38 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Hey, Candidate for 50th Ward Alderman!

You won't gain supporters ringing doorbells on a Saturday in a mostly Orthodox area!

No, I won't name names.

  • I won't either, but this is a good example of what we've touched on in other EB discussions: the various cultures in this ward live in isolation from one another. . Anyone hoping to be elected has to begin by being inclusive, and that means having campaign staff and volunteers...

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    I won't either, but this is a good example of what we've touched on in other EB discussions: the various cultures in this ward live in isolation from one another. . Anyone hoping to be elected has to begin by being inclusive, and that means having campaign staff and volunteers who are truly representative of the community, doing a little research about the people one hopes to serve, and thinking things through. The danger for any candidate is being surrounded only by people from within one's own circle. It's early in the campaign and it was a rookie mistake.

  • robin in WRP Tired and Cranky

    Paco - That's what I found so shocking. How is it possible that anyone running for alderman wouldn't have at least a cursory understanding of who lives where?

  • I have no clue who the candidate is, but I'm amazed that a person thinking about running for office wouldn't know the neighborhood better.

42 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Shooting Near Howard and Western?

This is from a neighborhood message board:

"There were a series of gunshots in the alley in the 7400 block of Maplewood and then many police officers. . . shortly before 11."

I hope this was something domestic, and the gang war isn't moving west

  • KKH

    No one made comment that Robin's posting was 'wrong.'
    Folks jump to defense, here, so quickly an unnecessarily.

  • Neighborly1~ Values community.

    I understand. I think it's sometimes hard to sense the tone of any comment made online. My post was not intended in a harsh tone, and I'm sorry if it came out that way, because it was brief. Sorry for any misunderstanding. I get what rogerparker said.

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Updated 19 hours ago

Leaving hi tax Illinois for low tax states

http://ilnews.org/2780/irs-dragging-feet-in-release-of-inter-state-migration-data/
SPRRINGFIELD — The Internal Revenue Service is dragging its feet releasing data on migration of people — and their income — between states.

In the past, it has taken one to two years for the IRS to prepare and release migration information but now it will take three years, said J. Scott Moody, who heads State Budget Solutions, a national group dedicated to promoting fiscal responsibility in the state governments.

“The data indicates that year after year, people are moving from high-tax ‘blue’ states like Illinois to low-tax ‘red’ states,” Moody, said.

  • Their Boomer Generation is getting older and migrating to where they can retire and live comfortably. That is a big part of the move.

    People grow older and seek warmer climates most of which are in "blue states".

  • Pot hole, warm weather Florida, Arizona and Texas have low taxes and "roads, education, clean water, etc" as does cold weather Wisconsin, Iowa and Indiana. They also have more jobs than Illinois because many Illinois companies have migrated there such as Klein Tools, formerly of Touhy and McCormick now happily in Texas.

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Are there any 50th Ward candidates for Aldercreature?

I suspect Ahmed Kahn will run again. Greg Brewer left the ward for hipper pastures. Will I be writing in Bozo the Clown?

  • Check out the EB posting "Joe Moore and Carl Good - this One's For You!" for some interesting questions being posed to Ad. Moore in the 49th Ward. We might make the same inquiries in the 50th. I think Suzanne Devane raises an important question about the use of the...

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    Check out the EB posting "Joe Moore and Carl Good - this One's For You!" for some interesting questions being posed to Ad. Moore in the 49th Ward. We might make the same inquiries in the 50th. I think Suzanne Devane raises an important question about the use of the city Council's time approving awnings and signs in the public way; yes, maybe this could be better done by a bureaucrat rather than the full council. I think several of the issues raised in that thread could make for interesting discussions among our four announced candidates. Ald. Silverstein's council record can be reviewed here:
    https://chicago.legistar.com/PersonDetail.aspx?ID=64196&GUID=0254E721-8ED0-4EAD-9BFF-2B927E07B0B9&Search=

  • Avy

    Paco, who is the fourth candidate? Though there are rumors, there are only 3 that I know of.

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Missing Meyers Parrot , Rockwell And Peterson

Restaurant by my house, Rockwell And Peterson is missing their parrot..
They always had him outside and he was very tame.. His cage was never closed.
On few occasions I asked the parrot owner to either give me the bird or sell him to me, because I was very attached to him.
I loved that bird, and almost daily I was going over there just to pet him and spend some quality time with him, hoping that the owner might...

