38 hours ago

Updated 31 hours ago

Presidential Library

I would have to call today’s townhall a success. But it is just the first step in a long and difficult journey that you are being challenged to take. This is a journey that can lead to a cleaner, safer and more prosperous community.
Our Library bid opens doors to opportunities that were unthinkable before. And those doors have to be identified and opened by you. There’s nothing free here. Everything we’ve gotten to this point in the process has...

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I would have to call today’s townhall a success. But it is just the first step in a long and difficult journey that you are being challenged to take. This is a journey that can lead to a cleaner, safer and more prosperous community.
Our Library bid opens doors to opportunities that were unthinkable before. And those doors have to be identified and opened by you. There’s nothing free here. Everything we’ve gotten to this point in the process has been earned with hard work. That won’t change going forward.
What about jobs? Another question is, “what jobs are we preparing ourselves for?” One group is starting a student enrollment drive for technical training so that our youth will have the skills for the coming economic boom. Even if we don’t get the Library (we will), won’t our community be better off with a skilled work force?
With the increased attention on us because of this national story, what opportunities do you see? How do we use that opportunity?

https://www.facebook.com/pages/North-Lawndale-Presidential-Library/366984393416815?ref=hl

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Paul, I thank you for your leadership and vision that made it possible for the bid to make it this far. Your presence on the program was missed by many.

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    What can the community do, Paul Norrington? The building will be constructed with private funds, but managed with public dollars. I'd estimate that the infrastructure improvements and upgrades to roads and CTA could cost over $100 million (without knowing any particulars of the bid). Is there a way to get...

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    What can the community do, Paul Norrington? The building will be constructed with private funds, but managed with public dollars. I'd estimate that the infrastructure improvements and upgrades to roads and CTA could cost over $100 million (without knowing any particulars of the bid). Is there a way to get a community benefits agreement with the UIC, Presidential Library, the host committee and the city, state and federal entities that will be providing public funds? I'd like to see protections and benefits for homeowners and local businesses that are in the area bounded by the Lake, Roosevelt Road, City Limits and I-290. Inevitably, there will be some displacement. I'd like to see that the current owners are made whole. Even better, I'd like to see opportunities for them to improve their homes and business facades and technical assistance in growing their businesses. I'd also like to see all of our schools included in a network that will tie into the library. Specifically, the children should be taught to research and archive our local history, in addition to CPS designing a curriculum that includes information on President Obama. I'd like to see local businesses take part in the planning and development, beyond the usual volunteering that we do whenever these projects are planned, while others take the community's ideas and get paid. I'd like to see people who live here get jobs in the library and related redevelopment area. I'd like to see training start right now so that when the project breaks ground and gets constructed there will be a database with the names and qualifications of people ready to go.

3 days ago

Presidential Library

While I have no direct involvement with this weekend’s Townhall meeting or its planning, I fully support this opportunity for the Westside community to become fully involved in our bid for the Presidential Library.

So many times in our past, it seems that changes are made to our neighborhood, without a chance for community input. This is our chance to help make decisions about the impact of possibly the most significant, single change to North Lawndale since its beginning in...

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While I have no direct involvement with this weekend’s Townhall meeting or its planning, I fully support this opportunity for the Westside community to become fully involved in our bid for the Presidential Library.

So many times in our past, it seems that changes are made to our neighborhood, without a chance for community input. This is our chance to help make decisions about the impact of possibly the most significant, single change to North Lawndale since its beginning in 1869.

How can this effect unemployment, education and crime? What about property values and land use? How will this affect you?

The correct address is 1616 S. Avers Ave, Chicago 60623. Tomorrow! Saturday! November 22nd. 12 noon

Think Big! Get involved.

Nov 10

Start your own Business!

No Cost, No Fee! Business Development Services. A great opportunity to fulfill you dream. Move from visualizing your idea to becoming an established business owner! Call Dorine at New Covenant CDC, SBDC, 773-826-1356. Located 1111 so Homan Ave Ste.201, inside the Liberty Bank Building.

Nov 03

Updated Nov 04

Presidential Library Recognition

I was recently honored by Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago (NHS) as one of this year’s, “Neighborhood Heroes”, for work being done in North Lawndale.
NHS promotes community empowerment through its annual awards. There were 9 recipients from communities across Chicagoland and I’m proud to stand for North Lawndale with our brother/sister communities. Take a look at their video profiles to see what can be done in a community.
The “Power of Community”
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9ITy1ChYg8wOKovNDozsx1INRYwsQAV3

Nov 03

Updated Nov 04

Large Lots

has any one heard if they won a lot? Ive contacted the city but of course no response.

Oct 30

28th Ward Property Tax and Valuation Appeal Forum

West Township Property Owners Invited to Appeal for Property Tax Relief

For West Township property owners who feel their property has been assessed at too high of a value, resulting in higher property taxes, have an opportunity to appeal their assessment.

