Mar 10

Updated 6 hours ago

Chuy as Mayor - What Will the Mean to the 3rd and 4th Wards?

If you could put on your goggles and look into the future, what would Chuy as mayor mean for our neighborhoods and wards? I'm fully support wishful thinking too. But what do you think the difference will be with Chuy in office? How will his leadership impact the leadership of our aldermen? What will it mean for progress and commerce on the south side? Safe streets? Schools? Mental health clinics? Red light cameras? Empty lots? Subsided and low income housing?

What say you?

6 days ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Chicago Advocate Article on Bronzeville

Good news neighbors!

A very positive March 2nd Chicago Advocate article titled, "In Chicago’s Bronzeville a New Wave of Resurgence Is Picking Up Steam" is worth reading.

http://www.chicagonow.com/chicago-advocate/2015/03/in-chicagos-bronzeville-a-new-wave-of-resurgence-is-picking-up-steam/

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Barack Obama has lived in New York before: He graduated from Columbia in 1983, when he was eating breakfast at Tom’s Restaurant on Broadway, drinking at The West End, and running in Central Park, according to a former roommate. He moved to Chicago soon after graduating, and shaped his private...

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    Barack Obama has lived in New York before: He graduated from Columbia in 1983, when he was eating breakfast at Tom’s Restaurant on Broadway, drinking at The West End, and running in Central Park, according to a former roommate. He moved to Chicago soon after graduating, and shaped his private and public identities there — but New York officials said they are eager to have him back.
    “The community would welcome him with open arms and be extremely proud to be part of another historic first,” said a spokesperson for Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel, Hannah Kim.
    Another New York Congressman, Long Island Republican Peter King, suggested New York would offer Obama a better environment for staying relevant, should he want to.
    “New York is the media capital of the world. I think that’s what he wants and you don’t get that anywhere else,” said King, who added that he’d “heard second and third hand” that Obama is seriously considering New York. “I can certainly understand why.”

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    The Barack Obama Foundation is expected to reveal the president and first lady’s decision on where to build the Obama presidential library and museum after an April 7 runoff election between Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. Very few details are available on Columbia’s bid for the library,...

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    The Barack Obama Foundation is expected to reveal the president and first lady’s decision on where to build the Obama presidential library and museum after an April 7 runoff election between Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. Very few details are available on Columbia’s bid for the library, but city officials have touted what they call a strong bid by the president’s alma mater. Earlier this month, Capital New York reported that Mayor de Blasio sent a letter to the Obama Foundation, calling Columbia “a very natural choice” for the library.
    In some of his first public comments on the library bid, Columbia President Lee Bollinger told the Columbia Spectator that having the Obamas would be in keeping with an effort to engage the university community more fully with domestic and international issues of potential import to the Obama post-presidency.
    “I would be thrilled with any president to have a relationship with Columbia after their presidency, but we’d be definitely thrilled to have the Obamas both on our campus, perhaps in Manhattanville and having an engagement with the institution,” Bollinger said. “I’m trying to think about how to build our capacity to more broadly grapple with global issues and very important national issues, to serve as that kind of home for these larger efforts, and the Obamas would be fantastic participants and possible leaders.”

Jan 20

Updated 13 hours 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!!

  • GBresident Interested in fiscal, and social health issues.

    My two cents would be to hire a credible contractor. I use HomeAdvisor.com to find credible job specific contractors. If I'm looking for a plumber... I find a plumber with years of experience just being a plumber. Often-times the matches on HomeAdvisor come with many many references. I contracted 3P...

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    My two cents would be to hire a credible contractor. I use HomeAdvisor.com to find credible job specific contractors. If I'm looking for a plumber... I find a plumber with years of experience just being a plumber. Often-times the matches on HomeAdvisor come with many many references. I contracted 3P nearly 2 years ago to fix a doorbell/intercom system. After over a year and half they managed to get the door buzzer to work, but they were never able to fix the intercom, despite at least seven attempts. The contractor would come out, spend sometime on the job then leave the job incomplete, and say that he was or be back in couple of days because he needed a new part and would never show or call until I would call his boss a couple weeks or a couple months later. The contractor had done that several times 3 or 4 at least. 3P kept all of the money I gave them for parts and labor and never completed the job.