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Restaurant by my house, Rockwell And Peterson is missing their parrot..
They always had him outside and he was very tame.. His cage was never closed.
On few occasions I asked the parrot owner to either give me the bird or sell him to me, because I was very attached to him.
I loved that bird, and almost daily I was going over there just to pet him and spend some quality time with him, hoping that the owner might give in, and give me the parrot.
He was loved my many, because a lot of people were approaching him daily.
I don't think owner cared much about the bird, because most days he was outside, on top of his cage, and then locked in the restaurant at night with the loud music.
If you know anybody that acquired a medium size dark green bird week ago, please let me know..
Because I still care about this bird and I am willing to buy him off of u..
If you found him, stole him, whatever happened .. please send me a message, I am emotionally attached to this little guy.
They can get pretty loud.. so if u mind all that and you stole him not knowing how they can get.. please, please let me know.. I would be more than happy to take care of him

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4 days ago

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Bikes on Peterson sidewalk?

Hi, I moved here from someplace terrible a few months back, I love it. I'm near Rockwell in a nice condominium.
But: when I go to Target, people, especially young'ns, are riding all wobbly wibbly on the sidewalk.
I have a trick knee from a car crash and I'm always worried about getting knocked down, aren't there regulations about not riding bikes on the sidewalk?

  • If you're more than 12 years of age you can't ride your bike on the sidewalk. Joe Moore sends out frequent reports from the 24th District commander about quality of life arrests (driving while on cell phones, public drinking and/or urination, etc.) but I notice there's nothing about cyclists on...

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    If you're more than 12 years of age you can't ride your bike on the sidewalk. Joe Moore sends out frequent reports from the 24th District commander about quality of life arrests (driving while on cell phones, public drinking and/or urination, etc.) but I notice there's nothing about cyclists on the sidewalk. Ald. Silverstein added a link to the report on her last newsletter. The report does provide some insight into what activities the police focus on, and it may be that there just haven't been enough complaints about cyclists to warrant any attention. It can be dangerous for pedestrians, though, especially at night. I've yet to find a cyclist who calls out when he's trying to pass, but I have found quite a few who zoom down sidestreets at night because they aren't expecting to encounter dog walkers or those who enjoy a late-night stroll.

  • Melody Stanley Crafty/Techy Geek

    I am in front of that Target all of the time (I catch the bus there often). I use a walker for balance issues related to a neurological issue so I can not move that quickly even if I wanted to. I refuse to jump out of the way for...

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    I am in front of that Target all of the time (I catch the bus there often). I use a walker for balance issues related to a neurological issue so I can not move that quickly even if I wanted to. I refuse to jump out of the way for people illegally riding their bikes on the sidewalk and so far nobody has hit me. They may yell and say to get out of the way but when I do not, they either stop, move to the street, or go around me. One guy swerved at the last second and fell. They seem to expect pedestrians to yield to them. :-/

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

The "Spiral of Silence"

The Pew Research Center reported an interesting study about social media, specifically, a the "tendency of people not to speak up" about public issues on social media sites if they think their opinions aren't shared by most of their network. Thoughts?
http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/08/26/social-media-and-the-spiral-of-silence/

  • Suzanne Devane Ward 49 Republican Committeeman

    Crinedel -- As I said, I don't blame people for not wanting to be attacked!

    Robin -- All my FB friends are friends, but I certainly don't poll them for their opinions on all political issues. Maybe you'd not be as tired and cranky if you followed suit?

  • Roger Stein master carpenter

    Some people behave very differently in public than online. I know who a few of the Brash Big-Mouths in this EB forum are and who consistently talk tough, crude and rude to the point of bullying but at an actual public meeting they meekly remain quiet, often near the back...

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    Some people behave very differently in public than online. I know who a few of the Brash Big-Mouths in this EB forum are and who consistently talk tough, crude and rude to the point of bullying but at an actual public meeting they meekly remain quiet, often near the back of the room and never utter a single peep much less a solid opinion on anything. They crave attention online but fear attention or recognition in public. It is interesting to read their rants online and then see them later in the same day at a public meeting trying to melt into the background without being noticed.

