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Playground at N St. Louis & W Carroll

I've put in a call to the Alderman and talked to city workers about the state of the playground at St. Louis and Carroll, which currently has two functioning swings, a missing slide, and several burned areas. Kids (3 &4 years old) are hanging from the swings and someone is going to get hurt. If anyone else feels like throwing their two cents in to Alderman Ervin's office, the help is mmuch appreciated. Phone number: 773-533-0900. Thanks!

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Cat...send photos and your story to letterforthemayor@cityofchicago.org.
    Also am not sure who is in charge of that playlot. If it is Chicago Park District, they should be notified. If it is a community group like a nfp then they should be notified.

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    Thanks for the resources. I believe it is a city parks issue, and the woman at Ervin's office said she contacted them on my behalf. I also talked to some City maintenance guys who said they'd report the broken equipment. I usually wouldn't put much stock in their follow through, but the guy seemed genuinely concerned when I pointed out all the other issues. I'll follow up with the Alderman and see who else needs to be notified. Thanks again.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    If aldermen did such a good job; the 28th ward would not be 65% empty and so dangerous. This would not be a food desert and have no businesses. Hope you have success. Let us know how fast this gets done.

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Streets and San drove around today

Saw a truck driving by and stopped it. The District Manager was here surveying what work needed to be done.

Lets hope he deals with the disgusting mountains of wood chips at Lake/Homan and Kedzie/Maypole that attract rats. Shame on the NFP who was the catalyst for that dumping and now won't work to clean it up. Cei la vie. Mountains of rotting wood chips are disgusting and have been sitting there for more than 9 months.

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Saw a truck driving by and stopped it. The District Manager was here surveying what work needed to be done.

Lets hope he deals with the disgusting mountains of wood chips at Lake/Homan and Kedzie/Maypole that attract rats. Shame on the NFP who was the catalyst for that dumping and now won't work to clean it up. Cei la vie. Mountains of rotting wood chips are disgusting and have been sitting there for more than 9 months.

There are also alleys that FLY DUMPERS drive through and dump. It is astounding that with all the Police around...they don't arrest these dumpers. maybe we have 100 dumps a day!

Help convict a fly dumper....this is GOOD. Take pics that will convict...get some chump change :-) It will at least pay for your plastic bags.

There seems to be a difference of opinion who is responsible to sweep the streets and alleys.

Some S&S workers think it is the residents' job. As alleys and streets are paid for by taxpayer $$ and workers are paid by taxpayer $$...my call says that THE CITY OF CHICAGO is responsible to keep streets and alleys clean. They spend millions to install these streets. They are also paid for the upkeep. Sometimes they can use FREE prison labor (which is also managed poorly SWAP) In some neighborhoods contractors are paid and they don't clean. More outrageously...Offenders go scott free.

Tickets will help STOP littering, fly dumping, throwing booze bottles, drug needles, poop and pee. If they issued 100 a day in EGP...it would get alot cleaner over here. For those who can't pay their ticket fine; let THEM get the broom, rake, and sweeep sweeeep sweeep...ALL SPRING, SUMMER, FALL, WINTER!!!

The jerk who made the mess should clean it up or pay to clean it up. It is NOT the job of neighbors. Many do not agree with this position. They want to volunteer and do the job for free that city workers and nfps are already paid to do.

Things won't get better unless those who are paid WORK.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Request that the responder who marked COMPLETE be punished in some way. Ask that your complaint be put in the employment file of the worker who did not do the work. The primary civic duty of slumdwellers is to make a paper trail so that those who are slacking get...

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    Request that the responder who marked COMPLETE be punished in some way. Ask that your complaint be put in the employment file of the worker who did not do the work. The primary civic duty of slumdwellers is to make a paper trail so that those who are slacking get removed. There is no reason to pay for a lifetime of not working and then a pension till they die. Loyalties that keep politicians in power who dole out jobs to those who don't work has been going on for maybe 5 decades. That is a long long time and it is time to kill their golden goose.

    Do a foia from 311 and ask for their records on your service calls when they in fact are not done. Keep a folder of all service calls you don't get. It will come in handy.

    REMEMBER WHEN YOU GO TO VOTE....red, blue, red, blue, red, blue. Forget everything else...The only exemptions are politicians who have been fair and served you well.

    Again...please post your results!

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    A District Supervisor drove around today. He will clear out 3200/3300 W. Walnut and the alleys north and south of that street. He will deal with the woodchips at Lake/Homan and Maypole/Kedzie. He will clear out the alleys on the north side of Washington from 3100-3300.

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    A District Supervisor drove around today. He will clear out 3200/3300 W. Walnut and the alleys north and south of that street. He will deal with the woodchips at Lake/Homan and Maypole/Kedzie. He will clear out the alleys on the north side of Washington from 3100-3300.