  • Denver Doing my part

    I too would not use 3P again. I used them 3x and decided you cannot keep giving them the benefit of the doubt.

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New Local Business in Bridgeport

Hello neighbors,

We are happy to announce that our celiac friendly, gluten-free market and restaurant {Chicago Fire Market} is finally open for business after a long remodeling period in Bridgeport. We are located at:
623 W 31st street, zip 60616
(between Lowe & Wallace).

Our sign should be up soon, but for the time being we have a Grand Opening banner in the window. We are also currently finalizing our website and Facebook page, and have recently made an Instagram...

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Hello neighbors,

We are happy to announce that our celiac friendly, gluten-free market and restaurant {Chicago Fire Market} is finally open for business after a long remodeling period in Bridgeport. We are located at:
623 W 31st street, zip 60616
(between Lowe & Wallace).

Our sign should be up soon, but for the time being we have a Grand Opening banner in the window. We are also currently finalizing our website and Facebook page, and have recently made an Instagram account @chicagofiremarket

Our doors are open weekdays from 12pm to 8pm, Saturdays from 1pm to 8pm, and we close on Sundays.

We have posted this message in more than one location as I am not aware of an option that would allow me to post to multiple locations at the same time, so please bare with me if you have seen this message before.

Please drop in anytime to enjoy a healthy, fresh, delicious made to order gluten free meal, check out some of our products, or just to look around and say hi!

Thank you and have a great Sunday!

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5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Article: Emanuel takes page from Daley's playbook by rounding up support from black ministers

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has spent the past four years undoing virtually everything former Mayor Richard M. Daley did without mentioning his predecessor by name.

But, there’s one thing Emanuel has in common with his mentor: turning to African-American ministers at his time of political need.

Emanuel took a page from Daley’s playbook on Tuesday. He assembled dozens of black ministers to endorse him, sing his praises from the pulpit and, on Palm Sunday, to literally lead their parishioners’ “souls to...

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel has spent the past four years undoing virtually everything former Mayor Richard M. Daley did without mentioning his predecessor by name.

But, there’s one thing Emanuel has in common with his mentor: turning to African-American ministers at his time of political need.

Emanuel took a page from Daley’s playbook on Tuesday. He assembled dozens of black ministers to endorse him, sing his praises from the pulpit and, on Palm Sunday, to literally lead their parishioners’ “souls to the polls.”

In attendance at the political show was former Cook County Commissioner Charles Bowen, who served as Daley’s liaison to black ministers.

Standing next to Bowen at the community center across the street from Haven of Rest Missionary Baptist Church, 7901 South Chicago Ave., was former gang enforcer-turned-“urban translator” Wallace “Gator” Bradley, who has endorsed Emanuel.

Daley sold vacant city lots to black churches for $1 and used city grants to maintain loyal support from the African-American clergy.

During one infamous, pre-election endorsement session, the ministers prayed, “Give us this day our Daley bread.”

On Tuesday, the Rev. Albert Tyson III, presiding elder north district Chicago conference and pastor of St. Stephen A.M.E. Church, used a similar mix between the biblical and political.

“We remember that the Scripture says, `Oh come, oh come, Emanuel,’” Tyson said.

The mayor was obviously pleased.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/7/71/466977/rahm-emanuel-black-clergy-endorsement-runoff-election

  • These ministers need to be more in the streets dealing with the youth than to be playing in the political punch bowl.

  • R4A

    Let the church say amen!

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Cafe on the Grove?

Looks like Maracas is being replaced by a cafe. Anyone have any details?

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Article: Garcia as mayor could be Rauner's worst nightmare

When it comes to their views on organized labor and education, you couldn’t find a more stark philosophical divide than there is between Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Despite a massive budget mess from both this fiscal year and the next with which he must contend, Rauner has been on a statewide tour talking about . . . unions.

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When it comes to their views on organized labor and education, you couldn’t find a more stark philosophical divide than there is between Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Despite a massive budget mess from both this fiscal year and the next with which he must contend, Rauner has been on a statewide tour talking about . . . unions.