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Aug 16

Updated 5 days ago

Alderman, Not Queen

This morning at 6:20 vans arrived at the Republic Bank parking lot and began banging together tents and a stage and setting up chairs for a day-long party celebrating Indian Independence Day. The event will include live entertainment and, of course, loudspeakers. The party will begin around 11 and is expected to last until at least 7 pm.The man in charge told me that the alderman had signed off on it and if I had any complaints I could take...

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This morning at 6:20 vans arrived at the Republic Bank parking lot and began banging together tents and a stage and setting up chairs for a day-long party celebrating Indian Independence Day. The event will include live entertainment and, of course, loudspeakers. The party will begin around 11 and is expected to last until at least 7 pm.The man in charge told me that the alderman had signed off on it and if I had any complaints I could take them up with her. When I told him that this is a residential area, he replied "So what?." This is absolutely the last straw for me. Neither the alderman nor the event's organizers had the courtesy to advise the neighbors in advance about this event, which belongs in the park, not in a residential area. Complaints about noisy events in the parking lot are met with indifference by the alderman and the bank. All anybody cares about is money. I think she forgets that commercial and political interests have to be balanced with quality-of-life issues for residents. I am tired of the high-handedness, of the lack of communication, of being expected to accept whatever she and powerful commercial interests decide to do. She was elected alderman, not queen. I think this is what you get when all the political power in the ward is in one family. I've been ambivalent about the alderman for a long time but this is the last straw. My home will be under siege all day. I want a new alderman. I've just learned that there is a credible potential candidate and am trying to meet with this person in the next few days. We need change in this ward. We replaced the alderman last time, but we didn't change the system. If the ward is going to work for everybody, the system has to change, too.

  • Cityboy Couch miner in Rogers park for 67 years

    I believe the grid system is in order now.
    I live in the 50th ward and signs were up last Tuesday and Wednesday.I watched as the street sweeper drove up the middle of Estes Ave.ignoring both the gutters and curbs.I saw the alderman at Devon Farmers market and told her about it and she said she will talk to the ward boss about it.The signs are still up a week later

  • JR West Ridge Neighbor Since 2003 Resident of West Ridge since 2003

    On the rare occasion we see a street sweeper they do a pretty good job. I have met the driver and wave when I see him. As for the signs, I had to call the alderman's office and inform them that signs were posted days after the sweep. I drive east from Kedzie on Rosemont everyday and noticed the signs on several blocks. After I called, they removed them.

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Jul 28

Updated 6 days ago

All Night Fireworks

It sounds like a war zone over here at Western and Devon, 4th of July was three weeks ago WTF is with all the explosions and fireworks?

  • The way to contact posters on EB is to click on the poster's screen name to access that person's profile, where you click to send an e-mail via EB. You can respond to an EB e-mail by clicking "reply" in your personal e-mail or responding via EB. If you reply via your personal e-mail, the person you're responding to will then have your private e-mail address. Hope this helps.

  • Karen, Can you e-mail me some dates you'd be available to get together to continue our discussion about bridging the multicultural gap in WRP? It doesn't appear that e-mail is active on your account. If anyone else is interested in joining Karen, Sarahdonnis, JR, and me please send me an e-mail via EB. Thanks.

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Aug 24

Reminder: Women's Baseball in Chicago during World War II

Here's another way in which women's roles expanded during WWII: The National Women's Baseball League (1944-54) included the Thillens Checashers a fast-pitch team that played at Thillens Stadium, Devon and Kedzie. Documentary filmmaker Adam Chu will trace the league's West Ridge connection in his talk at Northtown Library, 6435 N. California Ave., this Tuesday August 26 at 6:30 pm. The league was a rival to the All-American Women's Baseball League (1943-54) which was the subject of the film "A League of Their Own." His talk is co-sponsored by the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society and the Northtown Library.

