Dec 06

Updated 9 min ago

New Mariano's Store 3800 S. Dr. King Jr.

The architect Phillip Johnson presented plans, renderings and gave details on the project. They have the renderings.
Highlights
-Breaking ground in March 2015
-Completion December 2015
-The store will be 75,000 sq feet
-38th Street will be reopened
-Rhodes Ave will be reopened
-Inner King Dr. at Pershing Rd will be closed off
-Entrance will be on King Dr.
-Parking for 300+ cars
-landscaping and art displays to hide parking lot
-Exterior to feature roving art gallery
Best,
Jxxxxxx Bxxxx

  • It is the inner city FGFM not Naperville.

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    Feel free to move to 26th Street if you think that it's so great, but you might not like the reception you get from the locals.

3 days ago

Updated 38 min ago

Turn Tax Money Back into Blighted City Neighborhoods

The 3rd ward could use the tax money. But it looks like we are getting a basketball arena and an EL stop for McCormick Place convention goers instead. Oops!

Here's a portion of the article:

http://www.suntimes.com/news/otherviews/31617165-452/turn-tax-money-back-into-blighted-city-neighborhoods.html#.VI8uUyvF_w-

The talk around City Hall is that we’re broke and the sacrifices we have made over the last few years, the increased fines and fees, and the shuttering of schools and mental health clinics are needed. But that narrative ignores what many agree is...

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The 3rd ward could use the tax money. But it looks like we are getting a basketball arena and an EL stop for McCormick Place convention goers instead. Oops!

Here's a portion of the article:

http://www.suntimes.com/news/otherviews/31617165-452/turn-tax-money-back-into-blighted-city-neighborhoods.html#.VI8uUyvF_w-

The talk around City Hall is that we’re broke and the sacrifices we have made over the last few years, the increased fines and fees, and the shuttering of schools and mental health clinics are needed. But that narrative ignores what many agree is an area that needs reform: TIFs.

The city has an estimated $1.4 billion in TIFs — a program few voters comprehend in full — just waiting to put our fiscal house in order. This is money stripped from our property taxes in the name of economic development, but at the cost of our most basic and essential city services.

TIFs — Tax Increment Financing districts — were originally designed to improve blighted areas. They have become a slush fund for all manner of private development, enriching some at the cost of many. When a TIF is declared in an area, that means revenue generated for schools, parks, and social services are frozen for at least 23 years, despite inflation or normal wear and tear.

Our central business district is hardly blighted. Yet, the Loop, Near North Side, Near South Side and Near West Side have taken nearly $1.56 billion of the $2.45 billion in TIF dollars spent from 2004 to 2008. Only $4.8 million was spent collectively in Pullman, Riverdale, Roseland and West Pullman, far South Side communities where blight is prevalent and economic development scarce.

Yet, the non-blighted South Loop is to be the home of a new hotel to which $55 million in TIF money will be contributed. This hotel, mind you, is owned by the Marriott Corp., an international company with more than $12 billion in revenue last year.

  • West loop realist Teacher political operative

    Alan has seemed to forget that Fioretti was representing his clients who were wronged. Alan, the Emanuel lover, has forgotten that Rahm has traded millions of dollars in TIF funds in exchange for campaign cash. He has also taken millions from city vendors and developers. He is a total thief...

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    Alan has seemed to forget that Fioretti was representing his clients who were wronged. Alan, the Emanuel lover, has forgotten that Rahm has traded millions of dollars in TIF funds in exchange for campaign cash. He has also taken millions from city vendors and developers. He is a total thief who gets protected by Obama. He is a homophobe and a racist who disingenuously high fives poor black kids while closing their schools and health clinics. Rahm takes credit for the minimum wage but Fioretti was first. Anyone who votes for Rahm is either stupid or painfully misinformed.

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    Start ignoring you?

5 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Weekend 2: Pounding the Pavement for Bob Fioretti for Chicago Mayor

Hi all you good people of the 3rd ward! We'll be back at door knocking and spreading the good news about Bob Fioretti being Chicago's next mayor! If you are interested in joining our team, we'd love to have you. Please email me here so that we can get you the details for this weekend!

http://chicago.everyblock.com/users/42111/contact/8d5b07/

5 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Establishing Bronzeville as New African American Base

The more things change the more they remain the same, I wonder in light of the recent killings of our young men and disrespect of the first Black first family, do we need to start that conversation of creating our base again much like the old Bronzeville model. In that we had as close to complete independence as we ever had. Now this concept is not new(China Town, Pilsen, Little Italy, Greek town, etc.,etc.). There is a good argument at least to think about .

  • Todd Agosto Analyst/Investigator at Veritatem Cognoscere

    BC with regard to victimhood mentality each individual, community, neighborhood needs to own their own problem(s). Our lot in life can only improve when we stop pointing the finger, stop taking handouts and start taking responsibility for the betterment of our own lives.

    Where the government fails is in it's...

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    BC with regard to victimhood mentality each individual, community, neighborhood needs to own their own problem(s). Our lot in life can only improve when we stop pointing the finger, stop taking handouts and start taking responsibility for the betterment of our own lives.

    Where the government fails is in it's ill conceived placement of incentives. As long as the gov enables/supports kids to have kids on the dole, the cycle of mufti-generational poverty, crime and destruction will continue to exist, persist and grow. Since the voting record continues to show that most of us are still credulously convinced that these policies serve us all the best, the only avenue available in our current state of affairs is to encourage and embrace a buppie-gentrification of our hoods.

