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Raise your voices!

After attending one of the Presidential Library Center meetings hosted by the Park District and reading countless articles/editorials/comments, listening to radio and TV news/talk shows; I wonder how many concerned citizens have sent our President and First Lady a note. http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments

Raise your voices. It may be that your note captures the heart of the issue and provides a peaceful solution to bringing the Obama Presidential Library home.

  • Amandilo M Cuzan Bronzeville Alliance, OM Productions

    Point well taken. The cool factor is helpful but we need always remember these are business endeavors. No shame in demanding a fair share.

  • GRD GRD

    Marc, thanks for clarifying. I don't know anything about this show, however I've worked with production companies on a couple occasions in the past. Whenever a property is used, the owners get compensated and any damages get repaired. Plus you have to agree to let them use your property. Louise...

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    Marc, thanks for clarifying. I don't know anything about this show, however I've worked with production companies on a couple occasions in the past. Whenever a property is used, the owners get compensated and any damages get repaired. Plus you have to agree to let them use your property. Louise is correct, people do get paid, and they have to agree.

    I also agree with Marc on the minor inconvenience, so you have to walk/drive around the block if a street is closed, doesn't seem like to much. When Chicago Fire filmed on MLK you were able to see some of the beautiful homes and our area received nationwide exposure, this is a plus too.

5 hours ago

DCFS

Out of the frying pan and into the fire. DCFS has made numerous changes over the years, yet their is a disproportionate number of blacks in the system as a direct result of not receiving services. Over the generations blacks have gotten away from Bible base training that was the glue which held our families together through the worst of times and we survived to become even stronger than when we started. JW.org is a bible sight that allows you to look into the Bible on your own. If you're a person skeptical about what goes on in religious organizations try to learn for your self. Because we as a people need to get back to following God's word.

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27 hours ago

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Check This Out

Reagonomics

  • Sometimes we just need to take advantage of the resources we do have available. To focus on things we have no control over doesn't help anyone. The unemployment is always higher in our communities,these are concerns we need to focus on to change. More small businesses that don't or can't hire are not necessarily helpful to those in need. Reagan was honest about his focus and it made it clear to the poorer class not to expect a hand out.

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    So therefore we should support the elitist University of Chicago`s sneaky, insidious plan to build their presidential library on 55th and Martin Luther King Drive, where they have been landgrabing underutilized, vacant real estate and building institutions owned by the U of C since 2011!!!

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    So therefore we should support the elitist University of Chicago`s sneaky, insidious plan to build their presidential library on 55th and Martin Luther King Drive, where they have been landgrabing underutilized, vacant real estate and building institutions owned by the U of C since 2011!!!

    I question the self interest and motives of the so-called middle class elected officials and bought and paid for community leaders advising us to support and endorsing the University of Chicago plan to regentrify the historic Washington Park community, by building the presidential library where they choose to build it.

    This is a clear demonstration of Chicago`s top down culture of corruption, business as usual, while we continue to witness young, disadvantaged, under served African-American males from broken black families murdered in the streets of Chicago.

    Of course the murder and mayhem is conveniently confined to inner city black neighborhoods.

    I guess lower income African-Americans living in Chicago should pack our bags and move to Momence, while white people, and upper class 1per cent negros move into Bronzeville and benefit from the $ 2 billion in tax payer dollars currently being invested in transportation infrastructure projects on the south lakefront region of Chicago!

    Who is really getting bamboozled over where to build the University of Chicago`s presidential library? :-)

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3 days ago

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Fioretti would sack Supt. McCarthy; Chuy leaves door open

Do you agree with Fioretti?

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If elected mayor, Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) said he would replace Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy and called Mayor Rahm Emanuel “an absolute failure” when it comes to handling violence in the city.

Fioretti’s remarks came as Emanuel on Tuesday made an address on public safety in his administration.

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If elected mayor, Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) said he would replace Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy and called Mayor Rahm Emanuel “an absolute failure” when it comes to handling violence in the city.

Fioretti’s remarks came as Emanuel on Tuesday made an address on public safety in his administration.

“The Emanuel-McCarthy leadership on crime in our city is just . . . a complete failure between the two of them,” Fioretti said at a morning event in City Hall.

“I think we have good people that we can look at in a future administration, even, in fact, in our rank-in-file. . . . I think we need a new strategy across the board.”

