Mar 08

Updated 5 min ago

Mayoral and Aldermanic Debates/Forums Before 4/7 Run-Off Election

MAYORAL:
Monday 3/16 6-7pm/Location TBD, Televised Mayoral Debate, NBC-5/Telemundo, co-sponsors are: University of Chicago's Institute of Politics and Harris School of Public Policy. NOTE: The debate is not listed yet on the Telemundo Chicago Schedule as being either broadcast live or delayed broadcast, or if in English or Spanish language.

DATE NOW SET: Thursday 3/26 Fox-32 Televised Mayoral Debate, Time/Location TBD, Time should be on the schedule/known next week

Sunday, 3/29 3pm, Purcell Hall, 4300 West Washington Blvd. ,Sponsored by...

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MAYORAL:
Monday 3/16 6-7pm/Location TBD, Televised Mayoral Debate, NBC-5/Telemundo, co-sponsors are: University of Chicago's Institute of Politics and Harris School of Public Policy. NOTE: The debate is not listed yet on the Telemundo Chicago Schedule as being either broadcast live or delayed broadcast, or if in English or Spanish language.

DATE NOW SET: Thursday 3/26 Fox-32 Televised Mayoral Debate, Time/Location TBD, Time should be on the schedule/known next week

Sunday, 3/29 3pm, Purcell Hall, 4300 West Washington Blvd. ,Sponsored by West Side NAACP
, Likely to be posted on CAN-TV

Tuesday 3/31 7-8pm Televised Mayoral Debate, WTTW/Chicago Tonight, Location likely WTTW Studio

ALDERMANIC:
2nd WARD: Wednesday 3/11 7-8pm WTTW/Chicago Tonight Forum, may be an extended segment rather than the entire program.

2nd WARD: Tuesday 3/24, 7-8:15pm, Columbus Elementary School,1003 N. Leavitt St, Greg Hinz, political editor from Crain's and Hal Dardick, a City Hall reporter from the Tribune will be moderating the 75-minute forum, which is co-sponsored by the Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association, the East Village Association and the Wicker Park Committee.

29th WARD: Thursday 3/26, 6pm, Sankofa Cultural Arts & Business Center,5820 W. Chicago Ave., Sponsored by West Side NAACP, Likely to be posted on CAN-TV

24th WARD: Tuesday 3/31, 6pm, Roswell B. Mason Math And Science Academy, 1830 S. Keeler Ave., Sponsored by West Side NAACP,Likely to be posted on CAN-TV

37th WARD: Thursday 4/2,6pm Amberg Hall, Bethel New Life, 1140 N. Lamon Ave.,Sponsored by West Side Sponsored by West Side NAACP, Likely to be posted on CAN-TV

For NAACP sponsored forums RSVP: please email westsidenaacp@gmail.com including your name, contact number, and email

The above first list is as of 3/8/15. I plan to update it as get more information.

3 hours ago

Lost black and white cat

Mila got out of her home on Lakewood between Diversey and Wolfram in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago on Saturday, September 6, 2014, and she is still missing.

Mila is a 3 year-old black-and-white cat with green-yellow eyes. Her back is black while her belly, chest and paws are white. She has black around her eyes and a little black button nose. Mila is micro-chipped and was wearing a black-and-white collar with her name and our number on it. The collar has no tags or bells attached.

See more photos of Mila: danielleg.com/mila

REWARD: $1,000

2 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Cleaner for Shearling Coat needed

Can anyone recommend a good, reliable cleaner for a shearling coat in the Lincoln Square/North Center neighborhoods?

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37 hours ago

Updated 15 hours ago

How much do you tip movers?

What's the going rate for tipping movers?

  • I recently used Schlep (www.schlep.it) to move an armoire; they were fantastic and the cost was $80, so I tipped $10 for each Schlepper.

  • I have always ordered lunch for the crew and tipped based on their individual performance( I have moved 3 times in 15 years) the median tip being $30.00.
    Hope this helps!

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Updated 23 hours ago

Pension Reform - Budget - Civic Federation - Tribune Editorial

I read the Op Ed piece in today's Tribune. Pretty nasty way to get a pension, if that is true (work one day, pay some credits a voila! $97K a year for life).