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    All the gentrification does is push kids further away from downtown where the jobs are.

3 days ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Neighborhood

How safe is the area around cottage grove...from 39th to 50th---east/west?

  • I walk my dog frequently between 35th and 47th on cottage. I've done it for 3 years and have never had a problem. It's all about personal perception. Bronzeville isn't the best area but I don't feel that its unsafe. Violence and crime can happen anywhere. Those women who got...

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    I walk my dog frequently between 35th and 47th on cottage. I've done it for 3 years and have never had a problem. It's all about personal perception. Bronzeville isn't the best area but I don't feel that its unsafe. Violence and crime can happen anywhere. Those women who got beat up were out past 1am walking alone. Imo, you take your chances when you do things like that. I've walked my dog at 1am occasionally, out of necessity, in Bronzeville and have never had a problem. Decide for yourself. Each person will have a different idea of what is "safe."

  • Cyndie, as others have noted, safety and perception of safety are somehwat subjective and relative...with that said, if you review the Chicago Tribune crime map which shows number and location of shootings throughout Chicago from 1/1/14 through present date you will see that thus far this year there have been...

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    Cyndie, as others have noted, safety and perception of safety are somehwat subjective and relative...with that said, if you review the Chicago Tribune crime map which shows number and location of shootings throughout Chicago from 1/1/14 through present date you will see that thus far this year there have been 9 shootings in Kenwood, and 5 of those occurred in the area of 47th & Cottage Grove Ave.

    This may or may not be an acceptable number to you but for some perspective compare # of shootings in the following areas over the same time frame:

    Bridgeport: 4
    Logan Square: 32
    Lincoln Park: 3
    Rogers Park: 40
    Near South Side: 1
    Near North side:17

6 hours ago

Fioretti Proposes Ways to Reduce Crime Before Police Department Budget Hearing

Here's the link and a portion of the content:

http://bobfioretti.com/fioretti-proposes-ways-to-reduce-crime-before-police-department-budget-hearing/

Chicago, IL – Mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti today proposes three changes to the budget that would help reduce crime.
“I believe we need a holistic approach to making our streets safe. More police are only the start and we should be looking at other ways to make our streets safe and neighborhoods strong,” said Fioretti.
1. Funding for after school programs and summer programs ($1 million each) is grossly insufficient....

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Here's the link and a portion of the content:

http://bobfioretti.com/fioretti-proposes-ways-to-reduce-crime-before-police-department-budget-hearing/

Chicago, IL – Mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti today proposes three changes to the budget that would help reduce crime.
“I believe we need a holistic approach to making our streets safe. More police are only the start and we should be looking at other ways to make our streets safe and neighborhoods strong,” said Fioretti.
1. Funding for after school programs and summer programs ($1 million each) is grossly insufficient. Increasing afterschool to $5 million will provide after school programs to another 10,000 youth. Funding summer programs to $15 million will provide programs to another 15,000. This should be a priority.

2. Increasing beat cops will provide more security to communities is possible if the $100 million to be spent on police overtime was reduced to $50 million and the $29 million is received from CHA, CTA and CPD as expected, then at least $21 million can be used to put more officers on the ground in high crime areas. This is a small step to getting the number of officers up so that we are making our streets safe.

3. The federal government (Housing and Urban Development) has moved to stop funding supportive services to support long-term housing. This year the federal government cut $3.3 million to agencies in Chicago. The City Budget does replace $500,000 leaving a gap of $2.8 million. Groups have suggested using part of the $5 million being given to the Rainy Day Fund be switched to fill the gap in supportive services and after school programs.

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26 hours ago

Free Redbox DVD Rental Promo Code!!!

Just text PJOHNSON to 727272 by 12/22 and get a free DVD Rental :)
Spread the word!!!

26 hours ago

Free Redbox DVD Rental Promo Code!!

text PJOHNSON to 727272 by 12/22 and get a free DVD Rental :)

2 days ago

Updated 28 hours ago

WHY?

Why aren't there protests and shirt wearing for the times when a black teenager kills another black teenager. This happens everyday in southside of Chicago, but it a white, latin, Asian, just hurt a black kid it is called racism. Im sick of theses people not knowing all of the story before they go and do shameful acts. Yes it is sad that it happens, but Brown was robbing someone before he got shot and was trying to get a...

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Why aren't there protests and shirt wearing for the times when a black teenager kills another black teenager. This happens everyday in southside of Chicago, but it a white, latin, Asian, just hurt a black kid it is called racism. Im sick of theses people not knowing all of the story before they go and do shameful acts. Yes it is sad that it happens, but Brown was robbing someone before he got shot and was trying to get a gun from the police officer. Why don't people all around Chicago put a hands up shirt and walk around the southside of Chicago to protest on there own families. Someone knows these people doing the shooting but because they are family they don't and when they die, "they were always good kids, right"

  • Juan from South Loop 13 year South Loop resident

    Its not a shot at police in general. We know its a hard job and many do great work. We also know some have issue, like the ones playing "Sweet Home Alabama" at a protest last week.

  • William Carter Legacy Preservation Committee We want to restore mural in Carter Elem. School.

    In agreement with Juan: Regarding this country, a person is innocent until proven
    guilty, remembering even John Wayne Gacy had his day in court. Also it is tragic
    that so many Black men are shooting other young Black men with little respect
    for human life. The African-American community should be...