Asked point-blank if he would replace McCarthy, Fioretti said: “If it wasn’t clear from my answer, my answer is yes.”

In his remarks to the City Club of Chicago on Tuesday, mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia also pushed for a new direction on tackling violence in the city, stressing community policing and adding police officers on the streets. Garcia, however, fell short of calling for McCarthy’s replacement.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/7/71/306496/fioretti-sack-supt-mccarthy-chuy-leaves-door-open

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Article: How To Sell Off a City

In June of 2013, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel made a new appointment to the city’s seven-member school board to replace billionaire heiress Penny Pritzker, who’d decamped to run President Barack Obama’s Department of Commerce. The appointee, Deborah H. Quazzo, is a founder of an investment firm called GSV Advisors, a business whose goal—her cofounder has been paraphrased by Reuters as saying—is to drum up venture capital for “an education revolution in which public schools outsource to private vendors such critical...

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In June of 2013, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel made a new appointment to the city’s seven-member school board to replace billionaire heiress Penny Pritzker, who’d decamped to run President Barack Obama’s Department of Commerce. The appointee, Deborah H. Quazzo, is a founder of an investment firm called GSV Advisors, a business whose goal—her cofounder has been paraphrased by Reuters as saying—is to drum up venture capital for “an education revolution in which public schools outsource to private vendors such critical tasks as teaching math, educating disabled students, even writing report cards.”

GSV Advisors has a sister firm, GSV Capital, that holds ownership stakes in education technology companies like “Knewton,” which sells software that replaces the functions of flesh-and-blood teachers. Since joining the school board, Quazzo has invested her own money in companies that sell curricular materials to public schools in 11 states on a subscription basis.

In other words, a key decision-maker for Chicago’s public schools makes money when school boards decide to sell off the functions of public schools.

She’s not alone. For over a decade now, Chicago has been the epicenter of the fashionable trend of “privatization”—the transfer of the ownership or operation of resources that belong to all of us, like schools, roads and government services, to companies that use them to turn a profit. Chicago’s privatization mania began during Mayor Richard M. Daley’s administration, which ran from 1989 to 2011. Under his successor, Rahm Emanuel, the trend has continued apace. For Rahm’s investment banker buddies, the trend has been a boon. For citizens? Not so much.

http://inthesetimes.com/article/17533/how_to_sell_off_a_city

  • Or he could be a leach like Fioretti who robbed Chicago & Illinois with frivolous civil rights before in office and wasting city money while in office.

  • our city should not be a playground for investors, especially not in schools.

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BNC Launches Shine a Light on Bronzeville

Shine a Light on Bronzeville is a new initiative created by the Bronzeville Neighborhood Collaborative (BNC) to unify the community around the positive attributes of Bronzeville. We encourage everyone to literally “Shine A Light” in a street facing window and/or by turning on a home porch light or external business lighting after dark. We are asking that everyone begin shining their lights on February 1, 2015. This collective effort will create brighter safer streets, help display Bronzeville’s beautiful architecture and provide neighbors with a greater sense of pride and harmony. So please join our efforts and help "Shine A Light On Bronzeville."

2 days ago

Article: Rahm’s ads are fabulous fakes

Some of the latest advertising for Rahm Emanuel’s mayoral reelection campaign is cleverly audacious, deliberately misleading — and all apparently perfectly legal.

A TV commercial that looks like Emanuel is backed by the city’s most prominent news anchor and a mailing that closely resembles the cover of Chicago magazine (right down to its logo) are among paid media pieces that have turned up in recent weeks.

Bosses of the news organizations involved have expressed concern that the ads could lead some to believe they’re supporting Emanuel’s reelection, but their lawyers tell them there’s nothing they can do about it. Federal law and FCC regulations prohibit stations from editing or refusing to broadcast candidate advertisements based on their content.

http://www.robertfeder.com/2015/01/20/rahms-ads-are-fabulous-fakes/#more-6431

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Voter Registration Drive

The Chicago Mayoral Election will be held February 24th, 2015 and the voter registration deadline is January 28, 2015. Our goal is to register 200 voters by Wednesday, January 28, 2015. Please come out/inform your friends, family and clients of our voter registration drive which will be held this Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Effie Ellis Center 4301 South Cottage Grove from 10:00am – 1:00pm. Enjoy great food, health screenings and anyone who brings an unregistered voter/ a voter who has recently moved and needs to update their address will be entered into our raffle to win Visa gift cards.

