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City of Chicago Building Inspector Doesnt Do Their Jobs

I reported over a month ago a two-building whereas mexicans had been rehabbing this two -flat with a building permit and without a dumpster. They were throwing the drywall, the old electric box and ports and old plumming into the back yard and the debris was flying all over the block into mine and other resident yards. In put this into the 311 system as an emergency and spoke on the telephone with an Inspector within the department, to the...

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I reported over a month ago a two-building whereas mexicans had been rehabbing this two -flat with a building permit and without a dumpster. They were throwing the drywall, the old electric box and ports and old plumming into the back yard and the debris was flying all over the block into mine and other resident yards. In put this into the 311 system as an emergency and spoke on the telephone with an Inspector within the department, to the current date July 15, 2014 no inspector, no violation given for rehabbing w/o permit. The new owner of this building obvious has ties with the building inspector because I even report this to Alderman Michelle Harris but of course we dont expect any results from her office, which is a joke to the south side 8 ward. This is why a neighborhood and block go down in property value. She and the city allows these people to come in and work without permits and they destroy these homes from they are not licensed contracted to work under and make a mess of the valued properties in the black neighborhood. This whole City of Chicago Building department should be shut down. This is why those firefighters were killed in 2010 because the building should have been torn down and the inspectors of course took money under the table and/or didnt do their jobs in inspecting these buildings, now lives have been destroyed because of their neligence.

  • I suggest that you take photos and videos of the debris coming out of the building and flying all over the block into the neighbors' yards as proof.
    Now you did report that there IS a building permit on the premise, so that might cover them from being issued a citation. Or if they did receive a citation, how can you find that out?

  • I suggest if someone buy a vacant house in Your Ghetto and star fixing it,permit or not You should be thankful that someone is willing to risk his life to come and invest in one of the most dangerous places in earth and offer them support.Or you prefer to have a drug house and a deteriorated building for rest of your life?

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Teenage boy shot in South Shore

...night in the South Shore neighborhood. The 17-year-old said he was in the 7400 block of South Colfax Avenue about 11:50 p.m. Monday when he passed someone who began shooting at him...

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Mariano’s CEO tours South Shore

Mariano’s CEO tours South Shore sites with local alderman -via Chicago Sun Times
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  • Everyone Raise Your Boards!

    Mrs. H. is asking for $313.78:
    My students need 30 individual dry erase boards and markers to help keep students engaged in activities and allow me to quickly check for comprehension.
    Robert A Black Magnet School - North Branch Comment

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Clean Your Neighborhood

@ChiPubSchools: Pitch In Chicago on Aug 23 & clean your neighborhood for back to school. Call @Chicago311 to sign up #pitchin http://t.co/XWJsIssrOx

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Updated 6 days ago

E.77th and Cornell area?

I recently purchased a property in this area, can anyone tell me the good, the bad and the ugly? Any recommendations for restaurants, places to stay away from? Ive read about the grocery store problems etc, not to mention the wave of recent violence.

  • JD Just an old man livin' in the 20 (th Ward)

    With all due respect, are you for real? I find it somewhat incredulous that a rational thinking person would make an investment of this sort without first performing due diligence (or at least having it performed by someone on their behalf). You say you've read about "the wave of recent violence" (which really isn't 'recent' at all) ; what more need you know?

  • Florida J Designer/Artist/Innovator

    JD, I "lived" in Chicago back in 1999 where I attended school at SAIC. I moved away some years ago. I still have friends and family that live there. All of whom do not live in South Shore. Since you say you are just an old man living in the...

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    JD, I "lived" in Chicago back in 1999 where I attended school at SAIC. I moved away some years ago. I still have friends and family that live there. All of whom do not live in South Shore. Since you say you are just an old man living in the 20th, you should know blocks differ greatly within very short distances. I have personally checked the area out, but it takes months and years to really know an area, recent changes, etc. As for due diligence and investments of this sort, I own several across the country. some of my properties communities have changed greatly from year to year, mostly for the better. Most people can perform as much due diligence as they want but you never REALLY know an area until you LIVE there. I wasn't looking for insulting or trolling remarks. Just wanted to know "for real" about the general vicinity in short. Thank you for your two cents anyhow....

