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Mayor, Alderman Burns, Fioretti, Dowell, what are your plans for dealing with all this Crime

It seems that this is getting way out of hand and what's scary is you seem to have no plan in place or one that you are considering. This is getting bad, real bad. I do not want to be a prisoner in my home. This past Saturday there was a running gun battle on the 3600 block and 3500 block of Giles at 3:00p with all type of people milling about, are the gangs running the city, are we helpless in our response to this? Your number one responsibility is the safety of your constituents. I want to thank you in advance for your response to these concerns.

Oct 21

Updated 21 hours ago

Spotlight on "Bronzeville"

This past weekend they held an open house where places of historical importance and buildings that are architecturally significant were opened for observation for all interested parties. Well you need not remind those of us who call this home that this would be a glorious revelation for anyone who had no experience in this area of the city, and we did not disappoint, all over the media are stunning pictures and reports from the people who came here this past...

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This past weekend they held an open house where places of historical importance and buildings that are architecturally significant were opened for observation for all interested parties. Well you need not remind those of us who call this home that this would be a glorious revelation for anyone who had no experience in this area of the city, and we did not disappoint, all over the media are stunning pictures and reports from the people who came here this past weekend to discover what we already knew. Something I have known all along is this, there is a marvelous history here and tho some may not be interested in mentioning it less alone preserving it, but remember when you to do not know where you came from you will never understand where you are going.

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Yes,Juan in south loop and white democrats and republicans in Chicago need to stop practicing institutional racism and patronage politics!

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Did you read the clout city article or the Sun-Times editorial yesterday?

Oct 13

Updated 23 hours ago

Kenyan Wins Chicago Marathon.... Again!

Did anyone else notice that a Black African Kenya runner won the Chicago marathon again! What's that?! Like the last 20 Chicago, New York, Boston Marathons have all been won by these Kenyans, like every *(#*$ year!
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Did anyone else notice that a Black African Kenya runner won the Chicago marathon again! What's that?! Like the last 20 Chicago, New York, Boston Marathons have all been won by these Kenyans, like every *(#*$ year!
:-)
I thought we were supposed to have some type of home court, Chicago advantage as the race conditions were wet and rather cool/cold. Surely these mountain, warm weather Black African runners from Kenya shouldn't be able to do so well on a cold, wet Chicago October Sunday. But what happens....

Kenyans win again!

Did anyone in Bronzeville see any of the race when it went through Bronzeville?

Are the Kenyans doing something secret - have Kenya African lions chase them in key stretches of the race?

What's going on here!

:-)

  • sean els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    Hey Ben, can't we hire one of these Kalenjin tribal coaches to a come to Bronzeville or Kenwood and help some local young people adopt the very positive lifestyle of these great Kenyan runners?

    I remember the first international Kenya running super star - Kip Kano - I think that...

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    Hey Ben, can't we hire one of these Kalenjin tribal coaches to a come to Bronzeville or Kenwood and help some local young people adopt the very positive lifestyle of these great Kenyan runners?

    I remember the first international Kenya running super star - Kip Kano - I think that was his name, who had a great rivalry with the American runner Jim Ryan. Jim Ryan did well in many head to head races with Kip, but Kip always won the Olympics, in 1968 the high altitude of Mexico City was cited as a factor in Kip defeating Jim Ryan.

  • JD Independent Candidate for 20th Ward Alderman

    I remember KK. In fact, I may be the only person here who actually saw the 1968 Olympics. The Kip/Ryan feud (and everything else in that Olympics) was actually overshadowed by the Tommie Smith/John Carlos demonstration.

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Help us get on the ballot - 16 (2 of 2)

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

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

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

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Help us get on the ballot - 16 (1 of 2)

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

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

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

42 hours ago

Seeking signatures for 11th Ward Alderman candidate

Collecting signatures for a friend of mine that would like to run for Alderman. If anybody would be interested in signing please contact me and I will travel to you for the signature. Any questions please contact me and I will answer. Just need about 50ish more, good friend that I've known for a dozen years would do a great job for the Ward.