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  • TM BVille 8 year resident

    Affects..

  • Todd Agosto Analyst/Investigator at Veritatem Cognoscere

    These developers seeking tax credits are most likely building/rehabbing the cheapest available lots/properties in low property taxed wards and once finished are going to rent to section 8, which when you saturate a neighborhood with, will in turn developmentally arrest the neighborhood.

  • More government programs causing unintended segregation and dependency?

    Where have we heard this before?

    Big Liberal Government is just a big plantation of dependency.

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Experienced Contractor or Handyman

Hello Neighbors,

I am searching for a handyman that could assist with a variety of tasks around the house, from floors, to paint, to drywall, and all things in between. Specifically, I'm looking for an experienced, preferably referred, handyman/contractor who is diligent and knowledgeable about condos and have done great work. If the work is great, I could recommend the individual to the association as we are also in search for a new building maintenance person.

Price is obviously a concern for everyone, so someone who's reasonable in rates would be greatly appreciated!!

  • HP via Naija Active Neighbor

    Thanks for all your help!!

    I'll make the attempt to contact every individual included here, and go from there.

  • Marc of Bronzeville Homeowner, longtime Bronzeville resident

    I have the guy for you. Has done a lot of work for me in my condo including all you have indicated and is an expert in pest control as well. Professional, hardworking, customer service oriented and reasonable. His name is Walter Matthews and he can be reached at (630) 823-1905

4 days ago

Fioretti wants to rein in lobbyists for ethics reform

Fioretti wants to change lobbyists' influence on the Chicago city council. Thoughts?

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Mayoral challenger Bob Fioretti has said he’s tired of having to elbow lobbyists on his way to the City Council floor. He’s equally tired of their extraordinary influence on legislative business.

Now, he wants to do something about it.

At Wednesday’s City Council meeting, Fioretti (2nd) tried to to out-maneuver Mayor Rahm Emanuel on the subject of ethics reform...

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Fioretti wants to change lobbyists' influence on the Chicago city council. Thoughts?

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Mayoral challenger Bob Fioretti has said he’s tired of having to elbow lobbyists on his way to the City Council floor. He’s equally tired of their extraordinary influence on legislative business.

Now, he wants to do something about it.

At Wednesday’s City Council meeting, Fioretti (2nd) tried to to out-maneuver Mayor Rahm Emanuel on the subject of ethics reform so important to capturing the independent vote — by introducing the latest in a parade of ethics ordinances.

Fioretti’s version would preclude lobbying activity during Council meetings and prohibit elected officials from lobbying Council members on behalf of their “paying clients.” The ordinance also would discharge ordinances stalled by “committee inaction” with 48 hours notice before Council meetings and require aldermen who recuse themselves from City Council votes to also step aside when it’s time to debate.

That final provision appears tailor-made for Ald. Edward Burke (14th). Burke routinely abstains from City Council votes to avoid conflicts with his private law clients. But he sometimes participates in debates on those matters when they come before the Finance Committee he chairs.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news-chicago/7/71/309366/fioretti-wants-rein-lobbyists-one-emanuel-ethics-reform

4 days ago

Fioretti proposes pre-election amnesty program for parking ticket scofflaws

Your thoughts on an amnesty program that would help Chicagoans settle outstanding parking tickets without being on the hook to pay exorbitant late fees?

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Mayoral challenger Bob Fioretti wants to give Chicago parking ticket scofflaws a chance to settle their debts and get off the boot-eligible list without paying exorbitant late fees.

At Wednesday’s City Council meeting, Fioretti plans to curry favor with the scofflaw vote by proposing what he claims...

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Your thoughts on an amnesty program that would help Chicagoans settle outstanding parking tickets without being on the hook to pay exorbitant late fees?

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Mayoral challenger Bob Fioretti wants to give Chicago parking ticket scofflaws a chance to settle their debts and get off the boot-eligible list without paying exorbitant late fees.

At Wednesday’s City Council meeting, Fioretti plans to curry favor with the scofflaw vote by proposing what he claims would be Chicago’s first parking ticket amnesty program in nearly 10 years.

Fioretti said another amnesty could match or trump the $7 million the city raked in last time around — and every little bit helps to chip away at the city’s $20 billion pension crisis.