    Not sure what else was on his plate. I think there was more.

    He is an energetic guy who doesn't want to see the kind of mess that he saw when he drove around.

    Remember...our civic duty is to report when work is not done in the neighborhood. We need to tell supervisors when people are paid to do a job and don't do the job. People have not been doing this in the past and that is why things are out of countrol in the ghettos.

    It is not our job to do the job that a civil servant or nfp were paid to do. That is what we are asked to do...volunteer for green days.

    The Maypole/Kedzie city owned vacant lot is disgusting and if you get out of the car and walk you will want to throw up. Now someone is fly dumping grass clippings. They need to get a ticket too.

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Counting-Chicago Style

http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/May-2014/Chicago-crime-rates/

At last someone is writing about "the count". It gives a false impression when numbers are fudged. Changing the basis. Making new definitions. That and a host of other stuff amount to "cookin the books" and "cherry picking". In order for a real true accurate picture to be made comparisons of "apples to apples" is in order.

DavidB and NoahI have been writing about "The Chicago Way" for many years in the Chicago Magazine. THANK YOU GUYS! Chicagoans need...

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http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/May-2014/Chicago-crime-rates/

At last someone is writing about "the count". It gives a false impression when numbers are fudged. Changing the basis. Making new definitions. That and a host of other stuff amount to "cookin the books" and "cherry picking". In order for a real true accurate picture to be made comparisons of "apples to apples" is in order.

DavidB and NoahI have been writing about "The Chicago Way" for many years in the Chicago Magazine. THANK YOU GUYS! Chicagoans need to read these articles and take action to make the city a better place to live.

A comparison of CPD murder counts and Cook County Morgue should reveal some HUGE disparity. I hope that some day someone, some institution, some governmental agency has the hutzpa...to dig and shine the light of day on this.

How empty does the city have to be before someone smart catches on????
Where are the young, ambitious political wanabees? Where are the smart techies who could gather up these data and re evaluate?

Again THANKS to Chicago Magazine. Thanks to DavidB and NoahI.

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2 charged in East Garfield Park drive-by shooting

Jalen Searcy, 18, and Willie Powell, 21, were arrested just minutes after the shooting that happened about 10:15 p.m. in the 3400 block of West Walnut Street, police announced Sunday.

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Powell, of the 1600 block of South Union Avenue in Bolingbrook, and Searcy, of the 1700 block of North Melvina Avenue, each face two counts of first-degree attempted murder.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    THANKS for alerting the public. PR says streets are safe when they are not in certain neighborhoods.

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Apr 06

Scene where vehicle wanted in a West Side shooting was stopped.

This white van was stopped and the three occupants arrested after a shooting in the 3400 block of West Walnut Street in East Garfield Park. Two people were wounded. The van is stopped in the 3300 block of West Maypole Avenue.

This white van was stopped and the three occupants arrested after a shooting in the 3400 block of West Walnut Street in East Garfield Park. Two people were wounded. The van is stopped in the 3300 block of West Maypole Avenue.

Apr 06

2 charged in drive-by that wounded teen, man

Jalen Searcy, 18, and Willie Powell, 21, were arrested just minutes after the shooting that happened about 10:15 p.m. in the 3400 block of West Walnut Street, police announced Sunday.

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Powell, of the 1600 block of South Union Avenue in Bolingbrook, and Searcy, of the 1700 block of North Melvina Avenue, each face two counts of first-degree attempted murder.

Apr 06

Two Charged In East Garfield Park Drive-By That Wounded Teen, Man

Jalen Searcy, 18, and Willie Powell, 21, were arrested just minutes after the shooting that happened about 10:15 p.m. in the 3400 block of West Walnut Street, police announced Sunday.

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Powell, of the 1600 block of South Union Avenue in Bolingbrook, and Searcy, of the 1700 block of North Melvina Avenue, each face two counts of first-degree attempted murder.

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1 Dead, 13 Others Shot In City Shootings Since Friday Night

About 10:15 p.m., a 16-year-old boy and a 22-year-old man were shot while sitting in a car in the 3400 block of West Walnut Street, police said.

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The six were all shot about 1:10 a.m. Saturday at a party in a two-flat in the 4300 block of West Wilcox Street, police said.

Jordan Harris, 24, of the 3000 block of West Jackson Boulevard, was shot in the throat and taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County where he later died, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

A 23-year-old man was driving about 4:15 a.m. in the 1900 block of North Mozart Street when someone fired shots from outside, bruising the man with the bullet through his seat, police said.

About three hours earlier, a 24-year-old man was shot in the leg in the 500 block of South Clinton Street, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital in “stable” condition.