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Charles Barkley Does a Bill Cosby

I went to college at Vanderbilt University in Tennessesee. Vanderbilt is in the SEC along with football and basketball powerhouses like Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Auburn.

I was a good basketball player, but if I made the Vanderbilt team I would have had to guard the likes of Dominique Wilkens and Charles Barkley - "The Round Mound of Rebound". I was good, but I wasn't that good!

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I went to college at Vanderbilt University in Tennessesee. Vanderbilt is in the SEC along with football and basketball powerhouses like Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Auburn.

I was a good basketball player, but if I made the Vanderbilt team I would have had to guard the likes of Dominique Wilkens and Charles Barkley - "The Round Mound of Rebound". I was good, but I wasn't that good!

I have always liked Charles Barkley and he has always been outspoken and surprisingly loyal to his home state of Alabama. Charles once threatened to run for Governor of Alabama as ...

A Republican!

Yesterday Charles Barkley defended a Black NFL player who was being criticised by his teammates for not "acting Black enough" ie, for being intelligent, well spoken, not acting like a thug, criminal etc. I thought Charles' comments were right, but of course very controversial. Bill Cosby once said similar things and lots of people tried to ruin his life.

Here's the link to the Charles Barkley interview:

https://tv.yahoo.com/news/charles-barkley-slams-unintelligent-brainwashed-black-people-holding-211400408.html

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Fourth Ward Newsletter: October 24, 2014

Learn about all the things happening here in the Fourth Ward: http://goo.gl/y4I8eO

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Aug 29

Updated 3 days ago

Good Time Sports Bar on 35th

Does anyone know anything about the Good Time Sports Bar on 35th near Indiana?

The name showed up on the awning on the side of the building recently so I did some searching online and found news about recent permits and a facebook page that doesn't have much info - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Good-Time-Sports-Bar/429506427185076?sk=page_map

If this place ends up being nice and service is good they are going to do very well. I know I will be a regular! :)

  • Ben in Bronzeville Let's Build a Stronger City

    Tons of TVs. At least 10 HD widescreens. Not sure who owns but good question.

  • sean els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    I hope it is a good success and safe "good times" are had by all....

    Just recommend having some screening of customers. Don't let in any known gang bangers, trouble makers, guys wearing their pants below their butts. Also, don't let in any of my relatives - they are sure to ruin the reputation of any establishment!

    :-)

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The Hottest Coffee House on the Planet awaits you.....

Come see what all the Buzz is about at Sip & Savor Bronzeville, join us for Spectacular coffee and teas, great music, free Wi-Fi, all wrapped up in a classy and elegant atmosphere. Meet interesting people engage in some intense networking and fun!
Sip and Savor Coffee House...."Where Coffee and Community Meet"

  • Hi Trez, was there yesterday,spoke with you and your insurance guy!!! Love the vibes in your place, have been waiting for your return!! Welcome back, again!!!

  • Ruby in Bronzeville Engaged neighborhood advocate

    Welcome back, Trez! I'm sure that Sip & Savor Bronzeville will be frequented by us all. Your prices are great, customer service is excellent and the staff is well trained. A winning combination!

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Help us get on the ballot - 14 (2 of 2)

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

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

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

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

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

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Bronzeville and Chinatown

I went walking, shopping and eating in Chinatown for the second time this year, I had a good time - very interesting restaurant where the staff is dressed in 1960s era Red Chinese military uniforms. Big posters of Mao on wall. Crawfish dish was extremely spicy but good.

I note that the buildings and sidewalks in Chinatown are beat up and old. Bronzeville infer structure looks a lot better, housing stock looks a lot better, but there doesn't seem to be much to do, no where to shop.

Chinatown is bustling with merchants, hundreds of places to shop and buy things, lots of foot traffic. Why can't Bronzeville have more of that?

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Agreed Sean els, will be downtown tomorrow at Daley Plaza for the Youth rally against mass incarceration!!!

  • sean els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    Best of luck BC with the rally. Try to also educate some "youths" at the rally to dress a little better, wear belts to keep their pants up, avoid anarchists, various "mafias" and most all my relatives - especially my relatives, total losers, bad news, nothing good with them.