He argued that it’s particularly well-timed because Mayor Rahm Emanuel has raised fines for an array of parking offenses and increased penalties for those who don’t pay.

That puts motorists in a bit of a trick-bag. If they don’t pay, they land on the boot list and risk having their vehicles disabled, incurring even more fines. If they do pay, they sometimes have to do it at the expense of other pending bills that carry their own penalties.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/7/71/305851/fioretti-proposes-pre-election-amnesty-program-parking-ticket-scofflaws

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Jan 17

Updated 4 days ago

Is Racism Obsolete?

Are we advanced enough in our thought process where we can judge more based on character than ones skin color? How much further could we be as a Nation if we got past this worn out and tired basis for judgment, can you really tell who someone really is by just looking at them? Genius is found throughout the Human experience, could we be limiting our resources by not extending opportunity to all of our citizens ?

  • TM BVille 8 year resident

    Don't feed the troll..

  • JD Concerned Citizen in the 20th Ward

    Ray, your question is thoroughly answered in the book "Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class" by Ian Haney Lopez, and in the writings of the late scholar Derrick Bell. I sincerely hope you (and all who are reading these posts) check them out.

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6 days ago

Keeley Consulting Services - The Complete Provider of Building Services

If you supervise industrial or commercial or industrial facilities, Keeley Consulting Services can help you manage them more conveniently and efficiently.

With our teams of highly trained engineers, we can help you manage all of your plumbing and heating requirements -- from the air-conditioning to boiler room and water hygiene -- as a fully integrated operation, or if you desire, under a simple one-off job.

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If you supervise industrial or commercial or industrial facilities, Keeley Consulting Services can help you manage them more conveniently and efficiently.

With our teams of highly trained engineers, we can help you manage all of your plumbing and heating requirements -- from the air-conditioning to boiler room and water hygiene -- as a fully integrated operation, or if you desire, under a simple one-off job.

You will save time if you deal with only one contact entity who comprehends the particular needs of your facilities -- whether you belong to the commercial, industrial or service sector. And being completely independent, we do not concentrate on any specific brands and, therefore, continually develop systems that take advantage of available up-to-date technology.

Hence, whatever your needs are, Keeley Consulting Services can offer solutions which are based on excellent and cost-effective designs and installation and maintenance procedures, with meticulous adherence to safety and efficiency standards at all times.

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Jan 16

Updated Jan 17

Fioretti accuses Emanuel of favoring Uber, wants crackdown after 2nd attack on rider

Mayoral challenger Bob Fioretti on Thursday accused Mayor Rahm Emanuel of favoring a ride-sharing giant whose investors include the mayor’s brother — by passing weak regulations and failing to tighten them, even after two sexual attacks on Uber X passengers.

Fioretti plans to introduce a resolution at next week’s City Council meeting that could pave the way for aldermen to take the matter out of Emanuel’s hands.

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Mayoral challenger Bob Fioretti on Thursday accused Mayor Rahm Emanuel of favoring a ride-sharing giant whose investors include the mayor’s brother — by passing weak regulations and failing to tighten them, even after two sexual attacks on Uber X passengers.

Fioretti plans to introduce a resolution at next week’s City Council meeting that could pave the way for aldermen to take the matter out of Emanuel’s hands.

It calls for City Council hearings on the “business and employment practices” of companies licensed by the city to be “transportation network providers” to determine ways to correct glaring weaknesses in the mayor’s two-tiered ride-sharing ordinance that, Fioretti claims, put riders in danger.

Uber has not yet been issued a city license. Yet, the Emanuel administration has allowed the company to continue to operate on the streets of Chicago while its application is still pending.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/7/71/294974/fioretti-accuses-emanuel-favoring-uber-second-attack-two-weeks-uber-rider

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    I am a big fan of Uber. The cost is about half of a taxi, and I have never waited more than ten minutes for a ride. I always chat with the drivers; I had one tell me recently that he makes the same amount of money driving four days a week for uber than he did driving a taxi seven days a week. Also, because the Uber drivers actually own the vehicles, they are clean!

  • Erica in Bronzeville 12 yrs in Bronzeville; Ready for a Brighter Day

    Ive had great Uber experiences as well, but the question is about making sure Uber is licensed and regulated. Without regulation, drivers aren't screened as thoroughly as cabbies are and fare prices and rates can surge at any time. As riders who value safety, we should want the businesses who serve us to be licensed and regulated.