Commissioner Larry Rogers of the Cook County Board of Review is hosting a property value appeals forum on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 6:30 PM at the Malcolm X Learning Center located at 4624 W. Madison St.

West Township...

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West Township Property Owners Invited to Appeal for Property Tax Relief

For West Township property owners who feel their property has been assessed at too high of a value, resulting in higher property taxes, have an opportunity to appeal their assessment.

Commissioner Larry Rogers of the Cook County Board of Review is hosting a property value appeals forum on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 6:30 PM at the Malcolm X Learning Center located at 4624 W. Madison St.

West Township property owners who attend the forum will have the opportunity to address concerns regarding the 2014 property tax cycle and receive assistance and information with submitting appeals to the Board of Review.

Property owners are asked to bring their latest property tax bills with them to the forum to expedite the appeal process. For more information, call Commissioner Rogers’ office at (312) 603-5540.

Oct 29

Video from City Club of Chicago Panel on School Closings in Chicago

The City Club of Chicago hosted a panel discussion on school closings in Chicago on October 23, 2014. The panel included Tom Tyrell, Chief Operating Officer of Chicago Public Schools; Carlos Azcoitia, a member of the Chicago Board of Education; Andrea Zopp, a member of the Chicago Board of Education; Carol Caref, PhD, Research Director for the Chicago Teachers Union and myself. I spoke from my experiences as the co-founder of the Lawndale Alliance. My speaking points are outlined below....

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The City Club of Chicago hosted a panel discussion on school closings in Chicago on October 23, 2014. The panel included Tom Tyrell, Chief Operating Officer of Chicago Public Schools; Carlos Azcoitia, a member of the Chicago Board of Education; Andrea Zopp, a member of the Chicago Board of Education; Carol Caref, PhD, Research Director for the Chicago Teachers Union and myself. I spoke from my experiences as the co-founder of the Lawndale Alliance. My speaking points are outlined below.

We have found the CPS bureaucracy to be unwilling to work with the community. A broad base of North Lawndale stakeholders, including the CAC and elected officials put together an alternative plan for school closures that included plans for school improvement and a comprehensive array of community resources to provide support. We sent the plan to CPS and they ignored it. We invited them to a press conference to review the plan and they refused to come out. After schools were closed we sent emails asking for assistance in understanding the budget, and never got an answer. They refused to answer a FOIA request for information regarding the impact of school closures on budgets and programs. We invited them to participate in town hall meetings and they refused.

Finish reading the speaking points and view the video at http://www.valeriefleonard.com/2014/10/29/video-from-city-club-of-chicago-panel-on-school-closures/

Oct 20

Updated Oct 21

Who is my alderman?

I have tried to use this website to figure out my alderman and what district I fall into, but when I try to put my address in, it doesn't take it. And I can not see my street on the map. So hoping one of you may know. I used to think it was Burnett, but someone told me that he wasn't my alderman. THanks. This was the website I was using: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/other/provdrs/clerk/svcs/find_your_ward_andalderman.html

My address is 111 S Morgan St.

Thanks.

Oct 15

Fall Festival

Rep. Turner is hosting his First Annual Fall Festival…

DATE:                    Thursday, October 30

TIME:                    6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

WHERE:                Douglas Park; 1401 S Sacramento Dr; Ball Room

Resources to help with college preparedness and scholarship information, educational service providers to help with credit recovery for high school students and re-enrolling high school students, and job training and employment information will also be available. Illinois Kid Safety (KISS) program will provide services to children age 3 and older

Oct 14

Updated Oct 15

Caught Red Handed/changing timing on yellow lights

Has anyone gotten a red light ticket where the time was less than the 3 seconds allowed by law?

I saw in the Sun Trib a large article where the city illegally got 8mil from issuing tickets to people who did NOT break the law.

The city will KEEP the ill gotten funds.

If that is true...that sucks. Why should a mayor and his CDOT Commissioner be allowed to break the law and get away with it.

Red light cameras...

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Has anyone gotten a red light ticket where the time was less than the 3 seconds allowed by law?

I saw in the Sun Trib a large article where the city illegally got 8mil from issuing tickets to people who did NOT break the law.

The city will KEEP the ill gotten funds.

If that is true...that sucks. Why should a mayor and his CDOT Commissioner be allowed to break the law and get away with it.

Red light cameras continue to be a problem for car drivers in Chicago.

As traffic violations affect insurance rates. As it is expensive to pay a ticket, the fines, and school...this action against Chicago drivers should be addressed by ALL Aldermen!

Get the $$ back for those who were ticketed illegally!

What do others think? Have any of us gotten one of those bogus tickets?