Oct 20

Updated Oct 21

Help us get on the ballot - 13 (5 of 5)

I’m walking south in the 6300 block of Cottage Grove, east side of the street. I’m actually right outside the office of the incumbent when, lo and behold, here is The Man himself! He’s just about to step into his nice and shiny silver Mercedes when I loudly say, “Excuse me, sir. I’m gathering signatures for Jerome Davis to get on the ballot for 20th Ward alderman and I wonder if I can get yours?” He responds to me, smiles,...

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I’m walking south in the 6300 block of Cottage Grove, east side of the street. I’m actually right outside the office of the incumbent when, lo and behold, here is The Man himself! He’s just about to step into his nice and shiny silver Mercedes when I loudly say, “Excuse me, sir. I’m gathering signatures for Jerome Davis to get on the ballot for 20th Ward alderman and I wonder if I can get yours?” He responds to me, smiles, and I say to him, “I’m sure I speak for many when I commend you for being a true servant of the people of this ward. You’ve been a tireless worker, dedicated to the task of making better the lives of 20th Ward residents. We appreciate your efforts and thank you for all you’ve done. And we are so appreciative of what you’ve done that we now want to send you on a much-deserved vacation as our way of saying ‘thanks’ for a job well done.” Employing a sports analogy, I continued by saying he had given us some strong ‘innings’ and kept us in the ‘game’ but that now it was time to turn it over to the ‘bullpen.’ He said why should he turn it over to the ‘bullpen’ when he was quite capable of finishing what he started, “Just like the pitchers on the 2005 White Sox when they won the World Series.” I corrected the incumbent by reminding him that while there was some very strong starting pitching, the games they won were actually ‘nailed down’ by Bobby Jenks coming out of the bullpen. “Ozzie got a bit of notoriety with the motions he made with his hands and arms when he would signal for ‘the big guy’ to take the mound.” I then proffered my card to the incumbent and he accepted it. He looked at it and said, “Who is Jerome A. Davis?” With my arms spread in a welcoming pose I said, “He stands before you in the flesh!” This brought a grin to the face of the incumbent and he asked me, “Where do you live?” “62nd and Michigan,” was my reply. He looked back at the card, smiled, said he’d see me around, and was off. He did keep the card, though.

  • been to that office many times- pretty sure he drives a GM model car.

  • JD Independent Candidate for 20th Ward Alderman

    shockrev, I'm only telling you, and everyone else, what I saw. It's quite possible the man could own/drive more than 1 vehicle. Maybe I'm incorrect in stating the vehicle he drove away in was his, but there can be no dispute as to what I saw.

Oct 20

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Chanel

What we need is a commitment in our neighbor from the mayor and our aldermen to enforce tenant rights and stop letting these slumlords pay them off to avoid taking their assessment to housing court instead of administrative hearings. They are the cause of poor CHA housing. I'm tired of hearing about low income people living in Bronzeville and we should only have home owners and black owned businesses here. Most black folks are low income because it's good for white folks and black people who think they have made it.

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  • I went to the new walmart on sunday and noticed that they sale liquor,but they didn't have half pint and pints.so they have two liquor stores within 3 blocks of each other,so one has to go,ziad liquor sales 22oz,40oz,half pints,pints,the favorite of the whino.

  • Jeffrey Booker 40 years in Chicago; the city does not work well.

    I'd like to know more about the administrative hearing process as opposed to housing court. Maybe we could meet for coffee. I think class-ism is a problem in this area. The condition flourishes when people on both sides of the divide are too self interested. If the low income residents...

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    I'd like to know more about the administrative hearing process as opposed to housing court. Maybe we could meet for coffee. I think class-ism is a problem in this area. The condition flourishes when people on both sides of the divide are too self interested. If the low income residents are pushed out, the same process will be used to displace the middle income folks when more affluent people want the area. Walmart is not a high end retailer, the current level of development seems to have a high regard for the low income dollars, I suggest we have respect for the low income people.