He’s pushing ideas that labor groups say undermine the strength of their organizations — that includes bringing local right-to-work zones to the state and ridding the so-called “fair-share” fees nonunion members pay to cover collective-bargaining costs.

“I think Rauner has a pathological hatred for organized labor,” says Charles N. Wheeler III, director of the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Rauner has repeatedly said he doesn’t hate unions but wants to reverse the power that union “bosses” wield in Illinois.

Still, taken in that light, wouldn’t a Mayor Garcia be Rauner’s worst nightmare?

Garcia’s candidacy is backed primarily by labor groups — the Chicago Teachers Union, SEIU Health Care and SEIU State Council have made up the bulk of campaign contributors for his mayoral bid.

Rauner wants to expand privately run charter schools, while Garcia is dead against it.

  • Kristen L. Hyde Parker since 2nd grade

    Rick, although federal taxes are typically more progressive (higher income, higher taxes) most state taxes are actually regressive (higher income, lower taxes). Check out this article: http://m.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/01/robin-hood-in-reverse/384900/

  • Rick Roche bronzeville father of 4

    Depending on how you define progressive and regressive you can make various claims. Progressive federal income taxes usually refers to the higher rate of taxation incurred at higher income levels. You then defined regressive state & local taxes based on the % of income paid rather than the effective rate. I'm pretty sure everyone pays the same rate in Illinois whether you're talking about income or sales tax. There has been some talk recently about making the Illinois income tax progressive. That's not likely to help the employment picture.

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Mayoral term limits??

What policies would have to be implemented to have term limits for the Mayor of Chicago? Does it require changes at the state level or can a referendum of city voters be used. Just asking before I start digging in.

Los Angeles added term limits after Tom Bradley served 20 years as mayor. NYC added term limits of 2 consecutive terms. Then their city council changed it to 3 consecutive terms to allow Bloomberg to run again. Then the people...

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What policies would have to be implemented to have term limits for the Mayor of Chicago? Does it require changes at the state level or can a referendum of city voters be used. Just asking before I start digging in.

Los Angeles added term limits after Tom Bradley served 20 years as mayor. NYC added term limits of 2 consecutive terms. Then their city council changed it to 3 consecutive terms to allow Bloomberg to run again. Then the people voted it back to 2 consecutive terms. NYC is serious about their term limits. Rich jr served 20 years and it may be time for Chicago to move in the direction of term limits. I think Chicago is the last major city without term limits.

There are plus/minus to having term limits on mayors.

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Mar 16

Updated Mar 23

Marx Brothers Home

Interesting article, never knew the Marx brothers lived in Chicago let alone on the southside.
http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/the-marx-brothers-house/Content?oid=902338

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Amen!

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Chicago the City vs. Chicago’s Neighborhoods
    Bronzeville does not exist in splendid isolation, however: It’s tied to the rest of the city, and its fate continues to be influenced by large agencies located outside it. Harold Lucas, executive director of the Bronzeville Visitor Information Center, shares Gabriel’s focus on encouraging...

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    Chicago the City vs. Chicago’s Neighborhoods
    Bronzeville does not exist in splendid isolation, however: It’s tied to the rest of the city, and its fate continues to be influenced by large agencies located outside it. Harold Lucas, executive director of the Bronzeville Visitor Information Center, shares Gabriel’s focus on encouraging homegrown local entrepreneurship as the means to return Bronzeville to good health; he makes a distinction between “gentrification,” which he describes as a top-down process, and “revitalization,” which he says comes up from below. Yet he is also critical of both the city’s political elites and some of the large institutions located near Bronzeville for steering development away from the neighborhood.

    He offered as an example the building that houses the visitors center, the former Supreme Life Insurance Company headquarters at 35th Street and Martin Luther King Drive. Home of the first and largest black-owned insurance company in the North, the building, a city historic landmark, is one of the linchpins of the city’s Black Metropolis-Bronzeville Historic District.

    “From the beginning, we had a hotel we projected to build for Bronzeville here in the Supreme Life building,” Lucas says. “We were told [by the city] that Bronzeville was not ready for an upscale hotel. But since then, two hotels were built with taxpayer money” close to Bronzeville.

