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Poor families use 'supervouchers' to rent in city's priciest buildings

Interesting move by the CHA. Not sure I agree with paying up to $3k to rent an apartment. They should consider lowering that amount.

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http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20140726/ISSUE01/307269984/poor-families-use-supervouchers-to-rent-in-citys-priciest-buildings
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The high-rise at 500 N. Lake Shore Drive is the second-most expensive in the city, with rents for a one-bedroom apartment approaching $3,000 a month, well beyond the reach of most Chicago residents.

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Interesting move by the CHA. Not sure I agree with paying up to $3k to rent an apartment. They should consider lowering that amount.

Google the above title and you can read the complete article for free.

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20140726/ISSUE01/307269984/poor-families-use-supervouchers-to-rent-in-citys-priciest-buildings
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The high-rise at 500 N. Lake Shore Drive is the second-most expensive in the city, with rents for a one-bedroom apartment approaching $3,000 a month, well beyond the reach of most Chicago residents.

But that's not too much for the Chicago Housing Authority, which has used federal tax dollars to pick up most of the tab for four lucky residents in the year-old building, with its sweeping views of Lake Michigan, a concierge and a dog-grooming center.

The tenants moved in over the past two years as part of a push by the CHA to expand its housing voucher program so that more low-income residents can leave the city's roughest neighborhoods and start a new life in places with low poverty and crime and close to good schools and jobs.

Yet some landlords say it's a mistake to use scarce tax dollars to pay ultra-high rents for a fortunate few when more than 15,000 people sit on the CHA's voucher waiting list.

“This is nuts,” says landlord Tony Rossi, president of Chicago-based RMK Management Corp., who describes himself as a liberal Democrat. “In a situation where you're dealing with a low-income person, do they really need a 25th-floor apartment with a lake view? It just doesn't make sense to me.”
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  • lisadee, thankfully the story also ran on abc7 last night (july 28th) at 10pm. now, we need to make some noise about this. it must stop!
    either that or i need to find out how to get myself one of those "supervouchers" as i would love to live super-life in that building though it is out of my price range even with the same full-time job i have held for 30 years. so glad i can help someone else who's not necessarily working enjoy it, though. not!

  • lisadee Ten Plus Year Hyde Park Resident

    Thanks for the information Beebee! Ria Rai, I know that Soulquarian was good enough to provide us with a link and that you are currently following up to get a live person. Thanks for offering to pass along the information if you should discover it. I agree with Beebee, it's time to start making some noise.

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Is white-collar crime a primary source of black street crime?

We focused on shootings and the retail side of the drug trade that takes place in our neighborhoods. The question should be asked "How many African American businesses were crushed or stillborn from the activities of men like this one, Bernard Madoff?"
On March 12, 2009, Madoff pleaded guilty to 11 federal felonies and admitted to turning his wealth management business into a massive Ponzi scheme that defrauded thousands of investors of billions of dollars. Madoff said he began the...

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We focused on shootings and the retail side of the drug trade that takes place in our neighborhoods. The question should be asked "How many African American businesses were crushed or stillborn from the activities of men like this one, Bernard Madoff?"
On March 12, 2009, Madoff pleaded guilty to 11 federal felonies and admitted to turning his wealth management business into a massive Ponzi scheme that defrauded thousands of investors of billions of dollars. Madoff said he began the Ponzi scheme in the early 1990s. However, federal investigators believe the fraud began as early as the mid-1980s[17] and may have begun as far back as the 1970s,[18] and those charged with recovering the missing money believe the investment operation may never have been legitimate.[19] The amount missing from client accounts, including fabricated gains, was almost $65 billion.[20] The court-appointed trustee estimated actual losses to investors of $18 billion.[19] On June 29, 2009, Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison, the maximum allowed.[21][22]

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  • Aim, Click, Print, Showcase: Digital Wonders!

    Ms. Love is asking for $426.93:
    My students need a digital camera, SD card and photo printer to broaden their learning and deepen their understanding through digital exploration and expression.
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Jul 18

Updated 2 days ago

Check Out the Nat "King" Cole Mural at 43rd and King Drive

Chris Devins and the Bronzeville Alliance present: " 'King' Nat at Home, 2014" 43rd and King Drive Photo Mural 12 ft x 23 ft.