Jan 16

Updated Jan 17

Fioretti counters Emanuel with his own economic agenda

Mayoral challenger Bob Fioretti vowed Friday to raise Chicago’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, expand vocational education “systematically dismantled” at Chicago Public Schools and use tax-increment-financing only to revive blighted neighborhoods.

By returning TIFs to their “original purpose” instead of doling out developer subsidies, Fioretti hopes to generate a surplus large enough to re-open shuttered mental health clinics, shore up the CPS budget and help solve the city’s $20 billion pension crisis.

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Mayoral challenger Bob Fioretti vowed Friday to raise Chicago’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, expand vocational education “systematically dismantled” at Chicago Public Schools and use tax-increment-financing only to revive blighted neighborhoods.

By returning TIFs to their “original purpose” instead of doling out developer subsidies, Fioretti hopes to generate a surplus large enough to re-open shuttered mental health clinics, shore up the CPS budget and help solve the city’s $20 billion pension crisis.

Fioretti’s economic agenda also calls for using $25 million in TIF money to bankroll a summer jobs program and using everything else that’s not committed to specific projects or debt to convert at least some of the 50 schools closed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel into “community centers that drive economic development.”

http://chicago.suntimes.com/business/7/71/297864/fioretti-counters-emanuel-economic-agenda

  • I applaud this departure from "finances as usual" in this city. One would think that these changes would have a positive impact for many in this city. Bravo Bob!!👍

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    There is an overflowing audience at the Arty. Ernest B. Fenton wealth management workshop at Chicago State University!!! :-) :-) :-)

Jan 12

Updated Jan 16

This Week: Obama Library Hearings - RSVP and get your tickets TODAY!

Public Hearings

Barack Obama Presidential Library Public Hearings

Host: Chicago Park District
Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 6:00 pm, Hyde Park Academy High School
Wednesday, January 14, 2015, Noon, Washington Park Field House

The Chicago Park District will host public hearings to receive community input regarding the University of Chicago’s proposed sites for the Barack Obama Presidential Library in the Washington Park and Woodlawn neighborhoods.

Locating the Obama Presidential Library on Chicago’s South Side offers a rare chance to reinvigorate the economy of nearby communities and make improvements for the area’s infrastructure and parks. The presidential library will create a global destination for learning and engagement.

RSVP to attend the public hearings. http://www.oplsouthside.org/get-involved/public-hearing

  • Juan from South Loop 13 year South Loop resident

    Public funding has not been requested. Madigan mentioned $100M last year but that was stopped. Have you read of a public funding request?

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    The issue of lost lives at E2 is very serious Alan.

Jan 16

Red Light Camera Opponents Call For Clarity From Chuy

As well, fellow mayoral challenger Bob Fioretti is questioning exactly where Garcia's red light camera stance falls. "Calling Mr. Garcia’s views on red light cameras 'evolving' is being charitable and cavalier," said Fioretti campaign spokesperson Michael Kolenca statement. "I’d characterize it as political pandering and something that is becoming all too common in the race for mayor."

http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Red-Light-Camera-Opponents-Call-For-Clarity-From-Chuy--288844841.html

Jan 15

Updated Jan 16

Chicagoans Pack Hearing On Using South Side Park Space For Obama Library

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Fioretti, who is opposed to using parkland for the project, also touched on the trauma center issue in a statement released before Tuesday's hearing, which said in part:

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Fioretti, who is opposed to using parkland for the project, also touched on the trauma center issue in a statement released before Tuesday's hearing, which said in part:

Our public spaces are not for sale and should be off limits to development. Rahm's willingness to turn our open spaces into spaceship parking and private playgrounds for the rich without public input shows he's not interested in what the people of Chicago want. There are plenty of spaces in many communities across the City that could have been used.

This is another example of the lack of meaningful engagement with the public on issues that affect the city as a whole. A mayor with a better sense of priorities and respect for his constituents would be leading the way on a comprehensive look at how Hyde Park could incorporate the Obama museum, a badly needed trauma center and other community priorities without seizing public land.
'Rahm's idea of transparency seems to be having a hearing at the 11th hour when the decision is all but made.

http://progressillinois.com/posts/content/2015/01/14/chicagoans-weigh-use-parkland-obama-library-packed-hearing

  • Ask FIORETTI to block the new Chicago Zoning law that requires developers to pay over $100,000 - $175,000 per unit to affordable housing. It's racist and attempt to steal money from responsible whites, blacks, Hispanics, and Asians who go to school, become responsible, and don't break laws.