    He was equally critical of the University of Chicago for its role in choosing the site for the future Obama presidential library. “Their decision to put it at Garfield [Boulevard] and King Drive” in Washington Park, he says, “flies in the face of community efforts to put it where it should have gone” — namely, on land near the lakefront in Bronzeville that had been the site of a large hospital. University officials have since been quoted in the press as saying that while it would prefer a site near its campus, the final decision rests with the Barack H. Obama Foundation.

Mar 10

Updated Mar 23

Article: Fioretti, like Wilson, retracts election-eve promise to endorse Garcia

Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) on Tuesday became the second vanquished mayoral challenger to retract his election eve promise to endorse Jesus “Chuy” Garcia the April 7 runoff and held open the possibility of endorsing Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Fioretti said he has been holding “productive” meetings with both Garcia and Emanuel and would base his endorsement on the specific financial plans unveiled by both candidates to solve the city’s $20 billion pension crisis and the $10 billion in unfunded pension liabilities...

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Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) on Tuesday became the second vanquished mayoral challenger to retract his election eve promise to endorse Jesus “Chuy” Garcia the April 7 runoff and held open the possibility of endorsing Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Fioretti said he has been holding “productive” meetings with both Garcia and Emanuel and would base his endorsement on the specific financial plans unveiled by both candidates to solve the city’s $20 billion pension crisis and the $10 billion in unfunded pension liabilities at the Chicago Public Schools.

Like millionaire businessman Willie Wilson, Fioretti told the Chicago Sun-Times on the eve of the Feb. 24 election that he would support “anybody but Rahm” if the mayor failed to win the 50 percent-plus-one-vote he needed to avoid Chicago’s first every mayoral runoff.

“If there is a run-off, I will support whoever the challenger is. We need a change. Chicago is headed in the wrong direction under this mayor,” Fioretti said on that day.

Like Wilson, Fioretti is now retracting that statement after behind-the-scenes negotiations with both candidates and holding open the possibility of endorsing Emanuel, a candidate he pummeled repeatedly during Round One.

Why the change?

“I’ve had very fruitful discussions with both candidates. There were certain things that were said during these meetings on how we deal with it and where we’re going. And I will see in the next few days,” Fioretti said Tuesday, prior to a City Council meeting to memorialize Ald. Joann Thompson (16th).

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news-chicago/7/71/429036/fioretti-joins-wilson-retracting-election-eve-promise-endorse-garcia-runoff

  • Juan from South Loop 13 year South Loop resident

    Breit,

    Could Chicago prove they didn't know what was happening? Being one of the largest financial and legal centers in the country may make it harder to be perceived a gullible. Are we dealing we a case of people understanding the risk and just making a bad guess and the recession got the best of them? Its probably worth a shot but the recoveries have been about 1%.

  • since the money isn't lost in these kind of deals- it lands on somebody's sticky desk and charges off again- someone says thank you to them who made it possible. As Fioretti said, Chicago is going in the wrong direction. Story on wbez this morning about the low low rate of homicide clearance in Chicago thanks to the twisted priorities of Emmanual's administration

    http://www.wbez.org/news/under-emanuel-more-unsolved-murders-fewer-detectives-111750

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Mar 07

Updated Mar 21

Oprah has Left Chicago

I note that Oprah Winfrey has now completely left Chicago, turning her filthy rich back on our City and the Black African American Community.

Oprah has closed her Harpo Chicago studios and now does not employ anyone in Chicago

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/03/harpo-studios-closing_n_6795144.html

Oprah has gone completely LA/Hollywood, choosing to hang out with the Left coast media elite. Oprah now lives in a Zip code where there are virtually NO Black African Americans.

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I note that Oprah Winfrey has now completely left Chicago, turning her filthy rich back on our City and the Black African American Community.

Oprah has closed her Harpo Chicago studios and now does not employ anyone in Chicago

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/03/harpo-studios-closing_n_6795144.html

Oprah has gone completely LA/Hollywood, choosing to hang out with the Left coast media elite. Oprah now lives in a Zip code where there are virtually NO Black African Americans.

Oh, but she still claims to be a great champion of the Black African American masses... .she just chooses not to employ any Black African Americans.