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Updated Aug 12

Seven Grocers Turn Down Former Dominick's in South Shore, Alderman Says

In case you haven't seen this article, 7 grocers have decided against moving into the now closed Dominick's location at 71st & Jeffrey. I think it's a real shame that no one is willing to move here, but I'm sure that the unchecked rise in crime in South Shore over the past several years is the primary reason. Until we (residents, police, government) clean up the problem areas, no major business will open in the neighborhood.

Here's a link to the article:
http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140226/south-shore-above-79th/seven-grocers-turn-down-former-dominicks-south-shore-alderman-says

  • Keith Harrison South Shore resident

    How many of us checked with or sought the permission of the Alderman before moving to South Shore (or any other neighborhood for that matter)?

    Crime in South Shore is a problem, and there are too many CHA recipients here. The reasons are because there is an abundance of apartments,...

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    How many of us checked with or sought the permission of the Alderman before moving to South Shore (or any other neighborhood for that matter)?

    Crime in South Shore is a problem, and there are too many CHA recipients here. The reasons are because there is an abundance of apartments, and the property owners are largely absentee. They seek out voucher recipients because they know that they will be paid consistently. Since the owners don't live here, they don't care about the quality of the tenant. All that matters is the voucher!

    I agree with the sentiment that's being expressed here, but I don't see the point of directing the critiques at the wrong person. Problem property owners should be targeted, one by one. We should use the alderman to help in the fight! Replacing the alderman won't change anything. The property owners will continue to rent to CHA voucher recipients.

  • Happy making better choices

    The landlords are a whole other issue and good point to bring up. There should be an enforced do not allow landlord and property list that identifies the staff to ok the contract, as part of the random home visits the apt maintenance of the landlord needs to be monitored,...

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    The landlords are a whole other issue and good point to bring up. There should be an enforced do not allow landlord and property list that identifies the staff to ok the contract, as part of the random home visits the apt maintenance of the landlord needs to be monitored, landlords should be fined and publicly listed for improper maintenance and unsafe conditions, and cultivating buildings of terror. Ppl respond to hits in the pocket book and bad publicity. Part of the budget should include adds listings slum lords and failed units/buildings like the city does with failed health inspections.

Aug 12

City Candidates announcement

We are so excited the following candidates are going to be with us at City Hall:
Fredrick Collins (Mayor)
Frank Corona (10)
Marc Loveless (Clerk)
Robert McKay
Jedidiah Brown
Dorian C Myrickes (7)

Thank you so much to these gentleman for expressing concern for our communities where the trouble is brewing!!!!! City Hall will not be safe from the issues plaguing our communities. We are not afraid. What we need are more people from other wards and city positions to come forward and express your concerns. Please let me know before Thursday night!!!!! The city of Chicago will have new and positive leadership.

Aug 11

Updated Aug 12

Good things happening in South Shore

Over the past month I've read about all the crime that has been happening in South Shore. Let's spend sometime posting the good in our community. Play Streets had kids outdoors playing every week for the past 5 weeks, Small Business Seminar took place on July 19th it had a huge turnout, jobs for Safe Passage, FREE Health Fair at South Shore Chamber 8/15...these are just a few things that should be flooding this site.

Aug 12

Peoples Gas Being Deceitful and Vendictive about replacing sidewalk at 7823 S. Ridgelnd.

Peoples gas has decided not to replace my sidewalk that they damaged but the vacant building next door to me at 7827 S. Ridgeland where the building has been vacant until recent with new ownership, they are replacing the old concrete that was already damaged and crack, but they are refusing to replace mine of which they damages. Mr. Willard Davis, Jr and his Asst. Tim Carr are two of worst black men better known as uncle tom. Mr. Davis...