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    Ask FIORETTI to block the new Chicago Zoning law that requires developers to pay over $100,000 - $175,000 per unit to affordable housing. It's racist and attempt to steal money from responsible whites, blacks, Hispanics, and Asians who go to school, become responsible, and don't break laws.

    The cost is passed down to us consumers on top of sales tax, transfer stamp fees, etc. Stop stealing our money Fioretti. On top of that, we pay for the schools that the hood rats ruin, and our kids can't go to, thus forcing us to pay twice,

Jan 16

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Dec 26

Updated Jan 15

New Restaurant at Munchies Location

Hi Neighbors,

Just want to let you know there's a new restaurant coming into the old Munchies location. They are doing work on the space now. It's called Yassa and is Senegalese food. Looks good and this will be there second location I believe.

Jan 12

Updated Jan 15

  • Erica in Bronzeville 12 yrs in Bronzeville; Ready for a Brighter Day

    Yes, please take the time to read all of the mayoral candidates' responses, and do a side-by-side comparison to determine who is best aligned with your personal vision for Chicago.

  • DSK Hyde Park mom

    Thank you lisadee - that is exactly what's wrong with this country (or at least at the bottom of many ills) - we vote based on what the news bothers to report and the media is, in my opinion, falling down on its job of actually investigating the reality behind the "pretty words". Erica in Bronzeville has it right - we need to do due diligence before we mark that ballot.

Jan 09

Updated Jan 15

Fioretti Demands that Emanuel 'Defend His Record' in Debates

So who is REALLY for an Elected School Board in Chicago?

Today: “It is absurd and offensive that the candidates for mayor have not publicly agreed to debates yet,” Fioretti was quoted as saying in a statement.

“Voters deserve to question candidates and understand what we will and will not do for Chicago. Rahm has to come and defend his record. Chuy [Garcia] needs to explain why he changed positions on an elected school board after his [Chicago Teachers Union] endorsement and where he has been all these years while progressives have been fighting this mayor.”

Source: http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/7/71/277595/fioretti-demands-emanuel-defend-record-debates

Jan 12

Updated Jan 15

"Bronzeville on The Move"

You can feel it, the arrow is definitely pointing up, small businesses popping up all throughout the area, and not just the negative type. Pride and ownership of property is starting to reveal itself in the appearance of the area. The Mural project is a spectacular touch highlighting the rich history of Bronzeville, with the number of projects kicking off with spring, the optimism is definitely there. It is not everything but it is a start.

  • Ray

    Once again Alan I am going to remind you, when it comes to criminal actions it is irresponsible for you to tie their actions to an entire group of people, I have never been in a conversation with an African American who wanted to throw chairs in a restaurant or riot in Navy Pier, again this is an isolated incident by a group acting badly period.

  • The tired policies of yesterday are not going to help Bronzeville. Do people really want progress and the neighborhood to improve, or continue on a victimization mentality. Listening to people at the Obama library presentation yesterday, one lady commented that by improving their neighborhood they were afraid whitey was coming...great...

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    The tired policies of yesterday are not going to help Bronzeville. Do people really want progress and the neighborhood to improve, or continue on a victimization mentality. Listening to people at the Obama library presentation yesterday, one lady commented that by improving their neighborhood they were afraid whitey was coming...great idea!

    The talk of focusing on a neighborhood on the Black Metropolis unicorn is racist and contrary to goals of a diverse neighborhood. Bronzeville in the long run would be better off in the long run by focusing on a smaller footprint of identity in the short term, that distances itself from the "southside" mentality and reputation.

    Here is another example of liberal policy hurting development : the affordable housing canard where a developer has to pay $100,000 per unit for zoning changes to affordable housing; so not only do you steal from the middle class, you jack up housing pricing, thus making all neighborhoods more unaffordable while also increasing segregation market factors.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/ct-affordable-housing-law-0115-biz-20150114-story.html

Jan 14

Updated Jan 15

Honest, Very Helpful Cab Driver

I want to show my great appreciation for the very nice, hard working and extremely honest Cab driver that drove me home last night from Bronzeville to Hyde Park.