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    In agreement with Juan: Regarding this country, a person is innocent until proven
    guilty, remembering even John Wayne Gacy had his day in court. Also it is tragic
    that so many Black men are shooting other young Black men with little respect
    for human life. The African-American community should be outraged and vocal
    about putting an end to this madness as the gun violence continues. Only two
    days ago four teenagers were shot on 57th and Michigan which is on the same
    block as William Carter School, the youngest thirteen years old. That is why
    the William Carter Legacy Preservation Committee is working to have the mural
    inside the school restored since it was created by the late Dr. Margaret Burroughs,
    the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Carter School Students only to
    have it HARMed when the new principal had it whitewashed during the summer, 2000.

3 days ago

Updated 28 hours ago

Safety

What plans are in place to make this city a safer place to live?

  • West loop realist Teacher political operative

    Typical comment by a Rahm supporter . Anything that doesn't go with their agenda is crackpot. Typical left wing cover.

  • FGFM What the Cappleman!

    If you say so.

31 hours ago

Best Game in Town: Rats as a Political Issue?

Dec 16 - Today in Best Game in Town, the mayoral race gets a bit of the “I told you so” when it comes to a serious issue in Chicago - rats. Alderman Bob Fioretti is running for mayor and as alderman, he had been criticizing the Emanuel administration for not doing enough to curb the growing rat population in some Chicago neighborhoods. He even had ideas, according to a DNA Info article dated last March, Fioretti wanted the mayor...

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Dec 16 - Today in Best Game in Town, the mayoral race gets a bit of the “I told you so” when it comes to a serious issue in Chicago - rats. Alderman Bob Fioretti is running for mayor and as alderman, he had been criticizing the Emanuel administration for not doing enough to curb the growing rat population in some Chicago neighborhoods. He even had ideas, according to a DNA Info article dated last March, Fioretti wanted the mayor to implement a rat birth control method that was being tested in some other cities. Well, this week, the city is doing just that. On the line with us is Alderman Bob Fioretti, who is running to unseat incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Take a listen here:

https://soundcloud.com/afternoonshiftwbez/best-game-in-town-rats-as-a-political-issue?in=afternoonshiftwbez%2Fsets%2Fafternoon-shift-tuesday

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3 days ago

Updated 45 hours ago

Reputable Moving Companies

Good day! I'm ISO reputable moving companies for my move and figured you can provide some assistance. Thank you in advance!

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Emanuel's Third Commercial Touts $13-an-hour Minimum Wage

A last minute appeal to the working folks!

Here's a portion of the article:

http://politics.suntimes.com/article/chicago/emanuels-third-commercial-touts-13-hour-minimum-wage/mon-12152014-945am

Two weeks ago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel persuaded the City Council to raise Chicago’s minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2019 to help him shed the “Mayor 1%” label and undercut the progressive base of his strongest challengers.

Now, the mayor has made that historic vote a cornerstone of his latest television commercial.

The 30-second spot stars Sharita Wilson, an African-American, single mom in Hyde...

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A last minute appeal to the working folks!

Here's a portion of the article:

http://politics.suntimes.com/article/chicago/emanuels-third-commercial-touts-13-hour-minimum-wage/mon-12152014-945am

Two weeks ago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel persuaded the City Council to raise Chicago’s minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2019 to help him shed the “Mayor 1%” label and undercut the progressive base of his strongest challengers.

Now, the mayor has made that historic vote a cornerstone of his latest television commercial.

The 30-second spot stars Sharita Wilson, an African-American, single mom in Hyde Park, who is struggling to raise her two kids on the $8.25-an-hour minimum wage.

Wilson talks about getting her paycheck, looking at the meager amount and saying to herself, “Oh my God. That’s not even gonna cover half of my bills.”

She bemoans having to worry every day and how “draining” it is trying to “live a normal life” with “so much on your back.”

Then, she talks about the City Council vote and the role the mayor played in it.

“$13 an hour, I could buy my kids Christmas gifts that they want,” Wilson is quoted as saying.

The ad closes with what Emanuel hopes will seal the deal with African-American voters who helped put him in office but abandoned him in droves after he closed a record, 50 Chicago Public Schools.

“Actions speak louder than words. And his actions show he wants to fight for us,” Wilson is quoted as saying.

Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd), a mayoral challenger, cast one of 44 votes in favor of the $13-an-hour minimum wage even though he wanted to go all the way to $15 an hour.

Fioretti’s campaign consultant Michael Kolenc turned the commercial's closing line against the mayor.

“Actions do speak louder than words, and the mayor's actions show he only has regard for struggling families during an election season,” Kolenc was quoted as saying in an emailed statement.

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Dec 10

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Dec 10

Updated 3 days ago

We NEED You: 3rd Ward & the Bob Fioretti for Chicago Mayor Campaign!!

Hi all! I am the 3rd ward captain for the Fioretti for Chicago campaign! THIS SATURDAY, December 13, we will be launching our efforts by Pounding the Pavement and meeting with registered voters within the ward, and WE NEED YOU TO JOIN US!

"Door knocking" and canvassing are A LOT of fun because it gives you a chance to meet new neighbors and share why you are supporting the Fioretti campaign. Details to come on where we will be meeting...

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Hi all! I am the 3rd ward captain for the Fioretti for Chicago campaign! THIS SATURDAY, December 13, we will be launching our efforts by Pounding the Pavement and meeting with registered voters within the ward, and WE NEED YOU TO JOIN US!