That got me wondering a few things. Normally, I go right to the idea "who should I blame for this mess" but that won't solve the underlying issue. I started to think through who "owns" approving pension plans in general and who might have an unbiased opinion...

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I read the Op Ed piece in today's Tribune. Pretty nasty way to get a pension, if that is true (work one day, pay some credits a voila! $97K a year for life).

That got me wondering a few things. Normally, I go right to the idea "who should I blame for this mess" but that won't solve the underlying issue. I started to think through who "owns" approving pension plans in general and who might have an unbiased opinion on the matter. I needed to find someplace, somewhere that would have a white paper I can read.

That lead me to the Civic Federation. (No affiliation in any way.)

I took a read about the FY2016 budget on the Civic Federation's website. Seems they have half a dozen or so fixes/ideas that will get us back on sensible fiscal footing.

I guess my question is, does anyone have any experience with their projections or their math? I am curious if they have the required rigor of analysis done to be considered a viable, reliable source for reform recommendations. Thoughts?

  • The Civic Federation is well-regarded as a credible source of rigorous analysis. Government entities and news organizations respect and seek CF's input.

Mar 19

Updated 24 hours ago

New Home Construction Cost

We have a small single family home in North Center and looking to tear-down and rebuild. Has anyone gone through this process? We haven’t started searching for a contractor yet and don’t know what to expect in terms of cost. We have searched new construction in the area and would like to build a home similar to what is being built around us, a single family, framed home approx. 4000 square ft. Anyone know what the approx. cost would be from tear-down to move in ready? I know there are many variables so a range would help. We currently have no mortgage on our house and know taxes will increase. Thanks for your help.

  • CJL ...

    J: "It looks like I have a cistern in my back yard. Basically looks like a sewer lid in the ground on the back of the house"

    That you have the cistern doesn't mean it's still tied in--there could have been something done in the past. *usually*, if it was...

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    J: "It looks like I have a cistern in my back yard. Basically looks like a sewer lid in the ground on the back of the house"

    That you have the cistern doesn't mean it's still tied in--there could have been something done in the past. *usually*, if it was done properly, they would have backfilled the cistern with sand/gravel. So if you lift the cover and it's part/all full of sand/gravel, then it's out of service. Otherwise, you at least have to have someone take a look at it.

    The cistern in my yard was (and as I understand it, in most cases, in NC/LS) originally basically a grease trap--the kitchen drains ran to a sewer line that ran out to the cistern, and then there was another sewer line out of the cistern (higher than the kitchen inflow) tying into the line that runs to the main under the street. So the heavy grease and food debris would settle into the bottom of the cistern, and the cleaner water flow out to the main. Ours has been all capped off and filled, but is still there in the backyard.

  • william V northcenter resident

    Jim-- I can't write it all- take to long-but if you call me after 2 pm any day I can help you with some ideas on this -- 773-480-5542

27 hours ago

Updated 24 hours ago

Permit question

We are in the process of buying a new duplex in Lake View (yay!) and once everything is finalized will need/want to do some work on the unit including updating the kitchen and maybe some work on the above garage deck. I know a lot of the work will require city permits. Does anyone have advice on navigating those waters? We've only rented till now so I have no idea what we are getting into. Also any suggestions for designers and/or contractors is greatly appreciated! TIA!!!

  • Jon Hiatt, RA LEED GA Architect in Old Town

    Claire,
    Most if not all architects are familiar with the permit process in Chicago and can give you information about it. We deal with permits all the time. The city also has information on their website here: https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/bldgs/supp_info/a_guide_to_gettingstartedapermitoverview.html

    A brief summary of what requires a permit in Chicago, nearly everything...

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    Claire,
    Most if not all architects are familiar with the permit process in Chicago and can give you information about it. We deal with permits all the time. The city also has information on their website here: https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/bldgs/supp_info/a_guide_to_gettingstartedapermitoverview.html

    A brief summary of what requires a permit in Chicago, nearly everything except interior finish work, i.e. adding tile back splash, replacing drywall, etc... Depending on what you are doing for the kitchen you may or may not need a permit. If it requires plumbing work, electrical work, the moving, demolition or adding new walls, it will need a permit.

    For the garage deck, it also depends on what you are doing. If you are just replacing boards, you might not need a permit, but replacing the entire structure or adding a deck will definitely need a permit.