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Peoples gas has decided not to replace my sidewalk that they damaged but the vacant building next door to me at 7827 S. Ridgeland where the building has been vacant until recent with new ownership, they are replacing the old concrete that was already damaged and crack, but they are refusing to replace mine of which they damages. Mr. Willard Davis, Jr and his Asst. Tim Carr are two of worst black men better known as uncle tom. Mr. Davis has not responded to date and people gas sends out this butt kicking Tim Carr to do their dirty work. This is why the black community is going down the drain because of black butt kissers like these two who let their company come into our community and destroy and damage that which we have worked hard to upkeep. I am taking this issue to the state senate representative with an attorney who is representing me.

Aug 12

Private Parking Garage in South Shore

Hello and Good Day,
I'm looking for private parking garages near 6900 and 7000 Oglesby and Crandon

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Updated Aug 11

63rd St Beach parking lot closed. Why?

Dear Neighbors

As I was driving up from a small day camp that I am sponsoring in South Shore this week, I noticed that the 63rd Street beach parking lot is closed. They appear to be putting up a stage of some sort. Closing these parking lots near the beach creates hardships for families and may put small children in danger if they and their families have to walk from far away parking.

Does anyone know why the beach parking lot is closed?

Anne Marie Miles, Esquire
milesesq@aol.com

  • Finally got street lights today 8/6/14. Notice them as woke up about 5 A. ...

  • Aflowerlover A community life, nature, peace & justice lover.

    The World Basketball Festival starts on Thursday August 14 thru 16 @ 11 a.m until 8:30 p.m each day teams will compete. There will be new product trials, open court, free skills clinics for 8-18 year old ( parent signature required) entertainment and more. Visit www.nike.com/basketball

Aug 11

Exchange Ideas-Back to School Edition

Sat, Aug 16, 2014 1pm

This week, we welcome mayoral candidate Amara Enyia. We also are excited to discuss "Back-to-School" issues relevant to South Shore. How can we ensure that South Shore's youth have access to high quality educational resources? What after-school and mentoring opportunities are available? How do we stop the school-to-prison pipeline? All of these things will be discussed on Saturday, and we'd love for you to bring your own perspective. All are welcome!

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Updated Aug 10

People's Gas Workers Damage Residence Property

On July 18, 2014 at 7823 S. Ridgeland avenue, People's Gas was replacing the gas meter from inside the homes to the outside of my home. The workers of People's Gas drove a John Deere Shovel upon my parkway and onto my sidewalk and cracked two squares and various places. I have brought this issue to Alderman Michelle Harris and to the City of Chicago Mayor's Office and the Conserve Commission due to the fact that People Gas claim department are not willing to replace my concrete at their unprofessional efforts. No information either from the Mayor's Office nor Alderman Michelle Harrs.

  • Please be mindful of the workers from People Gas digging and replacing your gas meter outside of your home. The workers are not respecting our property and I had to file police report because they jump over my home wrought iron fence with a ladder. I had informed them the...

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    Please be mindful of the workers from People Gas digging and replacing your gas meter outside of your home. The workers are not respecting our property and I had to file police report because they jump over my home wrought iron fence with a ladder. I had informed them the day before if when they got to my home, my neighbor have a key to let them in, they did abide by that. People Gas workers broke all the pvc piping to my erragation system in my yard and parkway and removed my sprinkler. The also as above, damaged with cracks two of the squares on my sidewalk and are not willing to repair. To all other neighbors, please post if People Gas have damaged any parts of your property while working at your home.

  • M Carter A new neighborhood moving to SS.

    Sounds about right. I wonder how often this happens in Lincoln park? I'm sure repairing damage there wouldn't be an issue. Continue to seek a solution and hold them accountable.

  • Jolyon renter/resident

    Has anybody spoken to a lawyer? I wonder if there is the potential for a class action? Just a thought: I'm not a lawyer. Good luck!

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