"Door knocking" and canvassing are A LOT of fun because it gives you a chance to meet new neighbors and share why you are supporting the Fioretti campaign. Details to come on where we will be meeting Saturday morning.

But if you are interested in joining us, please let me know. Coffee and donuts on me for those who come out! Chicago is ready for a change, and we need your help to make that change come true!

Get ready for Fioretti and let me know if you will be joining us on Saturday!!!

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

    thatblows1 thanks for inquiring. We had a small group of volunteers on Saturday, knocking on doors and getting the word out. We met with quite a few neighbors and provided them with donuts and coffee. We even got a few who are interested in volunteering and posting a sign in...

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    thatblows1 thanks for inquiring. We had a small group of volunteers on Saturday, knocking on doors and getting the word out. We met with quite a few neighbors and provided them with donuts and coffee. We even got a few who are interested in volunteering and posting a sign in their yard or window. So we're off to a good start, but yes we will continue to canvass every weekend (10 more weekends to go!) leading up to the election on Feb 24!!

    Anyone interested in joining our team, please send me a note here: http://chicago.everyblock.com/users/42111/contact/8d5b07/

    Hope to see you soon! #ReadyforFioretti #Bob2015 #Letsgo3rdward

  • Go Fioretti!!!

4 days ago

Dec 10

Updated 5 days ago

Bronzeville needs one Alderman

The dilution of our voice and power needs to end. We need for our unique problems and issues to have one representative.

  • Ray

    If you have to decide to between Bronzeville, Hyde Park(Univ. of Chicago), South Loop, where do you think we finish.

  • Juan from South Loop 13 year South Loop resident

    The new ward map decreases the number of wards to 2(3rd and 4th). It will take longer to get it down to 1 alderman.

    The South Loop goes from 2 wards to 4 wards :(.

Dec 09

Updated 6 days ago

FRESH Bronzeville Health & Wellness Campaign

THE BRONZEVILLE ALLIANCE is pleased to announce the launch of our new health and wellness campaign “FRESH Bronzeville.” We are taking action to build a better Bronzeville for families by improving access to healthy, affordable foods.

Please take a few minutes to visit and “Like” us on Facebook. We will update Facebook regularly with healthy holiday tips, healthy recipes, ways to get you and your family active, dates to our cooking demonstrations & events and much, much more!

https://www.facebook.com/FRESHbronzeville

  • snakedoctor bronzeville resident

    Once again the Alliance is leading the way for a healthier Bronzeville community. Keep up the good work!!!

  • Thank you! We have so much more coming to the Bronzeville community in the new year.

6 days ago

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Dec 09

Updated Dec 11

Wards 2, 3, 4: How Often Does Your Alderman Vote With Emanuel?

Is your alderman a rubber stamper who is inclined to vote with Mayor Emanuel all or most of the time??? Check out the following article and report to find out!

http://chicagoist.com/2014/12/09/new_report_analyzes_emanuels_rubber.php

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

    Here's each of the Bronzeville aldermen's % of votes with Mayor Emanuel from 2011-2014:

    Ward 4 - Will Burns: 91%
    Ward 3 - Pat Dowell - 88%
    Ward 2 - Bob Fioretti - 42%

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    Austin says Emanuel needs to be 'less arrogant, more collaborative'

  • I'm not surprised at the percentage of votes (rubber stamp) votes.

Dec 10

Should Winter Overnight Parking Ban be Scrapped? Aldermen Want to Study It

Here's part of the article:

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141210/loop/should-winter-overnight-parking-ban-be-scrapped-aldermen-want-study-it

CITY HALL — After more than 30 years on the books, Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) says it might be time to freeze the city's winter overnight parking ban.

The mayoral candidate introduced a resolution at Wednesday's City Council meeting calling for a hard look at the 34-year-old practice to see if it needs to be revised or even eliminated altogether.

Fioretti's resolution had four other signers including aldermen Scott Waguespack (32nd), John Arena (45th),...

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http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141210/loop/should-winter-overnight-parking-ban-be-scrapped-aldermen-want-study-it

CITY HALL — After more than 30 years on the books, Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) says it might be time to freeze the city's winter overnight parking ban.

The mayoral candidate introduced a resolution at Wednesday's City Council meeting calling for a hard look at the 34-year-old practice to see if it needs to be revised or even eliminated altogether.

Fioretti's resolution had four other signers including aldermen Scott Waguespack (32nd), John Arena (45th), Nick Sposato (36th), Brendan Reilly (42nd) and Roderick Sawyer (6th).

Beginning every December 1st and continuing until April 1st, parking is prohibited on 107 miles of what the city considers "vital arterial streets" every early morning from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. — whether there's snow on the pavement or not.

Thousands of unwary motorists every winter end up at one of the city's auto pounds to pay the $150 in tow fees and a $20 per day storage fees to retrieve their vehicles, in addition to the $60 parking ticket for violating the ban. Historically, the city tows 8,000 to 9,000 vehicles every season, generating nearly $2 million in fees and fines for the city.

On December 1st, the first night of the ban this year, 239 vehicles were towed away.

The ban first began in 1980 as a solution to another possible snowfall of overwhelming proportions after the the historic blizzard of 1979, the fourth largest snowfall in city history.

Fioretti said he believes that advances in metrological technology have improved so much in the past 34 years that it's easier to have advanced warning when a major snowstorm is approaching.