  • Tracy BB Super Cute Tracy

    I tried to fight it and they claimed they never got my request for hearing and doubled the fine and now said it was out of their hands.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Tracy, email patricia.jackiowak@cityofchicago.org. Ask if she can find out if your ticket was one of the "questionable" tickets. Ask if there is any kind of investigation she can do on her end.

    It is true that MAIL can be terrible in Chicago. Who knows if it is a postal fiasco...

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    Tracy, email patricia.jackiowak@cityofchicago.org. Ask if she can find out if your ticket was one of the "questionable" tickets. Ask if there is any kind of investigation she can do on her end.

    It is true that MAIL can be terrible in Chicago. Who knows if it is a postal fiasco or another systemic failure in Chicagos' parking tickets.

    THANKS for the response. Ask Jackiowak if she can look into it. If it is a system failure, we can also send to the DOIT top person. Department of Information technology and the Inspector general. The Trib also has investigators who might be interested in your case as DATA to support their claims about Chicago Parking Tickets.

    There is also a head of the parking tickets. He should look into if their lock box person dropped the ball or the mail. That person has the authority to do that. I used to know the guy...he was WONDERFUL. But he is gone now. The question is, Who replaced Mat D?

Oct 08

Updated Oct 08

GuideStar User Advisory Panel

I am deeply honored to have been invited to be a member of the GuideStar User Advisory Panel. GuideStar's mission is to revolutionize philanthropy by providing information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions, and encourages charitable giving. (www.guidestar.org)

GuideStar gathers and disseminates information about every single IRS-registered nonprofit organization. They provide as much information as possible about each nonprofit's mission, legitimacy, impact, reputation, finances, programs, transparency, governance, and so much more. The goal is to arm end users with the information they need to make the best decisions possible.

Oct 06

West Side Nonprofits Rise to the Challenge

A cohort of nonprofit organizations on Chicago’s West Side have recently signed on to take the 30-Day Compliance Challenge. The program was developed by Valerie F. Leonard to help nonprofits increase their fundraising capacity by ensuring that they are current with all the necessary filings at the state and federal levels within 30 days. This will remove one of the many barriers to fundraising, freeing organizations to focus more on the day-to-day activities of running programs and services.

Leonard, an...

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A cohort of nonprofit organizations on Chicago’s West Side have recently signed on to take the 30-Day Compliance Challenge. The program was developed by Valerie F. Leonard to help nonprofits increase their fundraising capacity by ensuring that they are current with all the necessary filings at the state and federal levels within 30 days. This will remove one of the many barriers to fundraising, freeing organizations to focus more on the day-to-day activities of running programs and services.

Leonard, an expert in community and organizational development, cited the need for organizations to step back and review their nonprofit filings. “I work with organizations on a number of issues, including strategic planning, financial management and board development”, she said. “What I found, is, no matter what issue I’m hired to address, all roads lead to compliance. Organizations-- large and small-- have challenges navigating the requirements of state and federal reporting for nonprofits.”

To read the rest of the article, visit http://www.valeriefleonard.com/2014/10/03/west-side-nonprofits-rise-to-the-challenge/

Oct 04

I'm running for Alderman of the 28th Ward!

My name is Marseil Jackson. I was born and raised on the westside of chicago. I am the founder of the Jackson Action Coalition a community organization that is bridging the gap and bringing generations together by empowering our community, youth, and seniors through outreach services and events. You can check out my website at www.friendsofmarseiljackson.com Follow us on FB at www.facebook.com/friendsofmarseil

Sep 29

Presidential Library

Now that our jewel of Black history and culture, Bronzeville has been eliminated from consideration for the Presidential Library, of the four remaining contenders, North Lawndale is the only one born and developed by the community.
North Lawndale, as a community, developed its own bid and then established a partnership with the world renowned University of Illinois.
There are “North Lawndales” across this country, from Hawaii to New York. In this contest, we represent them all.
What can you do to spread the word?
https://www.facebook.com/pages/North-Lawndale-Presidential-Library/366984393416815?ref=hl

Sep 26

Envision & Wonder Magazine Contest & Open Submission!

Envision & Wonder proudly presents it’s First Magazine Submission & Competition. All Interested Artist, Writers, Dreamers and Musicians are welcome to submit to the October Issue of Envision & Wonder Magazine.

1. There’s a CONTEST. The Theme is Dreams & Nightmares. Objective: Create an original work of art, writing or a combination of both that encapsulates the given theme. Rewards are listed on the Submission page.

2. There’s a CLUSTER CALL. In case you were wondering that Is an Open...

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Envision & Wonder proudly presents it’s First Magazine Submission & Competition. All Interested Artist, Writers, Dreamers and Musicians are welcome to submit to the October Issue of Envision & Wonder Magazine.