He is a Nigerian American cab driver, with a very musical Nigerian accent - which I always like to hear.

I left a leather folder with some important items in his cab and he found my business card and came back to deliver the folder to me. I offered him some...

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I want to show my great appreciation for the very nice, hard working and extremely honest Cab driver that drove me home last night from Bronzeville to Hyde Park.

He is a Nigerian American cab driver, with a very musical Nigerian accent - which I always like to hear.

I left a leather folder with some important items in his cab and he found my business card and came back to deliver the folder to me. I offered him some $ for his kind act, but he refused and said that he was just doing his job.

He did a great job.

There is so much negative news about our city, crime, corruption and just people being mean and dishonest.

I am very proud to have ridden in a tax cab with one of THE best taxi cab drivers in North America.

God bless him and all those like him that make our Chicago a nice place to live.

  • Thanks for taking the time to post this; it's definitely refreshing to hear positive news.

    If you happen to recall the company he drove for, I'm sure they would like to hear this positive feedback as well since it would remind their drivers of how much they are appreciated!

Jan 15

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Jan 15

Rivals Question Emanuel’s Economic Policies

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CHICAGO (CBS) – As Mayor Rahm Emanuel prepared to outline his economic development agenda for a possible second term in office, his challengers were lining up to criticize his record during his first term.

The mayor said his administration has pumped $4 billion in public and private investments into seven neighborhoods in need — including Engelwood and Pullman — but Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) said he’s been fighting to get rid of so-called “food deserts” and boost business longer than Emanuel.

“A lot of the issues down in Pullman were started way before he came into office. The Wal-Mart was passed under [former mayor Richard M.] Daley,” Fioretti said.

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2015/01/14/rivals-question-emanuels-economic-policies/

Jan 05

Updated Jan 14

Obama Library - Jackson Park or Washington Park

The South Shore Cultural Center has been removed from the running. UofC is down to the Washington Park and Jackson Park locations. The Jackson Park location, near Hayes and Stony, would place it on the same campus at Museum of Science and Industry. The Washington Park site would do more to revitalize an area Washington Park/Bronzeville area.

The UIC bid appears to still be a long shot.

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150105/hyde-park/chicago-obama-library-subject-of-public-meetings-this-week-on-south-side

  • jaye els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    Juan, I think Hawaii might be the stronger contender.

    But, maybe you are right. NYC - Obamas want to hang out in the in spots in the North East - NYC, Cambridge Harvard, Martha's Vineyard that sort of thing.

  • Juan from South Loop 13 year South Loop resident

    I didn't make the meeting last night.

    ------------------------------------------

    "Proposals to use roughly 20 acres of parkland in a Barack Obama presidential library drew hundreds of people Tuesday night to a South Side meeting, where passions flared among local residents and parkland preservationists."

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-park-land-obama-library-met-0114-20150113-story.html

Jan 13

Celebrate MLK Day with Alderman Bob Fioretti

This Saturday, join us as we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and rally for one voice, one vision, one Chicago! South Loop Hotel - 11 West 26th Street

Transportation is available. Space is limited. Call 312-733-9985 to rsvp or schedule a pick up.

Jan 12

Updated Jan 13

Today: Discussing Obama Library with Jackson Park Advisory Council

JACKSON PARK ADVISORY COUNCIL meets January 12, Monday, 7 pm at the fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island.

UPDATED AGENDA:
Project 120 and design team will present on a FRAMEWORK vision and map and 4 possible projects for the park.

University of Chicago and Park District representatives will present and answer questions on the OBAMA PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY. Friends of the Parks and possibly other stakeholders will also be speaking to the issue.

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Attended that meeting last evening and found myself in a room filled with the vast majority of white people, in what I thought was a predominantly black community.

    My perception of east Woodlawn has changed. Obviously the regentrification strategy of the University of Chicago from the 1960`s has worked.

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    I asked the appropriate question?

    If the University of Chicago`s plan to build a presidential library on 55th and Martin Luther King Drive for the first African-American president of the United States suceeds, will it establish the infrastructure necessary to remove the remaining lower and moderate income black residents currently still living in the historic Washington Park community?

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    From a historical perspective, can African-Americans living in the south lakefront region of Chicago, trust the University of Chicago to " do the right thing" for lower and moderate income black people?