  • As always Harold, thanks for the historical perspective! I can't wait to ride over and check it out. :)

  • Thanks Guys,

    Let's keep it moving.

May 28

Updated 2 days ago

Promontory Restaurant/Bar to Open Shortly Before the Apocalypse

Oft-delayed restaurant and live music venue, Promontory, is scheduled to open as the End of Days approaches, according to informed sources. "Our two outdoor patios will offer splendid views of the Four Horsemen as they ride in to lay waste to humanity," said an unnamed soon to be out of work employee. "Try our BBQ" he added.

  • zgwarnki Now, I can say Kenwood. Thanks, Obama!

    Adrienne, I crashed the friends and family event on the 17th and have legitimately dined and drank at The Promontory two other times since the official grand opening last Wednesday. So far, I can safely say that it was worth the wait. Working my way through both food and drink...

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    Adrienne, I crashed the friends and family event on the 17th and have legitimately dined and drank at The Promontory two other times since the official grand opening last Wednesday. So far, I can safely say that it was worth the wait. Working my way through both food and drink menus with good results. As of now, the summer fruit trifle is my favorite food item. Eagerly awaiting the opening of the upstairs live music venue. Why didn't Diana and other people there of whom I inquired about you recognize your name?

  • I did not work on this project. My boss has several other businesses that I work on, on the commercial real estate side, but I stay away from the restaurant stuff. But I'm glad you enjoyed it! The first show upstairs is in August. I am excited too!

2 days ago

35th and Lake Shore Drive New Pedestrian Bridge

There is a new bridge coming to 35th and Lake Shore Drive...
Announced by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, State Senator Kwame Raoul, Alderman Will Burns of 4th Ward, Bernita Johnson of QCDC, and Leonard E. Mc Gee of The GAP Community Organization
Shalom

Mar 17

Updated 2 days ago

Good management company

My HOA is looking for a good management company for approximately 16 townhomes, does anyone have a suggestion?

  • Our building is managed by Wesley as well and Nick is our manager. Nick is a great manager and he has saved our building tremendous amount of money through building a maintenance calendar and proactive maintenance. I definitely would recommend him or his company.

  • Hope, Lakeview I live in a condo in the north Lakeview area

    Which building do you live in? It kind of sounds like you might be from Wesley just trying to save face I have valid complaints that I can back-up with emails that prove that Nic tried to bully me into not getting a second opinion from the vendor of my...

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    Which building do you live in? It kind of sounds like you might be from Wesley just trying to save face I have valid complaints that I can back-up with emails that prove that Nic tried to bully me into not getting a second opinion from the vendor of my choice. Beyond not doing his due diligence in making sure the work under my unit actually was necessary, I have yet to receive an apology from Nic nor has he thanked me for basically doing his job.

    To make matters worse, I've also come to find out that VanDerBosch recommended unnecessary work to another building Wesley manages. The work was stopped at the last minute (not sure about the details.) This should have been a HUGE red flag to Nic to take extra care to make sure our building needed the work, wouldn't you agree?

    Nic's has since been at the hub of a few other mess-ups. I'm not one to keep quiet when I've been wronged and find it my duty to spread the word as much as possible so that other's don't get taken advantage of.

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Bronzeville Collective

Hosted by: Bronzeville Retail Initiative (BRI), 51st
Street Business Association, the Urban Activators (IIT),
& the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC)
Address: 124 ½ E. 51st Street
Chicago, IL 60615

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Fuller School of Excellence

Open Registration 10:00am-2:00pm - Pre-K-8th Grade
4214 South St. Lawrence Avenue
Chi cago, IL. 60653
773-535-1687
website: fullerschoolofexcellence.org

Jul 21

Updated 5 days ago

UChicago Charter Woodson Campus 6th and 7th Grade Spaces Available

Looking for a high quality education for your child entering the 6th or 7th grade? UChicago Charter School-Woodson Campus (6th to 8th) located 4444 S. Evans has opening in the 6th and 7th grade. We have a limited number of spaces available. Please contact the Admissions Office (773) 834-2865. Must be a Chicago resident. No testing for entrance. Don't miss this opportunity to get your child on the UChicago Charter Superhighway!!!!

In 2012, 20% of students were accepted to selective enrollment high schools-the highest rate of any non-selective school on the South Side.