Good bye Oprah, you will not be missed.

Bronzeville will continue to improve thanks to the hard work of good people who live and work here, who care about the neighborhood and our city.

  • Alan, if that's the best post you have ever read you need to get out more. Oprah made the West loop what it is today. That and about a million other good things that I can eloborate on if necesary when I have more energy.

  • jaye els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    I made positive comments about Magic Johnson investing in underserved Black African American communities, making honest profits by running successful movie theaters. I tried to compare and contrast the positive business actions of Magic Johnson as opposed to the negative, divest and hang out in LA and New York actions...

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    I made positive comments about Magic Johnson investing in underserved Black African American communities, making honest profits by running successful movie theaters. I tried to compare and contrast the positive business actions of Magic Johnson as opposed to the negative, divest and hang out in LA and New York actions of Oprah Winfrey.

    Unfortunately this week the Tribune reported that Magic Johnson gave over 200,000 to the election campaign of Mayor Rahm Emannual and Magic Johnson was apparently rewarded with an insider deal of over $100 million for one of his companies to do janitorial work in Chicago public schools.

    This isn't honest, investing in the urban community business - this is:

    Crony Capitalism.

    Something we might expect in a corrupt third world nation.

    I apologize for writing positively about Magic Johnson.

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Mar 13

Updated Mar 19

Article: Emanuel takes double-digit lead over Garcia: Tribune poll

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has taken the lead over Jesus “Chuy” Garcia in the runoff race for mayor, according to a new Chicago Tribune poll.

In fact, the mayor has taken a double-digit lead over his challenger, it said.

In the poll – conducted between Friday, March 6, and Wednesday, March 11, and released today – 51 percent of likely voters responded if the election was held today, they would vote for Emanuel. That’s compared to 37 percent, who said they...

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel has taken the lead over Jesus “Chuy” Garcia in the runoff race for mayor, according to a new Chicago Tribune poll.

In fact, the mayor has taken a double-digit lead over his challenger, it said.

In the poll – conducted between Friday, March 6, and Wednesday, March 11, and released today – 51 percent of likely voters responded if the election was held today, they would vote for Emanuel. That’s compared to 37 percent, who said they would vote for Garcia.

The runoff election is April 7.

The last poll, released Saturday by Ogden & Fry, had showed that first week of campaigning after the election did little to sway voters.

Emanuel’s numbers have climbed since then: That poll had put him at 43.5 percent of the vote. Meantime, Garcia’s support has remained steady at 38 percent, though he also nabbed the support this week of former opponent Willie Wilson and previous presidential candidate Howard Dean.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/7/71/437829/emanuel-takes-double-digit-lead-garcia-tribune-poll

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    I think that if the Rosenwald and Strand landmark structures are restored authentically, they will become future economic empowerment anchors on thier respective commercial business corridors of Cottage Grove and the westend of 47th street in Bronzeville! :-)

  • Anyone who knows the Rosenwald plan knows that they are NOT being restored authentically unless by authentically you mean as low income apartments. The R4A put this case forward and it was totally ignored. The Rosenwald is a warehouse for low income on the corner of 47th and Michigan. That is a receipt for disaster. It's going to me anchor alright and not in a good way.

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Mar 17

Updated Mar 19

Maracas

When did Maracas close ??

  • Right after Valentine's Day :-(

    On their Facebook page, they mentioned revamping and finding a bigger space. So, hopefully they'll be back soon and still in the area.

  • Rome Napping in my Office

    WOW! I thought this place had some momentum. Of course when a restaurant closes and says "We'll be back" there's a pretty good chance you'll never see it again.

  • I didn't know what it was,until i seen it on groupon

Mar 15

Updated Mar 18

Vote by mail!

Let's encourage voting - here's the vote by mail link. Hurry, time is winding down.
http://www.chicagoelections.com/en/absentee-application.html

  • thanks a lot

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    I will not be voting early in this election runoff for the next Mayor of Chicago.

    The race is most interesting and competitive. I haven't yet made my choice between the two candidates, and which one I think will work most effectively to empower and enfranchise African-Americans in Chicago.

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    I will not be voting early in this election runoff for the next Mayor of Chicago.