    The city does have an "easy permit" process for minor work that does not require architectural drawings. Supposedly they issue a permit the same day, compared to a few weeks to months with the standard permit application route.

    I am an architect with my own practice. Feel free to call me at 312.945.6208 and I can discuss this further.

    Cheers,
    Jon Hiatt RA, LEED GA, InterNACHI
    www.hydrantstudio.com

  • L

    When we replaced our roof and roof deck, the contractor handled the permitting process. However, we did have them pay an expediter so we didn't wait forever for the permit.

  • d3 NOH

    The building department in this city is so corrupt it's amazing. Pay an expeditor or it's 3+ months. Total corruption, still continuing under Rahm.

Mar 20

Updated 25 hours ago

How long will construction at Addison and Western last?

Anyone know how long the construction will last at Addison & Western? It's quite a nightmare at the moment. Thanks!

  • Bus rapid transit. Makes so much more sense on Western than on Ashland.

  • Im in agreement. Especially because Western goes the entire length of the city. The Ashland bus stops at Irving. Not helpful to get to the city's northern neighborhoods by bus easily.

    Also Western is a good middle ground between the blue line or the brown line on the north side. On the south side, just the orange line.

27 hours ago

Updated 26 hours ago

Police tape at Larchmont and Ravenswood this morning. Anyone know what happened?

This morning when I was leaving for work I saw police tape at Ravenswood and Larchmont with police cars further down the block. Does anyone know what happened?

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Updated 30 hours ago

Who do you love as a hair stylist?

I'm looking for a stylist to cut my hair every 6-8 weeks. My current stylist is great at color but I need a separate person for cuts. The man who used to cut my hair moved back to Ohio. :-( Any suggestions? I'm in Lakeview but am willing to travel a bit for a fantastic cut and style. My hair is several inches below the shoulders, very straight and relatively healthy.

Thank you for any and all suggestions.

  • Sheba at Sparrow on Milwaukee by Logan Boulevard. I always get compliments.

  • I second Josie at sine non qua Lakeview/west town
    I used to drive back home to Detroit for haircuts. Now that I go to Josie I wouldn't go to anyone else. I got another haircut from some other stylists at the salon while Josie was on maternity and I prefer her but I love the salon overall, everyone is great and really knowledgeable and professional

2 days ago

Updated 34 hours ago

Video of 36th Ward Aldemanic Candidate Forum, held on Monday 3/23

36th WARD, Monday 3/23,Debate between candidates to be Alderman in Chicago's 36th Ward. The debate was organized by the Bel-Montclare Community Organization. The candidates are Gilbert Villegas and Omar Aquino. The moderator is Alonso Zaragoza.
VIDEO of the forum is at:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRc0m-XOfm0

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2 days ago

Updated 43 hours ago

Selling Queen Box Spring, Need Full Box Spring

Hi! I just moved to Lincoln Park and have an unopened Ikea Atna box spring I need to sell and need a full size box spring. The Atna retails for $250.00 I will sell it to you for $150.00. If you have a full box spring, we can do an exchange. Thanks in advance!
-Sami

  • Sighryn Roscoe resident

    Another person is selling all of her stuff from ikea. Full size bed too.

  • Hi Sami, Sighryn, and others: for moving the box springs, I'd recommend http://www.schlep.it/ because they were cheap and good guys ... I hope it works out!

Mar 18

Updated 43 hours ago

Undecided voters...what would get you to vote for either Mayoral candidate?

On the fence? Any one thing that would sway your opinion?

I don't know that I'm voting for Chui or Rahm. For me, I'd reconsider Rahm if he immediately implemented a Mayoral 2-term limit; and if he convinced the aldermen to implement a 3-term-limit on Aldermen (grandfathering existing Aldermen, oh, of course), I think he'd run away with the race. So much of the trouble we're in now could've been avoided if we didn't have a life-time Mayor sitting on fixing the major issues whilst hoping for good luck to occasionally sweep them away.

  • Nora H 11year Lakeview resident, member ELVN.

    For some reason I can't seem to paste the link to a You Tube interview of David Orr talking about Rahm and the city finances. Look for it and see how the books are cooked and more on TIF money. You certainly don't get the whole story from the Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune.