  • Carla Scott UCHICAGOCharterSchool
  • All of the University of Chicago schools (Woodson, Woodlawn, NKO and Donohue) are exceptional! Your child will receive the best education on the south side. Please check it out. My kids have been in this charter system for 6 years so far.

  • Teresa Jemine Fuller School of Excellence

    Fuller School of Excellence is a great school in Bronzeville! Located at 4214 So. St. Lawrence grades Pre-K-8th. Please contact the Registration Office (773)535-1687

    Fuller Recruit Day! Wednesday, August 13, 2014 Stop by and visit us!

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6 days ago

Bronzeville Nights , Save the Dates

Wed, Sep 24, 2014 6 pm

Join us for a great evening of arts, culture and entertainment in some of Bronzeville's businesses! For more info like us at: Facebook.com/Bronzevillenights
Great Food!
Great People
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Jul 01

Updated Jul 19

Maracas is open

A new Latin restaurant, Maracas, recently opened in Bronzeville. People should give it a try. I hope to stop by next week.

http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/28320016-423/the-312-founder-of-boriqua-chicks-open-latin-restaurant-maracas-in-bronzeville.html

  • Tried Maracas last week. We had the empanadas (? Spelling) dinner. The flavor was good but they may have been over cooked because the crust was dark and a little dry. The price $8 included two empanadas over a bed of rice & beans with a side of plantines and mango sauce. I look forward to trying other items on the menu. Time correction, they close at 8pm on Saturdays.

  • Juan from South Loop 13 year South Loop resident

    I tried Maracas today. I had the Beef Steak with Yellow Rice. The flavor was nice and the portions was good. The steak could have been a little more tender but was still very good. Look forward to trying the Beef stew on my next visit.

Jul 14

Updated Jul 19

35th st. Pedestrian Bridge set to begin construction next week

With improvements at Lake Meadows, repaving of King dr., scheduled repaving of 35th you could say we are on the fast track of infrastructure improvement.

  • I think the word that needs to be defined is HIJACK - take over (something) and use it for a different purpose.

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    thatblow1, minor correction on your 4 points perspective- The name is Bronzeville Curmudgeon. Not to be confused with Brownsville, which I think is a suburb of New York city.

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    Harold L. Lucas

    1-773-819-2054

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Jul 17

Updated Jul 19

Jazz at the DuSable

Yesterday they had a tribute to the late, great John Coltrane at the DuSable Museum located in Washington Park. Playing the Coltrane standards were Ari Brown, Duke Payne, Rajiv Halim, and a sixteen year old up and coming Iasaiah Collier. This was a beautiful concert set in the confines of this historic venue and the Musicians did not disappoint. The thought that came to me is that since we have bought a portion of Gospelfest to the Southside of town, why not Jazzfest? The bones of this great Genre lie right here and to bring to life all the venues where this great art form took hold, now this could be something. What do you think?

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    Ray, we think that it is a great idea to host a International Jazz festival in Bronzeville!

    Bronzeville Visitor Information Center would be more than happy to help organize such an event.

    Do you remember the Jazz in the Alley events?

    Virtually,

    Harold L. Lucas

    1-773-819-2054

    www.bviconline.info

  • Ray

    Yes I do, the one I attended was 71st and Cregier.

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Jul 18

Volunteer for the Summer 2014 Downtown Bike Count – July 22nd and 26th

The Chicago Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Complete Streets Program needs volunteers for the Summer 2014 Downtown Bike Count. The Summer 2014 count is scheduled for the following dates and times:

Tuesday, July 22nd from 7 AM - 9 AM

Tuesday, July 22nd from 4 PM - 6 PM

Saturday, July 26th from 12 PM - 2 PM

According to recent data, Chicago has the second highest number of bike commuters in the country and bicycling is growing faster than any...

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The Chicago Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Complete Streets Program needs volunteers for the Summer 2014 Downtown Bike Count. The Summer 2014 count is scheduled for the following dates and times:

Tuesday, July 22nd from 7 AM - 9 AM

Tuesday, July 22nd from 4 PM - 6 PM

Saturday, July 26th from 12 PM - 2 PM

According to recent data, Chicago has the second highest number of bike commuters in the country and bicycling is growing faster than any other mode of transportation in the City! During last year’s Summer Bike Count volunteers recorded over 14,500 bicycle trips and helped document the need for more innovative bicycle infrastructure. To volunteer contact David Smith, CDOT bikeways planner, at david.smith@tylin.com or Katie Gallagher, CDOT bikeways planning intern, at kgallagher@apexconsults.com.

