S. Ingleside Ave.
Chicago, IL 60619


In the case of a weather emergency, the Public Meetings will be rescheduled for a later date in April 2012.

A formal session with questions and answers will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. An open house will be held between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. where you can view an audio-visual presentation and project exhibits. The project team will also be available to discuss the project and answer questions. Both meetings will present the same content.

The meeting will be accessible to persons with disabilities. Anyone needing special assistance should contact Josh Druding at (312) 335-0100. Persons planning to attend who will need a sign language interpreter or similar accommodations should notify the Illinois Department of Transportation at (866) 273-3631(TTY) at least five days prior to the meeting.

Where can you find more information?

Additional information about the Grand Crossing Rail Project is available at http://www.grandcrossingrail.com/ Questions and comments regarding the project should be
sent to:

Tony Pakeltis, Parsons
10 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60606

Mar 14 2012

Updated Mar 16 2012

South Shore Neighbors

I am curious if there are other neighbors that live in close proximity to 67th Paxton/Merrill/Clyde that are tired of dealing with the young hooligans and disrespectful kids that have been dumped here because multi-unit building owners don't live here or care about the quality of residents they rent? I can not deal with another hot summer and kids that are out of control....

  • Happy making better choices

    You guys/gals make great points. Please share if you guys meet and when you attend the caps meeting. It would be nice to connect at a meeting.

    I am tired of the kids as well but I really think a good chunk sits with the parents. I knew to be...

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    You guys/gals make great points. Please share if you guys meet and when you attend the caps meeting. It would be nice to connect at a meeting.

    I am tired of the kids as well but I really think a good chunk sits with the parents. I knew to be home by a certain time and to respect ppl bc my mom would get me. These ppl try to be friends not parents and/or are afraid of thier kids. Yes the kids need things to do but the parents need to be held accountable as well. I live in a condo and the association had to rent a unit. The resident has 2 kids who had friends out of control. I pulled the kids to the side and told them to get it together bc they can't live here and behave crazy. If your friends act crazy it is the same as if you act crazy. I told the mom I spoke to her kids and she was surprised they had gotten out of control and has since addressed and solved the problem. That is a parent.

    My point - Maybe we not only need to talk to the kids but the guardians as well.

  • Ava

    @ Marion. OMG!! So happy you have a blog! That would be a great platform to use to communicate happenings, and constructive meetings and things. I'm a web designer/brand developer and started this site for south shore:http://www.wix.com/southshorethink/southshoreweb.

    I started putting it together for another ad hoc group which kinda flopped....

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    @ Marion. OMG!! So happy you have a blog! That would be a great platform to use to communicate happenings, and constructive meetings and things. I'm a web designer/brand developer and started this site for south shore:http://www.wix.com/southshorethink/southshoreweb.

    I started putting it together for another ad hoc group which kinda flopped. I've since moved on and started working on projects with another crew of friends and neighbors. It's not finished yet, but I would love to find a way to:

    1) Link this site and your blogs together
    2) Work with you/your organization to do some constructive projects.

    I have done a number of projects with the Chicago Architecture Foundation and a few other activists/artists/architects in the area so I have some connections and lots of ideas but I'm missing concerned neighbors.

    @All, If you are interested in meeting this week, please please let me know. I'm jonesing for some constructive activity and cohesiveness in SS. We can start "activating" almost immediately....like schedule a meeting for this week.

Mar 16 2012

Mar 12 2012

Rahm Trying Another Bait & Switch with Speed Cams

Here come the Speed Cameras and it's not the 79 that Rahm told the State Legislators when he got them to pass it but could be up to 1800. And thery aren't just Speed Cameras anymore now they may also be used as surveillance cameras.

Now he appears to be trying to sneak it past the City Council without review. This must be stropped and you can do it.