About 11:30 p.m. Friday, a 30-year-old man was seriously hurt in a shooting in the 9600 block of South Carpenter Street, police said. He was shot in the abdomen and shoulder and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in serious condition.

Ten minutes earlier, a male was shot twice in the back in the 6000 block of South Hermitage Avenue in West Englewood. He was also taken to Christ Medical Center, but his condition was not immediately known, police said.

At 8:10 p.m., a 21-year-old man was walking in the 1200 block of South Tripp Avenue when two suspects walked up and opened fire at him, striking him in the leg, police said. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in “stable” condition.

The weekend’s first shooting occurred at 8 p.m. in the 900 block of North Monticello Avenue in the Humboldt Park neighborhood.

Apr 05

One dead, 13 others shot since Friday night

About 10:15 p.m., a 16-year-old boy and a 22-year-old man were shot while sitting in a car in the 3400 block of West Walnut Street, police said.

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The six were all shot about 1:10 a.m. Saturday at a party in a two-flat in the 4300 block of West Wilcox Street, police said.

Jordan Harris, 24, of the 3000 block of West Jackson Boulevard, was shot in the throat and taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County where he later died, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

A 23-year-old man was driving about 4:15 a.m. in the 1900 block of North Mozart Street when someone fired shots from outside, bruising the man with the bullet through his seat, police said.

About three hours earlier, a 24-year-old man was shot in the leg in the 500 block of South Clinton Street, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital in “stable” condition.

About 11:30 p.m. Friday, a 30-year-old man was seriously hurt in a shooting in the 9600 block of South Carpenter Street, police said. He was shot in the abdomen and shoulder and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in serious condition.

Ten minutes earlier, a male was shot twice in the back in the 6000 block of South Hermitage Avenue in West Englewood. He was also taken to Christ Medical Center, but his condition was not immediately known, police said.

At 8:10 p.m., a 21-year-old man was walking in the 1200 block of South Tripp Avenue when two suspects walked up and opened fire at him, striking him in the leg, police said. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in “stable” condition.

The weekend’s first shooting occurred at 8 p.m. in the 900 block of North Monticello Avenue in the Humboldt Park neighborhood.

Apr 05

1 dead, 13 others shot in city shootings since Friday night

About 10:15 p.m., a 16-year-old boy and a 22-year-old man were shot while sitting in a car in the 3400 block of West Walnut Street, police said.

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The six were all shot about 1:10 a.m. Saturday at a party in a two-flat in the 4300 block of West Wilcox Street, police said.

Jordan Harris, 24, of the 3000 block of West Jackson Boulevard, was shot in the throat and taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County where he later died, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

A 23-year-old man was driving about 4:15 a.m. in the 1900 block of North Mozart Street when someone fired shots from outside, bruising the man with the bullet through his seat, police said.

About three hours earlier, a 24-year-old man was shot in the leg in the 500 block of South Clinton Street, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital in "stable" condition.

About 11:30 p.m. Friday, a 30-year-old man was seriously hurt in a shooting in the 9600 block of South Carpenter Street, police said. He was shot in the abdomen and shoulder and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in serious condition.

Ten minutes earlier, a male was shot twice in the back in the 6000 block of South Hermitage Avenue in West Englewood. He was also taken to Christ Medical Center, but his condition was not immediately known, police said.

At 8:10 p.m., a 21-year-old man was walking in the 1200 block of South Tripp Avenue when two suspects walked up and opened fire at him, striking him in the leg, police said. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in "stable" condition.

The weekend's first shooting occurred at 8 p.m. in the 900 block of North Monticello Avenue in the Humboldt Park neighborhood.

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Overnight Shootings Injure 13, Kill One

...In the 3400 block of West Walnut Street in East Garfield Park, a man and a teenage boy were in a car when...

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The latest incident occurred in the 1900 block of North Mozart Avenue in Logan Square when a man driving a car was shot at and bruised by a bullet, according to Officer Janel Sedevic, a police spokesman.

...was shot in the right leg. He said he was on a corner in the 500 block of South Clinton Street about 12:15 a.m. when he was shot at from a passing black four...

...man was shot in his abdomen, shoulder and knees while he was walking in the 9600 block of South Carpenter Street about 11:30 p.m. Friday, Sedevic said. Two gunmen emerged from a silver car...

• In West Englewood, a 26-year-old man took two bullets to his back about 11:20 p.m. in the 6000 block of South Hermitage Avenue, Sedevic said. No one is in custody in that shooting and the victim is in serious condition at Christ.

...In Humboldt Park in the 1000 block of North Monticello Avenue, a 27-year-old woman in a car was shot at from another car, Sedevic...

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6 shot at West Side party; 14 shootings since 8 p.m. Friday

Earlier, a 16-year-old boy who was shot last month and a 22-year-old man he was with were shot Friday night in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. Police saw the shooting, which happened about 10:20 p.m in the 3400 block of West Walnut Street about a block north of Garfield Park.