    The race is most interesting and competitive. I haven't yet made my choice between the two candidates, and which one I think will work most effectively to empower and enfranchise African-Americans in Chicago.

    Since African-Americans will be the deciding voting block in the April 7th, 2015 election, go Chuy & Rahm, tell us what your big campaign platform ideas are, in order to help break the cycle of poverty and build wealth in Chicago`s Black communities?

  • West loop realist Teacher political operative

    Maybe the black community may want to show some responsibilty and stop the cycle of children born into poverty and increase parental responsibilty.

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Dec 26

Updated Mar 16

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.

  • I like the Nem rolls too. They are delicious!

  • Good morning everyone. Very nice staff at Yassa. The only problem I had was that I follow the Bible's dietary law and selected a dish with chicken & fish. When I stirred it, there was shrimp in it and that was not listed in the dish's description on the menu. For someone allergic to shrimp, that could've been deadly. Although I brought it to their attention, the menu hasn't changed to mention shrimp in that dish.

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Updated Mar 13

Bloomingdale Trail (The 606) and Bronzeville

The 606 has sparked a tremendous building boom in the areas that the trail goes through. Alot of money is being invested into those neighborhoods due to the construction of the trail. This has get me wondering about the feasibility of doing the same exact thing with the old Kenwood Elevated Tracks that run from Cottage Grove to the Dan Ryan at roughly 41st. Many of the embankments are still intact although most of the overpasses have been demolished at the busy streets. Any thoughts?

  • That is absolutely awesome Danie! Unfortunately the Kenwood is in far worse shape than the Bloomingdale ever was so it would probably take even more than 90M. Regardless the benefits this would bring far outweigh the heft pricey tag it's going to take to get it done. Are you getting any support from any of the Aldermans?

  • Danie Lifelong Bronzeville resident and environmentalist

    We certainly appreciate your input. It's been a long road and will continue. This spring we will be using a $20,000 grant to develop some of the area to grow biofuel plants like sunflowers. Please contact Alderman Dowell and Alderman Burns to support our efforts.

Mar 13

Black Teacher Forced to Stop Teaching and Go Hide When Racist Parents Entered School.

Please read article here.
http://www.courthousenews.com/2015/03/11/racial-intolerance-claims-spread-to-rural-missouri.htm

What should the punishment be if the school district is found guilty of terrorizing this African American teacher as she has described?

What should the punishment be for the parents who joined in the on the plot terrorize this African American teacher by knowingly submitting false reports of abuse against this African American teacher to a government agency?

Here is link to the School Districts' directory of the 59 staff people at the school district listed there isn't one African American, not one Hispanic, not one Asian. The one black teacher they did have they tormented out. http://www.cr6.net/cms/One.aspx?portalId=95489&pageId=95524

Mar 13

Who's Running Holy Angels School These Days?

Time is flying for me.

I remember when Father Clemons was running the Catholic school "Holy Angels" and doing a fine job I might add - no nonsense, discipline, solid education - what our community and City need.

Does anyone know who is running Holy Angels now? I hope he/she is tough, fair.

I seem to be getting along great with most everyone between the ages of 1-11 and 24-100.

However, I also seem to have endless trouble with locals...

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Time is flying for me.

I remember when Father Clemons was running the Catholic school "Holy Angels" and doing a fine job I might add - no nonsense, discipline, solid education - what our community and City need.

Does anyone know who is running Holy Angels now? I hope he/she is tough, fair.

I seem to be getting along great with most everyone between the ages of 1-11 and 24-100.

However, I also seem to have endless trouble with locals between the ages of 12-23.

I get constant attitude, disrespect, punks wearing their pants below their butts - all things that a tough, no nonsense Catholic school simply doesn't allow. These teens should be marching around doing military drills or picking up trash.

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Updated Mar 12

Article: Willie Wilson to endorse Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia

What do we think about this, good people? Big deal or nah?

After a high-stakes courtship by both candidates aimed at luring the pivotal black vote, millionaire businessman Willie Wilson has decided to endorse Jesus “Chuy” Garcia over Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the April 7 runoff.

Wilson said he made the decision, based on the feedback he got from literally hundreds, if not thousands of his supporters through emails, phone calls and his extensive network of black churches.

