5 days ago

Fwd: FW: Entry-Level Firefighter/EMT Exam Application

The City of Chicago is pleased to inform you that the application period for the entry-level Firefighter/EMT exam started July 16, 2014 and will run through September 16. This is the period of time when applicants can sign up for the exam, which will be administered on December 13 and 14, 2014. In 2006, the age to sit for the exam was 19 and the age to enter the academy was 20. We have lowered the age to sit for...

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The City of Chicago is pleased to inform you that the application period for the entry-level Firefighter/EMT exam started July 16, 2014 and will run through September 16. This is the period of time when applicants can sign up for the exam, which will be administered on December 13 and 14, 2014. In 2006, the age to sit for the exam was 19 and the age to enter the academy was 20. We have lowered the age to sit for the exam and enter the academy to 18. It is our hope that younger individuals who get on the eligibility list will be motivated to attend college and stay out of trouble and will find a sense of opportunity about their futures.

Attached is the job announcement, as well as the FAQ’s, which provides all of the key information about the application process and the exam. In case you’d like to cut-and-paste the link to the application website, here it is: www.cityofchicago.org/FireApplication. The website also contains links to additional information.

During the posting period, applicants can call (312) 744-4976 or email fire-application@cityofchicago.org with any questions or concerns, and they can also seek assistance in Room 100 in City Hall.

We have also modified the way candidates can apply for Veterans Preference. Applicants may apply for Veterans Preference at any time, even after the posting has closed. There is no longer a cutoff date for the submission of documents showing eligibility for Veterans Preference. However, the later the preference is applied for, the later it will be applied. Detailed instructions on how to apply for the Veterans Preference are included in the attached FAQs.

Fire Commissioner, Chicago Fire Department

Commissioner, Department of Human Resources

Jul 17

Bringing chess back to the city of Chicago

The Near West Side is one of the neighborhoods being considered as a home for the Chicago Chess Center:

http://dnainfo.com/chicago/20140717/downtown/chess-players-want-central-downtown-club

Jul 05

Updated Jul 05

Meet New People/Young Professionals 25-40@ Vertigo Sky Lounge

We are having a free social event At the Dana Hotel's Vertigo Sky Lounge catered towards social young professionals in their late 20's, thirties and early 40's.
The Link is here is you would like to sign up and join us:
http://www.meetup.com/312hicago-afterdark-singles/

Jul 04

KICS Cup is an Annual International Youth Soccer Cup

7/21-7/26 at Dunbar Park. We will need Field Marshals (the person who checks team rosters/player passes before the game), concession help and hospitality help.

KICS Cup is an annual international youth soccer cup to the heart of the city focused on competition, camaraderie and cultural exchange. Our mission is to offer soccer opportunities for youth locally, nationally and internationally through programs like the Chicago KICS Cup and the Chicago KICS Community League while also improving infrastructure here in the city. This years' tournament should be exciting with 80-100 teams from Italy, Ghana, Ethiopia, China, Mexico, Guatemala, Canada, Colombia, Puerto Rico and the US.

More details at www.kicscup.com .
Our promotional video can be seen at https://vimeo.com/90064622

Jul 02

Ward Community Meeting

I couldn't make it to the ward community meeting last night with Alderman Ervin. Was anyone else able to make it? I'd love to hear any news or updates that were discussed.

Jun 29

Updated Jun 30

Madison/Green - Did this building get approved?

HI..just saw this on Everyblock:

http://chicago.everyblock.com/building-permits/jun25-permit-issued-new-construction-6222755/?utm_campaign=digest&utm_medium=email&utm_source=digest

A 17 story building got a permit for construction for Madison/Green. Did I miss that this got approved?

  • It sounds like this was the project. But I hadn't heard about the approval or voting meeting, either.

    http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130828/west-loop/west-loop-high-rise-will-stand-17-stories-tallest-neighborhood

    I wouldn't be so concerned about high buildings if anyone in the area had a plan to limit them to closer to the Loop, but planning seems to be non-existent here. There needs to be a more defined commercial vs residential zone in the West Loop and that isn't happening, either.

  • That was another Burnett deal with Taxman, the developer. Right after Taxman got the green light from the city (basically Burnett), he turned around and sold the land, meaning a completely different looking structure can now go in as long as it doesn't exceed the approved height limits, etc

Jun 26

Updated Jun 27

West Loop boom!

Did anyone else hear a big "boom" around 4am this morning June 26? It's cool out, so my windows are open, and it made me jump out of my skin!

Jun 19

Updated Jun 20

Pete's Fresh Market

Just walked to the new Pete's on the SE corner of Western & Madison. It's beautiful inside! What a fantastic addition to the neighborhood! Come out and support our new grocery store!!

May 05

Updated Jun 14

Any update to the daytime parking ban from the West Loop 1:30 - 3:30pm weekday ban?

http://www.gazettechicago.com/index/2013/12/day-tripper-parking-ban-in-west-loop-gets-mixed-reviews/

I can't believe Fioretti hasn't had to answer exactly WHEN this ban will be over, other than to say about West Loop residents, "... although they appreciate the program for preventing day trippers from gobbling up all their parking spaces...". Well Bob, now WE can't park here, so no, it hasn't helped anything. At least before, with the ghost "daytrippers" (that no one seems to have ever seen) gobbling up all the spaces, we had a CHANCE to park in our own neighborhoods. Now friends/family have to park blocks away if they don't want to pay. I wonder if Bob cut a sweetheart deal to force WestLoopers to pay the garages and meters. The ban certainly isn't helping businesses.

  • I didn't see these articles, thanks Carlos! What a disgusting attempt to collect revenue. Fioretti knows EXACTLY what's going on. Aldermen know what's going on everywhere due to the amount of people contacting their office, so they're obviously doing nothing about this on purpose. Why not just take the signs down? Corruption at it's finest.

  • A couple of years ago after Alhambra and City Winery opened I attempted to have my street, Willard Court zoned for permit parking (we're the only house on the block). I was told due to the area being commercial, it wasn't allowed. This residential thing is a fairly new phenomenon and until the zoning is changed most of the West Loop still considered a commercial zone.

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