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The first to open fire at the party, in an apartment at the corner of Wilcox Street and Kostner Avenue in the West Garfield Park neighborhood, was an unknown gunman from the alley. People running...

...said. The Cook County medical examiner's office identified him as Jordan Harris, of the 3000 block of West Jackson Boulevard. He died at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County at 3:04 a...

A 23-year-old driving a Volvo was shot as he drove in the 1900 block of North Mozart Street in the Logan Square neighborhood about 4:15 a.m. Saturday. Someone emerged from between...

A 24-year-old man was wounded in the 500 block of South Clinton Street about 12:15 a.m. He was standing outside when someone in a vehicle shot...

A 30-year-old man was shot in the abdomen and shoulder in the 9600 block of South Carpenter Street in the Longwood Manor neighborhood.  He's in serious condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center.

About 11:20 p.m. in the West Englewood neighborhood, a 26-year-old man  was shot twice in the back and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in critical condition. He was wounded near 61st Street and Hermitage Avenue.

The first shoooting happened about 8 p.m. on the 900 block of North Monticello Avenue in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, according to Police News Affairs. In that shooting a 27...

Ten minutes later, a 21-year-old man was shot in the city's Lawndale neighborhood, said police. That shooting happened on the 1200 block of South Tripp Avenue. The man suffered a wound to his left leg and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was listed as in stable condition, said police.

Apr 05

6 People Shot at West Side House Party

A 22-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy were sitting in a car in the 3400 block of West Walnut Street when someone approached their vehicle and opened fire, police said.

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Police said a pair of gunmen fired into a two-flat apartment building in the 4300 block of West Wilcox.

One of the six people shot suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead at John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County, police said. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office identified the 24-year-old victim as Jordan Harris, of the 3000 block of West Jackson Boulevard.

A man who was driving in the 1900 block of North Mozart Street just after 4 a.m. Saturday when someone fired at his car, police said. The rear window was shattered by the bullet, which struck the drivers back seat and bruised his back.

Just after midnight Saturday, a 24-year-old was shot in an apparent drive-by shooting in the 500 block of South Clinton Street.

A 30-year-old man was shot in the shoulder and stomach around 11:30 p.m. in a shooting in the 9600 block of South Carpenter Street. He was listed in serious condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center.

Around 11:18 p.m., a 26-year-old man was shot twice in the back in the 6100 block of South Hermitage Avenue. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in critical condition, police said.

Just after 8 p.m. Friday, a 21-year-old man was shot in the 1200 block of South Tripp Avenue.

Around 8 p.m. a 27-year-old woman was shot in the shoulder and butt in the 900 block of North Monticello Avenue.

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Updated Apr 05

1 dead, 12 others shot since Friday night

About 10:15 p.m., a 16-year-old boy and a 22-year-old man were shot while sitting in a car in the 3400 block of West Walnut Street, police said.

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The six were all shot about 1:10 a.m. Saturday at a party in a two-flat in the 4300 block of West Wilcox Street, police said.

Jordan Harris, 24, of the 3000 block of West Jackson Boulevard, was shot in the throat and taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County where he later died, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

About an hour earlier, a 24-year-old man was shot in the leg in the 500 block of South Clinton Street, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital in “stable” condition.

About 11:30 p.m. Friday, a 30-year-old man was seriously in a shooting in the 9600 block of South Carpenter Street, police said. He was shot in the abdomen and shoulder and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in serious condition.

Ten minutes earlier, a male was shot twice in the back in the 6000 block of South Hermitage Avenue in West Englewood. He was also taken to Christ Medical Center, but his condition was not immediately known, police said.

At 8:10 p.m., a 21-year-old man was walking in the 1200 block of South Tripp Avenue when two suspects walked up and opened fire at him, striking him in the leg, police said. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in “stable” condition.

The weekend’s first shooting occurred at 8 p.m. in the 900 block of North Monticello Avenue in the Humboldt Park neighborhood.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Did these areas have foot patrol? Haven't seen them on my block for months. I do see them drive by in the foot patrol van. Aren't they supposed to WALK?

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Updated Apr 04

Street Cleaning schedule for 2014. Find your ward/look for your zone

https://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/streets/supp_info/Sanitation/StreetSweepingMaps/Ward49_Sweeper2014.pdf

It appears that neighborhoods will get 6-7 street cleans from April to Nov. Find the schedule for your block!

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    YES there are always FASTER, BETTER, CHEAPER ways to do things. It is too bad the city doesn't use more of them.

  • Corey Warner 25 year englewood resident Politicsmylife chi-styl

    You're right it seems to me like there years behind on technology..

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