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What do we think about this, good people? Big deal or nah?

After a high-stakes courtship by both candidates aimed at luring the pivotal black vote, millionaire businessman Willie Wilson has decided to endorse Jesus “Chuy” Garcia over Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the April 7 runoff.

Wilson said he made the decision, based on the feedback he got from literally hundreds, if not thousands of his supporters through emails, phone calls and his extensive network of black churches.

He’s also held “three-to-five” private meetings with both Emanuel and Garcia to press his demands for both candidates to reopen at least some of the record 50 schools that Emanuel closed, eliminate red-light cameras and establish “fairness” in the awarding of city jobs and contracts.

Wilson has scheduled a news conference to announce his decision. But, on Wednesday, he informed both campaigns of his decision to go with Garcia, then explained the reasons why in an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times.

“Those red-light cameras on the backs of the poor. Eliminating 50 of them was not enough. They want `em all gone. Not enough fairness in terms of contracts and jobs. And the school situation is a dagger. The school situation is a major, major, major, major,” Wilson said.

“Kids walking through gang territory 2 and 3 miles to get to new schools. Eighty-eight percent of them were in the African-American community. They felt that was wrong. They felt he totally ignored the community when they’re the ones who put him in office.”

http://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/7/71/432809/wilson-endorse-garcia?utm_source=Chicago+Sun-Times&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=303245_willienedorse-CST-031115&ID=303245_willienedorse-CST-031115&dm_i=2JCP,6HZH,2L0ZHE,E66X,1

  • I'm surprised but apparently Mr Wilson is his own man.

  • Amandilo M Cuzan Bronzeville Alliance, OM Productions

    My biggest concern is that grassroots people have a strong and consistent voice in distribution of city services and resources. Too often we have politicians telling us "This is going to hurt, I know what's good for you." But the only substantial change is the size of their bank accounts. Regardless of who wins, we need to make sure community activists and everyday people are engaged, informed and ready to work on the issues of the day. That's the real challenge.

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Mariano's and the Community Gardens

Hi all! With the Mariano's coming to Bronzeville next year, will it invalidate the need for the Bronzeville Community Garden and any other gardens in the area? I never had a chance to benefit for the garden personally, but I believe others have found it a refreshing addition to the neighborhood. But with fresh produce on the way, how do we perceive the need/role of the community gardens?

What say you?

  • Eric Malone Community activist with The Chicago Agenda

    Hello Erica thank you for posing this question. I'm looking forward to the possibility of Mariano's being closer and accessible. I travel to the one in the south loop or further north in DT. However, for me a community garden is and should be more than just a means for...

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    Hello Erica thank you for posing this question. I'm looking forward to the possibility of Mariano's being closer and accessible. I travel to the one in the south loop or further north in DT. However, for me a community garden is and should be more than just a means for fresh produce. Gardening is therapeutic, it helps build reciprocity and community, encouraging cooperation. It's also healthy to have a more hands on direct relationship with your food and it's empowering for youth to be apart of that process. Also there can be symbiosis, one doesn't necessarily negate the other. Both can exist and have mutual benefits.

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Mar 08

Updated Mar 09

Opinion: South Side needs Level 1 trauma center, and U of C is the place for it

If you have the misfortune to be shot or run over in Hyde Park, you'll be in an ambulance a long time. That's because the nearest trauma center for seriously injured adults is almost 10 miles away, in Cook County's Stroger Hospital on the Near West Side. The University of Chicago Medical Center, as Crain's health care reporter Kristen Schorsch recently wrote, is studying how it might fill that crying need. We urge its leadership to find a way.

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If you have the misfortune to be shot or run over in Hyde Park, you'll be in an ambulance a long time. That's because the nearest trauma center for seriously injured adults is almost 10 miles away, in Cook County's Stroger Hospital on the Near West Side. The University of Chicago Medical Center, as Crain's health care reporter Kristen Schorsch recently wrote, is studying how it might fill that crying need. We urge its leadership to find a way.