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Updated Oct 20

Workout partner

Hello Bronzeville,
I am looking for a power walking (treadmill, glider or pool) and weight training exercise partner who is a member at LA Fitness on 47th St. - soon to move to 35th and MLK Blvd. My schedule is fairly flexible so please reply.

  • Ruby in Bronzeville Engaged neighborhood advocate

    Hi LiLo - Vee and I are working out on Thursday's at the 47th St. LA Fitness from 5:30 -6:30 PM. Please join us. I also workout on Tuesdays.

  • Hi Ruby can you email me at nealstone2@att.net ?

Oct 20

Updated Oct 20

Help us get on the ballot - 13 (4 of 5)

While praying my phone started ringing. When I got a chance to check the message it was Jeremy. He and Josh had arrived and were headed to me. The 3 of us were joining forces to ‘attack’ 63rd and Cottage Grove, which would be my next destination. But since it was gonna take the guys some time to get to me, I figured I’d go back to my place on 62nd and Michigan and wait it out there. Josh and...

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While praying my phone started ringing. When I got a chance to check the message it was Jeremy. He and Josh had arrived and were headed to me. The 3 of us were joining forces to ‘attack’ 63rd and Cottage Grove, which would be my next destination. But since it was gonna take the guys some time to get to me, I figured I’d go back to my place on 62nd and Michigan and wait it out there. Josh and Jeremy did make it to 63rd and Cottage, whereupon they immediately ‘discovered’ Daley’s Restaurant. I gave ‘em some more time to order and eat. When I arrived they were taking their last bites and were just about ready to hit the streets.

The most, I don’t know, enlightening? Revealing? Humbling? One of the ‘things’ about doing this is what you hear from people. The young mother who wishes her 3-year-old daughter could play in front of their house south of 63rd and east of Cottage, but doesn’t dare let her for fear of her daughter getting shot. (Just think of the madness we tolerate.) The middle-aged woman that wonders what is going to be put “on all these vacant lots around here.” The 30-something guy that has a vehement distaste for the current alderman, and wants the next one to initiate a serious jobs training program focusing on the building trades, that will culminate in union membership. The 18-year-old woman who was the first person to sign my petition today and can’t wait to vote. When I do this the uniqueness and worth of every individual becomes so apparent.

  • And what makes anyone believe that you would be any better ?

  • JD Independent Candidate for 20th Ward Alderman

    CT - any better than what?

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Are there jobs/training programs for people with felony convictions?

Are there any job opportunities or training programs for people with felony convictions in the Bronzeville/Hyde Park/Kenwood areas? Are there any programs geared towards reducing the recidivism rate?

Oct 20

Oct 20

Help us get on the ballot - 13 (3 of 5)

He went on to say that he would contact other sources (back at the station) and get confirmation. While he was on his radio, I began to walk north on King Drive, east side of street.

When I got to 66th, I turned around and saw the police officer signaling to me. We began walking toward each other and when we met, he told me that what he already knew had been confirmed by headquarters. I thanked him and we...

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He went on to say that he would contact other sources (back at the station) and get confirmation. While he was on his radio, I began to walk north on King Drive, east side of street.

When I got to 66th, I turned around and saw the police officer signaling to me. We began walking toward each other and when we met, he told me that what he already knew had been confirmed by headquarters. I thanked him and we parted. Almost immediately thereafter, 2 gentlemen (I’d say they were in their early 30’s but like I said, I’m not too good at this age guessin’ stuff) came out the church and crossed the street to where I was. One of the gentlemen stated that I had been observed by the pastor and he requested that I not continue what I was doing. The gentleman went on to say that the ‘proper’ way to go about this, would have been to contact the pastor and meet with him before starting out. I basically said that I would cease my efforts and leave the premises, but I asked the gentleman how does one contact the pastor? Before he could answer, I handed him one of my cards and said maybe he could submit my name and contact information to the pastor. He was agreeable to the idea and accepted 2 of my cards, 1 of which he assured me would reach the pastor’s hands (or, I assume, at least his desk). Before I left, the gentleman thanked me and asked me to pray with them. At that time we were joined by the patrol officer, who completed our impromptu 4-man prayer circle. It was about 9:15 when I removed my hat, bowed my head, and felt the chilly morning breeze blow across my bald head. We joined hands.