CALL - EMAIL - FAX YOUR ALDERMAN TOMORROW AND TELL THEM YOU WANT A FULL REVIEW BEFORE THEY VOTE AND DEMAND THERE BE NO VOTE ON WEDNESDAY - If you are in the 8th Ward that number is 773-874-3300

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/03/12/alderman-mayor-may-be-looking-to-install-1800-speed-cameras-across-city/

Mar 11 2012

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Mar 05 2012

Mar 04 2012

Upcoming Community Meetings

Since some of these areas will be in different wards coming 2015. But some are asking what are residents doing to solve problems. Here are some organizations that are doing positive things.
Here is a partial listing of upcoming community meetings

West Chesterfield Community Association
Saturday
March 3, 2012
10am
West Chesterfield Community Fieldhouse
9351 S Michigan

Park Manor Neighbors Community Council
Monday
March 5, 2012
6:30 to 8:30 pm
St. Columbanus( Glass House)
317 E. 71st

Chatham Avalon Park...

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Since some of these areas will be in different wards coming 2015. But some are asking what are residents doing to solve problems. Here are some organizations that are doing positive things.
Here is a partial listing of upcoming community meetings

West Chesterfield Community Association
Saturday
March 3, 2012
10am
West Chesterfield Community Fieldhouse
9351 S Michigan

Park Manor Neighbors Community Council
Monday
March 5, 2012
6:30 to 8:30 pm
St. Columbanus( Glass House)
317 E. 71st

Chatham Avalon Park Community Council
Monday
March 12, 2012
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Northern Trust Bank
7800 S. State Street
Topic: Community Issues

Roseland Heights Community Association
March 20, 2012
7:00 pm
Temple of Glory International
311 E. 95th Street
Chicago, IL 60619

Greater Chatham Alliance Community Organization
Saturday
March 17, 2012
11:00 am to 1:30 pm
St. James Lutheran Church
8001 S. Michigan
Topic: Community Issues

Tuesday,
March 20th
6:30pm –
Englewood United Methodist Church
6400 S. Stewart

Mar 04 2012

Looking for Lindblom Class of 1982 Alumni

Our 30th year anniversary weekend is approaching very quickly. Mark you calendars for August 10-12, 2012. More details to follow at
http://www.facebook.com/groups/Lindblom1982/313024645419593/

Mar 04 2012

Wonder If He Will Agree Not To Spy On Us

It is nice that the Police Superintendent and Mayor are willing to assure Muslims that they will not spy on them. I wonder if they would be willing to make that same promise to Blacks and Hispanics.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/04/chicago-police-chief-pled_0_n_1319515.html?ref=chicago

Mar 02 2012

Updated Mar 02 2012

Good News - The Court Got It Right

A judge on Friday tossed out the controversial Illinois eavesdropping law, which makes it a crime to record police officers, according to a published report.

Criminal Court Judge Stanley Sacks ruled that the Illinois Eavesdropping Act criminalizes “wholly innocent conduct,” and thus is unconstitutional,
.
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/03/02/judge-rules-against-states-ban-on-recording-police-officers/

Mar 02 2012

Mar 01 2012

Feb 29 2012

A New Beginning for the Pioneer Building

Where is the the Pioneer building? The Pioneer Building was once the state of the art professional building in the community. It was the building that housed the Chicago office of then U.S. Congressman Harold Washington. . It also housed the southside office of the Chicago Urban League.

The building was built by the Nation of Islam. After the death of leader Elijah Muhammed many of the assets of the Nation were sold or foreclosed on and the Pioneer building...

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Where is the the Pioneer building? The Pioneer Building was once the state of the art professional building in the community. It was the building that housed the Chicago office of then U.S. Congressman Harold Washington. . It also housed the southside office of the Chicago Urban League.

The building was built by the Nation of Islam. After the death of leader Elijah Muhammed many of the assets of the Nation were sold or foreclosed on and the Pioneer building was one that transferred ownership.

The change in ownership also started the downward spiral of the building. the Chicago Urban League consolidated their offices and moved and then U.S. Congressman Bobby Rush moved. The building had several small professional services left in the building and a horrific incident involving the then building owner marked the end of the building as the building was involved in a long legal dispute. The remaining tenants moved out and the building layed vacant and started to go ito major disrepair. The building was sold for back taxes but no one ever stepped forward to take it over.