  • Rahm has done something positive and helpful. He closed a bunch of expensive and ineffective schools and caught heck for it. The city has a huge dark financial cloud hanging over it. It doesn't matter who is mayor. Noone wants the real solution.

Mar 10

Updated 45 hours ago

Rooftop deck

I just bought a condo and have private rooftop rights. However, there is only one stairwell, so I'm assuming I will be unable to build a rooftop deck according to city ordinance. I've seen other EB posts about this situation and wondered if anyone knew of any legal loopholes or other options for the rooftop besides building a deck. I do not want to build if I can't get the permit. Thanks!

  • Thanks for the helpful info! I've seen some people put artificial lawn and furniture on the rooftop instead of building a deck and wondered if that was because it was easier to do and didn't need to meet the same city requirements as a deck (no permit required, etc). Some actually look pretty good.

  • Jon Hiatt, RA LEED GA Architect in Old Town

    Dave78,
    In regards to the two exit issue, a number of factors in the building code will determine if you need two exits: the size of the deck, the travel distance from the deck to an egress exit, and the occupant load of the deck. Size itself is not the...

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    Dave78,
    In regards to the two exit issue, a number of factors in the building code will determine if you need two exits: the size of the deck, the travel distance from the deck to an egress exit, and the occupant load of the deck. Size itself is not the only determinant for two exits. Also, be advised that the city requires a 100 pounds per square foot loading for the deck. Unless there has been a legal deck on it in the last 10 years or so, the structure capacity will need to be increased to meet code. Thus, the roof and sheathing will have to be ripped up, the joist will have to be replaced or additional ones added before re-roofing and then building the deck and possibly the second exit. This all can only happen if the zoning for you house allows a deck.

    d3,
    For the risk involved in an illegal and non-permitted deck, lets say is that you build one without the structure being upgraded or a second exit (if required) being added. Maybe this will be fine, maybe you and your spouse are the only ones that will ever use it when you own it. However, you get tired of the cold winters and move, thus selling your house, and you keep the deck on for selling features. A young vibrant couple buys the house in spring, they move in on the first 70+ degree day and throw a party. Friends tell friends, and the deck is packed full, the structure that was designed for a 20 pounds per square foot yields, collapses, and kills 13, severely injuries 10, and the rest have minor injuries.

    Who do you think is liable for putting an illegal deck on that roof? If you have ever sold a home, you have more than likely signed something saying that you got all required permits for the work on the house you are selling.

    Please, we all need to be responsible for safe homes.

    Cheers,
    Jon, Architect & Home Inspector

Mar 03

Updated 2 days ago

Rooftop Deck -Permit

Hello,

I'm interested in building a rooftop deck on top of a 3 unit condominium. Can anyone share any tips on the permit/inspection process?

Much appreciated

  • Jon Hiatt, RA LEED GA Architect in Old Town

    Eblock, I am an architect and willing to give you a proposal for the work. My first suggestion would be to first do a zoning and building permit analysis to see if you can 1) get zoning approval without a variance. Currently zoning is severely backed up from medical marijuana...

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    Eblock, I am an architect and willing to give you a proposal for the work. My first suggestion would be to first do a zoning and building permit analysis to see if you can 1) get zoning approval without a variance. Currently zoning is severely backed up from medical marijuana applications; this is not a joke. 2) If you actually need two exits or not. Most likely you will, but a few things effect this, such as: travel distance from the most remote point on the roof deck to a legal exit, the square footage of the deck, and the occupant count of the deck.

    Please note that putting a deck on the roof, will almost certainly require work to the roof structure because unless there was a legal deck on the roof recently it does not meet the 100 pounds per square foot live load requirement in addition to the dead load of the new deck. What does this mean? The roofing and sheathing will have to ripped up, new joist added or the old ones replaced, then new sheathing and new roofing will have to be put back on. Then the deck can be placed on the roof. So as someone stated before, depending on all of these factors plus more like, permit fees, inspection fees, & type of materials the cost can have a wide range.