In addition, technology in alerting people via smart phones and personal computers has made it easier to keep drivers informed.

"I think we can all understand from the 1979 snowstorm the need for the ban at the time," explained Fioretti.

Dec 08

Updated Dec 09

Wreaths of LUV

wreaths designed by LUV students,a mentoring entrepreneurship program fundraiser,22" fresh Fraser fir wreaths, decorated with pine cones,juniper and ornaments !! Let's support our young folk!! 716 E. 47th St,www.luvinstitute.org

  • Do you have to go pick it up or do they deliver the item? It's not clear on the web site. Looks like a good cause with a nicely finished product! I'll check them out for sure!:)

  • you can stop by and pick one or order on-line for pick up at the shop, they are also sold at Macy's on Dec 13 and 20 in the food court.

Dec 08

Updated Dec 09

Rahm's first reelection rally makes for a great story

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http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2014/12/06/rahms-first-reelection-rally-makes-for-a-great-story

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants voters to know the story of how he took office and began transforming Chicago from a decaying pit of corruption into a capital of opportunity that leaves no one behind, inspiring a rainbow coalition of children to come together and cheer—literally.
The narrative may gloss over a few facts, but Emanuel has been crafting it for four years now, and he retold it again when he officially launched his...

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http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2014/12/06/rahms-first-reelection-rally-makes-for-a-great-story

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants voters to know the story of how he took office and began transforming Chicago from a decaying pit of corruption into a capital of opportunity that leaves no one behind, inspiring a rainbow coalition of children to come together and cheer—literally.
The narrative may gloss over a few facts, but Emanuel has been crafting it for four years now, and he retold it again when he officially launched his reelection campaign on Saturday. He was surrounded onstage by kids of various hues who applauded and celebrated on cue.

"We are striving to make sure that everyone—and every neighborhood—is part of the city that works," the mayor proclaimed.

With no intended irony, the rally was held at a film production studio on the west side.

  • thanks for posting that Erica. One good thing about Rahm's 9 million dollar campaign is to let people know that there is an election coming up. The more turnout the better chance there will be of someone else getting elected.

Dec 09

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Dec 08

Updated Dec 09

Condo Property Management Referral

The Bronzeville Pointe Condo Association is seeking a full-service property management company for our 18-unit development. We are currently self-managed. Please share the contact information for highly qualified companies. Thanks!

Dec 08

Dec 08

UICC and UIC Can Bring It On Home with a Unified Bid

A joint bid with UICC and UChicago should be a forethought. As each university presents its three sites for the OPL bid, giving the Obamas a total of six sites to consider when this is suppose to be narrowed-down process. Then why not add another? A unified proposal for the one site that can stack up against the heritage of Harlem and the waterfront of Hawaii that is neutral, vacant, central, accessible and panoramic .... the Michael Reese site.
Hawaii...

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A joint bid with UICC and UChicago should be a forethought. As each university presents its three sites for the OPL bid, giving the Obamas a total of six sites to consider when this is suppose to be narrowed-down process. Then why not add another? A unified proposal for the one site that can stack up against the heritage of Harlem and the waterfront of Hawaii that is neutral, vacant, central, accessible and panoramic .... the Michael Reese site.
Hawaii humbly acknowledged its interest in the option to have a internet connection with Uchicago. Even Columbia University has respectfully expressed to the White House that it would be happy to have at least some part the OPL as an option. [This just in today, UChicago announces multiple university collaboration for programming.]

Why haven't the two universities even considered the option of a unified bid? Is it just me, or is Chicago still so arrogant in taking it's chances that we will allow each University to maintain this all or nothing attitude? I get that the invitation is theirs. Maybe we forgot how it felt to be standing in shock at the Daley Center with our mouths wide open after the Olympic decision. People please! The universities aren't going to develop the OPL, private dollars pay for this trophy. Chicago Donors don't belong to universities.

With the upcoming plans for the future highspeed rail for Crossrailchicago.org, let's make the Michael Reese site the CrossTown Campus. Let's give both Universities a prime lakefront Institute on the Campus that connects to the OPL and effectively knocks this bid out of the ballpark so that we will "Bring It On Home".

Tune in tonight 12/8 at 8:00 pm at listen Live on WVON (1690 AM)
Dr. Carol Adams will highlight the Bring It On Home Campaign on the RhymeFest
Talk Program.

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Updated Dec 06

Aldermanic Race in 3rd Ward Unexpectedly Turns Nasty

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http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141203/douglas/aldermanic-race-3rd-ward-unexpectedly-turns-nasty

HYDE PARK — The 3rd Ward aldermanic race has barely started and it has already turned ugly.

Residents said they have received anonymous fliers that they say use harsh racial language to criticize Ald. Pat Dowell in what was expected to be a relatively quiet campaign.

“It was scathing — you can criticize the alderman without saying the things that were said,” said Tammi Bowden, who found the flier on Nov....

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http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141203/douglas/aldermanic-race-3rd-ward-unexpectedly-turns-nasty

HYDE PARK — The 3rd Ward aldermanic race has barely started and it has already turned ugly.

Residents said they have received anonymous fliers that they say use harsh racial language to criticize Ald. Pat Dowell in what was expected to be a relatively quiet campaign.

“It was scathing — you can criticize the alderman without saying the things that were said,” said Tammi Bowden, who found the flier on Nov. 17 posted on the window of her home at 3716 S. Wabash Ave.