The building became an eyesore as the glass windows were being broken, the fixtures were being taken out the building and it became a hangout spot for public drinking and loitering. The city of Chicago stepped in and declared emminent domain and gained control of the building. The building was put up for sale for $1 but the buyer had to show the resources to rehab the building whereas the cost would be between $500,000 to $1.0 million. Several entities submitted proposals and the process went on for a couple of years http://thesixthward.blogspot.com/2009/08/input-on-proposals-at-7801-s-cottage.html.

Now the process is over A.R Leak and Sons Funeral Home will raze the building and build a new structure and add some desperately needed parking. While some will not like the fact the building will be torn down, no one will miss what the building became.

Feb 28 2012

Feb 28 2012

Free I.T. training for 18-24 year olds

If you know anyone with a high school diploma or a GED who are between the ages of 18-24 years old
and have an interest in I.T., refer them to the site listed below to learn more about this free program.

The program asks for a 1 year commitment between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:00 pm. They provide
students with a stipend and a six month internship with companies such as Freddie Mac and AOL,
to name a...

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If you know anyone with a high school diploma or a GED who are between the ages of 18-24 years old
and have an interest in I.T., refer them to the site listed below to learn more about this free program.

The program asks for a 1 year commitment between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:00 pm. They provide
students with a stipend and a six month internship with companies such as Freddie Mac and AOL,
to name a few. The website is www.yearup.org.

Year Up is a one year intensive training program that provides urban young adults 18-24 with a
unique combination of technical and professional skills, college credits, and educational stipend,
and a corporate apprenticeship. The success of their graduates enables them to move on
to full time employment and higher education. Year Up is about providing opportunities for
urban young adults to demonstrate their true potential.
http://www.yearup.org/apply/applications/YearUpNCRApplication.

Feb 28 2012

Feb 27 2012

Upcoming Political Forums

It's election time and the campaigns are in full swing. Don't know who to vote for? There will be some upcoming forums to hear the candidates
.
GCA Political Forum
Saturday
March 3, 2012
12:30pm-3:00pm
House of Hope
752 E 114th

Candidates for 34th district State Representative and 6th ward Democratic Committeeman


The Citizen Newspaper Town Hall Meeting
Judicial Forum
Saturday
March 3, 2012
10am
QBG /Citizen Newspaper Building
806 E 78th

Candidates for Judicial Seats

Feb 27 2012

Updated Feb 27 2012

Meet and Greet

Did anyone hear anything about an 8th Ward meet and greet that supposedly occurred on Sunday (2/26)? What was this about? How were people notified?

  • Don

    I was there. It was from 3-5 and was primarily to meet the "approved" slate. Lots of judges and state reps. I found out because they notified our block club.

Feb 21 2012

Updated Feb 26 2012

Stoney Island Red Light District

Did you know 3 of the top 10 Red Light Cameras in Chicago are on Stoney Island and generated over $2.2 Million Dollars in tickets last year alone.

76th & Stoney 8,729 tickets = $564,198.53
89th & Stoney 10,578 tickets = $634,550.27
95th & Stoney 15,705 tickets = $1,020,115.77

And this doesn't even count the other 3 cameras on this 4.6 mile stretch. This must be the safest street in the city or at least the most ticketed.

Drive carefully and be aware of the pickpockets around you.

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/02/20/2-investigators-the-red-light-cameras-that-generate-the-most-tickets/#comment-313068

  • Don

    I think the first thing we need to do is spread the word so that people are aware of what's going on. When I tell people about these lights I get one of two reactions. Either "I can't believe that" or "I know they got me" but the next reaction...

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    I think the first thing we need to do is spread the word so that people are aware of what's going on. When I tell people about these lights I get one of two reactions. Either "I can't believe that" or "I know they got me" but the next reaction is always the same "HOW MUCH DID THEY TAKE IN"???