Aug 21

Updated Aug 24

Deadly Mosquitoes Invade West Rogers Park

A woman in her 70s who lives in West Rogers Park was diagnosed with the city's first case of West Nile virus, officials said. Of the more than one hundred victims last year, around ten percent died. Technicians will be spraying Zenivex to poison the mosquitoes. You should stay indoors and close your windows while spraying is underway as an extra precaution, city officials said. Be careful because one bite can kill you. http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140819/norwood-park/city-spray-far-northwest-side-for-mosquitoes-wednesday

  • Yeah, She Chemist. What's your deal? You're being such a downer, throwing in all these "statistics" and "big words."

    Can't you just let me overreact to this whole thing, and let me stay anxious about dying from west nile virus?!?!?

    Can't you just let me demand FACTS and INFORMATION ... Just without actually having the most accurate and complete ones?

    ...cuz I don't want to learn things that will make me less scared!

    Seriously, though. What are you, some kind of elitist?

  • KKH

    Wow, Coffee. Maybe... switch to decaf?

Aug 24

New Church starting in the Peterson/Western area

Join us beginning Sunday, September 7 as we have a casual time of bagels, fruit, and coffee along with a discussion about what Redemption Church will look like. This is a brand new church, so...

How will we use our strengths to help our neighbors?
How will we come together to celebrate?
How will we take care of each other?

Visit redeemchicago.com for our contact, to find out what we're about, and more info.

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Where's the thread?

How and why does a thread get removed from everyblock? I was following one and POOF- it's not there anymore. Curious as to what happened.

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Aug 18

Updated Aug 19

Noted Police Presence Around Rogers Park and School

I have noticed an increased amount of police patrolling around the school/park. My daughter keeps different hours than I do and said the same thing. My husband was pulled over yesterday for failure to use a turn signal, rolling through a stop sign, and a cracked windshield. The officer was very pleasant and quick. He let him continue on without any tickets. My husband drives a large, white, work van so the officer may have wanted to check it out...

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I have noticed an increased amount of police patrolling around the school/park. My daughter keeps different hours than I do and said the same thing. My husband was pulled over yesterday for failure to use a turn signal, rolling through a stop sign, and a cracked windshield. The officer was very pleasant and quick. He let him continue on without any tickets. My husband drives a large, white, work van so the officer may have wanted to check it out and definitely had probable cause to pull him over. My feeling is that they are looking for something bigger. I'm just not sure what it is. I have seen a lot of youngsters in packs on bikes riding around the park too. Does anybody know if something has happened? Also, make a full stop at the signs or you'll be pulled over.

  • Oh, okay! Your post seemed like there was some hidden reason for the increase in patrol.

  • robin in WRP Tired and Cranky

    The park has had several arrests for drug sales over the last 20 years, including heroin.

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Updated Aug 18

Racist Comment from Gas Company Worker

This morning around 8:30 music began blasting into my home from the street. Thinking it was yet rude car parker, I waited a few minutes but the music continued. I took the dogs for their walk and found the music was blasting from a truck parked mid-way up the block about to begin work for the gas company. I asked the driver to turn the music down, and he responded with an angry "I'm working here, I have a right...

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This morning around 8:30 music began blasting into my home from the street. Thinking it was yet rude car parker, I waited a few minutes but the music continued. I took the dogs for their walk and found the music was blasting from a truck parked mid-way up the block about to begin work for the gas company. I asked the driver to turn the music down, and he responded with an angry "I'm working here, I have a right to play music. What's the matter, you got something against Hispanic people or Hispanic music?" I told him that his behavior was rude and he couldn't cover it by accusing me of racism (I am white). Later I spoke to a man who appeared to be a supervisor (after the music was turned off) about the incident. The driver got out of his truck and said I was making too much of it. I wonder if he'd feel the same if the situation were reversed and the racism came from me and not him. It seems to me that some people will never get past playing the race card to cover bad behavior. I'll be complaining to the gas co about this guy.

  • Sandy in EdgeGlen EdgeGlen since 1987

    Loud music is loud music, whether it’s Latino. hip-hop. metal or the 1812 Overture. Noise is a form of pollution, and exposure to it can physically damage your hearing. You were well within your rights.

  • Is anybody surprised that it was People's Gas? They do whatever they want to do. This includes using my hose and tearing up my (and all of my neighbors) patios. Now they're gone and we have the mess and thousands of dollars worth of repairs. Who will file the 1st class action lawsuit?

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