4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

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.

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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.

Sep 15

Updated Sep 16

Presidential Library

WE DID IT NORTH LAWNDALE! WE MADE THE CUT!!!!

The Obama Foundation announced the four finalists today; The Universities of Chicago, Illinois (UIC) and Hawaii, along with Columbia University in New York. For anyone who does not know, WE approached UIC to have a university component. We formed a partnership, now we are finalists!

Here is part of the Obama Foundation's statement:

“We were amazed by the quality of responses to our Request for Qualifications and we are grateful to...

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WE DID IT NORTH LAWNDALE! WE MADE THE CUT!!!!

The Obama Foundation announced the four finalists today; The Universities of Chicago, Illinois (UIC) and Hawaii, along with Columbia University in New York. For anyone who does not know, WE approached UIC to have a university component. We formed a partnership, now we are finalists!

Here is part of the Obama Foundation's statement:

“We were amazed by the quality of responses to our Request for Qualifications and we are grateful to every institution that expressed interest in carrying President Obama’s legacy forward,” said Board Chair Martin Nesbitt. “These four potential partners have come the farthest in meeting our criteria and have each demonstrated a strong vision for the future Obama Presidential Library. We look forward to working with each institution to further refine their proposals over the coming months, and to presenting our recommendations to the President and First Lady early next year.”

Now is the time to step up North Lawndale. Now is the time, all of us who wants to make a difference in all of the North Lawndales of this country. Let your voices be heard. Join us at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/North-Lawndale-Presidential-Library/366984393416815?ref=hl

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Congratulations to everyone who had a hand in developing this application. I wish you the best! You make Lawndale proud!

  • Congratulations Lawndale and UIC.

Sep 12

Presidential Library

On June 16th, the Barack Obama Foundation received 13 responses to its Request for Qualifications. Since then, it appears that the various bidders have chosen to silently wait for the Foundation’s decision, due sometime this month. Unfortunately, we fell into that mindset. Apologies.
From the beginning, developing a sense of pride in this and similar communities across the country was what our efforts were all about.
There is no doubt that physically, geographically and demographically, North Lawndale has the superior...

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On June 16th, the Barack Obama Foundation received 13 responses to its Request for Qualifications. Since then, it appears that the various bidders have chosen to silently wait for the Foundation’s decision, due sometime this month. Unfortunately, we fell into that mindset. Apologies.
From the beginning, developing a sense of pride in this and similar communities across the country was what our efforts were all about.
There is no doubt that physically, geographically and demographically, North Lawndale has the superior site and has a probable chance of winning the Library bid.
A grand Library campus built in a poor community will bring new investments and people, but what about the people here now? Without a sense of accomplishment, where is the sense of ownership? Where is the sense of pride?
North Lawndale’s site was not chosen from outside of the community. Our site submission was developed by the community. The University of Illinois did not approach us; we approached them with our fully researched site. This is the result of a community’s efforts.
When we win the Library (and we will), North Lawndale needs to know that it can say, “We did that!”

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

Sep 06

THANK-U Chicago Trib 4 promoting MADE IN CHICGO

http://www.chicagotribshops.com/?track=email-ChicagoShoppingAdE-EditionEmail

Made in Chicago is something DOP has promoted for years. The Chicago Trib now has this link on their digital email Trib page! Thanks for giving local people a place to shine.

Anyone in EGP or other parts of Chicago can investigate and see if being on this page will help them and the MADE IN CHICAGO movement.

Creative people...see if this is a way to promote your product!!!

Aug 30

Updated Sep 04

Any plans to upgrade the Ashland L station?

The Ashland L station is in dire need of structural and cosmetic upgrades; are there any plans to do so in the near future?

Aug 28

Updated Aug 31

Unveiling of Paul Laurence Dunbar Statue

Unveiling of Paul Laurence Dunbar Statue

Please join the Dunbar Advisory Council, The Chicago Park District, 2nd Ward Alderman Robert Fioretti, 3rd Ward Alderman Pat Dowell, 4th Ward Alderman Will Burns, and at the unveiling of the statue.
The unveiling will program will start at 2:30 p.m. sharp.
The location of the unveiling is Dunbar Park 200 East 31st Street Chicago, IL.
This event is free to the public.

Please join the Dunbar Advisory Council, The Chicago Park District, 2nd...

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Unveiling of Paul Laurence Dunbar Statue

Please join the Dunbar Advisory Council, The Chicago Park District, 2nd Ward Alderman Robert Fioretti, 3rd Ward Alderman Pat Dowell, 4th Ward Alderman Will Burns, and at the unveiling of the statue.
The unveiling will program will start at 2:30 p.m. sharp.
The location of the unveiling is Dunbar Park 200 East 31st Street Chicago, IL.
This event is free to the public.

Please join the Dunbar Advisory Council, The Chicago Park District, 2nd Ward Alderman Robert Fioretti, 3rd Ward Alderman Pat Dowell, 4th Ward Alderman Will Burns, and at the unveiling of the statue.
The unveiling will program will start at 2:30 p.m. sharp. Sept 6, 2014

The location of the unveiling is Dunbar Park 200 East 31st Street Chicago, IL.
This event is free to the public.

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Beyond the cremonial unveiling of a statue of Paul Laurence Dunbar,what is going on with the future educational curriculum of the underserved, disadvantaged predominantly AFRICAN-AMERICAN students who attend this revitalized urban high school campus in the historic Bronzeville community?

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Certainly there must be some innovative writers workshops featuring the literary contributions of writers like Paul Lawrence Dunbar and other literary giants of the Black Cultural Renaissance that took place in Bronzeville! :-)

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