    My firm is Hydrant Studio and I can be reached at 312.945.6208 or submit your information at www.hydrantstudio.com

    Cheers,
    Jon

  • Jon Hiatt, RA LEED GA Architect in Old Town

    I realized that I did not answered your initial question. The permit process will involve having an architect or possibly a structural engineer prepare all pertinent drawings for the project. Then either you or the architect can upload the digital drawings in the DWF format, the building permit application and...

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    I realized that I did not answered your initial question. The permit process will involve having an architect or possibly a structural engineer prepare all pertinent drawings for the project. Then either you or the architect can upload the digital drawings in the DWF format, the building permit application and other extraneous documents in PDF format. A zoning review fee of at least $75 is required during submission of the drawings.

    If the project gets a pass from zoning, then the building department will review it for building code conformance. If the drawings are deemed suitable, the project will be granted a permit which will be available for download after the permit fee is paid in full. The fee varies on project type and size of project.

    The GC or owner, whoever agrees, at the appropriate time schedules the inspections. The time it takes for an inspector to come out to the job site depends on the workload; I can not really predict this. When an inspection is passed, the project can continue.

    Cheers,
    Jon

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Beautiful, Roscoe Village Apartment Available for Rent May 1

Remodeled, spacious, sunny 6 rms/2bd plus office 1st floor apt. in charming brick 2-flat on quiet tree-lined street. 6 blocks from Addison Brown Line station!

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• Master bedroom w/walk-in closet & in-suite bathroom.
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2 days ago

Here's What's Happening in Chicago Culture This Week

March 29 The Royale, Marco Ramirez’s cutting portrayal of Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion to rise to prominence circa 1905. American Theater Company (1909 W. Byron)

This article has 25 other Chicago locations (Show)

March 26: Balm in Gildead, Lanford Wilson’s 1964 panorama of Manhattan’s seediest diner. The Den Theatre (1329 N. Milwaukee)

March 26: Our Bad Magnet: Three Scottsmen bore into a childhood friend’s knack for tall tales. Angel Island (735 W. Sheridan)

March 26: Song About Himself, Mickle Maher’s take on post-Internet degeneration of language. Theater Oobleck at Storefront Theater, Gallery 37 Center for the Arts (66 E. Randolph)

March 28: Love, Loss, and What I Wore, Nora and Delia Ephron’s ode to women and the clothes that color them. First Folio Theatre at Mayslake Peabody Estate (1717 W. 31st)

March 28: Title and Deed, Pulitzer finalist Will Eno’s one-man travelogue. Lookingglass Theatre (821 N. Michigan)

Open Now: La Bête, a comedy written entirely in couplets. Trap Door Theatre (1655 W. Cortland)

Open Now: End Days, Windy City Playhouse’s Henry Godinez–directed debut. Windy City Playhouse (3014 W. Irving Park)

Open Now: A Midwinter Night’s Tale: A Midsummer Night’s Dream meets The Winter’s Tale in the heart of the Polar Vortex. Duplicity Ensemble at Filament Theatre (4041 N. Milwaukee)

Open Now: Homefront, in which a Tennessee emigre returns home from New York to his rupturing family. Project 891 at Heartland Studio (7016 N. Glenwood)

Open Now: The One and Only Ivan, LifeLine’s kid-friendly take on Katherine Applegate’s bestselling children’s book. LifeLine Theatre (6912 N. Glenwood)

Open Now: The Full Monty, a musical based on the 1997 film in which a group of pink-slipped steelworkers turn to stripping to support their families. Kokandy at Theater Wit (1229 W. Belmont)

Open Now: The Hammer Trinity, Nathan Allen and Chris Mathews’s six-hour BYO marathon play. The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre (1543 W. Division)

Open Now: Antigonick, Anne Carson’s modern-day, free translation of Antigone. Sideshow Theatre at Victory Gardens (2433 N. Lincoln)

Open Now: Marie Antoinette, David Adjmi’s hyper-modern take on the young French queen’s tale. Steppenwolf Theatre (1650 N. Halsted)

Open Now Endgame: Beckett’s classic through the eyes of Halena Kays, who served as the Hypocrites’ artistic director during founder Sean Graney’s recently ended three-year hiatus. The Hypocrites at Den Theatre (1329–1333 N. Milwaukee)

Open Now: The Trial of Moses “Fleetwood” Walker, a look at the first-ever black baseball player’s 1891 murder trial. Black Ensemble Theater (4450 N. Clark)