The two-page attack on Dowell claims she “has no regard for black-on-black love” and her policies have “sold us out again for the white man agenda.”

The flier goes on some bizarre turns, criticizing Dowell for projects in other wards and presenting conspiracy theories about her trying to halt the popular Bud Billiken Parade.

Scott Kummer said he found the flier on his front gate at 3748 S. Wabash Ave. on Nov. 12. He said he attributed it to someone with a personal grudge against the alderman and promptly threw it away.

“If it was related to the election, it would not have used those inflammatory racial things.” Kummer said. “It was a real shotgun approach.”

In her bid or a third term, Dowell is facing former Water Reclamation District Commissioner Patricia Horton and Clarence Desmond Clemons in the upcoming election.

Neither returned multiple calls for comment.

Dowell said she thinks the flier is about the election and is not coming from someone outside the campaigns acting on their own.

“These were not attacks from individuals who have been wronged, this is an attack by someone who disagrees with my leadership of the ward,” Dowell said after reviewing the flier.

She said her campaign has been contacted by multiple people across the ward who claimed to have gotten the flier.
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  • MHarris Bronzeville resident for 14 Years

    Maybe she does have proof it came from an opponent. Regardless it was racist & not very truthful if you do a little research.

  • If she did she would have said so... don't you think?

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Celebrate religious, festive activities at community churches

Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 4501 S. Vincennes Ave., (773) 373-6144. The Messiah, Sat., Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. Christmas Eve worship Wed., Dec. 24; time to be announced.

Metropolitan Community Church, 4610 S. Prairie Ave., (773) 536-2046. Regular Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m.

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All Saints-St. Anthony Church, 518 W. 28th Pl., (312) 842-2744. Immaculate Conception Holy Day Mass, Mon., Dec. 8, at 8 a.m...

Blessed Sacrament Parish, (773) 523-3917, composed of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church (OLGC), 3528 S. Hermitage Ave.; St. Maurice Church (SM), 3615 S. Hoyne Ave.; and Ss. Peter and Paul Church (SSPP...

...Our Lady of Good Counsel Church (OLGC), 3528 S. Hermitage Ave.; St. Maurice Church (SM), 3615 S. Hoyne Ave.; and Ss. Peter and Paul Church (SSPP), 3745 S. Paulina St. Novena in honor of...

...St. Maurice Church (SM), 3615 S. Hoyne Ave.; and Ss. Peter and Paul Church (SSPP), 3745 S. Paulina St. Novena in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Spanish language) will take place daily now...

First Lutheran Church of the Trinity, 643 W. 31st St., (312) 842-7390, www.firsttrinitychicago.org. Children’s Pageant, Sun., Dec. 21, time to be announced. Christmas Eve, Wed., Dec. 24, 7 p.m. candlelight service. Christmas Day, Thurs., Dec. 25, 10:30 a.m. service.

Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3116 S. Racine Ave., (773) 523-3838. Call for information on Christmas services.

Monastery of the Holy Cross, 3100 S. Aberdeen Ave., (773) 927-7424. Sat., Dec. 13, 5 p.m., the Chicago Chorale will perform during...

Nativity of Our Lord, 653 W. 37th St., (773) 927-6263, www.nativitybridgeport.org. Reconciliation (penance) service Tuesday, Dec. 16, 7 p.m...

Our Lady of Fatima, 2751 W. 38th Pl., (773) 927-2421. Most services will be in Spanish, unless stated as bilingual. From now...

Santa Lucia Church, 3022 S. Wells St., (312) 842-6115. Wed., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Children’s Mass with pageant at 5...

St. Barbara’s Church, 2859 S. Throop St., (312) 842-7979, www.stbarbarachicago.org. Fri., Dec. 12, Saint Barbara Catholic School presents, “A...

St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 4522 S. Wallace St., (773) 268-9595, www.saintgabes.com. Wed., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Family Mass with children...

St. Jerome Croatian Catholic Church, 2823 S. Princeton Ave., (312) 842-1871. Wed., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Mass at 7:30 a.m., and...

St. Mary of Perpetual Help, 1039 W. 32nd St., (773) 927-6646, www.stmaryofperpetualhelp.com. Sun., Dec. 14, World’s Greatest Holiday Breakfast and...

Apostolic Faith Church, 3823 S. Indiana Ave., (773) 373-8500, www.afcchicago.org. Christmas celebration with cookies and cider, Wed., Dec. 17...

Bethel AME Church, 4400 S. Michigan Ave., (773) 285-5500. Regular Sunday worship at 11 a.m.

Coppin Memorial AME Church, 5633 S. Michigan Ave., (773) 667-5881, www.coppinchicago.org. Regular Sunday worship at 10:45 a.m.

Corpus Christi Church, 4920 S. King Dr., (773) 285-7720, www.corpuschristichurchchicago.com. Pre-holiday holiday dinner-dance and raffle, Sat., Dec. 6 at 6 p.m.; call for tickets. Regular Sunday Masses at 8 and 10:30 a.m.

Grant Memorial AME Church, 4017 S. Drexel Blvd., (773) 285- 5819, www.gamechicago.org. Regular Sunday worship at 10:30

Hartzell Memorial United Methodist Church, 3330 S. King Dr., (312) 842-5957, www.hartzellumchgo.org. Sun., Dec 21, 10:30 a.m. service featuring the Messiah. Wed., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve candlelight service and Wed., Dec. 31, Nightwatch service; call for information.