Thanks!

Jul 18

9 hurt, including two 16-year-olds, in South Side shootings

In the second, about 10 minutes later, the other boy was shot near 45th Street and Vincennes Avenue a few blocks away. Investigators aren't certain the two are related but are investigating...

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8400 S Morgan St, Chicago, IL, 60620, United States

Three men with guns, one of them a rifle, fired more than thirty rounds toward people gathered in front of houses on the 2200 block of East 100th Street in an attack that wounded two people.

Police suspect the attack was part of an ongoing feud between members of a gang that centers in the area of 97th Street and Merrill Avenue, near Merrill Park.

Someone shot a man in the Altgeld Gardens housing complex on the Far South Side. A 23-year-old man was grazed in the leg about 10:55 p.m. at 132nd Street and St. Lawrence Avenue. He was taken to Roseland Hospital in good condition, police said.

...Gresham neighborhood about 5 p.m. The man was shot in the shoulder in the 7900 block of South Morgan Street, Police News Affairs Officer Thomas Sweeney said. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center...

In the West Pullman neighborhood, a 20-year-old man was shot in the 12200 block of South Wallace Street. The man was shot in the hand and grazed and the leg, and he was listed in good condition at MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island.

Jul 18

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Jul 16

Updated Jul 17

Bronzeville Nights

Come Join us at the kick off of Bronzeville Nights on August 13th, August 27, September 10 and September 24.

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Jul 11

Updated Jul 16

King Dr.............."WoW"

Took a Drive down King dr. today, the day after it was repaved and wow, like a diamond that was just cleaned. The grass was being mowed and there was no trash and you could see that beautiful potential of Bronzeville on full display. With those stately Mansions in the background, and all that history starting to rise and bubble to the surface, well we should start to have that conversation in earnest, the one where this becomes the Tourist...

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Took a Drive down King dr. today, the day after it was repaved and wow, like a diamond that was just cleaned. The grass was being mowed and there was no trash and you could see that beautiful potential of Bronzeville on full display. With those stately Mansions in the background, and all that history starting to rise and bubble to the surface, well we should start to have that conversation in earnest, the one where this becomes the Tourist and entertainment destination that it is meant to be. There is a report that notes that some serious dollars come through this City and that arrow is pointing upward with an increase in visitors to the city. I think that we need to position ourselves for this obvious revenue resource, this will provide jobs, revenue, buisness opportunity, and pride back to Bronzeville. First we must improve the walkabilility of our streets, second we must highlight all the great accomplishments associated with Bronzeville. Crime needs to be addressed, loitering eliminated, any more suggestions?

  • Yes it does Ray...I am looking forward to more of them all over!!

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    Congratulation to Cris Devins, for his sustainable work towards marketing and branding Bronzeville as an internationally significant heritage tourism destination!

    Check this out:

    Navy Pier gateway naming rights on sale for $20 mil: Exclusive
    WED, 07/16/2014 - 3:29PM
    MICHAEL SNEED
    @SNEEDLINGS | EMAIL
    Chicago Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed has learned...

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    Congratulation to Cris Devins, for his sustainable work towards marketing and branding Bronzeville as an internationally significant heritage tourism destination!

    Check this out:

    Navy Pier gateway naming rights on sale for $20 mil: Exclusive
    WED, 07/16/2014 - 3:29PM
    MICHAEL SNEED
    @SNEEDLINGS | EMAIL
    Chicago Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed has learned the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority has sold naming rights to the historic front entranceway to Navy Pier for $20 million.

    Sources say the Polk Bros. Foundation has stepped up to be the first organization to help underwrite a massive rebuilding project at the pier.

    Sneed is told Navy Pier officials have scheduled a news conference Thursday morning to announce the deal. Under the agreement, Navy Pier will retain its name, but it is expected the Gateway Park area will be renamed Polk Park. It is unclear how long the naming rights will last.

    Virtually,

    Harold L. Lucas

    1-773-819-2054

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