1. There’s a CONTEST. The Theme is Dreams & Nightmares. Objective: Create an original work of art, writing or a combination of both that encapsulates the given theme. Rewards are listed on the Submission page.

2. There’s a CLUSTER CALL. In case you were wondering that Is an Open Submission for all Types of Artists. We are seeking anyone interested in Ad Spaces, Previews,Working titles, Works in Progress, Concept Art & Illustration, Articles, Reviews,Comic Strips, Graphic Novel Teasers, Fine Art, and Music.

Full Submission Guidelines Visit: http://www.envisionwonder.com/#!submissions/c1x4y

Submit a Completed Artist/ Group, or Contest release form
See Basic & Group Submission Fees on the Magazine Publication page for official pricing. ( http://www.envisionwonder.com/#!magazine-publications/c189o )
High Resolution Images (300 to 600 dpi): Jpegs, PNG’s
Music & Video footage: Mp3, Wma, Mpg, Flv, & Avi formats :30 seconds to 4 minutes max.
Short Stories and Comics should at least provide 1 to 2 pages, Graphic Novels show 3 to 6 pages of proposed work as previews. Written Files or Manuscripts should be sent as: PDF’s, RTF or TXT (Limited to 3 to 4 Pages: Typed). Reviews should be 200 to 500

So now that the hard part is out of the way. Lets get this Magazine Started. Good Luck!

Interested in Other Opportunities aside from the Magazine? Consider checking out our Book Publication page ( http://www.envisionwonder.com/#!book-publications/cc0o ) for Project Pitches, Manuscripts & Book Submission or Submit to just your Portfolio.

~Celebrate Creativity & Expression.

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Sep 19

Updated Sep 25

Scam Alert

Three scams are currently back on in a big way. I wrote and posted these but for some very odd reason Every Block deleted them- So I am re-posting again

1. a man (or a group of two) will come by your car-examine it for dents and claim to be able to repair it on the spot

2. A "roofer' stops by-claiming he noticed damage on your roof that can cause immediate problems and offers to repair it right then-for...

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Three scams are currently back on in a big way. I wrote and posted these but for some very odd reason Every Block deleted them- So I am re-posting again

1. a man (or a group of two) will come by your car-examine it for dents and claim to be able to repair it on the spot

2. A "roofer' stops by-claiming he noticed damage on your roof that can cause immediate problems and offers to repair it right then-for a reasonable cost.

3. a duo (usually) rings your bee-and wants to show you how you are being ripped off by Com Ed and Peoples Gas. They show you copies of Com Ed and Peoples Gas "bills" and how they can beat the prices you currently pay by signing on with their third party provider.

  • gloriaartist 51 year EGP Resident

    I meant "ring your bell"---sorry.

  • Thank you for the heads up!

  • gloriaartist 51 year EGP Resident

    Three scams are currently back on in a big way. I am re-posting again

    1. a man (or a group of two) will come by your car-examine it for dents and claim to be able to repair it on the spot

    2. A "roofer' stops by-claiming he noticed damage on...

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    Three scams are currently back on in a big way. I am re-posting again

    1. a man (or a group of two) will come by your car-examine it for dents and claim to be able to repair it on the spot

    2. A "roofer' stops by-claiming he noticed damage on your roof that can cause immediate problems and offers to repair it right then-for a reasonable cost.

    3. a duo (usually) rings your bell-and wants to show you how you are being ripped off by Com Ed and Peoples Gas. They show you copies of Com Ed and Peoples Gas "bills" and how they can beat the prices you currently pay by signing on with their third party provider.

Sep 25

Voters and Housing

@ gpblight, I am not picking on you, but it seems you blame poor black people for every ill on the westside. Yes a good many destroyed it but they did not create poverty. Poverty is a big business for politicians.!!!!
Those who are less fortunate may not have been taught that if you know better(information, education, etc) you can do better.Yes when Election time comes, people will gladly pass out flyers for some of those self-centered politicians who pay...

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@ gpblight, I am not picking on you, but it seems you blame poor black people for every ill on the westside. Yes a good many destroyed it but they did not create poverty. Poverty is a big business for politicians.!!!!
Those who are less fortunate may not have been taught that if you know better(information, education, etc) you can do better.Yes when Election time comes, people will gladly pass out flyers for some of those self-centered politicians who pay them $ 75.00 for a few hours work. Yet they are not the only ones who keeps voting them in.
Where do you get your statistics ?Where do you expect low wage & no income people to live after almost 25-30,000 housing units were demolished(projects) and the severe foreclosure crisis, not to mention high unemployment rates of minorities in Chicago.This was done by design. Please read :University of Chicago Press, Making the Second Ghetto: Race and Housing in Chicago, 1940-1960. Many of us were once middle-class homeowners & working people (now low-income)who were hit hard during U.S.Economic Crisis and are still trying to recover.

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