Open Now: Game of Thongs: A Game of Thrones Burlesque. Breasteros. Yep. Gorilla Tango Theatre (1919 N. Milwaukee)

March 28: Redletter, in which the Neo-Futurists prod Buzzfeed-era journalism. Neo-Futurarium (5153 N. Ashland)

March 28: Dividing the Estate: A Texas family debates divvying up its matriarch’s waning fortune before she’s even croaked. Raven Theatre (6157 N. Clark)

March 28: The Sweeter Option, the world premiere of John Henry Roberts’s crime-noir spoof. Strawdog Theatre (3829 N. Broadway)

March 28: Four, Christopher Shinn’s lusty summertime drama. Jackalope Theatre at Broadway Armory Park (5917 N. Broadway)

March 28: The Real World: Space Edition—set in 2153 and 2153 times funnier than the actual filmed-in-Chicago Real World. Public House Theatre (3914 N. Clark)

March 29 First Date, which sets set two hopelessly mismatched singles together just in time for Valentine’s Day. Royal George Theatre (1641 N. Halsted)

March 28: Traces, an urban faerie tale charting the travails of 20-something Chicagoan Jenny. Feast Productions at the Frontier (1106 Thorndale)

March 29: Five, a group show celebrating LVL3’s fifth year as an artist-run gallery, featuring work by Sabrina Ott, Lauren Clay, Evan Robarts, Josh Reames, and Ben Sanders. LVL3 Gallery (1542 N. Milwaukee, 3rd Floor)

2 days ago

Avoid cleaner/handyman team 773-355-9084

Just a warning to neighbors, I had hired a couple team handyman + cleaning person. Proved to be super unprofessional, changed the price multiple times and did not show up to the gig. You would be advised not to hire these people. Noemi is the cleaner and Jesse or Jesus is the handyman. They share a cell phone, the number is 773-355-9084

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Holistic Dentist in Lakeview

My dentist and a close friend has relocated to the space on Ashland where Caribou used to be. Dr, Bernice Teplitsky is really an amazing dentist with latest equipment and brand new office. Check her out http://www.wrigleyvilledental.com/about-us/ Opening at the new location this Wednesday (they were on Southport previously). There will be an open house party on April 23rd 4-8p and I am extending the invitation on her behalf. I hope you will join me for some food and wine.

Mar 16

Updated 3 days ago

O'Hare noise complaints

New website for filing O'Hare noise complaints.

www.chicagonoisecomplaint.com

Great site! Enter your address once and file complaints as needed. I have a shortcut in my iPhone home screen. Filing a complaint takes only seconds.

  • Alaina 10+ years in 47th Ward

    I'm at Damen and Montrose and the air traffic hasn't bothered me at all. The street traffic is much, much louder. Different people, different experiences, I guess.

  • CJL ...

    "As I live near Western and Montrose I thought that the area impacted was further north"

    You're in a gap, most of the time. The new southern approach--which has most of the 747s on it--usually turns west just SW of Western and IPR. And they come in *much* lower than...

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    "As I live near Western and Montrose I thought that the area impacted was further north"

    You're in a gap, most of the time. The new southern approach--which has most of the 747s on it--usually turns west just SW of Western and IPR. And they come in *much* lower than they used to.

    I find it mildly annoying, and certainly would prefer that they don't *turn* so lcose to directly over head of my home. But, I've lived other places where, on the days that the approach or departure was overhead, were genuinely unpleasant to be outside. This is not that bad.

3 days ago

Tour Ravenswood Elementary School

Ravenswood Elementary School has added tour dates to its regular schedule to accommodate CPS’ lottery acceptance announcements. Tours will be offered at 9 a.m. on:

Tuesday, March 24
Tuesday, March 31
Tuesday, April 14
Tuesday, May 12
Tuesday, June 9

Tours are led by Ravenswood parents knowledgeable about the school curriculum and activities. Visitors have the opportunity to see facilities, observe classrooms in action, ask questions and experience our school community firsthand. After the tour, the principal or assistant principal...