The South Side wasn't always such a desolate place for adults in need of emergency care. Until 1988, U of C operated a Level 1 trauma center, which offers the most comprehensive emergency care. Since then, by U of C's tally, seven hospitals closed on the South Side, including the city's only other Level 1 trauma center south of 16th Street, at Michael Reese Hospital. None of the remaining hospitals—Jackson Park, Roseland Community, St. Bernard and South Shore—has even a Level 2 center and couldn't feasibly open one, according to a January report by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Even for a richly endowed institution like U of C, a Level 1 trauma center would be a burden: The university preliminarily figures it would need $30 million to add 35 beds for emergency room patients who need to be admitted. Then there are higher operating costs from staffing a center 24/7 and essentially subsidizing patients on Medicaid and other insurance plans that don't fully cover the cost of treatment.

Still, these are the expenses that top-tier teaching hospitals pay in other big cities. U of C's crosstown rival, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, operates a Level 1 adult trauma center and still has money to invest in new facilities and equipment and to lure big-name doctors. This is the price you pay for being a member of this class.

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20150307/ISSUE07/150309809/south-side-needs-level-1-trauma-center-and-u-of-c-is-the-place-for

  • No, based upon many past transports I've reviewed, I'd likely go to Christ in Oak Lawn! Either way, Northwestern is still too far. The South Side needs a Trauma 1 Center and Provident is the ideal location.

  • Sir,I have worked in various Chicago hospitals and am very knowledgeable about the travel boundaries of trauma centers and most hospitals in the city. The ambulance would transport you to Northwestern from 82nd & Jeffery if you needed to see a trauma specialist. They would take a straight shot on Lake Shore Drive,not 4400 West. As a matter of fact,a man was shot at 81st & Oglesby recently and transported to NW. Isn't that within very close proximity to 82nd & Jeffery? But like you said,that's still too far.

Mar 08

Updated Mar 09

Article: Chicago plans to eliminate 50 more red light cameras

A case of desperate times calling for desperate measures? Weigh in, good people!

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Sunday announced he would remove 50 red light cameras at 25 of the 174 intersections in the city's program and soften the penalty for first-time offenders, but he denied the moves were designed to help him in his intensifying election battle with challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia..

The announcement comes just days after Garcia, who faces Emanuel in the April 7 runoff election,...

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Sunday announced he would remove 50 red light cameras at 25 of the 174 intersections in the city's program and soften the penalty for first-time offenders, but he denied the moves were designed to help him in his intensifying election battle with challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia..

The announcement comes just days after Garcia, who faces Emanuel in the April 7 runoff election, promised an end to the program altogether, calling it Emanuel's “red light rip-off.”

Flanked by half a dozen aldermen and transportation chief, the mayor said he supports a proposed ordinance to give first-time offenders “a mulligan” by allowing them to avoid the $100 fine and instead take an online traffic course.

Emanuel deflected questions about the timing of his announcement by suggesting this is one in a series of reforms he has instituted in the past two and half years.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-chicago-red-light-cameras-20150308-story.html#page=1

  • Rahm is full of stuffing. This is what people dislike about politicians. It is clear to everyone that this move is based solely on the position held by his opponent an the fact that he is in a runoff. If we were NOT looking at a runoff that little short,...

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    Rahm is full of stuffing. This is what people dislike about politicians. It is clear to everyone that this move is based solely on the position held by his opponent an the fact that he is in a runoff. If we were NOT looking at a runoff that little short, half pint, Napoleon Bonaparte would NOT be changing his position on this. Yeah, I called him out of his name. If you can call Karen Lewis out of her name surely he can take it. He would have been better off just saying, "I heard from you all loud and clear about my position on the cameras and I'm changing my position based on you input." Period. None of this mess about his move not having anything to do with his current situation because every knows it has EVERYTHING to do with his current situation!

    Thanks Chuy for putting Rahm in a position where he has to change. This is why this run off is very great for Chicago!!

    Hell before it is over just maybe Rahm "Shorty Mack" will open some of the schools he shut down.

  • Rick Roche bronzeville father of 4

    Rahm inherited a horrendous financial situation. The camera was one of many ways to raise revenue before going after RE taxes. Because we have a one-party system in Chicago voting with your feet seems to be the preferred method for getting relief.

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