Holy Angels Catholic Church, 607 E. Oakwood Blvd., (773) 624-5375. Call for information.

Kenwood United Church of Christ, 4608 S. Greenwood Ave., (773) 373-2861. Regular Sunday worship services at 8 and 11 a.m.

Liberty Baptist Church, 4849 S. King Dr., (773) 268-6757, www.lbcofchicago.org. Regular Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m.

Morning Star Baptist, 3933 S. King Dr., (773) 285-8111. Monthly Baptism service, Sun., Dec. 28 at 10:45 a.m. Wed. Dec. 25, Christmas Day service time to be announced.

Olivet Baptist Church, 3101 S. King Dr., (312) 528-0124. Regular Sunday worship service at 10:45 a.m.

Pilgrim Baptist Church, 3300 S. Indiana Ave., (312) 842-4417. Annual Christmas celebration, Sun., Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. New Year’s Eve Watchnight service, Wed., Dec. 31, at 10 p.m.

St. Ambrose, 1000 E. 47th St., (773) 624-3695. Christmas Eve, Wed., Dec. 24, Christmas carols at 11 p.m., followed by Midnight Mass. Thurs., Dec. 25, Christmas Day Mass at 10:30 a.m. Thurs., Jan. 1, New Year’s Day Mass at 10:30 a.m.

St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, 50 E. 41st St., (773) 268- 1518. Call for information on Christmas services.

St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 3801 S. Wabash Ave., (773) 268- 1900, www.stthomaschicago.com. Wed., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Mass with carols at 7:30 p.m.

South Park Baptist, 3722 S. King Dr., (773) 548-6566, www.

Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church, 600 E. 35th St., (312) 225- 5300. Regular Sunday service at 11 a.m.

West Point Missionary Baptist Church, 3566 S. Cottage Grove Ave., (773) 538-7590, www.wpmbc.org. Concert: Born to Die, a Christmas Cantata, Sun., Dec. 7, at 4 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 25, Christmas Day worship at 10 a.m. Wed., Dec. 31, Watchnight service at 10 p.m.

Chinese Christian Union Church (CCUC), 2301 S. Wentworth Ave., (312) 842-8545, www.ccuc.net. Sun., Dec. 21, 9:45 a.m. and 11...

...a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Mandarin service at Pui Tak Center, 3rd floor, 2216 S. Wentworth Ave.; 9:45 a.m. English service at Chinese Christian Union Church, 2301 S. Wentworth Ave...

St. Therese Chinese Catholic Church, 218 W. Alexander St., (312) 842-6777, www.sttheresechinatown.org. Wed., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Mass at 5 p...

Holy Innocents Church, 743 N. Armour St., (312) 666-3675. Call for service information.

St. John Cantius, 825 N. Carpenter St., (312) 243-7373, www.cantius.org. Sun., Dec. 7, St. Cecilia Choir sings for 12...

St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, 835 N. Oakley Blvd., (773) 276-4537. Christmas Eve., Wed., Dec. 24, 8 a.m. Divine Liturgy of St...

Santa Maria Addolorata Church, 528 N. Ada St., (312) 421- 3122, www.smacatholicchurch.com. Novena to the Virgin of Guadalupe, Wed., Dec. 3...

Chicago International Church (EFCA), 2304 W. Taylor St. (church office only), (312) 226-8026, www.ciefc.org. The church holds its services at...

...only), (312) 226-8026, www.ciefc.org. The church holds its services at Provision Theater (1001 W. Roosevelt Rd. at Morgan St.; doors on south side of building, parking on west side of Morgan...

First Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1124 S. Ashland Ave., (312) 733-6886. Sun., Dec. 14, Christmas Pageant at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve worship with service of lights, Wed., Dec. 24 at 11 p.m. Christmas Day worship service, Wed., Dec. 25 at 10:30 a.m. Sun., Jan. 4, Epiphany service at 6:30 p.m.

Holy Family Church, 1080 W. Roosevelt Rd., (312) 492-8442, www.holyfamilychicago.org. Sun., Dec. 14, Archbishop Christmas Concert at 2 p.m. Wed., Dec., 24, Mass for the Vigil of the Nativity of the Lord at 5 p.m. with Rice-

New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 1252 S. Wolcott Ave., (312) 733-1262, www.newzionmbc.com. Regular Sunday service at 10:45 a.m.

Notre Dame de Chicago Church, 1334 W. Flournoy St, (312) 243-7400, www.nddc.archchicago.org. Our Lady of Guadalupe Novena and Feast Day...

St. Basil’s Greek Orthodox Church, 733 S. Ashland Ave., (312) 243-3738, www.stbasilchicago.org. Wed., Dec. 24, Royal Hours, 9 a.m., Vesperal...

Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, 1224 W. Lexington St., (312) 421-3757, fax (312) 421-3756, www.ourladyofpompeii.org. Rosary devotion every Sun. at...

Providence of God Catholic Church, 717 W. 18th St., (312) 226-2929. Novena, now through Fri., Dec. 12: Fri., Dec. 5, 6:30 p...

St. Anthony Hospital Chapel, 2875 W. 19th St., (773) 484-1000. Thurs., Dec. 25, Christmas Mass at 10:30 a.m. Thurs., Jan.1, New Year’s Day Mass at 10:30 a.m.

St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 2108 W. 21st St., (773) 847-6458, www.stmatthewchicago.org. Christmas dinner for the homeless, unemployed, and their families...