    The state already passed the Speed Camera Law but the aldermen still have to craft an ordinance to implement them. We are too late to stop them but maybe we can pressure them enough that we can make they serve the communities they "fine" the most.

    Call me crazy but I think if one intersection has 15,000 tickets in a year you should redesign the traffic flow because obviously something is wrong.

  • I read your initial post and did a little research and if you add 79th and 87th state you are looking at approximately $4.0 million coming off the southside. I believe if you add the others along Stoney Island (67th, 83rd) you will be close to $5.0 million that is unaccounted for and needs to be explained.

Feb 26 2012

Feb 25 2012

Updated Feb 25 2012

Why Do Chicago Cops Need SUV's

Why are we buying more SUV's for Cops to drive around in alone. Don't tell me it's so they can drive thru the snow or go off road because the ones the city buys are two wheel drive.

Do we really need to be wasting this money? They cost more to buy and more to operate, for what?

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/02/24/new-fleet-of-police-cars-to-be-built-at-chicago-ford-plant/

  • Carol CoolBreeze Moore Self Employed in Hyde Park, Resident South Shore

    because (we) are not the most intelligent when it comes to buying things that are appropriate or necessary. Maybe because a lot of officers are have larger proportions that others and need more room. I have questioned the same thing myself and have come to the mindset that the government is run by people that think solutions for everything are throw $$$ at things to make them work better. oh and it also jump-starts our economy

  • Ken C. Concerned citizen of Chatham

    I don't think they're going to buy SUV's exclusively. I think it will be a mix of both Taurus - type cars with the Interceptor packages as well as some SUV's mixed in over the length of the contract. Also, I don't think Emanuel is going to buy more rear-wheel drive SUV'S as Jody Weis was allowed to do. Emanuel seemed to be somewhat disturbed about that after finding out during the last blizzard we had that the ones Weis bought weren't four-wheel drive.

Feb 24 2012

Feb 23 2012

Feb 21 2012

Updated Feb 22 2012

6TH Ward Public Forum On Transit Safety And Investments On The Southside

Please join Alderman Roderick T. Sawyer for a 6th Ward meeting focusing on our transit cooridors on the South Side of Chicago. Alderman Sawyer believes that strong transit corridors are necessary to stabilize our neighborhoods and is seeking public discussion on how the community has interacted with the transit system.
Saturday,
February 25, 2012
10 a.m. to Noon.

Chicago State University’s
Cordell Reed Student Union Hall,
95th and King Drive.

A host of transit projects and public safety matters on the South side have been ignored and deserve our attention to help stabilize neighborhoods, improve the economy, and generate city revenue. This forum is just the next step toward the goal of improving our transit corridors in the community.

  • I'm a happy for a discussion on this topic. My daughter was jumped on the cta bus on 79th and the Dan Ryan by girls she does not know. Nothing was done about. The bus driver did not call the police and nobody on the bus tried to intervene. I...

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    I'm a happy for a discussion on this topic. My daughter was jumped on the cta bus on 79th and the Dan Ryan by girls she does not know. Nothing was done about. The bus driver did not call the police and nobody on the bus tried to intervene. I am tired of adults being afraid of children. It's time we stop having the "do for myself" attitude and look out for others as well. We are dsestroying ourselves as a people every day and each and every one of us seems to be standing idly by watching it happen. SAD we cant get mad when some other race talks about us.

  • If you attend the forum, please ask someone at the check in to point out Mr. Brian Sleet, chief of staff for the 6th ward. Please bring the situation to his attention.

Feb 21 2012

Feb 21 2012

Today is the last day to register to vote but you may still have time

Today is the last day to register to vote if you are a new voter but if you were registered and moved you still have two weeks.

The 8th Ward had 34,544 registered voters in 2010, one of the highest in the city. Let's continue to show them that we care and we vote.

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/02/21/deadline-arrives-for-new-voter-registration/

Feb 21 2012

Feb 20 2012

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