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Ravenswood Elementary School has added tour dates to its regular schedule to accommodate CPS’ lottery acceptance announcements. Tours will be offered at 9 a.m. on:

Tuesday, March 24
Tuesday, March 31
Tuesday, April 14
Tuesday, May 12
Tuesday, June 9

Tours are led by Ravenswood parents knowledgeable about the school curriculum and activities. Visitors have the opportunity to see facilities, observe classrooms in action, ask questions and experience our school community firsthand. After the tour, the principal or assistant principal will join the group for an open question-and-answer session.

Reservations are not necessary. To join the tour, enter the school through the main (center) entry doors on Paulina Street. Sign in at the security desk and proceed down the hall to Multi-Purpose Room.

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Mar 17

Updated 4 days ago

Red Light vs. Speed Cameras. Why the Focus on Just One?

The red light cameras have obviously become a focus of our city's political discourse these pre-election days. What I cannot for the life of me figure out is why no one is mentioning the SPEED cameras, which are the same or - in my view - much worse.

The promise was that a few would be put into place for safety reasons around schools and parks. The reality is that quite a few have been put in place - most...

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The red light cameras have obviously become a focus of our city's political discourse these pre-election days. What I cannot for the life of me figure out is why no one is mentioning the SPEED cameras, which are the same or - in my view - much worse.

The promise was that a few would be put into place for safety reasons around schools and parks. The reality is that quite a few have been put in place - most in places that have little to nothing to do with actual school and park safety. Locations have CLEARLY been selected solely to maximize city revenue.

Take for example Ashland north of Fullerton. Cameras are placed at that busy intersection. This can apparently be done legally because there is a small, rarely used pocket park in an isolated residential area just west of Ashland which draws patrons from that neighborhood - folks who don't go near Fullerton or Ashland when using the small park.

I have yet to note a camera placed on a pedestrian-used street by a school or park where slow speeds might actually help safety. Take Wrightwood or Orchard by Alcott Elementary in Lincoln Park. There are regularly lots of kids and others present and poor visibility for drivers due to the streets' narrow width and parking on both sides of the street. Cars often zip along too fast nonetheless.

While this location might not generate a lot of $$ for the city, having a camera there might actually help safety. At least that location would be consistent with both the letter and spirit of the actual regulation.

To me, speed cameras are a public trust 'bait and switch' issue. Politicians propose something that sounds vaguely good, but then intentionally implement it in a 'gotcha' way that just milks people of $$ to augment the public 'feeding trough'. Its one more reason why people don't trust politicians and city government in general.

Your thoughts as to why we hear about red light cameras and not the speed ones?

  • @Kim

    Clearly you don't understand the law. Parking a car illegally in a NON-MOVING violation and thus falls to the owner. Speeding/running a red light is a MOVING violation and thus falls to the operator of the vehicle. AGAIN, if I was the passenger in my own car and the...

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    @Kim

    Clearly you don't understand the law. Parking a car illegally in a NON-MOVING violation and thus falls to the owner. Speeding/running a red light is a MOVING violation and thus falls to the operator of the vehicle. AGAIN, if I was the passenger in my own car and the person driving was speeding and got pulled over, I WOULD NOT GET THE TICKET!!!!!

    I never said that my friend left me "hanging" with the ticket. They paid the ticket. What I was saying is that the city should go after him/her. I should not be the middle man for the city. I am not a party in any way to the violation that occurred.

    If they get into a wreck within my car, the other party can ATTEMPT to go after my insurance company and my insurance may or may not decide to pay any claims (assuming the person driving my car was at fault). This however again is immaterial as it is a matter of civil damages and in no way can cause me to be cited for a violation. If the person driving my car was a fault and was found to be driving recklessly, the city/county WILL NOT go after me. I WILL NOT be liable for any civil/criminal charges brought by any government agency. You all are comparing apples to oranges. Financial responsibility does not equal civil/criminal responsibility.

  • Thsnks, C.L. - I'm actually a non-practicing attorney, but the only time I've set foot in small claims was for a personal matter and it was indeed a zoo. I don't have the money to risk getting stuck with the filing fee, but it's good to know that they might apply it to the ticket.

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Police Presence

Large police presence at the Belmont Redline stop this morning. Actually had a table set up with machines. Guess they were checking bags. Does anyone know what the machines were for and what the wipes they were using on people's bags were? Did anyone actually get checked?

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