St. Pius V, 1919 S. Ashland Ave., (312) 226-6161. Novenas for the Virgin of Guadalupe will take place at 6:30 p.m. with rosary, from now through Thurs., Dec. 11. Fri. Dec. 12, Feast of Our Virgin of Guadalupe, rosary at midnight,

St. Procopius, 1641 S. Allport St., (312) 226-7887; Holy Trinity Croatian Church, 1850 S. Throop St., (312) 226-7887. Novena...

St. Procopius, 1641 S. Allport St., (312) 226-7887; Holy Trinity Croatian Church, 1850 S. Throop St., (312) 226-7887. Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Procopius from now through...

First Baptist Congregational Church, 1613 W. Washington Blvd., (312) 243-8047, www.fbcc-chicago.net. 56th annual Handel’s Messiah, choir presentation on...

Greater Bethlehem Baptist Church, 2400 W. Warren Blvd., (312) 733-6832. Sun., Dec. 21, adult choir, candlelight musical at 3 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 25, Christmas Day sunrise service at 6 a.m. New Year’s Eve, Wed., Dec. 31 Watchmeeting service at 11 p.m.

Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, 2151 W. Washington Blvd., (312) 738-0053, www.metropolitanmbc.tripod.com. Regular Sunday worship at 10:45 a.m.

First United Methodist Church, Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington St., (312) 236-4548, www.chicagotemple.org. Sat., Dec. 20, Longest Night Service at 5 p.m. Wed., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve services at 7 and 11 p.m. Wed. Dec. 31, Watchnight service at 5 p.m.

Fourth Chicago Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St., (312) 787-4570, www.fourthchurch.org. Holidays a cappella, Fri., Dec. 12 at 8 p...

Grace Episcopal Church, 637 S. Dearborn St. at Grace Place,(312) 922-1426, www.gracechicago.org. Wed., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Eucharist...

Loop Christian Ministries, Daystar School building, 1550 S. State St., (312) 427-7962, www.loopchurch.org. Join Loop Christian Ministries for worship Sundays at 9...

...free parking in lot at 16th and Dearborn Streets. Old St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1500 S. Michigan Ave., (312) 922-3444, www.oldstmarys.com. Thirty minute Taize prayer services on Tuesdays, Dec. 9...

Old St. Patrick’s Church, 700 W. Adams St., (312) 648-1021, www.oldstpats.org. Fri., Dec. 5 and Sat., Dec. 6, 7:30...

Park Community Church, 2260 S. Grove St., (312)-361-0500,

St. James Catholic Church, 2942 S. Wabash Ave., (312) 842- 1919, www.stjameswabash.org. Wed. Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Mass at 7 p...

St. Peter’s Church in the Loop (Roman Catholic), 110 W. Madison St., (312) 372-5111. Wed., Dec. 24, church opens at 4 p.m., Vigil Mass at...

Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Avenue, (312) 225-4951, www.2ndpresbyterian.org. Sing-Along Messiah on Sun., Dec. 7, at 3...

...p.m. Christmas Sunday worship, Sun., Dec. 28 at 11 a.m. Soul City Church, 1130 W. Adams St., (312) 252-3062, www.Soulcitychurch.com. Christmas gatherings, Sun., Dec. 21, at 8:30 and...

Bridgeport Catholic Academy, 3700 S. Lowe Ave., (312) 326-1130. The school will host its annual Breakfast with Santa on Sun., Dec. 14, at Nativity of Our Lord Church Hall at 653 W. 37th St. Call (773) 376-6223 or email lbuckley@bcachicago.org for more information.

Chiesa Nuova, 230 S. Laflin St., (312) 226-0983. Tues., Dec. 30, 7:30 p.m., Franciscan Christmas at Chiesa Nuova...

Andrew Jackson Language Academy, 1340 W. Harrison St., (773) 534-7000, www.ajlachicago.com. Fri., Dec. 19, holiday assembly; call the school for time. The public is welcome to attend.

The National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, 2520 N. Lakeview Ave., (773) 360-5115, www.cabrinishrinechicago.com. Wed., Dec. 24, carols at 4:30 p.m...

Dec 03

Updated Dec 06

Can Bob Fioretti Take Down Rahm Emanuel as Chicago's Mayor?

Here's the article: http://www.vice.com/read/can-bob-fioretti-beat-rahm-emanuel-as-mayor-of-chicago-123

Thoughts? How do your views on what's needed in Chicago align with what's in the article? Who are you with? Rahm? Bob? Chuy? Amara? Collins? Willie Wilson? Dock Walls? Someone else? Why? What are you doing to show your support?

  • Kevin S. #Bridgeport #Southside #Chicago

    Hi Erica,

    I'm not sure who I'm supporting yet. I just think Rahm has so much clout, funding... that he's unbeatable in this election. I'm by no means, saying that I won't vote for whomever I choose to back & support, even if they have no chance of winning. All votes tell a significant story.
    I've been lacking in research on the mayoral candidates for sure, as I've been consumed with what's going to unfold in my ward. ( 11th ) Since Balcer is retiring.
    Enjoy your weekend
    Kevin

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Erica - she is the total package. From her work as a municipal consultant, her background in education, her law degree, and her community organizing work, she has all of the important bases covered. While she has not yet provided roadmaps for how she plans to accomplish her goals, Amara is what this city needs after four years of Mayor Tea Party.

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