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At about the midway point of the block a CPD patrol officer sat in his squad car. I acknowledged his presence and he returned my greeting. I kept on with my methodical pace; I had yet to encounter anyone. I was surprised to find at the end of the block another church, Sword of the Spirit Church (http://www.swordofthespiritchicago.org/). Surprised because I didn’t think 66th and King Drive held any surprises for me; so familiar was I with this block –...

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At about the midway point of the block a CPD patrol officer sat in his squad car. I acknowledged his presence and he returned my greeting. I kept on with my methodical pace; I had yet to encounter anyone. I was surprised to find at the end of the block another church, Sword of the Spirit Church (http://www.swordofthespiritchicago.org/). Surprised because I didn’t think 66th and King Drive held any surprises for me; so familiar was I with this block – or so I thought. I also thought with Sword of the Spirit I had increased my chances of gaining a significant amount of signatures.

I crossed the street and began walking north on King Drive; I’m on the same side of the street as New Beginnings now. It was just a bit past the church entrance when I approached my first citizen, a man who appeared to be in his early to mid 20’s (but I’m terrible at guessing people’s age). I asked him if was he a registered voter and without breaking stride he said, “I don’t vote.” I replied, “I wish you would” but as soon as the last word was out of my mouth he was through the church doors and gone. Less than a minute later, a young woman was about to enter the church. Before I could introduce myself and state my purpose she interrupted me with, “You know you can’t do that here.” When I tried to engage her she pretty much repeated her previous statement and punctuated it with something else about “not allowed” and “you can’t.” Like the young man she never actually stopped while talking but kept walking and went in the church. Well, I thought about what the young lady said (or was trying to say) and it didn’t ‘jibe’ with my (albeit, rudimentary) knowledge of civil liberties. I decided to use the police officer present as the final arbiter. I went across the street to him, explained what I was doing there, and asked was I in violation of any laws or ordinances. The officer said as far as he knew I was perfectly within my rights.

Oct 20

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Help us get on the ballot – 13

It was 9:00 when I got to the corner of 66th and King Drive. I started strolling south on the east side of King Drive, right across the street from New Beginnings Church (http://nbcchicago.tv/). I thought this might be a good place to try and get petition signatures for a couple of reasons. Obviously, there were going to be people here today, but I also figured in light of the pastor’s endorsement...

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It was 9:00 when I got to the corner of 66th and King Drive. I started strolling south on the east side of King Drive, right across the street from New Beginnings Church (http://nbcchicago.tv/). I thought this might be a good place to try and get petition signatures for a couple of reasons. Obviously, there were going to be people here today, but I also figured in light of the pastor’s endorsement of Republican candidates for governor and senator, there might be a sense of ‘independence’ (for lack of a better term) in the air, which might make some of those present more prone to support (or at least lend their signature to) an Independent candidate. This is pretty much what I was thinking as I began my task. I was also thinking how New Beginnings Church now occupies the spot where Roberts Show Club/Motel/Bowling Alley used to be. Herman Roberts; look him up. He’s mentioned prominently in Dempsey Travis’ An Autobiography of Black Jazz, a book that should be in every 20th Ward home. Actually, that’s 2 guys worthy of your personal research, Dempsey Travis and Herman Roberts.

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Walmart 47th

Went there yesterday had a good experience! Hope it stays consistent. Parking lot a bit tight and could be a bit hectic on weekends I imagine.

I think it will do well if they managed properly.

  • Would you say it's similar to the city Target location on State St?

  • TM BVille 8 year resident

    No I think this one is more focused on groceries

  • Juan from South Loop 13 year South Loop resident

    Have you been to the Walmart Neighborhood stores on West 47th or downtown at Presidential Towers? They are both nice grocery stores.

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5000-5099 S. Federal St.