Jan 13

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Jan 13

Bronzeville Little League

Bronzeville Little League is accepting applications for potential board members and volunteers. Come join an exciting organization that is growing in Bronzeville and benefitting our youth and neighborhood parks. For more information please contact John Cook at 773 548-7724.

Jan 13

Jan 12

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Jan 12

Two Scheduled Chicago Mayoral Debates

1. Green Party of Chicago has invited all ballot-qualified mayoral candidates to participate in a forum. The forum will be at Second Unitarian Church, 656 W. Barry Ave. in Lakeview, 9-11am on Saturday, January 17. Advance tickets are not needed but please RSVP so we can get an idea of how many to expect! https://www.facebook.com/events/565375840273958/

2. Hear What The Leading Candidates Have To Say at the
CHICAGO WOMEN’S MAYORAL FORUM

Saturday, January 24 | 2pm to 5pm Chicago Temple | 77 West Washington

Featuring:
Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Alderman Robert Fioretti
Jesus “Chuy” Garcia
Willie Wilson

Moderator:
Cheryl Corley, NPR Correspondent

Seating is limited. RSVP to ensure a seat. http://www.eventbrite.com/e/chicago-women-take-action-alliance-mayoral-forum-tickets-15155698101

Jan 11

VIDEO: Bob Fioretti on CBS News Newviews

Check out Bob's thoughts on key issues and topics here in Chicago: TIFS, safety, commuter tax, charter schools and more!

http://abc7chicago.com/politics/newsviews-ald-bob-fioretti/469934/

Jan 07

Updated Jan 11

Fioretti to Rahm: No Public Land for Obama Library

Thoughts? Here's some of the content and the link the article:

Mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti likes the idea of bringing the Barack Obama Presidential Library to Chicago somehow.

But he's no fan of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's tactics to secure the space for the building.

The presidential library bids from both University of Chicago and the University of Illinois Chicago ran into trouble in January after the foundation that's handling the applications noted that none of the bids were attached to...

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Thoughts? Here's some of the content and the link the article:

Mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti likes the idea of bringing the Barack Obama Presidential Library to Chicago somehow.

But he's no fan of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's tactics to secure the space for the building.

The presidential library bids from both University of Chicago and the University of Illinois Chicago ran into trouble in January after the foundation that's handling the applications noted that none of the bids were attached to an actual parcel of land.

A source close to the foundation told the Sun-Times last week that the University of Chicago's proposal was not solid because the university does not own or have definite plans to acquire any of the sites they proposed. In contrast, Columbia University in York, which is another candidate, already owns the sites they proposed.

http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Fioretti-to-Rahm-No-Public-Land-for-Obama-Library-287840581.html

  • Keith H. South Shore resident

    I'm in favor of the Obama library being built pretty much anywhere the Obama's want it in Chicago. My preference is that it is on the South Side (south east, more specifically). If it is located here, it'll certainly help shed a more positive light on the south side of...

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    I'm in favor of the Obama library being built pretty much anywhere the Obama's want it in Chicago. My preference is that it is on the South Side (south east, more specifically). If it is located here, it'll certainly help shed a more positive light on the south side of Chicago.

    People will come to visit it and realize that the south side is more than just an expressway. They will see that there are parks. And they will see that our lawns actually have grass. These are comments that I've heard from North side & suburban friends and colleagues over the years, by the way.

    Our neighborhoods have problems. And a ton of needs. Many people are living in the area despite the fact that they could in fact live somewhere else with better amenities, lower crime, and better quality of life, but they stay to ensure that the neighborhood doesn't slip even further down hill. They stay with hopes of working to improve the areas that they love.

    My true feeling about this stuff is BEING ON THE GENTRIFICATION! I want some displacement to happen. I want more diversity in Woodlawn, Kenwood, South Shore, etc. I want property values to increase as a result of rising home values, better schools, the return of national businesses, development such as historic libraries locating here.

    Prime locations, such as our beautiful lake front, never should have been utilized for housing projects. The lake front is an asset, and it should be treated as such.

    Everyone talks about how they want their neighborhood to change, to improve, to be safer, to have retail opportunities. Well, something has to give in order for that change to occur. If nothing changes for the better, such as winning the library, the neighborhood won't change.

  • Keith H. South Shore resident

    BRING ON GENTRIFICATION!...is what I intended to write above.

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